Scientists publish studies of how spray droplets can spread disease — ScienceDaily

Two groups of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have published papers on the droplets of liquid sprayed by coughs or sneezes and how far they can travel under different conditions. Both teams used Sandia’s decades of experience with advanced computer simulations studying how liquids and gases move for its nuclear stockpile stewardship mission. Their findings […]

Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing

Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

Britain hits 50MILLION vaccines landmark

Britain has now dished out more than 50million Covid vaccines since the mammoth roll-out began in December, according to official figures. Department of Health bosses today posted another 250,000 jabs, meaning 34.6million people across the UK have had one and 15.5million – or 30 per cent of all adults – are fully inoculated.   Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the […]

Boris under pressure to fix foreign holidays FAST! Ministers urge PM to expand ‘green list’

Travel experts today insisted there is ‘no danger of an influx of disease’ into Britain after Boris Johnson warned that putting lots of countries on the travel ‘green list’ from May 17 could risk a jump in cases from abroad.     The Prime Minister has maintained Downing Street will be ‘cautious’ amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over […]

Covid testers can no longer get free lunches

Covid testers will be forced to mingle with the public to get their lunch under plans being devised by ministers, MailOnline can reveal. The Department of Health currently pays for sandwiches, drinks and snacks for all swabbers to ensure they remain on the testing site for their 12-hour shift. But officials have told Sodexo — […]

Two young intensive care workers celebrate Manchester Covid ward for being empty

Two young intensive care workers have shared a celebratory selfie as a Covid ward in Manchester was empty for the first time in months. NHS nurse Hattie Nicholls posted the photo on social media to mark Manchester Royal Infirmary’s ICU being Covid-free. Posing for a selfie with a colleague in front of a row of […]

Ministers did NOT consider harm of mandatory masks in classrooms, leaked documents show

Ministers turned a blind eye to the negative impact of forcing children to wear face masks in schools, leaked documents show. It has been mandatory since March for secondary school pupils in England to wear coverings when social distancing is not possible, including in classes and corridors.   That is despite teenagers being at a very […]

Covid US: Biden keeps mask ON despite CDC saying fully-vaccinated can go MASKLESS outside

President Joe Biden kept his face mask on Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, saying he was doing so to make a point. Biden wore his face mask as he came out onto the North Lawn of the White House […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?

India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second […]

Boarding planes back-to-front DOUBLES Covid exposure risk because people more likely to ‘cluster’

Boarding planes back-to-front DOUBLES the risk that passengers will be exposed to Covid because people are more likely to ‘cluster’ while dealing with their baggage, study finds Major airlines adopted back-to-front boarding to minimize exposure between seated passengers and those entering the plane But a new study finds that boarding an airplane in this method […]

Droplets containing urine and faeces from a flushing toilet stay in the air for up to 20 seconds

Tiny droplets which can harbour small pieces of urine, faeces, vomit and viruses float into the air at mouth-level after a toilet is flushed, a new study has warned. It shows that tens of thousands of particles are spewed into the air by a flush and can rise several feet above the ground.  Droplets were […]

Fit matters most when double masking to protect yourself from COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

A study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that wearing two face coverings can nearly double the effectiveness of filtering out SARS-CoV-2-sized particles, preventing them from reaching the wearer’s nose and mouth and causing COVID-19. The reason for the enhanced filtration isn’t so much adding layers of cloth, but eliminating any gaps or poor-fitting […]

You’re close enough to catch Covid from someone else if you can smell their breath, expert says

Dr Julian Tang, a virologist, said if you can smell someone’s breath you are too close Britons should use the ‘garlic-breath distance’ measurement to work out whether they are at risk of catching coronavirus, an expert said today. Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, warned people were standing close enough for the virus […]

Just 175 Covid patients are now being admitted to hospital every day in England

Just 175 Covid patients are now being admitted to hospital in England every day — down from 4,000 at the peak of the crisis in January, according to official figures that will pile even more pressure on No10 to ease lockdown quicker. NHS England data also shows the life-saving effect of vaccines, with the proportion […]

Centrifugal multispun nanofibers put a new spin on COVID-19 masks — ScienceDaily

KAIST researchers have developed a novel nanofiber production technique called ‘centrifugal multispinning’ that will open the door for the safe and cost-effective mass production of high-performance polymer nanofibers. This new technique, which has shown up to a 300 times higher nanofiber production rate per hour than that of the conventional electrospinning method, has many potential […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: It’s official: If you’re over 60, you’re HAPPIER than ever! 

What is happiness? It’s one of those questions that’s vexed great minds down the ages, including the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz, who famously said: ‘Happiness is a warm puppy.’ I hate to contradict one of my favourite philosophers but, thanks to the World Happiness Report, produced every March by the United Nations Development Network, […]

Busting Covid myths: Why those Covid temperature tests aren’t just pointless – they’re dangerous

The anticipation is palpable. In just over a fortnight, Britain will begin to spring back to life. Pub gardens will bustle and the pavements outside restaurants will be transformed for continental-style alfresco dining. Gyms will throw open their doors, hairdressers will be ready to get to work on the nation’s lockdown locks. And, as Chancellor Rishi […]

Covid UK: Daily Covid deaths HALVE in a week to 56 while new cases fall 25% to 4040

Britain’s daily Covid death toll has halved in a week, official figures revealed today amid mounting calls for Boris Johnson to lift lockdown restrictions quicker. Department of Health bosses posted 56 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 4,040 coronavirus cases — down 25 per cent on last Tuesday. It comes after the Office for National Statistics today […]

Britain’s daily Covid cases fall by another third in a week with 3,030 more positive tests

Britain’s daily Covid cases have fallen by a third in a week but deaths have crept up slightly, official data revealed today as Boris Johnson faced fresh calls to speed up his lockdown easing plans. Department of Health figures showed another 3,030 cases and 53 deaths were recorded today — which was two more fatalities […]

Matt Hancock insists UK on track to hit July vaccination target

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE RARE BLOOD CLOTS LINKED TO ASTRAZENECA’S VACCINE?  Only Britons who suffer one of the below symptoms four days post-vaccination need to contact their doctor.  Shortness of breath Chest pain Swollen leg Persistent stomach pain Severe headache Blurred vision Skin bruising beyond the site of injection   Matt Hancock today warned […]

Boris confirms shops CAN reopen on Monday – but is lockdown roadmap in doubt?

The government was today accused of deploying ‘Project Fear’ tactics and doomsday worst case scenarios to justify prolonging coronavirus restrictions – despite the government’s own predictions showing that any third wave of coronavirus this summer is likely to be manageable. A third wave of Covid when restrictions are lifted in June is likely to be […]

Lockdown easing could be SPED UP because vaccines ARE working, says SAGE scientist

Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick team that correctly predicted the UK’s second wave, said he was ‘really pleasantly surprised’ that reopening schools did not cause a spike in infections Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown could be sped up because the coronavirus vaccines are working so well, according to one of the Government […]

Covid vaccines are ‘breaking the link’ between cases and deaths

Coronavirus vaccines are ‘breaking the link’ between cases and deaths, scientists behind a major surveillance study tracking England’s outbreak claimed today. Imperial College London epidemiologists found while Covid infections appeared to have levelled off in early April, fatalities linked to the virus were still falling — which would not have been expected during the first or […]

Covid-19 UK: UK’s Covid outbreak is now in a similar position as it was in JULY

Boris Johnson today faced fresh calls to speed up lockdown easing plans as even more data showed England’s coronavirus outbreak is still in retreat, with cases now at levels not seen since last summer. Experts tracking the spread of Covid claim the country is still in a similar position as it was in July, when […]

How the Czech Republic slipped into a Covid disaster, one misstep at a time

Instead, the current Czech catastrophe is akin to death by a thousand cuts, a result of dozens of tiny missteps, late decisions and botched public health messages, experts tell CNN. On Friday, the government conceded it had no other choice but to impose a very strict lockdown starting Monday, just as much of the rest […]

The most iconic Paris Fashion Week moments of all time

Written by Leah Dolan, CNN Star-studded front rows, outlandish set designs and the world’s culture capital waiting just beyond the runway — Paris Fashion Week has always been a theatrical celebration of fashion’s very best. The city’s reputation for craft and haute couture means that at every show artistry is expected and flamboyance is a […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines

How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so if […]

US Coronavirus: Experts worry variant-fueled surge of Covid-19 could be weeks away but cases will likely fall again by summer

Several experts predicted Tuesday the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant that was first detected in the UK is likely to fuel another surge of cases in just a matter of weeks. “It could result in more of a wave in, say, April or May than we would have expected otherwise,” Trevor Bedford of the University of […]

US coronavirus: ‘We’ve done worse than most any other country,’ Fauci says as US marks grim Covid-19 death toll

“I believe that if you look back historically, we’ve done worse than most any other country and we’re a highly developed, rich country,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday. “It’s so tough to just go back and try and do a metaphorical autopsy on how things went. It […]

Best Face Masks for Kids

(CNN) —   Face masks are a part of life now for many of us — including our children. While wearing face coverings is not recommended for kids under the age of 2, due to suffocation risks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does recommend that children over 2 wear masks when they’re in […]

US coronavirus: Officials are hopeful the US is getting closer to the end of the pandemic. But there are road bumps ahead

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sunday Covid-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since November 16 and are now down by more than half from their January peak. “With each day we are moving one step closer to eliminating and eradicating this pandemic,” Hogan said in a statement. “But we need to remain […]

How to help and get help

Arts and culture How to give American Guild of Musical Arts Relief Fund: The AGMA is a labor union that represents artists involved in America’s operatic, choral and dance heritages. Their relief fund will support members who have lost opportunities and income during the coronavirus crisis. Broadway Cares: This non-profit helps vulnerable people in the […]

Face masks: New standards will take the guesswork out of choosing the most effective masks

ASTM International — an international standards organization — spent seven months conducting expedited testing and review and published its guidance on Tuesday. Experts and industry leaders say the new “Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings” has the potential to transform the quality of masks available for personal protection in the American marketplace. “The new specification […]

Best breathable face masks for exercise protection

(CNN) —   As some indoor gyms and fitness spaces reopen, the topic of wearing protective face masks during exercise continues to get folks perspiring. If I want to go back to the gym, many of which now require face coverings, how can I find one that doesn’t leave me extra-sweaty, or inhibit my breathing? […]

Campaigning in Ghana winds up ahead of presidential, parliamentary polls

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 14:47Modified: 06/12/2020 – 15:01 Defeaning vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections. Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the west African nation‘s top job, but Monday’s vote is essentially a fight between President Nana […]

Reusing face masks: Are microwaves the answer?

Credit: Cardiff University Researchers from Cardiff University have been testing the feasibility of using microwave ovens and dry heat to decontaminate crucial PPE being used to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Reporting their findings in the Journal of Hospital Infection, the team have shown that certain types of respirators can be effectively decontaminated in just 90 […]

French-British duo pick up thousands of discarded Covid-19 masks on 880km trek

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 10:56 Edmund Platt, a British environmental activist, and his French photojournalist friend Frédéric Munsch set off on October 1 to follow the high-speed TGV train line to the French capital, aiming to open people’s eyes to the extent of everyday pollution. “We ended up with 6,300 masks,” Platt told AFP in […]

Hong Kong leader urges people to stay home as cases rise

People wearing face masks to protect against the spred of the coronavirus, walk along a street in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged residents to stay home as the city grapples with a resurgence of the coronavirus, which has infected over 500 people in […]

Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving surge in US Covid-19 cases

America should prepare for a “surge upon a surge” in coronavirus cases as millions of travellers return home after the Thanksgiving holiday, top US scientist Anthony Fauci warned Sunday. The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump‘s administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by […]

Americans brace for Covid ‘surge upon a surge’

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain America should prepare for a “surge upon a surge” in coronavirus cases as millions of travelers return home after the Thanksgiving holiday, top US scientist Anthony Fauci warned Sunday. The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 COVID-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump’s administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, […]

Cyprus announces uniform 8-hour virus curfew, ends local lockdowns

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Cyprus on Friday announced it would lift lockdowns in two key coastal cities but impose a nationwide eight-hour night-time curfew among other uniform restrictions to tackle rising coronavirus cases. A nationwide curfew will apply between the hours of 9:00 pm and 05:00 am (1900 GMT to 0300 GMT) from November 30 […]

Universiteti i Ferizajt s’ i merr seriozisht masat kundër COVID-19 (FOTO)

Sapo të hysh në oborrin e Universitetit të Shkencave të Aplikuara të Kosovës s’ do të mund të shohësh asnjë shenjëzim për mbajtje të distancës sipas asaj që ka rekomanduar Qeveria e Kosovës në bashkëpunim me Institutin Kombëtar të Shëndetësisë Publike. Te dera e hyrjes brenda objektit janë vendosur dy shenja paralajmëruese në gjuhën angleze […]

Germany preps vaccine drive as COVID cases hit 1M

In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 file photo an employee of Binder, the world’s largest manufacturer of serial-production environmental simulation chambers for scientific or industrial laboratories, checks an ultra low temperature freezer in Tuttlingen, Germany. Germany prepares for the vaccination of the German population during the upcoming month. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file) Hulking gray boxes […]

Three French police officers suspended over beating of Black man in Paris studio

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 20:52 French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Thursday ordered the suspension of three police officers involved in a brutal beating of a music producer in a Paris studio over the weekend. Footage of the incident, showing police officers repeatedly punching the Black man using truncheons, was posted by a news site […]

You should probably replace some of your fabric face masks

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain If your masks are beginning to feel as old as this pandemic, it’s probably time to get yourself some new ones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises using masks that have at least two layers of tightly woven, washable, breathable fabric, such as cotton. When you wash your masks […]

Russia’s health system under strain as the virus surges back

A medical worker wearing protective gear enters the treatment hall of a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients in the Krylatskoye Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Russia’s health care system has been under severe strain in recent weeks, as a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic has swept the country. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) […]

If you must travel over Thanksgiving, here is how to minimize your COVID-19 risk

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Determined to travel for Thanksgiving? Doing so increases your risk of being exposed to the coronavirus and of possibly spreading it to others, experts warn. Nonetheless, millions of Americans are expected to take to the skies for the holiday. Although it marks a 48% decline from last year, AAA estimates that […]

Why masks belong at your Thanksgiving gathering, and how to properly clean and wear them

Credit: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, and it is poised to completely disrupt the holiday season. As people make holiday plans and think about ways to reduce the risks to their loved ones, a strategy is essential. Face masks are a crucial part of that strategy, and […]

French ‘documentary’ lends voice to Covid-19 conspiracy theories

Lampooned by experts and debunked by fact-checkers, the controversial French film “Hold-Up” claims to uncover a global conspiracy by world elites to control citizens through the Covid-19 pandemic. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the reasons for its astonishing success. As France grapples with its second Covid-19 wave and nationwide lockdown, “Hold-Up”, an almost three-hour-long film […]

Hard-hit Brazil threatened by second wave of virus

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain After struggling for months to get its spiraling COVID-19 death toll under control, Brazil is now threatened by the nightmare scenario that has already shaken the United States and Europe: a second wave. Brazil has been one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, with more than 166,000 people killed—the […]

Around the world in clever Covid-19 adverts

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 16:26 A tongue-in-cheek Covid-19 public service announcement from Germany elevating “lazy as racoons” couch potatoes to certified heroes became a social media sensation over the weekend. Many coronavirus-awareness adverts rely on fear or strike a sombre note with now-familiar tropes – the rising drone shots of empty cityscapes and swell of […]

Award winning image demonstrates effectiveness of DIY masks in fight against COVID-19

Credit: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) An award-winning research image produced by a project at Cork Institute of Technology applies imaging techniques developed for astrophysics to see how effective various textiles are at stopping the flow of exhaled droplets, when they are used for DIY face masks. Wearing a mask or face covering is one of […]

Mexico reaches 1 million virus cases, nears 100,000 deaths

A healthcare worker collects a sample to test for the new coronavirus inside a mobile diagnostic tent, in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Mexico City announced Friday it will order bars closed for two weeks after the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 rose to levels not seen since August. […]

Poland reports record rise in coronavirus deaths

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Poland on Saturday reported a record 548 new coronavirus deaths over a 24-hour period, just days after the government decided against introducing nationwide quarantine. The new daily figure announced by the health ministry put the total COVID-19 death toll at more than 10,000 in the EU member of 38 million people. […]

Amid virus surge, Paris hospitals begin to see signs of hope

Dr. Philippe Montravers speaks with The Associated Press at the main entrance of the Bichat Hospital, in Paris on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Montravers and the 150 doctors and nurses he leads have become experts about how to treat COVID-19. That knowledge is proving invaluable against a second deadly surge of the virus is again […]

Oregon and New Mexico order lockdowns, other states resist

by Michelle R. Smith, Carla K. Johnson and Lisa Marie Pane The latest case counts of COVID in the US The governors of Oregon and New Mexico ordered near-lockdowns Friday in the most aggressive response yet to the latest wave of coronavirus infections shattering records across the U.S., even as many of their colleagues in […]

Italy extends partial lockdown as Naples hospitals struggle

A patient waves to her relative as she is carried inside the first aid area of the Cardarelli hospital in Naples, Italy, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Italian Government and health officials were analyzing data to see if the hard-strapped Campania region, which includes Naples, should be declared a red-zone. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) The regions of […]

Elastic-free face masks can help some with allergies stay safe during COVID-19

Yashu Dhamija, MD, is a fellow at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Credit: Colleen Kelley/University of Cincinnati A University of Cincinnati immunologist is recommending that individuals with contact dermatitis choose facial masks made without elastic or rubber that allow them to stay safe in the midst of COVID-19 while avoiding possible allergic reactions. […]

what went wrong in the Czech Republic?

Worshippers attend an outdoor mass in Prague. Credit: EPA/Martin Divisek The Czech Republic, which had been praised for its swift response to COVID-19 in the spring, is now topping global charts of new coronavirus infections and deaths per population. Authorities have failed to control new infections since cases started to increase in the summer. Despite […]

Portugal, Hungary hunker down against Europe’s virus surge

A resident of a nursing home is being tested with a PCR test in Ammerschwihr, eastern France, Monday, Nov.9, 2020. The antigen tests can give results in 15-30 minutes, and if they turn out positive, the patient is sent for a PCR test to confirm the result. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias) Portugal and Hungary on Monday […]

Biden vows immediate, science-based action on virus

Joe Biden said top scientists would be appointed to his coronavirus task force President-elect Joe Biden vowed Saturday immediate action to contain the United States’ coronavirus crisis, signalling science would dominate the national response once Donald Trump leaves the White House. Biden’s pledge, in his first national address since defeating Trump, followed three days of record […]

Delhi fears the worst amid smog cloud and coronavirus wave

New Delhi faces a double whammy of deadly smog and the coronavirus A steady stream of patients is coming out of New Delhi’s brownish atmosphere for treatment at the Breathe Better clinic, where lung specialist Davinder Kundra is confronting what he calls the “double whammy” of deadly smog and the coronavirus. Kundra is among a […]

Reduction of environmental pollutants for prevention of cardiovascular disease

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a current opinion article “Reduction of environmental pollutants for prevention of cardiovascular disease: it’s time to act,” published in the European Heart Journal this week, a group of international environmental researchers summarized the epidemiologic and mechanistic evidence in support of an association between noise and air pollution with cardiovascular and […]

Face masks don’t lower oxygen levels

man wearing medical mask (HealthDay)—Face masks: Yes, they may not be the most pleasant item to wear, but they are not depriving people of needed oxygen, a new study confirms. The findings should counter a common anti-mask myth—that donning a face mask is unhealthy. Claims that masks reduce oxygen supplies, cause carbon dioxide “intoxication” and […]

Geneva shutters bars, restaurants over virus

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Geneva said Sunday it would go beyond Swiss national measures and close all bars, restaurants and non-essential shops in a bid to rein in skyrocketing cases of the novel coronavirus. On the same day, the Swiss ski lift association told media it would make face masks obligatory on all lifts during […]

French hunker down for second Covid-19 lockdown: This is what’s new

On Friday, France readied itself for its second lockdown in just seven months in a nationwide effort to curb the country’s renewed surge in Covid-19 cases. But with lessons learned from the first lockdown, the government has made some significant changes to its confinement rules. FRANCE 24 guides you through what you need to know. […]

France enters second Covid-19 lockdown as country’s cases surge

Issued on: 30/10/2020 – 09:50 France entered its second lockdown Friday in a bid to stem the resurgent coronavirus pandemic with residents only allowed to leave their homes for food shopping, medical appointments, pressing family reasons and to commute to work when their jobs cannot be done from home. France‘s 65 million people were largely confined to their homes […]

French buy up toilet paper and pasta ahead of second lockdown

Issued on: 29/10/2020 – 21:09 Stores and businesses across France were filled Thursday by people racing to get supplies – and maybe a last-minute haircut – ahead of a new coronavirus lockdown coming into effect at midnight. Essentials like pasta and toilet paper were in high demand, as were printer ink and electronics for working […]

French PM details new restrictions as country heads back into lockdown

Issued on: 29/10/2020 – 19:12 French people will only be allowed to leave their homes for food shopping, medical appointments, pressing family reasons and to commute to work, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday ahead of a new Covid-19 lockdown starting at midnight. France goes into its second nationwide lockdown this year from Friday, amid a surge in Covid-19 […]

Study measures effectiveness of different face mask materials when coughing

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers have tested everything from t-shirts and socks to jeans and vacuum bags to determine what type of mask material is most effective at trapping the ultrafine particles which may contain viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and […]

Fear and anxiety spike in virus hot spots across US

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Preslie Paur breaks down in tears when she thinks of her state’s refusal to mandate face masks. The South Salt Lake City, Utah, woman can’t work at her special education job due to an autoimmune disease. Her husband, also a special ed teacher, recently quit because his school district would not […]

Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Sánchez is appealing for Spaniards to pull together and defeat the new coronavirus, warning: “The situation is serious.” Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation Friday, acknowledged public fatigue with restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19. […]

Europe, U.S. watch case totals grow, debate new restrictions

People spill beer on the ground during a protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, who imposed severe-stay-at-home limits on citizens early on, then gradually eased travel and other restrictions, has been leaving it up to regional governors in this […]

UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

With Covid-19 hospitalizations spiking again in many parts of the country, public health officials have expressed concerns about a perennial source of strain on the health care system: seasonal flu. As threats of a “twindemic” loom, health care workers have stressed the need for vaccination and other preventive measures to slow the spread of flu. […]

Egypt’s Sisi expected to be real winner as Egyptians begin voting for parliament

Issued on: 24/10/2020 – 11:13Modified: 24/10/2020 – 11:15 Egyptians began voting Saturday in the first stage of a parliamentary election, a vote that is highly likely to produce a toothless house of representatives packed with supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The elections are taking place as the Arab world’s most populous country faces a […]

Mask use by Americans now tops 90%, poll finds

(HealthDay)—Here’s good news for public health officials who’ve been hammering home the need to wear face masks: Your messages have been getting through. A new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows that more Americans than ever are donning face masks to protect against COVID-19 infection. More than nine in 10 U.S. adults (93%) said they sometimes, often or […]

Czechs enter 2nd lockdown to avoid health system collapse

In this March 16, 2020 file photo a young man wearing a face mask walks across an empty Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. Czechs had been assured it wouldn’t happen again. But amid a record surge of coronavirus infections that’s threatening the entire health system with collapse, the Czech Republic is adopting on Thursday […]

Most home health aides ‘can’t afford not to work’—even when lacking PPE

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In March, Sue Williams-Ward took a new job, with a $1-an-hour raise. The employer, a home health care agency called Together We Can, was paying a premium—$13 an hour—after it started losing aides when COVID-19 safety concerns mounted. Williams-Ward, a 68-year-old Indianapolis resident, was a devoted caregiver who bathed, dressed and […]

Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

Shoppers buy face masks on O’Connell Street in Dublin city centre, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. The measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. (Niall Carson/PA via […]

European nations mixed in their response to virus spikes

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge meet medical staff, Respiratory Physio Isobel Fale, second right, and Medical Oncology Trainee and Chief Registrar Dr Myria Galazi, left, as they visit St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, to mark the launch of the nationwide ‘Hold Still’ community photography project, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. […]

Final Trump-Biden debate will feature ‘mute’ button to avoid interruptions

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 05:22 The final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden will feature a mute button to allow each candidate to speak uninterrupted, organisers said on Monday, looking to avoid the disruptions that marred the first matchup. The Trump campaign voiced objections to the change – made after the president repeatedly […]

Early voting starts in Florida as US electoral campaign enters home stretch

Florida voters lined up outside polling places on Monday on the first day of early voting in the battleground state, as 30 million Americans have already cast their ballots in November’s presidential election. Republican President Donald Trump, running out of time to change the dynamics of a race that he appears to be losing, campaigned in […]

Man Arrested After Threatening Wichita Mayor Over Face Masks, Police Say

Mayor Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kan., said he often gets “goofy” threats, like the time someone said they wanted to attack him with a Goodyear blimp. But those threats took a serious turn on Friday after someone reported to the police that they had received text messages threatening to kidnap and kill Mr. Whipple, a […]

Global Covid-19 cases pass 40 million as Europe tightens restrictions

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed 40 million on Monday, as fresh measures to combat the spread of the virus came into effect in several European countries. Belgium imposes a nationwide overnight curfew from Monday and Switzerland has made wearing face masks compulsory in indoor public spaces, the latest measures by European governments […]

New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days

Medical staff takes a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus test center in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The city exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. More and more German cities become official high risk corona hotspots with travel restrictions within Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Chancellor […]

Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000

In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, photo provided by the Iranian Health Ministry, medics tend to a COVID-19 patient at the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Iran. Iran is confronting a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. (Akbar Badrkhani/Iranian Health Ministry via AP) Iran announced Saturday that its death toll […]

France on the cusp of Covid-19 curfew

Revellers in major French cities were set for one last night out on Friday before a government-decreed curfew meant to stem the tide of the second wave of Covid-19 takes effect on Saturday. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the new rules, why the country has chosen to go down the curfew route now, and […]

All eyes on Macron as hospitals chief warns of ICU saturation due to Covid-19 surge

Intensive care units at Paris hospitals will be packed with Covid-19 patients as soon as next week, the head of the region’s public hospital group warned Tuesday, ratcheting up expectations that President Emmanuel Macron could announce tougher measures to stem the surge in his Wednesday evening speech. As Europe experiences a sharp increase in Covid-19 […]

India cases cross 7 million as experts warn of complacency

Indians wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait at a bus stop in Bengaluru, India, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. India’s confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million on Sunday with a number of new cases dipping in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of mask and distancing fatigue setting in. (AP Photo/Aijaz […]

Coronavirus cases surge in Europe and Latin America

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Germany and Poland enforced new restrictions to fight the coronavirus Saturday, as the number of cases surged in Europe and breached 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean. Bars and restaurants are to close at 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) in Berlin until October 31 in a partial curfew, a measure […]

Coronavirus Safety Runs Into a Stubborn Barrier: Masculinity

On Tuesday, and not for the first time, Joseph R. Biden Jr. described President Trump’s reluctant attitude toward wearing masks as “macho.” Tomi Lahren, a conservative commentator and Fox Nation host, countered that Mr. Biden “might as well carry a purse with that mask.” They were among the most direct comments yet that have tied […]

Italy ‘second wave’ fears grow as virus cases top 5,000

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Italy was grappling Friday with fears of a second coronavirus wave similar to the ones seen in Britain, France and Spain, as it registered over 5,000 new infections in 24 hours. “We’re under extreme pressure,” the World Health Organization’s Italian government adviser Walter Ricciardi said, warning that spaces in COVID-19 hospitals […]

who is behind this divergent movement?

For many, face masks provide protection from the coronavirus. For others, they are a “muzzle” aimed at enslaving the population. The anti-maskers, as this group is called, use social media to challenge what they consider to be a “health dictatorship”. FRANCE 24 joined some Facebook groups to learn more about this minority movement. Some people […]

England’s big northern cities braced for more lockdown curbs

A person is tested for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing centre in a car park at Chessington World of Adventures, in Chessington, Greater London, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Britain recorded 14,542 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the highest daily total since the coronavirus outbreak began. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) The British government is mulling fresh restrictions […]

She’s 13, and the Source of a Family’s Covid-19 Outbreak

Adolescents who contract Covid-19 usually do not get as sick as adults and often experience few if any symptoms, but they can spread the novel coronavirus that causes the disease to others. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health departments of four states — Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island […]

Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis is not slowing virulent anti-mask movement on Facebook

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain President Trump and the First Lady testing positive for COVID-19 has not slowed the anti-mask movement on Facebook. Despite growing evidence that face masks prevent the spread of the virus, dozens of public and private groups with hundreds, even thousands, of members are still urging people not to wear them. Among […]

COVID-19 testing of children before anesthesia saves PPE

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Universal COVID-19 testing of children who are having procedures requiring anesthesia promotes efficient use of personal protective equipment (PPE), according to research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 annual meeting. Testing can rule out children who would otherwise be suspected of having COVID-19 based on symptoms or possible exposure to the […]

Madrid starts partial virus lockdown amid political dispute

Issued on: 03/10/2020 – 18:45 Madrid awoke Saturday to its first day under a partial lockdown, with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital as the city and its suburbs have become Europe’s biggest hot spot in the second wave of the coronavirus. Spain‘s national government ordered two weeks of new restrictions […]

Madrid readies for partial lockdown, files legal challenge

Two customers wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus inside a food market in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Madrid and its suburbs are the hardest hit parts of Spain and are preparing to enter a soft lockdown that restricts trips in and out of […]

Covid Forces China’s Tourists to Spend ‘Golden Week’ Closer to Home

Along the Great Wall, extra security guards have been deployed to deter rowdy tourists. Hotel bookings in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, have risen 600 percent from the same period last year. In Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak began late last year, visitor demand for the city’s Yellow Crane Tower has been so high that […]

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