CoronaVirus


- My patient caught Covid-19 twice. So long to herd immunity hopes. Emerging cases of Covid-19 reinfection suggest herd immunity is wishful thinking. “Wait. I can catch Covid twice?” my 50-year-old patient asked in disbelief. It was the beginning of July, and he had just tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 , for a second time — three months after a previous infection. While there’s still much we don’t understand about immunity to this new illness, a small but growing number of cases like his suggest the answer is “yes.” Covid-19 may also be much worse ... [Read More]

Source: vox.com

- Taiwan has wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony as it holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony Saturday night, as the island holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases. Actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing, and participants didn’t wear masks in historic Zhongshan Hall in Taipei. Taiwan, with a population of about 23 million people, has had 451 confirmed cases and ... [Read More]


- Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test. This article first appeared in Salon . Defend democracy. Click to invest in courageous progressive journalism today. "You don’t even think that you’re ... [Read More]

Source: rawstory.com

- JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will reimpose a ban on the sale of alcohol and a nighttime curfew to reduce pressure on its hospitals as coronavirus infections rise rapidly, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. Ramaphosa’s government imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world in late March and delayed a surge in infections, but it has since eased many restrictions over fears for its struggling economy. South Africa has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa and is now recording the fourth-largest daily increase in new cases worldwide. Ramaphosa said ... [Read More]

Source: reuters.com

- After only a few days caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients at the start of the outbreak in New York City, Aakriti Gupta, MD, realized that this was much more than a respiratory disease. "I was on the front lines right from the beginning. I observed that patients were clotting a lot, they had high blood sugars even if they did not have diabetes, and many were experiencing injury to their hearts and kidneys," says Gupta, one of the first Columbia cardiology fellows to be deployed to the COVID intensive care units at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In early March, there wasn't ... [Read More]


- (CNN) After Memorial Day, as the United States began to reopen, coronavirus cases began to rise. The number of hospitalizations had risen in at least a dozen states some two weeks after the holiday weekend. For the Fourth of July weekend, a new analysis of cell phone data suggests even more people hit the road among 10 coronavirus hotspots, despite warnings from health experts. Mobility, experts say, is one driver of transmission of the novel coronavirus. The analysis comes from data shared with CNN by Cuebiq , one of the private companies that the US Centers for Disease Control and ... [Read More]

Source: cnn.com

- Police in southern China say investigators have concluded a bus crash that killed 21 people was caused by the driver, who was unhappy his home was to be demolished BEIJING -- Investigators have concluded a bus crash that killed 21 people in southern China was caused by the driver, who was unhappy his home was to be demolished, police said Sunday. The driver, who died in Tuesday's crash, “intentionally targeted" his passengers by driving across six lanes of traffic and into a lake, the police department of the city of Anshun said on its social media account. The driver, identified only by ... [Read More]


- Let's talk about face masks. In April, we learned that people with few or no symptoms could shed and infect others. That meant we could no longer rely on the simple advice to stay home if you're sick. So, health officials advised wearing face masks to prevent people with COVID-19 from spreading it to others . But many have chosen not to wear masks for a variety of reasons, including people not realizing – or not caring – that they might get infected and be fine, but they could spread the virus to somebody else who could die . And, wearing a mask became entwined with politics, rejected by ... [Read More]

Source: cbsnews.com

- The Fourth of July holiday brought record traffic to the nation’s airports last weekend as some travelers cautiously started returning to the skies. On the Thursday prior to the holiday, the nation’s airport security checkpoints scanned 764,761 passengers, the most that the agency has seen since prior to the pandemic. On the Sunday and subsequent Monday of the holiday weekend, the agency scanned 732,123 and 755,555 passengers respectively. During the peak of the slowdown in air passenger traffic in mid-April, the TSA saw only 87,534 passengers go through its checkpoints. To put those ... [Read More]

Source: forbes.com

- Workers at AS Green & Co have been asked to isolate on the farm and are being treated as "one extended bubble". Dozens of key workers picking and packing vegetables at a farm in Herefordshire have tested positive for coronavirus. The council says 220 people at AS Green & Co, based in Mathon near Malvern, have been tested for and 73 came back positive following an outbreak there. Workers are being asked to isolate on the farm and stay within household groups to reduce the risk of spreading the virus within the workforce, and are being treated as "one extended bubble". A spokesperson for the ... [Read More]

Source: news.sky.com

- Disney World reopens Saturday – what that will look like and what the experts say Summer is usually a high season for theme parks, and this year, after closing in March amid the Covid-19 pandemic, some of Florida's top parks are reopening.  Universal Studios Orlando  and SeaWorld Orlando as well as Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay all reopened in June. But among all the parks, perhaps none is as highly anticipated as Walt Disney World Orlando's reopening on Saturday — the iconic theme park is consistently ranked one of the most-visited theme parks in the world, with 20 million people visiting ... [Read More]

Source: cnbc.com

- Leicester has joined a handful of European cities to be placed on the Belgian government's "red-zone" list. It means anyone arriving in the country who has recently visited Leicester will be told to place themselves in a two-week mandatory quarantine. It is the only UK city to be included in Belgium's list. The other cities are in Portugal or Spain. Leicester was the site of England's first local lockdown on 29 June following a spike in coronavirus cases. Signs are expected to be erected around Brussels Airport on Saturday telling passengers to inform the authorities if they have been in the ... [Read More]

Source: bbc.com

- How Risky Is It to Take a Road Trip, Train Trip, or Flight Right Now? To be clear: Staying home is still safest. What’s the safest way to travel during the new coronavirus pandemic—if any? As of this writing, COVID-19 has killed more than 130,000 people in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New hotspots continue to pop up, like those in Arizona, California, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, among other states. And it’s becoming clearer that some people who contract but don’t die of the virus may face ongoing medical issues like intense ... [Read More]

Source: self.com

- The World Health Organisation has praised the efforts taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in Dharavi, one of the world's largest slums, underscoring the need for community engagement along with national unity and global solidarity to turn the pandemic around. Dharavi, which is located in India's commercial capital Mumbai, is spread over an area of 2.5 square kilometres and has a population of 650,000. People live in shanties and dilapidated buildings with narrow lanes and open sewers. The first COVID-19 patient in Dharavi was found on April 1, nearly three weeks after Mumbai recorded ... [Read More]


- TUCSON — As one of Tucson's largest hospitals battles to save its largest-ever number of critically ill patients, its COVID ICU is eerily quiet . The only sounds are the beeps of machines and the shuffle of staff in protective gear entering and exiting rooms of people who lie sedated, eyes closed, with multiple tubes coming out of their mouths. These patients at Tucson Medical Center are different from those who fell ill with COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic. Those first cases were mostly patients in their 70s and 80s coming from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. ... [Read More]

Source: usatoday.com

- As school districts across the United States consider whether and how to restart in-person classes, their challenge is complicated by a pair of fundamental uncertainties: No nation has tried to send children back to school with the virus raging at levels like America’s, and the scientific research about transmission in classrooms is limited. The World Health Organization has now concluded that the virus is airborne in crowded, indoor spaces with poor ventilation, a description that fits many American schools. But there is enormous pressure to bring students back — from parents, from ... [Read More]