US scientists detect Omicron variant of Covid-19 for first time in deer

The yet-to-be peer-reviewed study, posted recently on the preprint repository bioRxiv, also found neutralising antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in one of the Omicron-infected deer, suggesting that, like humans, these animals can be reinfected with the virus.

Mar 07, 2022, 14:51 PM IST

Is NeoCov the deadliest strain of coronavirus? All about the variant, and why it's in news

In its current form, NeoCov - a type of coronavirus - does not infect humans but further mutations may make it potentially harmful, researchers have noted

Jan 28, 2022, 19:40 PM IST

Future Covid variants to be more contagious, warns WHO

According to Dr Mike Ryan, WHO's director of emergency programmes, the virus will continue to evolve before it settles into a pattern. 

Jan 27, 2022, 13:55 PM IST

Are you in the grip of Omicron? These two symptoms are MOST reported by patients

According to experts, about 20 symptoms of Omicron have been reported.

Jan 20, 2022, 15:13 PM IST

No evidence of transmitting COVID-19 virus through breastfeeding: Study

Women who are infected with COVID-19 and are breastfeeding their baby have no risk of transmitting the virus through their breastmilk.

Jan 20, 2022, 12:53 PM IST

Those who are not vaccinated for Covid 19 can be re-infected by SARS-CoV-2

Re-infections can and have happened, even shortly after recovery.

Oct 04, 2021, 19:36 PM IST

Coronavirus epidemic first occurred over 21,000 years ago: Study

The study, published in the journal Current Biology, showed that humanity may have been exposed to sarbecoviruses -- which has the potential to jump from animals to humans -- since the Paleolithic period -- roughly 2.5 million years ago to 10,000 BC.

Sep 05, 2021, 11:46 AM IST

Why elderly, diabetic are at higher risk of COVID infection

Low levels of microRNA (miRNA) immunity increase the risk of COVID-19 infection in older adults and people with diabetes, according to Nanjing University researchers.

Aug 17, 2021, 13:14 PM IST

Kalonji may help in treatment for COVID-19 infection: Study

 A team from the University of Technology in Sydney found an active ingredient of Nigella sativa or Kalonji can prevent the SARS-CoV-2, the virus leading to COVID-19, from causing a lung infection. Their study is published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology.

Aug 04, 2021, 14:41 PM IST

US sees rise in respiratory virus, Delta infections among children

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that cases of RSV have risen gradually since early June, with an even greater spike in the past month.

Aug 02, 2021, 15:35 PM IST

Hair loss is new post COVID-19 complication: Doctors

 The sudden onset of hair loss -- Telogen effluvium -- is caused majorly due to stress, nutritional deficiency and inflammatory reactions caused by the infectious disease, the health experts explained. Normally a person can lose up to 100 hair per day, but due to Telogen Effluvium it can increase up to 300-400 hair per day.

Aug 01, 2021, 13:31 PM IST

Inhalable dry antiviral powder may be effective against COVID-19

The broad-spectrum anti-coronavirus activity of inhaled tamibarotene powder was also demonstrated in MERS-CoV-infected mice model as pre-challenge prophylaxis.


Jul 29, 2021, 12:35 PM IST

Child deaths increase in Indonesia as COVID surges

More than 150 children died from COVID-19 during the week of July 12 alone, with half the recent deaths involving those younger than age 5, Dr. Aman Bhakti Pulungan, head of the Indonesian Pediatric Society, was quoted as saying.

Jul 26, 2021, 16:19 PM IST

Why Delta COVID variant is spreading rapidly

Individuals infected with Delta also had viral loads up to 1,260 times higher than those in people infected with the original strain.

Jul 25, 2021, 15:42 PM IST

Assam doctor infected with Alpha, Delta variants of COVID-19 simultaneously, first in India

The doctor, despite being fully vaccinated, got infected with both Alpha and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2, and the RMRC lab detected the double infection in the patient in May.

Jul 20, 2021, 21:43 PM IST

Inhaled COVID vaccine shows promise against disease in animals

The study, published in the journal Science Advances, showed that the vaccine produced a localised immune response, involving antibodies and cellular immunity, that completely protected mice from fatal doses of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19.

Jul 12, 2021, 11:56 AM IST

Nonagenarian woman infected with both Alpha, Beta COVID variants dies

Initially, there were no signs of respiratory distress and the patient had good oxygen saturation. However, she developed rapidly worsening respiratory symptoms and died five days later.

Jul 11, 2021, 16:11 PM IST

COVID-19 Lambda variant: Symptoms, origin, nomenclature of the ‘highly transmissible’ virus

The newly found Lambda variant in South America has been designated as the 'variant of interest' by the World Health Organisation.

Jul 08, 2021, 12:09 PM IST

How COVID variants turns more infectious, antibody resistant

The team developed structural models to identify changes in the virus's spike protein. Cryo-electron microscopy allowed atomic level visualisation, while binding assays enabled the team to create mimics of the live virus that directly correlated with its function in host cells. From there, the team used computational analysis to build models that showed the structural mechanisms at work.

Jul 01, 2021, 13:16 PM IST

Now a face mask that detects COVID-19 like RT-PCR tests

The SARS-CoV-2 biosensor is based on the wearable freeze-dried cell-free (wFDCF) technology, which involves extracting and freeze-drying the molecular machinery that cells use to read DNA and produce RNA and proteins.

Jun 30, 2021, 09:24 AM IST