Brief but frequent interactions can spread Covid-19, says CDC as it changes guidance on who is a close contact
Brief but frequent interactions can spread Covid-19, says CDC as it changes guidance on who is a close contact

Previously, close contact was defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 consecutive minutes. The CDC now defines it as someone within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours

Who was Dr João Pedro R Feitosa? Covid-19 vaccine trial continues after 28-year-old volunteer dies in Brazil
Who was Dr João Pedro R Feitosa? Covid-19 vaccine trial continues after 28-year-old volunteer dies in Brazil

Dr Feistosa was an alum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He was reportedly treating Covid-19 patients since March in at two different hospitals in Rio de Janeiro

US has seen nearly 300K more deaths than usual amid Covid-19, CDC says Hispanics and Latinos most impacted
US has seen nearly 300K more deaths than usual amid Covid-19, CDC says Hispanics and Latinos most impacted

Blacks and Hispanics account for more than 4 out of 10 Covid-19 deaths despite representing about 3 out of 10 in the US population

Is the ‘biggest wave’ of coronavirus about to break on US? Former FDA chief Dr Scott Gottlieb issues stark warning
Is the ‘biggest wave’ of coronavirus about to break on US? Former FDA chief Dr Scott Gottlieb issues stark warning

There is no ‘backstop’ against the spread that the US is seeing, says Dr Scott Gottlieb

US will see 'darkest' period of Covid-19 pandemic in next 6 to 12 weeks, vaccine available only in 2021: Expert
US will see 'darkest' period of Covid-19 pandemic in next 6 to 12 weeks, vaccine available only in 2021: Expert

Michael Osterholm said that the US is suffering from a messaging problem created in part by the lack of a ‘lead voice’ to guide Americans through the Covid-19 crisis

Fauci warns US Covid-19 crisis isn't over, says things have to be ‘really bad' for him to favor national lockdown
Fauci warns US Covid-19 crisis isn't over, says things have to be ‘really bad' for him to favor national lockdown

CDC forecasts that a total of 229,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths will be reported by November 7 in the US

Covid-19 drug Remdesivir does not reduce death or hospital stay among patients, says WHO but Gilead disagrees
Covid-19 drug Remdesivir does not reduce death or hospital stay among patients, says WHO but Gilead disagrees

The drug is currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA for the treatment of hospitalized patients with coronavirus

Is ice hockey a super-spreader event? CDC warns against indoor sport as 14 get Covid-19 after Tampa Bay game
Is ice hockey a super-spreader event? CDC warns against indoor sport as 14 get Covid-19 after Tampa Bay game

The ice rink provides a venue that is well suited to coronavirus transmission as an indoor environment where deep breathing occurs and persons are close to one another, explains the agency

Covid-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children initially and there could be limited supply at first: CDC
Covid-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children initially and there could be limited supply at first: CDC

Once a vaccine is authorized or approved, 5% of the US population will be covered initially and this includes frontline health workers and first responders

Coronavirus Second Wave: US could see surge in cases after Thanksgiving, say experts as Europe faces fresh spike
Coronavirus Second Wave: US could see surge in cases after Thanksgiving, say experts as Europe faces fresh spike

This worrying development comes amid a predicted increase with the onset of cooler weather and more frequent indoor activity and about 6 weeks ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

Trump put himself first and not America in Covid-19 response, says Nature journal as it endorses Biden for POTUS
Trump put himself first and not America in Covid-19 response, says Nature journal as it endorses Biden for POTUS

From a ‘shameful record of interference in health and science agencies’ to a ‘disastrous response’ to the Covid-19 pandemic, the editorial argues that the Trump administration's actions have had devastating consequences

After Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly pauses clinical trial of coronavirus antibody treatment over safety concerns
After Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly pauses clinical trial of coronavirus antibody treatment over safety concerns

Lilly’s experimental treatment is similar to the Regeneron treatment given to Trump after his Covid-19 diagnosis

Did China create Covid-19 in Wuhan lab? Nearly 23% in US and UK still believe unproven conspiracy theory
Did China create Covid-19 in Wuhan lab? Nearly 23% in US and UK still believe unproven conspiracy theory

Higher susceptibility to fake news was associated with lower likelihood of people willing to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Johnson & Johnson temporarily pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial after participant falls ill, review being held
Johnson & Johnson temporarily pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial after participant falls ill, review being held

The phase 3 study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single vaccine dose versus placebo in up to 60,000 adults 18 years old and older, including significant representation from those that are over age 60

Coronavirus pandemic may cause 400,000 excess deaths in US by end of the year, suggests study
Coronavirus pandemic may cause 400,000 excess deaths in US by end of the year, suggests study

Deaths between March and August increased 20% compared to previous years, but deaths attributed to Covid-19 only accounted for 67% of those

Coronavirus can survive up to 28 days on surfaces like glass, banknotes and stainless steel, finds study
Coronavirus can survive up to 28 days on surfaces like glass, banknotes and stainless steel, finds study

While the precise role of surface transmission and the amount of virus required for infection is yet to be determined, establishing how long this virus remains viable on surfaces is critical

Covid-19 is an 'unrestricted bioweapon': Virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan accuses China of fabricating genomic sequence
Covid-19 is an 'unrestricted bioweapon': Virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan accuses China of fabricating genomic sequence

A report claims that coronavirus is a ‘laboratory product’ created by using a template virus owned by military research laboratories under the control of the Chinese Communist Party

Flu Season 2020: Coronavirus vs flu, how can you tell the difference between the two respiratory diseases?
Flu Season 2020: Coronavirus vs flu, how can you tell the difference between the two respiratory diseases?

Coronavirus can take longer than the flu before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer

Was Judge Amy Barrett's nomination event a ‘super-spreader’? Dr Anthony Fauci slams event, cites 'data'
Was Judge Amy Barrett's nomination event a ‘super-spreader’? Dr Anthony Fauci slams event, cites 'data'

Dr Anthony Fauci also condemned Trump's talk of Covid-19 ‘cure,’ said the word could lead to a lot of confusion

Did an aborted fetus save Trump's life? How an elective abortion in 1970s gave rise to Regeneron Covid-19 drug
Did an aborted fetus save Trump's life? How an elective abortion in 1970s gave rise to Regeneron Covid-19 drug

The antibody cocktail that the president has said cured him of coronavirus was developed using a cell line originally derived from a fetus aborted decades ago

Rich nations could become close to normal by late 2021 if effective Covid-19 vaccine is ready: Bill Gates
Rich nations could become close to normal by late 2021 if effective Covid-19 vaccine is ready: Bill Gates

He said the US should be thinking about which voices will help reduce the hesitancy regarding a coronavirus vaccine

FDA asks Covid-19 vaccine developers for 2 months of safety data before considering emergency use authorization
FDA asks Covid-19 vaccine developers for 2 months of safety data before considering emergency use authorization

Such a requirement implies that a Covid-19 vaccine may not be authorized before the presidential election on November 3

White House blocks FDA guidance that may have ensured no Covid-19 vaccine is okayed before election day: Report
White House blocks FDA guidance that may have ensured no Covid-19 vaccine is okayed before election day: Report

As reports emerged that the FDA may be considering tougher guidelines for emergency authorization of Covid-19 vaccine, Trump said his administration is looking into the matter

Coronavirus can travel beyond 6 feet, says CDC as it finally admits airborne transmission is possible
Coronavirus can travel beyond 6 feet, says CDC as it finally admits airborne transmission is possible

However, the agency maintains that Covid-19 most commonly spreads during close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other

What is dexamethasone? Trump is taking drug meant for severe Covid-19 patients after dip in oxygen level
What is dexamethasone? Trump is taking drug meant for severe Covid-19 patients after dip in oxygen level

The president was given the steroid after he experienced 'two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation'

What’s Regeneron’s antibody cocktail? Experimental Covid-19 treatment given to Trump in 'race against coronavirus'
What’s Regeneron’s antibody cocktail? Experimental Covid-19 treatment given to Trump in 'race against coronavirus'

Called REGN-COV2, it reduced viral levels and improved symptoms in non-hospitalized patients with Covid-19, shows early data on 275 people

Trump is likely the single largest driver of misinformation during coronavirus pandemic, claims study
Trump is likely the single largest driver of misinformation during coronavirus pandemic, claims study

Mentions of the US president comprise 37.9% of the overall misinformation conversation, well ahead of any other topic

Coronavirus cases have more than doubled among students aged 18-22 years after reopening of campuses: CDC
Coronavirus cases have more than doubled among students aged 18-22 years after reopening of campuses: CDC

During August 2-September 5, weekly Covid-19 cases among persons aged 18-22 years increased by 55.1% nationally

Having Neanderthal genes may triple the risk of developing severe Covid-19, says study
Having Neanderthal genes may triple the risk of developing severe Covid-19, says study

A stretch of DNA in modern humans that increases Covid-19 severity risk can be traced back to Neanderthals, say researchers

Why does Covid-19 virus harm some more than others? 2 studies blame it on genetic defects, faulty immune system
Why does Covid-19 virus harm some more than others? 2 studies blame it on genetic defects, faulty immune system

As scientists try to flesh out the reasons behind it, a new theory has emerged that suggests a faulty early immune response to the new coronavirus is to be blamed

1 in 3 American parents do not plan to vaccinate their children against flu amid Covid-19 concerns, says study
1 in 3 American parents do not plan to vaccinate their children against flu amid Covid-19 concerns, says study

The most common reasons include concerns about side effects or beliefs that a vaccine is not effective or necessary

Alarming political interference amid Covid-19 undermines credibility of health agencies: US science academies
Alarming political interference amid Covid-19 undermines credibility of health agencies: US science academies

Statement comes after Trump said that his administration may or may not approve new tougher FDA guidelines for the authorization of a coronavirus vaccine

Young Americans in 20s now account for 1 in 5 Covid-19 cases, CDC says they likely contribute to transmission
Young Americans in 20s now account for 1 in 5 Covid-19 cases, CDC says they likely contribute to transmission

The findings come even as CDC director, Dr Robert Redfield, warned that 90% of the US remains susceptible to a coronavirus infection

Has Covid-19 mutated? Virus may have become more contagious in Houston which saw two disease waves, says study
Has Covid-19 mutated? Virus may have become more contagious in Houston which saw two disease waves, says study

The mutation has not made it more fatal or dangerous. Instead, it may have allowed it to spread better, say scientists who analyzed the genomes of over 5,085 Covid-19 virus strains in Houston, Texas

Can Covid-19 cause 'silent wave' of neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s? Experts are studying links
Can Covid-19 cause 'silent wave' of neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s? Experts are studying links

Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism has been described after infections by viruses such as influenza A, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis C virus, HIV, Japanese encephalitis virus, or West Nile virus

Can eyeglasses protect you from Covid-19? Study says it may lower risk but experts urge caution
Can eyeglasses protect you from Covid-19? Study says it may lower risk but experts urge caution

But other experts think it's too early to draw conclusions or make behavioral changes and that we need more data

FDA to issue strict guidelines for Covid-19 vaccines, may squash Trump's plan of getting one ready by November
FDA to issue strict guidelines for Covid-19 vaccines, may squash Trump's plan of getting one ready by November

The new guidelines are unlikely to go the convalescent plasma and hydroxychloroquine way: both of which received emergency approval following Trump's lobbying efforts

Avoid trick-or-treating, Halloween masks and crowded costume parties to stop Covid-19 spread: CDC
Avoid trick-or-treating, Halloween masks and crowded costume parties to stop Covid-19 spread: CDC

For any holiday gathering or celebration, CDC asks Americans to host outdoor activities as much as possible, wear face masks, limit the number of attendees or celebrate virtually

Fauci says people need to wear face masks through 2021 even if we have a Covid-19 vaccine
Fauci says people need to wear face masks through 2021 even if we have a Covid-19 vaccine

The reason is partly because the first batch of vaccines are unlikely to be perfect enough to shield people from Covid-19, experts said

Children may still have potential to spread coronavirus even if antibodies are detected, warns study
Children may still have potential to spread coronavirus even if antibodies are detected, warns study

The study found that Covid-19 and antibodies can be present in their systems simultaneously

US Covid-19 death toll nears 200,000 mark, experts predict spike in infections in December: 'Winter is coming'
US Covid-19 death toll nears 200,000 mark, experts predict spike in infections in December: 'Winter is coming'

President Donald Trump said this number would mean that 'we all together have done a very good job.' However, experts have disagreed

CDC takes down warning on airborne spread of Covid-19 beyond 6 feet, says update was posted 'in error'
CDC takes down warning on airborne spread of Covid-19 beyond 6 feet, says update was posted 'in error'

'A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website,' the CDC said

CDC rolls back controversial advisory, asks everyone to get tested if they got exposed to someone with Covid-19
CDC rolls back controversial advisory, asks everyone to get tested if they got exposed to someone with Covid-19

The previous guidelines said that if a person has been in close contact with an individual with coronavirus, they do not necessarily need a test unless they are showing symptoms

How risky is flying during Covid-19 pandemic? Studies show methods used by airlines to prevent spread may not work
How risky is flying during Covid-19 pandemic? Studies show methods used by airlines to prevent spread may not work

1 symptomatic passenger transmitted Covid-19 infection during the flight to at least 12 other passengers in business class

Adult obesity rate on the rise, more than 20% Americans obese in all states with Blacks most impacted: CDC
Adult obesity rate on the rise, more than 20% Americans obese in all states with Blacks most impacted: CDC

The Midwest (33.9%) and South (33.3%) had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the Northeast (29%), and the West (27.4%)

Covid-19 lockdowns, masks and social distancing likely kept flu at 'historical lows' in US and globally: CDC
Covid-19 lockdowns, masks and social distancing likely kept flu at 'historical lows' in US and globally: CDC

According to experts, some of these mitigation steps could be implemented in the future during flu epidemics to reduce transmission, particularly in populations at the highest risk for developing severe disease

CDC says Covid-19 vaccine won't be widely available till mid-2021, Trump contradicts: 'We're ready to go'
CDC says Covid-19 vaccine won't be widely available till mid-2021, Trump contradicts: 'We're ready to go'

The president said as soon as a vaccine gets approved, the US is ready to distribute immediately to a vast section of the country going against what Dr Redfield said

AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial on hold in US as scientists probe into serious side effect in UK participant
AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial on hold in US as scientists probe into serious side effect in UK participant

The global trials that were temporarily paused because of unexplained illness in a participant, have resumed in the UK

Dr Li-Meng Yan report: Covid-19 man-made in Wuhan lab theory refuses to die down, scientists slam conspiracy
Dr Li-Meng Yan report: Covid-19 man-made in Wuhan lab theory refuses to die down, scientists slam conspiracy

Dr Li-Meng Yan and three other authors have published a study claiming that Covid-19 was developed in a laboratory in China

Covid-19 vaccine will not be available to all globally before 2024 end, warns the world’s largest manufacturer
Covid-19 vaccine will not be available to all globally before 2024 end, warns the world’s largest manufacturer

Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, estimates that if the coronavirus shot is a two-dose vaccine, the world will need 15 billion doses

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