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All about COVID19 - An initiative from WhiteCoats that brings together updates from top curated resources exclusively for healthcare professionals

With the rise of the pandemic, scientists today are focusing on understanding how the host immune system responds to the virus to better shape public health responses and develop effective vaccines. A new study reports the T cell memory response to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, recombinant nucleocapsid protein, and other pooled peptides derived from convalescent patients. This study included 13 ...

In a retrospective study 489 patients were included whose vitamin D level was measured before being tested for COVID-19. It was concluded that patients who had vitamin D deficiency were twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19. Vitamin D is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. Previously, vitamin D supplements have shown to lower the risk ...

According to a population study based in Italy, people who have had COVID-19 should be retested 4 or more weeks after symptoms appear for the first time. This is because SARS-CoV-2 takes an average of 30 days to clear from the body after the first positive test result and an average of 36 days after symptoms first appear. However, the ...

Since the first cases of SARS-CoV-2 were identified in Wuhan, China, late last year, researchers have established that a viral surface structure called the spike protein is highly immunogenic. The receptor-binding domain (RBD) of this viral protein has been shown to elicit neutralizing antibodies as early as 3 days following the onset of symptoms. Still, the question if serological memory ...

According to research, a weaker immune system is not the cause of lung failure in severe COVID-19 infections. A study was conducted on specific antibodies and T cells occurring in recovered, seriously ill, and the deceased Covid-19 patients. A comparable immune reaction was found by the researchers in the clinical follow-up. Antibodies and T-lymphocytes are one of the most important ...

Preliminary findings of the research show that a product in insect repellent can kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Scientists conducted the study to see if insect repellents would provide a protective layer against COVID-19, which contains Citriodiol, a clinically proven insect repellent. In the study, DSTL was tasked by MoD Surgeon General to examine the antiviral activity of Citriodiol, and Mosi-Guard ...

A new study reveals that the pandemic causing virus may spread via aerosols in drainage pipes in bathrooms after examining the bathroom of a closed apartment in China. Several studies have revealed that COVID-19 can spread through aerosols in the hospital setting as well. Even though initially the WHO said that the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 could occur during medical ...

Women seem to have a survival advantage over men when it comes to the recent coronavirus pandemic. A recent retrospective study showed that the risk of infection is high for premenopausal women but the risk of death is much higher for men in the same age group. This throws some light on the protective nature of estradiol therapy in women. ...

After months of battling with the pandemic, the effects of the virus in many ways are still unknown. But a recent study published shows that whey protein in human breast milk efficiently prevents infection with SARS-CoV-2 as well as post-entry viral replication. According to the researchers, the study shows that the presence of whey protein inhibits viral attachment as well ...

Although the number of people infected with the recent pandemic has crossed a 20 million mark, data on how the virus affects pregnant women have been limited. An early study shows that transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy was unlikely but a handful of more recent studies have suggested there may be isolated instances in which such viral transmission ...