Coronavirus lockdowns causing jump in suicides among middle-class workers in India

The ongoing Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the measures to slow its spread are taking a serious mental toll on people around the world. In India, suicides among professionals are on the rise as the pandemic has forced companies to cut jobs, exacerbating what has been a growing problem for the country. Even before the … Continue reading Coronavirus lockdowns causing jump in suicides among middle-class workers in India

Coronavirus can cause acute kidney damage in over a third of patients, says study

A new study conducted by New York-based healthcare provider Northwell Health found that over a third of patients treated for COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus, developed acute kidney injury. “We found in the first 5,449 patients admitted, 36.6% developed acute kidney injury,” said co-author Kenar Jhaveri in a statement. In their report, which was … Continue reading Coronavirus can cause acute kidney damage in over a third of patients, says study

Can the common cold help fight SARS-CoV-2?

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is markedly different from those responsible for the common cold. But a new study suggests that previous exposure to common cold coronaviruses may actually help train the immune system to recognize the novel coronavirus. The study, published in the journal Science, found that immune cells that recognize the coronaviruses responsible for the common … Continue reading Can the common cold help fight SARS-CoV-2?

Why are viruses so challenging to treat?

There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about how the coronavirus pandemic will end. Some are putting their hopes on a vaccine, while others believe it would be enough to find an effective treatment for those who are hit with the more severe form of the disease. However, some experts are reminding us … Continue reading Why are viruses so challenging to treat?

Coronavirus can break your heart – literally – says new study

Getting COVID-19 is heartbreaking news for anyone. But a new study reveals that the disease is heartbreaking in more ways than one, especially since it’s been found to tear heart muscles to shreds – at least in vitro. The ability of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus behind the deadly pandemic – to invade the heart muscle and effectively “dice” … Continue reading Coronavirus can break your heart – literally – says new study

People deficient in vitamin D have a higher risk of COVID-19, reports new study

A person’s vitamin D status may determine his susceptibility to COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. In a new study published September 4, researchers at the University of Chicago found that, compared to people with normal vitamin D levels, those who were deficient in the vitamin have a greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19. In line … Continue reading People deficient in vitamin D have a higher risk of COVID-19, reports new study

Coronavirus found to have the ability to infect brain cells, says research

SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, continues to baffle even the most knowledgeable infectious disease experts. To add to the confusion, researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine now suggest that the virus can potentially be neurotrophic. In their recent report, which was published in the journal Altex, the team detailed how the Wuhan coronavirus can infect the human brain and even replicate … Continue reading Coronavirus found to have the ability to infect brain cells, says research

Study finds coronavirus patients have rashes INSIDE their mouths

Spanish researchers may have discovered a new symptom of COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. After observing infected patients at a tertiary care hospital, the researchers found that one-third had rash-like splotches not only on their arms and legs, but also on the roofs of their mouths. The researchers, who are all affiliated with the Ramon y … Continue reading Study finds coronavirus patients have rashes INSIDE their mouths

Depressed mood, anxiety may also be symptoms of coronavirus infection – study

The Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) has addled both researchers and health workers alike. After it was first detected in Wuhan, China late last year, experts have seen it develop from a respiratory infection to a disease that causes multiple organ failure at its worst. Now, an international study suggests that COVID-19 may even impact the central nervous system, … Continue reading Depressed mood, anxiety may also be symptoms of coronavirus infection – study

UK study shows COVID-19 antibodies fade quickly, rendering vaccines pointless

COVID-19 has proven time and time again that it’s unlike any other illness society has faced, and a new study shows that preventing the disease is going to be incredibly challenging, as infections do not give people long-term immunity to the disease as many had hoped. This is according to a study that was recently carried out … Continue reading UK study shows COVID-19 antibodies fade quickly, rendering vaccines pointless