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Scientists say Baker’s reopening plan is sensible, but still concerning

May 19th, 2020 in Featured, In The News.

Original article from The Boston Globe by Naomi Martin & Dasia Moore. May 18, 2020 Even as some businesses called for a more immediate reopening of the economy, public health experts’ first reaction Monday to Governor Baker’s conservative plan was worry — that more interaction would make a second wave of... More

Scientists say the best treatment for COVID-19 may be a cocktail of medicines

May 18th, 2020 in Featured, In The News, Lab Updates.

Original article from The Boston Globe by Jonathan Saltzman. May 14, 2020 More than a dozen drug firms in Massachusetts are urgently searching for a medicine to treat COVID-19, but the most potent therapy may not end up being a single medication. Instead, medical experts say, the most effective way to... More

BU NEIDL Scientists Featured in NOVA’s Special Coronavirus Episode

May 15th, 2020 in Featured, In The News, Lab Updates.

Original article from The Brink by Kat J. McAlpine. May 14, 2020 An hour-long PBS NOVA episode—which aired May 13—about the coronavirus pandemic featured scientists from Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), along with immunology and virus experts from across the United States, discussing the massive clinical and scientific... More

BU Scientists Awarded $1.9 Million to Accelerate Coronavirus Research

May 14th, 2020 in Featured, In The News, Lab Updates.

Original article from The Brink by Kat J. McAlpine. May 13, 2020 Since the novel and fast-spreading SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus first upended life in the United States and around the world, scientists at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) have dropped nearly every other research project to focus on understanding... More

Decoding COVID-19 (Video)

May 14th, 2020 in Featured, In The News, Lab Updates, Video.

Original video from NOVA by PBS. May 13, 2020 Scientists race to understand and defeat the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus—and... More

Mass. Hit A Plateau In New Virus Cases Last Week, But Numbers Still Raise Concern (Interview with Dr. Hamer)

May 12th, 2020 in Featured, In The News.

Original article from WBUR by Jack Lepiarz. May 11, 2020 Last week, Massachusetts hit a plateau in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19. But the numbers are still concerning: In the past seven days, new daily infections have averaged well over 1,000, and nearly 5,000 people in the state have died... More

Finding coronavirus’ patient zero; and a guilty bat

May 8th, 2020 in Featured, In The News.

Original article from CBS News by Margaret Brennan & Camilla Schick. May 07, 2020 Tracking down COVID-19's patient zero and how that person first contracted the coronavirus may take years, especially as U.S.-China relations tumble to a new low. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the details of patient zero... More

Coronavirus immunity studies ‘encouraging’ for short-term protection from reinfection, says BU immunologist

May 7th, 2020 in Featured, In The News, Lab Updates.

Original article from Boston Herald by Erin Tiernan. May 06, 2020 New studies provide “encouraging” proof that people who recover from the coronavirus gain protection from reinfection in the short term, but Boston University immunologist John Connor says it remains to be seen whether any will gain long-lasting immunity. “What’s encouraging is... More

Efforts to beat back the coronavirus are critical. They’re also making clinical trials harder

May 6th, 2020 in Featured, In The News.

Original article from STAT by Andrew Joseph. May 05, 2020 In March, a team of Chinese scientists studying whether the antiviral remdesivir was effective against Covid-19 ran into a problem. “Stringent public health measures used in Wuhan led to marked reductions in new patient presentations,” the researchers wrote. Without enough patients... More

When Will Mass. Start To See The Infection Curve Go Down?

May 5th, 2020 in Featured, In The News.

Original article from WBUR by Bob Oates & Wilder Fleming. May 04, 2020 More than 4,000 people have now died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts, which means the commonwealth has the fourth highest official death toll related to the coronavirus in the country. And the rate of newly confirmed cases and deaths remains... More