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Affected olfactory support cells responsible for loss of smell in COVID-19

August 18, 2020

A majority of COVID-19 patients experience a temporary loss of smell, medically termed anosmia. Analyses of health records indicate that COVID-19 patients are 27 times more likely to have some level of anosmia but are only around 2.2 to 2.6 times more likely to have fever, cough or respiratory difficulty, compared to patients without COVID-19. […]

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Clinical guidelines about COVID-19’s impact on the body beyond the lungs published

July 24, 2020

When COVID-19 first gained traction in the US, in early March 2020, there was little clinical guidance on treating the effects of the disease. Physicians on the frontline of the outbreak in New York quickly realised that COVID-19 was more than just a respiratory infection, and have since published a comprehensive review of the disease’s […]

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Worldwide biosurveillance network needed to protect from diseases from unchecked wildlife trade

July 15, 2020

The severity of COVID-19 highlights the need for widespread pathogen screening and monitoring to better understand, predict and contain outbreaks in wildlife and humans. A group of eight researchers from San Diego Zoo Global in California, US, recommend a “decentralised” disease surveillance system which builds in-country capacity for addressing such challenges – the network would […]

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Possible remedy against antibiotic-resistant MRSA infections found in marine algae

July 6, 2020

German researchers have successfully discovered marine molecules as potential remedy against infections and skin cancer in an alga and its fungal symbiont originating from the Kiel Fjord in Germany.The brown alga Fucus vesiculosus (bladder wrack) from the Kiel Fjord was found to inhibit the pathogenic bacterium Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is believed to cause […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Are doctors oblivious to mental health illness?

June 26, 2020

Depression, a mental health disorder, is a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a common illness, which has affected millions globally, and the numbers continue to rise.  While there have been known and available treatments for mental disorders, access to mental health care is lacking and inadequate […]

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Japanese researchers find COVID-19 patients with no symptoms “unlikely” to develop them later on

June 18, 2020

A recent study by Japanese researchers found that most COVID-19 patients with no symptoms (asymptomatic) will stay that way – researchers from Fujita Health University Okazaki Medical Center in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, studied some 128 asymptomatic coronavirus patients who were aboard the much-talked-about Diamond Princess cruise ship; these included 96 passengers who tested positive for […]

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WHO official reveals coronavirus spread by asymptomatic people ‘appears to be rare’

June 12, 2020

A health official from the World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed the spread of COVID-19 by asymptomatic individuals “appears to be rare” but can still happen. WHO’s coronavirus response team have yet to find significant secondary transmission of the novel coronavirus from asymptomatic cases, even after looking at data from countries who are currently doing […]

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Face mask usage imperative to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19

June 5, 2020

SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is known to be spread by asymptomatic people via infectious aerosols. This incidence “deeply underscores the ongoing importance of regular widespread testing, wearing masks and physical distancing to reduce the spread of the virus,” according to an excerpt by experts at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), […]

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Covid-19: Children more susceptible than previously assumed

May 28, 2020

By Mohani Niza Despite affecting more adults than children in general, new studies are showing that children are more susceptible to the novel coronavirus than previously thought. One study for example, titled ‘Characteristics and Outcomes of Children With Novel coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection Admitted to US and Canadian Pediatric Intensive Care Units’, published in […]

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New COVID-19 test kit developed by Singapore can detect virus infection in just an hour

May 18, 2020

Singapore-based Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) has developed a new COVID-19 test kit, cPass that takes just an hour to detect if someone has been infected before, instead of the usual several days. Besides checking what proportion of the population has already been infected and maintaining contact tracing, a critical measure employed by Singapore, the new […]

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