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Brazilian variant of coronavirus detected in U.S. for first time

The Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Minnesota - making it the first known case of the P.1 variant to show up in the United States. The case involves “a Minnesota resident with recent travel history to Brazil."

Budweiser isn't running a Super Bowl ad this year

For the first time in 37 years, a Budweiser commercial will be missing from the Super Bowl LV game on February 7. Instead, the Anheuser-Busch InBev beer will use its marketing dollars to support Covid-19 vaccine awareness and access.

Fauci addresses UK variant of COVID-19 and US vaccination effort

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, during an interview on Sunday, said that recent British data likely suggests the new COVID-19 strain is deadlier, but “we want to look at the data ourselves"

Heat and air movement indoors explains different COVID-19 risks

The physics of thermodynamics can be valuable when it comes to assessing the movement of particles carrying the coronavirus, according to new research. This provides a stepwise approach for building design.

Thai opposition figure vows to fight on despite royal defamation case

Bangkok - A billionaire Thai opposition figure accused of defaming the country's monarchy has vowed to keep campaigning for reform, despite facing what he dubbed a "politically motivated" lawsuit.

Op-Ed: Get used to COVID-19, it will always be with us

As global communities struggle to cope with both coronavirus infections that manifest as COVID-19 and the restrictions that come with the health emergency, the reality is dawning that we may always have to live with this virus and potentially others.

Nudge or enforce? What is best for COVID-19 controls?

Does nudge theory have a role to play in persuading or influencing the general populace to adhere to the societal rules relating to avoiding transmitting or contracting the novel coronavirus? The answer appears not.

Essential Science: Has COVID-19 really helped the environment?

From the environmental perspective, what has been the effect of the pandemic upon the environment? The results are mixed, depending upon which aspect of ecology is examined. We look at four contrasting cases in this week's Essential Science.

Highly transmissible COVID-19 variant to become dominant in U.S.

Atlanta - The highly contagious variant of the coronavirus first seen in the United Kingdom will become the dominant strain in the United States by March, its rapid spread heightening the urgency of getting people vaccinated, according to a new study by the CDC.

Intestinal microbiome linked to COVID-19 severity

The connection between COVID-19 symptoms and other underlying health conditions continues to be researched. A new finding draws a connection between symptom severity and intestinal health, in relation to the gut microbiome.

Data-driven approach is the answer to COVID-19 vaccine logistics Special

The distribution of the various coronavirus vaccines that becoming available will be challenging for most countries. Developing a sound, data-driven approach to distribution is set to be key. How the data is used with be pivotal.

Novel coronavirus treatment study begins in the UK

A new treatment for the disease caused by the coronavirus, intended to prevent severe illness, has been launched in England. The novel method to address COVID-19 is based on a protein-based inhalation treatment. This could be administered by the patient.

After slow rollout, U.S. states are ramping up COVID vaccinations

After a frustratingly slow rollout, the U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination drive in history - with the aim of inoculating a larger and more diverse pool of people against the deadly coronavirus.

Essential Science: How the coronavirus vaccines were developed

Currently there are six COVID-19 vaccines for which certain national regulatory authorities have authorized the use. There are many potential COVID-19 vaccine candidates currently in development. How are these vaccines developed?

COVID-19 vaccine easy to get with the right amount of money

The much-criticized rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has laid the groundwork for a scenario in which the rich and the politically connected use their money and power to cut in line and get vaccinated before everyone else - a black market for the "haves."

COVID-19 cases overwhelming ICUs and morgues in California

Friday was the worst day yet for COVID-19 fatalities in California, as well as in Los Angeles County. The coronavirus surge this winter has deepened beyond the point of overloading hospitals and is now also threatening to overwhelm coroners.

UK hospitals overwhelmed as COVID cases and deaths spike

Public Health England (PHE) is reporting 1,325 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test - the highest figure reported on any day since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The number of cases reported in the past 24 hours was 68,053.

2 companies from Vaughan, ON set to distribute Covid-19 tech

With the spread of Covid-19 becoming worse and with no signs of stopping, these two companies located in Vaughan, Ontario are preparing to deploy innovative technology to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.

Can the coronavirus enter the human brain?

Some new coronavirus related research demonstrates how spike protein, from the outer shell of the virus, can cross the blood-brain barrier. This means there is the potential for the COVID-19 virus entering the brain.

Can digital biomarkers predict COVID-19? Special

A new study indicates that consumer wearable devices (such as a Fitbit), when configured to continuously measure vital signs, has a reasonable predictive ability for assessing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Concern over the rapid rise in COVID vaccine fraud emails Special

US federal agencies have warned about scammers exploiting the public's interest in the COVID-19 vaccine to harvest personal information and steal money through multiple ongoing and emerging fraud schemes. This is often coupled with financial scams.

South African variant of COVID-19 has scientists worried

A new variant of the coronavirus that has been identified in South Africa is more of a risk than the mutation found in the U.K., according to Britain’s health minister.

U.S. hospitalizations for the coronavirus reach record numbers

December holds the unwanted distinction of being the deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., and now we can add that December has seen a record number of hospitalizations for the virus, as well as a sharp increase in the use of ICU beds.

Casting a light: Coronavirus transmission and natural UV light

New research, centered upon seasonal variations, finds that natural variations in ultraviolet radiation can influence the ease of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and rates of COVID-19.

Deep diving the new coronavirus strain and mutation N501Y

A new and more infectious strain of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus has been detected in England over the past week. By infectious, the virus is spreading far more easily although the new strain does appear to produce worst symptoms.

Op-Ed: U.S. is in danger now that Trump has lost his grip on reality

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday said, President Donald Trump "still lives in an alternate reality." Robertson, a staunch ally of the outgoing president was being nice in his choice of words. In my opinion, Trump is a ticking time-bomb.

COVID-19 surge in Virginia threatens to overwhelm hospitals

Swamped emergency rooms and ICUs have now become a common sight in the Old Dominion, as the Virginia Department of Health reported 3,876 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 306,848.

Examining coronavirus spread in the healthcare setting

How coronavirus is distributed within the indoor environment setting continues to be an important focus for scientists trying to understand the dynamics of viral particle deposition. A new hospital study sheds some light.

Variant of COVID-19 spreading rapidly through southern England

Families must cancel their Christmas gatherings and most shops have to close in London and much of southern England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday as health officials work to curb a rapidly spreading COVID-19 variant.

Lovesick Scot jailed for breaching Covid rules on jet-ski odyssey

London - A lovesick Scottish man who bought a jet-ski so he could evade lockdown measures to visit his girlfriend in the Isle of Man has been jailed for breaching coronavirus restrictions, reports said.
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WHO chief Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at press briefing on March 3, 2020.
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The Greater Asiatic yellow house bat (Scotophilus heathii)  where PREDICT-CoV-90 was found.
The Greater Asiatic yellow house bat (Scotophilus heathii), where PREDICT-CoV-90 was found.
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Thereis still much to learn about the novel coronavirus.
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The global COVID-19 pandemic
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World map showing the number of Covid-19 deaths by country, as of December 28 at 1100 GMT
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Over the past two months AFP's fact check team has debunked hundreds of social media posts that falsely targeted Muslims in regards to the coronavirus pandemic in India
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Vending machine selling face masks and hand sanitizers. Blackfriars station, London, UK.
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CDC has developed a new laboratory test kit for use in testing patient specimens for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19.
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Passengers are screened for coronavirus symptoms with thermal scanners at Hankou railway station in Wuhan
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The spread of the virus has disrupted high profile events including the Venice Carnival
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