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WHO Updates COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines
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WHO Updates COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

The World Health Organization's Guideline Development Group has revised its recommendations for COVID-19 patient treatments through a panel of global experts. The updated recommendations offer reliable and current advice on managing COVID-19 and assist physicians in better decision-making with patients. These new recommendations were published in the journal The BMJ. (1✔ ✔Trusted SourceA living WHO guideline on drugs for covid-19Go to source) Updated Guidelines on Treatment and Management of COVID-19 Patients These guidelines were developed by the World Health Organization with the methodological support of the MAGIC Evidence Ecosystem Foundation.The guidance incorporates the latest clinical trial evidence for existing and new COVID-19 therapies and takes account of evidence rela...
CDC Identifies Novel COVID-19 Strains JN.1 and HV.1
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CDC Identifies Novel COVID-19 Strains JN.1 and HV.1

Following a temporary decline, new COVID-19 variants have reemerged. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed worries about two fresh variants, JN.1 and HV.1, highlighting their potential to evade the immune system. It added that nearly all viruses circulating in the US now are part of the XBB family and that JN.1 makes up less than 0.1 percent of SARS-CoV-2 viruses.The CDC said initial data suggest that updated COVID-19 vaccines will help protect against BA.2.86, and it expects a similar effect against JN.1. BA.2.86's Transmissibility and JN.1's Vaccination Impact "There is some data that suggest JN.1's parent BA.2.86 may be more transmissible than previous variants. Since JN.1 is a derivative of BA.2.86, there is a concern that it may be more ...
Willow Bark Offers Next Generation Anti-Viral Drugs
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Willow Bark Offers Next Generation Anti-Viral Drugs

"We need broadly acting and efficient tools to combat the virus load in our everyday life," said Prof Varpu Marjomki. "Vaccinations are important, but they cannot deal with many of the newly emerging serotypes early enough to be effective on their own." The scientists had previously tested willow bark extract on enteroviruses, and found it was highly successful: in this new study, they expanded the remit of their research to look at additional kinds of virus and to try to understand the mechanism of the extract's action. Advertisement To make the extract, they harvested commercially grown willow branches. The bark was cut into pieces, frozen, ground, and then extracted using hot water. This produced the extract samples which the ...