New heart problems discovered post COVID-19; virus mutation may make vaccines more effective

(Reuters) – The next is a short roundup of among the newest scientific research on the novel coronavirus and efforts to search out remedies and vaccines for COVID-19, the sickness attributable to the virus.

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New coronary heart issues seen in recovered COVID-19 sufferers

Greater than three-quarters of lately recovered COVID-19 sufferers had coronary heart muscle issues present up throughout magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) checks, German medical doctors reported on Monday in JAMA Cardiology. In some sufferers, the guts could also be “in deep trouble as part of COVID-19 illness,” Dr. Valentina Puntmann of College Hospital Frankfurt advised Reuters. Amongst 100 sufferers ages 45 to 53, “a substantial majority” – 78 – had irritation within the coronary heart muscle and lining. Sixty-seven had recovered at house whereas 33 had required hospitalization. Half of the previous sufferers have been greater than two months out since their analysis on the time of the MRI. Thirty-six sufferers reported ongoing shortness of breath and common exhaustion, and 71 had blood markers of coronary heart muscle injury. In contrast with comparable individuals who had not had COVID-19, the lately recovered sufferers’ hearts pumped extra weakly and displayed different danger elements for coronary heart failure. Puntmann suspects the abnormalities are indicators of everlasting issues. “Whereas we do not need direct proof for late penalties but, reminiscent of the event of coronary heart failure … it’s fairly attainable that in just a few years, this burden might be monumental primarily based on what now we have realized from different viral situations that equally have an effect on the guts,” she stated. (bit.ly/304omz1; bit.ly/3g5PDGH)

Mutation could have made virus extra susceptible to vaccines

A genetic mutation that made the brand new coronavirus extra infectious may make it extra susceptible to vaccines, researchers consider. The mutation, designated D614G, will increase the variety of “spikes” on the floor of the virus and makes them extra steady, permitting the virus to extra effectively break into and infect cells. The mutation is not going to pose issues for vaccines now in medical trials, nevertheless, as a result of the additional spikes retain the targets for the “neutralizing antibodies” the vaccines are designed to induce. These targets, referred to as receptor-binding domains, or RBDs, are the locations the place the spike attaches itself to the cells it infects. With extra spikes, there are extra RBDs for the antibodies to bind to in an effort to neutralize the virus. “The acquire in infectivity supplied by D614G got here at the price of making the virus extra susceptible to neutralizing antibodies,” the researchers wrote in a paper posted on medRxiv on Friday forward of peer assessment. (bit.ly/39vmRNr)

Do-it-yourself masks ought to have a number of layers

Do-it-yourself face masks are far simpler at blocking virus-containing droplets if they’re made with two or three layers of cloth, researchers suggested on Friday within the journal Thorax. Utilizing high-speed video and particular lighting, they noticed that when masks have a number of layers, fewer droplets generated by talking, coughing and sneezing escape, and droplets that do escape don’t unfold as far. There’s a tradeoff between safety and breathability because the variety of layers will increase, however “three layers is kind of snug,” examine coauthor Raina MacIntyre of UNSW Sydney, in Australia, advised Reuters. For his or her experiments, her group in contrast masks constructed from a single or double layer of T-shirt material, which had a thread depend of 170/inch. In addition they examined a surgical masks. Freeze frames from the video confirmed that whereas the surgical masks was only, the two-ply fabric masks did a reasonably good job at limiting the gap droplets traveled. Even the one-ply masks was useful. “The effectiveness of a masks relies on a number of elements aside from filtration, which is what we examined,” MacIntyre added. “For instance, the outer layer must be made from a waterproof material reminiscent of polyester,” she stated. “It’s also finest to make use of materials with excessive thread depend and wonderful weave.” (bit.ly/3hzumFE)

Pandemic could enhance youngsters’s dangers for consuming dysfunction

Pediatricians in Australia report a dramatic enhance in extreme circumstances of the consuming dysfunction anorexia nervosa throughout the pandemic and are involved that the identical factor may be occurring amongst susceptible younger folks worldwide. Individuals with anorexia have a pathological concern of turning into fats, and because of this they will turn out to be severely malnourished and undergo life-threatening coronary heart injury. At Perth Kids’s Hospital, the variety of youngsters with anorexia nervosa requiring hospitalization for dietary rehabilitation because the begin of the pandemic has greater than doubled in contrast with the three earlier years, researchers stated in a paper revealed on Friday in Archives of Illness in Childhood. Lockdowns could have “disconnected sufferers from protecting elements” like faculty routine and peer relationships, they speculate. Additionally, they warn, many sufferers have extra psychological well being points like melancholy, anxiousness and obsessive compulsive dysfunction, which can be worsened by the elevated deal with hand hygiene and concern of contracting COVID-19. “All of us urgently want to raised perceive the the explanation why younger folks with consuming issues have been hospitalized at very excessive charges throughout COVID-19, to know the way to finest assist and guarantee their bodily well being security,” examine chief Dr. Yasheer Venay Haripersad advised Reuters. (bit.ly/301mEyj)

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Reporting by Nancy Lapid and Linda Carroll; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot

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