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When we hear about SARS-CoV-2 immunity we mostly think: antibodies. These proteins are made by a group of immune cells, called B cells. Antibodies find and bind to foreign proteins in our bodies. They lock onto their targets, they signal other immune cells to come and clean up the infection. But less is known of the key role of T cells – the cousins of B cells – in immunity.

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For a long time during the COVID-19 pandemic, the novel coronavirus was associated primarily with lung damage. However, emerging research suggests an array of other conditions survivors of a severe form COVID-19 need to cope with.

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Although about 80 per cent of people with symptoms of Covid-19 experience only a mild form of the disease, those patients who have spent time in intensive care units (ICU) often have long months of rehabilitation ahead of them

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There is growing evidence that COVID-19 is causing brain damage in patients and that the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind the disease may itself attack the central nervous system.

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There is growing evidence that COVID-19 is causing brain damage in patients and that the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind the disease may itself attack the central nervous system.

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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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