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Published 28.06.2020 10:13
Brazilian researches have deveoped a material that eliminates Covid-19.
The fabric consists of polyester, cotton, and two types of silver microparticles. In laboratory tests, the material managed to eliminate 99.9% of the virus after two minutes of contact. Manufacturers have already applied for a product patent and are in contact with two Brazilian weavers to use the fabric in…
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Published 28.06.2020 08:02
In South Africa a biotech company is producing antibodies from alpacas to fight Covid-19.
Cape Town-based biotech company Afrobodies, is producing antibodies that can prevent Covid-19 from entering human cells. The antibodies developed from alpacas and are able to bind to the Covid-19 virus and prevent infection. Though the results have been proven by scientists from Scotland the company says more tests are needed…
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Published 27.06.2020 14:05
Indonesia’s start-ups join forces to boost local production of test kits.
Jakarta-based genomics technology start-up Nusantics is one of which to design test kit prototypes for government use. State-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma has produced and distributed 100,000 test kits its prototypes.
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Published 27.06.2020 13:18
In Brazil, a public science and technology organization creates a data repository to help Covid-19 research.
FAPESP, an institution in São Paulo that is one of the main agencies for the promotion of scientific and technological research in the country, launched Data Sharing BR with demographic data and clinical and laboratory exams of patients tested for Covid-19 in the state of São Paulo. The data is…
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Published 27.06.2020 12:57
In Brazil, residents from favelas have launched creative initiatves to talk about Covid-19.
In Paraisópolis, São Paulo’s second-largest favela, rapper Edson Luís da Silva walks the streets singing songs about the importance of social isolation. In Brasilândia, north of São Paulo, volunteers from the “Rede Brasilândia Solidária” use three sound cars to explain to the population about the dangers of Covid-19. Finally, in…
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Published 27.06.2020 10:48
Johns Hopkins is offering a free online course in psychological first aid.
This is to help people become better mental health supporters. It is taught by psychologist George S. Everly, PhD who teaches students his RAPID model for dealing with emergency mental health situations. More than 200,000 people have already enrolled in the course.
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Published 27.06.2020 08:47
Many major airlines cut in-flight alcohol to stop the coronavirus spread.
One way the virus spreads is through points of contact with contaminated surfaces, meaning it could be transmitted through straws, cups and liquid containers. In the US, Delta is only serving bottled water. American Airlines is only offering alcohol on international flights. Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia are currently not…
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Published 26.06.2020 18:47
In Kenya a doctor is providing transport for pregnant women during the country’s curfew.
Dr. Jemimah Kariuki is providing transport for pregnant women who need to go to the hospital during the country’s dusk till dawn curfew. Kariuki explained that she noticed that women were afraid to go to the hospital during the curfew because of the police crackdown on those defying the curfew.…
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Published 26.06.2020 18:28
In South Africa a train is providing mobile Covid-19 screening.
The “Train of Hope,” a state-funded mobile health facility has been repurposed to provide Covid-19 screening in virus hotspots across the country. Health care workers and volunteers are now using the train to reach remote areas of the country and provide much-needed screening and testing services.
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Published 26.06.2020 14:20
In Argentina, researchers from the National Institute of Industrial Technology are developing fabrics that can be useful to make clothes for health staff.
One of the fabrics is based on chitosan, a biopolymer present in seafood. The second option is made up of nanoparticles of metals such as silver and copper. Both fabrics can inhibit the development of the virus.

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