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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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Covid-19 and kids [closed]

I came across a site that deals with covid-19 demographics. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-age-sex-demographics It appears that none of the kids aged 0-9 died. At least ...
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Is the mortality rate of 2019-nCoV 41%?

According to the data on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker, as of 3rd February 2020 there were 17491 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV globally, 536 total recoveries and 362 deaths. From my non-expert ...
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Why are bacteriophage viruses so infrequently used in the western countries?

Bacteriophages are, in eastern countries including Russia, a pretty common, or at least well known, approach to get rid of bacterial infections. (This is discussed in How Dangerous Are Superbugs ...
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Will there ever be a universal vaccine for the common cold?

If I get infected once with the virus which causes a common cold, does that mean I will not get infected with the same strain of the virus ever in my lifetime? Is the immune system capable and smart ...
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By how much could we accelerate medical development of a vaccine for a pandemic?

Imagine a worst case scenario. Millions of people infected by an virus in the west. Governments willing to provide all ressources, no matter the cost. Could a hugely increased budget even be ...
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What is different in how we care about 2019-ncov coronavirus compared to other corona viruses either influenza?

From what I understand, this virus spreads really rapidly which I do not know about other corona/influenza viruses. Still, why nobody has cared to control the spread of other corona viruses (less ...
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2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) lifetime outside an organism

How long will it remain potent outside an organism? I'm thinking in the context of if it can survive a couple of weeks or a month in the mail for the recipient to get infected. Edit: I tried ...
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How long should I quarantine items contaminated with the HSV-1 Virus (Cold Sore)?

I wanted to know how long does the HSV-1 virus lasts on, say, a tube of lip-balm? The reason I ask is I believe I gave myself a new cold sore by using a tube of lip balm that I had last used when I ...
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Database with cases of coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Does exist database with symptoms of 2019-nCoV (without personal data) and especially the duration of illness. How long it lasts? Who can access this data? I want to do some data mining(to calculate ...
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Might the coronavirus be transmitted by packages shipped from China? [duplicate]

There is currently a coronavirus outbreak in China. I order many packages from China, mostly electronics parts. I see that I have dealt with distributors on Aliexpress from Wuhan, the coronavirus ...
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Does someone in world already have antibodies against Wuhan coronavirus?

There's this interactive map showing progression of Wuhan coronavirus. And among other indicators it also shows number of cured individuals (38 at the moment), which is less than number of deaths, but ...
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Are respirators a better option to prevent infection? [closed]

Are respirators a better alternative to surgical or n95 masks when it comes to preventing infection by the 2019 ncov virus?
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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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Should everyone take the ebola vaccine to achieve global herd immunity?

Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola, is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses. 1 Should everyone in the ...
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Can Protein Folding be used to develop a vaccine against the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)?

Scientists are researching the possibility to create a universal influenza vaccine 1. The influenza virus already has many strains 2 and evolves itself rapidly into new strains because influenza uses ...
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Should a person with warts avoid baths to avoid the spread of HPV to other body parts?

The cause of warts in general is the Human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. If I understand it correctly, HPV causes both genital warts and warts on toes. Does this mean that if a person with a wart ...
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Publication on the virulence of diseases which are likely transfered by used needles from addicts

There are many (work)places, where one could get pricked accidentally by a used needle which was thrown away by a careless drug addict. Which diseases are typically present on used needles is ...
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Nasal congestion or fever as a mechanism to combat infection

As far as I know, nasal congestion and fever are generally regarded as symptoms of many illnesses (e.g. flu), not as mechanisms that the body uses to fight an infection. Nonetheless, a lot of people ...
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Varicella vaccine UK, benefits vs risk

first question on medicine stackexchange so apologies if formatting isn't right. My specific questions are If vaccinated <5 years old, is the vaccine still likely to be protective at childbearing ...
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What would happen to the body if the immune system failed to respond to a rhinovirus?

What exactly would happen to the body if the immune system did not detect or respond to a the common cold virus like Rhinovirus?
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Father gets chickenpox, but doesn't infect his two children. How is this possible?

My brother in law got chickenpox, yet somehow he didn't infect my two nephews, even though they are living together. According to wikipedia, varicella has an infection rate of 90%: Varicella is ...
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Can virus and bacteria survive in soda water? (carbonated water)

I was wandering if it is possible for soda to be contaminated by viruses/bacteria originating from water that was used to produce it. I have to specific questions: Can jaundice virus/bacteria survive ...
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Why is it not possible to get HIV by touching a contaminated surface?

I was wondering if one could get HIV from basically touching a surface which has had viral DNA extract, serum, or blood on it; and then touching their (bleeding) pimple or acne, or any other open area ...
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How are drugs encapsidated?

I recently came across "drug encapsidation". So far, I have come to understand that it is a technique to insert drug particles/molecules in the protein shell of a virus, namely the capsid. But I ...
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How many people are naturally immune to the chicken pox virus?

What percentage of people are naturally immune to the chicken pox virus?
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Do humidifiers help cure the flu?

According to this report, absolute humidity affects transmission and survival of the influenza virus with 90% accuracy. Lower humidity at winter promotes both the influenza virus transmission and its ...
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Chikungunya joint pain

Chikungunya can cause joint pain. Is it true that there is no treatment for Chikungunya joint pain? How do patients normally cope with it?
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What is the mechanism behind the association between azathioprine use and a higher risk of developing lymphoma?

We know that use of azathioprine and other thiopurines is associated with a small but statistically significant increase in the risk of developing lymphoma, as shown in [1] and several other easily ...
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Dengue fever carrier

Sparked by a Dengue infection on two of my off-site colleagues in India, I read up a little on this virus. Reading the Wikipedia article on Dengue fever, I saw that 80% of the infected people are ...
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Could genetically modified viruses cure genetic diseases?

Is it possible to create a genetically modified virus to carry a custom genetic payload, that could express protiens that the host is unable to make themselves? For example, could a virus be created ...
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Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection after vaccination?

I may or may not have a viral infection in the past and then I took vaccination for it. Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection? For example HPV virus using IGG test.
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STI vs STD vs Sexually Transmitted Virus

I am very confused as in my answer to Why is HIV singled out from other STIs? I agreed with the OP that HIV is an STI. I have been led to believe the following definitions: STI Stands for Sexually ...
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HPV 51 positive male - how to avoid cancer?

From what I know: HPV 51 is considered carcinogenic There is currently no reliable method to completely cure it What can be done to mitigate the risks? How to detect cancer development? Are any ...
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Why are some viruses harder to make vaccines for?

A number of common viral disease agents have vaccines produced for them: Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Influenza (flu), Varicella (chicken pox), Poliovirus (polio), and many more. But many very serious or ...
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I have natural immunity to Hepatitis B. Do I pose risk to others?

Some time ago I was rejected as donor and received following rejection letter: Just wanted to inform you that there was a positive infectious disease result for Hepatitis B. Unfortunately, we ...
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Does stopping fever hinder the process of killing bacteria via fever?

Since the body produces fever in order to kill bacteria, wouldn't decreasing the fever by taking anti fever medication decrease the body's ability to fight the bacteria? Assuming you have non life ...
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Does fasting improve your immune system even when you are already having some infection?

I am one of the self-motivated activists who run some groups to answer various misconceptions about science and try to fight against ignorance, pseudo-sciences and blind faiths. I was recently asked ...
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Too low level of HIV virus to be infectious?

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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Can you get infections by washing your body with someone else's water?

I was in a debate with someone about some religious topics. And one of them was a religious treatment ritual that included taking someone else's saliva and throwing water on his back then mixing both (...
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How can genital herpes be transmitted even with a condom?

I have read from various sources that, although the use of a condom does reduce the risk of transmission, it does not completely rule it out. Just how does that happen? Assuming that there are no ...
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Is viral keratitis contagious?

Is viral keratitis contagious? I'm asking, as I'm not getting any authentic material on the net.
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Can viruses be inherited?

In theory, any virus capable of infecting germ cells can plant its genetic load into the sperm/ova that will eventually become offspring. So are most viruses inheritable? Really, if your parents ever ...
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How to tell if the common cold has turned to an infection

I am very susceptible to the common cold. I get it at least 2 - 3 times a year. Sometimes it goes away in a couple of days, sometimes it develops into a nasty throat/lung infection with an awful cough ...
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What is the significance of “patients zero” in infectious disease beyond epidemiology?

A common focus of press releases following outbreak of a "new" infectious disease is the "patient zero", or first individual to show infection. Why? I can understand how epidemiologically it would be ...
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Contagiousness of lip herpes in the work environment?

I just started working in a chemistry lab and found out on my first day that someone in the same lab as I am has lip herpes. I am a habitual nailbiter, and while this would be a great opportunity to ...
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Accurate embryo age and Zika virus

I've been reading many articles trying to find the age above which there is no risk on the embryo from a Zika virus infection. All what I got was similar to "very dangerous at the beginning" or "not ...
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How is measured the transmission rate of virusses?

I would like to know how is measured the transmission rate of viruses, for example, there is a 'normal' flu, his transmission rate is '1', but for a virus like H1N1 the transmission rate is '0.2' ...
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How contagious is glandular fever?

What sort of exposure would be necessary or sufficient for someone to be infected? E.g handshaking, sitting across from someone with the virus for an hour or so, etc etc
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Does taking antibiotics make you immune to virus?

Let's say someone has a virus and the doctor prescribed him to take him antibiotics, while taking the antibiotics can he be effected with another type of virus or the antibiotics will make him immune ...