13 promising Covid treatments emerging from Israel

Scientists across the globe are working on vaccines to prevent Covid-19 infection. (Click here to read about six Israeli vaccine candidates.) But in the meanwhile, and even after initial vaccines are approved, there is an urgent need for effective treatments for the respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Most potential treatments target the life-threatening lung…

America Is Facing 5 Epic Crises All at Once by David Brooks

There are five gigantic changes happening in America right now. The first is that we are losing the fight against Covid-19. Our behavior doesn’t have anything to do with the reality around us. We just got tired so we’re giving up. Second, all Americans, but especially white Americans, are undergoing a rapid education on the…

Israeli Researchers Say COVID-19 Vaccine They Developed Proves Effective in Animal Trial

Israeli researchers from the government-run Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) indicated over the weekend that a vaccine they developed for SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been found to be effective in trials involving hamsters, paving the way for testing with humans. The IIBR, a governmental research center specializing in biology, chemistry and environmental…

Corona means no face touching. Science shows we can’t help it

Throughout this whole corona crisis, we’ve been repeatedly told to avoid touching our faces so as not to transmit or catch the virus. But if you too have been unable to stop putting your hand to your face, it might be because you’re busy getting a sense of yourself. And you’re not alone. A study…

Israeli institute completes coronavirus vaccine tests on rodents

Israel’s Institute for Biological Research has successfully completed its coronavirus vaccine experiments on rodents and will soon move on to testing it on other animals and then humans, according to a report by Israel’s N12. According to the report, if the experiment goes as planned, IIBR could complete vaccine development within a year or less….

In the race for a coronavirus vaccine, first doesn’t mean best

About 120 research groups from various countries are racing to develop vaccines for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19). Several formulations have already advanced to human safety trials. Although the frontrunners in this race are American, British, Chinese, Japanese and German, Israel also has a few contenders. See our companion story, “6 coronavirus vaccine developments from Israel to…

Coexistence in the COVID Lab

Their achievements include helping develop a viral detection technique called SHERLOCK, or specific high-sensitivity enzymatic reporter unlocking. Using SHERLOCK, they worked with members of the Zhang lab on the test, which they compare to a pregnancy test. It can use either a nasal swab or saliva sample in detecting whether a person has the coronavirus….

What will the world look like after corona?

Israeli trend predicters and futurists tell us what to expect in the post-Covid world, from how we will buy to how we will fly. Feels like we all need a group hug as we get out of our homes and back to routine. But hugs and handshakes won’t return so quickly, and routines may never…

Coronavirus May Pose a New Risk to Younger Patients: Strokes

Doctors have reported a flurry of cases in Covid-19 patients — including a healthy 27-year-old emergency medical technician in Queens. After a month in the hospital, he is learning to walk again. Ravi Sharma was doubled over on his bed when his father found him. He’d had a bad cough for a week and had…

Israeli Researchers Develop Tech That Turns Tap Water Into A Strong Disinfectant

Israeli researchers have developed a method to produce tap water-based, environmentally safe but powerful disinfectants that can kill bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses, according to an announcement by Bar Ilan University. The method was developed and patented by Dr. Eran Avraham, Dr. Izaak Cohen, and  Prof. Doron Aurbach, head of the electrochemistry group, at Bar…