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

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

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