Immunity to Coronavirus Could Be Lost in Months

A disturbing new study reveals that people who are infected with COVID-19 could lose their immunity to the novel coronavirus within months. Researchers at King’s College London analyzed the blood of infected patients and healthcare workers and found that the levels of protective antibodies peaked about three weeks after the first symptoms appeared. However, those antibodies were found in only 17% of the patients three months later. According to The Daily Caller, in some patients, the antibodies were virtually undetectable. “People are producing a reasonable antibody response to the virus, but…

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Squirrel in Colorado Tests Positive for Bubonic Plague

A squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for bubonic plague, according to a posting on the Jefferson County, Colorado, public health site. The squirrel was found in the Town of Morrison, 17 miles southwest of Denver, and is the first cause of plague in the county, according to officials. “Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, and can be contracted by humans and household animals if proper precautions are not taken,” the site warned. Humans can be infected through bites from infected fleas or by the cough…

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Study: Immune Response Provides Clue Into Why COVID Kills More Older Men

According to a new study, older men are up to twice as likely to become sick and even die from the coronavirus as women of the same age because of their immune response. The study’s findings published Wednesday in Nature indicate men produce a weaker immune response to the virus than woman. According to researchers, men, especially those over the age of 60, might need to depend more on a coronavirus vaccine to protect against the virus. “Natural infection is clearly failing” to create adequate immune responses in men, Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist…

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Tiny Llama Antibodies Might Offer Hope for COVID Treatment Read Newsmax: Tiny Llama Antibodies Might Offer Hope for COVID Treatment | Newsmax.com Urgent: Your Heart Attack Risk Determined Online – More Info

Llamas have unique antibodies that are so tiny they can bind to the proteins of the coronavirus preventing their spread. Scientists are hoping to harness the power of these antibodies to prevent the virus from infecting humans. According to NBC News, researchers from the University of California in San Francisco  developed a molecule in their laboratory using llama antibodies as a model that has proven to be surprising effective in neutralizing the coronavirus.  “It binds to the virus’ protein with an unmatched affinity — we’ve never seen anything like this in…

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Study: Obesity Increases Risk of COVID-19 Death by Nearly 50 Percent

Obesity increases the risk of coronavirus death by nearly 50 percent, according to a study released Wednesday by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, future vaccines may be less effective for the clinically overweight. Researchers at UNC reviewed available data on individuals infected with COVID-19 and found that those with a body mass index over 30 were at a greater risk of hospitalization (113 percent), more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit (74 percent) and had a higher risk of death (48 percent). “All…

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Almost 3,500 Health Experts Sign Letter Supporting Dr. Fauci

As Dr. Anthony Fauci has become “uninvited” to President Donald Trump solo-act White House coronavirus task force daily briefings, thousands of public health experts have written a letter to express their support for the longtime infectious disease leader. “This week and last, the White House mounted a campaign to discredit one of our nation’s leading scientific experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has advised six Presidents on epidemics from HIV to SARS, from Ebola to H1N1 influenza,” a letter from the Center for…

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AI Sweeps Human Pilot in DARPA Dogfight Simulation

A human pilot was swept 5-0 in dogfight simulations against artificial intelligence, which is being hailed as a victory for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The goal of the trial was to give pilots confidence in the future of AI commanding combat aircraft, according to Col. Daniel Javorsek, program manager of DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution Program to Air Force Magazine. Even if a couple of pilots gain confidence in the AI algorithm developed by Heron Systems, “then I’m considering it a success,” Col. Javorsek told the magazine. “That’s the first steps…

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AstraZeneca Denies Fast-Tracking Vaccine for White House

Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca says it has not had any discussions with any U.S. government officials about an emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine, Politico reports. The company’s statement comes a day after the Financial Times reported the White House would consider how to grant an emergency use of the AstraZeneca vaccine if a late-stage clinical trial currently taking place in the U.K. and other countries has positive results. “It would be premature to speculate on that possibility,” the pharmaceutical company said in a statement. The vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford.…

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Abbott Labs Launches 5-Minute Point of Care COVID-19 Test

Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes, and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any healthcare setting. The medical-device maker plans to supply 50,000 tests a day starting April 1, said John Frels, vice president of research and development at Abbott Diagnostics. The molecular test looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome, which can be detected in as little as five minutes when it is present at high levels. A thorough search to…

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FDA Shuts Down Home Tests for Coronavirus

The U.S. Food and Administration has shut down sales of at-home coronavirus kits, according to USA Today. Critics caution these tests might be unreliable, while those in favor say the test kits could save valuable time and resources. But for the time being, companies involved in manufacturing at-home test kits are cooling their heels. That is because the FDA sprang into action March 20 when several startup companies began selling the at-home kit and ordered them to stop. The agency called the kits “fraudulent.” “Fraudulent health claims, tests, and products can…

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