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New study shows immunity to COVID-19 higher than antibody tests show

A new study from the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital shows that mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 patients have T-cell immunity against the new coronavirus even if they test negative for antibodies. The study, which was published at the scientific journal Cell shows that twice as many people have developed T-cell immunity than those detected […]

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WHO: Pandemic has changed, now driven by 20s, 30s, 40s

More people below 60 are testing positive for the coronavirus and the WHO is concerned. In a news report published August 18, 2020 by Reuters, Takeshi Kasai said that people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, many of whom are asymptomatic, are increasingly driving the spread of the virus. Kasai also expressed concerns that this could […]

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The COVID-19 curve has been flattened: Why aren’t all lockdowns lifted?

When lockdowns were first implemented in March 2020, the goal was to flatten the curve – to give health care systems some time to prepare for the onslaught of COVID-19. Now four months into the pandemic, the ”flatten the curve” narrative has changed. Even as death tolls decline, media outlets continue to make doomsday predictions, […]

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Cruise ship experience shows more symptomless SARS-COV-2

The following article written by Dawn O’Shea for Univadis Medical News is a clinical summary of a research conducted by Alvin Ing, Christine Cocks, and Jeffery Peter Green.  The researchers describe the first instance of complete COVID-19 testing of all passengers and staff of an isolated cruise ship during the pandemic. According to the RT-PCR test, 59% […]

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Why you haven’t caught COVID-19 yet

Update 5/30/2020: We just checked the video today and found that it has been taken down [In a previous press release, YouTube CEO said that any video that presents viewpoints that challenges WHO will be banned from the platform. This is not a new experience. To know more, read The Pandemic Of Censorship]. We have […]

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Professor lockdown: The good and the bad

Professor Neil Ferguson is well known around the world for his work as an infectious disease epidemiologist, and for his model that led to the UK’s abandonment of its collective immunity approach. Today, Ferguson’s model is widespread and it is used in many countries to estimate how many individuals could be infected and seriously ill if […]

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USC-LA County antibody suggests true COVID-19 infections higher than official count

The preliminary results of the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health suggests that around 2.8% to 5.6% of adults in the county population (that’s roughly 221,000 to 442,000 adults) have already been infected by the coronavirus. This is the second antibody study to come out with the same conclusion […]

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What can an antibody study teach us about COVID-19?

The following article is an interview between Neeraj Sood  [Sood is lead investigator of the study discussed in the article USC-LA County Antibody Suggests True COVID-19 Infections Higher Than Official Count ] and Leigh Hopper. In it, Sood explains to us why it is important to conduct antibody studies vis-a-vis PCR tests. He also discusses about the selection […]

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How extensive is the pandemic? Philippine Developments

90-95% of COVID-19 cases in Cebu are asymptomatic

In this first article published last April 25, 2020 article by the Cebu Daily News, it was revealed that a majority of those who tested positive for the new coronavirus do not exhibit any symptoms. Of the 411 COVID cases in Cebu (as of April 25, data has already changed as of writing), 209 came from the […]

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Health expert recommends antibody testing for Barangay Luz in Sitio Zapatera

Cover image from Philippine Star: https://media.philstar.com/photos/2020/04/12/sitio-zapatera-lockdown_2020-04-12_22-11-36.jpg On April 16, 2020, the Department of Health  (DOH) in Central Visayas decided to stop testing and contact tracing in Barangay Luz after 21 individuals from the subvillage was found to be COVID-19 positive. According to DOH, the area is considered “contaminated” as community transmission of the virus is […]