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Latest epidemiology, immunology and COVID-19 research

From finding ways to stop the coronavirus in its tracks (by blocking spike proteins) to a new therapeutic intervention to address symptoms, new COVID-19 research shows how the science community are responding to the challenges that the virus poses.

Hackers try to phish businesses with COVID-19 bonus promise Special

Lured by the attraction of a notification about a bonus, perhaps for working hard during the pandemic, several executives have been tricked into opening bogus emails and infecting their systems in the process.

EPA approves two Lysol Products to kill COVID-19 on surfaces

The EPA has added two Lysol products to the agency's list of over 431 disinfectants that can kill viruses. However, the Lysol products have proven to be effective against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy - another victim of COVID-19

Brooks Brothers, the 200-year-old menswear retailer that has dressed 40 US presidents and unofficially became the outfitter of Wall Street bankers, has filed for bankruptcy.

FDA commissioner won't confirm Trump's vaccine claims

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said Sunday that he would not make a prediction on when a coronavirus vaccine would become available in the U.S. after Trump on Saturday said: we'd have one "long before the end of the year."

Prevelance of coronavirus in hospital air handling settings

A study of hospital air handling systems has shown that around a quarter have recovered coronavirus RNA. These findings suggest that viral particles can be readily distributed around a typical healthcare setting.

Florida shatters single-day record for new coronavirus cases

Florida on Saturday reported at least 11,445 new coronavirus cases, the state’s largest number of daily cases so far, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health.

Remdesivir out-of-stock, as other manufacturers start producing Special

With the U.S. buying up most of Gilead’s stock of COVID-19 drug remdesivir, what hope is there for other countries who wish to treat people with COVID-19? An expert surveys the pharma production situation.

Deadly heatwave to hit large part of U.S. next week

A sustained blast of heat is expected to bake much of the United States with hotter-than-usual temperatures this holiday weekend, and forecasts suggest that the extreme heat and the humidity could linger for several weeks.

Mutated, more virulent coronavirus strain now dominates globally

The genetic variation of the novel coronavirus that dominates the world today infects human cells more readily than the original that emerged in China, according to a new study published in the journal Cell on Thursday.

Symptoms of coronavirus infection linked to loss of smell

Researchers have looked into the loss of smell and taste as major COVID-19 symptoms. This finding has come from patients with high recovery rates. The scientists advise clinicians to include sensory impairment as part of coronavirus screening measures.

Op-Ed: Not wearing a face mask during the pandemic is just plain stupid

Wearing a face mask or choosing not to wear one goes beyond political affiliations - for some people it is a matter of their personal freedom being taken away. But we live in a country where we are governed by rules meant to keep us safe.

Op-Ed: Trump thinks he looks like the Lone Ranger when he wears his mask

Under growing pressure from health officials and lawmakers from both parties, President Donald Trump on Wednesday finally endorsed wearing face masks. Well, he sort of - kind of - said that. He did say wearing one made him look like the Lone Ranger.

Tracking the virus: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in human stools

Working out where the coronavirus has occurred and where it is currently most prevalent is an area of important healthcare epidemiology and necessary to drive public policy. Human waste represents one area of assessment.

COVID-19: Why surfaces still present a contamination vector

This week has seen some interesting COVID-19 related research published. This includes an association with surfaces from a hospital outbreak and a new project to look at how easily the virus can be tracked through testing samples of wastewater.

Puerto Rico under water rationing due to worsening drought

San Juan - Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vazquez, on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday, almost 140,000 扑克王游戏下载homes and businesses will begin water rationing.

Op-Ed: Trump — We are seeing a true autocrat or dictator in action

The president of the United States last week publicly predicted without evidence that the 2020 presidential election would be "the most corrupt election in the history of our country."

Argentina cranks up coronavirus lockdown in capital

Buenos Aires - Argentina President Alberto Fernandez announced on Friday a toughening of lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires and its surrounding area as coronavirus cases are on the rise.

Trump cancels golf trip to New Jersey after new quarantine rule

Washington - President Donald Trump canceled a planned trip to New Jersey on Friday on the heels of a new order requiring visitors to the Garden Staten to quarantine after being in states with increasing numbers of coronavirus cases.

US hits record high of 40,000 daily coronavirus cases

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday - soaring past the previous high of 36,400, set on April 24, leading a number of states to pause or backtrack on reopening.

Op-Ed: Evidence emerges of Trump's interference in key COVID-19 research

A case has been made, based on official government documents, that President Trump has personally interfered in blocking a U.S. collaboration on coronavirus research, aimed at attempting to ascertain the origins of the virus.

Op-Ed: Trump's approval on handling of COVID-19 is now underwater

American approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped to the lowest level on record, the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows. And this includes both Republicans and Democrats voicing their displeasure.

Coronavirus: Is it safe to use public swimming pools?

As society starts to open up in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, how safe are public swimming areas? Is the virus killed by the addition of chlorine and are there any other risk factors?

CDC director — Coronavirus has 'brought this nation to its knees'

Seven US states have reported record-high hospitalizations from the coronavirus, as case numbers continue to surge across much of the south and south-west. The federal government is also rolling-back testing programs where they are most needed.

Overuse of antibiotics for COVID-19 raises threat of 'superbugs'

While bacterial and viral infections manifest as similar symptoms, they are treated very differently, as antibiotics cannot kill viruses. There is now concern that COVID-19 could drive up antibiotic resistance, causing an increase in "superbugs."

During COVID-19 lockdown, what's happened to sugar consumption? Special

One interesting business impact during the coronavirus pandemic has been a fall in the global demand for sugar. While the sugar industry needs to react to the disruption, the move is welcomed by anti-obesity advocates.

Coronavirus vaccines are coming, but when will they arrive?

Coronavirus vaccines are coming, perhaps as soon as the end of the year, offering hope for a world rocked by pandemic. But how is the science progressing?

Arizona governor allows localities to set face mask policies

Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Wednesday he is giving local governments the ity to set policies that would require people to wear face masks in public.

Unlocking the spread of COVID-19 cases

Researchers in Scotland have teamed up with data scientists at Blue Hat Associates to look into the spread of the novel coronavirus within a given community. How COVID-19 spreads within the community is based on medical reports, which limits its use.

Arizona becomes nation's new 'hot spot' for coronavirus

Arizona has become the nation's new coronavirus hot spot, with more than 4,400 new cases reported from Friday through Sunday. Twenty-five states and Puerto Rico have seen infections increase by at least 10 percent in the past two weeks.
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Only a few vehicles line the streets of downtown Toronto, Ontario on March 21, 2020 -- nearly one million Canadian workers have been laid off following temporary closure orders given to many businesses in an effort to slow the pandemic's spread.
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Countries or territories with confirmed cases and deaths from the COVID-19 virus  as of Wednesday
Countries or territories with confirmed cases and deaths from the COVID-19 virus, as of Wednesday
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Poster reminding people to socially distance during a pandemic.
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President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence participate in a Coronavirus briefing with health insurers Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Canada as of April 2, 2020, by province or territory
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The outbreak has also hit business in the capital Rome
The outbreak has also hit business in the capital Rome
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Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for a nationwide shutdown on Tues...
Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for a nationwide shutdown on Tuesday, arguing it would be the most effective way to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
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WHO chief Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at press briefing on March 3  2020.
WHO chief Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at press briefing on March 3, 2020.
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China is better prepared for the coronavirus outbreak than for SARS in 2002-03
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Social distancing sign, City of St. Albans
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The spread of the coronavirus
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This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
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Passengers are screened for coronavirus symptoms with thermal scanners at Hankou railway station in Wuhan
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