COVID-19: What it is, how it works, and what we can do to prevent its spread Researchers summarize the current state of known medical and biological information about COVID-19 and discuss ways to control the spread of the disease.

Since December, 2019 a virus which causes the COVID-19 disease has been spreading, resulting in a global pandemic. While some questions about COVID-19 can be answered, researchers are still working on other aspects. In one review article, researchers overview aspects READ MORE

How effective are travel restrictions and social distancing? Modeling indicates that travel restrictions alone would not be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, reducing human contact is necessary. Learn about how scientists figured this out.

Reality now matches what was predicted. According to models, travel restrictions alone would only delay the epidemic status of COVID-19. But when they are combined with social distancing, the two policies drastically reduce the predicted number of new cases.

How would we know if COVID-19 came from a lab? A group of researchers gathered evidence from previous studies and, using what is known about the virus structure, made the case that the 2019 novel coronavirus was unlikely to have been intentionally engineered.

A group of researchers gathered evidence from previous studies and, using what is known about the virus structure, made the case that the 2019 novel coronavirus was unlikely to have been intentionally engineered.

Protection by disinfection: best ways to sanitize surfaces from the coronavirus family Researchers conclude that 0.1% bleach and 62-71% ethanol are most effective for disinfecting surfaces from viruses within the coronavirus family.

What are the best ways to sanitize various surfaces from coronaviruses? A team of researchers reviewed 22 studies to better understand the persistence of this group of viruses on various surfaces, and the most effective cleaners for inactivating them. They hope this collective information will help understand the best ways to sanitize for the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus.

A glow-in-the-dark protein called luciferase improves medical diagnostics The study and commercialization of a firefly’s famous ability to illuminate, called bioluminescence, is helping us explore biology and medicine in new and fascinating ways

A smaller version of the enzyme that allows fireflies and jellyfish to glow naturally is now being used in medical diagnostics.

How long will it take to contain COVID-19? Some researchers used computer simulations to determine how good our public health efforts have to be in order to control the coronavirus pandemic within 3 months.

Computer models are handy tools to figure out how well our public health interventions might work in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic simply by looking at the numbers.