Rapid Development and Initial Preclinical Evaluation of an Effective Candidate Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2
The current pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 is a threat not only to global health but also to the economy since it is dramatically affecting the socioeconomic layers of societies around the planet. Thus, it will be critically important to advance in the production of an effective vaccine, which will be crucial for building up sufficient population-based immunity to efficiently curb the pandemic. While SARS-CoV-2 can infect everyone at all ages, it is mainly the elderly population that is most at risk of a fatal outcome. Elderly persons are charecterized by a declining immune function, known a...
The impact of physical distance restrictions on social mixing patterns and the transmission of COVID-19
SARS-CoV-2 has infected over a million cases and resulted in more than 70,000 deaths worldwide by April 6th. Many countries have implemented physical distance restrictions in an attempt to mitigate and slow the spread of the virus. On March 18th, the Luxembourgish government declared a state of emergency closing schools and instructing residents to stay at home while avoiding any social contacts. It is crucial to evaluate whether these measures are sufficient to control the pandemic. Therefore, several countries worldwide including Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Un...