Also: volunteering for vaccine trials; the social and environmental impacts of COVID
(Ian Sample, The Guardian, 7/8/20)
Neurologists have published details of 40 patients in the UK who presented mild COVID-19 symptoms and who later developed symptoms of brain disorders. Doctors have reported symptoms including stroke, inflammation, delirium and psychosis, among others. One patient so far has died from their condition. This is not the first indication of a link between COVID-19 and neurological issues.
(Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, 7/8/20)
The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced a website to allow people to sign up as volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trials this fall. The trials will take place at over 100 sites, and preference will be given to people who are at the highest risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, as the purpose of the trials is to determine the efficacy of the vaccines.
(Science Daily, 7/10/20)
The first of what will likely be many studies on the social and environmental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been published in PLOS ONE. Researchers from the University of Sydney tracked changes in consumption, travel, employment, and greenhouse gas emissions in order to provide an overarching picture of some of the less visible changes to society in the past few months. The findings are a mixed bag of ruinous economic trends coupled with promising environmental impacts.
—Stories compiled by Senior Scientific Writer Mary Parker