Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.
Antibodies from Winter, a 4-year-old llama with great eyelashes, have neutralized coronavirus and other infections in lab experiments.
Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States. But technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.
Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong offer successful strategies, at least so far, in battling a pandemic. But they use tactics that the U.S. and Europe may not be able to replicate.
Here’s what scientists have learned about how the new virus infects and attacks cells and how it can affect organs beyond the lungs.
It’s a quirk of human nature that we touch our eyes, noses and mouths all day long. It’s also a major way we pick up infections like coronavirus.
In a few cases, patients again tested positive for the virus after they were no longer ill. But little is known about the virus, and it’s possible that testing flaws may be to blame.
We need to stop what drives mass epidemics rather than just respond to individual diseases.
Women mount stronger immune responses to infection, scientists say. And in China, men smoke in much greater numbers.
Let’s talk about the cultural causes of this epidemic.
China reported a record 97 deaths in one day, as the country’s leader, Xi Jinping, made a public appearance in Beijing to show he’s in charge of efforts to contain the outbreak.
At critical turning points, Chinese authorities put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis and risking public alarm or political embarrassment.