This post discusses the history of and science behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19. If successful, this vaccine will be mass-produced and used throughout Europe.
Counting down the days until there is a COVID-19 vaccine and the novel coronavirus pandemic is over? Nidhi Parekh of The Shared Microscope and Sheeva Azma of Fancy Comma, LLC are here to discuss a front-runner in the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. In this post, we talk about the Moderna mRNA vaccine — and help you learn more about how it works and why it is so promising.
I appreciate a lot has unfolded since the last time I wrote on here. Most importantly, the World Health Organisation has declared Covid-19 a pandemic. For more on why I think they took their time to make this decision, check out my previous post here. Setting the self-promotion aside, the World Health Organisation officially declared …
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Covid-19 has rummaged through our economies and our stock markets are all down. The outbreak has also proceeded to bring us down to our knees, leading to cancellations of large gatherings/events, and the closing of schools and major cities. Airports around the world are cracking down on cases of the novel coronavirus with further testing, adding time at immigration and border control. Further to this, a potential pandemic puts increased demands on health care systems around the world – especially in wintry weather.
Question is - Can we call it a pandemic yet? What are we waiting for?
This article is Part Two of the mini-series on Viruses. This post is written in response to the popular demand, and questions raised in Part 1 of the series. This post looks to introduce to you what viruses are, how they were discovered and the basic structure of a virus. In addition to this, I have also added some brief information on how long a virus can survive.
Since there is no cure for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), it is therefore recommended that you take precautionary measure as far as is reasonably practicable. This article introduces you to the virus, it's mode of transmission, the symptoms, treatment, and precautionary measures.
Have you ever been told that you look exactly like your mum, or your dad? Or your grandma?? Well, the reason that you look like someone from your family is down to genes and genetics. What is this genes and genetics jargon then? Click on the link to find out more.
Did you know that tobacco kills up to half of all it's users? Tobacco is one of the biggest public health treats around the world, killing more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million people die as a result of direct tobacco use and the remaining are the result of exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke. Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths.
To put the problem into perspective further, cigarettes would never receive government regulatory approval if they were introduced to the consumer as a new product today.
Think of a recipe for your traditional Sunday roast. So let’s say you are to make a roast dinner – what ingredients do you need? Let’s see – potatoes, a whole chicken, some vegetables, maybe some salt, etc. You follow your favourite recipe preparing your ingredients, cooking them, and eventually end up with your entire meal. The ingredients that you use are the basic building blocks of your roast. Similarly, numerous cells come together to make a final product – YOU.