Covid19-related research by the Max Planck Society

Covid19-related research by the Max Planck Society

Max Planck researchers are working on vaccines and drugs against the corona virus and are making forecasts on how the pandemic will develop

The current corona crisis poses enormous challenges to our society and to states worldwide. What contribution can science make to overcome this crisis? On this topic page we collect contributions from various research fields at Max Planck Institutes, all of which are related to the corona pandemic.

The focus of interest is, of course, on medical efforts to develop a vaccine, but also on currently available drugs that may be able to alleviate the severe disease progression of Covid19. However, valuable contributions also come from other scientific disciplines. These include, for example, those working on simulations of the outbreak, social science studies and, last but not least, economic analyses of how we can counteract the inevitable economic distortions.

Research

Anatomical barriers shield the brain from SARS-CoV-2 invasion at vulnerable interfaces

Absence of evidence for neurotropism and neuroinvasion of several SARS-CoV-2 variants including Omicron more

Cartoon drawing: coronavirus figure with the number of the year 2020 hands over baton to coronavirus figure with the number of the year 2021

Shift in deaths from the very old to people in middle age more

Wind music causes less transmission than singing

Playing wind instruments spreads more viruses than breathing, but less than speaking or singing
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Magnetic switchback in the solar corona

ESA’s Solar Orbiter has observed an interesting phenomenon more

Misperceptions about doctors’ trust in Covid-19 vaccines influence vaccination rate

Informing people about the strong positive consensus among doctors persistently leads to increases in Covid-19 vaccinations more

retina organoid

Coronavirus not only infects the human retina, but can also replicate in it more

Booster for immune protection after Corona infection

Dortmund research initiative proves benefit of vaccination after recovery from Covid-19 more

Study tests behavioral interventions in a gaming experiment more

Covid-19 genetic risk variant protects against HIV

A Covid-19 variant inherited from Neanderthals reduces a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 27 percent more

Human epithelial cells (green with blue nuclei) are incubated with synthetic SARS-CoV-2 virions (magenta) to study the initial of infection and immune evasion.

Researchers create minimalistic Sars-CoV-2 virions and discover the spike protein switching mechanism more

With the right balance against Omicron

The fact that most people adapt their behaviour to the epidemic situation beyond current rules makes a significant contribution to protecting against infection more

Scientific highlights 2021

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

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