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All Americans can soon get 8 free COVID-19 tests a month covered by insurance — here's how to get them

Creative Circle Studio/Getty Images Health-insurance firms will be required to cover eight at-home COVID-19 tests per customer a month. People can apply for reimbursement starting Saturday or visit in-network retailers for a free test. The Biden administration also plans to distribute 500 million free coronavirus tests this month. People with private health insurance will be able to get at-home COVID-19 tests free of charge starting Saturday, the Biden administration announced Monday.The new ...
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How to Decode NASA’s Message to Aliens

When NASA spent close to a billion dollars on the Voyager program, launching a pair of probes from Cape Canaveral in 1977, its primary purpose was not to find intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The program grew out of ambitions for a “Grand Tour”: four robotic probes that would visit all the planets in the outer solar system, taking advantage of a 175-year alignment of Jupiter and Saturn. A downsized version produced Voyager 1 and 2, each craft “a miniature marvel,” writes the Attic. “W...
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How implicit egotism affects naming

When it comes to choosing company and product names, we’re all a little egotistical—we prefer the sound and spelling of our personal names, and gravitate toward company and product names that mirror our own. Read about the implicit egotism effect in my latest story for Medium: “You, Yourself, and Your Brand Name.” [Author: Nancy Friedman]
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COVID-19 experts say Omicron is peaking in the US, citing data from poop samples

Yes, you really can measure how much COVID-19 is around by looking in our poo.Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A network of more than 100 wastewater treatment plants across the US is measuring COVID-19 levels in our poop.  Nationally, "the level of the virus in the wastewater is at a record high," one scientist said, which means there are more people in the US with COVID-19 right now than ever before. The good news is that our poop data also suggests that the Omicron wave ...
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Loss of taste or smell aren't common COVID-19 symptoms for Omicron infections, disease experts say

Cristina Valdivia, 47, who experienced smell loss due to COVID-19, uses a smell training test kit in Barcelona, Spain, on September 30, 2021.Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images Loss of taste or smell, once a hallmark COVID-19, has become a relatively rare symptom. Less than 20% of people with COVID-19 in the UK are reporting loss of smell, new data suggest. Among vaccinated people, Omicron may resemble a traditional cold more than prior COVID-19 variants. Loss of taste and smell has gone from a hall...
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Loss of taste or smell isn't a common COVID-19 symptom for Omicron infections, disease experts say

A woman who experienced smell loss with COVID-19 uses a smell-training kit in Barcelona, Spain, on September 30.Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images Loss of taste or smell, once a hallmark COVID-19, has become a relatively rare symptom. Less than 20% of people with COVID-19 in the UK are reporting loss of smell, new data suggests. Among vaccinated people, Omicron may resemble a traditional cold more than prior COVID-19 variants. Loss of taste and smell has gone from a hallmark symptom of COVID-19 to ...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, US, Trends, United States, United Kingdom, Delta, Sydney, Taste, Norway, Smell, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


All Americans will soon get 8 free COVID-19 tests a month covered by insurance — here's how to get them

Creative Circle Studio/Getty Images Health insurance companies will be required to cover eight at-home COVID-19 tests a month per customer. Consumers can apply for reimbursement starting Saturday or visit in-network retailers for a free test. The Biden administration also plans to distribute 500 million free coronavirus tests in January. People with private health insurance will be able to get at-home COVID-19 tests free of charge starting Saturday, the Biden administration announced Monday.T...
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A 'flurona' infection — catching COVID-19 and the flu at the same time — appears to be 'very uncommon,' a CDC expert says

A nurse holds the tube containing the photographer's throat and nose swab sample for a Covid-19 test at a hospital on the 2nd day of his 14-day quarantine during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on October 29, 2020 in Stahnsdorf, Germany.Sean Gallup/Getty Images Catching COVID-19 and the flu at the same time appears to be "very uncommon," a CDC expert says. The CDC epidemiologist told Insider that the agency is monitoring "flurona" coinfections. The term began to circulate afte...
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'COVID-19 parties' are dangerous. Don't go to them, health experts warn.

Health experts have warned against trying to contract COVID-19 at parties.Christopher Murray / EyeEm A global health leader has warned against trying to catch Omicron at so-called COVID-19 parties. "That is very unsafe", Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical COVID-19 lead, said. People could die, spread the virus to others and we don't know the long-term effects, she said. Experts have warned against trying to catch Omicron at so-called COVID-19 parties following reports of peop...
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COVID-19 virus particles lose most of their ability to infect after about 10 minutes in the air, lab study suggests

A person receives a COVID-19 test at a walk-up testing site in New York City on December 15, 2021.David Dee Delgado/Getty Images A study suggests that coronavirus particles can't survive for very long while suspended in the air. In the lab, they lost much of their capacity to infect within about 10 mins, the study found. Omicron, which was not included in the study, could behave differently, experts previously said. The coronavirus quickly lost its ability to infect human cells after it w...
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Researchers are building a black box in Tasmania to prevent the 'crash' of civilization

It will be protected by a layer of steel almost three inches thick.Earth's Black Box A black box will be fully installed on the west coast of Tasmania in 2022. It will be connected to the internet and able to record climate information. The data recorded will include land and sea temperatures, CO2 levels, and energy consumption. The future of humanity is increasingly uncertain. The environment is under incredible pressure, and it paints a dark picture for future generations. Global warmin...
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Johnson faces crunch PMQs as pressure mounts over No 10 party

Tory backbencher says PM’s position ‘untenable’ if he attended ‘bring your own booze’ garden partyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson faces a make-or-break session of prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, with furious Conservative MPs awaiting his explanation of the “bring your own booze” garden party in May 2020.Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said: “He has an opportunity now to come clean to the British public, who are devastated by these allegat...
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