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Coronavirus live news: WHO concerned over Covid-19 in Lebanon after explosion; new cases in Germany at three-month high

, clinics and medical supplies; Germans told to ; France New Zealand begins mass testing as Australia records deadliest dayFrench and Dutch on alert over rise in casesLost on the frontline: the 900 US health workers who have diedUK economy plunges into deepest recession since records beganUK coronavirus updates – live 4.27pm BST Russia has said the first batch of the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine would be rolled out within two weeks and rejected as “groundless” safety concerns aired by so...
Tags: Science, Australia, Germany, Russia, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Moscow, Lebanon, Soviet Union, France New Zealand


Stay-at-home orders significantly associated with reduced spread of COVID-19, study finds

As COVID-19 swept across the nation, most states went into lockdown -- new research and state-by-state data suggests that stay-at-home orders helped slow the pandemic significantly.
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Early spread of COVID-19 appears far greater than initially reported

Patients with undiagnosed flu symptoms who actually had COVID-19 last winter were among thousands of undetected early cases of the disease at the beginning of this year. In a new paper in The Lancet's open-access journal EClinicalMedicine, epidemiological researchers from The University of Texas at Austin estimated COVID-19 to be far more widespread in Wuhan, China, and Seattle, Washington, weeks ahead of lockdown measures in each city.
Tags: Science, Lancet, Seattle Washington, The University of Texas at Austin, Wuhan China, COVID


Engaging undergrads remotely with an escape room game

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many universities canceled classes or held them online this spring -- a change likely to continue for many this fall. As a result, hands-on chemistry labs are no longer accessible to undergraduate students. In a new study in the Journal of Chemical Education, researchers describe an alternative way to engage students: a virtual game, modeled on an escape room, in which teams solve chemistry problems to progress and 'escape.'
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Analysis: Health sector, big pharma spent big on lobbying for COVID-19 funding

To date, Congress has authorized roughly $3 trillion in COVID-19 relief assistance -- the largest relief package in history. With more COVID relief money on the way, a new analysis in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finds these newly available funds led to a significant surge in health sector lobbying activity, especially within the pharmaceutical industry.
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COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine

Researchers found a striking association between BMI and risk for death among patients with a diagnosis of COVID-19. The association was independent of obesity-related comorbities and other potential confounders. Their findings also suggest that high BMI was more strongly associated with COVID-19 mortality in younger adults and male patients, but not in female patients and older adults. A retrospective cohort study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Does high blood sugar worsen COVID-19 outcomes?

Preliminary observations of COVID-19 patients with diabetes inspired an algorithm for glucose monitoring that's suspected to help combat the virus' serious complications.
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COVID-19 clinical trials lack diversity

Despite disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death among people of color, minority groups are significantly underrepresented in COVID-19 clinical trials.
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COVID-19 does not directly damage taste bud cells

A new study from the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia is the first to suggest that COVID-19 does not directly damage taste bud cells.
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The Guardian view on Brexit bureaucracy: tied up in red tape | Editorial

Businesses already struggling with the fallout from Covid-19 will be forced to deal with a mountain of new bureaucracy in the middle of a deep recessionThe government did not quite achieve the Brexit breakthrough it was seeking on Friday, when there was hope that a fast-tracked trade agreement with Japan might be reached. But it seems likely that a deal, essentially replicating one signed by the EU and Japan last year, will be done by the end of the month. Some kind of morale booster for Britain...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Politics, Science, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Canada, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Michael Gove, Pharmaceuticals industry


Covid-19: only half of Britons would definitely have vaccination

Survey sparks concern over misconceptions about vaccines and scepticism about science Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19. That is the shock conclusion of a group of scientists and pollsters who have found that only 53% of a test group of citizens said they would be certain or very likely to allow themselves to be given a vaccine against the disease if one becomes available. Rel...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Britain, Preston, Vaccines and immunisation, Don, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Only half of Britons would definitely have Covid-19 vaccination

Survey sparks concern over misconceptions about vaccines and scepticism about science Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19. That is the shock conclusion of a group of scientists and pollsters who have found that only 53% of a test group of citizens said they would be certain or very likely to allow themselves to be given a vaccine against the disease if one becomes available. Rel...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Britain, Preston, Vaccines and immunisation, Don, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


‘The virus piggybacked on racism’: why did Covid-19 hit BAME families so hard?

Ida lost two brothers in 10 days, and Ken’s teenage sweetheart died at 44. Now, they’re looking for answersSir Oyaseh Ivowi sits in front of a poster of two of his three boys. Olume, the older brother, hovers over Isi; both wear traditional Nigerian dress. Underneath are the words: “Gone too soon, but not forgotten. Olume Godfrey Ivowi, 7 November 1973 to 10 April 2020. Isi Benjamin Emitsemu Ivowi, 17 November 1985 to 19 April 2020.”Olume, 46, and Isi, 34, died in Luton and Milton Keynes respect...
Tags: Family, Science, Race, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Death and dying, ISI, Luton, Milton Keynes, Ken, Ida, OSI, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Coronavirus live news: Brazil death toll nears 100,000 as Australian state of Victoria reports 466 new cases

Anti-Bolsonaro protests as Brazil cases near 3m; Australian state of Victoria reports 12 more deaths; Italy cases soar. Follow the latest, liveTrump poised to intervene in relief plans after talks break down‘We’re still so tired’: European doctors brace for second wave‘Very dead’: army and police patrol the deserted streets of coronavirus-stricken Melbourne 2.26am BST New Zealand has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in managed hotel quarantine. #BREAKING: Zero new cases of COVID-19 in ma...
Tags: Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Italy, New Zealand, Brazil, Victoria, Melbourne, Daniel Andrews, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Anti Bolsonaro, Australian College of Nursing


COVID-19 - The virus and the vasculature

In severe cases of COVID-19, the infection can lead to obstruction of the blood vessels in the lung, heart and kidneys. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers have now shown that activated immune cells and blood platelets play a major role in these pathologies.
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The Bad Number Went Up Again

According to data released today by the Department of Labor, about 500,000 more Americans went on unemployment between July 11 and 18, pushing that number above 31 million in total. In economics, it’s sometimes the case that big number equals good. This is not such a case.Read more...
Tags: Science, Unemployment, Department of Labor, COVID, Economics Or Something


UK coronavirus live: test and trace scheme fails to reach thousands of contacts of people testing positive

Latest figures show just 72% of close contacts reached; 50m masks for NHS workers deemed unusablePreston faces fresh coronavirus lockdown, health official saysEngland’s contact tracers make handful of calls a monthUK economy recovering faster than feared, says Bank of EnglandCoronavirus UK map: deaths and confirmed casesGlobal coronavirus updates - live 12.07pm BST Though the government does not legally have to review the reinstatement of lockdown restrictions in much of the north of England...
Tags: UK, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Greater Manchester, Wigan, Tory, Leigh, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, James Grundy, Bank of EnglandCoronavirus UK


GSA's journals publish nine new articles on COVID-19 and Aging

The Gerontological Society of America's highly cited, peer-reviewed journals are continuing to publish scientific articles on COVID-19, and all are free to access. The following were published between July 7 and August 1; all are free to access.
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BCG vaccine is safe and does not lead to an increased risk of COVID-19 symptoms

The BCG vaccine, an vaccine originally made against tuberculosis, has a general stimulating effect on the immune system and is therefore effective against multiple infectious diseases - possibly also against COVID-19. This study compared groups of volunteers who have received a BCG vaccine (or not) in the past five years (before the corona pandemic), showing that the vaccine is safe and possibly influences COVID-19 symptoms.
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Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 700,000; French government warns 'do not lower your guard'

US health secretary Alex Azar to visit Taiwan in veiled attack on China; Trump flounders in interview; France could lose control ‘any time’Australia suffers its deadliest day of pandemic‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragileTrump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in TV interviewUK coronavirus updates – live 9.58am BST France has again reported more than 1,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours. There are now 184 active clusters unde...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, China, US, World news, US news, Taiwan, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Donald Trump, Trump, Micheal Martin, Alex Azar, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 700,000 as top US official to visit Taiwan

US health secretary Alex Azar to visit Taiwan in veiled attack on China; Trump flounders in interview; France could lose control ‘any time’US: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job’‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragileUS: Trump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in TV interview 7.29am BST Here are the latest figures of confirmed cases and deaths in the Western Pacific Region, according to the World Health Organisation. #COVID19 confirmed cases an...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, France, China, US, World news, US news, Taiwan, Infectious Diseases, Biden, Donald Trump, Manila, Trump, Alex Azar, Western Pacific Region


Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 700,000 as Europe faces second wave

US health secretary Alex Azar to visit Taiwan in veiled attack on China; Trump flounders in interview; France could lose control ‘any time’. Follow all the developmentsUS: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job’‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragileUS: Trump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in TV interview 6.30am BST Schools in England should be the last to close and the first to reopen in the event of a second lockdown, the children’s commission...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, France, China, US, World news, US news, Taiwan, Infectious Diseases, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Anne Longfield, Alex Azar, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus live news: US health secretary Azar to visit Taiwan as Europe faces second wave

Alex Azar praises ‘transparent’ handling of pandemic in veiled attack on China; Trump flounders in interview; France could lose control ‘any time’. Follow all the developmentsUS: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job’‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragileUS: Trump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in TV interview 3.22am BST The Australian state of Victoria has confirmed that it recorded 725 new cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths in the past 24 ho...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, China, US, World news, US news, Taiwan, Infectious Diseases, Victoria, Biden, Donald Trump, Beirut, Daniel Andrews, Trump, Martin Chulov


Coronavirus live news: Trump pressed on false death rate claim as Europe faces second wave

US president flounders in media briefing and TV interview; France could lose control any time; Nadal withdraws from US Open. Follow all the developmentsUS: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job’‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragileUS: Trump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in TV interview 1.30am BST Peru, which has one of the highest Covid-19 death tolls in the world, is facing political paralysis after congress refused to approve president Mar...
Tags: Europe, Science, Mexico, France, US, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Peru, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Nadal, Martin Vizcarra, Coronavirus outbreak


The kids aren’t alright

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, I took a walk on the beach this morning before work. Everyone has a story about what they were going to do in 2020 if COVID-19 hadn’t shown up. Back in late January, when things started going sour, the year was young and full of potential.  We moved to a bungalow right on the beach at the end of Fe...
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Coronavirus live news: world may never find 'silver bullet' Covid vaccine, says WHO

Belgium sees ICU admissions double; Singapore to use electronic tags to monitor some travellers; global cases pass 18m; Belgium ICU admissions doubleGlobal report: coronavirus cases double every six weeksTwo cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restartsRestrictions announced on businesses in MelbourneUK coronavirus live: latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.31pm BST A nationwide Covid-19 tracing app could be rolled out in Spain in September after a pilot showed it...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Singapore, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Tenerife, Belgium, Who, World Health Organization, Canary Islands, Mike Ryan


Are we "Waiting for Godot"-- A metaphor for Covid-19

Since the discovery of COVID-19, a warlike analogy is frequently used to define our interaction with the virus, but in many ways we may be at war with ourselves.
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Tackling the bioethics challenges raised by COVID-19

The diverse situations experienced by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic often present serious ethical challenges. From the allocation of resources and triage protocols to health-care worker and patient rights and the management of clinical trials, new ethical questions have come to the forefront of today's global public health emergency.
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Survey finds Americans social media habits changing as national tensions rise

A new national survey commissioned by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center finds more Americans are adjusting how they use social media platforms. Many participants cited stress from COVID-19 and divisive political issues as reasons for taking a social media break. The survey found more than half of Americans (56%) changed their social media habits because of tensions surrounding current events this year, and 1 in 5 (20%) have taken breaks from social media.
Tags: Science, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, COVID


COVID-19 study confirms low transmission in educational settings

New research from University of Sydney finds COVID-19 transmission rates in NSW schools and early childcare education and care settings were minimal, particularly between children and from children to adults.
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