Should teachers get vaccinated before schools reopen? 59% Americans say it's vital to fight Covid-19: Survey
Should teachers get vaccinated before schools reopen? 59% Americans say it's vital to fight Covid-19: Survey

61% also believe that students falling behind academically should be a top consideration in school reopening

Is B.1.526 dangerous? New Covid-19 variant identified in New York may weaken efficacy of vaccines, say experts
Is B.1.526 dangerous? New Covid-19 variant identified in New York may weaken efficacy of vaccines, say experts

According to the team, this discovery also highlights the need for a concerted national surveillance program to track and contain the spread of novel coronavirus variants

Were US diplomats in China asked to take anal swab tests for Covid-19? Beijing denies allegations
Were US diplomats in China asked to take anal swab tests for Covid-19? Beijing denies allegations

‘As far as I know, China has never asked US diplomats in China to conduct anal swab tests,’ said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian 

How many Americans identify as LGBT? It’s a record 5.6% of US adults with ‘Generation Z’ driving growth: Poll
How many Americans identify as LGBT? It’s a record 5.6% of US adults with ‘Generation Z’ driving growth: Poll

Women far more likely than men to consider themselves as LGBT

How safe is J&J’s single-shot Covid-19 vaccine? FDA says it's effective and meets ‘favorable safety profile’
How safe is J&J’s single-shot Covid-19 vaccine? FDA says it's effective and meets ‘favorable safety profile’

Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine is 85% effective at preventing severe cases of coronavirus, reveals analysis

Can people with depression and anxiety develop Alzheimer’s at a younger age? Study says it may be possible
Can people with depression and anxiety develop Alzheimer’s at a younger age? Study says it may be possible

Those with anxiety who develop Alzheimer’s may start experiencing dementia symptoms about three years earlier than those who do not have the condition

People who like staying up late twice as likely to underperform at work compared to early birds, claims study
People who like staying up late twice as likely to underperform at work compared to early birds, claims study

Morning chronotypes or 'larks' tend to do better early in the morning, evening-types or 'owls' later in the evening, while intermediate types have no strong preference, says the study

What role do teachers play in Covid-19 spread at schools? CDC warns they could be ‘central’ drivers
What role do teachers play in Covid-19 spread at schools? CDC warns they could be ‘central’ drivers

9 Covid-19 transmission clusters found in US schools involved less than ideal physical distancing, and 5 involved inadequate mask use by students

Anthony Fauci blames Trump and political divide in America as US Covid-19 deaths cross 500,000
Anthony Fauci blames Trump and political divide in America as US Covid-19 deaths cross 500,000

He said mixed signals from the White House under the Trump administration were not helpful in the fight against coronavirus

Anthony Fauci says Americans have to wear masks till 2022, here's how far the US is from Covid-19 herd immunity
Anthony Fauci says Americans have to wear masks till 2022, here's how far the US is from Covid-19 herd immunity

Research indicates it will take the US at least till 2022, if not longer to vaccinate enough people to justify ending mitigation measures. Until then, masks represent our best line of defense

Did Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policy cause over 1,000 Covid-19 deaths? It may have led to spike, says report
Did Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policy cause over 1,000 Covid-19 deaths? It may have led to spike, says report

According to researchers, each facility outside of New York City and its suburbs that accepted coronavirus patients averaged 9.33 additional deaths than those that did not

What is the pulse oximeter? FDA says key medical device used in Covid-19 fight may not work on Black patients
What is the pulse oximeter? FDA says key medical device used in Covid-19 fight may not work on Black patients

Pulse oximeters that measure the percentage of oxygen in the blood are more likely to be inaccurate for people with dark skin

'Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard': Meet fashion mogul who liked his women 'petite' and 'round ass'
'Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard': Meet fashion mogul who liked his women 'petite' and 'round ass'

'Episode 3: The Pamper Parties' gives a first-person account of how the 'King of Polyester' made the parties made raves look like children's kiddy birthday parties

Is porn the new sex ed? Young Americans find it ‘most helpful source’ of information on how to have sex: Study
Is porn the new sex ed? Young Americans find it ‘most helpful source’ of information on how to have sex: Study

Most free, online pornography is not there to teach you what you are supposed to do when you are having sex, warn experts

What is ‘global gag rule’ on abortions? Here’s what Joe Biden’s move to reverse the policy means for women
What is ‘global gag rule’ on abortions? Here’s what Joe Biden’s move to reverse the policy means for women

The rule banned federal funds going to international aid organizations that perform or promote abortions or provide information about them

How many Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes went underreported? 'As much as 50 percent,' report suggests
How many Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes went underreported? 'As much as 50 percent,' report suggests

The initial analysis is based on a survey of 62 nursing homes, a roughly 10 percent sample of total facilities across New York state

How dangerous is South African Covid-19 variant? First two US cases of virus strain detected in South Carolina
How dangerous is South African Covid-19 variant? First two US cases of virus strain detected in South Carolina

Like the UK and Brazilian variants, preliminary data suggests this variant may spread more easily and quickly than other variants, noted the CDC

Spike in student suicides forces LA school district to reopen for in-person learning amid rising Covid-19 cases
Spike in student suicides forces LA school district to reopen for in-person learning amid rising Covid-19 cases

The Clark County School District in Nevada has seen 18 suicides in nine months since it closed schools in March 2020 as compared to 9 in 2019

1 in 5 Americans suffer from sexually transmitted infections, about half the cases among 15 to 24-year-olds: CDC
1 in 5 Americans suffer from sexually transmitted infections, about half the cases among 15 to 24-year-olds: CDC

There were an estimated 67.6 million prevalent and 26.2 million newly-acquired sexually transmitted infections in the US in 2018 alone

What is P.1? US confirms its first case of contagious Covid-19 variant from Brazil in Minnesota patient
What is P.1? US confirms its first case of contagious Covid-19 variant from Brazil in Minnesota patient

A resident of Twin Cities metro area, the person with the Brazil coronavirus variant recently returned to Minnesota after having traveled to Brazil

69% Americans approve of Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response, but nearly one-third oppose US rejoining WHO: Poll
69% Americans approve of Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response, but nearly one-third oppose US rejoining WHO: Poll

Results show 34% are against the US recommitting to the Paris Agreement on climate change

How many Covid-19 vaccines does the US have? White House blames Trump administration for lack of data
How many Covid-19 vaccines does the US have? White House blames Trump administration for lack of data

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says that efforts to accelerate vaccination may be hindered by supply constraints

US to undo Trump's order and impose Covid-19 travel restrictions on South Africa, UK and Brazil to fight new strains
US to undo Trump's order and impose Covid-19 travel restrictions on South Africa, UK and Brazil to fight new strains

This will impact the entry of non-US citizens from the UK, Brazil, South Africa and 26 countries in Europe where new and more contagious coronavirus strains have emerged

Is B.1.1.7 Covid-19 variant more deadly? It may be associated with increased risk of death, suggests report
Is B.1.1.7 Covid-19 variant more deadly? It may be associated with increased risk of death, suggests report

However, the evidence is preliminary and more studies are needed to make firm conclusions, say experts

60% of Americans don’t know when to get Covid-19 vaccine, 55% unaware where they can get the shot: Poll
60% of Americans don’t know when to get Covid-19 vaccine, 55% unaware where they can get the shot: Poll

Black and Hispanic adults, as well as low-income households, are among the groups least likely to say they have enough information

Joe Biden's 'wartime' Covid-19 plan includes more mask-wearing, vaccination, scientific data and help for schools
Joe Biden's 'wartime' Covid-19 plan includes more mask-wearing, vaccination, scientific data and help for schools

The national strategy includes restoring public trust as well as increasing supplies of PPE, testing materials and vaccines through the Defense Production Act

Pfizer vaccine effective against infectious Covid-19 variant, Moderna shot also offers protection: Reports
Pfizer vaccine effective against infectious Covid-19 variant, Moderna shot also offers protection: Reports

The B.1.1.7 lineage is a rapidly spreading variant that carries a larger than usual number of genetic changes with 10 mutations located in the spike protein

Highly infectious UK Covid-19 strain was probably spreading in US weeks before England detected it: Study
Highly infectious UK Covid-19 strain was probably spreading in US weeks before England detected it: Study

Researchers found that clusters of the B.1.1.7 variant had emerged in California by November 6 and by November 23 in Florida

Is US heading towards another drug crisis? Meth-related deaths have increased five-fold in 7 years, says study
Is US heading towards another drug crisis? Meth-related deaths have increased five-fold in 7 years, says study

The sharpest rise in number of deaths has been among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Are kids with autism at high risk for mental health conditions? Nearly 78% suffer from one, finds study
Are kids with autism at high risk for mental health conditions? Nearly 78% suffer from one, finds study

Co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, attention, mood and behavior disorders are a part of this burden, but a population-based prevalence estimate has been lacking

What’s CAL.20C? New Covid-19 strain in LA may be behind dramatic rise in Southern California cases: Study
What’s CAL.20C? New Covid-19 strain in LA may be behind dramatic rise in Southern California cases: Study

Researchers are yet to determine whether the local variant is more deadly than current forms of the coronavirus

Can fried food increase your risk of heart disease, stroke? Just 114g weekly serving can be bad, warns study
Can fried food increase your risk of heart disease, stroke? Just 114g weekly serving can be bad, warns study

Compared with the lowest category of weekly fried food consumption, the highest was associated with a 28% increased risk of major cardiovascular events

What is L452R? Here’s what we know about Covid-19 strain linked to several outbreaks in California
What is L452R? Here’s what we know about Covid-19 strain linked to several outbreaks in California

According to public health officials, it is too soon to know if this Covid-19 variant will spread more rapidly than others 

How did China and WHO fail to control Covid-19? Pandemic probe panel blames 'lost opportunities' in early stages
How did China and WHO fail to control Covid-19? Pandemic probe panel blames 'lost opportunities' in early stages

Public health measures could have been applied 'more forcefully' by local and national health authorities in China in January, suggest experts

Was Covid-19 a bioweapon? Shocking US govt fact sheet claims Wuhan lab started research on bat virus in 2016
Was Covid-19 a bioweapon? Shocking US govt fact sheet claims Wuhan lab started research on bat virus in 2016

Titled Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the document claims the Chinese Communist Party systematically prevented a thorough investigation

Will Covid-19 reduce the life expectancy of Americans? Study projects it will be shortened by more than a year
Will Covid-19 reduce the life expectancy of Americans? Study projects it will be shortened by more than a year

Estimated reductions for the Black and Latino populations are 3 to 4 times that for Whites

Has the US run out of Covid-19 vaccines? Shocking report suggests stockpile with reserve doses no longer exists
Has the US run out of Covid-19 vaccines? Shocking report suggests stockpile with reserve doses no longer exists

Despite a previously stated strategy of holding back some vaccine doses to ensure people can get their second shot, the Trump administration started releasing its reserve doses in December 2020

Who is David Kessler? Joe Biden taps ex FDA chief to lead Covid vaccine program, will rename Operation Warp Speed
Who is David Kessler? Joe Biden taps ex FDA chief to lead Covid vaccine program, will rename Operation Warp Speed

Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the 'Operation Warp Speed' name will be retired, however, she did not say what the new name will be

Why injecting magic mushrooms can be fatal? Fungus grows in blood as man mainlines 'mushroom tea' into vein
Why injecting magic mushrooms can be fatal? Fungus grows in blood as man mainlines 'mushroom tea' into vein

Researchers said he boiled the mushrooms in water, filtered the liquid using a cotton swab before 'directly injecting' the solution into his veins

What is the 'Columbus strain'? New Covid-19 variant discovered in Ohio likely more infectious, says study
What is the 'Columbus strain'? New Covid-19 variant discovered in Ohio likely more infectious, says study

This variant has acquired three other gene mutations, which were not previously seen together in the novel coronavirus

Are colleges Covid-19 superspreaders? Cases went up by 56% in counties where classes were in person, says CDC
Are colleges Covid-19 superspreaders? Cases went up by 56% in counties where classes were in person, says CDC

A Stanford University analysis shows in 17 of the campuses monitored, outbreaks translated directly into peaks of infection within their home counties

Can oral sex at a young age give you mouth and throat cancer? Shocking new study issues warning
Can oral sex at a young age give you mouth and throat cancer? Shocking new study issues warning

Having more than 10 prior oral sex partners was also linked with a 4.3-times greater likelihood of having human papillomavirus-related cancer

How long do Covid-19 symptoms linger? People suffer from at least one of them even after 6 months, finds study
How long do Covid-19 symptoms linger? People suffer from at least one of them even after 6 months, finds study

Fatigue or muscle weakness is the most common symptom, with sleep difficulties and anxiety or depression also frequently reported

Gorillas at San Diego zoo test positive for Covid-19, here’s what’s known about first such case in great apes
Gorillas at San Diego zoo test positive for Covid-19, here’s what’s known about first such case in great apes

It is believed the gorillas may have been infected by a staff member who did not have symptoms of the virus

Why are Americans still unsure about Covid-19 vaccine? Rural residents among most hesitant to get shots: Poll
Why are Americans still unsure about Covid-19 vaccine? Rural residents among most hesitant to get shots: Poll

About a third or 35% of Americans living in rural areas say they probably or definitely would not get a Covid-19 shot, compared to about a quarter of suburban (27%) and urban residents (26%)

Does the US have a new fast-spreading and highly infectious Covid-19 variant? Here’s what the CDC has to say
Does the US have a new fast-spreading and highly infectious Covid-19 variant? Here’s what the CDC has to say

'This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring/ summer surges. This acceleration suggests there may be a US variant,' the WH task force document said

Can opioid usage lead to pancreatic cancer? Study suggests drug consumption may be a risk factor
Can opioid usage lead to pancreatic cancer? Study suggests drug consumption may be a risk factor

Opioid usage, estimated by opioid death rates, may partially explain the uptrend of pancreatic cancer rates in the US at the national as well as the state levels over time, says the research team

What are pandemic pods? 'Social bubbles’ may offer relief from loneliness but there are risks, warn scientists
What are pandemic pods? 'Social bubbles’ may offer relief from loneliness but there are risks, warn scientists

If a pod is small and contained, then you should have less likelihood of infection and a greater ability to respond quickly to reduce spread

How do allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine in the US compare with those from flu shots? CDC has an answer
How do allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine in the US compare with those from flu shots? CDC has an answer

The rate of such reactions for coronavirus vaccine is 11.1 cases per million doses given, while it is 1.3 per million for flu vaccines