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. Estimates vary widely, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) […]

Climate change and the spread of the West Nile virus in the

Scientists around the world agree that we are currently facing a climate crisis in which global heating is threatening wildlife and primary resources. This crisis also affects humans by impacting the spread of infectious diseases. In this feature, we look at one such...

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...

App-based contact tracing may significantly reduce pandemic spread

New research has shone further light on the different rates of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, suggesting app-based contact tracing may significantly reduce the spread of the virus. Share on PinterestAn app-based contact tracing system could make it easier to avoid being...