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Round-up: COVID-19 August 2021 (Part One)

We have got you covered with some of the latest news and research surrounding the novel coronavirus in your fortnightly round-up.


At the time of writing, there have been:

  • 200,412,228 cases
  • 4,262,656 deaths
  • 180,649,784 recoveries


  • New research conducted in monkeys uncovers that T cells are not critical for the recovery of primates from acute COVID-19 infections. (Hasenkrug et al, 2021)
  • Göttingen researchers have developed nanobodies that can efficiently block the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its new variants. (Güttler et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have published results on the effects of mix-and-match vaccinations. (Schmidt et al, 2021)
  • A new study has provided evidence that refutes claims that COVID-19 can enter a person’s DNA. (Smits et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have identified more variants in the TLR7 gene in young healthy men who became seriously ill with severe COVID-19. (Solanich et al, 2021)
  • A recent paper outlines the benefits of genomic surveillance to mitigate and contain outbreaks. (Robishaw et al, 2021)
  • New research found that there was no significant difference in mortality among patients who were grouped according to body mass index values. (Sahin et al, 2021)

Other news

  • Researchers based at Swansea University have been awarded £1.1 million of UK government funding to design and evaluate self-management intervention for people with long COVID. (Swansea University, 2021)
  • A recent news feature in Nature has explored how the Delta is so dangerous. (Scudellari, 2021)
  • A Perspective article in Science has highlighted the road to properly addressing long COVID. (Alwan, 2021)
  • A recent article discussed the outrage at COVID vaccine boosters for wealthy countries despite shortage of vaccines in poorer countries. (Maxmen, 2021)

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