People who smoke may have more receptors for the new coronavirus

The lungs of people who smoke may contain more of the receptors that the new coronavirus uses to invade cells. This could explain why people with the virus who also smoke appear to be particularly vulnerable to severe illness. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that the lungs of people who smoke may have more receptors […]

Mouthwash may reduce spread of the new coronavirus

A recent scientific review speculates that mouthwash could inhibit the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Share on PinterestA recent review asks whether standard mouthwash might help reduce coronavirus transmission. A new research review...

How many strains of the new coronavirus are there?

Since the emergence of the new coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, several researchers have proposed that there is more than one strain, and that mutations have led to changes in how infectious and deadly it is. However, opinions are divided. Genetic mutations are a...

Antibody from SARS survivor’s blood neutralizes new coronavirus

An antibody that scientists first identified in a blood sample from a person who recovered from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) strongly inhibits the virus that causes COVID-19. The scientists who discovered the antibody are racing to bring it to clinical...