Posts filtered by tags: Sars Cov 2[x]


What are the various Covid-19 vaccines being used in SA and how well do they work?

The vaccines being used to fight the pandemic take at least two weeks after inoculation to become effective — and nonpharmaceutical interventions remain crucial The post What are the various Covid-19 vaccines being used in SA and how well do they work? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: UK, Opinion, Virus, South Africa, United Kingdom, Pfizer, Vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, CoronaVac

Rise of the variants: What you need to know about the Delta variant in SA

SA’s lockdown regulations are tightening to better curb the spread of Covid-19, amid concerns that the Delta variant could drive a surge of infections The post Rise of the variants: What you need to know about the Delta variant in SA appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Health, India, South Africa, Astrazeneca, World Health Organisation, Pfizer, Vaccine, Gauteng, Openaccess, Cyril Ramaphosa, Top Six, Genomic Sequencing, Third Wave, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus, South Africa (country

US officials may have avoided the coronavirus lab-leak theory to avoid associations with controversial gain-of-function research

Guards stand outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology on February 3, 2021. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Scientists haven't ruled out the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from a lab. US agencies have given grants to a nonprofit that funds laboratories that alter coronaviruses. So US officials may have dismissed the lab leak theory to avoid association with this research. See more stories on Insider's business page. Is the best way to protect people from a dangerous virus to cr...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Obama, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Lab, Leak, Rand Paul, World Health Organization, State Department, Getty, Anthony Fauci, Nih

British and Indian Variants Renamed 'Alpha' and 'Delta' Under New WHO Covid-19 Guidance

The so-called British and Indian variants of covid-19 have gotten name changes under new guidance released by the World Health Organization on Monday. The British variant will now be called “Alpha” and the mutant variant first identified in India will be called “Delta” as the WHO tries to stop stigmatization of…Read more...
Tags: Science, India, Delta, Who, World Health Organization, Alpha, Donald Trump, Occupational Safety and Health, B, Health Sciences, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Branches Of Biology, Zoonoses, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, Variants Of Sars Cov 2

No vaccine superheroes or supervillains: Fix the system

The world must insist that intellectual property on vaccines against the coronavirus be waivered The post No vaccine superheroes or supervillains: Fix the system appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, India, United Kingdom, Bill Gates, Brazil, Who, WTO, World Health Organisation, Intellectual Property, Vaccines, Trips, Gates Foundation, Big Pharma, World Trade Organisation, Waiver, Anti-vaxxers

3 ways officials can improve COVID-19 public health messaging, according to science communication experts

Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, has been one of the most prominent US public health officials during the pandemic. Getty Public health officials have struggled to find persuasive ways to convince people to get vaccinated. Researchers in science communication say being straightforward is the best way to make an impact. They suggest being honest with uncertainty, ensuring consistency, and tapping into a crowd mentality. See more stories on Insider's business page. Persuading people to get a C...
Tags: Opinion, US, Trends, Communication, Healthcare, Vaccines, Anthony Fauci, Nordic, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Madison Read, Contributor, Dominique Brossard, Emily Howell, Todd Newman, The Conversation, Coronavirus

There’s No Reason to Freak Out About the Latest Pfizer Vaccine Study

Over the weekend, a new study involving the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine set off a wave of alarming—and at times misleading—headlines. The study, based on real-world data from Israel, found that the vaccine wasn’t as effective against B.1351, the variant first found in South Africa, as it was against other…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Israel, Medical Research, South Africa, Vaccination, Pfizer, Vaccine, BioNtech, Sars Cov 2, Adi Stern, Covid 19 Vaccine, 501v2 Variant, Variants Of Sars Cov 2, Health Medical Pharma, Sarbecovirus

What you should know about coronavirus variants, according to a virologist

(Author not pictured) Epidemiologists predict that within a year current vaccines could need to be updated to better handle new variants. Pedro Vilela/Getty Images Dr. Paulo Verardi is an associate professor of virology and vaccinology at the University of Connecticut. He says people should be aware of the currently identified five COVID-19 variants. Assume these variants will continue to evolve and adapt, stay vigilant, and get vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page....
Tags: UK, England, California, Opinion, India, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Pfizer, Vaccines, Nordic, UK South Africa, Contributor, University of Connecticut He

Scientists Now Worried the UK Coronavirus Variant Is Deadlier

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an unsettling announcement on Friday about B 1.1.7, the variant of the coronavirus first found in the UK last fall that’s become widespread in the country and elsewhere. According to data newly analyzed by UK scientists, B 1.1.7 is not only more transmissible than earlier strains,…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, Sars Cov 2, Covid 19 Pandemic In The United Kingdom, Variant Of Concern 20201201

How Bad Are All These New COVID Variants?

Viruses mutate; so does everything, really. But experts are now concerned about a few of the thousands of coronavirus variants that have turned up around the world. We wrote about the UK variant last month; now there are more, including one in Los Angeles. You do not need to panic. But it’s good to be informed.Read more...
Tags: UK, Medicine, Los Angeles, Vaccine, Lifehacks, Vaccines, Health Sciences, Influenza Vaccine, Sars Cov 2, Coronaviridae, Zoonoses, Covid 19 Pandemic In The United Kingdom, Variant Of Concern 20201201, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, Covid 19 Vaccine

Disneyland Will Become a Covid-19 Vaccination Site

After spending months of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the spotlight for trying to repeatedly re-open the gates to the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland is finally letting Californians in...but not to take a ride on Haunted Mansion or sip on a green milk at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Disney, Haunted Mansion, Theme Parks, Vaccines, Disneyland, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Magic Kingdom Disneyland

A Number of Disney TV Productions Delayed Amidst Surge in LA Covid Cases

The Los Angeles entertainment industry, typically a hub of Hollywood production, is once again slowing to a halt in response to the unprecedented, basically unchecked spread of the novel coronavirus in LA County. Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Disney, Los Angeles, American Horror Story, Disney Studios, The Orville, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Disney TV Productions, LA Covid Cases, LA County Read

Congress to Employers: You Can Go Back to Not Giving Paid Leave to Covid-Positive Staff

Here’s a big fuck you from Congress to everyone else: The coronavirus relief bill passed this week removes a requirement that employers provide at least two weeks of paid sick leave at full salary if their employees contract the coronavirus.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Medicine, Congress, Healthcare, Pandemic, Paid Sick Leave, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Contagious Presenteeism

Congress Finally Reaches Deal on How Many Pennies to Throw to Americans

Congressional leaders have reached a bipartisan deal on an almost $1 trillion covid-19 economic relief package Sunday afternoon that would establish a temporary $300 per week bump in unemployment benefits and send $600 stimulus checks to most Americans, the Associated Press reports. Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Senate, Economics, House Of Representatives, Associated Press, Stimulus, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Shoppers Beware: Scammers Are Sending Fake Shipping Notifications to Steal Your Info

With the pandemic pushing more holiday shoppers online this year, business is booming for major shippers like Amazon, FedEx, and UPS. Malls around this time are already veritable Petri dishes with crowds packing into stores and willing to elbow the ever-loving Christmas cheer out of each other over gifts. And to cash…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, UPS, Online Shopping, Fedex, Amazon FedEx, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

A Faulty Algorithm Screwed Residents Out of Stanford's Vaccine Distribution Plan

Medical residents flooded Stanford Hospital on Friday in protest after executives there reportedly used a faulty algorithm to triage its first wave of vaccinations and overwhelmingly left out caregivers working on the front lines of the covid-19 pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Science, Stanford, Vaccinations, Pfizer, Vaccines, Stanford Medicine, Stanford Hospital, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Report: Trump Admin Turned Down Chance to Buy 100 Million More Doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 Vaccine

On Monday, the UK became the first country to begin mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus pandemic using a vaccine manufactured by Pifzer. That vaccine should begin being rolled out in the U.S. soon—though there might not be enough to go around for a while, thanks in part to the White House’s purchasing…Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Technology, Medicine, White House, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Birx: Health Officials Still Have Their Hands Full Debunking Trump's Covid-19 'Myths'

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said she’s frustrated that viral covid-19 “myths” like those spread by the president and other high-profile politicians continue to undermine public perception about the severity of covid-19, even now eight months into the pandemic after the virus has…Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Donald Trump, Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Deborah Birx

Bank Workers Could Get the Covid-19 Vaccine Ahead of Most Americans

Bank tellers may get to skip the line to receive the covid-91 vaccine once it becomes available, jumping ahead of those who are at an increased risk for severe symptoms from the virus such as people 65 and older or who have preexisting conditions.Read more...
Tags: Science, Banking, Vaccines, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Biden Says He'll Ask Country to Wear Masks for 100 Days, Issue Mask Mandates in Federal Jurisdiction

President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask the entire country to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency, and he will issue federal mask mandates applying to places where he believes he has jurisdiction, including federal buildings and interstate transportation. Biden also committed to allow the public to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Joe Biden, Vaccines, Biden, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Hackers Target Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution 'Cold Chain,' Though Motives Remain Unknown

Hackers “assumed to be state agents” have been waging a phishing campaign against pharmaceutical firms and other institutions involved in the forthcoming distribution of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, IBM announced on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Security, Science, Technology, Crime, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, Ibm, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Want to Know What the Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Are Like? There's a TikTok for That

The viral short-form video app TikTok (which still isn’t banned, by the way) is becoming the unlikely new home for creators claiming to have first-hand experience with the covid-19 vaccine and giving expert testimonials about ongoing vaccine trials.Read more...
Tags: Science, Vaccines, Tiktok, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Of Course There Is

More States Are Offering Contact-Tracing Apps—Now if Only They Could Get People to Use Them

Google and Apple rolled out their covid-19 contact-tracing APIs months ago for state officials to use in developing their own covid-19-tracking apps, but adoption has proceeded at a snail’s pace. Just 15 states and Washington, D.C. are currently employing the tech giants’ “exposure notification” tech while a handful…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Washington, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Contact Tracing

Feds Say Cash App, Venmo, and Other Payment Apps Being Used to Launder Stimulus Money

The U.S. Secret Service has some 700 pending investigations centering on Paycheck Protection Program and the Unemployment Insurance Relief fraud, CNBC reported on Wednesday, and a large number of them involve money laundering via Cash App, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, and other payment apps.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Crime, Police, Paypal, Fraud, Mobile Payments, Secret Service, Cnbc, Venmo, U S Secret Service, Pandemic, Zelle, Coronavirus, Covid 19

World of Warcraft's Zombie Invasion Hits Different in 2020

Warcraft loves itself a plague. Some of the most iconic moments in its history as a piece of online culture are defined by them: the infamous bug that created the Corrupted Blood plague, the nostalgia-driven Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch event that saw players fight to avoid joining the undead scourge. That latter…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Masks, Blizzard, MMORPG, RPG, Pandemics, World of Warcraft, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

FDA Issues First Emergency Use Authorization for Rapid, At-Home Covid-19 Test

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid coronavirus test kit that can be performed at home, issuing an emergency use authorization to manufacturer Lucira Health late on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Medicine, Testing, Food And Drug Administration, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Coronavirus Testing, Lucira Health, Lucira, Test Kits

Trump's Favorite Covid Adviser: We're Really Not Doing Enough to Collaborate With the Virus

The Trump administration’s pseudoscience advocate on the White House coronavirus task force, Dr. Scott Atlas, is urging the population of Michigan to, uh, stage some sort of rebellion in solidarity with the novel coronavirus.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, White House, Michigan, Trump, Lockdown, Pandemic, Quarantine, Scott Atlas, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Dr Scott Atlas

COVID-19 Liability for Building Owners

With Covid-19 spreading across the U.S. and some places reclosing in reaction to the new surge, considered against a backdrop of more than 2,000 new statutes, regulations and executive orders addressing the pandemic that have been enacted in a matter of months, many commercial real estate owners are questioning if they can be liable for damages when someone, whether an employee of a business tenant or someone else, claims to have contracted the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) at their building? A...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Congress, California, Cdc, Alabama, San Francisco, Customers, Wyoming, Arkansas, Miami, Epa, Trump, Tulsa Oklahoma, Stuart Kaplow, OSHA

An economist says a lack of information about COVID-19 drove the world into a deep economic crisis — here's how we can fix it

Innovating our way out of a pandemic-induced economic crisis will require us to think long-term. Reuters Joshua Gans is a professor of strategic management and economist at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. The following is an excerpt from his book, "The Pandemic Information Gap: The Brutal Economics of COVID-19." In it, he argues that the pandemic was caused by a lack of information and knowledge about COVID-19 — not the virus itself. Gans believes the focus of the ...
Tags: France, Germany, Trends, Strategy, Recession, Economics, Taiwan, Netherlands, United Nations, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, University of Toronto, Excerpt, Imf, Napoleon

COVID–19 in Buildings is all about Ventilation

This post is about what we know today about how to occupy commercial and public buildings, from offices to schools, in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 (the now designation for what had been the novel coronavirus 2019). If in 1992, “it’s the economy, stupid” was the phrase coined as the message of the day, today as we face another surge in SARS-Cov-2 cases,  it should be “it’s the ventilation, stupid.” This is taken from a Zoom webinar I gave last week and is actually an update to m...
Tags: Law, Environmental, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Executive Committee, Stuart Kaplow, Codes and Regulations, Kaplow, ASHRAE, Ventilation, Merve, SARS-CoV-2, Federation of European Heating Ventilation, REHVA, ASHRAE 62.1