New study shows COVID-19 causes severe blood vessel damage

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that the respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, causes severe damage to blood vessels, leading to widespread thrombosis, a press release by the Angiogenesis Foundation reports. The study was conducted by an international team of medical scientists who compared the lungs of patients who died from COVID-19 with lungs...

Will lockdowns stop COVID-19 pandemic?

A recent study leaded by Johan Giesecke (Swedish top epidemiologist), from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Sweden), points to lockdowns are not the way to stop COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries (and members of their press media) have marvelled at Sweden’s relaxed strategy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: schools and most workplaces have remained open, and police officers were not...

10 post COVID-19 trends

There will be a before and after of this confinement. The return to normalcy so longed for by many will not be a return to the previous daily routine. Now we are all experts in epidemiology and coronavirus (COVID-19). We are hyperinformed, even info-informed, because unfortunately not all the information we receive is real and what is, is not hopeful....

The more RNA virus load, the more organ damage

Among the greatest unknowns of COVID-19 is why the disease is so lethal for some people and so mild for others. Although various hypotheses have been proposed to explain this fact, a team from the Department of Clinical Microbiology at Nanchang University in China has shown that there is a clear relationship between damage to organs and the amount of...

Runners should be further than 1.5 meters apart

The evidence so far indicates that the virus is spread from person to person through small respiratory droplets. When a person sneezes, coughs or even exhales, he or she is emitting small droplets ―often too small to see with the naked eye―, that can carry the virus. The receiving persons can be infected by inhaling these droplets, or by getting...

The first significant mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

Epidemiologists have been anxiously waiting for months for the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic to mutate. Apparently it already has. In this way, a new study claims to have found the first really significant mutation of the pathogen, and for now we can breathe easy. Virus mutations occur naturally as the pathogen jumps from one victim to another. When...

WHO does not endorse an immunity passport

The scientific evidence gathered so far does not provide certainty that a person who has contracted the coronavirus, has recovered, and has generated antibodies is protected against a second infection, leaving behind the idea of an immunity passport, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This is WHO’s reaction to claims by some governments that detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in...

6 new coronavirus symptoms the CDC wants you to know

Since the coronavirus began to hit the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been warning Americans that the three main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Now, the CDC has updated its list of symptoms to include six more signs to look out for. In this way, the whole list of COVID-19...

One in five children had depressive and anxiety symptoms after a month of confinement

For weeks, specialists have warned of the problems that could be caused these days trapped in boys and girls and, now, a study on Chinese schoolchildren provides context to the debate. One in five minors in Hubei province had depressive or anxiety symptoms after a month of confinement at home. More specifically, in Wuhan, the figure for schoolchildren with depressive...