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10/18 News Flash 10: COVID-19 Is More Severe in People of Minority Ethnic Backgrounds

10/18 News Flash 10: COVID-19 Is More Severe in People of Minority Ethnic Backgrounds

Graphic by Ishani Singh. Compared to white patients, a study by researchers at King’s College London has found that patients of Black ethnicity have an increased risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19, while patients of Asian ethnicity have an increased

10/18 News Flash 9: COVID-19 Is Now the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

10/18 News Flash 9: COVID-19 Is Now the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

Graphic by Annie Lin. COVID-19 has quickly become one of the leading causes of death in the US. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more Americans died between March and August this year than during

10/18 News Flash 8: Long-term Health Consequences of COVID-19

10/18 News Flash 8: Long-term Health Consequences of COVID-19

Graphic by Maria Fernanda Pacheco. Although less than 10% of COVID-19 cases directly result in death, there have been significant long-term health consequences observed in patients, even months after the initial viral infection. For example, a German study of 100

10/18 News Flash 7: The COVID-19 Pandemic and the $16 Trillion Virus

10/18 News Flash 7: The COVID-19 Pandemic and the $16 Trillion Virus

Graphic by Tai Michaels. Paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on car insurance can be frustrating –– that is, until you find yourself stranded with a smoking engine and your $20,000 repair is fully covered. Unfortunately, the

10/18 News Flash 6: SARS-CoV-2 disrupts splicing, translation, and protein trafficking to suppress host defenses

10/18 News Flash 6: SARS-CoV-2 disrupts splicing, translation, and protein trafficking to suppress host defenses

Graphic by Tai Michaels. The pathology behind SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is still relatively unknown to researchers. However, scientists at the California Institute of Technology have compiled a comprehensive guide to the interactions between the virus’ proteins and

10/18 News Flash 5: Small but Mighty: Tiny Proteins Pack a Big Punch

10/18 News Flash 5: Small but Mighty: Tiny Proteins Pack a Big Punch

Graphic by Annie Lin. Although many experimental therapies for COVID-19 rely on leveraging the body’s own immune cells and proteins, a new approach may be able to offer them some outside help. Led by Dr. David Baker, a team at

10/18 News Flash 4: What reinfections mean for COVID-19

10/18 News Flash 4: What reinfections mean for COVID-19

Graphic by Ishani Singh. Recently, researcher Dr. Richard L. Tillet of The Lancet Infectious Diseases investigated the case of a 25 year old man from Nevada who initially tested positive for COVID-19 in April. Forty-eight days after recovering, he tested

10/18 News Flash 3: A Pause In The Process Is Not Necessarily A Pause In Progress: Recent Updates In Vaccine Trials Show

10/18 News Flash 3: A Pause In The Process Is Not Necessarily A Pause In Progress: Recent Updates In Vaccine Trials Show

Graphic by Ishani Singh. This past Monday, Johnson & Johnson announced a pause in the coronavirus vaccine clinical trial due to unexplained complications experienced by one of the volunteers. However, experts agree that adverse side-effects, especially in a clinical study

10/18 News Flash 2: Telephone Visits Surge During the Pandemic, but Will They Last?

10/18 News Flash 2: Telephone Visits Surge During the Pandemic, but Will They Last?

Graphic by Maria Fernanda Pacheco. In light of social distancing measures that came with the pandemic, many health clinics have recently shifted to providing medical advising and services over the telephone. While this new consulting modality may address digital divides

10/18 News Flash 1: About 1 in 7 people infected with COVID-19 experience neurological damage

10/18 News Flash 1: About 1 in 7 people infected with COVID-19 experience neurological damage

Graphic by Ishani Singh. While the best-known coronavirus symptoms include fever, loss of smell, and shortness of breath, about one in seven people infected with COVID-19 also experience neurological damage, according to a new study.  Researchers at NYU Grossman School