The coronavirus can infect body fat, new research suggests — a clue about obesity's link to severe COVID-19

A COVID-19 patient, who went into intensive care, sits with a tension meter at a rehabilitation center for overweight or obese patients in Pirae, Tahiti, on September 10, 2021.Suliane Favennec/AFP/Getty Images The coronavirus can directly infect fat cells, a recent study awaiting peer review found. The finding may help explain why obese or overweight people are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19. Scientists need more data to determine if extra body fat independently raises a person's risk...
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Omicron could be spreading faster in England than in South Africa, Sage adviser says

John Edmunds says variant is ‘very severe setback’ to controlling Covid pandemic and that plan B ‘absolutely not an overreaction’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of the Omicron variant could be spreading even faster in England than in South Africa, according to a senior scientific adviser, who warned that the variant was a “very severe setback” to hopes of bringing the pandemic under control.Prof John Edmunds, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and...
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Pfizer CEO says we may need a fourth vaccine dose to combat the Omicron variant

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that a fourth dose of the company's COVID-19 vaccine may be needed amid Omicron fears. "I think we will need the fourth dose. I've said that multiple times," Bourla told CNBC's "Squawk Box." The Omicron variant emerged in the US last week and has been found in 19 states.  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that a fourth dose of the drugmaker's coronavirus vaccine may be needed amid growing concern ab...
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It's a question of 'when, not if' the definition of fully vaccinated is changed to include a further shot, Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland on December 22, 2020.Patrick Semansky/AP Photo Dr. Fauci said it was a matter of "when, not if" the definition of fully-vaccinated will change in the US. "I don't think anybody would argue that optimal protection is going to be with a third shot," Fauci told CNN. 'Fully-vaccinated' currently means two weeks after either a second dose of a two-dose vacc...
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Debacle over No 10 Christmas party ‘threatens efforts to control pandemic’

Scientists say rule-breaking ‘could damage public compliance behaviours when they are more important than ever’The debacle over the No 10 Christmas party threatens to undermine efforts to control the Covid pandemic at a time when the Omicron variant is fuelling fears of an imminent and major wave of disease, say scientists.A so-called Cummings effect last year led to “negative and lasting consequences” on public trust following the lockdown-busting trips made by Boris Johnson’s aide, Dominic Cum...
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The inner lives of dogs: what our canine friends really think about love, lust and laughter

They make brilliant companions, but do dogs really feel empathy for humans - and what is going through their minds when they play, panic or attack?Read more: the inner lives of cats: what our feline friends really think It is humanity’s great frustration, to gaze into the eyes of a dog, feel so very close to the creature, and yet have no clue what it’s thinking. It’s like the first question you ask of a recently born baby, with all that aching, loving urgency: is that a first smile? Or yet more ...
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Nasa’s new space telescope and its search for extraterrestrial life | podcast

On 22 December, if all goes to plan, the £7.5bn James Webb space telescope (JWST) will be blasted into space on top of a giant European Ariane 5 rocket. As it travels to its final destination – a point about a million miles away – it will begin to unfold its gold, honeycombed mirror; a vast light-catching bucket that could give us a view of the universe deeper and more sensitive than we’ve ever had before.JWST could also reveal clues about possible life-supporting planets inside our galaxy. One ...
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