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

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 

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