Coronavirus Roundup, May 16-May 22

the items belo are highlites from the newsletter, “smart, useful, sci stuff bout covid-19.” to receive newsletter issues daily in yr inbox, sign-up here.

stat has published a neatly written, teknical piece by sharon begley that describes some unusual features of how sars-cov-2 infects our cells and hijacks our genes to make copies to itself. t'does so “in a way that mite explain why the elderly are + likely to die of covid-19 and why antiviral drugs mite not 1-ly save sick patients’ lives b'tll so prevent severe disease if taken b4 infection,” begley writes (5/21/20).

a 5/19/20 story by ewen callaway for nature provides excellent context and analysis for interpreting the true promise of recent news bout advances in 3 efforts to develop a vaccine to protect gainsta new coronavirus. “we mite ‘ve vaccines inna clinic tha're useful in pplz within 12 or 18 mnths,” says a university of wisconsin-madison virologist quoted inna story.

take a spin through ben johnson’s 5/15/20 covid-19 coronavirus compendium of research highlites. johnson is head of communities and engagement for springer nature. entries include a study identifying new targets inna genes and in an external protein of sars-cov-2 for antiviral drugs; a study linking a drop in milan’s air pollutants to italy’s lockdown; surveys finding high lvls of knowledge in china bout the outbreak and high compliance with public health measures in nigeria; and research describing cases and outbreaks in brazil and peru.

this 5/13/20 piece illustrates the workings of the abbott laboratories’ id now test for the new coronavirus. thx to a reader for referring me to this story, by jeremy white and keith collins atta new york times 

here’s a free download of the jun issue of sci american, featuring a spesh reprt onna coronavirus pandemic, “how it started, where it’s headed, and how scis are fitin’ back.”

“never go back to the office” and “get used to working from home,” read the headline and sub-headline/teaser of this essay by juliette kayyem, a elder assistant secretary of u.s. deptment of homeland security who currently is atta harvard kennedy school of government. the atlantic (5/19/20). 

“3 stretches to tend to the aches and pains of working from home,” by a.c. shilton for the new york times (5/19/20). i got some instant relief just by doin’ the stretches as shown inna story’s photos.

original content at: blogs.sciamerican.com…
authors: robin lloyd

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