Treatment options for SARS-CoV-2 confirmed

In a preprint published at CellPress researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 virus share attach vector with the 2003 SARS-CoV, called ACE2, for entry and the serine protease TMPRSS2 for S protein priming. A TMPRSS2 inhibitor approved for clinical use was found to  block entry and may constitute a treatment option. The research team also found that […]

The battle for Europe has begun

As the outbreak in China seem to subside, the virus has gotten a strong foothold in Europe. As of 29 February, 1 116 cases and 23 deaths have been reported in the EU/EEA, the UK, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland. Italy is being hit worst with 888 cases and 21 deaths. Overall, the case fatality rate […]

The race to create a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is on

As the the novel corona virus outbreak rages on in South Korea, Iran and Italy researchers and pharmaceutical companies have entered a race to get a vaccine ready in a try to shift the odds in the favor of humanity. Moderna Therapeutics, a biotech company in Massachusets, US, shipped the first batches of a vaccine […]

Number of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-19 in Sweden jumps to 7

On thursday the number of confirmed cases of the novel corona virus SARS-CoV-19 increased to seven, and the goventment decided to activate crisis functions to be able to better manage the situation. The new cases are connected either to the patient that was confirmed yesterday, or have recently been in Italy or Iran . Thus […]

New study describes COVID-19 as ‘relatively mild’

In an article from the medical journal the BMJ Chinese physicians describe 62 cases of COVID-19 patients from the Zhejiang province and found that the clinical manifestation of the disease were relatively mild, in contrast to cases from the outbreak epicenter in Wuhan. …all studied cases were infected by human to human transmission. The most […]

Sweden confirms second case of COVID-19

On wednesday swedish authorities confirmed second case of the novel corona virus infection in the country. A man in his 30-ies who had recently returned from northen Italy developed symptoms typical for the COVID-19 disease, including fever and respiratory illness three days after his return. He was tested positive for the SARS-CoV-19 virus and became […]