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'Beg, borrow, steal:' A fight for oxygen as COVID surges in India

New Delhi - India has recorded the highest one-day tally of new Covid-19 cases anywhere in the world - and the country's highest number of deaths over 24 hours. Demand for medical oxygen has soared as the overwhelmed healthcare system tries to cope with the surge.

Canada-U.S. border restrictions to remain in place another month

Canada and the United States on Tuesday extended a land-border closure for non-essential travelers to May 21, 2021. Air passengers arriving in Canada will continue to be tested for COVID-19 ahead of a hotel quarantine period, authorities said.

Emergent BioSolutions asked by FDA to halt J&J vaccine production

Federal regulators ordered the embattled Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore to stop producing new Johnson & Johnson vaccine material pending a completed inspection, the company said Monday.

Pfizer vaccine may protect babies breastfed by their mothers

Data suggests that the administering of coronavirus vaccines imparts a protective effect upon babies that are breastfed by their mothers. This provides an important addition to the assessment of vaccine effectiveness.

Third COVID-19 wave hits grim milestone in Canada as cases surge

The per capita rate of new GOVID-19 infections in Canada passed the rate in the United States last week. Specifically, the rolling 7-day average of new cases rose to 207.27 per million Canadians, compared with 206.66 cases per million U.S. residents.

New coronavirus detection method looks at indoor dust particles

A new viral disease surveillance tool is being considered. This looks at indoor dust as an objective for surveillance of the virus that causes COVID-19 - SARS-CoV-2. The aim is to help to inform public health decisions.

Essential Science: Learning to live with the novel coronavirus

How will we live with the coronavirus going forwards? What risks will new variants pose? Focusing on the disease risk, this week’s Essential Science delves into the pathophysiology of COVID-19.

Brazil becoming global health threat as COVID-19 cases soar

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil’s coronavirus death toll hit devastating new heights, with more than 12,000 deaths in the last three days, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's indifference to the pandemic is being likened to a “genocidal” response by some.

U.S. COVID-19 cases surge to highest level in two weeks

Surging cases in the Midwest helped push the number of daily U.S. infections to their highest in more than two weeks as the US added 81,769 new cases Friday, an increase of 12 percent. The seven-day average has risen for five consecutive weeks.

Coronavirus and poverty: The problematic connection

The impact of the coronavirus infection upon a person is connected to the health of the individual. The rates of transmission correlate with overcrowding and poverty, with many living in these conditions affected by poor health.

Immune response may contribute to post-COVID-19 blood clots

Numerous reports of vascular events after an initial recovery from COVID-19 have led to clinical scientists investigating the impact of COVID-19 on vascular health in relation to recovered patients.

Coronavirus distribution and tissue damage in patients

Researchers have mapped the distribution of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in deceased patients with the disease, and shed new light on how viral load relates to tissue damage.

Approaching the opening of public spaces: COVID-19 safety

As public spaces, including schools, start to open, what are the best policies to put in place to ensure that the risk of coronavirus transmission is minimized? Researchers have assessed the latest body of evidence.

India detects new 'double mutant' COVID-19 variant

India has detected a "double mutant variant" of the novel coronavirus in 206 samples in the worst-hit western state of Maharashtra, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Clinical trials are adapating with new tech in the COVID era

The coronavirus pandemic has driven many healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to explore novel ways to continue to develop clinical trials for the evaluation of new medicines. This includes digital tools.

New COVID variant found in Brittany in western France

Paris - A new Covid-19 variant is spreading in the French region of Brittany, where several patients developed tell-tale symptoms but tested negative for the virus.

Are new coronavirus variants evolving to escape vaccines?

Concerning news on the medical front suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 ('coronavirus') is evolving rapidly in response to the vaccine treatments being administered. This is based on new research.

Despite vaccinations — Covid outbreak at BC care home declared

Kelowna - A new outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at the Cottonwoods Care Centre in B.C.'s Interior Health region where staff and residents had already received vaccines, the provincial health officer announced Monday.

U.S. healthcare workers rate Trump's handling of COVID as 'poor'

What is it like being a frontline healthcare worker in the U.S. for-profit health system? Does the pandemic influence the perception of key workers? These questions have been probed in a new survey.

Op-Ed: Personal experience: The vaccine is a matter of civic duty Special

Receiving the coronavirus vaccine – whichever of the approved vaccines is available – is not only important to your own health, it’s a matter of civic duty. The same as voting, this is something essential for the good of society.

Temperature scanners of 'limited value' in detecting COVID-19

Many workplaces and businesses have put in place thermography scanners on building entrances or they are asking people to take their temperature before travel. Is this a useful COVID-19 safety measure?

Despite CDC warnings, many states easing coronavirus restrictions

With the U.S. vaccination drive picking up speed and the third vaccine on the way, states eager to reopen for business are easing coronavirus restrictions despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is not over yet.

Trudeau: Canada — U.S. border to remain 'closed for now'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday that it is too early to make a decision on reopening his country's border with the U.S.

Low risk of coronavirus reinfection for 'several months'

New data suggests that acquired immunity from a coronavirus infection produces antibodies that protect a person from reinfection over a period of time. This makes the case for wider testing.

California COVID-19 strain may be more infectious—and lethal

San Francisco - A new strain of the pandemic coronavirus first identified and now spreading in California, may not only be more contagious but may also cause more severe disease and death.

Antimicrobial resistance and COVID-19: Implications

A new research paper suggests that COVID-19 will have an ongoing impact on the emergence, transmission and burden of antimicrobial resistance. What are the societal implications of this finding?

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot

Hanoi - Two million people in Vietnam will be put under a raft of restrictions starting Tuesday, after their northern province became the epicentre of a growing Covid-19 outbreak.

'Deep concerns' raised over WHO report on origins of COVID-19

Investigators from the World Health Organization, looking into the origins of coronavirus in China discovered signs the outbreak was much wider in Wuhan in December 2019 than previously thought, and had possibly started earlier in another part of China.

Posting vaccine cards online poses new privacy concerns Special

It seems like a possible idea to help society ease out of lockdown. Once someone has been vaccinated (invariably two-shots) they could access bars and food establishments by showing a scan of a certificate. But what does this mean for privacy?

U.S. population divided over vaccines along political lines

Invisibly recently conducted a survey in order to gain a deeper understanding of how well informed people are about the COVID-19 vaccines. This revealed that U.S. citizens are divided on their willingness to take the vaccine.
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The United States -- the worst-hit country in the world -- has reported more than 60,000 new daily cases for six days
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