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Gamification is aiding discovery of coronavirus medicine Special

The first and only open-source drug discovery competition for COVID-2019 has been launched. The aim is to apply deep learning to find new medicines to tackle the viral outbreak. Siraj Raval explains more.

Update: China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80 percent of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials.

Scientists explore why bat viruses are so deadly

The coronavirus Covid-19, which has been making global headlines is a zoonotic virus (one thought to have transferred from animal to human). The primary source could be from bats. Scientists are looking at what makes bat viruses so deadly.

Novel coronavirus is very similar to SARS-CoV

The novel coronavirus that has been making global headlines has several similarities to another viral pathogen that was making similar headlines a few years ago – SARS. Research shows the coronavirus receptors are similar to those of SARS-CoV.

Fraudsters are using coronavirus fears for phishing campaigns Special

There have been a number of recent instances where fraudsters are taking advantage of coronavirus fears in order to successfully conduct phishing attacks. Will LaSala of OneSpan tells Digital Journal how this happening.

Second wave of Flu hits U.S. kids hard this year

Washington - A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade, reports the CDC. There have been 92 flu-related deaths in children this flu season.

Coronavirus: The viral disease is finally given a name

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which has been making headlines around the world, has been named by scientists: Covid-19. This name has been accepted as official by the World Health Organization.

Coronavirus threat looms over fragile health systems in Africa

The rapidly spreading coronavirus has wreaked havoc across much of the developed world, yet not a single case has been confirmed so far in Africa -- the continent that’s least equipped to deal with the epidemic.

How the coronavius is disrupting global supply chains Special

The coronavirus is beginning to affect global supply chains and the signs are that more businesses are being affected, not least because the global supply chain has become so intertwined and China's role is crucial. A leading expert provides analysis.

Flu season in the U.S. is far worse than coronavirus

While much of the world's attention has been focused on the Wuhan coronavirus, flu activity continued to increase and remains high in the United States, according to a new update by the CDC.

Int. Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses tasked with naming virus

It has infected thousands of people, closed borders and put parts of China into lockdown. But the virus causing the illness does not have a proper name. That will soon change. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses will come up with a name.

Canadians with virus symptoms won't be allowed to evacuate China

Ottawa - Canadians who are exhibiting respiratory symptoms linked to a new coronavirus likely won’t be able to get on a flight home from China, Ontario officials said Monday.

Specialized virus hospital in China built in only 10 days

Wuhan - The first patients arrived Monday at a 1,000-bed hospital built in 10 days as part of China’s sweeping efforts to fight a new virus that is causing global alarm.

Apple to close all its stores in mainland China through Feb. 9

Apple had originally planned just to close one store in China but now it plans to close them all over worries about spreading the coronavirus. Apple is shutting all its corporate offices, stores, and contact centers in China through February 9th.

China's economy suffers as first virus death hits Philippines

China ramped up measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic and shore up an economy hit by travel curbs and business shut-downs on Sunday as the first death from the illness was reported outside the country.

Op-Ed: Coronavirus — What’s truly dangerous and not so dangerous

Beijing - The level of disinformation regarding coronavirus (thanks, social media) is pretty bad. What’s worse is that it’s misrepresenting current issues and ignoring real dangers, including possible long-term risks.

New model to estimate spread of the novel coronavirus

A new modeling study has been used to estimate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The model reveals that up to 75,800 individuals in the Chinese city of Wuhan may have been infected to date.

Africa mobilises against coronavirus as fears mount

Dakar - African countries are scrambling to avert an outbreak of the rapidly spreading coronavirus strain, as health officials warn that the poorest countries are ill-equipped to combat the deadly disease.

Op-Ed: What does Corona beer and coronavirus have in common? — Nothing

The new coronavirus has nothing to do with Corona beer. However, one you can get from a bar at a party. The other can get you barred from a party. Thankfully, most of us know this.

WHO declares global health emergency over 2019-nCOV

The new coronavirus (2019-nCOV) has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

Virus update: Travel warnings and access to research articles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest travel warning on Monday, urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China. Online publisher, Wiley is making all research on the virus available for free.

U.S. prepares to evacuate some U.S. citizens from Wuhan

Beijing - The U.S. Consulate in the epidemic-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight Tuesday.

Why it is critical that we find the source of the coronavirus

Scientists say it is critical they find out whether most coronavirus cases have been caused by a repeated spillover of the virus from animals to humans, or whether most cases are now being triggered by secondary human-to-human transmission.

'Presumptive positive' case of coronavirus detected in Ontario

Toronto - Canada declared on Saturday that Toronto Public Health has received notification of the first presumptive confirmed case of coronavirus in a resident who recently returned from Wuhan, the government said in a statement.

Do face masks help protect users against coronavirus infections?

The world has grown used to seeing people in surgical masks in any virus outbreak, as well as to protect themselves from air pollution. However, with the coronavirus outbreak, there is some skepticism over the effectiveness of the masks.

Nurse in Saudi hospital infected with Wuhan coronavirus

An Indian nurse working at a hospital in southwestern Saudi Arabia has been infected by the coronavirus amid an outbreak that has killed 17 people in China, India’s minister of state for external affairs said on Thursday.

As millions set to travel, China's coronavirus outbreak spreads

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that it’s “extremely crucial” to take every possible measure to combat a new coronavirus that has infected 217 people in the country.

CDC takes steps to screen for new coronavirus at some airports

Public health officials are implementing enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States from Wuhan, China, in response to an outbreak of a new type of coronavirus.

Thais find second case linked to China mystery virus

Bangkok - Thailand detected its second case of a mysterious SARS-linked virus in a visitor from China, health officials said Friday, as authorities ramp up airport screenings ahead of an expected surge in arrivals for Chinese New Year.

Human cold virus linked to neurological conditions

Major respiratory viruses in the coronavirus family, like the one responsible for the common cold, as well as being dangerous respiratory pathogens, can cause lasting neurological diseases, according to new research.
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