CoronaVirus


- (HealthDay)—The best time to get your flu shot is now if you want to protect yourself against a potential "twindemic" infection of influenza and COVID-19, experts say. "Early September, at the very least early October, is the best time to get your flu shot . That really allows your body to build up the appropriate immune response in time for the peak prevalence of influenza in the community," Dr. Nadia Eltaki, director of clinical operations for Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., said during an HD Live! interview on Tuesday. A massive effort is underway to get as many people as ... [Read More]


- 'Enormous And Tragic': U.S. Has Lost More Than 200,000 People To COVID-19 The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday — reaching what was once the upper limit of some estimates for the pandemic's impact on Americans. Some experts now warn that the toll could nearly double again by the end of 2020. "I hoped we would be in a better place by now," said Caitlin Rivers , an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. "It's an enormous and tragic loss of life." COVID-19 is now one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., which has reported more than 6.8 ... [Read More]

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- Two studies published Tuesday shed light on the so-called silent spread of Covid-19. One study, published in the journal Thorax , reports that asymptomatic people can carry as much virus in their noses and throats as people showing symptoms of the illness. The second study, a review published in Plos Medicine , found that while the majority of infected individuals do develop symptoms, they may test positive before those symptoms begin. Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak Taken together, the research underscores the need for preventive measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. ... [Read More]

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- They have a few things in common. We're all doing a lot of work figuring out the riskiest places for COVID-19 right now. And there are three places that may be particularly risky when it comes to the coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a recent interview . "The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] just came out with a figure that's really telling," Dr. Fauci told MSNBC All In host Chris Hayes last week. “It shows the odds of risk of different types of situations… Coming right out at you from the ... [Read More]

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- Two new studies published in a scientific journal raise questions about whether transmission of the coronavirus on lengthy commercial airline flights might be more common than earlier thought. One looked at two passengers and two flight attendants on the same 15-hour flight from Boston to Hong Kong who later tested positive for COVID-19. It was found that the virus' genetic sequence in all four was identical, which the study said "strongly suggests that the virus can be transmitted during air travel." The other study examined a 10-hour flight from London to Hanoi, Vietnam , in which 16 ... [Read More]

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- “We faced our worst fear: dying in prison.” On March 14, when the coronavirus began spreading through Westchester, Sing Sing started taking preventative measures. All family visitation and access by nonessential civilians — teachers, professors, volunteers — were suspended. Cellblock gyms and religious services were closed. Mess-hall seating was staggered. Medical callouts and commissary runs were limited to groups of ten. No masks, no hand sanitizers — not yet. To us prisoners, it all seemed like a face-saving attempt in a hopeless situation. In the yards, guys congregated on the ... [Read More]

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- Fever, runny nose, headache? Lost your sense of taste or smell? Your guide to differentiating between the three illnesses With winter approaching, the UK is entering the traditional seasons for colds and flu, with the additional complication this year that symptoms of those two illnesses can be broadly similar to those experienced by people who have caught the coronavirus and may be at risk of spreading it . The NHS in England has produced a guide to differentiate between the three types of illnesses, which health experts hope will make it clearer to people whether they have an illness they ... [Read More]


- A version of this story appeared in the September 21 edition of CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday . (CNN) "Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread ," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in an updated guidance page on its website. Scientists have noted the likelihood of the transmission of coronavirus through viral particles in the air for months, pushing health agencies to acknowledge it. The CDC changed its advice on Friday. It now says the ... [Read More]

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- The Georgia Department of Public Health on Monday reported three additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of Monday, Georgia’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths reached 6,604. The state Department of Public Health on Monday reported an additional 1,187 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of those cases, 11 were reported in the Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax. As of Monday, a total of 307,339 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health. (Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Data ... [Read More]

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- The new coronavirus seems so strange because it has our full attention in a way most viruses don’t. Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here . Last Monday, when I called the cardiologist Amy Kontorovich in the late morning, she apologized for sounding tired. “I’ve been in my lab infecting heart cells with SARS-CoV-2 since 6 a.m. this morning,” she said. That might seem like an odd experiment for a virus that spreads through the air, and primarily infects the lungs and airways. But SARS-CoV-2, the new ... [Read More]


- Taipei, Taiwan (CNN) New arrivals to Taiwan might be forgiven for thinking they've stepped back in time. On the streets of the island's capital, Taipei, pedestrians appear more concerned with staying out of the hot midday sun than maintaining any semblance of social distancing. Large lines stretch along the sidewalks, as people cram into popular lunchtime eateries. And in nearby parks, large groups of young people exercise and practice dance routines. In fact, there are few if any visible signs that this is 2020 and the world is in the grip of a raging pandemic. As the global number of ... [Read More]

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- An independent investigation report into the outbreak of bacterial infection in mid and west Essex. In the first months of 2019 a number of people in the mid Essex area became ill with the rare and contagious bacterial infection invasive Group A Streptococcus (iGAS). By March it was found to be an outbreak unprecedented in the UK. A total of 39 people were eventually treated in mid and west Essex, and 15 people died after contracting the infection. All of them lived in the area. Public Health England (PHE) are the national body responsible for preparing for and responding to health ... [Read More]


- Exposure to the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever may provide some immunity against COVID-19, Reuters reported Monday, citing a new study.  The not-yet-published study analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil and found a link between the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever, according to the newswire.  The study led by Miquel Nicolelis , a professor at Duke University, reportedly compared geographic distribution of coronavirus cases with the spread of dengue in 2019 and 2020.  Nicolelis found that places with lower coronavirus infection rates and slower case growth ... [Read More]

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- Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty’s briefing predicted an autumn of rising deaths and difficult lockdown choices The UK government’s most senior scientists, England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and the chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance , have given a televised briefing about the recent increases in coronavirus cases, and what to expect – unusually, doing so without a politician there as well. Here is what we learned. Where are we now? What they said: With the number of UK cases rising above 3,000 a day and towards 4,000, Vallance said infections seemed to be ... [Read More]


- What is it like to board a plane during the pandemic, and to fly for hours at a time? One writer shares her international flight experience from the United States to East Africa. I nternational travel before the pandemic was, for the most part, pretty darn predictable: I could book a flight months in advance and feel confident that borders would stay open  to Americans by the time I departed. Transit hubs were more or less straightforward, and if my flight got canceled, my airline would likely have a number of alternative flights that would get me to my destination with relative ease. ... [Read More]

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- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged officially what many medical experts have long argued: The novel coronavirus often spreads through aerosols. Updated guidance on the agency’s website states that the virus most commonly spreads when people come into close contact and such particles are “inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs.” Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) said Sunday that she tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting three facilities in an attempt to get a diagnosis. Her experience underscores the need for a national testing strategy ... [Read More]