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A second COVID-19 wave could be avoided if social distancing and the use of face masks are maintained: study

Individual behavior will have a significant effect on preventing a large second wave of COVID-19 infections. In fact, maintaining social distancing and other interventions such as the use of face masks and hand hygiene could remove the need for future lockdowns, according to a modeling study performed by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), […]

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Am I immune to COVID-19 if I have antibodies?

Perhaps the most important question now about COVID-19 is the degree to which a prior infection protects from a second infection by the new coronavirus. This affects vaccine development and herd immunity and is something for each of us to consider as antibody tests are now available. I am a physician scientist and have a […]

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Researchers ask if survivor plasma could prevent coronavirus

Survivors of COVID-19 are donating their blood plasma in droves in hopes it helps other patients recover from the coronavirus. And while the jury’s still out, now scientists are testing if the donations might also prevent infection in the first place. Thousands of coronavirus patients in hospitals around the world have been treated with so-called […]

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Modelling predicts COVID-19 resurgence if physical distancing relaxed

If physical distancing measures in Ontario are relaxed too much or too quickly, the province could see hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as well as exponential growth in deaths, concludes new research involving a University of Guelph infectious disease modeller. The findings, contained in a research letter published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that […]

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If you vape you're at higher risk of gum disease, study suggests

E-cigarette users are 50 per cent more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers, study finds A New York University College of Dentistry study of 119 people provided findings Study focused on people who were smokers, non-smokers or used e-cigarettes Examining saliva of people that use vapes, researchers found more bacteria People who vape may […]

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The science Of Breaking Bad: Would you know if meth was cooked inside your house?

The highly anticipated Breaking Bad movie El Camino story line focusing on drug production is more relevant than ever—with contamination of houses from methamphetamine cooking or smoking an increasing public health problem around the world. Researchers from Flinders University—Dr. Jackie Wright, Associate Professor Stewart Walker and Dr. Kirstin Ross—have analysed the contamination levels in everyday […]