Tagged COVID-19

Long Road to Recovery

After the rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, life has returned to a semblance of normalcy. For COVID long-haulers, however, their lives have veered away from their original tracks. While some people have recovered from the illness within weeks, long-haulers are still grappling with the harsh reality of “chronic COVID-19,” even months after the symptom onset….

COVID-19 in 2021: Hope is Rising

More than 3,000. More than 12,000. More than 700,000. More than 4.55 million. These numbers have been growing like an eternally ticking clock except instead of marking the passage of time, they mark each life that was lost to COVID-19 in St. Louis, in Missouri, in the United States and worldwide. The virus does not discriminate,…

Synthetic DNA: A Game-Changer in the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the necessity of scientific research and development more than ever. One such biotechnology that has been recently developed and has become of great importance to us during the pandemic is synthetic DNA. The term “synthetic biology” was originally conceived by geneticist Waclaw Szybalski in 1970 and refers to the design and construction of…

The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on Black and African American Communities in St. Louis

The “Delmar Divide,” a recognizable term for many of us, refers to “Delmar Boulevard as a socioeconomic and racial dividing line in St. Louis, Missouri” [10]. Crossing from north of Delmar Boulevard to the south reveals significant socioeconomic and racial segregations where the population goes from over 98% African American to over 70% white, the median income increases by…

COVID-19 + Vaccine = Covaxin: A look into Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Bharat Biotech, a successful biotech company founded by Dr. Krishna M. Ella in Hyderabad, India, has been making positive changes globally through its practice of creating innovative vaccines and therapeutics [3]. The leading biotech company holds an impressive portfolio of 15 vaccines, including rotavirus, hepatitis B, and Zika virus, five therapeutics including SLVRGEN, BIOGIT, Regen-D…

Antibiotics as a Possible Alternative to Traditional Appendectomy in Some Cases?

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals were flooded with critically ill patients suffering from the devastating effects of the virus. Medical providers and staff members across the country found themselves overworked and struggling to cope with deficits in manpower, time, space and equipment as COVID cases continued to climb amidst the normal workload….

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