COVID-19 Response and Treatment

Researchers Seek Answers for Millions With Long COVID-19

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Researchers Seek Answers for Millions With Long COVID-19 2121 1414 IEEE Pulse
“I am now eight-and-a-half months into my journey with long COVID … My symptoms include diagnosed post-COVID tachycardia and acute fatigue. I also have chest tightness and breathlessness from time to time; anxiety; muscle aches and pains, especially in the evening; memory loss; and insomnia.”—38-year-old female from the U.K. read more

Versatile Graphene Underlies New COVID-Zapping Air Filter

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Versatile Graphene Underlies New COVID-Zapping Air Filter 2000 1500 IEEE Pulse
Researchers have developed new ways to use the extremely versatile material graphene, and a company is now building on that work to manufacture an air-filtration device that kills bacteria and viruses—including the virus responsible for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—on contact. read more

Understanding the Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 in Survivors

Author(s): Wudan Yan
Understanding the Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 in Survivors 2077 1443 IEEE Pulse
In mid-March 2020, as the novel coronavirus started making its way through the United States, Fiona Lowenstein (they/their) became ill. At that point, there was not yet any public health guidance on social distancing and wearing masks, and certainly no routine or readily accessible testing for COVID-19. Lowenstein was still interacting with others in person, and even led a yoga class. But when they became sick and were hospitalized, they were tested for SARS-CoV2 and received a positive diagnosis. read more

A Step Closer to Mind Control for Everyday Life

Author(s): Mary Bates
A Step Closer to Mind Control for Everyday Life 2032 1475 IEEE Pulse
Brain–computer interface (BCI) technology holds promise for providing functional support systems for people with neurological disorders and other disabilities. In experimental laboratory settings, BCIs have allowed patients to communicate with researchers and control external devices—all by simply imagining the actions of different body parts. read more

The Brain on COVID-19

Author(s): Jennifer Berglund
The Brain on COVID-19 1500 844 IEEE Pulse
In March 2020 —still the early days of the U.K.’s COVID-19 crisis—Rhys Thomas, a neurologist at Newcastle University, got a call at home from a concerned colleague. The colleague’s cousin was hospitalized, critically ill with COVID-19, and had developed brainstem encephalitis, a severe inflammatory condition of the brain causing a suite of symptoms, from eye problems to balance problems and drowsiness. He wanted to know if Thomas knew anything about these conditions. At the time, the research coming out of Wuhan, China, only suggested a mild whiff of neurological ­symptoms—headache, dizziness, and the loss of taste and smell. read more

One Shot Wonder: A Vaccine Against All Coronaviruses

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
One Shot Wonder: A Vaccine Against All Coronaviruses 1000 665 IEEE Pulse
As the current pandemic continues to affect populations around the globe, the search for a viable vaccine for coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) continues. However, rather than constantly scrambling to generate a vaccine after an outbreak happens, some researchers are working on what they see as a better approach: developing a broad-acting “pan-coronavirus” vaccine that provides protection from any coronavirus, present or future. read more

Developing Antibody Defenses

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
Developing Antibody Defenses 2000 1500 IEEE Pulse
Long before the coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began, four research groups—two at universities and two at biotechnology companies—were preparing for it by tackling a seemingly outlandish challenge proffered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense: find a stopgap defense against emerging pathogens, so people would have protection until a longer-term solution, notably a vaccine, became available. read more

Rural Health Care for Coronavirus Requires Collaboration, Creativity

Author(s): Wudan Yan
Rural Health Care for Coronavirus Requires Collaboration, Creativity 2560 1709 IEEE Pulse
Before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) started sweeping across the United States, it began on the coasts. The first known case was reported in a county just outside of Seattle, WA, with other cases quickly cropping up in California and in the greater New York City region. read more

In a Pandemic, Technology Has Its Limits

Author(s): Pamela Reynolds
In a Pandemic, Technology Has Its Limits 2080 1442 IEEE Pulse
If there’s one thing made abundantly clear as the pandemic rages on, it’s this: Technology alone can’t save us. read more