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

Covid-19 and flu can be equally dangerous for children and cause serious forms of infection, warns study
Covid-19 and flu can be equally dangerous for children and cause serious forms of infection, warns study

Researchers found that patients with coronavirus and those with seasonal flu have similar hospitalization rates, ICU admission rates and mechanical ventilator use

AstraZeneca resumes coronavirus vaccine trials in the UK, but it's unclear when it will restart elsewhere
AstraZeneca resumes coronavirus vaccine trials in the UK, but it's unclear when it will restart elsewhere

The vaccine trials were paused temporarily because of unexplained illness in a participant but now the UK's MHRA has recommended that it is safe to resume

Most Americans worry political pressure will force FDA to rush approval for Covid-19 vaccine, reveals poll
Most Americans worry political pressure will force FDA to rush approval for Covid-19 vaccine, reveals poll

If a vaccine is approved before the presidential election and made freely available, 54% say they would not want to get vaccinated, while 42% say they would want to get vaccinated under those circumstances

AstraZeneca halts phase 3 trials of Covid-19 vaccine after participant develops adverse reactions
AstraZeneca halts phase 3 trials of Covid-19 vaccine after participant develops adverse reactions

The company said that it is a routine action that is taken whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials

Coronavirus patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage, early rehab program may help: Study
Coronavirus patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage, early rehab program may help: Study

People could recover faster if they undergo rehabilitation as soon as possible after coming off ventilators or leaving intensive care, suggests expert

Covid-19 superspreaders, young people should get vaccine after healthcare workers to protect elderly: Experts
Covid-19 superspreaders, young people should get vaccine after healthcare workers to protect elderly: Experts

The approach, according to the experts, will shield the elderly and the vulnerable population from the infection

Russia’s coronavirus vaccine shows no serious adverse effects and produces antibody response, finds study
Russia’s coronavirus vaccine shows no serious adverse effects and produces antibody response, finds study

Early-phase results from Russia’s vaccine trials reveal that Sputnik-V induced antibody responses in all participants within 21 days. The two 42-day trials did not find any serious adverse effects among participants

Labor Day weekend celebrations could lead to spike in Covid-19 infections, top US experts urge caution
Labor Day weekend celebrations could lead to spike in Covid-19 infections, top US experts urge caution

Scientists and officials worry that people not following safety rules could lead to a repeat of the national surge of Covid-19 infections that followed Memorial Day

Covid-19 deaths in US projected to more than double by January, experts recommend masks and social distancing
Covid-19 deaths in US projected to more than double by January, experts recommend masks and social distancing

More than 410,000 Americans could die by January 1 in the 'most likely' scenario that assumes individual face mask use and other mitigation measures remain unchanged

CDC refutes claims of 180,000 Covid-19 deaths in US being an exaggeration, Dr Fauci slams bogus QAnon post
CDC refutes claims of 180,000 Covid-19 deaths in US being an exaggeration, Dr Fauci slams bogus QAnon post

The bogus post, which has been heavily promoted by followers of the QAnon conspiracy group, targeted the CDC, accusing them of quietly changing the number of deaths to about 9,210 on its website

Depression rate among Americans may have tripled amid coronavirus, people with low savings most impacted: Study
Depression rate among Americans may have tripled amid coronavirus, people with low savings most impacted: Study

'We would hope that these findings promote creating a society where a robust safety net exists, where people have fair wages, where equitable policies and practices exist'

Inexpensive steroids can reduce death risk among severely ill Covid-19 patients by 20%, study reveals
Inexpensive steroids can reduce death risk among severely ill Covid-19 patients by 20%, study reveals

Steroids are anti-inflammatory drugs, and evidence strongly suggests that they reduce the lung inflammation in seriously ill Covid-19 patients who require oxygen support for their breathing difficulties

CDC asks health officials to be ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines by late October or early November
CDC asks health officials to be ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines by late October or early November

Populations for initial Covid-19 vaccination will likely be critical workforce that provides healthcare and maintains essential functions of society

Pregnant women with coronavirus are more likely to need intensive care and give birth early, finds study
Pregnant women with coronavirus are more likely to need intensive care and give birth early, finds study

However, they are less likely to show symptoms of Covid-19. Being overweight, older and having other pre-existing medical conditions increase their risk of having a more serious disease

After 8 months of Covid-19, nine vaccines enter final stage of trials, here's all you need to know about them
After 8 months of Covid-19, nine vaccines enter final stage of trials, here's all you need to know about them

Currently, more than 170 potential Covid-19 vaccines are at various stages of development, according to the World Health Organization

People who shun face masks and social distancing may be sociopaths, finds study
People who shun face masks and social distancing may be sociopaths, finds study

Researchers found that callousness, deceitfulness and manipulativeness, possible signs of a sociopath, were commonly found among people who broke Covid-19 safety rules 

FDA chief says Covid-19 vaccine may get green signal before phase 3 trials are complete, here's what it means
FDA chief says Covid-19 vaccine may get green signal before phase 3 trials are complete, here's what it means

However, scientists have warned against any such approval without reliable safety and efficacy data

Nevada man could be first case of coronavirus reinfection in US, his illness was more severe second time: Study
Nevada man could be first case of coronavirus reinfection in US, his illness was more severe second time: Study

The researchers conclude that it is possible for people to become infected multiple times by Covid-19, but the generalizability of this finding is not known

Obesity can increase risk of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths, may decrease vaccine efficiency: Scientists
Obesity can increase risk of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths, may decrease vaccine efficiency: Scientists

The critical issue is that Covid-19 highlights how important it is to have a population at a healthy weight level

4 camps prevented Covid-19 outbreak in over 1K people via testing, here's what schools can learn from findings
4 camps prevented Covid-19 outbreak in over 1K people via testing, here's what schools can learn from findings

A multi-layered strategy was successful in identifying and isolating 3 asymptomatic Covid-19 cases and preventing secondary transmission, which may be considered in settings such as schools and colleges, say experts

Covid-19 testing may be considered for all close contacts of infected individuals, says CDC after backlash
Covid-19 testing may be considered for all close contacts of infected individuals, says CDC after backlash

The CDC faced backlash for changing its guidance earlier this week, saying that tests were not necessary for people who do not develop symptoms after exposure to the virus

Can Covid-19 spread on flights? CDC says woman may have contracted infection after using toilet during travel
Can Covid-19 spread on flights? CDC says woman may have contracted infection after using toilet during travel

Stringent global regulations are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus on aircrafts, says the report

People exposed to Covid-19 but without symptoms don't need tests, says CDC but experts call move 'dangerous'
People exposed to Covid-19 but without symptoms don't need tests, says CDC but experts call move 'dangerous'

Experts have expressed concern over the revised guidance, saying it is a huge problem if people are getting exposed and are not getting themselves tested or isolated

40M teachers, adults living with schoolchildren have 'definite or possible risk factors' for severe Covid-19
40M teachers, adults living with schoolchildren have 'definite or possible risk factors' for severe Covid-19

The findings underscore the need for careful consideration of and preparation for school reopenings this fall, say experts

Hong Kong experts report first case of coronavirus reinfection, suggesting second encounter may be possible
Hong Kong experts report first case of coronavirus reinfection, suggesting second encounter may be possible

However, the World Health Organization said it was too early to draw conclusions from a single case, calling for more studies

Online searches for severe anxiety and 'panic attacks' hit record high in the US during Covid-19 pandemic: Study
Online searches for severe anxiety and 'panic attacks' hit record high in the US during Covid-19 pandemic: Study

Over the first 58 days of the coronavirus pandemic, there were an estimated 3.4 million searches related to severe acute anxiety in the US

Both Covid-19 and common cold patients lose their sense of taste and smell but study finds key differences
Both Covid-19 and common cold patients lose their sense of taste and smell but study finds key differences

These findings could help in developing smell and taste tests for fast Covid-19 screening in emergency departments or at airports

Is there an order in which Covid-19 symptoms first appear? Study says it may be fever, cough and muscle pain
Is there an order in which Covid-19 symptoms first appear? Study says it may be fever, cough and muscle pain

Knowing which symptoms show first can help doctors identify Covid-19 patients sooner and make better treatment decisions, say researchers

Are children silent spreaders of Covid-19? Study says it's possible, warns against hasty return to schools
Are children silent spreaders of Covid-19? Study says it's possible, warns against hasty return to schools

The levels of the new coronavirus found in children overshadowed the levels detected in hospitalized adults. Those with higher viral loads tend to be more infectious, experts suggest

Coronavirus may be linked to onset of type 1 diabetes in children, study says lookout for warning signs
Coronavirus may be linked to onset of type 1 diabetes in children, study says lookout for warning signs

The research team recommends a larger analysis to establish a definitive link between Covid-19 and new-onset type 1 diabetes, and if so whether coronavirus has any impact on the disease's severity

Coronavirus has been deadlier for people of color, yet they go underrepresented in clinical trials: Study
Coronavirus has been deadlier for people of color, yet they go underrepresented in clinical trials: Study

In the nationally funded Adaptive Covid-19 Treatment Trial, which is testing the efficacy of the antiviral remdesivir, Black Americans accounted for 20% of the patient population

As schools reopen, CDC warns kids now comprise 7.3% of US Covid-19 cases but account for just 22% of population
As schools reopen, CDC warns kids now comprise 7.3% of US Covid-19 cases but account for just 22% of population

The true incidence of Covid-19 infection in children is unclear due to lack of widespread testing and the prioritization of testing for adults and those with severe illness, says the agency

Quick and cheap saliva-based Covid-19 test developed by Yale gets FDA nod, can boost the US’s testing capacity
Quick and cheap saliva-based Covid-19 test developed by Yale gets FDA nod, can boost the US’s testing capacity

The method does not need any special type of swab or collection device, and a saliva sample can be collected in any sterile container

People are not immune to coronavirus in the three months following infection, clarifies CDC
People are not immune to coronavirus in the three months following infection, clarifies CDC

Those who have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus should quarantine themselves, excluding people who have had Covid-19 within the past three months, says the recent advisory

How deadly is Covid-19? Deaths in NYC during early months of outbreak resemble 1918 flu pandemic, say experts
How deadly is Covid-19? Deaths in NYC during early months of outbreak resemble 1918 flu pandemic, say experts

According to the researchers, recent polling indicates that a majority of individuals in the US believe that some states lifted Covid-19 restrictions too quickly

WHO says Covid-19 does not appear to spread through contaminated food as China and New Zealand investigate it
WHO says Covid-19 does not appear to spread through contaminated food as China and New Zealand investigate it

The statement comes after China found traces of the virus on imported meat products

Penn State pact asks students to admit that Covid-19 exposure on campus may cause illness, disability or death
Penn State pact asks students to admit that Covid-19 exposure on campus may cause illness, disability or death

The document, which is being referred to as the Penn State Covid-19 compact, clears the university of liability for exposure to the coronavirus on campus

Researchers isolate live coronavirus from hospital air samples, warn aerosols may serve as a source of spread
Researchers isolate live coronavirus from hospital air samples, warn aerosols may serve as a source of spread

With the current surges of cases, to help stem the Covid-19 pandemic, clear guidance on control measures against SARS-CoV-2 aerosols are needed, says the team

Masks could be the 'new normal' and you must know these dos and don'ts when using them, says US medical body
Masks could be the 'new normal' and you must know these dos and don'ts when using them, says US medical body

A mask is not always comfortable but for the foreseeable future, the benefits outweigh the discomfort, the Association of American Medical Colleges has said

Russia approves first Covid-19 vaccine without completing tests, here’s all you need to know about ‘Sputnik V’
Russia approves first Covid-19 vaccine without completing tests, here’s all you need to know about ‘Sputnik V’

The final phase of clinical tests, known as Phase 3, tests the vaccine in thousands of people and compares it to a placebo to determine whether it is safe and effective in a general population

Young vapers in US five to seven times more likely be infected with coronavirus than non-smokers: Study
Young vapers in US five to seven times more likely be infected with coronavirus than non-smokers: Study

If you are a vaper, you are putting yourself at risk for Covid-19 and other lung diseases, caution experts

Children at risk of severe coronavirus infection as 1 out of 3 American kids require ICU admission, says CDC
Children at risk of severe coronavirus infection as 1 out of 3 American kids require ICU admission, says CDC

The rates of hospitalization among Hispanic and Black children is nearly eight times and five times more respectively as compared to the rate among White children

63% Americans wait over 1 or 2 days for Covid-19 test results, hampering efforts to control spread: Study
63% Americans wait over 1 or 2 days for Covid-19 test results, hampering efforts to control spread: Study

Overall, the average wait was four days, but in some cases it grew to as long as 10 days or more for about 10% of respondents in the survey

People without symptoms have same amount of coronavirus in their bodies as those with signs of disease: Study
People without symptoms have same amount of coronavirus in their bodies as those with signs of disease: Study

The study also supports the theory that patients showing no signs of infection may also transmit the disease but offers no evidence to justify it

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