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As we slowly re-enter daily life, parents face many challenges compounded by the complications of COVID-19. As a mother of two young children, I fully understand that we are in an extraordinary moment in time that offers reasons to be concerned, cautious and optimistic, all in equal measure. I have experienced first-hand how young people struggle socially, academically or emotionally when confronted with sudden and unexpected change. So how can we support our children and...

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The Coronavirus swept through the world seemingly overnight, leaving our brains little time to absorb the shock. We know it poses a threat to our health, which causes anxiety. The virus is invisible to the human eye, which increases our fear and feelings of insecurity. When a dangerous outbreak such as Covid-19 occurs, it is normal to experience variations of post-traumatic stress. As a result, you might feel exhausted, irritable, unfocused and have trouble sleeping. Severe...

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Abu Dhabi now has its own means of analysing the genetic code of Covid-19. A team of scientists from several scientific institutions in Abu Dhabi have created a chemical solution which can extract ribonucleic acid, or RNA, from the virus. RNA acts as a messenger for cellular organisms to convey genetic information. Many viruses encode their genetic information using an RNA genome. Extracting RNA from Covid-19 is a key component in testing, as it enables scientists...

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Anyone intending to travel to the UAE by air must present a negative Covid-19 test result before boarding their flight, and they should also expect to be tested again on arriving in the country too. The new regulations come into force on August 1 and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said they apply to all Emirati citizens, residents, tourists and transit passengers arriving at any airport in the UAE “irrespective of the...

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Researchers at Khalifa University of Science and Technology are leading a global team investigating how the COVID-19 virus, usually found in animals such as bats, has made the jump to humans. This research falls under Khalifa University’s COVID-19 Research and Development Task Force initiative, which includes multidisciplinary researchers from across the world including from the UAE, the US, China, Singapore and Australia. Collaborators from across the Middle East, North America, Europe, South East and North...

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The first phase III clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine has begun in the UAE and is expected to involve up to 15,000 volunteers. During the first two stages of the trial, which were conducted in China, 100 percent of volunteers generated antibodies after two doses in 28 days. Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, was the first person to participate in the World Health Organization-enlisted trial. The Department’s...