Getting COVID-19 Could Weaken Your Immune System

Even relatively easy bouts with COVID-19 can still take a toll on the immune system, according to a paper published Mar. 15 in the journal Immunity—particularly on T-cells, which provide long term and durable protection against viruses. Mark Davis, a professor of immunology at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, … Read more

Should You Take an Antiviral to Prevent Long COVID?

The only guaranteed way to prevent Long COVID is to avoid getting infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Recently, however, researchers have found promising signs that certain drugs may reduce the risk of developing Long COVID if they’re taken shortly after infection. Those studies are preliminary, but they raise an intriguing question: Should … Read more

The  Next U.S. Presidential Election will be a Battle Over Pandemic Memory

When Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican governor and 2024 presidential hopeful, was inaugurated for a second term in February, DeSantis centered his vision for the next four years on the idea that “freedom lives” in the Sunshine State. Baked into DeSantis’ speech was an emerging battle for the public memory of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Over the … Read more

China Approves Its First mRNA COVID Vaccine

China approved its first messenger RNA vaccine for Covid-19, clearing a shot from a local drugmaker that harnesses the powerful technology months after the world’s most-populous nation abandoned pandemic curbs. The mRNA vaccine, developed by CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Ltd. has been approved for emergency use, according to a statement from the company Wednesday to the … Read more