CoronaVirus Outbreak News


- The coronavirus has spread to more than 787,000 people across at least 178 countries and regions. Over 37,800 have died from infection, while more than 166,200 have recovered, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province, has affected nearly 82,200 people in China. China claims the virus has now been largely contained, with no recent domestic cases reported. However, the country has seen a rise in imported cases. Trump may expand travel ban President Donald Trump may extend the travel restrictions ...

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- For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, . Wuhan is where the coronavirus originated, and Wuhan is therefore the first place we’re seeing it end. But are we? Wuhan is "reopening," but their version of reopening is more stringent than our version of total lockdown: People are allowed out of their residential complexes only if they have a return-to-work pass issued by their employer, and only if the government-issued health code on their cellphone glows green — not orange or red — to show that they are healthy and cleared for travel. Residents report that some ...


- The coronavirus pandemic is seriously impacting the U.S., with more than 164,000 confirmed cases nationwide. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 67,000 of those cases in New York, making it the worst-affected state, followed by New Jersey with more than 16,000 confirmed cases and California with in excess of 7,300. However, more than half of U.S. states have issued some sort of social distancing orders to delay the spread of the coronavirus and to try and flatten the curve. So far, 30 states and Washington D.C. have implemented stay at home orders , with varying rules and ...

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- After reports of two dogs testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong, the most recent news to cause alarm among animal owners is that of a cat in Belgium with apparent symptoms of the virus that causes COVID-19. The owner of the cat had recently tested positive for the virus. It is reported that the cat developed breathing difficulties and diarrhoea one week later. Vets at the University of Liège, Belgium then tested the cat for SARS-CoV-2 and subsequently detected the viral genome in vomit and a stool sample. Should we now be concerned about the virus spreading to cats? To be ...

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- Dear Readers, The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread disruption to the lives of everyone in Tampa Bay and to so many businesses in our community. Here at the Tampa Bay Times, we continue to provide free, up-to-date information at tampabay.com/coronavirus as a public service. But we need your help. Please consider supporting us by or , and by sharing our work. Thank you. Florida coronavirus cases reach 6,741; with another Hillsborough death The death of a 92-year-old woman in Hillsborough County has brought the Florida count to 85. World Central Kitchen volunteer Karla Hoyos hands out ...

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- Calls are coming to crack down on China's wet markets, which some suspect are the place where the coronavirus could have first infected humans. Such markets are known for selling live animals such as cats, dogs, fish, rabbits and bats. Wet markets are named after the melting ice used to preserve the food, as well as the constant washing of the market floors when they are covered in blood from the animals. The calls for a crackdown on these markets stem from China's decline in coronavirus cases over the past few days. Following this reported drop, many wet markets in the nation began to ...

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- The C.D.C. director says new data about people who are infected but symptom-free could lead the agency to recommend broadened use of masks. As many as 25 percent of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns — a startlingly high number that complicates efforts to predict the pandemic’s course and strategies to mitigate its spread. In particular, the high level of symptom-free cases is leading the C.D.C. to consider broadening its guidelines on who should wear masks. “This helps explain how rapidly ...

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- What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. Some ...


- As the new coronavirus continues to spread around the world, two new animated charts are helping to make sense of what has unfolded over the first three months of the COVID -19 pandemic. In a few seconds, the charts created by the MIT Technology Review (a magazine owned by but independent of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) lay bare how cases and deaths caused by the new coronavirus grew outwards from China since the end of last year. China is shown as the initial epicentre of the disease, before a ship quarantined off the coast of Japan emerged as a hotspot in February, followed by ...

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- Strong social distancing measures to slow and suppress the spread of COVID-19 across Europe are estimated to have averted thousands of deaths. The findings come from a new analysis by researchers at Imperial College London, which estimates the potential impact of interventions in 11 European countries to counter the coronavirus pandemic—including school closures and national lockdowns. According to the research, up to 120,000 deaths may have already been averted in 11 countries, including the UK, Italy and Spain. However, they add that the estimated proportion of people to have been ...


- As Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York Harbor Monday to help alleviate the influx of coronavirus patients in local health care facilities, the death toll in the U.S. from complications related to the virus rose to over 3,000. According to a Monday press release, the USNS Comfort "will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients." ...

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- The evidence for everyone wearing masks, explained There is some evidence that the public should wear masks. But let doctors and nurses get them first. During the early days of the , experts and officials cautioned against widespread public use of face masks. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams , “STOP BUYING MASKS!” He added that masks “are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!” But as the outbreak has worsened, experts have increasingly ...

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- The New York attorney general Letitia James is considering legal action against Amazon after it fired one of its warehouse workers in Staten Island who had organized a protest calling for greater protections for staff amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Chris Smalls and other workers at the warehouse, which is known as JFK8, walked out on Monday as part of a call to the online giant to close the facility after a worker tested positive for COVID-19 last week. He said that there were many more workers who tested positive there than the company has publicly admitted, CNN reported . Amazon says ...

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- The novel coronavirus emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, in China, and since then, it has rapidly spread to over 170 countries across the globe. Our knowledge of the virus, now officially named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is still in the early stages. However, scientists around the world are racing to better understand the virus, in the hope of shedding light on potential vaccines and therapies. To effectively respond to an outbreak, it is crucial for health experts to study the genome of the virus, to provide a better understanding of ...


- Italy may be virtually free of new COVID-19 cases by the middle of May, statistical research has indicated Experts from the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) carried out calculations using data from the Civil Protection Department on the rate of infections, concluding that the disease could be practically eliminated in the country within the period May 5 to May 16. "We are going in the right direction and we must not change our strategy in the least. The return to normality will be a gradual process... the goal is to contain the situation now, and prevent further epidemic ...

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- China's control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers. The findings, published today (March 31) in the journal Science , could be useful to countries that are still in early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak. "The number of confirmed cases in China by day 50 (February 19) of the epidemic, was around 30,000," said Christopher Dye, visiting ...


- Despite all the sanitizing, social distancing, hand washing, and trying not to touch your face, you've come down with a fever and cough. Chances are you have a viral infection. It could be the flu, sinusitis or the illness everyone on the planet is talking about: the novel coronavirus. Now what? As SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—is highly contagious and has touched almost every pocket of the United States, go on the assumption that you're at the beginning stages of this illness. But the good news, according to the World Health Organization, is that most people (about 80 ...

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- (CNN) Coronavirus. Just the word strikes fear into our hearts. "Novel coronavirus" is the proper term for this brand-new virus wreaking havoc on our unprepared world. But you can also call this nasty villain by its scientific name: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2 for short. Becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 can trigger a potentially deadly respiratory disease called Covid-19, an illness which presents with three main acute symptoms: fever, a deep, dry cough and a shortness of breath which can become quickly life-threatening. Other symptoms can mimic a cold or ...

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- Coronavirus cases in the U.S. now form over 20 percent of the world's total confirmed cases. The country reports more than 164,600 cases, including a death toll of over 3,000, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province, has spread to over 801,000 people, more than 82,200 of whom are in China. Over 172,000 people have recovered from infection, including nearly 90 percent of China's confirmed infected population and almost 6,000 in the U.S., while more than 38,000 have died after contracting the ...

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- A pediatric nurse has posted an unpleasant-looking illustration of a test for COVID-19—the disease caused by the novel coronavirus—which has been shared more than 50,000 times. The illustration shows how medical staff carry out the standard nasopharyngeal swab test for the disease, which is used to collect genetic material. "This test being demonstrated is a nasopharyngeal swab or NP swab collection. It uses a small flocked swab on a flexible plastic shaft to collect a sample from the posterior nasopharynx," Wesley Long, a microbiologist from Houston Methodist Hospital, told Newsweek . ...

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- Coronavirus cases in California have surpassed 7,000, including nearly 150 deaths, as of Tuesday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province, has spread to more than 803,300 people across 178 countries and regions, with over 82,200 cases reported in China, while the U.S. has the most cases in the world, with more than 164,700 infections, as of Tuesday. More than 172,600 people have recovered from infection, including nearly 90 percent of China's patients and nearly 6,000 in the U.S., while over ...

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- Nobody yet knows for sure the definitive origins of the newly recognized coronavirus now known as 2019-nCoV that's currently spreading across the globe as a human respiratory pathogen. Early reports indicate that the , where an eclectic mix of animals including rodents, rabbits, bats and other wild animals and seafood are all on display for consumption and in contact with human shoppers. Over the past two decades, the world has seen the emergence of multiple pandemic threats , including bird flu (H5N1 avian influenza ), SARS, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, chikungunya, Zika and now ...


- A driver has made a 220-mile round trip across the U.K. to collect some windows he bought on eBay, despite the current coronavirus lockdown. The man was stopped by police as he drove from Coventry to Salford. The police discovered his wife was in the trunk as there wasn't enough room for her to sit in the car. The Government has banned all non-essential travel as part of the strict measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus . North West Motorway Police tweeted details of the incident on Sunday afternoon, posting: "A driver has traveled from Coventry to Salford to collect a £15 ...

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- First comprehensive study of deaths and hospitalisations in mainland China shows just how much of a factor age is The first comprehensive study of Covid-19 deaths and hospitalisations in mainland China has revealed in stark detail the increase in risk for coronavirus patients once they reach middle age. The analysis found that while the overall death rate for confirmed cases was 1.38%, the rate rose sharply with age – from 0.0016% in the under 10s, to 7.8% in 80s and over. The study showed only 0.04% of 10 to 19-year-olds required hospital care compared with more than 18% of those in their ...


- Italy is Europe's epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 97,600 cases of COVID-19, including 10,779 deaths, according to the latest figures released Sunday by the Italian ministry . However, the outbreak in Italy has shown signs of slowing, with the lowest daily rise in infections since officials began tracking cases after the country's first reported death on February 21, authorities confirmed on Sunday . The virus, which was first detected in the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province, has spread to more than 741,000 people, 82,200 of whom are in China. Over 143,500 cases ...

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- Infectious disease expert Prof. Paul Kellam on how to fight COVID-19 Speaking to Medical News Today in part one of a two part interview, Prof. Paul Kellam’s message is clear. The current situation is very bad, and we all have a role to play in the global effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. As social distancing and quarantine measures are becoming commonplace across the globe, we are looking to experts to help us understand how scientists are working during a pandemic, whether a vaccine or other treatments are in sight, and what the future may hold for us all. Paul Kellam is the professor ...


- What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. Some ...


- Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. have climbed past 153,200, with a death toll of over 2,800, while around 5,000 have recovered from infection, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University . The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province, has infected over 766,300 people globally across 177 countries and regions. More than 160,000 have recovered from infection, while over 36,800 have died. Around 82,200 people have been confirmed to be infected in China, nearly 76,000 of whom have recovered, while more than 3,300 have died. The U.S. is ...

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- The White House extends social distancing guidelines to April 30 on the latest advice from medical experts; John Roberts reports. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox.  Sign up here . It may be possible for the novel coronavirus to transmit through the air, a new study released over the weekend suggests. In a joint study by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska and others, researchers found genetic material from the virus that causes COVID-19 in air samples from both ...

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- COVID -19 patients whose symptoms have cleared can carry the new coronavirus for up to eight days, according to a small study, leading scientists to raise concerns these people could continue to infect others. The researchers studied 16 COVID -19 patients from China who had experienced mild symptoms. They were released from the Treatment Center of PLA General Hospital in Beijing between January 28 and February 9, having tested negative for the new coronavirus at least twice. Half of the participants had the virus in their systems after their symptoms had gone. The findings were published in ...

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- A man from Cape Coral in Florida has admitted he dumped his dog in a suburb because he believed the animal could infect him with coronavirus . A female dog called Daisy was picked up in Redland, Miami, and was identified as belonging to the man via a microchip. When the man was contacted, he said he had abandoned the animal because he thought he could catch COVID-19 from her. Although officials tried to tell him he was safe, the man would not take his dog back. The dog is currently being held at the Cape Coral Animal Shelter until a new home can be found. Although animals are being left in ...

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- As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on around the world, people are grasping for any sign that an end is in sight. One popular ray of hope: warm weather. After all, the seasonal flu and milder strains in the coronavirus family tend to spike in winter and dwindle in spring.  Will the novel coronavirus also work that way? Experts say don’t get your hopes up.  New research out of Europe suggests the pandemic may not simply vanish in the summer months, and medical experts say the virus is too new, and it’s too early in the season, to determine how it’s affected by weather and climate. This ...


- The coronavirus outbreak has seen more than 152,000 recover from infection as of Monday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The virus, which was first detected in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province, has affected more than 723,700 people across nearly 177 countries and regions. Around 82,150 cases have been confirmed in China, although the U.S. now has the largest number of cases in the world. It has more than 143,000 confirmed infections, with 4,685 recoveries. China has seen over 90 percent of its confirmed infected population recover, reporting some 75,900 ...

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- Researchers are still trying to understand why Covid-19 is deadly for some and invisible in others. Asymptomatic Coronavirus Carriers: How Contagious Are They? Researchers are still trying to understand why Covid-19 is deadly for some and invisible in others. Some households may have both serious and asymptomatic cases. To have any idea whether our current social distancing efforts in the United States are helping slow the spread of coronavirus, and to gauge how long we should go on this way, scientists need to know how many people have mild or asymptomatic cases of Covid-19. There could be ...


- Asymptomatic people may be infecting others despite officials saying risk of this is low Two weekends ago, Wang, a 59-year old cleaner who works at a library in Henan province, accompanied her former classmate Zhang home for China’s tomb-sweeping holiday, when families tend to the graves of their ancestors. She met Zhang, a local doctor, at a bus stop and the two drove out to the countryside. They shared three meals together. On Tuesday last week, Wang developed a cough and two days later, a fever. Her son took her to hospital where she was tested for Covid-19. On Saturday, she became not ...


- Police in the U.K. had to break up a "massive" karaoke party during a lockdown put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The government has advised citizens to avoid large and small gatherings in public and to avoid contact with friends or family who don't live in the same household. Nevertheless, Derbyshire Police said their officers were in "absolute shock" to find more than 25 adults and children defied social distancing guidelines to gather at a party on Sunday night. Police said they ensured people dispersed and the hosts of the party were "dealt with." Group 1 Officers ...

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- The coronavirus epidemic in the U.S., which has more cases than any other country, continues with more than 143,500 affected. Nearly 2,500 have died, while at least 4,865 have recovered from infection, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The death toll has nearly doubled since Friday, when around 1,300 fatalities were reported. More than half of the country (at least 22 states) has been under lockdown measures, which were due to end today, in a bid to help slow the spread. But President Donald Trump has extended the guidelines to April 30 as part of his 15 Days to ...

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- The newly identified coronavirus that emerged late last year in central China started a pandemic that’s already killed tens of thousands of people. Most deaths have been in Europe, and the U.S. now has the highest number of confirmed cases of any country. While it took three months for the first 100,000 cases of confirmed infection, the next 100,000 appeared in 12 days, and the total doubled again in barely a week. The contagiousness of the virus, which causes a lung illness dubbed Covid-19, has health experts worried it could rival the most devastating outbreaks in recent decades. ...


- What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. Some ...


- JINGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Ten unclaimed urns sit in the crematorium in Jingzhou, a city in central China’s Hubei province hard-hit by coronavirus. Not only are funerals banned across China, in places like Jingzhou bereaved relatives who are stuck in their homes must wait even to retrieve the remains of their loved ones. The ashes of the dead "are under our care for now because their family members are in quarantine, or they’re away and can’t come back yet," said the director of the Jingzhou crematorium, who gave only his surname, Sheng, as he was not permitted to speak to the media. ...

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- After SARS, Chinese health officials built an infectious disease reporting system to evade political meddling. But when the coronavirus emerged, so did fears of upsetting Beijing. The alarm system was ready. Scarred by the SARS epidemic that erupted in 2002 , China had created an infectious disease reporting system that officials said was world-class: fast, thorough and, just as important, immune from meddling. Hospitals could input patients’ details into a computer and instantly notify government health authorities in Beijing, where officers are trained to spot and smother contagious ...

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- It feels like an eternity ago, but the world only became aware of the coronavirus in December. Despite incredible efforts by scientists around the world, there is still much we do not understand, and we are all now part of a planet-wide experiment trying to find answers. Here are some of the big outstanding questions. 1. How many people have been infected. It is one of the most basic questions, but also one of the most crucial. There have been hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases around the world, but this is only a fraction of the total number of infections. And the figures are further ...

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- What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you go to see a doctor? What is Covid-19? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. ...


- The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus. For more free stories, Three months into this pandemic, scientists are coming to understand the novel coronavirus . They know, for example, that as horrible as this virus is, it is not the worst, most apocalyptic virus imaginable. Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, is not as contagious as measles, and although it is very dangerous , it is not as likely to kill an infected person as, say, Ebola. But there is one critically important, calamitous ...


- Scientists are tracing the path of Sars-CoV-2 from a wild animal host – but we need to look at the part played in the outbreak by industrial food production Where did the virus causing the current pandemic come from? How did it get to a food market in Wuhan, China, from where it is thought to have spilled over into humans? The answers to these questions are gradually being pieced together, and the story they tell makes for uncomfortable reading. Let’s start at the beginning. As of 17 March, we know that the Sars-CoV-2 virus (a member of the coronavirus family that causes the respiratory ...


- The outbreak started in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the country has almost 82,000 cases, but the US now has more, with 105,000. China is building a fortress against coronavirus. If you want to know just how seriously they are still taking , cross its borders. On Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it would ban all foreigners from entering in 24 hours' time - we need to get to Beijing. Our team was in Seoul and the screening process for started there. At the check-in counter, our temperatures were taken - anything above 37C meant no boarding, and being locked out of our ...

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- PETA has launched a petition urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to shut down live animal markets around the globe to prevent future pandemics like the one caused by the novel coronavirus. The petition , which has so far amassed more than 40,000 signatures, states that before the coronavirus pandemic, many people weren't familiar with the phrase "wet market" — a term for markets that sell live and dead animals. The animal rights organization says wet markets like the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, where the novel coronavirus is believe to have originated, are ...

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- The Chinese city of 11 million people that was Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly reopened on Saturday after more than two months of almost total isolation. Wuhan was placed under lockdown in January with residents forbidden to leave, roadblocks ring-fencing the city’s outskirts and drastic restrictions on daily life. But the major transport and industrial hub has now signalled the end of its long isolation, with state media showing the first officially sanctioned passenger train arriving back into the city just after midnight. People are now allowed to enter ...

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- Up to 10 percent of coronavirus patients leaving medical facilities in Wuhan after being tested negative for Covid-19 seem to have subsequently been re-infected, according to the South China Morning Post. This is not the first time that there have been reports of re-infection. Nevertheless, scientists say that it is unlikely that the virus is striking twice. Defying the laws of virology? Defend democracy. Click to invest in courageous progressive journalism today. This is not the first time that the coronavirus has appeared to infect the same person twice. At the end of February, ...

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- A coronavirus outbreak on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt is a threat to the U.S. Navy's preparedness against China and Iran, according to a retired ship commander. The Navy is scrambling to contain its first at-sea coronavirus outbreak after more than two dozen sailors tested positive aboard the Roosevelt following a port visit in Vietnam, the Associated Press reported. The Roosevelt was engaged in an exercise with another U.S. warship in the Philippine Sea when the first coronavirus infection was detected onboard. Earlier this week, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said that despite ...

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- As lockdowns  sweep the country  and people prepare to work from home  for months , many are wondering whether springtime's warmer temperatures will provide much-needed relief from the coronavirus. Others, including President Donald Trump, have made the case that it's a certainty. "When it gets a little warmer it miraculously goes away," said Trump, at a rally in  New Hampshire  last month. That was five weeks before  U.S. cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, topped 15,000  and  global cases climbed  to over 250,000. (So, no, a little warmth hasn't brought ...

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- COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a review published today in JAMA Cardiology by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Experts have known that viral illnesses such as COVID-19 can cause respiratory infections that may lead to lung damage and even death in severe cases. Less is known about the effects on the cardiovascular system. "It is likely that even in the absence of previous heart disease , the heart ...


- Cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. have surpassed that of any other country, with more than 86,000 confirmed incidents, over 1,300 fatalities and 753 recoveries, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The country is the new epicenter of the outbreak, having usurped the total number of cases in both China and Italy. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province, has spread to nearly 551,000 people across 176 countries and regions, including nearly 81,900 in China. Almost 127,500 have recovered from infection, including nearly 74,200 in ...

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- Academics at an Israeli research institute have suggested that, in order to balance the public health and economic concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, heavily-impacted societies could allow people to work as normal on two days of the week and lockdown for the remainder. But others say the modeling that underpins this proposal is too optimistic about the potential spread of a new strain of coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19 and has claimed thousands of lives worldwide , and would not work. The global economy is facing a deep recession and mass job losses because of the ...

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- The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has overtaken that of China as America becomes the new global epicenter of the outbreak. The U.S. now reports nearly 86,000 infections and a death toll of almost 1,300, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province , has seen more than 533,000 people infected across at least 176 countries and regions. More than 122,700 people have recovered and more than 24,000 have died across the globe. China has reported more than 81,780 confirmed patients. Nearly ...

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- The sale of pangolin in wet markets should be strictly prohibited after samples of the animal were found by researchers to contain viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 disease pandemic. An international team of researchers writing in Nature came to this conclusion after analyzing frozen tissue samples from 18 Malayan pangolins (Manis javanica) collected during anti-smuggling operations at Guangxi Customs in southern China between August 2017 and January 2018. RNA-sequencing found coronaviruses in samples from five of the 18 pangolins. Further testing ...

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- A coronavirus pandemic glossary. With the , there are so many new things we need to grow accustomed to. We’re physically avoiding many of the people and places we love, and too many are now being burdened by the sudden economic crisis that has arisen alongside the pandemic. But there are also a lot of new, and confusing, terms we’re hearing about. It’s okay if you’re unsure of the difference between a respirator and a ventilator, or the distinction between isolation and quarantine. We hope this glossary of pandemic terms will help. We’ll update this as new confusing terms start ...

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- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he revealed on Friday morning. Johnson said he had "developed mild symptoms" of the virus and intended to continue leading the U.K. government through video conferences in a recorded statement announcing that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Prime Minister also said he would be "self-isolating" at his 10 Downing Street residence as he experienced a "persistent cough" and a high temperature. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," the prime minister ...

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- The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic grows continues to increase: as of Thursday morning, March 26, COVID-19 had killed 22,993 people worldwide, including 8165 in Italy, 4145 in Spain and more than 1000 in the United States (according to researchers at John Hopkins University ). And a question that continues to be asked is: why, in God’s name, didn’t the U.S. take better steps to prepare back in January and February? But there were plenty of warnings, from journalists to physicians to the intel community. And in a March 26 article for New York Magazine, journalist David ...

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- What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you go to see a doctor? What is Covid-19? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. ...


- COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a review published today in JAMA Cardiology by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Experts have known that viral illnesses such as COVID-19 can cause respiratory infections that may lead to lung damage and even death in severe cases. Less is known about the effects on the cardiovascular system. It is likely that even in the absence of previous heart disease, the heart ...


- Grappling with the coronavirus has been a constant learning process – for epidemiologists, doctors, patients, governments and individuals. Some things we thought we knew have changed as more data arrives and more countries study its effects. As of Friday, there are more than 86,000 cases in the United States, which surpassed China and Italy for the most cases worldwide. More than 1,200 people have died in the U.S., with more than 24,000 deaths worldwide.  Here are some ways in which are initial understanding of the virus has changed: Only older people are highly susceptible ...

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- New cases of the coronavirus are reported every day, and as yet there's no vaccine. So what treatments are available if you're one of the unlucky ones who gets infected? If your symptoms are mild, you should treat them the same way you would a cold or flu. A spectrum of severity SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is one of hundreds of viruses that cause colds and flu symptoms in humans. The infection ranges in severity from almost silent (asymptomatic), to a mild cold, all the way to lung and organ failure. The symptoms may be worse than a normal cold or flu because this coronavirus ...


- LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles recorded its first case of coronavirus five weeks before New York City, yet it’s New York that is now the U.S. epicenter of the disease. Public health officials are keeping a wary eye and warning that LA could end up being as hard hit as New York in coming weeks, in part because a planned increase in testing may uncover a dramatic surge in cases. Testing in Los Angeles County is expected to increase from 500 per day to 5,000 by the end of the week. “I would love to be able to say with all certainty that’s where we’re not going,” Los Angeles Public ...

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- Scientists have created a self-administered test for COVID -19, which they claim is as accurate as screenings by medical professionals. Swabs taken from the nostril and mid-nose of COVID-19 patients picked up the disease in more than 90 percent of cases, according to a statement by healthcare company UnitedHealth Group which created it. That is the same level of accuracy as those carried out by clinicians, it said. The study involved almost 500 patients at OptumCare facilities in hard-hit Washington state, and the results were prepared for an unnamed major peer-reviewed medical journal. Its ...

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- Americans who have recently returned to the U.S. say they have received little or inconsistent guidance from airport and government officials about self-quarantining and social distancing, raising concerns about coronavirus screening practices at transport hubs. The experiences described by travelers, coupled with the federal policies in place, put the U.S. at odds with many of the precautions other countries are taking to limit the spread of coronavirus. Health officials who have been setting guidelines for Americans in the U.S. say there are still risks of more cases being brought into the ...

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- COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a new review. COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a review published today in JAMA Cardiology by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Experts have known that viral illnesses such as COVID-19 can cause respiratory infections that may ...


- COVID -19 has been linked to heart problems even in those without preexisting c ardiovascular conditions, according to a review of existing scientific studies. The authors of the paper published in the journal JAMA Cardiology looked at research on the new coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19, as well on the seasonal flu, and other members of the coronavirus family: SARS and MERS. They found COVID -19 may either cause new heart problems or worsen underlying issues. COVID -19 was associated with heart inflammation and there was a "high prevalence" of cardiac injury in patients ...

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- The coronavirus has infected more than 542,000 people across 176 countries and regions. Over 124,000 have recovered from infection, while more than 24,300 have died, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. now has the most confirmed cases in the world, while Italy is facing a spike in cases in its southern region. China, which has over 81,800 cases and nearly 74,200 recoveries, is seeing an increase in imported cases, while no new domestic cases have been reported recently. With more cases reported outside China than within, the country claims the outbreak of the ...

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- SAN FRANCISCO — At least eight strains of the coronavirus are making their way around the globe, creating a trail of death and disease that scientists are tracking by their genetic footprints. While much is unknown, hidden in the virus's unique microscopic fragments are clues to the origins of its original strain, how it behaves as it mutates and which strains are turning into conflagrations while others are dying out thanks to quarantine measures.   Huddled in once bustling and now almost empty labs, researchers who oversaw dozens of projects are instead focused on one goal: tracking ...

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- The year was 2009, and the pandemic was caused by a strain of influenza known as swine flu, then H1N1. But similarities to the current virus outbreak end there. COVID-19, the illness caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome —known as SARS—coronavirus 2, is much more contagious and many times more deadly. There are no approved treatments or vaccines, leading to lockdowns and quarantines ordered by public health officials. The novel coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness and deaths in older people, although scientists are rushing to learn more. With H1N1, children and young ...


- New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea on Thursday evening announced the first death in their ranks from coronavirus-related complications. In a statement emailed to Newsweek , Shea expressed that the NYPD is "deeply saddened" over their "first Coronavirus pandemic casualty." The deceased, Dennis C. Dickson, was a custodian assigned to Police HQ and a 14-year veteran of the NYPD family, he said. Dickson passed away on Thursday at Kings County Hospital. "Mr. Dickson was a revered member of the custodial staff at Police Headquarters once spending 17 days at the ...

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- The coronavirus outbreak has seen more than 120,000 people recover from infection, as of Thursday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei province of China, has spread to over 500,000 people across nearly 175 countries and claimed the lives of nearly 22,300 people. Around 81,700 cases have been confirmed in China and nearly 73,000 are reported to have recovered to date. China claims the outbreak has been largely contained, with more cases now reported outside the country than within. Earlier this week, ...

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- How the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 made the leap from animals to humans is a puzzle that scientists are trying to solve as humanity comes to grip with the deadly pandemic sweeping the globe. At the frontline of this scientific work is Professor Edward Holmes, an evolutionary virologist who holds a joint position with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has been working closely with scientists in China and around the world to unlock the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, ...


- How the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 made the leap from animals to humans is a puzzle that scientists are trying to solve as humanity comes to grip with the deadly pandemic sweeping the globe. At the frontline of this scientific work is Professor Edward Holmes, an evolutionary virologist who holds a joint position with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has been working closely with scientists in China and around the world to unlock the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, ...


- There is a chance that scientists failed to identify a coronavirus pandemic in the nineteenth century. Scientists have known of the human coronavirus  since the 1960s.  But only rarely has it garnered wider recognition over the past half a century.   One example was in 2003, when the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) caused  an outbreak  of the disease severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in mainland China and Hong Kong. Another was  in 2012 , when the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) led to an outbreak of Middle East respiratory ...


- The coronavirus has infected more than half a million people around the world across at least 175 countries. 120,000 people have recovered from infection , according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The virus, which was first detected in the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province, has spread to more than 500,000 people. China has more than 81,800 cases, with around 3,200 fatalities and 73,000 recoveries. With more infections now reported outside China than within, the country claims the outbreak has been largely contained. Italy has seen the most number of cases outside ...

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- Amid harsh isolation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s only natural to ask how a microscopic agent can kill thousands of people, topple economies and disrupt life for hundreds of millions of people. COVID-19, the disease caused by the body’s reaction to this new viral invader, is wreaking havoc for three main reasons. It is a new disease from a virus that has never infected humans before, so humans have no natural immunity to it. Second, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Third, there are no drugs to treat it. Once it begins spreading in a community, it sickens and kills. ...


- One-third of the world's population is now under lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. People in India, a country with a population of over 1.3 billion, were asked to stay in their homes from Wednesday in a bid to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. This follows similar measures taken in China, where the outbreak began, most of Europe, parts of the U.S., and countries in South America and Africa. In total, the lockdown has affected around a third of the world's 7.8 billion people. That's about the same as the global population at the end of WWII. According to the Johns Hopkins ...

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- The newly identified coronavirus that emerged late last year in central China started a global pandemic that’s already killed over 21,000 people, mostly now in Europe. While it took three months for the first 100,000 cases of confirmed infection, the next 100,000 appeared in 12 days, and the total doubled again in barely a week. The contagiousness of the virus, which causes a lung illness dubbed Covid-19, has health experts worried it could rival the most devastating outbreaks in recent decades. Meanwhile, it’s creating turmoil in the global economy, financial markets, supply chains and ...


- The COVID-19 pandemic has already caused several thousand deaths, widespread health problems, massive anxiety and economic losses. Most people are concerned with what happens day by day as we wait for control measures to work. But we should also be concerned about whether or not we will be living with the virus for a long time. Will we be able to eradicate COVID-19, as we did with SARS? Or will we need to learn to live with it like we do with the common cold? We have been experiencing epidemics and pandemics for centuries, so there are lessons we can draw from these examples. To understand ...

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- The coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has spread to nearly 70,000 people in the country, as of Thursday, up from over 55,200 yesterday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. is following a similar trajectory of growth in cases as Italy, which currently has the largest number of confirmed infections, while the U.S. falls just behind it, followed by Spain. Having reported a 25 percent increase in deaths on Wednesday and nearly 20,000 new cases by Thursday morning, the U.S. is poised to potentially experience the worst outbreak in the world, overtaking Italy. The ...

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- How the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 made the leap from animals to humans is a puzzle that scientists are trying to solve as humanity comes to grip with the deadly pandemic sweeping the globe. At the frontline of this scientific work is Professor Edward Holmes, an evolutionary virologist who holds a joint position with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has been working closely with scientists in China and around the world to unlock the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, ...


- (CN) – Stop eating scaly anteaters. That is one of the conclusions, published in the journal Nature on Thursday, drawn by more than a dozen Chinese researchers who found two lineages of coronaviruses in smuggled pangolins with striking similarities to the pandemic respiratory disease Covid-19. By the World Wildlife Federation’s count , pangolins—scaly anteaters—are one of the most trafficked animals in the world, particularly in China and Vietnam where the meat is consumed as a delicacy and the scales used as an ingredient in traditional medicine. As of March 25, the World Health ...


- Augmented reality glasses with built-in thermal imaging capabilities are now being used in China's Zhejiang province to screen the body temperatures of crowds as the government begins to ease the strict COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in some regions of the country. The devices, made by Chinese technology start-up Rokid, are currently being worn by security staff at Hongyuan Park, a part of the Xixi Wetland preserve in Hangzhou city. Images of the devices show they resemble a normal pair of sunglasses, except for a camera that scans heat signatures. The glasses can check the temperatures of ...

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- Scientists haven’t found evidence that the new coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people, but they do host very similar viruses Pangolins, once suspected as the missing link from bats to humans in the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, may not have played that role, some scientists say, although the animals do host viruses that are similar to the new human coronavirus. Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance , an organization that works on animal-to-human spillover diseases, said that accumulating evidence on pangolins made it “doubtful that this species played a role in the ...

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- New York City has erected a makeshift morgue outside a hospital to handle the expected rise in deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) confirmed to Newsweek that the refrigerated tents outside Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan were built as part of contingency plans in case the city's permanent morgues reach capacity. Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said in a statement, "We're in a public health crisis, and the city has declared a state of emergency. As part of that declaration, agencies like OCME have enacted ...

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- The claim: People who suffered from a round of illness in November and December likely had the coronavirus  A handful of widely circulated Facebook posts have asserted that people in the United States likely contracted the coronavirus as early as last fall. “Who got sick in November or December and it lasted 10 to 14 days, with the worst cough that wouldn’t go away?” the posts say. “If you can answer, yes, then you probably had the coronavirus. There were no tests and the flu test would come back negative anyway. They called it a severe upper respiratory infection.”  Many of the ...

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- The COVID-19 virus has spread to more than 492,000 people in nearly 175 countries, as of Thursday. While nearly 120,000 people have recovered from infection, the virus has killed more than 22,100 people across the globe, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. Europe remains the epicenter of the pandemic, with Italy and Spain being the worst-hit, but the U.S. may be on track to overtake Italy. The country saw an increase of nearly 200 deaths and 20,000 cases on Wednesday, up to 69,200 currently. More cases of the virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in ...

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- Watching the Chinese Communist dictatorship mismanage an epidemic, cover it up and then lie about it has been infuriating. But it is also a good lesson in how dangerous and how profoundly dishonest the dictatorship is. China's guilt at having allowed a local epidemic to turn into a worldwide pandemic is even more infuriating when the Chinese Foreign Ministry publicly alleges that the coronavirus came from America. Both President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have correctly pushed back hard against the Communist dictatorship's lies. The simple fact is that Communist-ruled ...

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- What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor in the UK? What is Covid-19? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or ...


- The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. increased by around 25 percent in a day as the country's total number of fatalities climbed past 1,000 on Wednesday night. At least 619 have recovered from infection. There are nearly 69,200 confirmed cases in the U.S., as of Thursday morning, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. New York City, King County in Washington state and parts of New Jersey reported the highest death tolls so far, followed by New Orleans in Louisiana, Georgia and other parts of New York. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's ...

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- What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you see a doctor? What is Covid-19? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes? According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. About ...


- The UN's health agency has faced criticism in the past for overreacting and for moving too slowly in fighting epidemics, but it has rarely faced as much scrutiny as with the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization was deemed too alarmist when it faced the H1N1 epidemic in 2009 but five years later it was accused of dragging its feet in declaring an emergency over the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, which would go on to kill more than 11,000 people. After that debacle, the WHO reformed and created a rapid response unit that has since helped to tackle two Ebola outbreaks in ...


- The newly identified coronavirus that emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan started a pandemic that has already killed more than 14,000 people. While it took three months for the first 100,000 cases of confirmed infection, the next 100,000 appeared in 12 days and the total doubled again in barely a week as cases in Europe and the U.S. soared. The contagiousness of the virus, which causes a lung illness dubbed Covid-19, has health experts worried it could rival the most devastating outbreaks in recent decades. Meanwhile, it’s creating turmoil in the global economy, ...


- A new modeling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, comprising quarantine (for infected individuals and their families), school closure, and workplace distancing, is most effective at reducing the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases compared with other intervention scenarios included in the study. While less effective than the combined approach, quarantine plus workplace measures presented the next best option for reducing SARS-CoV-2 cases, followed by quarantine plus school closure, and then quarantine only. All ...


- Huge crowds jammed trains and buses in Hubei province on Wednesday as people seized their first chance to travel after two months under lockdown at the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak. Strict curbs on daily life are finally being lifted, allowing healthy people to head home and see loved ones after weeks of separation. At a railway station in the city of Macheng, AFP reporters saw long lines of people lugging suitcases in the rain as they queued for trains. Children in masks were among those waiting, while guards directed the crowds and station announcements offered details of ...


- Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation. The 71-year-old, who is heir to the British throne, has "been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health," a Clarence House spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek. The spokesperson added that Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative but is also self-isolating in their home in Scotland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the Prince's Trust And TK Maxx & Homesense Awards at London Palladium on March 11, 2020 in London, England. Karwai Tang/WireImage "The Prince of Wales has tested ...

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- China appears to have been able to ease social distancing measures put in place to stop the coronavirus outbreak without COVID-19 returning, according to a report. After initially downplaying the emergence of a mysterious new virus in the central city of Wuhan in December last year, officials in China implemented aggressive measures to stop COVID -19 from spreading, including quarantining millions of people. The report by the COVID -19 Response Team at the U.K.'s Imperial College London—which helps to advise the World Health Organization (WHO)—stated "social distancing measures enacted in ...

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- For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website . The coronavirus pandemic has quickly shifted life for millions of people around the world, and businesses big and small are working to adapt to social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures. When it comes to ridesharing, studies already show passengers are rethinking the service amid the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 . But it's extraordinary to see what the concept looks like in Wuhan, China. Health officials identified Wuhan as the novel coronavirus' epicenter months ago, but ...

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