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Antibody-Dependent Enhancement and How it Relates to the Current COVID-19 Pandemic
One of the most disconcerting aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the wide range of presentations that occur across patients. Some are asymptomatic, only finding out that they had the virus through antibody testing, while others can have severe respiratory syndromes requiring a ventilator to stay alive. Outside of predisposing factors like age and comorbidities, it is seemingly random who will struggle and who won’t. While this phenomenon may still baffle us, there is a possible explanation of what is causing such severe lung damage in the most serious cases. The proposed mechanism deals with a process called an antibody-dependent enhancement, and it may have implications in both treating patients with acute infection and the development of a COVID-19 vaccine in the future.
Transmission of COVID-19 on Surfaces
As the pandemic continues, many people are more aware of the importance of maintaining clean surfaces within their homes, businesses, and shared spaces. Determining which surfaces might hold viral material longer than others is vital. Several studies have been conducted, none perfect, but could potentially shed better light on this important concern.
Masks and Social Distancing - The Science Behind
There has been conflicting information in the media about masks and social distancing being wrongfully imposed on US citizens and interfering with their liberties (1).
With the reopening of schools this fall being left mainly to individual districts rather than set nationwide standards, many different approaches have been put forth to tackle this issue. There are a handful of changes that research states should be widely adopted to increase the safety of students, faculty, and staff.
Mental Health: The Impact of COVID-19
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has not only affected physical health, but the mental health of individuals. It is important to recognize and acknowledge the impact this virus has on mental health to be able to better understand and help those affected.
Cardiovascular Effects of COVID-19
It has been hypothesized that individuals who control their blood pressure using ACE inhibitors or ARBs are at a higher risk of contracting the disease and are at higher risk to develop adverse effects from it. It is important to debunk this myth because a large portion of the U.S. society is on those medications
Current Research on Medications for COVID-19
After a new study from the United Kingdom (UK) was published in June, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that “dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19."
July 21, 2020
Pride Month and COVID-19
Because of COVID-19 social isolation guidelines, many Pride parades were canceled in the US and across the globe. In response, organizations have held celebrations online, such as the Brooklyn Parade and West Hollywood Parade.
June 30, 2020
College Student Perceptions of Pandemics
Outbreak management is essential to reduce the impact of COVID-19. Examining perceptions of the public are imperative to develop an understanding of how certain groups in the population are likely to follow behavior strategies to avoid infection.
June 27, 2020
The Epicenter Moves to Texas
This spike in cases is concerning as reports from hospitals indicate they are near capacity, with Texas Medical Center reporting 97% of capacity in its ICU Wednesday and 100% on Thursday, with 27% of those patients testing positive for COIVD-19.
June 25, 2020
Disparities in COVID-19 infection
Disparities in health care are not a new topic in the US, but they became more visible in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis showed again how health disparities influence public health.
June 23, 2020
Spread of COVID-19 in children and symptoms in children
Knowledge of how COVID-19 affects children is very scarce due to initial beliefs that children are affected less than the general population.
June 22, 2020
COVID-19 Cases are on the Rise
Recent reports from health departments in Texas, Arizona, Florida, and California may indicate the second of coronavirus infections has arrived, or the first wave never left.
June 17, 2020