Covid-19 Research

Study shows correlation of Covid-19 cases with lower levels of vitamin D

Vitamin D was previously associated with resistance to acute respiratory infections. A new study shows that countries with lower mean vitamin D levels are also having higher infection and mortality rates of coronavirus.

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Remdesivir trial results show efficacy in Covid-19 treatment

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been running a trial of Remdesivir on 1,063 randomly assigned patients hospitalised with Covid-19. The group who got the Remdesivir treatment showed a median time of recovery of 11 days, while those who got a placebo averaged on a 15 day recovery. Mortality rate was 8% for the Remdesivir group and 11.6% for the placebo group.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson donate plasma to help find Covid-19 vaccine
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson donate plasma to help find Covid-19 vaccine
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Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, who both recently recovered from a Covid-19 infection, stated that they are donating their plasma to UCLA help scientists develop a potential treatment for Covid-19. Both Hanks and Wilson participate in a medical study that tries to develop a treatment that relies on antibodies to fight infections.