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Scientists have discovered an area on the notorious SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that could be used to disable the virus. The finding opens the way to create small-molecule drugs that could help treat the disease.

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Researchers have found small antibody fragments that could be promising in stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection if the favourable outcomes in animals translate to humans. Additionally, due to their size, they could be turned into easy-to-take drugs.

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There is a good chance that COVID-19 tests will become painless, faster and cheaper, due to breakthroughs in saliva-based testing. A new method involves spitting into a sterile container rather than having a swab inserted in one’s nose.

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Researchers have found tiny molecules in an animal species that prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from docking with and thus infecting human cells.

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Recent research suggests that scientists have found a way to limit the devastating immune overreaction in COVID-19 that can result in death.

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Just like other vaccines, mRNA vaccines teach the body to defeat disease, but in a radically new way (mRNA stands for messenger RNA and its role is to convey genetic information to ‘molecular factories’ in our bodies where proteins are made).

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UK scientists have reported in a randomised controlled trial (which provides the strongest evidence in the hierarchy of medical research) that inhaled interferons can reduce by 79% the chance of a COVID-19 case turning severe.

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When coronaviruses, like the one causing COVID-19, multiply, their genetic material unwinds from a “coiled state” before it’s copied. This could be used against the virus, as this process sometimes results in an error.

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Convalescent plasma (CP) therapy to treat hospitalised COVID-19 patients has received emergency use authorisation (EUA) from the FDA in the United States. This kind of therapy is a classic prevention and treatment strategy against infectious diseases that has been in use for many decades.

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There is mounting evidence that the novel coronavirus is highly contagious because it can infect us through cells in an easy-to-reach part of the nose.

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