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News stories about COVID-19 related research activity in Edinburgh.

Discovery of four Covid-19 risk groups helps guide treatment

People who are admitted to hospital with Covid-19 can be divided into four distinct groups, according to data from the world’s largest study of patients with the disease.

Covid-19 less deadly and causes milder symptoms in children

Children and teenagers are less likely than adults to develop severe Covid-19 or die from the disease, according to the world’s largest study of hospital patients with Covid-19.

Genetic insight holds promise of Covid-19 vaccine

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Detailed knowledge of the genetic code of the novel coronavirus could support efforts to develop a vaccine.

Scottish experts join global search for Covid-19 treatment

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Leading scientists from Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee have joined a €77.7 million initiative to find a treatment for Covid-19 and are optimistic progress can be made.

Masks can block 99.9% of Covid-linked droplets, study shows

People who wear a face mask significantly lower the risk of spreading Covid-19 to others through speaking and coughing, suggests research from the University of Edinburgh.

Experts call for closer wildlife monitoring to prevent future pandemics

Global wildlife experts are calling for improvements to how pathogens are tested and tracked in wildlife, to reduce the risk of future pandemics.

Scottish vet labs at the Moredun Institute to support NHS with Covid-19 testing

Moredun Research Institute and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are working together to support the NHS by providing extra capacity for vital testing of samples within their laboratory facilities at Pentlands Science Park in Midlothian.

Stroke found to be Covid-19’s most common neurological complication

Key research involving the University of Edinburgh, into Covid-19’s impact on the nervous system, shows stroke is the most commonly reported neurological complication affecting patients hospitalised by the virus.

Edinburgh researchers to trial salt water solution to treat Covid-19

A simple salt water solution may help to reduce the early symptoms and progression of Covid-19, research suggests.

Second Edinburgh workshop on Covid-19 offers new insights

The second Edinburgh Coronavirus workshop – Covid-19: three-months on – was held on 23 June 2020, to discuss work that is contributing to our understanding and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Home DNA test data to boost Covid-19 fight in new Coronagenes study

Data from popular home genetic-testing kits could help scientists shed light on why some people who catch coronavirus have no symptoms while others become very ill.

Young Scots to be asked how Covid-19 is changing teen life

Young people aged from 12 to 17 years old in Scotland are being asked to share their views and experiences of how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting their lives.

Face coverings can reduce Covid-19 transmission risk

Wearing a face mask or other covering over the mouth and nose reduces the forward distance travelled by an exhaled breath by more than 90 per cent, research suggests.

Most Scots trust Holyrood to halt new wave of Covid-19, poll finds

A majority of people living in Scotland are confident the Scottish Government is capable of stopping a further outbreak of Covid-19, a survey suggests.

University facility to provide essential proteins for coronavirus research

The Edinburgh Protein Production Facility (EPPF) has joined a national consortium to provide medically important proteins that will aid coronavirus research.

Data method seeks weak spots in coronavirus genome

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Machine learning algorithms can identify areas of coronavirus genetic makeup that could be the focus of potential treatments.

Roslin broadens research tackling Covid-19

Roslin scientists are contributing to meeting the challenge of the current coronavirus outbreak.

Two-tier approach could start UK’s move out of lockdown

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Easing the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown could begin by strengthening protection for the most vulnerable while relaxing restrictions for everyone else, experts suggest.

University project makes Covid-19 information accessible in different languages

Members of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases have made translations of the presentations at the Edinburgh Coronavirus Workshop available in over twenty five languages.

Obesity hampers Covid-19 recovery prospects, study finds

Reduced lung function and inflamed tissue under the skin and around internal organs could be linked to the increased risk, researchers say. Both factors can trigger a life-threatening over-reaction of the body’s immune response that causes harm to patients, the study suggests.

Data harnessed to reveal Covid-19 spread in real time

A study that uses patient data to track the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic in near real time across Scotland is set to launch.

Laser-cut face guards to shield Covid-19 key workers

Innovative face shields for key workers fighting Covid-19 can be made more quickly than other guards thanks to laser-cutting technology.

University to support NHS by testing Covid-19 samples

Scientists, laboratory space and equipment from the University of Edinburgh are being used to support NHS Lothian’s testing efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVIDLIFE survey to gauge Covid-19’s impact on our everyday lives

A survey has been launched to capture how Covid-19 is affecting the mood of the nation.

Covid-19 Perspectives from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Academics from CAHSS are contributing informed opinion and comment about the Covid-19 pandemic on a new blogsite.

Army of scientists re-deployed in search for Covid-19 treatments

Up to 150 researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Inflammation Research are being re-deployed to work on a project that aims to test existing and experimental drugs to find a treatment for Covid-19.

PhD students rise to the challenge of Covid-19

Students from the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health at the University of Edinburgh are taking on projects to help answer key questions in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Critical courses made free to support NHS and global fightback against Covid-19

The University of Edinburgh has made a number of its courses available online for free in a bid to support frontline NHS staff in the fight against Covid-19.

Experts appointed to Covid-19 advisory group

Four Edinburgh researchers have joined a group providing expert advice to the Scottish Government on its response to Covid-19.

University fast-tracks innovation to battle COVID-19

Edinburgh researchers are joining forces with commercial companies to quickly develop new technologies to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.