How might climate change affect the spread of viruses?

How might climate change affect the spread of viruses?

Predicting how future climate change will influence the spread of viral infections is fraught with difficulty. This is due to the complexity of interactions between climate, nature, and human activity. But annual fluctuations in some viral infections, such as seasonal flu, and historical epidemics, such as yellow fever, provide some clues. According to the Intergovernmental […]
Social distancing, drug trials offer hope

Social distancing, drug trials offer hope

The number of COVID-19 cases around the world has just passed 1 million, and it may seem as though this pandemic will never go away. It is important to remember that, in their labs, scientists are making quiet progress every day — helping untangle the causes of this...
Could COVID-19 impact great apes?

Could COVID-19 impact great apes?

A recent commentary, penned by a group of conservation and primate experts, asks the international community to take action to protect the great apes from potential SARS-CoV-2 infection. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched almost every corner of the globe. Authorities...
Cats may be able to contract SARS-CoV-2, but evidence is limited

Cats may be able to contract SARS-CoV-2, but evidence is limited

A preliminary study suggests that cats can contract the new coronavirus, yet this happened in an artificial context where scientists gave the felines high doses of SARS-CoV-2. The research did not prove convincingly that cats were able to transmit the virus further,...
How humidity may affect COVID-19 outcome

How humidity may affect COVID-19 outcome

As we move from a colder winter to a warmer spring, the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly depend on levels of humidity — indoors and outdoors — a new review suggests. Prof. Akiko Iwasaki, an immunobiologist at Yale University, in New Haven, CT, is the...