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When Lockdowns Don’t Work – Bloomberg

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When lockdowns don’t work
Australia’s first lockdown was one of the most successful in the world, bringing down cases to just a handful a day between March and when it ended in May. But the country’s second round of locking down is proving a cautionary tale of just how hard it is to 
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As the virus resurged in Melbourne, its 5 million people were ordered to once again stay at home except for essential work, exercise and medical care. Despite that — and …

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Virus uses decoy strategy to evade immune system, Otago research reveals – EurekAlert

University of Otago researchers have learnt more about how viruses operate and can evade the immune system and are now using their discovery to help learn more about COVID-19.

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IMAGE: Co-authors of the recent research project (from left) Allan Mitchell, Dr Mihnea Bostina, Sai Velamoor and Dr Laura Burga.
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University of Otago researchers have learnt more about how viruses operate and can evade the immune system and are now using their discovery to help learn more about COVID-19.
The recent research, led by Dr Mihnea Bostina and PhD student Sai Velamoor from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Otago Micro and Nano …

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Vietnam reports 25 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

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HANOI, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — Vietnam reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Thursday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 905, along with three more deaths from the disease, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.
The ministry also confirmed that three more COVID-19 patients had died, bringing the death toll in the country to 20 as of Thursday, noting that all the three patients, aged from 52 to 87, had underlying medical conditions.
Meanwhile, 21 more COVID-19 patients have bee…

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A new map catalogs the effects of coronavirus mutations – Medical Xpress

As the novel coronavirus spreads, it’s picking up new mutations—for better and for worse.

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As the novel coronavirus spreads, it’s picking up new mutationsfor better and for worse.
Now, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Jesse Bloom and his colleagues have cataloged how nearly 4,000 different mutations alter SARS-CoV-2’s ability to bind to human cells.
Their data, publicly available online as an interactive map, is a new resource for researchers developing antiviral drugs and vaccines to fight COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. The work also reveals how …

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