Pfizer demands “emergency” authorization from FDA for experimental Covid-19 vaccine

After declaring its own experimental Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine to be “safe,” “effective,” and ready to go, drug giant Pfizer is now planning to file for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In a press release, Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech indicated plans to immediately petition the FDA for fast-tracked approval … Continue reading Pfizer demands “emergency” authorization from FDA for experimental Covid-19 vaccine

Researchers develop coronavirus vaccine that is INHALED through the nose or mouth… be careful where you BREATHE

Vaccine researchers are studying the effectiveness of a Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine that can be delivered intranasally (through the nose) or through the mouth. The researchers said there is evidence that this type of vaccine can better protect people against the virus. They also believe that a nasal or inhaled vaccine will be easier to distribute around the world. Most … Continue reading Researchers develop coronavirus vaccine that is INHALED through the nose or mouth… be careful where you BREATHE

SCIENCE FAIL: Portuguese court rules PCR tests are unreliable, unlawful “evidence” of alleged Covid-19 infections

Quarantining people based solely on a “positive” PCR test is no longer lawful in Portugal, thanks to a court decision ruling the test to be inherently unreliable, and thus fraudulent for policy-making purposes. Citing Jaafar et al. 2020, the court determined that the PCR test produces varying results depending on an individual’s viral load, as well as … Continue reading SCIENCE FAIL: Portuguese court rules PCR tests are unreliable, unlawful “evidence” of alleged Covid-19 infections

Immunity developed from previous infection with endemic coronaviruses reduces COVID-19 severity – study

Previous infection with other coronaviruses may lessen the severity of COVID-19, reports a new study. Researchers at Boston University found that owing to genetic similarities with the SARS-CoV-2, prior exposure to other coronaviruses primes the immune system to mount a better response to the virus responsible for COVID-19. Although this doesn’t prevent people from contracting COVID-19, it does lessen the severity … Continue reading Immunity developed from previous infection with endemic coronaviruses reduces COVID-19 severity – study

Mutation has caused the coronavirus to become more contagious but less deadly, says new study

Recent studies have shown that mutation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, is not only becoming more prevalent but is also more contagious than its original strain. This potentially makes the virus more virulent than when it first spread out in Wuhan, China — where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. In fact, American scientists … Continue reading Mutation has caused the coronavirus to become more contagious but less deadly, says new study

Scientists find that the coronavirus has another doorway to infect human cells

The deadly pathogen behind the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have yet another doorway to get into human cells, suggest two new papers published in the journal Science. The teams behind the papers independently discovered a protein called the neuropilin-1 receptor, which they say is an alternative doorway for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus – the proper name for the coronavirus behind COVID-19 – to … Continue reading Scientists find that the coronavirus has another doorway to infect human cells

Wearing face masks can trigger eczema flare-ups in people with sensitive skin, warn scientists

Face masks worn to reduce Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission can trigger eczema flare-ups in people with sensitive skin and allergies. These are the findings of a recent case study presented at this year’s virtual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). The case study involved a Black man aged 60 years with adult-onset … Continue reading Wearing face masks can trigger eczema flare-ups in people with sensitive skin, warn scientists

CDC: Coronavirus 5 times deadlier than the flu for hospitalized patients

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that patients hospitalized with the Wuhan coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are five times more likely to die than those with influenza. In addition to a higher mortality rate, the study also found that COVID-19 patients are at higher risk for 17 additional health complications than flu patients. … Continue reading CDC: Coronavirus 5 times deadlier than the flu for hospitalized patients

Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

A new study reveals that people who live in highly polluted areas are more likely to die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. Researchers from Harvard University looked at the impact of particles less than 2.5 micrometers in size (PM2.5) from various sources, such as vehicle exhausts, on COVID-19 health outcomes. According to their findings, which appeared in the journal Science Advances, even … Continue reading Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

Study: Coronavirus social distancing measures will trigger a flu surge next winter

Social distancing and other measures meant to slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) this year could result in a surge of flu cases next year. This is according to a new study by researchers from Princeton University. According to the researchers, social distancing and other so-called non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) have helped slow down COVID-19, as … Continue reading Study: Coronavirus social distancing measures will trigger a flu surge next winter