Scientists want funding for bat-coronavirus study resumed, call US political interference dangerous precedent
Scientists want funding for bat-coronavirus study resumed, call US political interference dangerous precedent

The letter expresses outrage at the canceling of a major grant to an international collaboration that studied coronaviruses in bats to determine how they may evolve to transmit in the human population

Cost of potential Covid-19 drugs highest in US, could block poor patients from accessing them: Study
Cost of potential Covid-19 drugs highest in US, could block poor patients from accessing them: Study

The study examined 9 drugs that were developed to treat other conditions

Decline in vaccinations amid coronavirus pandemic may lead to measles outbreak, warns CDC
Decline in vaccinations amid coronavirus pandemic may lead to measles outbreak, warns CDC

The reduction began the week after the national emergency declaration in the US

US researchers to test drug targeting Covid-19 in early stages before it takes a severe form in patients
US researchers to test drug targeting Covid-19 in early stages before it takes a severe form in patients

A drug that treats Covid-19 early could help people get back to work sooner, reduce complications and protect people at high risk, an expert explains

Smokers at greater risk of developing severe coronavirus disease and death, says WHO
Smokers at greater risk of developing severe coronavirus disease and death, says WHO

A French study had hypothesized that smoking might make people less susceptible to Covid-19, but WHO says that smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other diseases

Summer heat and latitude will not stop the coronavirus from spreading, find researchers
Summer heat and latitude will not stop the coronavirus from spreading, find researchers

Conversely, public health interventions are strongly associated with reduced epidemic growth, shows analysis

US military to develop wearable device to detect early signs of coronavirus
US military to develop wearable device to detect early signs of coronavirus

The device could help identify people who have been infected but show delayed symptoms

Illness plaguing NY kids eerily similar to Kawasaki disease linked to another coronavirus 15 years ago
Illness plaguing NY kids eerily similar to Kawasaki disease linked to another coronavirus 15 years ago

In 2005, researchers from Yale University isolated a novel coronavirus (New Haven coronavirus or HCoV-NH) from eight out of 11 children with Kawasaki disease

As lockdowns ease across the world, China, South Korea, and Germany see rise in new coronavirus cases
As lockdowns ease across the world, China, South Korea, and Germany see rise in new coronavirus cases

We must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention, we are in a prolonged war, says South Korean President

Coronavirus outbreak ‘big test’ that exposed weak links in China's public health system, admits top official
Coronavirus outbreak ‘big test’ that exposed weak links in China's public health system, admits top official

China will improve its public health response system, disease prevention and control system, said Li Bin, vice-minister of the China National Health Commission

Mysterious coronavirus-related illness claims 3 children in New York, at least 73 sick
Mysterious coronavirus-related illness claims 3 children in New York, at least 73 sick

New York is helping CDC develop a national criteria for identifying and responding to a strange condition impacting kids, potentially related to Covid-19

Legal wildlife trade in the US stokes risk of another coronavirus-like pandemic in the country, warn experts
Legal wildlife trade in the US stokes risk of another coronavirus-like pandemic in the country, warn experts

A report states safeguards designed to keep diseased animals from being imported into the US have sizable holes. Its regulations may allow animals presenting other zoonotic disease risks to enter the US

Coronavirus vaccine trials on healthy human are dangerous but hold immense value, say experts
Coronavirus vaccine trials on healthy human are dangerous but hold immense value, say experts

It can help pick the best of a few different vaccine or treatment candidates for further testing or set up manufacturing early, says an expert

WHO expert says wet markets should not be banned as they provide livelihoods, gets slammed by PETA
WHO expert says wet markets should not be banned as they provide livelihoods, gets slammed by PETA

Traditional food markets should be better regulated, better managed, and better resourced, said Peter Ben Embarek, food safety and animal diseases expert at WHO

Can breast milk antibodies help develop Covid-19 cure? Researcher asks lactating moms to donate for study
Can breast milk antibodies help develop Covid-19 cure? Researcher asks lactating moms to donate for study

Dr Rebecca Powell's request comes after a small but promising experiment in which she analyzed breast milk from 15 new mothers who survived the infection

Some Covid-19 patients don't experience shortness of breath, fatigue despite critically low oxygen levels
Some Covid-19 patients don't experience shortness of breath, fatigue despite critically low oxygen levels

Doctors say these patients experience other symptoms such as fever, cough, upset stomach, and fatigue. Shortness of breath, another common sign, takes off much later. 

Coronavirus could worsen opioid epidemic as unemployment and pandemic stress may fuel addiction: Experts
Coronavirus could worsen opioid epidemic as unemployment and pandemic stress may fuel addiction: Experts

The pandemic has forced clinics to shut down and virtual counseling services are of little help; also, these patients have higher chances of dying from Covid-19

Coronavirus deaths can be reduced by making recovered patients work on frontline in high-risk settings: Study
Coronavirus deaths can be reduced by making recovered patients work on frontline in high-risk settings: Study

'Shield immunity' strategy may help reduce deaths from 71,000 to 58,000 while an enhanced plan can cuts deaths to 20,000, say experts

US spent $660M to build emergency field hospitals but most haven't treated a single Covid-19 patient so far
US spent $660M to build emergency field hospitals but most haven't treated a single Covid-19 patient so far

These temporary facilities could still help in case of a second wave of infections

US risks coronavirus rebound with 2,000 deaths daily as no state meets safety criteria for reopening: Experts
US risks coronavirus rebound with 2,000 deaths daily as no state meets safety criteria for reopening: Experts

Scientists anticipate a rebound in Covid-19 cases approximately two to four weeks after US states begin to reopen

Our bodies fight Covid-19 by targeting different parts of the virus, shows study on recovered patients
Our bodies fight Covid-19 by targeting different parts of the virus, shows study on recovered patients

The Chinese research found that different parts of the virus are vulnerable to an anti-body attack - an information that will be useful in coming up with a vaccine

Cooling centers could fuel coronavirus spread as summer heat waves hit US, warn experts
Cooling centers could fuel coronavirus spread as summer heat waves hit US, warn experts

CDC also recommends converting closed businesses, including movie theaters, as alternative cooling sites

State-backed cyber attacks on US organizations fighting Covid-19 are on the rise, warns DHS
State-backed cyber attacks on US organizations fighting Covid-19 are on the rise, warns DHS

In today's world, there is nothing more valuable or worth stealing than any kind of biomedical research that is going to help with a coronavirus vaccine, says an expert

Trump administration ignored repeated coronavirus warnings, ousted scientist says in whistleblower complaint
Trump administration ignored repeated coronavirus warnings, ousted scientist says in whistleblower complaint

Dr Rick Bright claims that his early warnings about Covid-19 were ignored and that his caution at a treatment favored by President Trump led to his removal

Coronavirus might have entered the US under the radar in December itself, shows analysis
Coronavirus might have entered the US under the radar in December itself, shows analysis

Though the virus does not appear to have become more contagious or dangerous, researchers think such strains might emerge in the future

What are Covid toes? Experts warn of five skin rashes that could be symptoms of infection
What are Covid toes? Experts warn of five skin rashes that could be symptoms of infection

Rashes are currently not included in the list of symptoms for Covid-19

Protein found in blood can predict which Covid-19 patients may need breathing support, new study shows
Protein found in blood can predict which Covid-19 patients may need breathing support, new study shows

Higher levels of the protein could indicate breathing difficulties or respiratory failure

30% of Americans plan to refuse coronavirus vaccine, rest say they'll take it if it's deemed safe: Survey
30% of Americans plan to refuse coronavirus vaccine, rest say they'll take it if it's deemed safe: Survey

Estimates suggest that 50% to 70% of Americans need to develop immunity to Covid-19 — either naturally or via a vaccine — in order to beat the virus

How does Covid-19 affect children, and do they play a role in spread among families, new study seeks answers
How does Covid-19 affect children, and do they play a role in spread among families, new study seeks answers

Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will spend the next few months studying 6,000 participants from 2,000 US families across 11 cities

Antibody blocking coronavirus from infecting cells identified in a promising step toward treating disease
Antibody blocking coronavirus from infecting cells identified in a promising step toward treating disease

The research builds on the work scientists have done in the past on antibodies targeting the SARS-CoV that emerged in 2002-2003

WHO dismisses coronavirus Wuhan lab leak theory, says White House hasn't shared any evidence to back claim
WHO dismisses coronavirus Wuhan lab leak theory, says White House hasn't shared any evidence to back claim

Intelligence from the US and the Five Eyes network --a collaboration between the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada -- also found no proof supporting the rising chorus against the Wuhan lab

Elderly patients could be given boosters to make immune systems ‘younger’ and fight coronavirus better: Study
Elderly patients could be given boosters to make immune systems ‘younger’ and fight coronavirus better: Study

Scientists from Harvard Medical School say the 'most exciting and potentially impactful technologies' to treat COVID-19 are those that activate the body’s defenses against aging

Wildlife trafficking will resume after Covid-19 restrictions are removed as too much money is involved: Report
Wildlife trafficking will resume after Covid-19 restrictions are removed as too much money is involved: Report

There’s too much money to be made from these products, and there are too many people involved for this to have a significant long term impact, says an expert

Nearly 1 in 5 coronavirus patients are also infected with other respiratory viruses, find US scientists
Nearly 1 in 5 coronavirus patients are also infected with other respiratory viruses, find US scientists

Analysis suggests that identification of another pathogen may not rule out the presence of the novel coronavirus

No guarantee Covid-19 vaccine will ever be developed, warn experts as Trump promises one by year-end
No guarantee Covid-19 vaccine will ever be developed, warn experts as Trump promises one by year-end

HIV, for instance, is one of the many viruses that we still do not have vaccines against, Dr David Nabarro said

14.4M American workers at risk of exposure to coronavirus infection on the job every week, says study
14.4M American workers at risk of exposure to coronavirus infection on the job every week, says study

Estimating the burden of US workers exposed to infection or disease is a key factor in containing the risk of COVID-19 infection, say experts

Long-term care facilities in US account for over 50% coronavirus deaths in 6 states, put 1.3M lives at risk
Long-term care facilities in US account for over 50% coronavirus deaths in 6 states, put 1.3M lives at risk

Analysis shows that in over 4,000 facilities, 50,775 cases have been reported, accounting for 11% of coronavirus cases in 29 states in the US

Ex-FDA chief predicts over 100k COVID-19 deaths by June-end as mitigation 'didn't work as expected'
Ex-FDA chief predicts over 100k COVID-19 deaths by June-end as mitigation 'didn't work as expected'

About 20,000-30,000 new cases and thousand or more deaths a day might become the new normal in the country, added Scott Gottlieb

Over 2 million Americans lack running water to wash hands, denied first line of defense against coronavirus
Over 2 million Americans lack running water to wash hands, denied first line of defense against coronavirus

What is worse, people are forced to fetch clean water from the public taps, heightening their risk of infection

Door-to-door coronavirus tests to be held in US cities to gauge outbreak scale as economy gears up to reopen
Door-to-door coronavirus tests to be held in US cities to gauge outbreak scale as economy gears up to reopen

The program rolled out by an at-home healthcare provider will also help increase the testing capacity in select US cities

Is Viagra the answer against COVID-19? Researchers think gas used to make the drug can help treat patients
Is Viagra the answer against COVID-19? Researchers think gas used to make the drug can help treat patients

Doctors from the Massachusetts General Hospital are now testing if the gas called nitric oxide (NO) can help patients with mild to moderate COVID-19

WHO wants to join China's probe into animal origins of coronavirus to understand how it spread to humans
WHO wants to join China's probe into animal origins of coronavirus to understand how it spread to humans

After Donald Trump claimed he has seen proof that the COVID-19 virus originated in a Wuhan lab, the WHO has reiterated that the new coronavirus is of natural origin

Ingredient in common over-the-counter cough medicines helps coronavirus grow, says research
Ingredient in common over-the-counter cough medicines helps coronavirus grow, says research

When researchers tested infected cells with this compound called dextromethorphan, the virus was able to replicate more easily

New Covid-19 test might detect symptoms within 1 day after exposure, say US military scientists
New Covid-19 test might detect symptoms within 1 day after exposure, say US military scientists

Scientists say that the blood-based test could help carrier be isolated before they spread the disease. Doing so could dramatically help curb the spread of coronavirus

Oseltamivir-Tamiflu fiasco serves as caution story for trusting remdesivir too early as coronavirus treatment
Oseltamivir-Tamiflu fiasco serves as caution story for trusting remdesivir too early as coronavirus treatment

In 1999, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved oseltamivir and the drug was stockpiled in after pandemic scares in 2005 and 2009. But soon, things went wrong

Coronavirus is killing people 13 years before they could have died of natural causes, finds study
Coronavirus is killing people 13 years before they could have died of natural causes, finds study

On average, men are losing 13 years and women 11 years, even when their other health problems are taken into account. The years of life lost based on age alone is 14 and 11.8 for men and women

Bronx hit hardest in NYC as vast gaps seen in coronavirus hospitalization and death rates across city boroughs
Bronx hit hardest in NYC as vast gaps seen in coronavirus hospitalization and death rates across city boroughs

The number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 persons is nearly two times greater in the Bronx than in Manhattan, shows analysis

Over 100% increase in deaths in US states hit hard by coronavirus compared to previous years, shows CDC data
Over 100% increase in deaths in US states hit hard by coronavirus compared to previous years, shows CDC data

New York City, for example, has seen a jump in deaths of 219% compared to the same period in 2017-2019

Antibodies from llamas can help in fight against COVID-19, study shows
Antibodies from llamas can help in fight against COVID-19, study shows

The team will now study if the antibody can protect hamsters or nonhuman primates from contracting the virus before testing it on humans

Should schools reopen amid pandemic? Scientists warn against it as children may play hidden role in virus spread
Should schools reopen amid pandemic? Scientists warn against it as children may play hidden role in virus spread

Experts think that children could be playing a hidden part in the spread, as they usually tend to develop mild or no symptoms at all

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