Coronavirus Cases Hit 1 Million Worldwide as Deaths Top 50,000

The world reached two sombre milestones today. There have now been more than 1 million reported cases of covid-19, the pandemic disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Earlier in the day, the reported death toll climbed past 50,000. Both numbers undersell the damage that covid-19 has wrought globally in the span of only a few months. Read More >>

Scientists Are Testing Nitric Oxide to Treat Coronavirus Patients

Scientists in the US, Italy, and elsewhere are experimenting with a familiar medical treatment for the new problem of covid-19. They’ve begun clinical trials meant to find out whether inhaled nitric oxide can save people who are severely sick from the new coronavirus. This treatment might even be used preventatively to keep health care workers infection-free. Read More >>

Some U.S. Medical Schools are Graduating Students Early Because of Covid-19

New York University and others are set to allow medical students to graduate and enter the medical field early – if they want to – all in an effort to shore up hospitals grappling with the Covid-19 epidemic. Read More >>

The Truth of Coronavirus Might Be Worse Than the Conspiracy Theories

The covid-19 pandemic is a disorienting, fast-moving, dangerous crisis that has basically everyone in the world in its grips. As is so often the case in times of disaster, people, including political leaders, are promoting conspiracy theories about the origin, spread, and seriousness of the new coronavirus. Read More >>

Small Trial Finds No Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Works Against Covid-19

A small trial from China may already throw into question whether a treatment touted as a way to save people with severe covid-19 can really work. It found no evidence that the existing drug hydroxychloroquine alone was more effective for patients hospitalised with the novel coronavirus than standard care. However, the results aren’t any more definitive than the earlier research that suggested the drug can work. Read More >>

How Could Covid-19 Cause Someone to Lose Their Sense of Smell?

In early March, 27-year-old California resident Isabella Rosa began to experience symptoms that she would have brushed off as a typical flu just a few months ago. Read More >>

What We Think We Know About the Coronavirus Is Going to Keep Changing

With new information about the novel coronavirus seemingly arriving every hour on the hour, it’s perfectly understandable to feel confused and discombobulated. With that in mind, here’s a mantra I’ve held close to my hopefully healthy lungs for almost three months now: The things we think we know about covid-19 are going to keep changing, and that’s okay. Read More >>

How Optimistic Should We Be About the First Covid-19 Vaccine Trial?

On Monday, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced they had started the first human trial of a possible vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind covid-19, with the first test subject receiving their shot that very day. But while this trial, based in Seattle, Washington, and other upcoming ones are certainly good news, it will still take lots of time and good luck for any vaccine to reach the public. Read More >>

How Medical Students May Help Fight Covid-19

The global coronavirus outbreak will continue to change our lives in ways we can’t yet anticipate. But one of the more relevant questions about this upheaval, given fears that covid-19 will overwhelm our hospitals and doctors, is how medical schools plan to respond to the pandemic and whether medical students will play a part in that response. Read More >>

Covid-19 Is Spreading Far and Wide From People Who Don’t Feel Sick, New Research Finds

More and more research is starting to confirm a troubling suspicion scientists have had about covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus: People without symptoms can not only spread the infection but are actually fuelling its pandemic spread across the globe. Read More >>

Latest Science on Covid-19: First U.S. Transmission, China’s Elusive Patient Zero and More

Our scientific knowledge of covid-19 and the coronavirus that causes it, SARS-CoV-2, is fast expanding. And while much of this research is preliminary, released on preprint servers not yet peer reviewed, it nonetheless could provide key insights about a pandemic that’s set to drastically affect the world for some time. Below are some recent studies about the virus and its health effects. Read More >>

New Scientific Review Compares Alcoholics Anonymous to Therapy

A new analysis of existing research this week suggests that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and similar 12-step facilitated peer counselling programmes (TSF) really can help people dealing with alcohol use disorder to abstain from alcohol. Compared to other methods, like cognitive behavioural therapy, AA-type programmes seem to provide similar benefits in most health-related outcomes. Where AA and TSF programmes may perform better on average is in the percentage of programme participants able to abstain from alcohol for about a year or longer. Read More >>

The Best Sources for COVID-19 Information

The reality of covid-19 has finally started to hit the western world hard. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization decided to describe the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that’s reached over 100 countries as a pandemic. Following that decision, numerous countries have cancelled large public gatherings and the NBA suspended its season, after a player tested positive for the virus. President Trump finally admitted the seriousness of the disease in a prime-time address. Read More >>

Doctors Appear to Have Cured a Second Person of HIV

A new study out Tuesday seems to confirm a remarkable achievement in the world of HIV research. A London man living with HIV who received an experimental stem cell transplant has appeared free of the virus for at least 30 months despite no longer taking medication. They say it’s strong evidence that he may be cured of HIV – the second such case ever documented. Read More >>

Your Coronavirus FAQs, Answered: Wearing Masks, Cancelling Air Travel, and More

The ongoing outbreak of a newly discovered, sometimes fatal coronavirus has many people wondering how much they should be altering their daily lives to avoid infection. We’ve compiled answers to commonly asked questions submitted by our readers, friends, and coworkers. Read More >>