UV-C irradiation is highly effective in inactivating and inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 replication

Abstract The potential virucidal effects of UV-C irradiation on SARS-CoV-2 were experimentally evaluated for different illumination doses and virus concentrations (1000, 5, 0.05 MOI). Both virus inactivation and replication inhibition were investigated as a function of these parameters. At a virus density comparable to that observed in SARS-CoV-2 infection, an UV-C dose of just 3.7…

Your Kids May Never Return to Normal Schooling

Socrates never had a classroom, but some of his students, such as Xenophon and Plato, turned out rather well. As a side effect of Covid-19, about 70% of the world’s children aren’t sitting in physical classrooms anymore. And even where schools are gradually reopening, they’re not returning to normal. Here in Berlin this week, my children started going back in…

COVID-19 Diagnostic Technology Fact Pack

COVID-19 is, first and foremost, a humanitarian challenge. Thousands of health professionals are heroically battling the virus, putting their own lives at risk. Governments and industry are working together to understand and address the challenge, support victims and their families and communities, and search for treatments and a vaccine. Solving the humanitarian challenge is the…

Rapid implementation of mobile technology for real-time epidemiology of COVID-19

The rapid pace of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic (COVID19) presents challenges to the robust collection of population-scale data to address this global health crisis. We established the COronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) consortium to bring together scientists with expertise in big data research and epidemiology to develop a COVID-19 Symptom Tracker…

How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person. When someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, they send droplets containing the virus into the air. A healthy person can then breathe in those droplets. You can also catch the virus if you touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch…

Security forces kill more Nigerians than Covid-19

Security forces enforcing the lockdown in parts of Nigeria have killed more people than coronavirus itself, a local rights group says. Evidence of the killings comes from members of the public who rang their hotline or sent in videos, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) adds. It says law enforcers have killed 18 people in…