Tag Archives: infection

The Quest for Herd Immunity

Vaccines greatly reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA). Vaccination protects people from getting the disease and passing on the pathogen, thus breaking any chains of transmission. And, vaccination of a significant …

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COVID-19: Chances of Re-infection

In the case of a viral infection, the body’s first protective action is a non-specific innate response, where macrophages, neutrophils, and dendritic cells slow the progress of the pathogen and may even prevent any symptoms from occurring. The next protective action is an adaptive response (cellular immunity), with the body …

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Roche /Atea Pharmaceuticals collaborate to develop oral COVID-19 treatment

Roche and Atea Pharmaceutical are collaborating to develop, manufacture, and distribute Atea’s investigational oral direct-acting antiviral AT-527, which acts by blocking the viral RNA polymerase enzyme needed for viral replication. It is currently undergoing phase 2 clinical trial for hospitalized patients with moderate COVID-19, with phase 3 clinical trial expected …

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Utility of Various Biomarkers in Management of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked off mounting crisis in every sphere of our lives, and we are realizing that this unceasing outbreak is yet to beget profound consequences. WHO announced COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.1 The early strategy to mitigate this pandemic has been largely limited to …

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A vaccine is a preparation used to prevent a particular disease by triggering an immune response to the disease without actually suffering from the disease. Step-by-step protection against childhood infection is vital for a healthy life. Side effects of vaccination, in general, are fever, pain, and swelling at the site …

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At-home Use Antibodies Tests in Question

The United Kingdom’s Royal College of Pathologists has called for more stringent rules on kits sold directly to consumers, warning that they can “mislead the public and put individuals at risk”. They say that the tests should be used with professional back-up and should give the right results that are …

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