How reliable are coronavirus antibody tests? It is likely that they undercount past infections, warns CDC
How reliable are coronavirus antibody tests? It is likely that they undercount past infections, warns CDC

Among 156 frontline healthcare workers in the US who tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies at the start of the study, 28% did not have enough antibodies to test positive 60 days later 

Can US companies force employees to get Covid-19 vaccine once approved? It’s possible, but there are limitations
Can US companies force employees to get Covid-19 vaccine once approved? It’s possible, but there are limitations

If the staff have medical reasons or 'sincerely held religious beliefs' that prevent them from taking a potential coronavirus vaccine, employers may be required to offer them alternatives

US Covid-19 daily deaths top 2,100, deadliest since May, even as expert warns of explosion post Thanksgiving
US Covid-19 daily deaths top 2,100, deadliest since May, even as expert warns of explosion post Thanksgiving

It could potentially be the 'mother of all super-spreader events,' said Dr Jonathan Reiner, a former White House medical team adviser

Quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus may be shortened from 14 days as CDC reviews evidence
Quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus may be shortened from 14 days as CDC reviews evidence

A report indicates that the recommended time may be reduced from the current 14 days to between 7 to 10 days, followed by a test. The hope is it will lead to more people following expert suggestions

Covid-19 vaccine won’t be a ‘walk in the park' and CDC must warn Americans of its side-effects, say doctors
Covid-19 vaccine won’t be a ‘walk in the park' and CDC must warn Americans of its side-effects, say doctors

Pfizer says its vaccine candidate was well tolerated across all populations and no serious safety concerns were observed. Some experienced fatigue, and headache

Coronavirus vaccine could be given to Americans as early as December second week, says top US official
Coronavirus vaccine could be given to Americans as early as December second week, says top US official

FDA’s advisory panel to review Pfizer’s emergency use application for its vaccine candidate on December 10. Operation Warp Speed chief said if things go according to plan, enough Americans could be vaccinated by May

Did Covid-19 start in Italy? Chinese scientist says virus was first detected in Wuhan but didn't originate there
Did Covid-19 start in Italy? Chinese scientist says virus was first detected in Wuhan but didn't originate there

Zeng Guang, former chief epidemiologist with the Chinese CDC, cited an Italian study which suggests that Covid-19 was circulating in Italy in September 2019, months before it was reported in Wuhan in December 2019

CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel, but poll says nearly 2 in 5 Americans may attend large holiday gatherings
CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel, but poll says nearly 2 in 5 Americans may attend large holiday gatherings

The agency has advised against gathering with anyone who has not lived in the same household for at least 14 days

Can face masks protect you from Covid-19? New study says they may offer wearers only limited protection
Can face masks protect you from Covid-19? New study says they may offer wearers only limited protection

But researchers say the findings should not be used to argue against their widespread use to prevent people infecting others as they did not test the role of masks in source control, that is, reducing the spread to others from an infected person

How bad will Covid-19 get in US before Joe Biden is sworn in? Up to 150K more Americans may die, warns report
How bad will Covid-19 get in US before Joe Biden is sworn in? Up to 150K more Americans may die, warns report

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said delaying the presidential transition is not good from a public health perspective as daily Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the US

Do airport screenings for coronavirus work? CDC program identified only 1 case per 85,000 travelers
Do airport screenings for coronavirus work? CDC program identified only 1 case per 85,000 travelers

According to experts, symptom-based screening programs are ineffective because Covid-19 has a wide range of nonspecific symptoms common to other infections, and there are many asymptomatic cases

Wisconsin introduces ‘critically high’ category to track alarming rise in Covid-19 cases, here's what it means
Wisconsin introduces ‘critically high’ category to track alarming rise in Covid-19 cases, here's what it means

Almost three times higher than the ‘very high’ level, it represents 1,000 or more cases per 100,000 residents

Is US heading into 4-week national lockdown? Biden pandemic adviser says only way to avoid 'COVID Hell'
Is US heading into 4-week national lockdown? Biden pandemic adviser says only way to avoid 'COVID Hell'

The infectious disease expert emphasized that cases are rising as more people grow tired of wearing masks and social distancing, suffering from 'pandemic fatigue'

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine: Who will get it first? How much does it cost? And everything else you need to know
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine: Who will get it first? How much does it cost? And everything else you need to know

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said all Americans who would want to take a Covid-19 vaccine should have access to one by spring

What is Covid-19's toll on mental health? Nearly 1 in 5 are diagnosed with psychiatric disorder within 90 days
What is Covid-19's toll on mental health? Nearly 1 in 5 are diagnosed with psychiatric disorder within 90 days

People with pre-existing psychiatric diagnosis are 65% more likely to be diagnosed with coronavirus than those without

What is bamlanivimab? FDA authorizes Eli Lilly’s coronavirus antibody treatment for emergency use 
What is bamlanivimab? FDA authorizes Eli Lilly’s coronavirus antibody treatment for emergency use 

It is meant for children and adults, 12 years and older, with mild to moderate illness but who have high risks of getting much worse and need hospitalization

Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci are the 'dream couple' behind BioNTech-Pfizer’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine
Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci are the 'dream couple' behind BioNTech-Pfizer’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine

Children of Turkish immigrants, BioNTech's Sahin and Tureci are now among Germany’s richest 100 people

Pfizer announces coronavirus vaccine that is over 90% effective, here’s all you need to know about it
Pfizer announces coronavirus vaccine that is over 90% effective, here’s all you need to know about it

Questions such as how long the protection may last, whether it protects those who have previously had the infection and whether it stops virus transmission, remain unanswered

Death rate among cancer patients with Covid-19 is over 270 times higher than others infected with virus: Study
Death rate among cancer patients with Covid-19 is over 270 times higher than others infected with virus: Study

Among those with cancer, being older than 65 years and being male are associated with increased risk of severe events from Covid-19

Coronavirus cases climb over 100,000 many times this week in US, is this the ‘biggest wave’ experts warned of?
Coronavirus cases climb over 100,000 many times this week in US, is this the ‘biggest wave’ experts warned of?

To combat the spike in Covid-19 cases, some places in the US have announced new measures such as curfews and limited size of social gatherings

Washington woman who had Covid-19 shed infectious virus particles for 70 days, reveals unusual case study
Washington woman who had Covid-19 shed infectious virus particles for 70 days, reveals unusual case study

The 71-year-old was infected with the coronavirus for at least 105 days while showing no symptoms the entire time

How deadly is Covid-19 for pregnant women? Risk of severe illness and death highest in 35-44 age group, says CDC
How deadly is Covid-19 for pregnant women? Risk of severe illness and death highest in 35-44 age group, says CDC

Pregnant women aged 35-44 years with coronavirus are twice as likely to die than nonpregnant women of the same age, and the risk of preterm delivery is also greater

Over 61,000 American children infected by Covid-19 last week, report says it is highest since pandemic started
Over 61,000 American children infected by Covid-19 last week, report says it is highest since pandemic started

A total of 853,635 coronavirus cases among children have been reported as of October 29

'Winter is coming': Fauci warns of Covid-19 spike after fall, slams Trump for focusing on reopening US economy
'Winter is coming': Fauci warns of Covid-19 spike after fall, slams Trump for focusing on reopening US economy

Fauci said Joe Biden was taking the pandemic seriously from a public health perspective while the White House accused him of 'playing politics'

Are Trump rallies super-spreader events? Study says they may have led to 30,000 Covid-19 cases and 700 deaths
Are Trump rallies super-spreader events? Study says they may have led to 30,000 Covid-19 cases and 700 deaths

Researchers investigated the effects of large group meetings on the spread of Covid-19 by studying the impact of 18 Trump campaign rallies that were held between June 20 and September 22

Are we heading for a 'Twindemic'? Person tests positive for both COVID-19 and common flu in California
Are we heading for a 'Twindemic'? Person tests positive for both COVID-19 and common flu in California

Health experts have been dreading a 'twindemic' of respiratory diseases this winter, in a scenario where there is a spike in coronavirus cases as well as a severe influenza season

How dangerous is Covid-19? CDC warns it is five times deadlier than the flu for hospitalized patients
How dangerous is Covid-19? CDC warns it is five times deadlier than the flu for hospitalized patients

Hospitalized coronavirus patients also have an increased risk for 17 respiratory and nonrespiratory complications

Why did Eli Lilly stop antibody trial on hospitalized Covid-19 patients? Studies on milder cases to continue
Why did Eli Lilly stop antibody trial on hospitalized Covid-19 patients? Studies on milder cases to continue

The company said that other studies involving experimental treatment in people who have milder cases of coronavirus or who have been exposed to the virus will continue

Has America given up the War on Covid-19? White House chief Mark Meadows says US 'not going to control pandemic’
Has America given up the War on Covid-19? White House chief Mark Meadows says US 'not going to control pandemic’

'It is a contagious virus, just like the flu,' Meadows insisted

Remdesivir gets FDA approval as the first coronavirus drug to treat hospitalized patients in the US
Remdesivir gets FDA approval as the first coronavirus drug to treat hospitalized patients in the US

It will be given to people at least 12 years old and weighing at least 40 kg, who need hospitalization for their Covid-19 infection

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

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