Current Covid-19 news
Current news from TUM about Covid-19 and the coronavirus Sars-CoV2: How we are researching solutions, informing the public and advising politics, supporting society with our own initiatives - and how we are keeping university operations running during this pandemic.
Patient study demonstrates benefits of dark-field X-ray technology
New X-ray technology can improve Covid-19 diagnosis
A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has, for the first time, produced dark-field X-ray images of patients infected with the corona virus. In contrast to conventional X-ray images, dark-field images visualize the microstructure of the lung tissue, thereby providing additional information. This approach has the potential to provide an alternative to computed tomography (CT), which requires a significantly higher radiation dose.
International 2022 Movement Report Card
Barely passing grade of "C-" for children and youth in Germany
Germany's children and youth sit too much and move too little, according to the results of the 2022 "Movement Report Card" study, which debuted in 2018 and is now appearing for the second time. The results are based on a worldwide investigation by the "Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance" which analyzed the physical activity of children and youth in 57 countries.
Researchers appeal to the nations of the world
Data is a decisive instrument against COVID-19
Science depends on the most complete, cleanest and most recent data possible when it comes to analyzing the effectiveness of political and social measures in the fight against the Corona pandemic. In a joint editorial article published in the journal Nature Scientific Data, leading research institutes have called on the nations of the world to improve data collection on infectious diseases.
Covid-19: contextualizing vaccination side effects can reduce concerns
Higher vaccination willingness through simple risk comparisons
Vaccination willingness can be increased with simple labels and comparative information on side effects. A new study shows that the willingness to use a Covid-19 vaccine was higher when the side-effect rate was labeled with “very low risk” or when the rate was compared with motor-vehicle mortality. The research could help to design public health campaigns aimed at increasing the uptake of Covid-19 booster jabs.
Survey: 35 percent report weight gain since the beginning of the Corona pandemic
Psychological strain and eating habits in the pandemic
Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have investigated possible changes in adult dietary habits and body weight after more than two years of pandemic. The results: 35 percent of those surveyed have gained weight, in some cases considerably, since the beginning of the pandemic. However, 15 percent of the adults have in part drastically lost weight since the beginning of the Corona crisis.
Study identifies exertion level where aerosol particle emissions increase exponentially
Link between exercise intensity and risk of infection
Until now there has been no clarity on how exercise intensity affects the emission and concentration of aerosol particles in exhaled air. With a new experimental setup, a Munich research team has shown that aerosol emissions increase exponentially with intense physical exertion – so that indoor sporting activities result in a higher risk of infectious diseases such as COVID.
Study demonstrates barriers for communications on Covid-19
Vaccination campaign messages often prove ineffective
Conventional vaccination campaign messages often miss their targets. A study in eight European countries shows that information on the benefits of vaccines can even reduce the willingness to get immunized. The researchers also looked into the factors that influenced the impact of messages, including low health literacy. A further study provides indications of the relationship between trust in vaccines and their approval procedures.
TUM scientists receive three new ERC Grants
EU funding in medicine and biotechnology
Deep learning algorithms to diagnose back pain, artificial enzymes for energy conversion facilities and a Covid-19 drug: the European Research Council (ERC) has announced funding for projects at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the form of two Consolidator Grants and one Proof of Concept Grant. The ERC Grants are among the most prestigious research awards in Europe.
RNA interference as a new approach for the treatment of COVID-19
Targeted enzymes destroy virus RNA
A research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has successfully used specific enzymes to destroy the genetic information of SARS-CoV-2 directly after the virus penetrates the cell. The findings could serve as the basis for a therapy to treat COVID-19.
Number of exposures to viral spike protein crucial for effective antibody response
Covid-19: Three exposures for broad immunity
The immune system develops a high-quality antibody response after three encounters with the coronavirus spike protein. These antibodies are also capable of neutralizing Omicron efficiently. This applies to people who are triple-vaccinated, to those having recovered and then received two vaccinations and to double-vaccinated individuals who have experienced a breakthrough infection. These are results of a study which tracked the antibodies of vaccinated and recovered individuals for two years.