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Mike Wehner

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Coronavirus will delay some NASA projects, agency announces

March 23rd, 2020

Coronavirus will likely delay several NASA projects, with the Mars 2020 still on schedule but facing the possibility of a significant delay.  The James Webb Space Telescope will almost certainly be pushed back even further than it already was, and NASA’s Artemis missions could see delays and perhaps even push the return of humans to …

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Scientists are testing a modified measles vaccine against coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

A coronavirus vaccine is in development at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research.  The COVID-19 vaccine is based on an existing measles vaccine that has been modified using genetic material from the novel coronavirus.  Animal trials of the experimental vaccine will first be needed before human trials can be considered. Even if the …

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The early coronavirus infection warning sign you should look out for

March 23rd, 2020

Coronavirus infection may lead to loss of smell or taste shortly after a person is infected, according to doctors.  Differentiating early symptoms of COVID-19 from those of the flu or other common respiratory illnesses is an important tool for doctors to help identify the most likely cases of coronavirus infection.  It’s unclear exactly why the …

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Spring breakers who refused to stop partying now have coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

Spring breakers in Florida who ignored advice from health experts and government officials took to party hotspots in the midst of a pandemic.  Now, many of those same college students are testing positive for the novel coronavirus, and nobody knows exactly how far it has spread.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must remain in …

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CDC launches ‘Coronavirus Self-Checker’ bot to analyze your symptoms

March 23rd, 2020

The CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker bot is now live.  The bot, which was built with the help of Microsoft, analyzes your symptoms and recommends further measures. If your symptoms are severe or if you have underlying health conditions, the system will recommend more urgent care than if you are healthy overall and have mild symptoms.  The …

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How prepared is your hospital for the coronavirus? This tool can tell you

March 22nd, 2020

Will your hospital have enough beds for coronavirus patients? A new tool by ProPublica can estimate how prepared your locality is for the pandemic.  The tool is based on real virus data and information on available hospital beds at locations all across the United States.  Practicing social distancing and staying home is still our best …

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The vast majority of coronavirus cases are mild and brief, data shows

March 21st, 2020

Reports out of China reveal that a coronavirus infection rarely results in severe symptoms, with the vast majority of patients only experiencing mild symptoms that quickly go away.  Over 80% of confirmed COVID-19 patients were classified as mild, and over 70,000 of the roughly 80,000 coronavirus cases in the country have already been deemed cured …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover is coming together, virus or no virus

March 20th, 2020

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, is coming together ahead of its expected launch to the Red Planet in July of this year.  The mission is still on schedule despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and though it’s still possible that that could change.  Among other tasks, the rover will gather material samples from the planet’s surface …

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New drug combo wiped out coronavirus in patients

March 20th, 2020

A combination of two existing drugs is proving to be effective at eliminating the novel coronavirus in patients confirmed to have the infection.  Treatment with both hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, and the antibiotic azithromycin dramatically shortened the recovery time for people with COVID-19.  More trials on a larger scale will be needed before we know …

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Supercomputer finds 77 drugs that could halt coronavirus spread

March 20th, 2020

The ultra-powerful IBM supercomputer Summit has identified 77 compounds that could help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  These compounds could be used to develop treatments and vaccines that would halt the spread of the virus and prevent further infections.  With dozens of possible options, each of these drugs will have to be tested …