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There are at least half a dozen COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development and testing. These include whole virus vaccines, recombinant subunit vaccines and next-generation nucleic acid vaccines.

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‘Convalescent plasma therapy’ (CPT) – using the antibody-containing blood components of recovered COVID-19 patients – could be an effective treatment for people critically sick with the disease.

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Currently, we don’t have clear evidence to suggest that the virus is weakening despite a recent claim from a leading Italian virologist that SARS-CoV-2 was "losing its potency". This comment has drawn criticism from the WHO and the scientific community due to this lack of evidence.

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Scientists are investigating how the malfunctioning of the cells lining our blood vessels can make COVID-19 more severe for patients.

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There are a number of tests that help us either detect COVID-19 in people or see if they have already experienced the disease and are immune to the virus.

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At the moment there is no clear scientific answer. Researchers are hunting for genetic clues to help identify people at risk from more severe cases of COVID-19

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US scientists have uncovered why the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that originated in horseshoe bats acquired the ability to start infecting humans and not just the winged mammals themselves.

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Although children are far less likely to fall severely ill with COVID-19 than people over 60, cases of a mysterious inflammatory condition have been identified by doctors who suspect that it’s linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has stirred up a massive effort among researchers to help tackle the crisis. Research teams are using AI techniques to identify symptoms faster, find new therapies and to inform public health policy.

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Currently, there is no scientific evidence that we can catch the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 from drinking water or from swimming in it.

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