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

The current COVID-19 research has shown that SARS-CoV-2 infections can be transmitted from humans to domestic and non-domestic cats, dogs, and mink while other animals like the ducks, pigs, and chickens are not susceptible to the virus. The establishment of new animal reservoirs of SARS-CoV-2 could pose serious problems for human health in the future. Currently, there’s no evidence of ...

A team of neuroscientists and clinicians are examining the potential link between COVID-19 and the increased risk of Parkinson's disease. The purpose is to identify links and measures to get ahead of the curve. Many scientists are still how SARS-CoV-2 can invade the brain. It is hypothesized that the virus causes insult to the brain cells and neurodegeneration follows on ...

With no FDA approved and licensed vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the current standard of providing care to COVID-19 patients is fluids and fever-reducing medications. To speed the research for new COVID-19 therapies, tests are conducted on repurposing drugs for their abilities to mitigate the virus. Researchers recently reported that statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering medications, are associated with reduced ...

A cross-sectional and monocentric study performed in Italy revealed that COVID-19 affects the retina. The study aimed to reveal the effects of SARS-CoV-2 since it has been known to cause microvascular alterations. Previous studies have revealed that SARS-CoV-2 targets various other body parts aside from the lungs. The study included 54 participants who had developed COVID-19 and 133 unexposed patients. ...

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc as the number of cases is increasing. This also had led to a shortage of personal protective equipment putting healthcare workers at risk. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati study common household fabrics that could work best as masks. They tested the cotton and polyester fabric along with multiple types of silk to ...

Researchers at Hiroshima University found that Ultraviolet C light with a wavelength of 222 nanometres is safe for use around humans and also effectively kills SARS-CoV-2. This is the first research that proves its efficacy against the virus. Other studies that involved studying 222nm UVC have so far established its potency to eradicate seasonal coronaviruses but not COVID-19. The researchers ...

A recent study by researchers in non-human primate rhesus monkeys revealed that baricitinib is effective against COVID-19. The hyperactive immune response in COVID-19 involves both innate and adaptive immunity. Chemokines and pro-inflammatory cytokines are seen at high levels. This has promoted the use of Janus-Kinase inhibitors, which inhibit cytokine release via these pathways. Baricitinib is currently being used in moderate ...

A recently published study showed that bromelain or bromelain rich pineapple stem could be effective against COVID-19. Currently, infected patients are being treated with different anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimalarial drugs. This research studied the effect of bromelain on ACE-2 and TMPRSS2 expression. African green monkey kidney epithelial cells (Vero E6) were chosen as the primary cell line utilized in this ...

The genomic signature deciphered during the ongoing pandemic period is valuable to understand the virus evolutionary patterns and spread across the globe. In the current study, the scientists studied 5,000 suspected COVID-19 cases to investigate the virus introduction events and its spread in central India with data collected from 10 different districts. To identify confirmed COVID-19 cases, they performed a ...

Drug repurposing is identifying new indications for existing, clinically approved drugs. With several existing drug candidates being tested to determine their efficacy in fighting COVID-19, so far, the only drug to achieve significant survival benefit is dexamethasone. The team of researchers applied a novel computational prediction approach that is based on biochemical pathways. Their strategy was based on the poly-pharmacological ...