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COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Have Enough Evidence, Now It Is Time to Act

Many months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled through the U.S. Public health authorities including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) tell us to remain six feet apart, wash our hands, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and wear masks. But compliance with these measures—especially masks—is mixed, and…

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People with Hidden Immunity Against Covid-19

BBC.Com 19-July-2020. While the latest research suggests that antibodies against Covid-19 could be lost in just three months, a new hope has appeared on the horizon: the enigmatic T cell.T The clues have been mounting for a while. First, scientists discovered patients who had recovered from infection with Covid-19, but mysteriously didn’t have any antibodies against…

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U.S. FDA OKs Testing of Pooled Samples for COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on 19 July approved testing pooled batches of samples for the COVID-19 virus, a strategy supporters say could help screen more people faster and at less cost than through individual tests. The strategy saves reagents by combining samples from four people and running a single test. If the batch…

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Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Early Promise in Phase I Trial

Jul 15, 2020 By Mark Terry (BioSpace) – In mid-May, Moderna released positive interim data from its Phase I trial of mRNA-1273, its mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was in a press release and although the company shares rocketed, critics immediately took aim at what they felt was a lack…

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Could a Blood ‘Observatory’ Stop Pandemics?

By Robert Bazell – Science 26 Jun 2020: Vol. 368, Issue 6498, pp. 1413. Michael Mina is out for blood—millions of samples, which a nascent effort dubbed the Global Immunological Observatory (GIO) would monitor for signs of pathogens spreading through the population. Instead of a telescope, it will rely on technology that can measure hundreds…

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BioGX and Bosch Healthcare Solutions Announce Partnership to Develop Infectious Disease Tests for the Vivalytic Platform

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and STUTTGART, Germany, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BioGX and Bosch Healthcare Solutions have partnered to develop point-of-care infectious disease tests for the Bosch Vivalytic all-in-one platform. Vivalytic is a universal sample-to-result platform for molecular diagnostics which can be used at the point-of-need. The patient sample is placed into the test cartridge, which…

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F.D.A. Clears Everlywell Coronavirus Testing Kit for Use at Home

The agency granted emergency clearance for a testing kit that allows a consumer to take a nasal sample at home and send it to a laboratory for the diagnosis. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday granted emergency clearance for a coronavirus testing kit that will enable individuals to take a nasal sample at home…

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Gates-Backed At-Home COVID-19 Testing Program

(Reuters) – An at-home coronavirus testing project in Seattle backed in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Saturday it was working with U.S. regulators to resume the program after being suspended by the Food and Drug Administration. The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN), which aims to monitor the spread of the…

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Fluxergy Announces $30 Million to Expand Manufacturing Capacity of Its One-hour Point-of-care Diagnostic Testing System in Response to COVID-19

IRVINE, California, May 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Irvine, California-based Fluxergy LLC, a diagnostic test company, is making a $30 million investment to expand its capability to scale production of the Fluxergy Analyzer diagnostic testing system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fluxergy system, utilizing state-of-the-art PCR and microfluidics technology, has been shown to accurately identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus in one…

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