Common cold can help boost immunity against COVID, researchers say

The annoying common cold may yet turn out to be a blessing if researchers with the Imperial College London are correct. Since the pandemic started, researchers have speculated that coronaviruses could offer some cross-reactive immunity against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), and growing evidence points to that direction. Recent studies show that recovery from the common flu can also prevent infection from the coronavirus because of … Continue reading Common cold can help boost immunity against COVID, researchers say

Sarah Palin on COVID-19 vaccines: Over my dead body

Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t hold back against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine Sunday, Dec. 20, during a speaking engagement at the conservative student group Turning Point USA’s Americafest event in Phoenix, Arizona. “Over my dead body,” Palin said as she expressed her stance against getting jabbed with a COVID-19 vaccine. Palin explained that she had … Continue reading Sarah Palin on COVID-19 vaccines: Over my dead body

Study: Recovering from a coronavirus infection gives you lifelong antibody protection… but authorities refuse to recognize natural immunity

People who recover from mild cases of COVID-19 develop antibodies that may protect them from the Wuhan coronavirus, say researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL). In their report, which was published in Nature, the team noted that these immune cells can persist for a lifetime as they continue to produce antibodies. This … Continue reading Study: Recovering from a coronavirus infection gives you lifelong antibody protection… but authorities refuse to recognize natural immunity

The common cold can protect people against coronavirus, study finds

Researchers from Yale University found that exposure to rhinovirus, the most common virus that causes the cold, can jump-start the immune system and protect people against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). The presence of the virus that causes the common cold can begin the activity of interferon-stimulated genes. These are some of the early-response molecules in the immune system. If a person … Continue reading The common cold can protect people against coronavirus, study finds

Testing for a commensal gut bacterium could help identify people at risk of severe COVID-19

A new study suggests that the composition of gut microbiota could help predict COVID-19 severity. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) examined stool samples from COVID-19 patients and found that those who were critically ill had altered gut microbiomes. The researchers also identified a commensal bacterium called Enterococcus faecalis as a strong predictor of COVID-19 severity. E. faecalis is a symbiont with a potential to … Continue reading Testing for a commensal gut bacterium could help identify people at risk of severe COVID-19

Plastic face shields can’t prevent COVID-19 transmission, experts warn

Plastic face shields have become a popular alternative to face masks throughout the pandemic. Besides being less restrictive than a face mask, a face shield allows people to see the wearer’s mouth. This helps people who are hard of hearing understand the wearer better when communicating. However, new research reveals that a face shield does not protect … Continue reading Plastic face shields can’t prevent COVID-19 transmission, experts warn

Coronavirus immunity may last for at least six months after infection

COVID-19 reinfection is highly unlikely for at least six months after the last infection, according to a study by researchers from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The study, published on Nov. 19 as a pre-print, offers valuable insight into COVID-19 immunity that has so far stumped scientists. The findings also confirm that infection provides short-term protection, at least, from … Continue reading Coronavirus immunity may last for at least six months after infection

Hospitalizations drop by 84% in patients treated with HCQ, study shows

A study that will soon be published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents found that a treatment using hydroxychloroquine significantly lowered hospitalizations and mortality rates in coronavirus patients. The study compared two groups of people. The first was a group of 141 patients who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and were treated with a three-drug cocktail … Continue reading Hospitalizations drop by 84% in patients treated with HCQ, study shows

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

Medicinal plants: Potent antiviral herbs to add to your diet

Congestion, fever and sore throat are all symptoms that could point to a viral infection. Fortunately, there are many potent herbs that have been used since ancient times to prevent a viral infection or reduce its severity. These herbs’ antiviral properties can be attributed to the numerous potent compounds they contain. These phytochemicals not only help fight harmful viruses, … Continue reading Medicinal plants: Potent antiviral herbs to add to your diet