Beijing: Chinese and US research teams have jointly discovered two bacterial secreted proteins that can effectively inactivate a series of viruses, including the novel coronavirus, dengue and the HIV, according to a media report. The result "provides a future avenue for the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs that might reduce the clinical burden caused by emerging viral diseases," according to a paper released on bioRxiv, the preprint server for biology, on May 22, state-run Global Times reported here on Tuesday. As the development of virus-specific vaccines and antiviral drugs usually take a great deal of time, broad-spectrum antiviral drugs could be crucial to preventing the spread of new viral diseases in a timely manner, the paper said. The researchers first identified a soil bacterium from the gut of Aedes aegymosquitoes. They then sequenced the whole bacterial genome to characterise the bacterium and identified two proteins that can effectively impair a series of … [Read more...] about Chinese, US scientists identify 2 bacterial secreted proteins effective in inactivating coronavirus
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The debate over whether Americans should wear face masks to control coronavirus transmission has been settled. Governments and businesses now require or at least recommend them in many public settings. But as parts of the country reopen, some doctors want you to consider another layer of personal protective equipment in your daily life: clear plastic face shields. “I wear a face shield every time I enter a store or other building,” Dr. Eli Perencevich said. “Sometimes I also wear a cloth mask if required by the store’s policy.” Perencevich is an infectious disease physician at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System. In an opinion article published last month in JAMA, he and two colleagues argued that simple, clear plastic face shields could help reduce the transmission of infections when added to public health measures like increased testing, contact tracing, social distancing and hand hygiene. The idea is not just a … [Read more...] about You’re getting used to masks. Will you wear a face shield?
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said the recovery rate for Covid-19 cases in the country has seen an upwards trend and has improved from 7.1 per cent in March, when the lockdown was initiated, to 11.42 per cent during the second phase of lockdown. It improved to 26.59 pc in the third phase and to 41.61 per cent now, he said. … [Read more...] about No major side-effects of HCQ in studies in India, can be used as preventive Covid treatment: ICMR
Dr Gregory Glenn said, Novavax’s research chief, said the company has begun the first phase of the trial in which 131 volunteers in the cities of Melbourne and Brisbane will test the safety of the vaccine and look for early signs of the vaccine’s effectiveness. … [Read more...] about Novavax latest to start human trial of Covid-19 vaccine: How is it different?
Former Bigg Boss contestant Mandana Karimi did a LIVE video recently wherein she clarified that she does not have coronavirus, but an eye infection that she caught from cleaning the house with chemicals and rubbing her eyes accidentally. Mandana showed the socket of her eye which was all swollen and had a bruise-like appearance. She thanked fans for their concerns but told them she has not contracted the virus. The BB contestant shared she is suffering from an eye infection, possibly due to the use of sanitisers and chemicals in the house. She added that she feels she might have accidentally rubbed her eye while doing so. Dismissing that she has corona, Mandana said, "Guys, educate yourself before making suggestions to anyone. When you do not even know about symptoms of any sickness, you can't be a doctor or make assumptions." She then talked about her dog Elvis, who is now under the care of her good friend. She said, "I am not giving away my son, Elvis. He is my baby. But because … [Read more...] about Watch: Bigg Boss fame Mandana Karimi clarifies she doesn’t have coronavirus; asks fans to educate themselves