Coronavirus outbreak appears to level off in China as US and other countries grapple with rise in new cases
Coronavirus outbreak appears to level off in China as US and other countries grapple with rise in new cases

China appears to be bouncing back. Experts believe that coronavirus cases may be leveling off. The country has reported 508 new cases of confirmed infections and 71 deaths on February 25

Coronavirus rapidly fitting the category of dreaded ‘Disease X’, a serious pandemic which could kill 80 million
Coronavirus rapidly fitting the category of dreaded ‘Disease X’, a serious pandemic which could kill 80 million

Disease X is a concept. It is a placeholder name adopted by WHO for a completely new disease that suddenly emerges and has the potential of causing an epidemic or pandemic

Coronavirus: Epidemic's scale may be far greater with two-third cases escaping detection globally, says report
Coronavirus: Epidemic's scale may be far greater with two-third cases escaping detection globally, says report

Scientists say it's not clear if there's community transmission going on because many countries are not doing diagnostic testing on anyone except for returning travelers or their close contacts

Coronavirus springs a fearsome surprise as woman, 20, showing no symptoms, infects five members of her family
Coronavirus springs a fearsome surprise as woman, 20, showing no symptoms, infects five members of her family

The new case study offers decisive evidence that the virus can be spread asymptomatically, which could make efforts to curb the outbreak even more challenging, say experts

Coronavirus: As virus rears its head in Italy and Iran, experts worry containment strategy is failing
Coronavirus: As virus rears its head in Italy and Iran, experts worry containment strategy is failing

Isolating a single source with a China connection is no longer effective in containing the virus as the infection is emerging within a population with no reported links to China

Coronavirus: CDC warns that schools and businesses could be shut down if outbreak is declared a pandemic
Coronavirus: CDC warns that schools and businesses could be shut down if outbreak is declared a pandemic

The warning comes as the health agency confirmed COVID-19 cases in 21 repatriated passengers. The total number of cases as on February 21 stands at 35 in the US

Long-term use of antidepressants can make it 'notoriously' tough for people to quit the drugs
Long-term use of antidepressants can make it 'notoriously' tough for people to quit the drugs

Patients who stop taking their medication often experience Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, which includes flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, imbalance, sensory disturbances, and hyperarousal. This creates physical dependence, leading patients to continue to seek the drugs.

Coronavirus: Men more vulnerable to infection than women; scientists say smoking, poor immunity could be blamed
Coronavirus: Men more vulnerable to infection than women; scientists say smoking, poor immunity could be blamed

Some say women may have a stronger immune response owing to estrogen while others say it could be because men are less likely to seek early medical care

Coronavirus: Numbers dip sharply as China now excludes positive cases with no symptoms from confirmed tally
Coronavirus: Numbers dip sharply as China now excludes positive cases with no symptoms from confirmed tally

Scientists are unhappy and concerned with this changed criteria, stating it could mask the scale of the outbreak as the number of cases from 1,749 on Tuesday dramatically dropped to 394 on Wednesday

Coronavirus came from 'wildlife', wasn't 'genetically engineered' in Wuhan safety lab, say scientists
Coronavirus came from 'wildlife', wasn't 'genetically engineered' in Wuhan safety lab, say scientists

The rapid and open sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumors and misinformation around its origins, said 27 scientists from 9 countries in a joint statement

Gaten Matarazzo’s role in ‘Stranger Things’ sparked awareness on rare cleidocranial dysplasia disorder: Study
Gaten Matarazzo’s role in ‘Stranger Things’ sparked awareness on rare cleidocranial dysplasia disorder: Study

The actor, who plays Henderson on the Netflix series, was born with cleidocranial dysplasia of which the most prominent features are missing or abnormal growth of the teeth and collarbones

Use of common antibiotics like erythromycin in women may lead to heart and genital deformity in babies: Study
Use of common antibiotics like erythromycin in women may lead to heart and genital deformity in babies: Study

These effects apply to women in their first trimester only

Coronavirus: Scientists successfully map part of virus that hijacks human cells, might help with vaccines
Coronavirus: Scientists successfully map part of virus that hijacks human cells, might help with vaccines

The good news is now we know what it looks like, it will be easier to find the most suitable weapon against the virus, say experts

Coronavirus outbreak: 2 passengers from Diamond Princess cruise ship die after being infected
Coronavirus outbreak: 2 passengers from Diamond Princess cruise ship die after being infected

Japan's Health Ministry says two passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they had a new virus have died, becoming the first fatalities from the virus-stricken vessel

Coronavirus more contagious than SARS and MERS, spread from 1 city to entire nation in 30 days, say experts
Coronavirus more contagious than SARS and MERS, spread from 1 city to entire nation in 30 days, say experts

Despite a lower case fatality rate as compared to SARS and MERS, the new coronavirus has resulted in more deaths than the other two combined

Coronavirus: People showing no signs of infection may carry same amount of virus as those with symptoms
Coronavirus: People showing no signs of infection may carry same amount of virus as those with symptoms

This new study suggests that asymptomatic patients, those showing no symptoms, are also capable of infecting others

Coronavirus: Scientists explain why understanding the virus and developing a vaccine will take time
Coronavirus: Scientists explain why understanding the virus and developing a vaccine will take time

The deadly COVID-19 is moving very fast. While any new disease takes time to understand, this one was made more difficult because it emerged during the flu season with flu-like symptoms, say experts

Exposure in womb to some chemicals found in cosmetics, personal care items linked to autistic traits in boys
Exposure in womb to some chemicals found in cosmetics, personal care items linked to autistic traits in boys

The study focuses on exposure to phthalates, a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Researchers, however, found that folic acid supplementation in early pregnancy protected against chemicals' effects

Medical marijuana could prove to be an effective combatant against opioid epidemic, says expert
Medical marijuana could prove to be an effective combatant against opioid epidemic, says expert

A study has shown that opioid prescription rates have fallen in all but four of the 19 states where medical marijuana has been legalized after just one year

Coronavirus attacks and damages lungs the same way SARS, MERS did, autopsy shows
Coronavirus attacks and damages lungs the same way SARS, MERS did, autopsy shows

Since doctors barely have access to autopsies or biopsies of the virus's victims, they do not fully understand how the virus attacks the lungs. A new study aims to bridge that gap and help doctors treat patients

Coronavirus: Airport screening tests may be ineffective at stopping infected passengers, say experts
Coronavirus: Airport screening tests may be ineffective at stopping infected passengers, say experts

Screening methods that are only based on checking for symptoms like fever or cough may not succeed at detecting the COVID-19 among travelers, says report

IVF babies are twice more likely to die in their first week than those conceived naturally, finds study
IVF babies are twice more likely to die in their first week than those conceived naturally, finds study

According to researchers, the increased risk could be linked to a higher degree of premature births in IVF children

Coronavirus: Over 100 American cruise ship passengers banned from entering the US for 14 days after debarking
Coronavirus: Over 100 American cruise ship passengers banned from entering the US for 14 days after debarking

After getting off the Diamond Princess, the passengers will be required to wait 14 days without having symptoms or a positive coronavirus test result before they are permitted to board flights to the US

Coronavirus: Bogus sellers advertise healing energy, spells and religious remedies online to cure deadly disease
Coronavirus: Bogus sellers advertise healing energy, spells and religious remedies online to cure deadly disease

COVID-19 has no cure yet even as scientists are testing various approaches including use of HIV drugs

Coronavirus: China ropes in tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, uses drones and AI to track spread of disease
Coronavirus: China ropes in tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, uses drones and AI to track spread of disease

Tech giants are rolling out QR codes meant to collect information and track users

Coronavirus: China starts 'laundering its money', releases $86 billion in new banknotes to replace infected cash
Coronavirus: China starts 'laundering its money', releases $86 billion in new banknotes to replace infected cash

Before January 17 this year, the People’s Bank of China arranged to allocate nearly 600 billion yuan ($86 billion) of new banknotes to the country, said officials during a press conference

Coronavirus: 14 Americans evacuated from Japanese 'ship of doom' test positive, will remain in isolation
Coronavirus: 14 Americans evacuated from Japanese 'ship of doom' test positive, will remain in isolation

After landing in the US, all passengers will remain under quarantine for 14 days, reads a joint statement by the US Department of State and US Department of Health and Human Services

Walking pneumonia: All you need to know about the infection that caused Elton John to cut his show short
Walking pneumonia: All you need to know about the infection that caused Elton John to cut his show short

Usually caused by an atypical bacteria called Mycoplasma pneumoniae, it is a milder form of pneumonia that does not require bed rest or hospitalization, hence the term

Coronavirus: As US braces for second wave of flu, CDC to test patients for COVID-19
Coronavirus: As US braces for second wave of flu, CDC to test patients for COVID-19

The CDC has started working with five public health labs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York City. If specimens at those labs test negative for flu, they would be tested for the new coronavirus

Coronavirus: Infants at risk of contracting disease despite being largely spared, experts say after 9 cases
Coronavirus: Infants at risk of contracting disease despite being largely spared, experts say after 9 cases

The reason behind the low numbers may be due to a lower risk of exposure or incomplete identification due to mild or asymptomatic disease, rather than resistance to infection, says study

Coronavirus: Deadly virus COVID-19 may have been bio-engineered in Wuhan lab, claims bombshell report
Coronavirus: Deadly virus COVID-19 may have been bio-engineered in Wuhan lab, claims bombshell report

The work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, claims the paper. But expert says COVID-19 could not have been genetically engineered in a lab

Coronavirus: New virus adapts itself once it enters the human body, says top US health official
Coronavirus: New virus adapts itself once it enters the human body, says top US health official

'The average time from onset of symptoms to hospitalization was five days, and from hospitalization to the ICU was seven days'

Coronavirus: The reasons behind the sudden spike in the number of people infected by the deadly disease in China
Coronavirus: The reasons behind the sudden spike in the number of people infected by the deadly disease in China

A sharp increase in the numbers, with 14,840 people diagnosed, does not mean the outbreak has taken a turn for the worse, says WHO. Most of this was down to Hubei using a broader definition to diagnose people, say experts

Coronavirus: Cambodia welcomes thousands stranded aboard cruise ship that was denied entry by 5 nations
Coronavirus: Cambodia welcomes thousands stranded aboard cruise ship that was denied entry by 5 nations

The passengers were unwelcome in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam, though none of them tested positive for the coronavirus disease

Coronavirus outbreak: US military prepares for pandemic as CDC confirms 15th American case
Coronavirus outbreak: US military prepares for pandemic as CDC confirms 15th American case

The measures include planning and taking precautionary actions to ensure that an outbreak of 2019-nCoV does not incapacitate Marine Corps forces, installations and facilities

Coronavirus: China withheld key genetic data indicating SARS-like virus for over 2 weeks before making it public
Coronavirus: China withheld key genetic data indicating SARS-like virus for over 2 weeks before making it public

The genome sequence, crucial for the rapid development of diagnostics was not released until January 12, 2020, 17 days since the preliminary sequence data was obtained on December 26, 2019

Coronavirus: China launches app to know whether users have come in 'close contact' with the infected
Coronavirus: China launches app to know whether users have come in 'close contact' with the infected

The app will monitor close contacts and alert people if a confirmed or suspected patient is in the vicinity

Coronavirus outbreak: Did a Chinese 'bat expert' actually release the virus from her laboratory in Wuhan?
Coronavirus outbreak: Did a Chinese 'bat expert' actually release the virus from her laboratory in Wuhan?

Shi Zhengli helped hunt the original animal source of SARS and she is being blamed for COVID-19

Coronavirus: US detects its 14th confirmed case as CDC finds that some of its diagnostic test kits are faulty
Coronavirus: US detects its 14th confirmed case as CDC finds that some of its diagnostic test kits are faulty

The CDC, which had earlier developed test kits to diagnose the infection, began dispatching about 200 testing kits to labs across the US and 200 more to over 30 other countries last week

Coronavirus outbreak: Ship of doom with 175 confirmed cases including 24 Americans trapped in Japan's waters
Coronavirus outbreak: Ship of doom with 175 confirmed cases including 24 Americans trapped in Japan's waters

Eight days after the Diamond Princess was quarantined, Japanese authorities have confirmed that 175 people, including 24 Americans, have the infection

Coronavirus outbreak: China reports a decline in cases but could this be due to change in the counting method?
Coronavirus outbreak: China reports a decline in cases but could this be due to change in the counting method?

Chinese authorities might have recently adopted a different method to count the confirmed cases, even though the authorities have asked to take the decline claims with a grain of salt

Coronavirus outbreak: Viral disease officially named Covid-19, but what does it mean and why was it chosen?
Coronavirus outbreak: Viral disease officially named Covid-19, but what does it mean and why was it chosen?

'We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,' says WHO chief

Coronavirus can survive on ANY surface for nine days and you could get infected just by touching, shows study
Coronavirus can survive on ANY surface for nine days and you could get infected just by touching, shows study

Disinfectants such as alcohol and bleach may cut people's exposure to the virus

Coronavirus super-spreaders pose urgent threat and need to be tracked
Coronavirus super-spreaders pose urgent threat and need to be tracked

While most infected patients usually infect two or three people on an average, superspreaders could infect dozens

China braces for double hit as bird flu outbreaks reported in Shuangqing and Sichuan provinces
China braces for double hit as bird flu outbreaks reported in Shuangqing and Sichuan provinces

The outbreak was reported on a chicken farm in the Shuangqing district of Shaoyang City. Another strain of the virus was found in the Sichuan province as well

Coronavirus outbreak: WHO chief warns that this is just the 'tip of the iceberg' as virus spreads across globe
Coronavirus outbreak: WHO chief warns that this is just the 'tip of the iceberg' as virus spreads across globe

According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the outbreak outside China appeared to be slow at the moment but it could take a turn for the worse

Coronavirus: Pangolins could have transferred deadly Wuhan virus from bats to humans, suggests study
Coronavirus: Pangolins could have transferred deadly Wuhan virus from bats to humans, suggests study

When a team of scientists compared the genes of pangolin coronavirus with the new human coronavirus, they found a whopping 99% match

Coronavirus ground zero: Among first 138 patients, nearly half of infections might have spread in same hospital
Coronavirus ground zero: Among first 138 patients, nearly half of infections might have spread in same hospital

A study finds that over 41% of these patients may have contracted the infection in the hospital itself from another infected patient

Using viagra 100 mg for the first time might lead to 'visual disturbances' for 21 days, warns study
Using viagra 100 mg for the first time might lead to 'visual disturbances' for 21 days, warns study

The study conducted by Dr. Cüneyt Karaarslan in Turkey documents the experiences of 17 first-time users between August of 2017 and March of 2019, aged between 38 and 57 years