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Does COVID-19 have a case fatality rate of 41%? Is this formula correct?

According to the data on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker, as of 3rd February 2020 there were 17491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, 536 total recoveries and 362 deaths. From my non-expert ...
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Is it possible to get Covid-19 and have 0 symptoms along the complete journey and hence cure by yourself without knowing?

In this link, in the section How long is it between when a person is exposed to the virus and when they start showing symptoms? mentions Recently published research found that on average, the time ...
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Disinfecting laundry — that of a likely COVID patient, or of any other possibly-infectious individual

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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Does bleach have to be diluted to be more effective to kill virus?

This page Bleach claims Bleach is more effective at killing germs when diluted than when used straight out of the bottle. this other page (Spanish) Alcohol and Bleach are more effective against ...
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How can there be a level of HIV viral load that will make infecting others impossible?

I just read about a court case where someone was acquitted for "being dangerous to the surrounding" by having unprotected sex when diagnosed with HIV. The reasoning was that since this person was ...
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Laptops in the dark and miscalculating bats: how dangerous is that for rabies?

A few nights ago, I was using my laptop outside in the dark. Some moths and other insects were flying around in the light it was emitting, but unfortunately I didn't think anything about this from a ...
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What receptors are targeted by the seasonal coronaviruses that primarily present as winter colds?

We know that SARS-CoV-2 appears to mainly attack animal cells by the ACE2 receptor, MERS-CoV by the DPP-4 receptor, and SARS-CoV also by the ACE2 receptor. Do we know what receptors are targeted by ...
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Does wearing gloves help against being infected with COVID-19?

Walking around town I see quite a few people wearing gloves in addition to a mask. But is this actually useful? COVID-19 does not transmit via the skin, so you don't need to protect your hands per se. ...
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Can coronaviruses be transmitted via banknotes?

When possible I avoid paying by cash and use contactless payments as much as I can, especially as of late. However, some outlets won't take card payments so cash exchange is inevitable. I am worried ...
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Why recovered patients develop lung disease due Covid-19?

In this link https://www.dw.com/en/covid-19-recovered-patients-have-partially-reduced-lung-function/a-52859671 we can see Now researchers in Hong Kong have said that recovered coronavirus patients ...
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New Covid December 2020 mutation in UK and its consequences [closed]

The new Covid December 2020 mutation in UK is believed to be 70% more contagious than the original version. Could one reason be that Airborne transmission by normal breathing is now a dominant form of ...
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What does it mean when someone has Coronavirus antibodies?

I'm a bit confused reading articles like this: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/nyregion/coronavirus-antibodies-test-ny.html One of every five New York City residents tested positive for antibodies ...