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Masks are Effective, Despite One Flawed Study From Denmark

"I think the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that masks are effective," the lead author of a study recently cited by America's Center for Disease Control told the Washington Post. They were responding to another (very controversial) outlier study whose findings "conflict with those from a number of other studies," according to the New York Times, citing numerous experts. "Critics were quick to note [that] study's limitations, among them that the design depended heavily on participants re...
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9 public-health experts share their own Thanksgiving plans: Most are staying home, but some will gather outdoors with masks

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, will be skipping an extended family Thanksgiving this year. Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images, filadendron/Getty Images As Thanksgiving approaches, Americans must decide whether to gather with their loved ones amid the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Many public-health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are tweaking holiday traditions and hunkering down at home with just their immediate families. Here's how nine public-health experts are c...
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Elon Musk says he 'most likely' has a moderate case of COVID-19 but still questions the accuracy of the tests

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Maja Hitij/Getty Images Elon Musk tweeted Saturday that he "most likely" has a moderate case of COVID-19. The Tesla CEO said that he had symptoms "just like a regular cold," but with other, more severe effects.  He expressed confusion over his tests, which have produced both positive and negative results. But this is not unusual with the test he is likely to have used, as Business Insider has reported.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tes...
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Elon Musk says he tested positive for COVID-19 but also tested negative, and is suspicious of the 'bogus' tests

Elon Musk tests positive for COVID-19 twice, then negative twice. Win McNamee/Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted late Thursday that he had "symptoms of a typical cold" and had tested positive twice for COVID-19 — and negative twice. "Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for COVID four times today," Musk tweeted. "Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD." "If it's happening to me, it's happening...
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Elon Musk doesn't know if he has COVID-19, and seemingly doesn't understand he needs to wait longer for a final result

Elon Musk tests positive for COVID-19 twice, then negative twice. Win McNamee/Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted late Thursday that he had "symptoms of a typical cold" and had tested positive twice for COVID-19 — and negative twice. "I'm getting PCR tests from separate labs. Results will take about 24 hours," he said. A PCR is a gold-standard test for COVID-19 — Musk's initial tests were rapid antigen tests, which the Food and Drug Administration says have a "higher chance of false n...
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The CDC issued new advice saying cloth masks protect the wearer from COVID-19 infection. It's not that simple.

Europa Press News / Contributor / Getty Images The CDC released new guidance on mask wearing Tuesday, suggesting cloth masks may provide a degree of "personal protection" to the wearer, by reducing how much coronavirus they inhale. Previously, the agency said masks are primarily worn to avoid spreading the virus away from infected people (who don't always show symptoms). Universal masking has helped prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but scientists are still hotly debating how much we...
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The CDC issued new advice saying cloth masks protect the wearer from someone else's COVID-19 infection. It's not that simple.

Europa Press News / Contributor / Getty Images The CDC released new guidance on mask wearing Tuesday, suggesting cloth masks may provide a degree of "personal protection" to the wearer, by reducing how much coronavirus they inhale. Previously, the agency simply said masks are to be worn to protect people around you, as most public health experts agree. Universal masking has helped prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but scientists are still hotly debating how much wearing masks really ...
Tags: Cdc, Trends, Columbia University, Popescu, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Hilary Brueck, Saskia Popescu, Angela Rasmussen, Europa Press News, New York Noam Galai Getty Images The CDC


Millions of minks have been killed since June because they can pass the coronavirus to people. But fears of a mutated strain are overblown.

Minks look out of a cage at a fur farm near the town of Kalinkovichi in Belarus, 2011. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters Denmark is culling its entire population of minks, up to 17 million across more than 1,000 fur farms, after finding a mutated coronavirus strain circulating among the animals.  A dozen people have been infected with the strain. More than 280,000 Danes in the region where the strain was found went into lockdown Friday. Although Danish officials warned that the observed mutation co...
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17 Million Animals to Be Slaughtered in ‘Unhinged’ COVID Mutation Scare

ROME—There are few things that make scientists more nervous during an out-of-control pandemic than inter-species contagion of a mutated strain of a deadly virus. That’s why Denmark—the world’s largest supplier of fur—has taken the unprecedented decision to cull its entire mink population of some nearly 17 million animals.New Mystery: What Happens When Animals Get Infected by Humans?The drastic step was taken after 12 incidents of a mutated strain of COVID-19 jumping to humans from the densely fu...
Tags: News, Spain, Rome, Netherlands, Denmark, Columbia University, The Daily Beast, University of Washington, Danish State Serum Institute, Frederiksen, Humane Society International, Carl Bergstrom, Mette Frederiksen, Angela Rasmussen, Francois Balloux, State Serum Institute


US public-health experts say they're staying home this Thanksgiving — but some will still gather with family

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, will be skipping an extended family Thanksgiving this year. Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images, filadendron/Getty Images As Thanksgiving approaches, Americans must decide whether to gather with their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic. Many US public-health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are tweaking their holiday traditions and hunkering down at home with their immediate families. Here's how nine experts are choosing to spend their Thanksgiving this yea...
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The White House considered tapping Elon Musk for a celebrity COVID-19 PSA, despite the billionaire repeatedly sharing virus misinformation

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS A White House document listing potential celebrities for a COVID-19 public-service announcement campaign shows that Elon Musk was one of 274 names considered. It's not clear exactly which celebrities were approached, and Musk was listed as "pending," but some other celebrities are marked as "accepted" or "declined." Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has voiced dissatisfaction with lockdown measures and posted misinformation about CO...
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No, Mouthwash Will Not Save You From the Coronavirus

You may have noticed a rash of provocative headlines this week suggesting that mouthwash can "inactivate" coronaviruses and help curb their spread. While the news is based on a new study from researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine, it's important to note that the study focused on a coronavirus that causes common colds -- not the one that causes COVID-19. "Not only did the study not investigate this deadly new virus, but it also did not test whether mouthwash affects how viruses spread...
Tags: Tech, Columbia University, Johnson, Yale University, Rasmussen, Penn State College of Medicine, New York Times From, Katherine J Wu, Angela Rasmussen, Journal of Medical Virology, Listerine Crest Orajel Equate, Maricar Malinis


Steve Bannon Is Behind Bogus Study That China Created COVID

A new study purporting to show that the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a Chinese lab was published by a pair of nonprofit groups linked to Steve Bannon, the former top Trump strategist now facing felony fraud charges.The study, co-authored by a Chinese virologist who fled Hong Kong this year, claims that “laboratory manipulation is part of the history of SARS-CoV-2.” Its findings were quickly picked up by a handful of prominent news organizations such as the New York Post, which hyped the...
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FDA commissioner says he's open to issuing COVID-19 vaccine before human trials are over

In an interview with the Financial Times published Sunday, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said that he is willing to issue an emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the conclusion of human trials.Hahn said this could be done because "the benefit outweighs the risk in a public health emergency," and claimed he would not give in to President Trump or other politicians who have asserted that there will be a vaccine available before the end of the year. "This is going to be a sci...
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Alarm as FDA willing to issue Covid-19 vaccine before stringent safety testing

FDA under intensifying pressure from Trump, who wants to see a vaccine come on stream or ready to announce before the electionPublic health experts have reacted with alarm to remarks by the head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that he might give the green light for a US Covid-19 vaccine before the normal clinical trial process had reached its conclusion.As the US was on the verge of 6m coronavirus cases on Sunday, Stephen Hahn, the FDA commissioner, told the Financial Times in an in...
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You probably won't catch the coronavirus from swimming. It's the crowds on the beach that matter.

Beachgoers enjoy a day of sunshine at Galveston Beach on May 2, 2020 in Galveston, Texas. MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images Some cities and states have opened up beaches and pools, prompting swimmers to wonder whether the coronavirus can spread through water. While little is known about how this coronavirus acts in water, experts say all signs point to it being an unlikely source of contagion, especially if it's chlorinated. Still, swimming can be risky if it involves prolonged close contact ...
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You Probably Won't Catch the Coronavirus From Frozen Food

Amid a flurry of concern over reports that frozen chicken wings imported to China from Brazil had tested positive for the coronavirus, experts said on Thursday that the likelihood of catching the virus from food -- especially frozen, packaged food -- is exceedingly low. From a report: "This means somebody probably handled those chicken wings who might have had the virus," said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University. "But it doesn't mean, 'Oh my god, nobody buy any chicken wings be...
Tags: China, Tech, Brazil, Columbia University, Ecuador, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Shenzhen, Yale University, Shandong, Longgang, Angela Rasmussen, Brandon Ogbunu, Anhui Shaanxi, Ogbunu


Elon Musk thinks the surge in coronavirus cases is due to testing errors, but a virologist is debunking that 'dangerous misinformation'

Elon Musk said on Twitter that testing errors, rather than new infections, are causing the new surge of coronavirus cases. Virologist Angela Rasmussen rushed to debunk the claim, which she called "dangerous misinformation." COVID-19 diagnostic tests have relatively low rates of false positives, and spikes in hospitalizations show that transmission really has increased. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday to claim that testing errors, rat...
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CDC Director Pleads With Younger Americans To Wear Masks

(CNN) — A top US health official made another plea Tuesday for Americans — especially younger ones — to wear masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus as case numbers surge across much of the country. The comments to a US Senate committee hearing on the virus came as at least 17 states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans in response to a surge in new infections. Meanwhile three states once seen as the epicenter of the epidemic in the US — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — exp...
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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back Into the Water…

As summer ramps up in North America, people are looking to get out to enjoy the weather while also trying to keep safe from Covid-19 infection. Here in Vermont, I am very much looking forward to swim hole season and have been wondering if swimming is a safe activity during the pandemic. The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan wrote about the difficulty of opening pools back up this summer: The coronavirus can’t remain infectious in pool water, multiple experts assured me, but people who come to pools do not...
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A Dismal COVID19 Miscellany

Let me run through a few miscellaneous news items. *** After San Marino, which is a city-state with too small a population to make the statistic meaningful, the highest per capita COVID19 death toll in the world is in Belgium. Belgium has 692 fatalities per million inhabitants. Compare that to 386 for France; 433 for Great Britain; 215 for the USA; 83 for Germany; 548 for Spain. Why haven’t we heard more about this? According to the Belgians their death toll is really not higher. Their count...
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You don't need to obsessively disinfect your groceries, and other coronavirus tips from experts

Grocery shopping is one of the few things everyone is still doing in the time of COVID-19 social distancing. Whether you order online or shop in a store, you eventually come in contact with the food and toiletries — but "don't drive yourself crazy disinfecting your groceries," writes NPR's Maria Godoy, citing virologists, infectious disease specialists, and food safety experts.No matter what that family doctor in Michigan advised in his video, "all of the experts we spoke with say that d...
Tags: News, Time, Cnn, Columbia University, Michigan, Npr, Trump, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Fauci, Godoy, Jim Acosta, David Aronoff, Angela Rasmussen, Maria Godoy


Will an Antibody Test Allow Us to Go Back to School or Work?

When will life return to normal, or at least a new normal?A major answer to the question of when -- and how -- Americans can return to public places like work and school could depend on something called an antibody test, a blood test that determines whether someone has ever been infected with the coronavirus.People who are believed to be immune may be able to safely return to work. It would be especially important to know which health care workers are protected from getting infected and could co...
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COVID Journalism: Episodes 1-3

I have been interviewing experts in COVID-19 to give journalists advice about how to cover the crisis. In our Social Journalism program at the Newmark Journalism School, we believe community journalism must start with listening to the community. Well, science journalism must start with listening to the scientists. This is why I have been maintaining a COVID Twitter list of more than 500 credentialed, relevant experts. So I have spoken so far with an epidemiologist, an infectious disease ...
Tags: Publishing, Science, Uncategorized, America, Journalism, Sierra Leone, Yale, New York Times, The Times, Times, Haiti, Columbia, Trump, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Gonsalves, Gregg Gonsalves


COVID Journalism: Episodes 1-4

UPDATE: Here is a fourth episode of my series of interviews with the experts of COVID. I spoke with the amazing Dr. Emma Hodcroft, a phylogeneticist (which she will explain) at the University of Basel, who co-developed the Nextstrain project, a herculean effort to track, so far, 5,000 strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as it travels across the world. We talked about lessons from that project; about good and bad journalism about the pandemic; about how journalists should responsibly report on de...
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What We Need To Understand About Asymptomatic Carriers If We’re Going to Beat Coronavirus

This story was first published at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., around the last week of February, I joked to a colleague that maybe now, finally, people would learn how to wash their hands properly. My remark revealed a naive assumption I had at the time, which was that all we needed to do to keep the novel...
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Time for Experts

In this novel crisis, we in media and online need to shift much of our attention away from trying to eradicate disinformation (and how’s that going?) to spend more of our time and resources once again finding and amplifying good information — authoritative information from experts. That is why I am maintaining and immersing myself in my COVID Twitter list of 500 epidemiologists, virologists, physicians, researchers, NGOs, and selected specialist journalists. I have been taking in their c...
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What We Know So Far About SARS-CoV-2

We've known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it's behaving in such an extreme way. From a report: The structure of the virus provides some clues about its success. In shape, it's essentially a spiky ball. Those spikes recognize and stick to a protein called ACE2, which is found on the surface of our cells: This is the first step to an infection. The exact contours of SARS-CoV-2's spikes allow it to stick far mo...
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Coronavirus Is Turning Seattle into a Ghost Town

SEATTLE—At a regular Tuesday night pickup hockey game in this city’s Shoreline suburb, so many tech workers arrived wearing telecommuting sweatpants instead of their slightly more formal work clothes that the players jokingly called their new look, “COVID Casual.”Businesses such as Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Salesforce have told many of their employees to work from home. Downtown crowds have dwindled. The region’s notorious rush hours have become minutes. Local officials have demonstrated ...
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Coronavirus Q: 'Will a face mask help protect me?' A: It's complicated.

Around the world, people are buying up face masks in hopes of avoiding the Wuhan coronavirus. But do they work? The answer is complicated. Read on for details from health experts. Public health experts and medical researchers are scrambling to understand how the disease spreads, and what it does, and how to stop it. And in the absence of information, many people are hoarding face masks, wearing face masks, and advising others to wear face masks to avoid catching Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV...
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