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.
A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus. The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. The drug is part of the world's biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.
The virus-sniffing dogs could prove useful in areas where people congregate in large groups. Jeff Minder is a former survival instructor for the Air Force and has a patented 50-point dog training system and saw a need. Uzi, a Belgium Malinois, is his personal dog and has compiled a record more accurate than testing.
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.
Covid-19 can leave the lungs of people who died from the disease completely unrecognisable. Minority groups show higher rates of admission to hospital, which shows they are more likely to have become infected under conditions where the virus dose is maybe high.
People with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes were hospitalized six times as often as otherwise healthy individuals infected with the novel coronavirus during the first four months of the pandemic, and they died 12 times as often, according to a federal health report Monday.
President Donald Trump has promised that there will be a coronavirus vaccine before the year is out. But public health experts are growing increasingly worried that the White House will pressure regulators to approve the first vaccine candidate to show promise — without proof that it provides effective, reliable protection against the virus.
In America, Coronavirus hasn’t slowed one bit. See that line above? In Europe, it’s flattened out. But in America, the worst case scenario is now about to come true. Since states are reopening, since the government has no plan, and as a nation, America seems to simply have… given up on it…
Covid-19 has forever transformed the way we run our businesses. Digital transformation is accelerating, priorities are shifting, and working from home will be the new normal. As we continue to navigate this new world, we must also think differently about how to mitigate the risks of cyberattacks—attacks which are surging amidst the current crisis and the related spike in remote work.
Tech companies are rethinking their business post COVID19. Some have already opened their doors to employees with limitations and others have told employees they can work from home till end of this fiscal year. Learn how these companies are thinking about the future.
The global race for a coronavirus vaccine involves a few basic approaches. Some have been around for decades, others are being tried for the first time. Although all approaches are distinct, they are based on a few simple strategies. Some have been around for years; others are being tested for the first time.
Melanie Montano, 32, developed a fever, cough, stomach problems, and lost her sense of taste and smell like other sufferers of the novel coronavirus. Unlike most of them, though, her symptoms never went away. Dr's are unsure whether those symptoms suggest virus is still alive in the body and creating continued havoc, or whether it has come and gone, leaving a lingering immune or inflammatory response that makes people continue to feel sick.
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.
If history is any indicator, attempts to reinstitute social distancing measures to flatten a potential second wave of the virus could face more opposition than the initial lockdowns. The widespread business closures and mask ordinances implemented during the 1918 influenza pandemic weren’t especially popular.
Johnson & Johnson has accelerated the start of human trials for a Covid-19 vaccine by two months, with trials set to start in July. If the vaccine works, Johnson & Johnson has pledged to distribute the vaccine at a non-profit rate
Public health officials, doctors and pharmacists who have struggled for decades to convince Americans to get the flu shot are warning it is now more important than ever to get vaccinated as the U.S. faces a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall.
"This is exciting news about the value of masking to prevent Covid-19," said Clay Goddard, the county's director of health. "We are studying more closely the details of these exposures, including what types of face coverings were worn and what other precautions were taken to lead to this encouraging result."
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.
Doctors agree kids and teens need exercise, and sports can be a great way to encourage that. Experts also say sports can be revived in a way that limits risk. But they don't suggest it's time for kids to just get out there and play ball.
Researchers are exploring more reliable alternatives to the antiviral Covid-19 drug Remdesivir after results showed it could effectively reduce a hospital stay but not the mortality rate.
To encourage young children to wear a face mask while in public, some pediatricians have suggested that parents name, talk to it and even pretend to feed their child’s mask. While it may feel silly, doctors say that kids quickly adapt the same attitudes as adults, including for the use of face masks.
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.
To end the Coronavirus pandemic, we have a clear and simple goal: cases need to go to zero everywhere. In this post I want to introduce our new visualisation to allow everyone to monitor the global fight against the pandemic.
Shutdown orders prevented about 60 million novel coronavirus infections in the United States and 285 million in China, according to a research study published Monday that examined how stay-at-home orders and other restrictions limited the spread of the contagion.
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.
As the weather heats up and the country opens up, scientists are trying to figure out how much effect air-conditioned air will have in spreading—or curtailing—the virus. There are multiple factors to consider, such as how AC could enable the circulation of viral particles in the air and increase the speed and distance they travel.
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.
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.
The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals, on Thursday retracted an influential study that raised alarms about the safety of the experimental Covid-19 treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine amid scrutiny of the data underlying the paper.
Sweden's controversial decision not to impose a strict lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic led to too many deaths, the man behind the policy, Anders Tegnell, has acknowledged.
A new analysis from Scripps Research found 30-40% of people with coronavirus are asymptomatic, but that factor doesn’t mean they are immune from impacts of the disease. Research suggests patients who don’t show any symptoms may still suffer internal organ damage, including lung abnormalities.
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.
While it’s likely people develop some immunity after being infected with the coronavirus, experts still don’t know whether you need a certain amount of antibodies to fight off another infection. And even if you do have the right amount, it also isn’t clear yet how long its protection lasts.
We need to find out how human behaviour is changing in response to COVID-19, how this affects demands for food, energy, the Internet and transportation, and whether these altered demands are likely to increase or decrease people’s susceptibility to the effects of extreme weather.
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.”
Neuroscientist Karl Friston, of University College London, builds mathematical models of human brain function. Lately, he’s been applying his modelling to Covid-19. He says, our approach, which borrows from physics and in particular the work of Richard Feynman, goes under the bonnet. It attempts to capture the mathematical structure of the phenomenon – in this case, the pandemic – and to understand the causes of what is observed.
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.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, all three networks have worked to promote appropriate sources of health information and pull down content that could harm users. However, they have traditionally shied from removing false information that is politically charged. As health misinformation becomes increasingly politicized, they may be forced to take a stance.
One of the consequences of COVI-19 is that companies have realized that they can forego expensive office space if they let people work for home. This is a direction that will affect other aspects of our society
A story about testing, contract tracing and controlling the spread of the virus. Cultural taboos and privacy issues can be a detriment to stopping the spread of the virus as we learn from this story
Communist-run Cuba said this week that use of two drugs produced by its biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients has sharply curbed its coronavirus-related death toll.
This author puts the risks of dying from COVID-19 into a metric called "micromort", which measures a one-in-a-million chance of dying. The micromorts allows one to easily compare for example the risk of dying from skydiving (7 micromorts per jump), or dying under general anesthesia (5 micromorts).
A third of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic and 0.4% of those who get sick will die, CDC says. The agency cautions that those numbers are subject to change as more is learned about Covid-19, and it warns that the information is intended for planning purposes.
There will be many changes to dining out, like shorter menus, and servers wearing masks and surgical gloves.We don't know how this will effect the industry, we know that many resturants who have closed will never come back.
Many people are relying on food delivery in the times of COVID-19. The question here is how worried do we have to be to contract the virus from plastic bags, carton boxes and the food delivered.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has finally issued full interim guidance on how schools and other establishments can safely open during the covid-19 pandemic, and below are all the recommendations for schools and camps.
There have been no recent studies on how long the virus survives in pools, oceans or lakes, however studies on other coronaviruses show us that the virus does not survive in chlorine waters, however there are other dangers.
There is a value to disinfecting public transportation like subway cars, but spraying the streets is not very effective, and the possibility of contracting the virus from street floors is very low.
The preponderance of research suggests warmer weather might have a small impact on slowing the spread of coronavirus, but the summer itself certainly won't end the historic pandemic.
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.
Coronavirus chaos has spurred a grow your own food movement and space-age hydroponic is rising to meet it. Seems like new opportunities to reinvent ourselves never cease to exist!
Language matters. This author critiques the use of War metaphors in dealing with pandemics. Author reminds us that at war we require command and control, rather than the spontaneous volunteerism we have seen with self-isolation and self quarantine.
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.
In this report we learn of symptoms like rashes, glossy eyes, stomachaches, in young adults as a result of coronavirus. The young adult had developed a tennis-ball size lymph node, raging fever, racing heartbeat, and dangerously low blood pressure after 14 days.
There is growing evidence that the virus causes a far greater array of symptoms than was previously understood. And that its effects can be agonisingly prolonged: in Garner’s case for more than seven weeks. The professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine says his experience of Covid-19 featured a new and disturbing symptom every day, akin to an “advent calendar”.
The FDA has received at least 15 reports that suggest Abbott Labs coronavirus tests are inaccurately telling patients that they do not have the virus, FDA said in a Thursday press release citing early data. These tests have been widely distributed by the federal government in response to the pandemic.
Infectious disease physician and vaccination specialist Dr. Jonas Nilsen tells Romper that while The Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) has put out a mandate stating that "the chance of COVID-19 to manifest in swimming pools, spas, jacuzzis, etc. is very low as they are treated with chlorine and bromine," it's the lack of social distancing in and around the pools that is dangerous.
Where people travel and how long they stay away from home can be measured with smartphone location data. But the increasingly popular movement maps derived from this data don’t reveal how well people maintained social distancing once they reached their destinations
Osang Healthcare Co, the first South Korean maker of coronavirus test kits to win preliminary approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, is ready to ship kits that can test 100 million people in the United States, an executive said on Friday.
Telemedicine company Hims says it will start selling saliva tests for SARS-CoV-2 that you can take at home from RUCDR Infinite Biologics, an organization within the Rutgers University Genomics Laboratory. Patients must be exhibiting symptoms to qualify for a test.
Here you find a list of symptoms caused by coronavirus. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Additionally find emergency warning signs if you are infected and when you should be seeking medical help.
Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, warned of “suffering and death that could be avoided” and of further economic damage if states reopen too quickly and said the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus is probably higher than the 80,000 reported.
The greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network—or SCAN—is a first-of-its-kind disease surveillance platform for COVID-19 that allows participants to use a self-swab test to collect their own nasal samples and send them to a lab without leaving home. As a surveillance program, SCAN’s goal isn’t to test every person or serve as a replacement for medical care.
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.
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.
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.
A five-hour online course created by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health could become the backbone of the country's contact tracer training program. The class, which rolled out Monday, offers online instruction to anyone who wants to learn the basics of contact tracing: the process of identifying and isolating people who have been infected with COVID-19 and their close contacts.
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.
When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? And how? According to historians, pandemics typically have two types of endings: the medical, which occurs when the incidence and death rates plummet, and the social, when the epidemic of fear about the disease wanes.
The main job is to contact people who have been exposed to the coronavirus by a person who has tested positive. Some people are a little suspicious. Some people hang up after I ask for their date of birth and address. I understand that, the mistrust of the government, having grown up under communism.
Imagine being told to inhale a nasal spray full of coronavirus. More than 14,000 people in the U.S. and elsewhere are putting their names forward to do so. They are volunteering for what's called a "human challenge trial," an ethically controversial way to test vaccines that would deliberately infect people with a virus that has killed over 270,000 people worldwide and has no cure.
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?
In some places, “double-bubbling” is becoming official policy: households are being encouraged to buddy up for the sake of variety and mental health. But negotiating to become part of someone else’s intimate circle in the midst of a pandemic is fraught with dangers both medical (what if you inadvertently infect one another?) and social. (What if you have a falling out? Whom do you pick? What if they don’t pick you?).
I’ve hardly moved from this couch in weeks, but right now my heart rate monitor says I’m at 132. That’s double my normal. That’s like if I’m climbing a mountain. How come? Nobody knows. Nobody ever knows. And why has my fever been spiking again? Do I need to go back to the ER?
New coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control.
Get detailed statistics on mortality rate for any and all countries around the world. The charts include mortality risk, fatality rate, fatality rate by age, by health conditions and compared to other diseases.
Since the late 1990s, when an outbreak of HIV infections threatened to shutter the multibillion-dollar industry, the mainstream porn community has implemented procedures that require all performers to be tested for HIV and a host of other sexually transmitted infections every 14 days before they can be cleared to work.
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.
We fact-checked eight of Mikovits’ most misleading claims from the video. They span from conspiracies about the origin of the coronavirus to falsehoods about wearing a face mask.
The analysis of the Pandemic video offers some insight into claims made against Dr Fauci, more specifically the claim that Dr. Fauci sent threatening letters to her and about him profiting from patents and COVID-19 payments
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.
Several months into the pandemic, medical experts say that Asthma hasn't been a significant risk factor. Even though CDC recommended at the beginning of the pandemic that COVID-19 patients should not be treated with corticosteroids, because steroids increase the need for ventilation, length of illness and chance of dying, this did not apply to people who are already on steroids for underlying conditions.
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is often spread through sneezes and coughs, but it also leaves the human body through our waste. Scientists around the world are now testing sewage for the virus, using it as a collective sample to measure infection levels among thousands of people.
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.