Pandemic Report: Researching severe symptoms, antibody treatment, and misinformation

Low testosterone and severe COVID symptoms

Research out of St. Louis suggests that low testosterone levels in men are linked to more severe cases of COVID-19. Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine researchers published the results of their study in JAMA Network Open.

Monoclonal antibody treatment

Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) are touting the use of monoclonal antibody treatment in fighting COVID-19. UPMC, which currently offers the treatment at 46 locations in its system, reports the infusion of antibodies has been shown to decrease the risk of hospitalization and death.

COVID-19 misinformation

Tackling the COVID-19 virus might actually be easier than tackling the misinformation surrounding it. But now the Ohio State University is partnering with Northwestern University and Battelle on a project to track and mitigate the misinformation. The project uses a combination of multiple approaches from network science, social media analytics, computational linguistics and an understanding of the psychology behind its spread and influence.