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

1 in 5 people at risk of severe coronavirus infection due to underlying health conditions: Study
1 in 5 people at risk of severe coronavirus infection due to underlying health conditions: Study

Hospitalizations in the US were six times higher and deaths 12 times higher among those with reported underlying conditions

Fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing linked to food market leads to lockdown, school closures and quarantine
Fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing linked to food market leads to lockdown, school closures and quarantine

While scanning the market for coronavirus, China said it found samples on chopping boards used for imported salmon, leading to speculations that the virus came from Europe or the US

FDA pulls emergency use of hydroxychloroquine hyped by Trump for treating Covid-19, says it could pose risks
FDA pulls emergency use of hydroxychloroquine hyped by Trump for treating Covid-19, says it could pose risks

The agency listed 347 adverse events in Covid-19 patients taking hydroxychloroquine, and 38 in those taking chloroquine. It also found 109 cases with serious cardiac episodes, of which 25 died

Coronavirus death rate among homeless New Yorkers is 61% higher than general population: Report
Coronavirus death rate among homeless New Yorkers is 61% higher than general population: Report

As of June 1, the overall New York City mortality rate due to Covid-19 was 200 deaths per 100,000 people. For sheltered homeless New Yorkers, it was 321 deaths per 100,000 people

C-section may put mothers with Covid-19 at higher risk of developing complications: Study
C-section may put mothers with Covid-19 at higher risk of developing complications: Study

Researchers think the stress from the surgery could be behind these complications

Face masks reduce New York coronavirus cases by over 66,000, study deems it most effective way to check spread
Face masks reduce New York coronavirus cases by over 66,000, study deems it most effective way to check spread

CDC has also issued a new set of guidelines urging organizers of large gatherings that involve 'shouting, chanting or singing' to strongly encourage the use of face coverings

Surgeons perform first known US double lung transplant on Covid-19 patient who spent six weeks in ICU
Surgeons perform first known US double lung transplant on Covid-19 patient who spent six weeks in ICU

The patient, a Hispanic woman in her 20s, underwent a 10-hour surgery Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago

US nursing homes get plastic ponchos and 'useless' cloth masks from FEMA while grappling with PPE shortage
US nursing homes get plastic ponchos and 'useless' cloth masks from FEMA while grappling with PPE shortage

3,213 out of 15,000 nursing homes are reportedly running short of PPEs and have less than a week's supply of masks, gowns, gloves, eye protectors and hand sanitizers

Polio vaccine could give temporary protection against Covid-19 by boosting body's defenses, hope scientists
Polio vaccine could give temporary protection against Covid-19 by boosting body's defenses, hope scientists

Though they are optimistic that it could work and strengthen the body's defenses against the disease, other experts have their reservations

US coronavirus deaths could reach 170,000 by October with second wave expected to hit in September: Report
US coronavirus deaths could reach 170,000 by October with second wave expected to hit in September: Report

Deaths are predicted to remain fairly level through August and begin to rise again in the fourth week of August with a more pronounced increase during September, says University of Washington's Covid-19 model

Sexy Zoom parties, creative positions and face masks: NYC's Covid-19 safe sex guidelines recommend getting kinky
Sexy Zoom parties, creative positions and face masks: NYC's Covid-19 safe sex guidelines recommend getting kinky

The health department advises New Yorkers to be creative with physical barriers that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact

Coronavirus cases surge in 21 US states after reopening as 12 grapple with increasing hospitalizations
Coronavirus cases surge in 21 US states after reopening as 12 grapple with increasing hospitalizations

The spike prompted Arizona, which has seen a 115% increase since its reopening, to ask its hospitals to activate the coronavirus emergency plans

Coronavirus hit California with 7 different strains early in outbreak when community spread was limited: Study
Coronavirus hit California with 7 different strains early in outbreak when community spread was limited: Study

Multiple strains arrived and spread in the state, suggesting that improving screening and contact tracing is key as businesses reopen across the US, say experts

Kawasaki disease-like symptoms linked to coronavirus in children is an entirely new condition, say experts
Kawasaki disease-like symptoms linked to coronavirus in children is an entirely new condition, say experts

The condition appears to affect older children than Kawasaki disease and presents more often with abdominal pains and diarrhea

WHO backtracks after saying transmission from people who don’t show coronavirus symptoms is 'very rare'
WHO backtracks after saying transmission from people who don’t show coronavirus symptoms is 'very rare'

WHO clarified that Covid-19 can be spread by people without symptoms, stating that how much coronavirus transmission comes from asymptomatic people is still a big unknown

Coronavirus may have hit China in fall, long before cases were first confirmed in December 2019: Satellite data
Coronavirus may have hit China in fall, long before cases were first confirmed in December 2019: Satellite data

Researchers analyzed hospital traffic and search engine data in Wuhan, and observed substantial traffic increase at hospitals as well as a surge in internet searches for Covid-19 symptoms early in 2019

Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report
Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report

Experts reject the central claim that mining represents an essential service either now or for the period of economic recovery

Lockdown, stay-at-home measures may have averted 60 million coronavirus infections in US, suggests report
Lockdown, stay-at-home measures may have averted 60 million coronavirus infections in US, suggests report

Researchers estimate that restrictions in 6 countries, which includes US, China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and France, prevented a total of 530 million Covid-19 cases in these countries

Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study
Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study

Social bubbles aka pods or Quaran-teams allow people to bond in groups but reduce contact outside it

Coronavirus may spread across half of hospital surfaces in just 10 hours, new study reveals
Coronavirus may spread across half of hospital surfaces in just 10 hours, new study reveals

Researchers artificially replicated a section of DNA from a plant-infecting virus, which cannot infect humans. Virus DNA left on a hospital bed rail was found in half of all sites sampled across a ward within 10 hours

California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit
California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit

Many programs designed to safeguard communities and homes to wildfire incidents have been put on hold as the state faces a $54-billion budget deficit due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Avoid kissing, wear mask and go for virtual sex if abstinence is not working out, say researchers
Coronavirus: Avoid kissing, wear mask and go for virtual sex if abstinence is not working out, say researchers

Experts says abstinence is the best option but it may not be feasible for many

George Floyd protests: Tear gas, smoke, other irritants can worsen coronavirus spread, say experts 
George Floyd protests: Tear gas, smoke, other irritants can worsen coronavirus spread, say experts 

Chemical agents in tear gas can irritate nose, mouth and lungs, causing inflammation that could weaken the body’s ability to resist Covid-19

Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study
Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study

Blood clotting could also explain why some people have low levels of oxygen in the blood and why mechanical ventilators do not help them

WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing
WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing

WHO recommends masking up while using public transport, in shops or other confined or crowded environment

From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic
From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic

Researchers surveyed 502 adults on May 4, soon after Trump suggested research on injecting disinfectants to ward off the disease

Lancet retracts study flagging hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus patients over data concerns
Lancet retracts study flagging hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus patients over data concerns

In their retraction, the authors say the research team entered this collaboration to contribute 'in good faith' and at a time of great need during the Covid-19 pandemic

Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study
Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study

Superspreading events are happening more than we expected, more than what could be explained by chance

US states asked to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity to address racial and social disparities
US states asked to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity to address racial and social disparities

The CDC director apologized for lack of racial disparity data on coronavirus, said the agency did not have the data that it needed to be able to answer that responsively

People with no symptoms responsible for nearly 45% coronavirus infections as they transmit it silently: Study
People with no symptoms responsible for nearly 45% coronavirus infections as they transmit it silently: Study

Asymptomatic persons can spread Covid-19 to others for an extended period, perhaps longer than 14 days, claims research team

Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed
Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed

The five vaccines on the list are reportedly from US-based Moderna, a combined effort of Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and three big pharma companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer

Hydroxychloroquine does not stop people from getting coronavirus if they're exposed to disease, finds study
Hydroxychloroquine does not stop people from getting coronavirus if they're exposed to disease, finds study

Two leading medical journals have expressed concern over potential flaws in separate studies on hydroxychloroquine and blood pressure medications

FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic
FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic

FDA introduced new regulations to provide clarity on impurity limits for manufacturers. They will specify interim levels of certain impurities that can be tolerated for a relatively short period of time

Over 26,370 US nursing home residents, staff have died from coronavirus but death toll excludes cases before May
Over 26,370 US nursing home residents, staff have died from coronavirus but death toll excludes cases before May

Across the nation, nursing home residents have died at the rate of 27.5 per 1,000 while there have been 62 cases per 1,000 residents at these facilities

Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on
Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on

A pause on testing could nullify some of the progress the country has made in controlling the coronavirus, fear experts

WHO struggled to get vital coronavirus information from China during early days of outbreak, claims report
WHO struggled to get vital coronavirus information from China during early days of outbreak, claims report

Recordings of internal meetings show WHO officials complaining during the week of January 6 that China was not sharing data needed to evaluate the risk Covid-19 posed to the rest of the world

Coronavirus may have originated from horseshoe bat, says NIH-halted study as it calls for more samples from China
Coronavirus may have originated from horseshoe bat, says NIH-halted study as it calls for more samples from China

The results suggest that future sampling and viral discovery should target two hotspots of coronaviruses in southern and southwestern China in particular as well as neighboring countries where similar bat species live

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