Europe Global 

“No Evidence” People With Covid-19 Antibodies Are Immune From Second Infection, Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned there is “no evidence” that people with antibodies to Covid-19 have necessarily acquired immunity to the disease and are protected against a second infection. Some countries, such as Germany, are looking to roll out “immunity passports” that would allow people to be free from some lockdown measures if they can prove they have recovered from Covid-19. However, the WHO has warned governments against this idea as the effectiveness of antibody testing has not been proven.  “As of 24 April 2020, no study has evaluated…

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Africa Asia Australasia Europe Global North America South America 

The Coronavirus Shows Why We Have to Tackle the Obesity Crisis

Every critical care specialist attending COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit where I have been filling in as an intensive care physician for the past two weeks makes the same observation: Our patients seem almost universally obese, while most ill but stable patients elsewhere in the hospital have lower body masses. Critical care doctors in other parts of the country, as well as my colleagues in Europe, report seeing the same thing. New research backs up the anecdotal observations. Data from my institution, NYU Langone, shows that body mass…

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Global North America 

Heres How Covid-19 Immunity Compares to Other Diseases

One of the many unknowns about the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is how we might become immune to it. When you get infected with viruses, along with other baddies like bacteria, your immune system fights back by producing proteins called antibodies. These stick around for the long haul, and your body is prepared to churn out more of them if you come into contact with the pathogen again. It’s how vaccines work: By introducing a dead or weakened version of a virus to your immune system, you trick it into producing…

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