Are smokers more vulnerable to coronavirus? Scientists say not enough evidence to settle the debate
Are smokers more vulnerable to coronavirus? Scientists say not enough evidence to settle the debate

While WHO suggests smokers could be at a higher risk, a recent study says there is no connection between the virus and smokers

CDC asks Americans to wear cloth face masks, but there's little proof they can protect you from coronavirus
CDC asks Americans to wear cloth face masks, but there's little proof they can protect you from coronavirus

Research suggests surgical masks and N95 respirators are significantly more effective at preventing the spread of viral particles than cloth

When will the coronavirus pandemic end? Lockdowns crushing economy, lack of vaccine make for grim forecast
When will the coronavirus pandemic end? Lockdowns crushing economy, lack of vaccine make for grim forecast

Experts told MEA WorldWide that the course of the pandemic will be different in different countries depending on the health infrastructure, measures to limit transmission and economies

Anthony Fauci warns US not 'even at halftime' in fight against coronavirus as number of dead soars
Anthony Fauci warns US not 'even at halftime' in fight against coronavirus as number of dead soars

Fauci spoke to Duke University's men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and used basketball analogies to describe the current pandemic

Your town's sewage can tell you if a coronavirus outbreak is imminent, say researchers
Your town's sewage can tell you if a coronavirus outbreak is imminent, say researchers

Sewage surveillance could be a sensitive tool to monitor the circulation of the virus in the population as well

Scientists to study course of coronavirus in 'Germany's Wuhan' to understand its spread and ways to contain it
Scientists to study course of coronavirus in 'Germany's Wuhan' to understand its spread and ways to contain it

German scientists have announced a study in which Heinsberg district, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, will serve as a laboratory to understand the disease

Coronavirus: Just breathing or talking might be enough to spread infection, cautions NAS expert
Coronavirus: Just breathing or talking might be enough to spread infection, cautions NAS expert

According to a letter to the White House, the virus may spread through the air in tiny particles that infected people exhale during normal breathing and speech

Some coronavirus patients are developing serious brain ailments, doctors say disease may cause neurological damage
Some coronavirus patients are developing serious brain ailments, doctors say disease may cause neurological damage

Another study reported that patients with severe COVID-19 disease had symptoms such as headache, dizziness, impaired consciousness, and epilepsy

Coronavirus: How social distancing led to 50% decrease in death rates during the Spanish Flu
Coronavirus: How social distancing led to 50% decrease in death rates during the Spanish Flu

Strict social distancing and other measures slowed disease spread and decreased death rates by up to 50% in cities that used them during the 1918 pandemic

Coronavirus: Ventilators may be taken away from elderly patients and given to those more likely to survive
Coronavirus: Ventilators may be taken away from elderly patients and given to those more likely to survive

Relevant factors predicting survival include the severity of acute illness, presence, and severity of underlying medical conditions

BAT and Philip Morris claim they're developing 'faster and safer' coronavirus vaccine using tobacco plants
BAT and Philip Morris claim they're developing 'faster and safer' coronavirus vaccine using tobacco plants

Plant-based vaccines can be produced cheaply in very high amounts, according to the World Health Organization

New coronavirus sub-type may have caused 49-day long illness found in infected man showing mild symptoms
New coronavirus sub-type may have caused 49-day long illness found in infected man showing mild symptoms

The team, however, has not provided evidence to confirm whether the virus was a new sub-type or if it belonged to the already known sub-types: S-type or L-type

Chinese city Shenzhen bans eating dogs and cats amid pandemic, says 'modern civilization' calls for it
Chinese city Shenzhen bans eating dogs and cats amid pandemic, says 'modern civilization' calls for it

According to the new rules, animals that can be eaten include pigs, cows, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons and quails

Upto 25% people infected with coronavirus may not show symptoms, warns CDC as it reviews use of masks
Upto 25% people infected with coronavirus may not show symptoms, warns CDC as it reviews use of masks

CDC is reviewing its guidelines on the use of face masks that currently says only those who are sick and those who are taking care of them should wear masks

WHO changes its tune on video games: Now says playing them will help you stay social during lockdown
WHO changes its tune on video games: Now says playing them will help you stay social during lockdown

The pandemic has prompted WHO to change its stance: from labeling addictive gaming as a mental health disorder to promoting it in a bid to keep people home and safe

Cats can get coronavirus and infect each other but pet owners need not panic, says study
Cats can get coronavirus and infect each other but pet owners need not panic, says study

Pet owners should not panic as there is no evidence they can spread it to humans. The study was conducted based on lab experiments. It is not representative of real-life interactions between people and their pets

Netflix's 'Pandemic' doctor says he's found potential cure for coronavirus using antibodies that killed SARS virus
Netflix's 'Pandemic' doctor says he's found potential cure for coronavirus using antibodies that killed SARS virus

Dr Glanville, who runs a San Francisco-based therapeutic company Centivax, says his team has developed ultra-potent antibodies capable of fighting the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Does the amount of virus one gets infected with affect severity of the disease?
COVID-19: Does the amount of virus one gets infected with affect severity of the disease?

While scientists are divided on this subject currently, a new study has found a strong link between disease severity and the amount of virus present in the nose

Can AI help diagnose COVID-19? After testing waters in China, tech company eyes US hospitals
Can AI help diagnose COVID-19? After testing waters in China, tech company eyes US hospitals

The technology is being used to detect COVID-19 in hospitals across China and Russia. But some doctors are not convinced they are effective

Coronavirus intelligence failure is worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11, says expert slamming Trump government
Coronavirus intelligence failure is worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11, says expert slamming Trump government

For years, US intelligence agencies have been warning about the increasing risks of a global outbreak with pandemic potential

Coronavirus: World waits for number of infected to surge after China buckles and will report asymptomatic cases
Coronavirus: World waits for number of infected to surge after China buckles and will report asymptomatic cases

This move comes amid allegations of cover-up and concerns over the risk of infection from silent carriers --people who test positive and do not show symptoms

Coronavirus worst crisis since World War II and 25 million people may lose their jobs, says UN chief
Coronavirus worst crisis since World War II and 25 million people may lose their jobs, says UN chief

The world will lose $860 billion to $3.4 trillion in labor income, says a UN report

Funeral workers say they are at high-risk of exposure to coronavirus, write to Trump seeking more protection
Funeral workers say they are at high-risk of exposure to coronavirus, write to Trump seeking more protection

The National Funeral Directors Association has written to the president and Congress asking them to recognize them as “essential critical infrastructure workers”

Coronavirus pandemic: Can the deadly virus give you the highly contagious pink eye?
Coronavirus pandemic: Can the deadly virus give you the highly contagious pink eye?

Pink eye is an infection of a part of the eye called the conjunctiva, a thin transparent layer of tissue, covering the white part of the eye

Coronavirus: 20% of US doctors aged 55-64 could be vulnerable to infection, predict experts
Coronavirus: 20% of US doctors aged 55-64 could be vulnerable to infection, predict experts

Of approximately 1.2 million physicians in the US, an estimated 230,000 are aged 55 to 64 years, whereas among nearly 2 million registered nurses, an estimated 370,000 or 19% are aged 55 to 64 years

US may witness deadliest day on April 15 with over 2,271 coronavirus deaths, predict scientists
US may witness deadliest day on April 15 with over 2,271 coronavirus deaths, predict scientists

The estimate is from modeling studies conducted by the University of Washington School of Medicine. According to the analysis, by April 15, the new coronavirus might kill at least 29,000 Americans in total

As world reels from the coronavirus pandemic, bats are harboring a far deadlier disease, show studies
As world reels from the coronavirus pandemic, bats are harboring a far deadlier disease, show studies

Bats host over 61 viruses that can infect humans. The bat's fierce immune response to viruses could drive viruses to replicate faster in humans, wreaking deadly havoc

Coronavirus: Contact lens users should switch to glasses to lower the risk of infection, say experts
Coronavirus: Contact lens users should switch to glasses to lower the risk of infection, say experts

As contact lens wearers tend to touch their eyes more often than others, they are at a higher risk, according to experts from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Coronavirus: CDC, WHO have said masks can't protect people but one expert from China believes that's a mistake
Coronavirus: CDC, WHO have said masks can't protect people but one expert from China believes that's a mistake

A top Chinese scientist recently pointed out that Americans and Europeans were making a mistake by not using them to protect themselves

UK retracts move to let women undergo medical abortions at home without going to a clinic due to coronavirus
UK retracts move to let women undergo medical abortions at home without going to a clinic due to coronavirus

Hours after the revised guidance was published on the gov.uk website, the changes were pulled down and replaced with the message that this was published in error and there will be no changes to abortion regulations

Future coronavirus outbreaks are highly likely to originate in China from bats, experts had warned in 2019
Future coronavirus outbreaks are highly likely to originate in China from bats, experts had warned in 2019

According to experts, Chinese food culture maintains that live slaughtered animals are more nutritious and this belief may enhance viral transmission

CDC warns against unprescribed use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19 as Arizona man dies after consuming drug
CDC warns against unprescribed use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19 as Arizona man dies after consuming drug

Pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate are substances approved by the FDA to treat only particular medical conditions like malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis

People with Down Syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy could be left to die under new coronavirus guidance
People with Down Syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy could be left to die under new coronavirus guidance

Disability advocates are disturbed by guidelines published by Alabama state on how to ration ventilators during a resource crunch

Tennessee doctors advised to use diapers, swim goggles and bandanas to cover face if PPE is not available
Tennessee doctors advised to use diapers, swim goggles and bandanas to cover face if PPE is not available

Tennessee has more than 900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with three deaths so far

Coronavirus pandemic: FDA approves diagnostic test that can detect virus in 15 minutes
Coronavirus pandemic: FDA approves diagnostic test that can detect virus in 15 minutes

The FDA has only approved the test for emergency use by approved labs and healthcare providers and has not been cleared or approved for regular use

Coronavirus pandemic: Scientists use tech, wearables as early warning systems to tackle the outbreak
Coronavirus pandemic: Scientists use tech, wearables as early warning systems to tackle the outbreak

This includes an interactive map that shows regions where unusually high levels of illness have been detected across the US as well as an app-based study that leverages wearable data to potentially flag onset of viral illnesses

US relaxes enforcement of pollution laws amid coronavirus outbreak, puts public health in jeopardy
US relaxes enforcement of pollution laws amid coronavirus outbreak, puts public health in jeopardy

EPA will allow businesses such as factories and power plants to pump pollutants into the air and water and still get away with violations due to the pandemic

Coronavirus: Experts propose human challenge, ask healthy volunteers to get infected for speedy vaccine trial
Coronavirus: Experts propose human challenge, ask healthy volunteers to get infected for speedy vaccine trial

The trio says it may seem impermissible to ask people to take on the risk of severe illness or death, even for an important collective gain, but 'we actually ask people to take such risks for others’

Coronavirus pandemic: Can dogs sniff out the disease? A UK team is exploring the possibility
Coronavirus pandemic: Can dogs sniff out the disease? A UK team is exploring the possibility

The previous work of the researchers demonstrated that dogs can detect odors from humans with a malaria infection with extremely high accuracy – above the World Health Organization standards for a diagnostic

Coronavirus can cause heart injury in patients even without underlying heart conditions, says study
Coronavirus can cause heart injury in patients even without underlying heart conditions, says study

Other studies have also said that heart injury could be a common condition in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and that it is associated with a higher risk of death

Fetuses may be able to contract coronavirus infections in wombs, multiple studies indicate
Fetuses may be able to contract coronavirus infections in wombs, multiple studies indicate

However, experts caution that more research and more definitive evidence is needed. A previous study had said that newborns might not get the virus from their infected mothers

Scientists predict another pandemic in coming years even as world grapples with coronavirus outbreak
Scientists predict another pandemic in coming years even as world grapples with coronavirus outbreak

Experts say they have been warning of a coronavirus pandemic threat for years but governments failed to pay any heed

Smoking, vaping and substance abuse put people at higher risk of coronavirus infection as disease attacks lungs
Smoking, vaping and substance abuse put people at higher risk of coronavirus infection as disease attacks lungs

Smokers have a higher risk of developing a kind of respiratory problem usually seen in COVID-19 cases. Such patients cannot breathe and require a ventilator to pump oxygen into and out of their bodies.

Coronavirus: Opening the US by Easter could kill over 80,000 people despite social distancing, warns study
Coronavirus: Opening the US by Easter could kill over 80,000 people despite social distancing, warns study

Discontinuing social distancing measures early could lead to a massive surge in infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the US

Coronavirus: Untested treatments for Covid-19 like antimalarials might do more harm than good
Coronavirus: Untested treatments for Covid-19 like antimalarials might do more harm than good

In the absence of proven treatments, people are resorting to untested drugs to keep themselves safe from the disease

Blood from coronavirus survivors to be used to treat critically ill patients in New York after FDA approval
Blood from coronavirus survivors to be used to treat critically ill patients in New York after FDA approval

Doctors will use the blood of coronavirus survivors to extract antibodies and then inject this into sick patients

Coronavirus could become a seasonal thing in the US, warns Anthony Fauci
Coronavirus could become a seasonal thing in the US, warns Anthony Fauci

Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director says the new coronavirus will most likely follow the path of the flu

Social distancing may be enforced again in 2022 as coronavirus could rebound once measures are lifted: Study
Social distancing may be enforced again in 2022 as coronavirus could rebound once measures are lifted: Study

Experts feel such measures may have to stay in place over long periods, perhaps with occasional periods of loosening, as immunity slowly accumulates in the population to a point where it would preclude future outbreaks

Man dies of Hantavirus infection in China conjuring memories of the deadly disease US had to deal with in 1993
Man dies of Hantavirus infection in China conjuring memories of the deadly disease US had to deal with in 1993

According to the CDC, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a severe and sometimes fatal respiratory illness in humans caused by infection with hantaviruses