Award-winning scientist says coronavirus was created at Wuhan lab

New research out of the University of Hamburg in Germany found that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was, in fact, created in a Chinese lab. According to world-renowned researcher Roland Wiesendanger, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the true “cause” of the Chinese virus, not bats at a Wuhan wet market as the world was originally told. The paper challenges the … Continue reading Award-winning scientist says coronavirus was created at Wuhan lab

FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can kill the coronavirus within 48 hours, reports new study

An anti-parasitic medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can be used against the Wuhan coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), reports a new study. Australian researchers discovered that ivermectin, a semi-synthetic drug commonly used to treat head lice, scabies, ascariasis and other parasitic infections, can effectively kill SARS-CoV-2 within 48 hours in culture. “We found that even a single dose … Continue reading FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can kill the coronavirus within 48 hours, reports new study

China blocks WHO investigation team probing coronavirus origins from entering the country

China has blocked a team of scientists investigating the Wuhan coronavirus’s origins from entering the country. According to Chinese officials, the visas of the World Health Organization (WHO) team had not yet been approved. The WHO has been trying to send a team consisting of global health experts from different countries for some months now. WHO Health Emergencies … Continue reading China blocks WHO investigation team probing coronavirus origins from entering the country

Study on coronavirus mouth infection may explain patients’ loss of taste

The loss of taste and smell is one of the most common and peculiar symptoms of COVID-19. While it’s not rare for viral upper respiratory infections to cause a temporary or even permanent loss of those senses, the symptom is particularly prevalent in COVID-19. Still, little is known about why many COVID-19 patients have it. Now, an international team of … Continue reading Study on coronavirus mouth infection may explain patients’ loss of taste

Green tea compounds block key enzyme that allows coronavirus to replicate – study

A study published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science shows that chemical compounds in green tea and other plant-based foods can block the activity of a key enzyme in the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Researchers at North Carolina State University (NC State) found that many polyphenols in these foods are able to inhibit the function of “main protease” (Mpro) … Continue reading Green tea compounds block key enzyme that allows coronavirus to replicate – study

Melatonin therapy a promising coronavirus treatment – study

Melatonin is a hormone mainly produced by the pineal gland. Commonly known as a natural sleep regulator, it also plays a role in gene expression and cancer prevention and has the rare ability to enter the mitochondria. As a potent antioxidant, it helps prevent mitochondrial damage and energy failure caused by oxidation. Recent studies also show that melatonin may help … Continue reading Melatonin therapy a promising coronavirus treatment – study

CDC reduces coronavirus quarantine period to 10 days

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reduced the quarantine period to 10 days for asymptomatic people who had close contact with those infected with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19. The CDC also said that those who continue to show no symptoms and have tested negative for the virus can exit quarantine seven days after contact. Dr. John Brooks, the chief medical officer for the … Continue reading CDC reduces coronavirus quarantine period to 10 days

Expert points out “shaky science” behind AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trial results

An expert has warned that results from AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trials are based on “shaky science.” Scientist-turned-writer Hilda Bastian pointed out that data on the British drugmaker’s COVID-19 vaccine, developed with the University of Oxford, has been “patched together” and excludes groups with the highest COVID-19 risk. Bastian wrote in a piece for Wired that AstraZeneca’s data came from two separate studies … Continue reading Expert points out “shaky science” behind AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trial results

Study: Patients still have immunity to coronavirus 6 months after testing positive

A study by British researchers found that patients may still have some form of immunity to COVID-19 long after the antibodies specific to the Wuhan coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) have fallen below detectable levels. Researchers from Public Health England (PHE) and the U.K. Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC), a public research initiative established to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, found that the T cell levels of coronavirus … Continue reading Study: Patients still have immunity to coronavirus 6 months after testing positive

Study tests 130,000 children for coronavirus, finds only 4 percent ever had it

A study led by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows that only four percent of the children tested in seven of the nation’s major pediatric centers were infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Published Nov. 23 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the findings suggest that children are less likely to catch the disease and may be able to mount a better … Continue reading Study tests 130,000 children for coronavirus, finds only 4 percent ever had it