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 …

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 …

Correlation between universal BCG vaccination policy and reduced morbidity and mortality for COVID-19: an epidemiological study

COVID-19 has spread to most countries in the world. Puzzlingly, the impact of the disease is different in different countries. These differences are attributed to differences in cultural norms, mitigation efforts, and health infrastructure. Here we propose that national differences Read More …

Ebola outbreaks: UCL-developed model may predict next one

The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new UCL-developed model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease. The model could help policymakers to decide where to Read More …

Tool could forecast flu outbreaks weeks in advance

A new tool could help forecast an influenza pandemic or outbreak of disease in the event of a bioterrorist attack, researchers report. EpiFX, which researchers at the University of Melbourne and the Defence Science Technology Group developed, is already predicting Read More …