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Miami Beach declares State of Emergency over spring break crowds

Miami Beach - The city of Miami Beach, Florida on Saturday declared a state of emergency over spring break crowds that have descended on the popular South Florida destination.

COVID-19 variant first identified in UK a growing threat in US

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, warned that the UK variant of the coronavirus could account for up to 30 percent of infections in the U.S.

U.S. announces revised rules for post-COVID vaccination Special

The U.S. CDC has announced new guidance for the rules post-vaccine administration, in terms of size of groups and masks. These differ to the rules in place for other nations.

How to improve your mental wellbeing during COVID-19 Special

Levels of unhappiness appear to have increased through the pandemic. This is partly a matter of perception and a leading psychologist explains how, with coaching, people can be nudged into thinking more positively.

High pollen counts can raise your COVID-19 risk

Exposure to pollen can raise your risk of developing COVID-19, and it isn’t just a problem for people with allergies, new research released March 9 shows.

Spring break and COVID-19 may end up being a very bad idea

Spring break time is here, and already, beaches in Florida are packed. While COVID-19 infection numbers are down, US health officials say how Americans act in the coming weeks could help determine how the pandemic will unfold.

Request for fireworks at Mount Rushmore rejected by NPS

Washington - The National Park Service (NPS) denied a request from South Dakota for fireworks over Mount Rushmore on the 4th of July this year, citing potential park damage, wildfire risks, and COVID-19.

Op-Ed: Personal experience: The vaccine is a matter of civic duty Special

Receiving the coronavirus vaccine – whichever of the approved vaccines is available – is not only important to your own health, it’s a matter of civic duty. The same as voting, this is something essential for the good of society.

U.S. now averaging 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations per day

Washington - The average number of vaccine doses being administered across the United States per day topped two million for the first time on Wednesday, according to data from the CDC. A month ago, the average was about 1.3 million.

Op-Ed: Is at-扑克王游戏下载home COVID-19 testing a good idea?

A new antigen test has been give the seal approval in the U.S. to enable rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 (to assess an infected person). But how accurate are these 'lateral flow' tests?

Temperature scanners of 'limited value' in detecting COVID-19

Many workplaces and businesses have put in place thermography scanners on building entrances or they are asking people to take their temperature before travel. Is this a useful COVID-19 safety measure?

Number of COVID variants in U.S. could wipe out progress

The decline in Covid-19 cases reported in the U.S. since early January may be flattening, a concerning shift as highly transmissible variants threaten to exacerbate infections, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

How long can loss of sense of taste and smell last with COVID?

Toronto - A preliminary study involving 813 Quebec health-care workers who tested positive for COVID-19 has shown that people with the coronavirus could lose their sense of smell and taste for up to five months.

As U.S. reaches 500K deaths — Biden to hold 'Moment of Silence'

Washington - With the nation expected to surpass 500,000 coronavirus deaths on Monday, President Joe Biden will hold a moment of silence this evening for the Americans who have died of coronavirus, the White House said.

The search for herd immunity with COVID-19

The U.S. is farther down the path to herd immunity on COVID-19 than Canada due to two factors: higher infection rates at the outset and, now, much higher vaccination rates. But, what is herd immunity?

Libertarian or Orwellian: What to make of the vaccine passport? Special

Heralded as key to returning to normal, the digital "vaccine passport" may offer a way to make things easier. However, there are many who baulk at the idea of the mass holding of personal data along with security concerns.

Q&A: How will commercial buildings keep up with COVID-19 in 2021? Special

While the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be rolled out, this cannot be seen as the only failsafe. Monitoring indoor air is set to be fundamental to handle the second virus wave and stopping air pollution problems such as respiratory issues.

U.S. population divided over vaccines along political lines

Invisibly recently conducted a survey in order to gain a deeper understanding of how well informed people are about the COVID-19 vaccines. This revealed that U.S. citizens are divided on their willingness to take the vaccine.

Vaccine distribution complexities will hamper roll-out Special

A new survey into the U.S. and Canada findings that many healthcare organizations are concerned that they are not ready to distribute the vaccine and that sufficient planning is not in place.

Air Canada cuts an additional 1,500 jobs over COVID restrictions

Ottawa - Cutbacks are once again coming to the airline industry due to COVID-19 restrictions, as Air Canada announced it is again cutting service, resulting in at least 1,500 new layoffs among its union members.

How to protect yourself from the NHS COVID vaccine phishing scam Special

The latest cybersecurity alert is one that is preying upon people's fears around the coronavirus pandemic. This is in the form of a phishing campaign connected to the various COVID-19 vaccines.

Is evidence growing towards 'double masking'?

As new variants of the novel coronavirus are spreading across the globe and there is talk about vaccine effectiveness against the some of the mutations, it is timely to re-look at masks and the current considerations around double-masking.

National variations to the COVID vaccine revealed in new survey

A new international survey of attitudes to the various coronavirus vaccines shows an underlying current of misinformation. Beyond this, there are some stark national variances in relation to those who are opposed to being immunized.

Semiconductor chip shortage forces Ford to cut F-150 production

Ford Motor is significantly cutting production of its highly profitable F-150 pickup trucks due to an ongoing semiconductor chip shortage plaguing the global automotive industry.

U.S. has the highest rates of vaccine suspicion

Polls vary slightly but the common trend is that just under half of the U.S. population are unwilling to take a coronavirus vaccine. This is despite the U.S. accounting for one quarter of global cases.

UK variant of COVID-19 may be more deadly than others

Early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more deadly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. However, there remains huge uncertainty around the numbers - and vaccines are still expected to work.

Better security is needed to prevent COVID-19 test fraud Special

Many governments have placed restrictions on travel, requiring people wishing to enter another country to provide evidence of a negative coronavirus test. This had led to an illicit market in fake COVID-19 test kits.

Op-Ed: Get used to COVID-19, it will always be with us

As global communities struggle to cope with both coronavirus infections that manifest as COVID-19 and the restrictions that come with the health emergency, the reality is dawning that we may always have to live with this virus and potentially others.

Four strategies for retail stores to survive the COVID-19 wave

For retail it will come as no surprise that 2020 was a uniquely difficult year, with some of the worst economic data in history recorded. Leading analysts present a recovery strategy for the outlet sector.

Nudge or enforce? What is best for COVID-19 controls?

Does nudge theory have a role to play in persuading or influencing the general populace to adhere to the societal rules relating to avoiding transmitting or contracting the novel coronavirus? The answer appears not.
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A laser thermometer  as used during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
A laser thermometer, as used during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a student to test for COVID-19 in New York City.
A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a student to test for COVID-19 in New York City.
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Lawmakers held a news conference on Capitol Hill to unveil a bipartisan  bicameral COVID-19 emergenc...
Lawmakers held a news conference on Capitol Hill to unveil a bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief proposal. (Screen-grab from C-SPAN video).
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The governor of Georgia  Brian Kemp  apparently had no idea until today that people without symptoms...
The governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, apparently had no idea until today that people without symptoms can still spread the coronavirus.
Georgia GovernorBrian Kemp
Scientist Peter Tsai recommends leaving the mask out for seven days before reuse
Scientist Peter Tsai recommends leaving the mask out for seven days before reuse
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Attached to the Perseverance Mars rover  an aluminum plate commemorates the impact of the COVID-19 p...
Attached to the Perseverance Mars rover, an aluminum plate commemorates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and pays tribute to the perseverance of health care workers around the world.
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A new study shows that genes some people have inherited from their Neanderthal ancestors may increas...
A new study shows that genes some people have inherited from their Neanderthal ancestors may increase their likelihood of suffering severe forms of COVID-19.
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Thermography scanner for COVID-19 symptoms.
Thermography scanner for COVID-19 symptoms.
The countries with the largest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the past week
The countries with the largest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the past week
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Construction work during the time of COVID-19 (Digital Journal s Tim Sandle visits a factory).
Construction work during the time of COVID-19 (Digital Journal's Tim Sandle visits a factory).
The Medicevo Graphene Mask features an internal graphene netting that destroys virus particles.
The Medicevo Graphene Mask features an internal graphene netting that destroys virus particles.
ICU beds in a hospital
ICU beds in a hospital
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Dairy cows (Holsteins) being cooled by sprayers during hot summer to maintain milk production.
Dairy cows (Holsteins) being cooled by sprayers during hot summer to maintain milk production.
Bob Nichols, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
People lining up outside a supermarket in the U.K.  following social distancing restrictions due to ...
People lining up outside a supermarket in the U.K., following social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19.
The United States -- the worst-hit country in the world -- has reported more than 60 000 new daily c...
The United States -- the worst-hit country in the world -- has reported more than 60,000 new daily cases for six days
Apu GOMES, AFP
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A front-facing portrait of VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Local...
Emergency Use A front-facing portrait of VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), a ventilator designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday  to unveil a bicam...
A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to unveil a bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief proposal.
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thermography scan of Tim Sandle - monitoring skin temperature during COVID-19.
thermography scan of Tim Sandle - monitoring skin temperature during COVID-19.
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