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How COVID-19 gets to the brain
We all know the coronavirus usually gets inside our bodies through the nose, the mouth or the eyes. But from there ... how does it meander its way into our brain? New research from Berlin shows just how surprisingly direct the path is — and what happens when the virus gets there.
A swine flu shadow hangs over the COVID-19 vaccine
With Europe gearing up to vaccinate, people's willingness seems low — and is even going down in some countries. Why? In part, it's because people here remember what happened in 2009.
The Merkel who saved Christmas?
A dark milestone has been reached in Germany, with confirmed COVID-19 cases crossing the 1 million mark, as well as a record number of people dying this week. The government has extended the partial lockdown with apparently one thing in mind — saving Christmas.
Vaccine efficacy v. effectiveness — and what it all means
What's the difference between a vaccine's efficacy and effectiveness? And how do the recent vaccine candidates from Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and BioNTech stack up compared to existing vaccines for polio, measles and other diseases?
Stuck at home
An announcement for our regular listeners: Conor and Gabe are in quarantine due to emergency protocols at DW with regard to the coronavirus. They will be back in the office next Thursday, December 3.
Weekly roundup — Long Covid and loneliness
Gabe makes a house call with Conor in quarantine to find out he's tested negative for the coronavirus. But he's not out of the woods yet. Also, why do some COVID-19 patients have symptoms long after the infection is gone? And we talk about loneliness and the pandemic.
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