Long-haul COVID treatment
ROCHESTER, MN—Mild or moderate COVID-19 lasts for about two weeks for most people, but for some, health problems from COVID can last for months. Physicians at Mayo Clinic, who estimate that there are about 100,000 people in Rochester alone who could be considered “long-haul” COVID patients, are gearing up to study the cases for possible treatments.
Why are vaccines effective?
ST. LOUIS, MO—Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have determined one of the reasons the mRNA vaccines are so effective: a robust and persistent T follicular helper cell response.
Roche among cos. to get contract for COVID-19 tests
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—As part of the U.S. government’s effort to double its procurement of rapid COVID-19 tests to be delivered for free to Americans, the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $340 million contract to four companies to produce them, including Roche Diagnostics. About 3,000 people work on the Roche Diagnostics’ campus.
Common cold can impede body’s response again
MEMPHIS, TN—The viruses that cause COVID-19 and the common cold belong to the same large family of coronaviruses. A new report from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital says that prior infection with coronaviruses that cause the common cold can impede the body’s antibody immune response against SARS-CoV-2.