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In the absence of specific drugs designed for COVID-19, researchers and clinicians are trying to find already licensed products to treat severe cases of the illness. This concept is called drug repurposing.

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The world and researchers have been focusing on the race to create the first vaccine that can effectively stop the spread of COVID-19. However there are other ways to block the replication of the virus, that can be a stopgap measure and save many lives before vaccines become available.

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The coronavirus causing the current pandemic appears to have jumped into human beings from animals. How could we stop this from this happening? It depends on how we treat the environment the habitats of wild animals.

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According to advice by the WHO, following physical distancing measures, sanitising our hands and wearing facemasks are key personal protective behaviours that can help us reduce the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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A recent small-scale study has found that mothers ill with COVID-19 did not pass on the disease to their newborns. Researchers have studied 120 babies who were born to infected mums.

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Researchers have found that anti-viral proteins generated by our bodies can be used against COVID-19 – but they need to be artificially boosted or combined with other drugs.

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Researchers have found that the combination of some rheumatic diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, axial spondylarthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus) and being over 65 can significantly increase the risk of severe or critical COVID-19 illness.

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Men are 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than women, according to a study from May 2020 investigating the role of gender in the disease.

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Most research into the risk of severe COVID-19 focuses on age and underlying medical conditions, while studies about how lifestyle can affect severity are just emerging.

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Research suggests that COVID-19-related lockdowns negatively affect teenagers and especially adolescent girls’ mental health.

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