New partnership will tackle surface transmission of COVID-19

A project to develop surface treatments that can provide long-lasting protection against the COVID-19 virus has been launched at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the research will see the development of new antiviral sprays, films, and other products. These can be delivered via additives in existing … Continue reading “New partnership will tackle surface transmission of COVID-19”

Why is COVID-19 life threatening for some, but not others?

With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic still holding the world in its grip, identifying how our immune system responds to the virus is critical to understanding the unknowns surrounding COVID-19. The human immune system is extremely complex but understanding of how it reacts during and after infection with SARS-CoV-2 is critical to our ability to control the … Continue reading “Why is COVID-19 life threatening for some, but not others?”

New online research database will boost battle against COVID-19

Researchers around the world can tap into a new inter-disciplinary online database of COVID-19 research – www.covidcorpus.org – allowing them to search for new partners, resources and funding to boost the global battle against the virus. Launched today, the international open-access database for ongoing research activity COVID CORPUS aims to encourage collaboration and reduce duplication between researchers … Continue reading “New online research database will boost battle against COVID-19”

‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas could save lives after surgery – global study

Setting up ‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas for surgical patients could save lives during the second wave of the pandemic – reducing the risk of death from lung infections associated with coronavirus, a new global study reveals. Researchers working together in Brazil and beyond found that that patients who had their operation and hospital care in … Continue reading “‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas could save lives after surgery – global study”

Vitamin D deficiency shown to increase the risk of COVID in healthcare workers

Healthcare workers who self-isolated after developing symptoms of COVID-19 were more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency, with workers from Black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds particularly affected, say experts at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. The study, an extension of previous work to establish convalescent immunity in NHS staff at University Hospitals Birmingham, … Continue reading “Vitamin D deficiency shown to increase the risk of COVID in healthcare workers”