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1 Dec 2021

Severe Covid infection doubles chances of dying in following year – study

Research suggests serious bouts of illness with virus may significantly damage long-term health, and people with sever COVID illness are twice as likely to die in the following year, which makes the case for vaccination.
Research suggests serious bouts of illness with virus may significantly damage long-term health, and people with sever...
29 Sep 2021

Covid: 37% of people have symptoms six months after infection

Researchers at Oxford University found 37% of patients had at least one long Covid symptom diagnosed three to six months after infection. The most common symptoms were breathing problems, abdominal symptoms, fatigue, pain and anxiety or depression.
Researchers at Oxford University found 37% of patients had at least one long Covid symptom diagnosed three to six months...
24 Sep 2021

Pediatric covid-19 cases rose faster in counties without school mask requirements, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday offered more evidence that school mask requirements can help keep children healthy and in classrooms, showing lower spikes in pediatric covid cases and fewer school closures in places that require them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday offered more evidence that school mask requirements can help...
24 Apr 2021

It’s possible to get covid after vaccine

Based on a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Post estimates about 21,000 of 470,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus for the week ended Sunday already had their first dose.
Based on a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Post estimates...

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22 Apr 2021

Coronavirus cases aren’t budging — even after vaccinations doubled

The U.S. is pumping out coronavirus vaccines by the millions, but the coronavirus isn’t slowing down.The big picture: This spring has seen a surge in vaccinations but almost no change in the coronavirus’ spread, leaving the U.S. with an outbreak that’s still too big.
The U.S. is pumping out coronavirus vaccines by the millions, but the coronavirus isn’t slowing down.The big picture:...

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12 Dec 2020

‘Autoantibodies’ may be driving severe Covid cases, study shows

Dramatic levels of “friendly fire” from the immune system may drive severe Covid-19 disease and leave patients with “long Covid” – when medical problems persist for a significant time after the virus has been beaten – scientists have said.
Dramatic levels of “friendly fire” from the immune system may drive severe Covid-19 disease and leave patients with...

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6 Oct 2020

‘Long Covid’: Why are some people not recovering?

This post answers some important question about long haulers. In essence some people experience symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, chest pain, cough. These symptoms are not related to the severity of the infection.
This post answers some important question about long haulers. In essence some people experience symptoms like fatigue,...

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29 Sep 2020

Studies Begin to Untangle Obesity’s Role in Covid-19

A flurry of recent studies has shown that people with extra weight are more susceptible than others to severe bouts of disease. And experiments in animals and human cells have demonstrated how excess fat can disrupt the immune system.
A flurry of recent studies has shown that people with extra weight are more susceptible than others to severe bouts of...

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16 Sep 2020

Substance use disorder increases risk of severe Covid-19

Looking at the records of over 73 million patients in the US, of whom 12,033 had Covid-19, the study found those who had recently been diagnosed with a substance use disorder were significantly more at risk of Covid-19 than the average population.
Looking at the records of over 73 million patients in the US, of whom 12,033 had Covid-19, the study found those who had...
20 Aug 2020

Researchers show children are silent spreaders of virus that causes COVID-19

Researchers have found the viral load in infected children to be very high, especially in the first 2 days of infection. We know that transmissibility or risk of contagion is greater with a high viral load.
Researchers have found the viral load in infected children to be very high, especially in the first 2 days of infection....

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4 Aug 2020

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has sickened more than 16.5 million people across six continents. It is raging in countries that never contained the virus. It is resurging in many of the ones that did. If there was ever a time when this coronavirus could be contained, it has probably passed. One outcome is now looking almost certain: This virus is never going away.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has sickened more than 16.5 million people across six continents. It is raging in...

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30 Jul 2020

Covid-19 Data in the US Is an ‘Information Catastrophe’

“Every health system, every public health department, every jurisdiction really has their own ways of going about things,” says Caitlin Rivers, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “It's very difficult to get an accurate and timely and geographically resolved picture of what's happening in the US, because there's such a jumble of data.”
“Every health system, every public health department, every jurisdiction really has their own ways of going about...

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29 Jul 2020

Three-Quarters of Recovered Coronavirus Patients Have Heart Damage

Of the 100 COVID-19 patients, 78 had structural changes to their hearts. Within that group, 76 had a biomarker that is typically found in patients who had a heart attack, and 60 had heart inflammation, called myocarditis. The patients were all “mostly healthy … prior to their illness,” the researchers said.
Of the 100 COVID-19 patients, 78 had structural changes to their hearts. Within that group, 76 had a biomarker that is...
22 Jul 2020

Study suggests increased risks for COVID-19 patients who smoke, vape

In addition to impairing the immune and vascular systems and triggering cerebrovascular and neurological dysfunction, smoking and vaping often worsen the outcomes for patients who contract influenza or other respiratory or pulmonary diseases.
In addition to impairing the immune and vascular systems and triggering cerebrovascular and neurological dysfunction,...
21 Jul 2020

C.D.C. Data Shows U.S. Coronavirus Infections Much Higher Than Reported

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in different parts of the United States was anywhere from two to 13 times higher than the reported rates for those regions. The findings suggest that large numbers of people who did not have symptoms or did not seek medical care may have kept the virus circulating in their communities.
The number of people infected with the coronavirus in different parts of the United States was anywhere from two to 13...

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20 Jul 2020

Trump said Covid-19 testing ‘creates more cases.’ We did the math

A new STAT analysis of testing data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, however, shows with simple-to-understand numbers why Trump’s claim is wrong. In only seven states was the rise in reported cases from mid-May to mid-July driven primarily by increased testing. In the other 26 states — among the 33 that saw cases increase during that period — the case count rose because there was actually more disease.
A new STAT analysis of testing data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, however, shows with...

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19 Jul 2020

The people with hidden immunity against Covid-19

In short, though antibodies have proved invaluable for tracking the spread of the pandemic, they might not have the leading role in immunity that we once thought. If we are going to acquire long-term protection, it looks increasingly like it might have to come from somewhere else.
In short, though antibodies have proved invaluable for tracking the spread of the pandemic, they might not have the...
18 Jul 2020

What happens when flu meets Covid-19?

The real unknown is what Covid-19 does around other viruses. Every autumn there is a predictable series of outbreaks of respiratory viruses. It starts with rhinovirus, the main cause of the common cold, which breaks out every September as young children go to school and swap mucus. As no parent needs to be told, children are to sniffles what mosquitoes are to malaria.
The real unknown is what Covid-19 does around other viruses. Every autumn there is a predictable series of outbreaks of...

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15 Jul 2020

Can we detect COVID-19 by analysing speech signals?

You know how people often just 'sound sick'? Researchers are investigating just that. By processing speech recordings of people infected with Covid-19 but not showing symptoms, researchers found evidence of vocal biomarkers, or measurable indicators, of the disease.
You know how people often just 'sound sick'? Researchers are investigating just that. By processing speech recordings of...

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14 Jul 2020

America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic

“When two or more diseases cluster, interact, and are driven by some bigger phenomenon,” they are known as “syndemics,” says Emily Mendenhall, a medical anthropologist at Georgetown University. COVID-19, for example, disproportionately affects people with heart disease and diabetes, but all of these illnesses are affected by inequity.
“When two or more diseases cluster, interact, and are driven by some bigger phenomenon,” they are known as...

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14 Jul 2020

Covid-19 long-term effects: People with persistent symptoms struggle to get care

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, “the assumption was that people would get better, and then it was over,” Peluso says. “But we know from lots of other viral infections that there is almost always a subset of people who experience longer-term consequences.” He explains these can be due to damage to the body during the initial illness, the result of lingering viral infection, or because of complex immunological responses that occur after the initial disease.
At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, “the assumption was that people would get better, and then it was over,”...

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13 Jul 2020

German study finds low Covid-19 infection rate in schools

Very few of 2,000 schoolchildren and teachers tested in the German state of Saxony showed antibodies to Covid-19, a study has found, suggesting schools may not play as big a role in spreading the virus as some had feared. The largest study conducted in Germany on schoolchildren and teachers included testing in schools where there were coronavirus outbreaks.
Very few of 2,000 schoolchildren and teachers tested in the German state of Saxony showed antibodies to Covid-19, a...

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12 Jul 2020

Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests

People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research suggesting the virus could reinfect people year after year, like common colds. Blood tests revealed that while 60% of people marshalled a “potent” antibody response at the height of their battle with the virus, only 17% retained the same potency three months later.
People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research...

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9 Jul 2020

Does COVID-19 Cause Heart Rate Issues? Doctors Explain the Link

A man who says he had a “mild case” of COVID-19 several months ago just revealed that he’s still having heart issues following his recovery from the virus. Anthony Smith, vice president of digital media company NationSwell, shared his story in a Twitter thread that’s now gone viral.
A man who says he had a “mild case” of COVID-19 several months ago just revealed that he’s still having heart...

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8 Jul 2020

Warning of serious brain disorders in people with mild Covid symptoms

Neurologists are on Wednesday publishing details of more than 40 UK Covid-19 patients whose complications ranged from brain inflammation and delirium to nerve damage and stroke. In some cases, the neurological problem was the patient’s first and main symptom.
Neurologists are on Wednesday publishing details of more than 40 UK Covid-19 patients whose complications ranged from...

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6 Jul 2020

In Nick Cordero’s Death, a Reminder of Covid-19’s Unknowns

“The idea that ‘I’m young, I’ll be fine’ is not an idea that we can completely subscribe to,” said Dr. Utibe Essien, a physician and health equity researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.Amanda Kloots, Mr. Cordero’s wife, has said that he had no known pre-existing conditions that might have worsened the course of his disease.
“The idea that ‘I’m young, I’ll be fine’ is not an idea that we can completely subscribe to,” said Dr. Utibe...

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1 Jul 2020

Oregon Coronavirus Among Under 10 Kids Grows Fivefold, to Nearly as Many Cases as People Over 80

The number of COVID-19 cases among children under the age of 10 in Oregon was more than five times greater at the end of June than it was one month earlier. Data shared by the Oregon Health Authority said 319 children under 10 had confirmed or presumptive positive cases by Tuesday, June 30. At the end of May, only 58 cases within that age group had been reported to the OHA.
The number of COVID-19 cases among children under the age of 10 in Oregon was more than five times greater at the end of...
29 Jun 2020

This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.

A mutation that seems trivial could be making the virus spread more easily. At least four laboratory experiments suggest that the mutation makes the virus more infectious, although none of that work has been peer-reviewed. Another unpublished study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory asserts that patients with the G variant actually have more virus in their bodies, making them more likely to spread it to others.
A mutation that seems trivial could be making the virus spread more easily. At least four laboratory experiments suggest...

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26 Jun 2020

Not just the lungs: Covid-19 attacks like no other ‘respiratory’ virus

As the pandemic grew from an outbreak affecting thousands in Wuhan, China, to some 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths globally as of late June, the list of symptoms has also exploded. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention constantly scrambled to update its list in an effort to help clinicians identify likely cases.
As the pandemic grew from an outbreak affecting thousands in Wuhan, China, to some 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths...

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25 Jun 2020

CDC says COVID-19 cases in U.S. may be 10 times higher than reported

The true number of Americans who've been infected with COVID-19 may top 20 million, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The assessment comes from looking at blood samples across the country for the presence of antibodies to the virus. For every confirmed case of COVID-19, 10 more people had antibodies
The true number of Americans who've been infected with COVID-19 may top 20 million, according to new estimates from the...

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25 Jun 2020

How the Virus Won

Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We reconstructed how the epidemic spun out of control.
Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We reconstructed how the epidemic...

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24 Jun 2020

Florida Researchers Say Coronavirus Becoming More Infectious in Mutant Form

Scientists at a research institute in Florida said studies they have conducted into the novel coronavirus reveal a mutated strain of the virus is more infectious than the version that first began spreading across the globe in late 2019.
Scientists at a research institute in Florida said studies they have conducted into the novel coronavirus reveal a...

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22 Jun 2020

Bars, Strip Clubs and Churches: U.S. Virus Outbreaks Enter Unwieldy Phase

New known virus cases were on the rise in 23 states on Monday as the outlook worsened across much of the nation’s South and West. Hospitalizations for the coronavirus reached their highest levels yet in the pandemic in Arizona and Texas, and Missouri reported its highest single-day case totals over the weekend.
New known virus cases were on the rise in 23 states on Monday as the outlook worsened across much of the nation’s...

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22 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Can Cause Loss of Smell, And Scientists Finally Discovered Why

One of the most common causes of smell loss is a viral infection, such as the common cold, sinus or other upper respiratory tract infections. Those coronaviruses that don't cause deadly diseases, such as COVID-19, SARS and MERS, are one of the causes of the common cold and have been known to cause smell loss.
One of the most common causes of smell loss is a viral infection, such as the common cold, sinus or other upper...

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21 Jun 2020

US coronavirus: More young people across the South are testing positive for coronavirus, officials warn

Officials in states across the South are warning that more young people are testing positive for coronavirus. The shifts in demographics have been recorded in parts of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and other states -- many of which were some of the first to reopen.
Officials in states across the South are warning that more young people are testing positive for coronavirus. The shifts...
20 Jun 2020

Gut reaction: How the gut microbiome may influence the severity of COVID-19

The risk of severe COVID-19 infection is more common in those with high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. This raises the question of whether the gut microbiome has a role in dictating COVID-19 severity.
The risk of severe COVID-19 infection is more common in those with high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. This...

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17 Jun 2020

Record spike in new coronavirus cases reported in six U.S. states as reopening accelerates

New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six U.S. states on Tuesday, marking a rising tide of cases for a second consecutive week as most states moved forward with reopening their economies.
New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six U.S. states on Tuesday, marking a rising tide of cases for a second...

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16 Jun 2020

How Exactly Do You Catch Covid-19? There Is a Growing Consensus

It’s not common to contract Covid-19 from a contaminated surface, scientists say. And fleeting encounters with people outdoors are unlikely to spread the coronavirus. Instead, the major culprit is close-up, person-to-person interactions for extended periods. Crowded events, poorly ventilated areas and places where people are talking loudly—or singing, in one famous case—maximize the risk.
It’s not common to contract Covid-19 from a contaminated surface, scientists say. And fleeting encounters with people...

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11 Jun 2020

Coronavirus spreads among fruit and vegetable packers, worrying U.S. officials

Outbreaks of coronavirus are spreading across the country’s fruit and vegetable farms and packing plants, similar to the dangerous uptick in cases at American meatpacking facilities, causing fear of labor shortages and additional disruptions to U.S. food production.
Outbreaks of coronavirus are spreading across the country’s fruit and vegetable farms and packing plants, similar to...
10 Jun 2020

Coronavirus hospitalizations on the rise in nine states since Memorial Day

At least nine U.S. states have experienced a rise in hospitalizations due to Covid-19 since Memorial Day, with some reporting their highest-ever hospitalizations throughout the pandemic in recent days. Outbreaks among America’s farm workers are also on the rise, moving advocates to call for the federal government to require personal safety measures.
At least nine U.S. states have experienced a rise in hospitalizations due to Covid-19 since Memorial Day, with some...
9 Jun 2020

WHO scrambles to clarify comments on asymptomatic coronavirus spread, says much is still unknown

The World Health Organization clarified its comments that asymptomatic spread is “very rare” after coming under fire by academics and epidemiologists for misleading the public. While more transmission does happen among symptomatic individuals, a risk of transmission is present for all, an official explained.
The World Health Organization clarified its comments that asymptomatic spread is “very rare” after coming under fire...
7 Jun 2020

Coronavirus likely arrived in US in December, before WHO was informed

On January 19, a 35-year-old man walked into an urgent care center in Snohomish County, Washington, with a cough and a fever. Four days earlier, he had returned from a trip to Wuhan, China. But he was almost certainly not the true first. Since then, a growing number of puzzle pieces have revealed a different picture of the beginning of the country's outbreak.
On January 19, a 35-year-old man walked into an urgent care center in Snohomish County, Washington, with a cough and a...
4 Jun 2020

Coronavirus and the Flu: A Looming Double Threat

The overlap of COVID-19 and influenza has epidemiologists and some policy makers concerned. The U.S. may soon face two epidemics at the same time, they worry, and this combination could precipitate a crisis unlike any other.
The overlap of COVID-19 and influenza has epidemiologists and some policy makers concerned. The U.S. may soon face two...

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4 Jun 2020

Genes May Leave Some People More Vulnerable to Severe Covid-19

Variations at two spots in the human genome are associated with an increased risk of respiratory failure in patients with Covid-19, the researchers found. One of these spots includes the gene that determines blood types. Having Type A blood was linked to a 50 percent increase in the likelihood that a patient would need to get oxygen or to go on a ventilator, according to the new study.
Variations at two spots in the human genome are associated with an increased risk of respiratory failure in patients...
3 Jun 2020

What’s the Future of Group Exercise Classes?

During 24 days in February and March, 112 people were infected with the Covid-19 virus in South Korea after participating in or associating with participants in Zumba classes, according to a sobering new epidemiological study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
During 24 days in February and March, 112 people were infected with the Covid-19 virus in South Korea after...
1 Jun 2020

K number: what is the coronavirus metric that could be crucial as lockdown eases?

K sheds light on the variation behind R. “Some [infectious] people might generate a lot of secondary cases because of the event they attend, for example, and other people may not generate many secondary cases at all,” said Dr Adam Kucharski. “K is the statistical value that tells us how much variation there is in that distribution.”
K sheds light on the variation behind R. “Some [infectious] people might generate a lot of secondary cases because of...

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29 May 2020

Coronavirus May Be a Vascular Disease, Which Explains Everything

Data shows us that mysterious symptoms attributed to COVID-19, like coronavirus related strokes and Covid toes, are symptoms of an impairment in blood circulation. Add in the fact that 40% of the deaths from Covid-19 are related to cardiovascular complications, the disease starts to look like a vascular infection.
Data shows us that mysterious symptoms attributed to COVID-19, like coronavirus related strokes and Covid toes, are...

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19 May 2020

China’s new outbreak shows the Virus could be changing

Chinese doctors are seeing the coronavirus manifest differently among patients in its new cluster of cases in the northeast region compared to the original outbreak in Wuhan. Patients found in the north east appear to carry the virus for a longer period of time and take longer to test negative.
Chinese doctors are seeing the coronavirus manifest differently among patients in its new cluster of cases in the...
19 May 2020

What We Know About the Covid-Related Syndrome Affecting Children

Recently some children are displaying new life threatening, pediatric inflammatory syndrome. Children in Europe and United States are being hospitalized for this mysterious illness, which can harm kids hearts and other organs, often requiring intensive care.
Recently some children are displaying new life threatening, pediatric inflammatory syndrome. Children in Europe and...
12 May 2020

The Risks of being infected by Coronavirus – Know Them – Avoid Them

In order to get infected you need to get exposed to an infectious dose of the virus; based on infectious dose studies with other coronaviruses, it appears that only small doses may be needed for infection to take hold. Learn where and how your risks increase.
In order to get infected you need to get exposed to an infectious dose of the virus; based on infectious dose studies...
12 May 2020

What we know of the Kawasaki-disease-like syndrome affecting children and believed to be tied to coronavirus

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Sunday that three New York children have died and 73 have become gravely ill with an inflammatory disease tied to COVID-19. The illness, pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, has symptoms similar to toxic shock or Kawasaki disease. Doctors, emphasized parents should not panic. The vast majority of those younger than 18 who are infected with the coronavirus have mild symptoms or none at all.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Sunday that three New York children have died and 73 have become gravely ill with an...

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12 May 2020

Wuhan, China to test all 11M residents for coronavirus in 10-day span

Wuhan has ordered officials to test its entire population of 11 million people after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began reported new infections for the first time since its lockdown was lifted.
Wuhan has ordered officials to test its entire population of 11 million people after the central Chinese city where the...
10 May 2020

How coronavirus attacks the human body

Today, there is widespread recognition the novel coronavirus is far more unpredictable than a simple respiratory virus. Often it attacks the lungs, but it can also strike anywhere from the brain to the toes. Many doctors are focused on treating the inflammatory reactions it triggers and its capacity to cause blood clots, even as they struggle to help patients breathe.
Today, there is widespread recognition the novel coronavirus is far more unpredictable than a simple respiratory virus....

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10 May 2020

Will Covid-19 mutate into a more dangerous virus?

As the coronavirus spreads around the world, there are concerns that it will mutate into a form that is more transmissible, more dangerous or both, potentially making the global health crisis even worse. What do we know about the way the virus is evolving?
As the coronavirus spreads around the world, there are concerns that it will mutate into a form that is more...
8 May 2020

Doctors Flummoxed By Long-Term Organ Damage In COVID-19 Survivors

The immediate effects of the disease are devastating.But what has confronted doctors and patients alike since American hospitals began to fill up in March has been another, deeply sobering prospect: that of long-term, maybe permanent organ damage among those who contract severe COVID-19 infections.
The immediate effects of the disease are devastating.But what has confronted doctors and patients alike since American...

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7 May 2020

Coronavirus is spreading under the radar in US homeless shelters

Researchers are beginning to test homeless individuals in the United States for the virus that causes COVID-19 — and are discovering that the situation is out of control: tests are rare and outbreaks are spreading below the radar.
Researchers are beginning to test homeless individuals in the United States for the virus that causes COVID-19 — and...
7 May 2020

Why are there so many drugs to kill bacteria, but so few to tackle viruses?

Why are there so few antivirals? The answer boils down to biology, and specifically the fact viruses use our own cells to multiply. This makes it hard to kill viruses without killing our own cells in the process.
Why are there so few antivirals? The answer boils down to biology, and specifically the fact viruses use our own cells...
6 May 2020

COVID-19’s Toll on the Heart

Other viruses can affect the heart, but experts say that COVID-19 can cause cardiac complications that are a major cause for concern, especially among those with preexisting heart disease. Although experts don't yet have conclusive data on the percentage of patients who have heart damage as a result of COVID-19 infections, estimates run as high as 25 or 30 percent.
Other viruses can affect the heart, but experts say that COVID-19 can cause cardiac complications that are a major cause...

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6 May 2020

Genetic mutation study finds new coronavirus spread swiftly in late 2019

A genetic analysis of samples from more than 7,500 people infected with COVID-19 suggests the new coronavirus spread quickly around the world late last year and is adapting to its human hosts, scientists said on Wednesday.
A genetic analysis of samples from more than 7,500 people infected with COVID-19 suggests the new coronavirus spread...
6 May 2020

Researchers hypothesize that a highly contagious strain is spreading; other experts remain skeptical

A research paper from scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, not yet peer-reviewed, reports that one strain of the novel coronavirus has emerged in Europe and become dominant around the planet, leading the researchers to believe the virus has mutated to become more contagious The bold hypothesis, however, was immediately met with skepticism by many infectious-disease experts, and there is no scientific consensus that any of the innumerable mutations in the virus so far have changed the general contagiousness or lethality of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
A research paper from scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, not yet peer-reviewed, reports that one strain of...
5 May 2020

Children Are Falling Ill With a Baffling Ailment Related to Covid-19

Children don't seem to be inflicted by the common respiratory symptoms but similar to a rare childhood illness called Kawasaki disease which can be lead to inflammation of blood vessels, especially the coronary arteries.
Children don't seem to be inflicted by the common respiratory symptoms but similar to a rare childhood illness called...

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5 May 2020

Estimating the Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions

To slow the spread of COVID-19, state and local officials implemented a range of non-pharmaceutical interventions, like social distancing and school closures. This policy evaluation tool helps decisionmakers weigh the public health and economic consequences of different approaches.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, state and local officials implemented a range of non-pharmaceutical interventions, like...
4 May 2020

Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19

This visualization provides weekly data on excess deaths by jurisdiction of occurrence. Counts of deaths in more recent weeks are compared with historical trends to determine whether the number of deaths is significantly higher than expected.
This visualization provides weekly data on excess deaths by jurisdiction of occurrence. Counts of deaths in more recent...
3 May 2020

COVID-19 fact check: Caution urged on study about virus, smoking

More information is needed after a French study suggested nicotine might play a role in preventing some illness from the coronavirus. Nicotine is not thought to attack sars-cov-2 directly. It may, however, play an indirect role that involves a cell-membrane protein called ace2, to which the virus attaches itself in order to gain access to a cell. Some researchers suspect that nicotine binds to ace2 as well, and that this makes it harder for the virus to do so alongside it.
More information is needed after a French study suggested nicotine might play a role in preventing some illness from the...

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2 May 2020

Covkid National Data Dashboard

The purpose of the Coronavirus in Kids (COVKID) Tracking and Education Project is to monitor and compile epidemiologic surveillance data on COVID-19 in children and teens. We aim to present timely data in formats that are accessible and useful for clinicians, public health practitioners, policymakers, elected officials, and journalists.
The purpose of the Coronavirus in Kids (COVKID) Tracking and Education Project is to monitor and compile epidemiologic...

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2 May 2020

Scientists conclude people cannot get coronavirus twice

A number of reported cases of coronavirus patients relapsing after overcoming the disease were actually due to testing failures, South Korean scientists say. Researchers at the South Korean centre for disease control and prevention (CDC) now say it is impossible for the COVID-19 virus to reactivate in human bodies.
A number of reported cases of coronavirus patients relapsing after overcoming the disease were actually due to testing...
1 May 2020

Children With Coronavirus Significantly Undercounted

IN THE U.S., the vast majority of serious Covid-19 cases — and eight out of 10 deaths — occur in people who are at least 65. Yet newly tabulated data show that the virus is also affecting young people across the country — and in very rare cases, killing them. The CovKid project estimates that the total number of children infected with the coronavirus in the U.S. is now at least 478,000.
IN THE U.S., the vast majority of serious Covid-19 cases — and eight out of 10 deaths — occur in people who are at...

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1 May 2020

Covid-19’s future: small outbreaks, monster wave, or ongoing crisis

As epidemiologists attempt to scope out what Covid-19 has in store for the U.S. this summer and beyond, they see several potential futures, differing by how often and how severely the no-longer-new coronavirus continues to wallop humankind.
As epidemiologists attempt to scope out what Covid-19 has in store for the U.S. this summer and beyond, they see several...
1 May 2020

What Is ‘Covid Toe’? Maybe a Strange Sign of Coronavirus Infection

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Dr. Lindy Fox, a dermatologist in San Francisco, used to see four or five patients a year with chilblains — painful red or purple lesions that typically emerge on fingers or toes in the winter. Over the past few weeks, she has seen dozens.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, Dr. Lindy Fox, a dermatologist in San Francisco, used to see four or five patients a...
1 May 2020

What You Should Know About Remdesivir, The Potential COVID-19 Treatment

On Wednesday, researchers announced that they had “positive data” in regards to a potential treatment for COVID-19. Clinical trials for Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir, which was developed to treat Ebola, showed a “clear-cut positive effect in diminishing time to recover,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
On Wednesday, researchers announced that they had “positive data” in regards to a potential treatment for COVID-19....

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30 Apr 2020

Is Muscle Pain a Symptom of Coronavirus? Doctors Explain How it Feels, Why it Happens

Dr. Barzin explains that muscle pain that results from a viral infection is caused by damage to the muscle fibers from the virus itself. The virus also triggers an inflammatory response within your body—through inflammatory cytokines that essentially signal the immune system to get to work—that can cause abnormal tissue breakdown.
Dr. Barzin explains that muscle pain that results from a viral infection is caused by damage to the muscle fibers from...
30 Apr 2020

Studies leave question of ‘airborne’ coronavirus transmission unanswered

The consensus so far is that the virus, although very contagious, spreads through respiratory droplets generated when people breathe, speak or cough and doesn’t infect people through particles that can linger in the air for hours, in the way that measles and some other viral diseases can.
The consensus so far is that the virus, although very contagious, spreads through respiratory droplets generated when...

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29 Apr 2020

North Carolina Pug Likely First Dog In U.S. With Coronavirus

A pet dog in North Carolina has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans — and is believed to be the first dog in the U.S. to have tested positive for the virus, Duke Health confirmed to TIME. The dog belonged to a family participating in Duke’s Molecular and Epidemiological Study of Suspected Infection (MESSI), an ongoing research study, which examines how the body responds to infection.
A pet dog in North Carolina has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans — and is...
27 Apr 2020

Can Estrogen and Other Sex Hormones Help Men Survive Covid-19?

As the novel coronavirus swept through communities around the world, preying disproportionately on the poor and the vulnerable, one disadvantaged group has demonstrated a remarkable resistance. Women, whether from China, Italy or the U.S., have been less likely to become acutely ill — and far more likely to survive. Which has made doctors wonder: Could hormones produced in greater quantities by women be at work?
As the novel coronavirus swept through communities around the world, preying disproportionately on the poor and the...
26 Apr 2020

CDC Adds 6 New Coronavirus Symptoms

On Sunday, the CDC officially added these six symptoms to its list: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, in addition to previously known symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19.
On Sunday, the CDC officially added these six symptoms to its list: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain,...

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26 Apr 2020

People are buying pulse oximeters to try and detect coronavirus at home. Do you need one?

Physicians and other medical professionals use pulse oximeters on patients experiencing shortness of breath or those who have a lung or heart conditions to determine if they're getting enough oxygen. Health care professionals routinely use them in hospitals and clinics when checking vital signs.
Physicians and other medical professionals use pulse oximeters on patients experiencing shortness of breath or those who...

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24 Apr 2020

Sunlight and humidity kill coronavirus the fastest: US scientists

It has long been known that ultraviolet light has a sterilising effect, because the radiation damages the virus's genetic material and its ability to replicate. But coronavirus has also proven lethal in warm-weather places such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, raising broader questions about the impact of environmental factors.Dr Margaret Harris from the World Health Organization told Al Jazeera "the evidence is not supporting [the sunlight] theory".
It has long been known that ultraviolet light has a sterilising effect, because the radiation damages the virus's...
24 Apr 2020

Young people with coronavirus are dying from strokes

Reports of strokes in the young and middle-aged — hit hard by the novel coronavirus — are the latest twist in our evolving understanding of its connected disease, covid-19. Even as the virus has infected nearly 2.8 million people worldwide and killed about 195,000 as of Friday, its biological mechanisms continue to elude top scientific minds.
Reports of strokes in the young and middle-aged — hit hard by the novel coronavirus — are the latest twist in our...
23 Apr 2020

Blood-pressure drugs are in the crosshairs of COVID-19 research

A disproportionate number of patients hospitalized by COVID-19 have high blood pressure. Theories about why the condition makes them more vulnerable have sparked a fierce debate among scientists over the impact of widely prescribed blood-pressure drugs. The drugs are known as ACE inhibitor.
A disproportionate number of patients hospitalized by COVID-19 have high blood pressure. Theories about why the...

Publisher: NY Times

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23 Apr 2020

Hidden Outbreaks Spread Through U.S. Cities Far Earlier Than Americans Knew, Estimates Say

By the time New York City confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on March 1, thousands of infections were already silently spreading through the city, a hidden explosion of a disease that many still viewed as a remote threat as the city awaited the first signs of spring.
By the time New York City confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on March 1, thousands of infections were already...
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