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Trump Says He Is Thinking of Restoring Some U.S. Funding to the World Health Organization

President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he was considering restoring some funds to the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump froze funding for the WHO in April after he criticized the organization for its response to the coronavirus pandemic and accused it of being biased in favor of China. Read more...
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Brazil loses second health minister – as it happened

Russia records highest daily fatalities; German football gets back under way; French child dies of Kawasaki disease. Follow the latest updatesUS House narrowly approves $3 trillion Covid-19 response billTrump unveils ‘warp-speed’ effort to create vaccine by year’s endBrazil loses second health minister in less than a monthAustralia coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 1.38am BST This live blog is now closed – the new one is here where you can join Rebecca Ratcliffe for c...
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Serological studies I’m ignoring: Chelsea, Dutch, Danish, Iran etc.

These studies don’t meet the most basic tests Chelsea Nearly a third of 200 blood samples taken in Chelsea show exposure to coronavirus IFR 0.71% We did extensive internal validation at MGH of this assay before we used it in the field. We've tested 377 negative controls – only 2 false positives. Neg ctrls included […]
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Notes on the German (Heinsberg) serological study – IFR 0.37%

The study: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.04.20090076v1 IFR 0.37% FATAL CRITIQUE “the study sampled entire households. That can lead to overestimating infections, because people living together often infect each other” [Source]. To me that’s a serious shortcoming. “Streeck and his colleagues claimed the commercial antibody test they used has “more than 99% specificity,” but a Danish group found the test […]
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Notes on the Miami-Dade serological study – IFR upto 0.31%

“Taking the fatality number for 21 days after the median testing date, the IFR is 0.17% to 0.31%. This is likely an overestimation as most people use a 14 day delay.” [Source]   Miami-Dade has tens of thousands of missed coronavirus infections, UM survey finds The study, spurred by Miami-Dade County officials, will be an ongoing […]
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In Bid to Make Passengers Feel Safer, TSA Prepares to Screen Temperatures at Airports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing to possibly add a new element to its pre-boarding screening procedures in the U.S. airports: checking temperatures. If approved, the new measure could be rolled out at about a dozen airports as soon as next week, the Wall Street Journal reported.Read more...
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Coronavirus live news: Italy announces staggered end of lockdown

Russia records highest daily fatalities; German football gets back under way; French child dies of Kawasaki disease. Follow the latest updatesUS House narrowly approves $3 trillion Covid-19 response billTrump unveils ‘warp-speed’ effort to create vaccine by year’s endBrazil loses second health minister in less than a monthAustralia coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 8.25pm BST Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte has announced the easing of a series of lockdown restri...
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'I'm Scared': Study Links Cancer Alley Air Pollution to Higher Death Rates From Covid-19

Louisiana is starting to reopen on Friday, but that doesn’t mean much to 66-year-old Myrtle Felton. She lives in St. James Parish in the southeastern portion of the state where there’s not much business at all except the refineries and chemical plants that surround her home. Read more...
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Saturday's Best Deals: Joker, Soulcalibur IV, Short-Sleeve Button-Ups, and More

A dress sale at Express, a copy of Soulcalibur VI and the season pass, short-sleeve button-ups at JACHS NY, a sale on One-Punch Man manga, and more rise to the top of Saturday’s best deals.Read more...
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This hybrid AI system can understand causality in controlled environments

Look at the short video below. Can you answer the following questions: Which object caused the ball to change direction? Where will the ball go next? What would happen if you removed the bat from the scene? You might consider these questions very dumb. But interestingly, today’s most advanced artificial intelligence systems would struggle to answer them. Questions such as the ones asked above require the ability to reason about objects and their behaviors and relations over time. This is an inte...
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Notes on the LA County serological study – IFR

This study, published on 21 April, has a very low IFR. But also very low proportion infected overall – therefore sampling issues remain. I might ignore this study after further examination. BACKGROUND Hundreds of thousands in L.A. County may have been infected with coronavirus, study finds
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Coronavirus live news: Russia records highest daily fatalities; German football gets back under way

French child dies of Kawasaki disease; Trump fires inspector general; Ardern turned away from cafe under social distancing. Follow the latest updatesUS House narrowly approves $3 trillion Covid-19 response billTrump unveils ‘warp-speed’ effort to create vaccine by year’s endBrazil loses second health minister in less than a monthAustralia coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 3.31pm BST If you’re in the UK – and plenty of other places, for that matter – then you might con...
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Notes on the Santa Clara serological study – IFR 0.17%

The study: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.14.20062463v2 “The raw prevalence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in our sample was 1.5%.” Given the limitations of such tests at such low levels of prevalence, I’m considering ignoring this study. SAMPLING ISSUES Volunteer surveys are a type of convenience sample. Santa Clara investigators used targeted Facebook ads to recruit participants to visit drive-thru test […]
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Notes on the New York serological study – IFR 0.86%

The study: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3590771 IFR = 0.863% Haven’t had time to review the numerator. If they are not including excess deaths, then the IFR could be higher. BACKGROUND On April 23, Cuomo announced preliminary data from the state’s sero-survey, saying that 13.9% of state residents had tested positive for antibodies. In New York City, it was about 21%. […]
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Notes on the Spain serological study – IFR 1.2%

This study suggests a rather high IFR but the sample size is HUGE. It is therefore like to be a valid study. Obviously, more can only be said once the study has been critically analysed. Preliminary results from randomized antibody test in Spain (N=70,000)– About 5% of population infected (10 times official figures)– IFR: 1-1.2%– […]
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Notes on Swedish Public Health Authority serological study IFR 0.6%

On 15 May 2020 Lisa Brouwers, head of analysis at the Public Health Authority published this. I’m happy to accept this figure as being reasonably valid. MY NOTES   That's better – more in the range I've been thinking about. Estimates of 0.1% have seemed too low. But that should not change Sweden's strategy – […]
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Coronavirus live news: Russia records highest daily fatalities; German football prepares to restart

French child dies of Kawasaki disease; Trump fires inspector general; Ardern turned away from cafe under social distancing. Follow the latest updatesUS House narrowly approves $3 trillion Covid-19 response billTrump unveils ‘warp-speed’ effort to create vaccine by year’s endBrazil loses second health minister in less than a monthAustralia coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 1.32pm BST Watford manager Nigel Pearson has raised the possibility of a coronavirus-related deat...
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The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottlesBeer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels. Continue reading...
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When you put Alka Seltzer, oil and water in a glass, here's what happens

Want to try an interesting little science experiment at home? This looks fun. Alka Seltzer, oil and water in a glass become a lava lamp of sorts. Alka Seltzer, oil and water Looks like some food coloring may have been involved, too.
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French boy dies of coronavirus-linked Kawasaki disease

Nine-year-old from Marseille had been ‘in contact with’ virus before dying in hospitalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA nine-year-old boy from Marseille is reported to have died of Kawasaki disease, the mysterious inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus.The boy is believed to be the first victim of the disease in France and only the second in Europe after a teenager died of the syndrome in London last week. Continue reading...
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Can dark matter be found on earth? New research says ‘maybe’

Dark matter may not give off any light or radiation, but we might be able to watch it smash into atoms here on Earth. Dark matter makes up 85% of all matter in the Universe, but astronomers have never seen it. The nature of this mysterious — something — remains largely unknown. The mass which we call dark matter does not give off light, heat, radio waves, or any other form of electromagnetic radiation. But, astronomers and physicists know something (and a LOT of it) is out there. Without dark ma...
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Coronavirus latest: at a glance

A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreakFollow our latest coronavirus blog for live news and updatesKey developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include: Continue reading...
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Heart attack prevention lags for people with stroke, peripheral artery disease

Although all three conditions can lead to heart attack, people with stroke or peripheral artery disease were less likely to receive preventive treatments to prevent heart attack than people with coronary artery disease. Stroke survivors were more likely to report poor health care satisfaction and more emergency room visits.Patients with peripheral artery disease had the highest out-of-pocket health expenses of the three conditions.
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Coronavirus live news: Democrats pass House bill calling for $3tn stimulus, Brazil health minister quits

Trump to restore partial funding to WHO – Fox News; record increase in daily Brazil cases; Covid-19 spreads in Yemen. Follow the latest updatesUS House narrowly approves $3 trillion Covid-19 response billTrump unveils ‘warp-speed’ effort to create vaccine by year’s endBrazil loses second health minister in less than a monthAustralia coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 5.26am BST In the US, as uncertainty about the spread of Covid-19 continues, the biggest university sys...
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'Cells-soldiers' turned to be more resistant than 'cells-combat medics'

Researchers from Sechenov University (Russia) and University of Pittsburgh (USA) discovered that the resistance of innate immune cells, macrophages, to ferroptosis -- a type of programmed cell death -- depends on the type of their activation. It turned out that cells helping tissues to recover from inflammation were more vulnerable. The researchers identified the mechanisms underlying the cells' resistance and explained how this research would help regulate inflammation in a paper published in N...
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