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World leaders had the ability to avert the COVID-19 pandemic but failed to do it, a scathing WHO-commissioned report said

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on March 11, 2020. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images A proper global response could have averted the COVID-19 pandemic, a WHO-backed report found. A "fundamental transformation" is needed to prevent a future pandemic, its authors said. It was critical of both national leaders and the WHO itself, which was slow to declare an emergency. See more stories on Insider's business page. The COVID-19 pandemic, and most of its death and devast...
Tags: Science, China, Trends, Getty Images, Liberia, News UK, New Zealand, Who, Wuhan, Financial Times, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sirleaf, Johnson Sirleaf, Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Pandemic, Preparedness


Scared of social un-distancing? Many of us still need time to 'thaw.'

A woman wearing a face covering walks past a shop in Cardiff, Wales on October 18, 2020. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images Vaccines were supposed to be our ticket to normalcy after a grueling year of isolation. But I, among others, have found myself afraid to return to even CDC-approved activities. We've been frozen in place by trauma. Now we need time to thaw. See more stories on Insider's business page. For months, all I thought about was getting a vaccine. I refreshed pharmacy websit...
Tags: Psychology, Science, News, California, Cdc, New York City, Trends, Analysis, Walgreens, Anxiety, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Stanford University, Cardiff Wales, Miami Beach, Emma Seppala, Seppala


Still scared to return to normal life? Maybe you have 'the freeze' like me.

A person wearing a mask in Warsaw, Poland on February 17, 2021. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images Vaccines were supposed to be our ticket to normalcy after a grueling year of isolation. But I, among others, have found myself afraid to return to even CDC-approved activities. We're suffering from "the freeze" - that stuck feeling after trauma in which the perception of a threat persists. See more stories on Insider's business page. For months, all I thought about was getting a vacci...
Tags: Psychology, Science, News, California, Cdc, New York City, Trends, Analysis, Walgreens, Anxiety, Nervous System, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Stanford University, Miami Beach, Warsaw Poland, Emma Seppala


Herd immunity in the US could be around the corner - but maintaining it is likely to be a perpetual battle

Kristine Ko, right, waits in line for her vaccine in Los Angeles on April 8, 2021. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images The US could reach herd immunity in a matter of weeks or months, but the metric is a moving target. Vaccines bring the US closer to that goal. More contagious variants make it harder to reach. Maintaining herd immunity could require annual booster shots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists want you to know that the threshold for herd immunity isn...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Cnn, United States, New York Times, University Of Chicago, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Food and Drug Administration, Anaheim California


The CDC is warning states to remove COVID-19 vaccine-card templates as pro-Trump forums spread tips on how to forge the document

EJ Hersom, Department of Defense EJ Hersom, Department of Defense The CDC has told states to remove COVID-19 vaccine card templates to prevent forgery. Anti-vaxxer and pro-Trump forums have spread instructions on how to create the cards. The FBI has said forging the cards is illegal and it puts others in harm's way. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned states to remove COVID-19 vaccine card templates from their sites...
Tags: Facebook, Science, News, Nbc, Cdc, Nbc News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Florida is set to make 'alcohol to-go' drinks permanent

Florida will likely pass a law that allows restaurants to sell to-go cocktails permanently. Victor J. Blue/Getty Images Florida will likely authorize restaurants to sell and deliver to-go alcoholic drinks permanently. Alcoholic drinks must be accompanied by the sale of food, and the beverage cannot exceed 32 ounces. Public health groups warn these laws could increase addiction, drunk driving, and underage drinking. See more stories on Insider's business page. You'll soon be able to...
Tags: Health, Florida, Texas, Science, News, Colorado, Alcohol, US, Trends, House Of Representatives, Retail, Ron DeSantis, American Public Health Association, Pandemic, DeSantis, Florida Sun Sentinel


Bill Gates disagreed with sharing 'the recipe' for the coronavirus vaccines, but it doesn't mean he's refusing to expand production in developing nations

Microsoft cofounder and former CEO-turned philanthropist Bill Gates. Elaine Thompson/AP Photo Bill Gates is being accused of refusing to share COVID-19 vaccine formulas with developing nations. The source of that accusation is a Sky News interview with Gates - but he doesn't say that. Instead, Gates speaks to the difficulties of ramping up vaccine production in untested facilities. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Bill Gates has advocated for pandemic preparednes...
Tags: Health, Science, Microsoft, India, Trends, Bill Gates, Healthcare, Vaccine, Sky News, Vaccines, Gates, Johnson Johnson, Ben Gilbert, Pandemic, Tech Insider, Coronavirus


The scientist behind Pfizer's vaccine says people will likely need a 3rd COVID-19 shot and yearly doses

MARK LENNIHAN/POOL/AFP/Getty The scientist behind Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine said people will need a third dose. Dr. Özlem Türeci, BioNTech's chief medical officer, echoed comments from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. People would also likely need a yearly dose of the shot as immunity wanes, she said. See more stories on Insider's business page. People are likely going to need a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and then annual shots - similar to way things work during the seasonal ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Anthony Fauci, Flu Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cnbc, Johnson & Johnson, Mark Lennihan


An AI-powered version of Albert Einstein has joined UneeQ's growing lineup of 'digital humans'

UneeQ's virtual version of Albert Einstein. UneeQ UneeQ's virtual version of Albert Einstein is among its latest batch of 'digital humans.' A digital COVID-19 health advisor and doppelgänger of a famed banker are also available. Virtual companions could solve feelings of isolation and loneliness, the company says. See more stories on Insider's business page. The latest virtual companions created by UneeQ, a New Zealand and Austin-based company specializing in "digital ...
Tags: Science, Trends, Tech, Earth, Austin, Mental Health, New Zealand, Ubs, Albert Einstein, Ai, Einstein, Don, Sophie, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Pandemic, Artificial Intellegence


The CDC says airplanes should leave middle seats empty to reduce COVID-19 spread - after every major US airline decided it was unnecessary

Not a great idea anymore. The Late Late Show with James Corden A new CDC modeling study estimated that keeping middle seats empty on planes may reduce 'viable virus' spread by 23-57%. In the study, mannequins didn't wear any masks. It's a reminder that masks and distance are best - especially if plane passengers remove masks or wear masks with gaps in them. See more stories on Insider's business page. This summer, every major airline across the US will have middle sea...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Masks, US, Trends, Public Health, New Zealand, James Corden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Hilary Brueck, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Anthony Fauci predicts the US will 'approach some degree of normality' by the end of summer

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in Washington, DC on July 30, 2020. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Fauci told Insider that life in the US may start returning to pre-pandemic normal by the end of summer. After that, he said, the US could approach "a considerable degree of normality" in the winter. His optimism comes in part from studies that show vaccinated people are unlikely to spread the virus. See more stories on Insider's...
Tags: Health, Texas, Science, News, Mississippi, Cdc, Senate, New York City, US, Trends, Pennsylvania, Washington Dc, Pfizer, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Kaiser Health News


40,000 Kids in the U.S. Have Lost a Parent to Covid-19, Study Finds

A new study provides a heartbreaking reminder of the pain caused by the covid-19 pandemic. It estimates that nearly 40,000 children in the U.S. have lost at least one parent to the viral illness as of February this year. The study also found that more than 100,000 children would have lost a parent if the virus had…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Time, Articles, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Pandemic, Covid 19 Pandemic, Entertainment Culture, Health Medical Pharma, Covid 19 Pandemic In Ghana


Deaths in America Surged in 2020, Well Beyond Official Covid-19 Toll

The covid-19 pandemic drove a horrifying surge in U.S. deaths last year, new research published Friday has shown. According to the study, over half a million more people died than would have been expected during the last 10 months of 2020. Most of these deaths were directly attributed to the viral illness, but some…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Articles, America, Public Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Pandemic, Covid 19, Covid 19 Pandemic, Health Medical Pharma, Mortality Displacement, National Responses To The Covid 19 Pandemic


Experts say it's unlikely COVID-19 passports will come about: 'The vaccine passport could wind up being irrelevant'

Robert F. Balazik/Shutterstock Robert F. Balazik/Shutterstock Experts say it's unlikely an international COVID-19 passport travel system will come about. They have flagged privacy, inequality, politics, and long-term need as the main problems. Still, the travel industry is banking on a system to allow international travel to resume. See more stories on Insider's business page. COVID-19 passports have been hailed as the key to opening up the global economy, but some privacy and hea...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Science, News, White House, China, Russia, US, America, Trends, European Union, Joe Biden, Philippines, Healthcare, Who


CDC director fights back tears as she warns of soaring COVID-19 cases: 'Right now I'm scared'

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky at the White House's virtual COVID-19 briefing on March 29, 2021. The White House / YouTube Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, was near tears on Monday, warning of a new surge in COVID-19 cases. "Right now, I'm scared," Walensky said at the White House's COVID-19 briefing. She urged the public to "hold on a little while longer" while more people get vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rochelle Walensky, the new directo...
Tags: UK, New York, Texas, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Michigan, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brooklyn New York


Weddings could be safe this spring and summer, experts say - here's how to go about it

Lindsey and Danny Chase with their full wedding party. Kristen Gardner Photography The CDC still advises against large events, but there are ways to keep weddings relatively low-risk. Experts recommend a local, outdoor ceremony. Buffet-style meals and group transportation should be avoided. See more stories on Insider's business page. By August of last year, Lindsey and Danny Chase knew it was time to abandon their dream of a church wedding with 200 guests. Coronavirus cases were on th...
Tags: Florida, Science, Marriage, News, Cdc, Virginia, Trends, Maine, Wedding, World Health Organization, University of Florida, Dc, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Alexandria, Lindsey, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


The US should stop contact tracing COVID-19. Invest in genetic sequencing instead.

Business Insider PeopleImages/Getty Images The US is still trying, and failing, to contact trace the coronavirus. Other countries have put a premium on sequencing virus, tracking the spread of variants instead. It's a much better way to see what the virus is doing, and strategize national mitigation plans. This article is one in a four-part series on the simple ways to fix the America's biggest COVID-19 mistakes. Click here to read more. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, London, News, California, Cdc, New York City, US, America, Trends, Hawaii, Tennessee, New Zealand, Nba, Brazil


Stop telling people not to travel. Health officials should be teaching us how to do it safely.

Business Insider Beachgoers relax on South Beach in Miami Beach, FL on Friday, June 19, 2020. Scott McIntyre/For The Washington Post via Getty Images The CDC still says "do not travel." But many health experts disagree, arguing that travel should be a perk for the fully vaccinated. If you do decide to book a flight or hotel, here are some tips for how to do it most safely. This article is one in a four-part series on the simple ways to fix the America's biggest COVID-19 mista...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, Mexico, Brown University, US, America, Trends, Public Health, Atlantic, Arizona, Tsa, Naomi Campbell


Photos from a year ago show how little the US understood about the pandemic to come

Jaime Jaquez Jr. of the UCLA Bruins celebrates with the crowd after defeating the Arizona Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California on February 29, 2020. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images When the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic a year ago, masks weren't yet recommended. Public-health officials didn't fully understand how the coronavirus spreads, either. Photos show people blowing their noses in public, meeting at bars, and attending basketball games. Visit the Business ...
Tags: Europe, New York, Texas, Science, News, California, Cdc, White House, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Atlanta, Joe Biden, Cnn, Features


Photos from 1 year ago show how little the US understood about the pandemic to come

Jaime Jaquez Jr. of the UCLA Bruins celebrates with the crowd after defeating the Arizona Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California on February 29, 2020. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images A year ago, public-health officials didn't fully understand how the coronavirus spreads. Masks weren't yet recommended. Photos from early March 2020 show people blowing their noses in public, meeting at bars, and attending college basketball games. Visit the Business section of Insider f...
Tags: Europe, New York, Texas, Science, News, California, Cdc, White House, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Atlanta, Joe Biden, Cnn, Features


Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized as early as May, its CEO said. A trial suggests it is 89% effective, though slightly less so against contagious variants.

A volunteer receiving an injection for a vaccine against COVID-19 in South Africa. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images Novavax CEO Stanley Erck predicted his company's vaccine could be authorized in the US in May. He said the timing depended on whether the FDA would act largely based on UK trial data. Late-stage UK trials suggest the vaccine is highly effective, though a bit less so against variants. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Novavax CEO Sta...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Australia, US, Trends, Canada, South Africa, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Cnbc, US Food and Drug Administration, EUA


Fauci said partisan fights over mask-wearing hurt the US virus response, and that it never should have hit 500,000 virus deaths

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, double masked during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on November 19, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Dr Anthony Fauci said that political feuds over masks badly hurt the US pandemic response. He said the US, "a rich and sophisticated country," should never have got to 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. "When the American spirit is so divided, that really, really made me sad," he told Reuters. V...
Tags: Politics, Science, Congress, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, House, News UK, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Reuters, Mike Pence


The Flu Season That Wasn’t

This winter has been a complete nightmare for Americans, thanks to the raging covid-19 pandemic. But new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to show one bright spot: The flu has been suppressed to some of the lowest levels on record. It’s likely that the interventions meant to slow the…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Articles, Influenza, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Seasonality, Pandemic, Influenza Vaccine, Flu Season, Spanish Flu, United States Flu Season, Swine Flu Pandemic, Influenza A Virus Subtype H1n1


Pandemic-Related Unemployment Linked to 30,000 Excess Deaths in U.S., Study Finds

A new study out Thursday is one of the first to try measuring deaths during the pandemic that were caused not by the virus itself but by the economic devastation it sparked. The study estimates that the spike in unemployment seen last spring helped cause an additional 30,000 deaths among working-age adults in the U.S.…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Labor, Time, Articles, Recession, Unemployment, Social Issues, Pandemic, Unemployment Benefits, Covid 19 Pandemic, Unemployment In The United States


Bramble Is the Video-Conferencing Platform I Wish Existed at the Start of the Pandemic

Being a teacher is rough. Being a teacher trying to teach a class of more than 20 students virtually in the middle of a pandemic is even rougher. Not only do you have to come up with clever ways to teach the same material and keep your class engaged, but you often find yourself troubleshooting your students’ tech…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Life, Avatar, Telecommunications, Computing, Virtual Reality, Pandemic, Bramble, Virtual World, Videotelephony, Vladic Ravich


US life expectancy fell by a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the most dramatic drop since World War II

A medic leaves a house in Everett, Massachusetts. Brian Snyder/Reuters Average life expectancy in the US fell from 78.8 to 77.8 years in the first half of 2020, per the CDC. The data is based on deaths from various causes, but shows the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken. Black and Hispanic Americans saw larger drops than white Americans, the CDC said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The life expectancy of the average American fell by one year in the first few mon...
Tags: Science, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Harvard University, News UK, Associated Press, The Washington Post, Arias, Robert Anderson, Mary T Bassett, Pandemic, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Elizabeth Arias, The New York Times Read


Photos show Lunar New Year celebrations with caution amid an ongoing pandemic

An immediate family from a distance virtually join a family reunion dinner via a phone call on the eve of the lunar new year at home on February 11, 2021 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Annice Lyn/Getty Images Families opt for distanced or virtual celebrations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Limited public festivities continued to take place with health safety precautions in mind. Here's what celebrating one of the most important holidays in the Chinese culture looks like amid the pandemic....
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, London, Indonesia, China, New York City, US, International, Trends, Features, Kuala Lumpur, Red Cross, Bangkok, Chinatown, Chinese New Year, Buddhist


Delays in cancer screenings and early detection brought on by the pandemic could lead to a rise in deaths

In this file image, Betty Daniel of Chicago gets her routine yearly mammogram from Lead Mammography Tech Stella Palmer at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to delays in preventative cancer screenings. The delays could lead to cancers detected at a later stage and a rise in the cancer mortality rate. Doctors told Insider that worry over COVID-19 should not sto...
Tags: UK, Science, Breast Cancer, Cancer, US, Trends, Chicago, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mayo Clinic, Hale, Grady, Musser, Kettering, Stella Palmer, Kettering Health Network, Mt Sinai Hospital


Facebook expanded its rules on posting misinformation and will remove all false claims about COVID vaccines, including that they cause autism

A pharmacist prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Jessica Hill/AP Photo Jessica Hill/AP Photo Facebook added false vaccine claims to its updated protocols for combatting COVID-19 misinformation. Posts claiming vaccines are ineffective or unsafe will be removed, the social network said.  Facebook also said it is working with WHO to remove misinformation about all vaccines.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook said it will remove misinformation about the COVID-1...
Tags: Facebook, Science, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Whatsapp, World Health Organization, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Misinformation, Pandemic, Tech Insider, COVID-19, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine


Oxford researchers didn't tell COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers of a dosing mistake when it was discovered, a letter reveals

A nurse at the Royal Cornwall Hospital prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine in Truro, United Kingdom. Hugh Hastings/Getty Images Researchers didn't inform volunteers in the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine trial of a dosing error when the mistake was discovered, a letter obtained by Reuters shows. Some participants were given about a half dose instead of a full one due to a measuring mistake by Oxford researchers. Medical ethicists told Reuters the letter indicates the researchers may not h...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Germany, India, Trends, Eu, European Union, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Biden



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