These Videos Could Boost COVID Vaccination Rates

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June 28, 2021

Dear Reader,

YouTubers and other social media influences sharing coronavirus and vaccine information are helping reach more people. Scientists are developing new kinds of proteins that could lead to better COVID vaccines and medicines. And couples that blamed their stress on the pandemic were more likely to fare better.

Tanya Lewis, Senior Editor, Health & Medicine
@tanyalewis314

Public Health

These Videos Could Boost COVID Vaccination Rates

Creators on social media platforms significantly extend the reach of coronavirus and vaccine information

By Grant Currin

Behavior & Society

It's Not You, It's COVID: Couples Who Blamed Pandemic for Tensions Stayed Happier

Pinning stress on the coronavirus helped couples cope and remain resilient

By Tess Joosse

Medical & Biotech

Artificial Proteins Never Seen in the Natural World Are Becoming New COVID Vaccines and Medicines

Researchers have begun to crack the code of protein structure, allowing them to remake, well, everything

By Rowan Jacobsen

Medicine

CureVac COVID Vaccine Letdown Spotlights mRNA Design Challenges

Scientists are searching for explanations to disappointing final-stage trial results. These insights could help guide the future development of mRNA vaccines

By Elie Dolgin,Nature magazine

The Body

Gut Reactions: Microbes in the Digestive Tract Influence COVID Severity

Our resident bacteria help regulate the immune system and response to infections

By Katrin Legg

The Body

Why Are People with Obesity More Vulnerable to COVID?

Chronic inflammation and immune breakdown appear to be key reasons

By Tammy Worth

Public Health

The Animal Viruses Most Likely to Jump into Humans

The SpillOver tool catalogs viruses that could cause a new pandemic

By Harini Barath

The Body

Can Vitamin D Help Protect against COVID?

Some studies suggest an impact, particularly for those who are vitamin-deficient. But for now, the jury is out

By Suzanne Elvidge

Evolution

Cancer Clues Found in Gene behind 'Lemon Frost' Gecko Color

Research has solved a macabre mystery, and the finding could one day help efforts to catch human melanomas earlier

By Maddie Bender

Climate

Climate Change Could Fuel the Spread of a Flesh-Eating Parasite

Scientists caution that as the planet warms, more Americans could be exposed to varieties of the Leishmania parasite

By Agostino Petroni,Undark

The Body

Nutrition, Immunity and a Global Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the importance of having a well-functioning immune system.

Public Health

COVID, Quickly, Episode 9: Delta Variant, Global Vaccine Shortfalls, Beers for Shots

Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series: COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American's senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the essential developments in the pandemic: from vaccines to new variants and everything in between.

By Josh Fischman,Tanya Lewis,Jeffery DelViscio | 05:41

Biology

Gray Hair Can Return to Its Original Color--and Stress Is Involved, of Course

The universal marker of aging is not always a one-way process

By Diana Kwon

Biology

Deleted Coronavirus Genome Sequences Trigger Scientific Intrigue

Partial SARS-CoV-2 sequences from early outbreaks in Wuhan were removed from a U.S. government database by the scientists who deposited them

By Ewen Callaway,Nature magazine
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's very hard for someone who's traditionally trained in the sciences to accept the fact that a 17-year-old influencer who's doing wild things on TikTok is going to be [someone] we instill our trust in with our message."

Corey Basch, public health researcher at William Paterson University

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