Immunology

COVID-19: Myths And Reality About Weather And Seasonality

You've probably gotten a summer cold, perhaps even the flu, even though the weather is warm. SARS-CoV-2, the 2019 form of coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic, is in the same family as the common cold, so it is correct that heat will kill it, ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 28 2020 - 11:21am

Yaws: Infectious Disease Of 2000 BC

Yaws is a childhood disease causing highly infectious skin lesions. It is spread by touch and, in advanced cases, can leave sufferers with severe bone disfigurement. While it is easily curable in its early stages today, and is almost eradicated, the bone d ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 22 2020 - 4:52pm

Pandemic Work Bubbles Can Help Businesses Reopen

Businesses would like to return to business as usual and government officials reliant on taxes desperately need a return to normal. The people arguing lockdowns need to occur indefinitely live on Twitter. How can it be done safely? The example of Bombardie ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 30 2020 - 7:42pm

Masks Significantly Reduce Spread Of COVID-19- Are Laws Needed?

A study using Ontario's 34 Public Health Units over the course of two months found that wearing a mask can have a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19. No argument there, anyone would be worried if their surgeon showed up in the operating room ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 8 2020 - 1:48pm

We Don't Need Social Authoritarian Laws To Prevent Coronavirus Spread, We Need Empathy

A new study finds that people are more motivated to use face masks and keep our distance not because experts or government bureaucrats say we should, but because we have empathy for vulnerable people. In two surveys in the United States, the United Kingdo ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 14 2020 - 2:37pm

Confirmed: New York City's Rampant Coronavirus Outbreak From Not Restricting European Travel

In February of 2020 there was a lot of confusion about how to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the 2019 form of coronavirus that erupted in Wuhan, China. Much of the confusion was caused by political operatives and allied journalists. The federal governme ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 26 2020 - 8:55am

Paper Posits That Daily Solar Radiation Is A Key Factor In Epidemics

Viral respiratory epidemics like the flu spike cyclically during autumn and winter- but only in the temperate regions of the globe's northern and southern hemispheres. In the equatorial belt, they happen all year round, at lower levels. A new numerica ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 3 2020 - 11:21am

Like Influenza, SARS-CoV-2 Could Evolve Resistance To COVID-19 Vaccines

With the third coronavirus pandemic of the last 17 years, and this one worse than ever, there is a great deal of talk about a vaccine. Pfizer set off a lot of excitement with its preliminary results, which exceeded the 50 percent scientists expected. And t ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 9 2020 - 7:39pm

Vaccination Opponents Drive An Epidemic Of COVID-19 Misinformation

There is a saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So, it should come as no surprise that vaccine skeptics worldwide are sounding the alarm about the flu shot as a real danger in the COVID-19 pandemic. Confused? Well, it tu ...

Article - W. Glen Pyle - Nov 23 2020 - 1:03pm

R0 And Why We'll Need 70 Percent Vaccination To Stop COVID-19

It has been clear for a while that, at least in the U.S., the only way out of the coronavirus pandemic will be through vaccination. The rapid deployment of coronavirus vaccines is underway, but how many people need to be vaccinated in order to control thi ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 5 2021 - 10:57am