104-year-old Italian survivor of the Spanish influenza pandemic, successfully coped with coronavirus
Ada Zanusso fell ill on March 17 at her nursing home in Biella, in northern Italy. This happened eight days after the government quarantined all over the country.
She was able to survive the Spanish flue of 1918, managed to do the same with COVID-19. Carla Furno Marchese, Ada’s doctor, says that she recovered almost completely from the disease.
Cornelia Ras, 107, defeats coronavirus
Ada is undoubtedly well done. But for now the record holder is considered 107-year-old Cornelia Ras, a resident of the Netherlands. She fell ill on March 17, just the day after her birthday. This happened in the church, after which another 40 people fell ill. She no longer takes medicine and is completely healthy.
Modified parainfluenza virus stops coronavirus infection
This time, scientists from the United States decided to use a very unusual way. They took parainfluenza-5 virus, which is harmless to humans, and used it to create a vaccine against the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Tests were conducted on genetically modified mice. Since rodents do not suffer from MERS, they had to be slightly corrected.
Of course, this is not COVID 19, but researchers hope that they can use it against other coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2.
New evidence found that blood transfusion helps with COVID-19
We have already talked about the fact that the researchers considered it appropriate to make blood transfusion of patients who had already recovered from coronavirus especially difficult patients, since antibodies can help cope with the disease.
Now this theory has appeared new evidence making it quite working. New evidence came from two groups of Chinese researchers. One of them worked in Wuhan. Plasma transfusion was performed on people who had recovered from coronavirus to ten severe patients. As a result, the concentration of the virus in the body decreased, as did the symptoms of the disease.
As a result of the work of the second team from the city of Shenzhen after blood transfusion to five critically ill patients, they were disconnected from the ventilator after ten days of treatment.
Coronavirus vaccine forces mouse to produce SARS-CoV-2 specific antibodies
400;”>This time, the vaccine was administered to rodents through a patch with tiny microneedles. University of Pittsburgh Medical Faculty (USA) reported successful preclinical trials of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.
It caused the rodent organism to produce antibodies specific for ARS-CoV-2 in quantities that could block the virus within two weeks.
Another plus of the vaccine under development – PittCoVacc can be stored at room temperature! This means that the transportation and storage of the drug is greatly simplified.
Arthritis drug will be tested in severe patients with COVID-19
Gene tech decided to test the efficacy of tocilizumab (actemra), a drug for the treatment of arthritis. The drug does not treat COVID-19, however, it can significantly alleviate the symptoms of the disease.
The first six patients from the USA and Spain are already registered to participate in the trials.
Ivermectin may help fight coronavirus
Ivermectin is used to control parasites in humans, pigs, cattle, horses and sheep. New study conducted in Melbourne by researchers at Monash University and the Royal Hospital, showed that the drug can block the reproduction of coronavirus.
The medicine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an antiparasitic drug, but it also has antiviral activity of a wide spectrum of action.
The results of the study showed that ivermectin is able to fight against SARS-CoV-2. One dose of the drug can stop the reproduction of the virus in the body within 24−48 hours. If you start taking it at the very beginning of the disease, it will pass in an easy stage, and at the same time, the person will not be highly contagious to others.
IBM AI is looking for drugs to treat patients with coronavirus
IBM Artificial Intelligence will help scientists in the search for new drugs for the treatment of coronavirus. The company said they would like to contribute to the fight against the pandemic, and offered their computing power.
To do this, it is enough to correctly pose questions, and AI using machine learning will quickly extract information from 13,335 documents, the list of which is increasing daily.
“To systematize the identification of new treatments for COVID-19, we also provide free access to the functional genomics platform for the pandemic periodand“, – Blogged Dario Gilles, Head of IBM Research
Hundreds of squirrels take over California public park
This time, watch a video of squirrels that, during quarantine, felt like the rightful owners of a public park in Santa Monica, California.
Nature always finds a loophole to continue life even in the most difficult situations. Do not lose hope!