Covid-19 stresses Americans more than other high-income nations, but only 1 in 3 are able to get help: Report
Covid-19 stresses Americans more than other high-income nations, but only 1 in 3 are able to get help: Report

One-third of US adults reported stress, anxiety, and great sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, compared to about a quarter or less in other high-income countries

Postmenopausal women may be at higher risk of severe coronavirus, estrogen may have a protective effect: Study
Postmenopausal women may be at higher risk of severe coronavirus, estrogen may have a protective effect: Study

The sex hormone estrogen which declines in women post-menopause interacts with immune system in many ways, including influencing how many immune cells are produced and how they respond to infection

Almost half of low-income communities have no ICU beds to take care of seriously-ill Covid-19 patients: Study
Almost half of low-income communities have no ICU beds to take care of seriously-ill Covid-19 patients: Study

Geographically, half of hospital service areas in the Midwest census region and 34% in the West have zero ICU beds per 10,000 residents 50 years or older

Who will be first in line to get Covid-19 vaccine in the US once it's ready? The answer is not clear yet
Who will be first in line to get Covid-19 vaccine in the US once it's ready? The answer is not clear yet

CDC’s preliminary plan says 12 million of the most critical health, national security, and other essential workers should be vaccinated first

US is in a new phase of coronavirus pandemic and it's 'extraordinarily widespread', warns Deborah Birx
US is in a new phase of coronavirus pandemic and it's 'extraordinarily widespread', warns Deborah Birx

The CDC's latest national ensemble forecast predicts that 168,000 to 182,000 total Covid-19 deaths will be reported by August 22

Nearly two-thirds of early coronavirus cases globally linked to Italy, China and Iran: CDC
Nearly two-thirds of early coronavirus cases globally linked to Italy, China and Iran: CDC

Travel from just a few countries with substantial virus transmission may have seeded additional outbreaks around the world before the characterization of Covid-19 as a pandemic

Frontline healthcare workers in US, UK three times more likely to test positive for Covid-19 despite PPE: Study
Frontline healthcare workers in US, UK three times more likely to test positive for Covid-19 despite PPE: Study

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic healthcare workers are at five-fold increased risk of getting the disease as compared to the non-Hispanic White general community

Covid-19 deadlier for people of color across Texas and US which struggle with disproportionate death toll
Covid-19 deadlier for people of color across Texas and US which struggle with disproportionate death toll

Non-White counties in US had higher cumulative incidences and deaths compared to predominantly White counties, and this was true for both low-income and high-income communities, shows an analysis

USC fraternity row outbreak: 40 infected with Covid-19 even as universities plan to reopen in the fall
USC fraternity row outbreak: 40 infected with Covid-19 even as universities plan to reopen in the fall

The incident comes after the virus caused similar breakouts across fraternity groups of other universities, raising questions on whether it is possible to keep campuses open and safe

Air pollution poses the biggest risk to human health, could lower life expectancy by nearly two years: Report
Air pollution poses the biggest risk to human health, could lower life expectancy by nearly two years: Report

The effects of pollutants on life expectancy, the researchers said, are much worse than HIV, smoking and even war

Scientists design unproven DIY nasal Covid-19 vaccine and test it on themselves, experts concerned over safety
Scientists design unproven DIY nasal Covid-19 vaccine and test it on themselves, experts concerned over safety

The approach, they believe, is safe and simple. But other experts have expressed their reservations

School closures during spring in US linked to a massive decline in coronavirus cases and deaths, say researchers
School closures during spring in US linked to a massive decline in coronavirus cases and deaths, say researchers

Analysis says school-related spread may be mitigated with infection-control interventions recommended by the CDC such as frequent handwashing, universal masking and increased sanitation measures

Close relatives of virus that caused Covid-19 pandemic may have been circulating in bats for decades: Study
Close relatives of virus that caused Covid-19 pandemic may have been circulating in bats for decades: Study

Researchers found that the lineage of viruses to which SARS-CoV-2 belongs diverged from other bat viruses about 40-70 years ago

Coronavirus may continue to damage heart even after recovery and its long-term impact must be probed: Study
Coronavirus may continue to damage heart even after recovery and its long-term impact must be probed: Study

Another study found traces of the new coronavirus in the hearts of patients who died of Covid-19

New outbreak in China and spike in coronavirus cases in Spain fuel fear of a second wave happening before winter
New outbreak in China and spike in coronavirus cases in Spain fuel fear of a second wave happening before winter

In the past 6 weeks, the total number of cases globally has roughly doubled, says the WHO

Number of Americans taken off heart transplant waitlists amid coronavirus pandemic up by 75%, finds study
Number of Americans taken off heart transplant waitlists amid coronavirus pandemic up by 75%, finds study

Heart transplants dropped by 26% nationwide, even as 37.9% fewer people were placed on heart transplant waitlists

Why are slaughterhouses becoming Covid-19 hotspots? Low temperatures, poor ventilation may aid virus spread
Why are slaughterhouses becoming Covid-19 hotspots? Low temperatures, poor ventilation may aid virus spread

A new report explains why slaughterhouses have become Covid-19 hotspots and suggests that maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet is unlikely to protect people in these spaces

Mothers with coronavirus unlikely to infect newborn babies and can breastfeed if they take precautions: Study
Mothers with coronavirus unlikely to infect newborn babies and can breastfeed if they take precautions: Study

Researchers reported no cases of viral transmission among babies born to Covid-19 positive mothers after two weeks of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact

CDC calls for reopening schools, says Covid-19 risk is low among kids and closures are harming them
CDC calls for reopening schools, says Covid-19 risk is low among kids and closures are harming them

The new guidelines caution that if there is substantial, uncontrolled transmission, schools should work closely with local health officials to make decisions on whether to maintain school operations

US signs $1.95 billion deal with Pfizer to manufacturer 100 million doses of potential Covid-19 vaccine
US signs $1.95 billion deal with Pfizer to manufacturer 100 million doses of potential Covid-19 vaccine

However, the vaccine will have to clear phase 3 trials and obtain emergency approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it is delivered to the public

Only 40% of data critical for tracking and controlling coronavirus is being reported in US, finds analysis
Only 40% of data critical for tracking and controlling coronavirus is being reported in US, finds analysis

Only two states report data on how quickly contact tracers were able to interview people who test positive to identify others who may be infected

Number of coronavirus-infected Americans may be 6 to 24 times higher than officially reported, says CDC
Number of coronavirus-infected Americans may be 6 to 24 times higher than officially reported, says CDC

The findings may reflect persons who had mild or asymptomatic illness or who did not seek medical care or undergo testing but who still may have contributed to ongoing virus transmission in the population

Three Covid-19 clinical trials show promising preliminary results, increase hope for effective vaccines
Three Covid-19 clinical trials show promising preliminary results, increase hope for effective vaccines

A Phase 3 program is still needed to assess the ability of the vaccine to protect people from Covid-19, say experts

Children aged 10 years and above can spread Covid-19 just as much as adults, study reveals
Children aged 10 years and above can spread Covid-19 just as much as adults, study reveals

The analysis shows when the initial patient was between the ages of 10 and 19, 18.6% of contacts tested positive for the coronavirus

Women-led nations saw 6 times fewer Covid-19 deaths as they prioritized 'public health over economic concerns'
Women-led nations saw 6 times fewer Covid-19 deaths as they prioritized 'public health over economic concerns'

Countries with women in command were more successful because they swiftly implemented control measures such as lockdowns and took their people into confidence

85 Texas babies, most younger than 1, infected with coronavirus as health officials urge people to wear masks
85 Texas babies, most younger than 1, infected with coronavirus as health officials urge people to wear masks

Health officials are also appealing to people to practice social distancing to curb transmission

Are people with Type A blood group more prone to severe Covid-19? Two studies suggest it is unlikely
Are people with Type A blood group more prone to severe Covid-19? Two studies suggest it is unlikely

These findings stand in contrast to preliminary research, which suggested that individuals with this blood type are more susceptible to the infection

Human 'challenge trials' can speed up Covid-19 vaccines and save millions, say Nobel laureates and scientists
Human 'challenge trials' can speed up Covid-19 vaccines and save millions, say Nobel laureates and scientists

They wrote an open letter, urging public health bodies to adopt the approach of deliberately infecting young and healthy volunteers to accelerate vaccines

Speed of testing most critical factor in success of contact tracing to slow Covid-19 spread, study shows
Speed of testing most critical factor in success of contact tracing to slow Covid-19 spread, study shows

The analysis comes even as the Rockefeller Foundation released a report stating that the US will need to ramp up testing dramatically, to 30 million tests a week by October

CDC calls for universal face mask use in US, says it's one of the 'most powerful weapons' to fight coronavirus
CDC calls for universal face mask use in US, says it's one of the 'most powerful weapons' to fight coronavirus

There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have Covid-19 from spreading the virus to others, says the agency

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms have higher viral load and may have more virus shedding risk: Study
Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms have higher viral load and may have more virus shedding risk: Study

The study also found that a patient's history of cancer and cardiovascular disease is associated with higher viral loads even after adjusting for age

Covid-19 immunity may wane within months and so does vaccine efficacy, says study on long-term protection
Covid-19 immunity may wane within months and so does vaccine efficacy, says study on long-term protection

An expert thinks that people may need boosters and that a one-shot might not be sufficient

Summer hasn't stopped coronavirus from spreading, here's why heat can't save us from the pandemic
Summer hasn't stopped coronavirus from spreading, here's why heat can't save us from the pandemic

Experts say the most important reason to be concerned about the ongoing transmission is the fact that this is a brand new virus for humans, so almost everyone is susceptible to being infected

Coronavirus can damage the heart as experts find 'abnormalities' in over half of patients' scans
Coronavirus can damage the heart as experts find 'abnormalities' in over half of patients' scans

Researchers looked at echocardiogram results of 1,216 patients from 69 countries with Covid-19 and severe cardiac disease was observed in 1 in 7

Deaths among pregnant women, newborns to spike due to coronavirus even as they lose 20% of health services: UN
Deaths among pregnant women, newborns to spike due to coronavirus even as they lose 20% of health services: UN

Health systems in both rich and poor nations are massively struggling and the services for mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents are crumbling, say experts

Exponential rise in Covid-19 cases pushing US towards 'one of the most unstable times in history', says expert
Exponential rise in Covid-19 cases pushing US towards 'one of the most unstable times in history', says expert

On June 10, the country reported nearly 70,000 new cases, breaking the previous record of more than 46,500 new cases on July 7

Coronavirus death toll over twice as high among people of color below 65 than for white Americans: CDC
Coronavirus death toll over twice as high among people of color below 65 than for white Americans: CDC

More than a third of deaths among Hispanic Americans (34.9%) and almost a third of deaths among non-White Americans (29.5%) were in people younger than 65

Nearly 9 in 10 patients have symptoms even two months after recovering from coronavirus, finds study
Nearly 9 in 10 patients have symptoms even two months after recovering from coronavirus, finds study

Researchers found that among patients who had recovered from Covid-19, 87.4% reported persistence of at least one symptom, particularly fatigue and shortness of breath

Stress caused by coronavirus pandemic could be behind spike in broken heart syndrome among Americans: Study
Stress caused by coronavirus pandemic could be behind spike in broken heart syndrome among Americans: Study

Known as stress cardiomyopathy, it occurs in response to physical or emotional distress and causes dysfunction or failure in the heart muscle

Trump cutting ties with WHO will 'leave Americans sick and alone', experts say US needs WHO to fight Covid-19
Trump cutting ties with WHO will 'leave Americans sick and alone', experts say US needs WHO to fight Covid-19

Accusing the organization of being under China's control, Trump said he is terminating US' relationship with WHO and redirecting funds intended for the agency to other global health projects. 

Airborne spread of Covid-19 a real risk and cannot be ruled out, WHO to issue scientific brief after review
Airborne spread of Covid-19 a real risk and cannot be ruled out, WHO to issue scientific brief after review

Over 200 scientists had earlier asked the organization to recognize the possibility of airborne transmission and update its guidance on the same

Covid-19 like outbreaks may become common with 'steady stream' of diseases from animals to humans, warns UN
Covid-19 like outbreaks may become common with 'steady stream' of diseases from animals to humans, warns UN

Experts say the rising trend in zoonotic diseases is driven by degradation of the natural environment through land degradation, wildlife exploitation and other stresses

Foreign students will need to leave US if their institutes switch to online-only classes due to coronavirus
Foreign students will need to leave US if their institutes switch to online-only classes due to coronavirus

Active students currently in the US enrolled in fully online programs will have to leave or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status

WHO makes a U-turn, says it found out about coronavirus from its Wuhan office and not Chinese officials
WHO makes a U-turn, says it found out about coronavirus from its Wuhan office and not Chinese officials

WHO says that its office in China picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from their website on cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ on December 31, 2019

Fans of horror, zombie and apocalyptic movies are better at dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, says study
Fans of horror, zombie and apocalyptic movies are better at dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, says study

Horror movie fans appeared psychologically less distressed by the crisis than most, but those who watched 'prepper movies' were found to be more resilient and better prepared

Children, teens may transmit Covid-19 despite high proportion of mild or asymptomatic infections, says study
Children, teens may transmit Covid-19 despite high proportion of mild or asymptomatic infections, says study

Analysis shows viral load is comparable to that of adults and that symptomatic children of all ages shed infectious virus in early acute illness, a prerequisite for further transmission

US buys full 3-month global stock of Covid-19 drug remdesivir, leaves almost nothing for rest of the world
US buys full 3-month global stock of Covid-19 drug remdesivir, leaves almost nothing for rest of the world

However, a potential Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTechs has also shown promise in its early human trials

National face mask mandate for Covid-19 can replace lockdown and save economy from 5% GDP loss, economists say
National face mask mandate for Covid-19 can replace lockdown and save economy from 5% GDP loss, economists say

Goldman Sachs analyzed that official orders could raise the fraction of Americans using protective gear by 15% and reduce Covid-19 growth rate by 1%

1 in 4 coronavirus patients in US didn't know how they got infected, suggesting community spread: CDC
1 in 4 coronavirus patients in US didn't know how they got infected, suggesting community spread: CDC

Case investigation, contact tracing, isolation of infected persons as well as social distancing and more widespread use of cloth face coverings are warranted, says the agency

Classroom contact may lead to Covid-19 spread, warns CDC while medical body says schools should reopen by fall
Classroom contact may lead to Covid-19 spread, warns CDC while medical body says schools should reopen by fall

Widespread school closures have mostly eliminated the risk for classroom transmission of coronavirus, says the agency’s report

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