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How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California’s mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened. As July 4th approaches, the mood has soured. Infection rates and hospitalizations are rising fast. Most bars have been ordered closed along with […]

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Existing drugs can prevent SARS-CoV-2 from hijacking cells

An international team of researchers has analyzed how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, hijacks the proteins in its target cells. The research, published in the journal Cell, shows how the virus shifts the cell’s activity to promote its own replication and to infect nearby cells. The scientists also identified seven clinically approved drugs that […]

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Could a cat allergy save you from a severe case of Covid-19?

Could a cat allergy save you from a severe case of Covid-19? Evidence suggests that everyday allergies could offer protection against coronavirus Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19 People who are cursing their hay fever right now may want to think again. A growing body of evidence suggests that everyday allergies could actually […]

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The voices missing from South Africa’s response to COVID-19

Ten days after South Africa reported its first case of COVID-19 on 5 March 2020, the government moved quickly to declare a national state of disaster. Within days a National Coronavirus Command Council had been formed, travel restrictions imposed and schools closed. A national lockdown was announced on 23 March. This remains in force though […]