Spotlight on COVID-19
In early 2020, a new coronavirus was identified in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province in China. The official name for this virus is SARS-CoV-2, and the disease that is caused by the virus is called COVID-19. Here we present some news and features about Karolinska Institutet's research on the new coronavirus.
In depth articles
The COVID to-do list
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet are currently involved in some 350 research projects in connection to the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are seven things on the researchers’ COVID to-do list.
Curious about mRNA vaccines
The very first vaccines against the new corona virus are a breakthrough on several levels. Not only were they developed extremely fast, they are based on new technology whereby the vaccine primes the body’s immune system.
Curious about viruses
Some viruses make us sick, others are harmless stowaways, and some play an important part in our ecosystems. They can also be used for medical purposes and possibly as a weapon against multi-resistant bacteria.
Rapid research finds new paths
When the world is on hold, research shifts into its highest gear. Time-consuming steps of the research project are skipped – but ethics must never be forgotten.
Epidemiologists one and all
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed epidemiologists in the spotlight, but did you know there are different kinds? Meet some of Karolinska Institutet's many epidemiologists and learn about their research.
She wants to understand long-term COVID
As a TB researcher, she is studying airborne pandemic contagion. Early in the current pandemic, Judith Bruchfeld saw the need to assemble various experts to investigate long-term illness after COVID-19. “There’s a lot we don’t understand yet.”
Fighting the virus
Virus researcher Ali Mirazimi has dedicated himself full-time to the new coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic. However, in the midst of his work to identify new drugs and vaccines, he too was struck down with COVID-19.
They changed track because of corona
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, a great many researchers put aside their current projects to devote themselves completely to the new virus. Meet three of those whose working life took an unexpected turn.
The search for a coronavirus vaccine
Matti Sällberg leads a team that searches for a vaccine against the coronavirus. "Others will be quicker, and therefore we are thinking long-term and focusing on finding a vaccine that can protect against several coronaviruses, including those that may pop up in the future," he says.
”The lab is my frontline”
Immunologist Qiang Pan Hammarström coordinates an international research consortium that is working on three tracks to develop treatments against COVID-19. ”As a scientist, I feel it is my duty to try to find a cure against this virus", she says.
The hunt for antibodies against the coronavirus
Researchers around the world are working hard to find solutions to the coronavirus crisis. Gerald McInerney, Associate Professor of Virology at KI, focuses on developing antibodies that can block the virus’ ability to infect cells.
Why we react differently to COVID-19
The international career-network Academic Positions has interviewed KI researcher Anna Smed Sörensen to find out more about the role played by the human immune system in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental health during the pandemic
Physical distancing and emotional closeness
We’re to keep a physical distance to reduce the risk of infection, but it’s now on an emotional level that we need to get closer” says Danuta Wasserman, director of the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at KI.
Resources for mental wellbeing
The NASP have listed evidence-based resources, to help people manage negative mental health effects during the corona pandemic (such as stress and anxiety) as well as to strengthen psychosocial wellbeing.
Recommendations on how to sleep better during the pandemic
The outbreak of the new coronavirus is the cause of much anxiety, an anxiety that can lead to insomnia. Yet sleep is essential to our mental and physical health. Two psychologists at KI have now collected some evidence-based tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
Other organisations on COVID-19
Spotligt on vaccine research
Vaccines have saved lives for more than 200 years, but the research area continues to evolve, providing more effective and safer vaccines. Doors are opening to develop vaccines against cancer, dementia and cardiovascular disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has given vaccine research a real boost.