What is the evidence to support a role for vitamin D?

Studies investigating the role of vitamin D in preventing or treating COVID-19 have drawn conflicting conclusions. But should a lack of evidence stop us from topping up our vitamin D levels as the Northern Hemisphere heads toward winter? Most people know vitamin D as an essential vitamin for healthy bones and teeth. But researchers have […]

Males dominate COVID-19 decision making

Who drives global and national COVID-19 decisions? Mostly males, according to a new study and commentary by an international group of researchers. Share on PinterestMales dominate the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Image credit: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images In...

SARS-CoV-2 may be able infect significant number of mammals

New research suggests that a significant number of mammals could be susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2. A new study has found that SARS-CoV-2 could theoretically infect a large number of mammals. The research, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports,...

Pain-numbing effect of virus may boost its spread

A new study that researchers conducted in animal models suggests that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may deactivate a pain signaling pathway. This could explain why so many cases of the infection do not cause any symptoms, promoting viral transmission....

Face masks have negligible negative effect on CO2 and O2 levels

A new study suggests that face masks have a negligible negative effect on the levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen that a person breathes. The findings even hold true for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The research, which appears in the...