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Using the Internet of Things To Fight Virus Outbreaks

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is an automated solution that can scale quickly to match the speed of a growing epidemic. In the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak being declared a pandemic, we take a look at how the IoT is being employed here.

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Is a Herd Immunity Approach to the Coronavirus Outbreak a Viable Option?

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It has been estimated that 60% of the population would need to be infected for herd immunity to be achieved, clearly leading to many deaths. But what is herd immunity and could it realistically be a viable option in tackling the current coronavirus pandemic?

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New Immune Cell on the Block During Viral Lung Infections

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Scientists have identified a novel group of immune cells in the lungs that are associated with the control of inflammation during viral infections, like influenza or possibly coronavirus. This discovery may help to advance the development of therapeutics to treat inflammation-related lung conditions such as bronchitis, influenza and potentially even COVID-19.

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Can Soap REALLY "Kill" the Coronavirus?

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Constantly being told to wash your hands? Us too. So we’re diving into the chemistry behind why soap is so effective against viruses like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Virology Lectures 2020 #1: What Is a Virus?

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In this first lecture of this 2020 Columbia University virology course, we define viruses, discuss their discovery and fundamental properties, including whether or not they are alive, and explain why they are the most awesome biological entities on Earth.

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Impact of Physical Distancing on Reducing COVID-19 Spread Modeled

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A new modelling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, comprising quarantine (for infected individuals and their families), school closure, and workplace distancing, is most effective at reducing the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases compared with other intervention scenarios included in the study.

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Progress Made Towards a Simple, Low-cost CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic
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Researchers at the University of Connecticut have been working to develop a new, low-cost, CRISPR-based diagnostic platform to detect infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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Even Concerted Cleaning Efforts Can Fall Short
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A recent study suggests that even organized efforts to clean surfaces can fall short and that keeping our surroundings clean may require some additional work.

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Tears Low Risk for Coronavirus Spread
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While researchers are certain that coronavirus spreads through mucus and droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing, new data shows it is unlikely to spread via tears.

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How Smart Cities Can Defend Against Pandemics
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As an estimated 68% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, urban planning against pandemics will become even more essential in years to come. Here are some ways smart cities can defend against pandemics in the future.

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STREAM: Six Strategies That Can Help Your Mental Health During Coronavirus Isolation
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One in four people on earth are currently in lockdown related to the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In this article, we look at some expert advice at how to cope with the impacts of this isolation on your mental health.

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The Rationale Behind Social Distancing and Hand Washing
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In the time of COVID-19, the Internet is aflush with expert advice about social distancing. At the same time, raw emotion has driven many to massive trips to the grocery store. In addition to toilet paper, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the favorite on everybody’s panic-shopping list. The sale of hand sanitizers has gone up almost 500%, in contrast to soap, which has gone up a paltry 70%. So why do experts advise social distancing, and are hand sanitizers the answer to all our problems?

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COVID-19 Portal Will Provide Scientists Free Access to Completed Clinical Trial Data
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Vivli, the Center for Clinical Research Data, recently issued a press release announcing the launch of the COVID-19 portal, designed to enable the sharing of completed interventional treatment trial data. Technology Networks spoke with Julie Wood, Vivli’s Director of Strategy and Operations, to learn more about the COVID-19 portal and discover how researchers can access the data within the portal.

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Current Efforts in COVID-19 Vaccine Development
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In this article, Technology Networks explore the current global efforts underway to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

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These 2 Unknowns Could Predict How Coronavirus Will Spread
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In this article, we review two key questions that remain around the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

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