All you need to know about coronavirus

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Scientists test the Ventil device on animals

Two patients connected to one ventilator – it's possible thanks to the Ventil device, which for the last month has been tested on pair of pigs. If trials with animals prove successful, the ventilator splitter can be used in humans. This is extremely important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Small water retention protects against the drought effects

Over the years many riverbeds have been shortened, drainage ditches have been built, peat lands and swamps have been drained in Poland. All these actions accelerate water runoff from the land. "Now, the past investments have the opposite effect than we desire" – estimates hydrologist Prof. Paweł Rowiński, Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS).

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What awaits us after the pandemic?

As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, apart from the medical staff, scientists have found themselves in the centre of everyone’s attention. Both these sectors, underfinanced in Poland for years, do all in their powers to get the country through the pandemic at a possibly lowest cost. What will happen with health care and science once the pandemic in over? Will both these sectors remain under chronic financial collapse?

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How to safely wear a face mask

From Thursday, April 16 – in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic – covering the mouth and nose in public space is obligatory in Poland. One can use a face mask or piece of clothing. We advise on how to put it on, remove it, and clean it.

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#EUvsVirus Hackathon vs. COVID-19

The pan-European hackathon of ideas will last from April 24 to 26. Its participants will jointly seek digital solutions for social problems related to COVID-19 pandemic. The event is organized by the European Commission. Registration remains open until April 19.

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Drought in Poland: A creeping disaster

It’s been a warm, and in many places snowless winter. Spring has begun with relatively low rainfall. We observe low water levels on rivers. According to weather forecasts there will be no significant rainfall in April. "Drought is a cumulative phenomenon, and Poland is not prepared to capture water" – comments Prof. Paweł Rowiński, hydrologist, vice president of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Collecting data on the European COVID-19 Data Platform

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) has just launched an IT platform for collecting coronavirus data. The PAS Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center will cooperate with EMBL as a national data hub.

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Polish coronavirus test developed by PAS scientists ready for production

The test was developed at the PAS Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Poznań. This is a great success of young researchers who have been voluntarily working in the laboratory day and night for the last three weeks. The request for registration has already been submitted. Thanks to a subsidy from the Ministry of Science the production will start in the coming days.

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Protecting medical personnel from COVID-19

The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) in its statement calls for providing protection of the physical and mental health of medical workers. To improve the functioning of the healthcare system medical staff should also be offered coronavirus antibody tests as soon as possible.

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