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These Coronavirus Exposures Might Be the Most Dangerous

As with any other poison, viruses are usually deadlier in larger amounts.
Tags: News, Viruses, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Where citizen science meets the coronavirus—and how you can help

Since being founded in 2008, the crowdsourced protein-folding game, Foldit, has helped solve many novel problems. In recent months, the Foldit team has presented its community with problems relating to COVID-19. Foldit founder, David Baker, says over 20,000 different designs for potential COVID-19 antiviral proteins have been submitted. In 2008, University of Washington professor David Baker created the Foldit research project. As a protein research scientist he had spent a good portion of h...
Tags: Facebook, Crowdsourcing, Biology, Public Health, Chemistry, Medical Research, Innovation, Rosetta, Viruses, Baker, Derek, University of Washington, Ed Yong, David Baker, Yong, COVID

High-Dose Coronavirus Infections Should Worry Us More

As with any other poison, viruses are usually more dangerous in larger amounts.
Tags: News, Viruses, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

ImmunityBio and Microsoft team up to precisely model how key COVID-19 protein leads to infection

An undertaking that involved combining massive amounts of graphics processing power could provide key leverage for researchers looking to develop potential cures and treatments for the novel coronavirus behind the current global pandemic. Immunotherapy startup ImmunityBio is working with Microsoft’s Azure to deliver a combined 24 petaflops of GPU computing capability for the purposes of modelling, in a very high degree of detail, the structure o the so-called “spike protein” that allows the SARS...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Nvidia, Vaccination, Machine Learning, Vaccine, Biotech, Viruses, Gpu, Coronavirus, COVID-19, ImmunityBio

Researchers to study if startup’s wrist-worn wearable can detect early COVID-19 respiratory issues

It’s highly unlikely that the current coronavirus crisis will neatly and fully “solved” by any one endeavor or solution, which makes news studies like one involving startup WHOOP’s wrist-worn fitness and health tracking wearable all the more important. The study, conducted by the Central Queensland University Australia (CQUniversity), in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, will employ data collected WHOOP’s hardware with hundreds of volunteers who have self-identified as having contracted COV...
Tags: Travel, Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Fitness, Startup, Arizona, University Of Arizona, Biotech, Viruses, Whoop, UCSF, Cleveland Clinic, Coronavirus

Why factory farms are a "perfect storm" for disease pandemics

As far back as 2007, researchers warned about a novel coronavirus emerging from SARS. Long before that, experts knew that factory farms create the conditions for pandemics. Pandemics will be part of our lives as long as we continue our current methods of meat production. In 2007, a team of researchers at The University of Hong Kong published a review warning of potential dangers of SARS-related coronaviruses emerging in the near future. Four years after the SARS outbreak of 2003 the team poure...
Tags: Facebook, Mississippi, Government, White House, China, Animals, New York City, America, Virus, Public Health, South Dakota, Innovation, Anthropocene, Kansas, Viruses, North Carolina

Cue Health awarded $13 million government contract to develop portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test

Biotech startup Cue Health has secured a $13 million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’ Biomedical Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which will be used to speed the development and testing of a handheld molecular test that can detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Cue, which broke cover in 2014 with plans for a connected lab in a box for at-home testing and a $7.5 million funding round, is developing a product that pai...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Ceo, Fda, Biotech, Influenza, Viruses, BARDA, Pandemic, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Cue Health, Ayub Khattak

An Actual Virus Sobers the Goofy Age of ‘Going Viral’

How could we so heedlessly appropriate a medical term?
Tags: News, Viruses, Computers and the Internet, Language and Languages, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency clearance for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and will begin production next week, with output of 50,000 per day possible starting next week. The new Abbott ID ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotech, Viruses, Infection, Abbott, Veterinary Medicine, U S Food and Drug Administration, Coronavirus

Shielding the Fetus From the Coronavirus

New studies suggest the virus can cross the placenta, but newborns have been mildly affected if at all.
Tags: News, Viruses, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Your-feed-science, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

The FDA just okayed multiple 15-minute blood tests to screen for coronavirus, but there are caveats

On Thursday, the FDA amended their emergency policy around diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Following on a change made March 16, the agency opened the door for a number of specific private entities and labs to develop and distribute tests that can provide results on the spot in as little as 15 minutes – but there are some pretty big caveats to keep in mind as you hear about more of these coming to market. The tests, which are ‘serological,’ meaning t...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, China, Singapore, Tech, Taiwan, United States, Fda, Viruses, Infection, China Taiwan, EUA, Fox Rothschild, Coronavirus

Lawrence Wright Saw a Pandemic Coming

The journalist’s new thriller is eerily prescient. Too bad our leaders lack his foresight.
Tags: News, Epidemics, Viruses, Lawrence Wright, Trump, Wright, Lawrence, Books and Literature, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, The End of October: A novel (Book

Significance of Pangolin Viruses in Human Pandemic Remains Murky

Scientists haven’t found evidence that the new coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people, but they do host very similar viruses
Tags: News, Research, Epidemics, Viruses, Pangolins, Nature (Journal, Poaching (Wildlife, Wuhan (China, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Your-feed-science, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Frontiers launches a portal to help connect coronavirus and COVID-19 research with funding

Open science platform and publisher Frontiers wants to make sure that efforts by researchers to pursue science-based solutions to the global coronavirus pandemic, and learn more about the virus and the COVID-19 disease it causes, find the funding they need. They launched a new portal to do just that, which is updated daily, and lists open funding calls, including the grant type, deadline, organization behind it, and specific area it supports. Sources include governments, non-profits, and commerc...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Tech, Research, Biotech, Viruses, Frontiers, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

New crowdsourced COVID-19 symptom map could build a more complete pandemic picture

A new initiative by the Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School could provide a new kind of signal for those studying the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the U.S. The ‘Covid Near You’ map developed by researchers at both organizations, asks individuals to self-report any potential COVID-19 symptoms, as well as if they’ve taken a test, and then maps that activity on a rolling two week basis. This isn’t a map of confirmed COVID-19 cases – other sources for that information ...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Science, United States, World Health Organization, Viruses, Kinsa, Boston Children s Hospital, World Health Organization WHO, Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins, Coronavirus, COVID-19

New coronavirus research suggests vaccines developed to treat it could be long-lasting

A new study from Italian researchers suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic currently causing a global health crisis, is relatively slow to mutate – meaning that any effective vaccine that is developed to prevent people from getting infected should be broadly effective across geographically separated populations, and over a relatively long period of time. The research, conducted by two independent teams working separate from one another, including s...
Tags: Health, TC, UK, Science, Medicine, Tech, Rome, United Kingdom, Flu, Viruses, Wuhan, Thermo Fisher Scientific, John Hopkins University, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Ancona University Hospital

Amazon Care to provide delivery and pick-up of at-home COVID-19 test sample kits in Seattle trial

Amazon is going to be working with a new research initiative backed in part by the Gates Foundation that will distribute at-home coronavirus assessment kits, and then deliver the collected samples to FDA-approved test facilities. Amazon Care, the health arm formed by Amazon initially for internal employee care, will be handling the delivery of the kits, as well as transportation of collected samples to the test labs, as first reported by CNBC. While the FDA updated its guidance just a few day...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Tech, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Flu, Fda, Viruses, Seattle, Cnbc, Gates Foundation, Greater Seattle, Amazon Care, Coronavirus

Here’s a wrap of the main tech-related coronavirus news in the last 24 hours

Much of the world is waking up to a strange new reality. As the coronavirus strain, COVID-19, swept across the planet, today may go down in history as the day when huge numbers of countries were largely united in a global shut-down to address the pandemic. TechCrunch brings you a wrap of the technology world’s response to the virus do far in our own dedicated “COVID-19-updates” coverage. • In Extra Crunch we cover how you should pitch a story in the era of COVID-19. In our main coverage: • Goog...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Fcc, Microsoft, Cdc, White House, China, New York City, US, Tech, Tesla

Seven Important Things to Know About Coronaviruses

Six reasons they’re so harmful, and one reason they’re less infectious than other diseases.
Tags: News, Viruses, Bats, Quarantines, Marburg Virus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Nipah Virus, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Hendra Virus

NVIDIA makes its GPU-powered genome sequencing tool available free to those studying COVID-19

NVIDIA is making its Parabricks tool available for free for 90 days (with the possibility of extension, depending on needs) to any researcher currently working on any effort to combat the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and spread of COVID-19. The tool is a GPU-accelerated genome analysis toolkit, which leveraged graphics processing power to take a process that previously took days, but that through its use can be accomplished in just a matter of hours. Researchers will still need access t...
Tags: TC, Science, Hardware, Biology, Tech, Nvidia, Illness, Viruses, Gpu, Gene Sequencing, DNA sequencing, Parabricks, Server Farm, Coronavirus, COVID-19

US State Department issues unprecedented ‘do not travel’ warning over coronavirus

The U.S. State Department has issued an unprecedented “do not travel” warning to U.S. citizens, as the number of coronavirus-related infections jumped sharply overnight. The advisory said U.S. citizens should “avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the coronavirus strain which last week was declared a global pandemic. The advisory added that citizens abroad should “arrange for immediate return” unless they are prepared to stay overseas indefinitely. The warning was...
Tags: Health, Security, Government, Articles, Tech, European Union, Canada, United States, Viruses, U S State Department, US State Department, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

Home diagnostics startup Everlywell is launching an at-home coronavirus test sample kit

The state of testing for the novel coronavirus currently spreading globally in the U.S. is abysmal, relative to other developed countries, but there are a number of efforts underway to help improve availability. One company doing their part is at-home lab testing startup Everlywell, which has been offering a number of in-home self collection kits for things like food sensitivity, metabolism, thyroid and more. As of Monday March 23, it’ll also offer a COVID-19 sample collection kit for home use. ...
Tags: Health, TC, Cdc, Articles, America, Tech, United States, Fda, Viruses, Battlefield, UN Committee, Telehealth, EverlyWell, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

The Do's and Don'ts of Disinfecting Your Phone

At this point, we’re all well aware of the CDC’s recommendation to wash our hands to combat the coronavirus. The cleanliness of our phones, however, is getting far less attention. In the video above, I go over the basic do’s and don’ts of disinfecting a smartphone without damaging it.Read more...
Tags: Cleaning, Cdc, Phones, Lifehacks, Viruses, Coronavirus

Coronavirus Treatment: Hundreds of Scientists Scramble to Find One

In an ambitious international collaboration, researchers have “mapped” proteins in the coronavirus and identified 50 drugs to test against it.
Tags: News, San Francisco, Viruses, University Of California, Science and Technology, Proteins, Pasteur Institute, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals, Tests (Medical, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid, Your-feed-science, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Boris Johnson Jokes With CEOs That Ventilator Crisis Should Be Called 'Operation Last Gasp': Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for mismanaging his country’s response to the covid-19 crisis in the United Kingdom, almost as poorly as President Donald Trump across the Atlantic. But Johnson’s latest comments, made on a conference call with British CEOs, might be the worst thing he’s said yet about…Read more...
Tags: Science, France, Germany, Atlantic, United Kingdom, Italy, Disease, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Viruses, Donald Trump, Pandemics, Imperial College, Unipart, President Trump, Coronavirus

White House says to avoid gatherings of 10 or more, Trump suggests US coronavirus pandemic could last until August

The White House held another press briefing on Monday to provide an update on its response to the continued coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. President Trump opened by identifying new guidelines in place to mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19. These include advice to begin homeschooling kids wherever possible, as well as avoiding gathering in groups of more than 10 people. The administration is also advising avoiding discretionary travel, as well as eating at bars, restaurants and food court...
Tags: Health, Food, TC, White House, US, Tech, United States, President, Microbiology, Viruses, Trump, Veterinary Medicine, Mike Pence, Physician, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Why Soap Works

At the molecular level, soap breaks things apart. At the level of society, it helps hold everything together.
Tags: News, Bacteria, Microbiology, Hepatitis, Viruses, Skin, Hands, Cleansers, Hygiene and Cleanliness, Detergents and Soaps, Your-feed-science, Your-feed-health, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Amazon asks all employees to work from home, if they can

Amazon issued guidance Thursday in response to the COVID-19 outbreak recommending that global employees who are able to work from home to do so through the end of March. “We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an email statement. “As a result, we are now recommending that all of our employees globally who are able to work from home do so through the ...
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How to Stop Touching Your Face

At this point, many people are well aware of the two main strategies to slow the spread of the coronavirus: wash your hands and don’t touch your face.Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Viruses, Germs, Coronavirus

Why the U.S. Wasn’t Ready for the Coronavirus

“Are we ready to respond to a pandemic? I fear the answer is no,” one senior U.S. health official said in 2018.
Tags: News, United States, Epidemics, Viruses, Trump, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Seattle (Wash, Pacific Northwestern States (US, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV