A study recently published in The Lancet Public Health, reported on the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19 in Hong Kong. As one of the most heavily affected countries during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003, Hong Kong has been prepared to respond to COVID-19 by implementing a range of public health measures to reduce local transmission.
While most COVID-19 cases have been traced via patients’ travel history or contact tracing, these methods are potentially misleading as it depends on the information provided by patients. Genome sequencing may offer a better solution.
Researchers at Cambridge University had identified 275 ways to reduce transmission of the coronavirus including phased re-opening of schools, businesses and open spaces to keep people physically apart.
Researchers have developed a new app that uses artificial intelligence technology to determine whether a person has COVID-19 based on the sound of their cough. The app is said to have a 70 per cent accuracy rate.
Researchers from Cambridge, UK, and Germany have reconstructed the early “evolutionary paths” of COVID-19 in humans – as infection spread from Wuhan out to Europe and North America – using genetic network techniques. The research also revealed three distinct “variants” of COVID-19 – type A, B and C.
Wearing face masks significantly reduced the amounts of airborne virus particles expelled from infected patients. Findings suggest surgical-style face masks could slow the transmission of coronavirus and influenza viruses.
Researchers may have found a specific area of the coronavirus that can be targeted with therapies and drugs. This finding is also likely to help in the development of COVID-19 vaccine.
A research done by scientists in China and Australia found coronavirus in endangered mammal, the Malayan pangolin which is highly similar to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
Very little is known about the relationship between pregnancy and COVID-19. However the main concern is can a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can transfer the virus to her baby?