Covid-19 is a leading cause of death for children in the US, despite a relatively low mortality rate

CNN — Covid-19 has become the eighth most common cause of death among children in the United States, according to a study published Monday. Children are significantly less likely to die from Covid-19 than any other age group – less than 1% of all deaths since the start of the pandemic have been among those … Read more

China’s $6 trillion consumer market is digging itself out of a slump

BEIJING — China’s consumption recovery from zero-Covid is getting off to a solid start – after a depressing fourth quarter. When Michelin-starred restaurant Rêver reopened Thursday from a Lunar New Year break, it was fully booked, said Edward Suen, chief operating officer of the Guangzhou venue. Reservations for the next three days were close to … Read more

Children’s tonsils are major sites of prolonged SARS-CoV-2 infection

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causal agent of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, causes respiratory infection in people of all ages. Compared to adults, children are less frequently and severely affected by SARS-CoV-2. Although the exact reason for this is unclear, reduced expression of the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor … Read more

Antiviral activity of natural flavonoids against various coronaviruses

The enzyme 3-chymotrypsin-like cysteine ​​protease (3CLpro) is a key drug target for the treatment of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Moreover, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) 3CLpro is essential throughout the viral life cycle and exhibits high conservation among coronaviruses. Recent studies have reported the antiviral activity of flavonoids against different coronaviruses … Read more

COVID calculations lead to an unexpected solution to a long-standing problem in theoretical computer science

Newswise — At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joachim Kock, mathematician at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), began to experiment with epidemiological models. He did not improve upon the predictions, but unexpectedly he made a mathematical discovery that led to the solution of an old problem in theoretical computer science, open since the … Read more

Researchers explore respiratory syncytial virus infection before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in JAMA Network Openresearchers assessed the occurrence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection before and at the time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Study: Incidence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Older Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Image Credit: Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Background Acute respiratory infection (ARI) … Read more

New booster falls short on US protection against COVID: CDC report

Americans who got their COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine are not fully protected against getting sick, according to a new report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that said the updated boosters were just 48% effective at preventing symptomatic infection from the XBB variant of the disease. The World Health Organization has … Read more

Corona vaccine based on new technology tested in clinical study

Newswise — A new COVID-19 vaccine based on a different platform than current vaccines on the market has been tested in humans for the first time by researchers at Radboud University Medical Center. Administration of this vaccine in healthy study participants was well tolerated and led to a good immune response. The effectiveness of the … Read more

Updated Covid-19 boosters continue to offer substantial protection even against the rapidly spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant

CNN — The updated Covid-19 boosters are cutting the risk that a person will get sick from the coronavirus by about half, even against infections caused by the rapidly spreading XBB.1.5 subvariant. New studies, conducted by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are among the first looks at how the bivalent … Read more

COVID-19 Pandemic Prompted Shifts in Cancer Treatments, Wait Times

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients newly diagnosed with cancer were more likely to receive nonsurgical therapy as an initial treatment, according to new data from Ontario, Canada. In addition, during the pandemic, wait times were shorter for … Read more