A North Carolina couple married for more than 50 years died of the novel coronavirus just minutes apart while holding hands, CNN reported. read more
We're so f&$#ed.
Scientists in a new paper make strong claims regarding evidence that the COVID-19 virus did not originate in nature"the prevailing theory"but instead was made in a lab. According to six leading experts in evolutionary biology and infectious disease consulted by Newsweek, the paper offers no new information, makes numerous unsubstantiated claims and its scientific case is weak.
"This pre-print report cannot be given any credibility in its current form," says Andrew Preston, an expert in microbial pathogenesis at the University of Bath in the U.K.
The top spokesman for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence, the agency announced Wednesday, days after he promoted dangerous conspiracy theories during a Facebook Live video. read more
Of the 1797 persons who had recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection, 1107 of the 1215 who were tested (91.1%) were seropositive; antiviral antibody titers assayed by two pan-Ig assays increased during 2 months after diagnosis by qPCR and remained on a plateau for the remainder of the study.
Also, the study found that very low numbers of patients who tested positive by PCR were antibody negative on both test dates and only a single patient was antibody positive on the first test date and negative on the second test date.
The study also confirms the expected results that patients with more severe disease showed higher antibody levels during the length of the study compared to those with mild disease.