Tag: Antibodies

Six Months of Coronavirus: Here’s Some of What We’ve Learned

We don’t really know when the novel coronavirus first began infecting people. But as we turn a page on our calendars into June, it is fair to say that Sars-Cov-2 has been with us now for a full six months. At first, it had no name or true identity. Early in January, news reports referred […]

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One of the Happiest Places in New York: The Plasma Donation Center

Like most other people on Earth, I had a really bad March. I got the coronavirus around the time New York City was shutting down. As soon as I recovered, my boyfriend developed a raging fever that would last for two weeks, along with double pneumonia that eventually forced him to the emergency room. We […]

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Coronavirus Vaccine Shows Promising Early Results in China

A vaccine developed in China appears to be safe and may protect people from the new coronavirus, researchers reported on Friday. The early-stage trial, published in the Lancet, was conducted by researchers at several laboratories and included 108 participants aged 18 to 60. Those who received a single dose of the vaccine produced certain immune […]

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Uncertain Results in Study of Convalescent Serum for Covid-19

A small study of patients who were severely ill from the coronavirus hints that treatment with antibodies from recovered patients may modestly help recovery and survival, scientists reported on Friday. The study, although far from conclusive, is said to be the largest of subjects recovering from Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Thirty-nine hospitalized […]

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Treating Mild Coronavirus Cases Could Help Save Everyone

The president’s decision is puzzling. And yet it does highlight the urgent need to devote more attention and resources to drugs that can prevent Covid-19 or stop mild cases from getting worse. To date, about a dozen studies on therapies for Covid-19 have been published; all were conducted on hospitalized patients, typically with severe symptoms. […]

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Prototype Vaccines Protect Monkeys From Coronavirus

A prototype vaccine has protected monkeys from the coronavirus, researchers reported on Wednesday, a finding that offers new hope for effective human vaccines. Scientists are already testing coronavirus vaccines in people, but the initial trials are designed to determine safety, not how well a vaccine works. The research published Wednesday offers insight into what a […]

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That Mysterious Coronavirus-Linked Disease Has Put Dozens of New York Kids in the ICU

More than 70% of the New York children afflicted with a mysterious disease linked to COVID-19 have ended up in the intensive care unit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his Wednesday press conference. The New York Department of Health is now investigating 102 cases of the disease, which often causes rashes, abdominal pain, fevers, and […]

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Recovered Covid-19 Patients in Orthodox Jewish Community Flock to Donate Blood Plasma

They came in waves throughout the day, large groups in car pools and married couples taking advantage of their newfound health for a road trip through the mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania. By the time night had fallen, more than 60 Hasidic Jews from New York had arrived to donate blood plasma, rich in the antibodies […]

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How Does Antibody Testing Work? We Went Behind the Scenes to Find Out

As time goes on, more people are wondering, did I have coronavirus already. “I can help the next patient [INAUDIBLE].“.” Now, Stanford hospitals in northern California are giving their health care workers the answer with antibody testing for all. We were given exclusive access to follow two caregivers and their blood through the antibody testing […]

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After Recovery From the Coronavirus, Most People Carry Antibodies

A new study offers a glimmer of hope in the grim fight against the coronavirus: Nearly everyone who has had the disease — regardless of age, sex or severity of illness — makes antibodies to the virus. The study, posted online on Tuesday but not yet reviewed by experts, also hints that anyone who has […]

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Hoping Llamas Will Become Coronavirus Heroes

Winter is a 4-year-old chocolate-colored llama with spindly legs, ever-so-slightly askew ears and envy-inducing eyelashes. Some scientists hope she might be an important figure in the fight against the novel coronavirus. She is not a superpowered camelid. Winter was simply the lucky llama chosen by researchers in Belgium, where she lives, to participate in a […]

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How a Lyft Exec Who Survived COVID-19 Is Helping Coronavirus Researchers Get Volunteers

There are hundreds of ongoing COVID-19 clinical studies that collectively need millions of participants, and a new online registry is trying to find them. The National Institutes of Health currently lists 1,208 research projects taking place around the world, and around half of them are actively recruiting subjects. But traditional recruitment methods, like a suggestion […]

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F.D.A. Orders Companies to Submit Antibody Test Data

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that companies selling coronavirus antibody tests must submit data proving accuracy within the next 10 days or face removal from the market. The antibody tests are an effort to detect whether a person had been infected with the coronavirus, but results have been widely varied. Since mid-March, […]

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Italians Find Promise of Antibodies Remains Elusive, for Now

ROME — Cooped up, stir crazy and desperate for their lives back, many Europeans and Americans have seized on antibodies and their promise of potential immunity to the coronavirus as the golden ticket to reopen societies and economies. Not long ago, politicians in Italy — which, as the epicenter of Europe’s contagion, is further in […]

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The Lucrative Trade in Human Blood Samples

After 10 terrible days of chills, nausea, a fever of 103 and a headache of such intensity that her nose bled, Aleacia Jenkins knew she had been stricken with the coronavirus even before she tested positive. So when a friend told her about an obscure Californian company that was asking for blood donations from people […]

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Coronavirus Antibody Test: What You Need to Know

As states across the country weigh options for reopening after weeks of stay-at-home orders, antibody tests have emerged as a potential pathway on how — and when — to do it. But there are many caveats, as a recent study found that many of the antibody tests available currently provided inaccurate results. Antibody tests look […]

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Should People Without Coronavirus Antibodies Be Second-Class Citizens?

One of us tested positive for the coronavirus. The other one probably had it, too — we are married and live together — although symptoms were mild. We both were fortunate to recover. Some public health experts suggest that if we could show that our blood has antibodies to the coronavirus, we could be given […]

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Can Antibody Tests Help End the Coronavirus Pandemic?

A survey of New Yorkers last week found that one in five city residents carried antibodies to the new coronavirus — and in that, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo saw good news. If so many had been infected and survived, he reasoned, the virus may be far less deadly than previously thought. But many scientists took […]

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