Is New variant Mu more dangerous?

World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it was monitoring the spread of another variant of interest — Mu. It was first identified in Colombia in January and has since infected people in South America and Europe. Mu’s possible resistance to vaccines is what makes it risky for the global population. Now, the WHO has said that more research was needed to better understand its behaviour. Continue Reading

Secret behind pre-existing immunity unexposed to Covid

In a study published in the Nature journal, Scientific Reports, an international team of researchers from MedGenome, India and USA suggest robust pre-existing T-cell immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals unexposed to Covid-19. Continue Reading

Covid-19 variants to be given Greek alphabet names: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Covid-19 variants of concern will be known by letters of the Greek alphabet, saying it will help avoid stigmatising countries where they first appear. Continue Reading

Explained: How corona may hijack human cells

Researchers have identified parts of human proteins which the novel coronavirus could be using to hijack host cell processes, an advance that may lead to the development of new drugs for treating Covid-19. Continue Reading

Climate change may have influenced corona: Scientists

Researchers at University of Cambridge have revealed a mechanism by which climate change could have played a direct role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue Reading

Wastewater surveillance can help predict Covid spike

Surveillance of untreated wastewater can warn officials about an impending spike or decrease in Covid-19 cases up to two weeks in advance, according to a study conducted by scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar. Continue Reading

Can Coronavirus be transiently airborne?

A study on the air-borne nature of coronavirus has shown that the virus can be transiently air-borne, but preventive measures like wearing masks can keep one safe. Continue Reading

India had estimated 74 mn corona cases by August: Report

Around seven per cent of India’s population aged ten and above was exposed to SARS-CoV-2, amounting to an estimated 74.3 million infections by August, with the seroprevalence being highest in urban slum areas followed by urban non-slum and rural areas, as per the findings of ICMR’s second national serosurvey. Continue Reading