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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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Covid-19 Stalls Clinical Trials for Everything but Covid-19

Doctors cut out part of her lung. They delivered radiation, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. But Rose Fraenza’s stage 4 lung cancer proved to be stubborn. In search of a new treatment, her doctors’ testing zeroed in on ulixertinib, an experimental drug designed to strike at genetic changes in her tumor. She volunteered for a clinical trial at Smilow Cancer Hospital, the clinical arm of Yale Cancer Center, to try ulixertinib. In March, doctors planned to enroll Fraenza. Then came Covid-19. The pandemic put the study on hold, with no timeline in…

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What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is often compared to its close genetic cousin SARS-CoV-1. And for good reason: The virus responsible for the early 2000s SARS outbreak is, in many ways, the closest parallel to what we’re dealing with now. Researchers look to it when studying how long the new virus survives on surfaces and whether it makes sense for us to wear masks. It provides a guide for how the curve of cases and deaths might bend if we all do our part and stay home. The comparison offers some…

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State Alliances Are Leading the US Fight Against Covid-19

A couple of weeks ago, states from coast to coast were racing to find personal protective equipment and ventilators so their hospitals would be ready for Covid-19. “It was at the height of what seemed like the Hunger Games, everybody out there fighting for their life, people buying orders out from under you,” says David Postman, chief of staff to Washington governor Jay Inslee. Then a phone call between staffers for the governors of Washington and California sparked what would become a new alliance. It made sense they’d start talking.…

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