Coronavirus present in France in December – a month earlier than thought, test indicates

Coronavirus was present in France in December – a month before the country’s first confirmed cases, according to an intensive care chief who tested old samples. Yves Cohen said negative tests for flu and other coronaviruses on 24 patients in hospital with Read More …

Tracking the course of the pandemic in wastewater

The novel coronavirus has been successfully detected in wastewater – even at low concentrations, in samples collected at an early stage of the outbreak. Researchers at EPFL and Eawag are now working to optimise the method. The aim is to Read More …

A third of all COVID-19 hospital patients die, with dementia and obesity carrying the highest risk

A third of all patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 die, with dementia and obesity the underlying health conditions carrying the biggest risk. The finding comes from a major British study by the Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium which looked at Read More …

Guangdong’s coronavirus success shows an outbreak can be controlled, study finds

New analysis of coronavirus genomes from Guangdong has revealed that mass testing and intervention measures such as travel restrictions were effective at containing the Covid-19 outbreak in China’s most populous province. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the Guangdong Read More …

UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic

Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences in a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian. The detailed document warned Read More …

Research finds coronavirus in stool samples 22 days after onset of symptoms, but experts say risk of faecal transmission is low

A new study by Chinese scientists found that the coronavirus was detectable in stool samples taken from people suffering with Covid-19 almost a week after it was no longer present in their blood. The 30-strong team, mostly from Zhejiang University, Read More …

WHO call to minimize disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Severe disruptions to insecticide-treated net campaigns and in access to antimalarial medicines could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year compared to 2018, according to a new modelling analysis released by WHO Read More …