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

Covid-19 global death toll tops 500k with over a quarter in US, Alex Azar says nation is 'missing window' to act
Covid-19 global death toll tops 500k with over a quarter in US, Alex Azar says nation is 'missing window' to act

The US is still leading the world, both in the number of cases and the death toll. The situation in other parts of the world is also looking grim

Florida, Texas pay price for reopening early as Covid-19 tally reaches record high, US cases cross 2.5M mark
Florida, Texas pay price for reopening early as Covid-19 tally reaches record high, US cases cross 2.5M mark

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the rise in infections could not only be due to premature reopening but also because people chose not to safety guidelines

Coronavirus pandemic could lead to baby bust with nearly half a million fewer births in the US, predicts study
Coronavirus pandemic could lead to baby bust with nearly half a million fewer births in the US, predicts study

Researchers examined data from previous studies on fertility in the US during the recession of 2007-2009 and the 1918 influenza pandemic to forecast 300,000-500,000 fewer births next year

Pregnant women may be at greater risk of severe Covid-19 illness but aren't more likely to die: CDC
Pregnant women may be at greater risk of severe Covid-19 illness but aren't more likely to die: CDC

The study of 8,207 pregnant women highlights the importance of pregnant patients being prioritized for a coronavirus vaccine once it becomes available

Actual US coronavirus cases may be over 20 million, 10 times higher than official count: CDC
Actual US coronavirus cases may be over 20 million, 10 times higher than official count: CDC

People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19, warns new advisory

Covid-19 may strike the brain and trigger strokes, dementia and other complications, suggests study
Covid-19 may strike the brain and trigger strokes, dementia and other complications, suggests study

This data represents an important snapshot of the brain-related complications of Covid-19 in hospitalized patients, say experts

Texas coronavirus cases hit all-time daily high as Houston hospitals fear they may exceed ICU capacity
Texas coronavirus cases hit all-time daily high as Houston hospitals fear they may exceed ICU capacity

The Texas Medical Center said 97% of its ICU capacity is in use, which includes 27% Covid-19 patients and 70% non-Covid-19 patients

Anthony Fauci warns of 'disturbing surge' in Covid-19 cases, contradicts Trump saying US will increase testing
Anthony Fauci warns of 'disturbing surge' in Covid-19 cases, contradicts Trump saying US will increase testing

The NIAID chief said next few weeks will be critical in addressing the increase in cases and that the federal government will expand testing

Rising Covid-19 cases among young people can lower death rate only until elderly not infected: Former CDC head
Rising Covid-19 cases among young people can lower death rate only until elderly not infected: Former CDC head

Dr Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said it was premature to know if growing cases among the young could lower fatalities

Eco-friendly reusable plastic safe to use in pandemic, say over 100 scientists dismissing fear of virus spread
Eco-friendly reusable plastic safe to use in pandemic, say over 100 scientists dismissing fear of virus spread

To stay safe, experts recommend washing reusable items with hot water and detergent or soap

Early coronavirus infection rate in the US may have been 80 times more than initially thought, finds study
Early coronavirus infection rate in the US may have been 80 times more than initially thought, finds study

The findings support a scenario where more than 8.7M new Covid-19 infections appeared in the US during March and estimate that more than 80% of these cases were unidentified

White House gets ready for second wave of coronavirus in fall even as Trump claims pandemic is 'fading'
White House gets ready for second wave of coronavirus in fall even as Trump claims pandemic is 'fading'

The US is still in the first wave and data shows that cases are rising in the South and West

New York City sees sharp rise in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, deaths during coronavirus pandemic
New York City sees sharp rise in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, deaths during coronavirus pandemic

Researchers found a three-fold increase in such cases in March and April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019

CDC's early coronavirus test kits were faulty because of 'likely' contamination, confirms federal review
CDC's early coronavirus test kits were faulty because of 'likely' contamination, confirms federal review

The CDC reportedly did not check the kits despite 'anomalies' during manufacturing

US halts clinical trial of Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine after finding no benefit to coronavirus patients
US halts clinical trial of Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine after finding no benefit to coronavirus patients

Participants in the study will now continue to receive standard of care and follow up as indicated for their condition, says the NIH

Coronavirus could trigger sugar disorders in patients with no history of diabetes, according to experts
Coronavirus could trigger sugar disorders in patients with no history of diabetes, according to experts

Is 'COVID-19 Diabetes' a new form of diabetes?

Hype over dexamethasone as Covid-19 cure might prove to be costly and break people's trust in science: Expert
Hype over dexamethasone as Covid-19 cure might prove to be costly and break people's trust in science: Expert

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were being celebrated as coronavirus cure but studies soon found out loopholes

Trump believes coronavirus is 'dying out' and Americans are wearing masks to show their disapproval of him
Trump believes coronavirus is 'dying out' and Americans are wearing masks to show their disapproval of him

Experts fear this could send mixed signals and worsen the crisis at a time when the southern and western US are seeing an uptick in new cases

Coronavirus patients not showing symptoms may have weaker immune responses to disease: Study
Coronavirus patients not showing symptoms may have weaker immune responses to disease: Study

Asymptomatic patients shed the virus for a longer period as compared to those who have symptoms. Study findings suggest that there are potential risks of using Covid-19 ‘immunity passports’

Children and teenagers half as likely to get infected with coronavirus than people older than 20 years: Study
Children and teenagers half as likely to get infected with coronavirus than people older than 20 years: Study

An estimated 21% of those in 10 to 19 age group are likely to show symptoms compared with 69% in people aged 70 years and above

Flushing your toilet could make you ill: New study details precautions to take
Flushing your toilet could make you ill: New study details precautions to take

These findings, according to researchers, put the spotlight on public facilities in the US and other countries, which often lacks lids

Covid-19 pandemic and George Floyd's death has made Twitter the 'saddest' in 2020, finds study
Covid-19 pandemic and George Floyd's death has made Twitter the 'saddest' in 2020, finds study

The analysis showed that Twitter scored the least on the happiness meter on May 31 — coinciding with widespread protests against police brutality, which followed the killing of George Floyd

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