Health

mutates

What happens when coronavirus mutates?

July 3, 2020 11:34 am

Mutations arise as the virus replicates and new, slightly imperfect, copies are made of the genetic material

lancet

Is the Lancet becoming too political?

July 1, 2020 9:12 am

Playing politics makes it easy for critics to question your intentions

french

In praise of French doctors

June 27, 2020 11:43 am

Thirty-five years ago, my nurse had competed against an English team who played rugby with a violence that was incredible

drugs

The drugs that can help us defeat COVID-19

June 24, 2020 12:01 pm

Anti-virals and anti-inflammatories are potential strategies

second

Why hasn’t the second COVID surge led to more deaths?

June 23, 2020 7:36 am

There are four possibilities

covid

How to work out the real COVID death toll

June 20, 2020 9:10 am

Figuring out the real infection rate is very difficult. Probably the best way is through antibody tests

xanax pharma

The joy of Xanax

June 8, 2020 6:20 pm

Back in her examination room, I presented her with my sample

second wave

Is the second wave of COVID coming?

June 8, 2020 9:06 am

Six states are showing a worrying spike in COVID-19 infections

germany

Is this why Germany has escaped lightly from coronavirus?

May 31, 2020 2:48 pm

It is hard to explain different death rates simply by the different approaches taken by governments

immunity

Immunity to coronavirus may be far more widespread than thought

May 30, 2020 12:08 pm

If some of the population have a degree of resistance thanks to previous infection with other coronaviruses then the numbers change

covid

The way ‘COVID deaths’ are being counted is a scandal

May 28, 2020 11:08 am

We have no idea how many lives have really been lost to the disease

sewage

How sewage tests could save us from COVID-19

May 27, 2020 8:16 am

Human body waste could prove to be an extremely useful ‘leading indicator’, Yale study finds

vaccine

Three reasons why a coronavirus vaccine might not be possible

May 23, 2020 10:14 am

Although it is important to mitigate loss of life wherever possible, we can never reduce risk to zero

herd immunity

‘Herd immunity’ is impossible without a vaccine

May 20, 2020 11:36 pm

The trouble with coronaviruses is that they have evolved to keep re-infecting us

flu

Stanford study suggests coronavirus might not be as deadly as flu

May 20, 2020 6:53 am

All their estimates for IFR are markedly lower than the figures thrown about a couple of months ago

President Trump and Speaker Pelosi

Pelosi goes full Trump

May 19, 2020 6:10 pm

This one might give the President a bellyache

vaccine

Will a vaccine really be ready by September?

May 18, 2020 1:39 pm

Things work differently in a crisis. There is a desperation to get things done

vitamin D

The growing evidence on vitamin D and COVID

May 18, 2020 9:56 am

Vitamin D deficiency may or may not help to prevent you catching the virus, but it does affect whether you get very sick from it

cold

Could having a cold protect against COVID?

May 15, 2020 8:24 am

Immunity from other influenza viruses helped protect the population during the outbreak of swine flu

maskless mask unmasked

A generation unmasked

May 12, 2020 6:06 pm

The furor over the maskless VE celebration highlights the forces driving this moment of national fear and submission

french doctor benoit

Shrieks, shots and broken china: a visit to my rural French doctor

May 12, 2020 12:14 pm

As we all sat in the waiting room, we wondered what social enormity the doctor might commit next

snob

COVID-19 is a terrible snob

May 11, 2020 8:17 am

Survival of the richest

adele
nothing covid

We know everything — and nothing — about COVID

May 6, 2020 11:19 pm

It is data, not modeling, that we need now

mutation

Have we been fighting a very different disease to China?

May 4, 2020 8:56 am

New research on mutations of the virus suggests so