How diseases rise and fall with the seasons—and what it could mean for coronavirus | Science

Scientists and doctors have observed for thousands of years that some diseases, such as polio and influenza, rise and fall with the seasons. But why? Ongoing research in animals and humans suggests a variety of causes, including changes in the environment (like pH, temperature, and humidity) and even seasonal and daily changes to our own immune systems. Figuring out those answers could one day make all the difference in minimizing the impact of infectious disease outbreaks—such as coronavirus disease 2019.


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‘This is insane!’ Many scientists lament Trump’s embrace of risky malaria drugs for coronavirus | Science

Thu Mar 26 , 2020
A Chinese pharmaceutical company employee checks the creation of chloroquine phosphate, an old malaria treatment being touted for COVID-19; the company resumed its production last month after a 15-year break. FeatureChina via AP Images By Charles PillerMar. 26, 2020 , 11:30 AM When President Donald Trump recently touted the common malaria […]