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Would symptoms differ from eating virus contaminated food versus breathing in virus?

Would symptoms differ from eating virus contaminated food versus breathing in virus? Would symptoms be a good indicator where the virus is located? The COVID-19 causes respiratory symptoms and I guess ...
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Back in 2005, the CDC successfully recreated the 1918 Spanish Flu virus and then published its research. Was this unwise? [closed]

From doing research on the COVID-19 virus, I discovered this morning that back in 2005 the CDC successfully recreated the 1918 Spanish Flu virus: "In a joint statement today, the directors of the CDC ...
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Is the length of an epidemic linked to the strictness of the confinement?

From my understanding the measures to confine the population are designed not to protect it from getting infected but to prevent the hospitals to be overflown by too many simultaneous cases. In other ...
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Viral outbreaks and increased electromagnetic radiation [closed]

I recently heard this YouTube video about how we seem to have a viral pandemic every time a new mode of electrical communication is introduced. The guy in the video said that every time there is a big ...
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Can oseltamivir shorten the duration of COVID-19 and inhibit replication and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV) virus?

Oseltamivir (tamiflu) is an antiviral medication used to treat and prevent influenza A and influenza B (flu). It is said (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27660842) to reduce symptom duration even ...
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Could the Cuban coronavirus antiviral be a mass cure for COVID-19?

Sometime around 1981, the Cubans invented an antiviral treatment for coronavirus. What is its relative efficacy against COVID-19? What are the pathways and obstacles for it making its way to being a ...
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How would the tuberculosis vaccine (BCG) decrease severity of COVID-19?

Two academic hospitals in The Netherlands (Nijmegen and Utrecht) just got approval to experiment with using a tuberculosis vaccine (BCG) to try to better protect hospital workers against coronavirus. ...
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Why do corticosteroids harm COVID-19 patients?

This Science Daily article states that steroids could do more harm than good in treating coronavirus (COVID-19), referring to this The Lancet article. Understanding the evidence for harm or ...
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Is there a way to test for covid 19 after recovery?

I had symptoms that could have been corona symptoms last week. Unfortunately the testing capacity in my country (Germany) is not sufficient to test every person with symptoms at the moment, so only ...
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Could an infinitesimal amount of Covid-19 be used to trigger immune response?

Could one be injected with an infinitesimal amount of Covid-19 viral particles, in a way that it would trigger an immune response long enough before the virus overran the body? Could it be injected ...
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Some queries on viruses [closed]

I'm someone from an Engineering background, so these questions might seem stupid, but I'd be grateful if someone could answer them. 1) How do viruses 'die'? Do they even die? I read that viruses are ...
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Which tests for Coronavirus/COVID19 are available and why seem they be so different?

Lately I'm reading about the good Coronavirus-Tests in South Korea, the faulty tests in the USA and the tests in Indonesia which are according to some Singapore newspapers not even working. I wonder ...
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Does immunity to some coronavirus confer any immunity to other strains?

Genetic sequencing of COVID-19 in China in December 2019 revealed two strains of the virus, identified as S and L, with S being the ancestral version while L was more prevalent (70:30 ratio) and more ...
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Who came up with the SARS-CoV-2 name?

I know that the WHO came up with the COVID-19 name, but I see big publisher (Springer) also using "SARS-CoV-2" seemingly to refer to the same thing. To be more technically correct, they say the ...
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What's the real Coronavirus mortality rate? [duplicate]

According to this Coronavirus death rate The World Health Organization (WHO) had mentioned 2% as a mortality rate estimate in a press conference on Wednesday, January 29 1 and again on ...
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How mutable is COVID-19?

As it commonly known, mutability is a fundamental characteristic of viruses which presents the ability of virus genome to adapt to physical circumstances, prevent and circumvent vaccine effect and to ...
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Coronavirus conspiracy theory (HIV biological weapon) [closed]

There's a ridiculous conspiracy theory spreading that coronavirus is a genetically modified biological weapon gone rogue. According to one theory, the virus has traces of HIV and is designed to attack ...
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How do you distinguish between “cure” and “recovery” in terms of medical terminology?

​‎I hear a lot of people using the words "cure" and "recovery" interchangeably. Are these two words interchangable in epidemiology? What's the difference between these two in terms of medical ...
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Viruses evolving in less dangerous forms

My question could be naive, but I was not able to find an answer. I have read at several places that viruses tend to evolve to less dangerous forms (HIV for example), se they do not run out of hosts, ...
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Are virus strains different viruses?

This question comes about from another virology question concerning the common cold (Would being infected with every kind of cold virus strain at once be a good immunization or dangerous?). The ...
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How do STIs and STDs physically enter the body?

Nurses and health practitioners will tell you to wear a condom to prevent contracting an STD/STI, and will supplement this with "diseases and infections can be transmitted through bodily fluids which ...
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What are the limits on the amount of pathogens that a body can be immune to at any given time?

Before the seasonal flu vaccine was recommended for all healthy adults, people in developed countries might get vaccinated against on the order of 10 different pathogens and develop immunity for some ...
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Is rabies virus infectious outside host?

Can rabies virus remain infectious on environment i.e on soil, grasses, leaves and water? I am just paranoid I may come into contact with rabid animal's saliva without knowing it. So wanted to know ...
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Does gargling Hydrogen Peroxide or Listerine help combat cold/flu?

More specifically, does gargling help prevent sickness when a person feels the early-stages of being sick? (That slight feeling of rawness in one's throat, for example, or a light, abnormal fatigue). ...
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Why does fish have a lower minimum safe-cooking temperature?

Food safety guidelines suggest cooking fish to at least 130F. Chicken, in contrast, should be cooked to at least 165F. Perhaps the bacteria/viruses found in fish die at lower temperatures. If so, why ...
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Can shingles on one part of my body spread to another?

I broke out with shingles to my face. Can I spread the virus to other parts of my own body (for example, to my nasal mucosa) by scratching? I've googled and found contradictory information. Some ...
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What happens to HIV once it completely destroys the immune system?

Today, in my high school health class we were learning about HIV and AIDS, and I was wondering what would happen to HIV if it killed off all of the cells that it uses to reproduce. For example, ...
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Is HIV the cause of AIDS?

That HIV causes AIDS always seemed like an obvious fact to me, this seemed to be the widely accepted opinion. But just now I found the article "Questioning the HIV-AIDS hypothesis: 30 years of dissent"...