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Why might face masks reduce COVID-19 severity?

Face masks reduce the spread of the new coronavirus and may also lessen the severity of COVID-19. The present study finds that masks increase the humidity of the air that a person breathes. The researchers propose reasons that explain why increased humidity may reduce the severity of COVID-19 cases. Researchers have found that wearing a

Can a heart failure drug help treat long COVID symptoms?

Some people who have recovered from COVID-19 experience ongoing symptoms — such as brain fog, increased heart rate, and chronic fatigue — sometimes known as long COVID. There is an overlap between the symptoms of long COVID and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which has led some researchers to suggest they are related. A small

Election 2020: Voting is ‘too often a privilege’

Dr. Davin L. Phoenix is an associate professor in political science at the University of California, Irvine. Samantha S. Canty is a doctoral student studying race and voter turnout in the United States. In this Opinion Piece, they discuss how the changing legal and political landscape in the U.S. has created “potentially insurmountable barriers” to

Will COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter change science and society?

Winston Morgan, Ph.D., is a reader in toxicology and clinical biochemistry at the University of East London, in the United Kingdom. In this opinion piece, he discusses the outcomes of a recent review into why COVID-19 disproportionately affects people from marginalized racial and ethnic groups. He also highlights why societal changes need more than sentiment

COVID-19 vaccine successfully protects macaques against virus

A new study has found that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate is highly effective in protecting rhesus macaque monkeys from the disease. Developing a safe and effective vaccine is central to stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. While emergency measures that authorities put in place to promote physical distancing and protect those

Preventing a pandemic is 500 times cheaper than responding to one

New research indicates that responding to a pandemic, such as the current spread of COVID-19, is 500 times more expensive than taking preventive measures. A new policy brief published in the journal Science has found that preventive measures that would significantly reduce the risk of a pandemic would cost roughly 500 times less than responding

Racial minorities experience higher COVID-19-related discrimination

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, marginalized racial groups and those who wore face masks reported an increase in discrimination from people who thought they might have the virus. The online survey of people living in the United States suggests that between March and April 2020, the percentage of people who experienced discrimination related to COVID-19

Novel coronavirus: What we know so far

The current outbreak of infections with a novel type of coronavirus has sparked global anxiety and concern that the virus might spread too far and too fast and cause dramatic harm before health officials find a way to stop it. But what are the realities of the new coronavirus outbreak? We investigate. In December last