CDC set to say vaccinated people can take off masks inside


BREAKING NEWS: CDC expected to say fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks INDOORS – except in crowded places like buses and planes   CDC is expected to update its guidance on mask-wearing on Thursday  The new guidance is expected to allow fully vaccinated people to go maskless indoors in almost all settings  Crowded settings like […]

Low-cost biosensor test could extend reliable COVID-19 testing to remote and disadvantaged areas — ScienceDaily


A low-cost, rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by Penn Medicine provides COVID-19 results within four minutes with 90 percent accuracy. A paper published this week in Matter details the fast and inexpensive diagnostic test, called RAPID 1.0 (Real-time Accurate Portable Impedimetric Detection prototype 1.0). Compared to existing methods for COVID-19 detection, RAPID is inexpensive […]

Covid England: Infections DOUBLE in a week in four Indian variant hotspots


Coronavirus infections have doubled in a week in four Indian variant hotspots, official figures show, amid fears lockdown easing measures could be delayed because of the mutant strain. But Public Health England cautioned there was no need to panic yet because infections nationwide were ‘stable’ and hospitalisations have continued to drop. Dr Yvonne Doyle, PHE’s […]

Dr Fauci says he’s ‘not so sure’ US schools should require children to get COVID-19 vaccine


Dr Anthony Fauci say he is not sure if US schools should require children to get the COVID=19 vaccine before they return for in-person learning. The nation’s top infectious disease expert said parents should be encouraged to get their children immunized, especially on the heels of news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s […]

Coronavirus: UK records 2,657 cases and 11 deaths


Britain today announced 2,657 more coronavirus cases and 11 deaths as the country’s outbreak remains flat but creeping upwards.  The case count was on par with last Thursday’s – a 1.7 per cent rise from 2,613 — but the number of positive test results have been rising for over a week, with fears growing about […]

Nearly three quarters of U.S. children infected with Covid NEVER develop worrisome symptoms


The majority of children infected with COVID-19 do not show typical symptoms of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found nearly 75 percent of children who test positive don’t experience fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Although, only about five percent of kids ended up hospitalized, they were up to five times likely to […]

Box fan air cleaner can greatly reduce virus transmission, study finds — ScienceDaily


Improved ventilation can lower the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, but large numbers of decades-old public school classrooms lack adequate ventilation systems. A systematic modeling study of simple air cleaners using a box fan reported in Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, shows these inexpensive units can greatly decrease the amount of airborne […]

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 […]

New study explores children’s perception of their own wellbeing using art — ScienceDaily


Young children in deprived areas see nature and outdoor spaces as being associated with “happy places,” according to a new study published in the journal Child Indicators Research. Researchers Dr Nicola Walshe and Dr Zoe Moula from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) asked 91 children aged seven and eight from two primary schools in areas of […]

Coronavirus UK: SAGE advisers downgrade warnings on third wave Covid death toll


The UK today confirmed another 20 Covid deaths and 2,474 infections, as SAGE advisers U-turned on their grisly third wave estimates and slashed predictions for next year’s death toll by a factor of 10. Positive tests were up a quarter on last Tuesday (27 per cent) and the daily average has now been rising for […]

Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children after US allows Pfizer’s jab for youngsters


Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children within weeks following US health chiefs’ decision to green light the move, UK scientists said today. America’s regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), last night approved plans for the Pfizer jab to be given to children aged 12 and above.   No10 has reportedly already drawn up plans […]

Even when they include them, gifted programs aren’t serving Black or low-income kids — ScienceDaily


After years of criticism for their lack of diversity, programs for high achievers may not be adequately serving their Black and low-income students, a new study shows. “The potential benefits aren’t equally distributed,” said lead author and University of Florida College of Education professor Christopher Redding, Ph.D., who evaluated data from gifted programs in elementary […]

FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid shot for kids 12-15


BREAKING NEWS: FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children aged 12-15 Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for people ages 12-5, officials told the New York Times   The Pfizer vaccine was authorized for anyone aged 16 or older in the U.S. in December  A trial conducted from October to March […]

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 […]

FDA expected to authorize Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for teens ages 12-15 by next WEEK  


FDA expected to authorize Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for teens ages 12-15 by next WEEK Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for people ages 12-5, officials told the New York Times  Authorization is expected to come as early as late this week, or early next week  The Pfizer vaccine was authorized […]

Covid England: Almost 85% of secondary schools in England ‘had NO cases after they opened’


Almost nine in 10 secondary schools in England had no coronavirus cases after they reopened, official figures suggest. Surveillance data showed only nine of 80 schools surveyed had spotted one infected pupil or staff member in the fortnight ending March 31. Four saw at least two cases, according to the Office for National Statistics report.   […]

UK records FOUR Covid deaths: Fatalities stay in single figures for second day running


Britain today announced four more coronavirus deaths as the country recorded single-digit fatalities for the second day in a row. The Department of Health’s daily update showed infections are also down more than a quarter compared to last week after 1,946 positive tests were processed in the past 24 hours.    It comes after just one […]

Coronavirus: Life in UK will ‘feel a lot more normal by the summer’, says SAGE adviser Neil Ferguson


MPs, businesses and pubs and restaurants are calling for lockdown to end sooner after just five Covid death were recorded over the past two days. Even ‘Professor Lockdown’ is now optimistic that vaccines will squash the UK’s third wave of coronavirus and life in Britain will ‘feel a lot more normal by the summer’. Neil […]

Seychelles reintroduced Covid-19 measures despite being the most vaccinated nation in the world


Seychelles, the world’s most Covid-vaccinated nation with more than 60 per cent of its adult population having received two jabs, has reintroduced restrictions because of a spike in cases. All schools have been closed and sporting activities cancelled for two weeks in the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago, as infections continue to surge. Measures also include a […]

English fans should be BANNED from travelling to the Champions League final in Istanbul, insists MP


Fury has erupted over plans for up to 8,000 English football fans to get tickets to the Champions League final in Turkey this month as UEFA will try to host the match in front of a stadium of thousands despite the country’s Covid outbreak. Manchester City and Chelsea will receive up to 4,000 tickets each for […]

Covid: Moderna vaccine 96% effective in teenagers ages 12-17 in early trials


Moderna Inc says its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective among teenagers, early clinical trial data show. In the TeenCOVE study, including children ages 12 to 17, the two-dose shot was 96 percent effective. The results are in line with the 94 percent efficacy Moderna showed among adults in its December 2020 trial that led to […]

Children make up 20% of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.


Children accounted for more than 22 percent of all new COVID-19 cases identified in the U.S. last week – a near record high proportion over the course of the pandemic – a recent report reveals.    Despite cases among children spiking alongside school and business reopenings, the pediatric death toll remains low. Fewer than 500 American […]

Coronavirus: Student areas make up majority of worst-hit places in England’s second wave


Student areas in Nottingham, Manchester and Durham were the worst-hit places in England in the second wave of Covid with up to one in five people getting sick, MailOnline can reveal. Figures showing the areas hardest hit by coronavirus between September and April reveal that a staggering 18 per cent of the population was infected […]

Covid strain first found in India will likely become ‘variant of concern’


One of the three Indian coronavirus variants is likely to be upgraded to become ‘of concern’ after clusters were found in several areas of England, it was claimed today. Cases of the mutant coronavirus have been found in schools, care homes and places of worship in the North West, London and the East Midlands. Up to […]

Covid outbreak: Cases HALVE in a month to 46,000, R rate falls slightly and is still below one


England’s coronavirus cases have halved in a month, the R rate is still below one, and the number of people in hospital has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since September, promising data revealed today. Just 46,000 people had coronavirus in England on any given day last week, or one in 1,180 people, according to the […]

Britain records 15 Covid deaths as daily number of fatalities stays flat and 35m vaccines dished out


Britain’s daily coronavirus infections and deaths remained flat today, while the vaccine rollout has now reached more than 35million people. There were 2,490 positive tests across the country in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health’s daily update, which was up very slightly on the number last Friday (4 per cent). Officials also […]

EVE SIMMONS: Why the NHS must stop treating people with anorexia like prisoners


Six years ago, at the age of 23, I sat cross-legged on a hospital bed, screaming – wailing – for my mummy. A nurse shooed my distraught mother out of the room as we reached for each other’s hands. She wasn’t allowed to say goodbye. There were metal bars on the windows. I tried to […]

How bullying and obesity can affect girls’ and boys’ mental health — ScienceDaily


Depressive symptoms are more common in teenage girls than in their male peers. However, boys’ mental health appears to be affected more if they suffer from obesity. Irrespective of gender, bullying is a considerably greater risk factor than overweight for developing depressive symptoms. These conclusions are drawn by researchers at Uppsala University who monitored adolescents […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: My hair is thinning… could it be caused by heartburn medicine?


I am 62 and have been on the heartburn medication omeprazole for six years, ever since being diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. Over the past few years my hair has been thinning – could it be the drug causing it? My GP says it’s not likely, but I’ve read that it is a side effect. […]

Covid UK: Boris Johnson pledges ‘absolutely ruthless’ tracking of India’s coronavirus variant


India’s mutant coronavirus strain is now officially a ‘variant of concern’, British health chiefs announced today. Public Health England say the variant — linked to an explosion of cases in India — is ‘at least’ as infectious as the current dominant Kent strain. Cases of the variant, scientifically called B.1.617.2, have more than doubled in […]

Protein linked to sex differences in age-related dopamine neuron loss — ScienceDaily


It is not every day that scientists come across a phenomenon so fundamental that it is observed across fruit flies, rodents and humans. In a paper published today in Aging Cell, neuroscientists from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences discovered that a single protein — a glutamate transporter on the membrane of […]

TSA will require masks on planes, buses and trains through September 13


Americans will have to keep wearing masks on all public transit including planes, trains and buses, the federal Transportation Security Authority (TSA) announced Friday.  The prior mandate, which applies to all public transportation, was set to expire in May.  Last week, officials said they were debating whether or not to reinstate a mask mandate on […]

Covid-19 UK: More than half of positive rapid tests at schools were false, data reveals


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

Mental health suffered for 25% of Chicago kids amid Zoom school


Americans kids’ mental health suffered during pandemic ‘Zoom school,’ with a quarter of children becoming stressed, anxious and angry, a survey of caregivers in Chicago found.  A third of children and teens were lonely, and only a third of students had ‘positive’ peer relationships while confined to interacting with them through screens, caregivers said in […]

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 England and Wales: Flu and pneumonia now killing almost as many, ONS data shows


Flu and pneumonia are now killing almost as many people as coronavirus, official figures revealed today as the outbreak continues to fade away. Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis showed the illnesses were listed as the underlying cause of death for 265 victims in England and Wales in the week ending April 16. For comparison, […]

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 […]

One dose of vaccine slashes risk of spreading Covid by up to HALF, major study reveals 


A single dose of vaccine slashes the risk of spreading coronavirus by up to half, a major study reveals today. Not only does the jab reduce a person’s chance of catching Covid in the first place, it greatly reduces their chances of passing it on, should they get infected. The research by Public Health England […]

Schoolchildren should be taught to spot anti-vaxx misinformation on social media, scientist claims


Schools should teach children how to spot misinformation on social media at schools so they don’t fall for anti-vaxx propaganda, top expert claims Sir David Spiegelhalter says children should be taught to spot misinformation He says they should learn how people social media can ‘manipulate opinion’ We need to understand ‘the process by which misinformation […]

The truth about the theory that Covid is a winter disease


A summer third wave: it’s the nightmare scenario we all are hoping won’t happen when Britain opens up for business on June 21. But predictions of surging Covid-19 infection rates by the Government’s scientific advisers would suggest it was almost inevitable. According to a report last month from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), […]

Over 20,000 children fell off the school register


More than 75,000 children are being home schooled this year with over 20,000 children falling off the school roll amid the Covid pandemic.  An estimated 75,668 children and young people are being home educated across England, according to figures gathered on the first school census day of the 2020/21 academic year. This represents an increase of […]

‘We’re helping cells figure out how to tolerate chemicals for themselves’ — ScienceDaily


Much of common pharmaceutical development today is the product of laborious cycles of tweaking and optimization. In each drug, a carefully concocted formula of natural and synthetic enzymes and ingredients works together to catalyze a desired reaction. But in early development, much of the process is spent determining what quantities of each enzyme to use […]

TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on public transportation


TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on planes, buses and other public transportation before rule ends next month An official told CNN that the TSA is consulting experts on whether to extend the federal mask  mandate for public transit  The three-month Biden administration order was issued in February and is set to expire next […]

Lateral flow Covid tests are being given to millions of schoolchildren with the WRONG instructions


Controversial lateral flow tests may have been sent out to millions of schoolchildren with the wrong instructions, it has emerged.  Many of the Chinese-made kits contained guidance saying they were to be used by people suffering symptoms of coronavirus — going against official UK guidance. The devices were also sent out with a notice that […]

Covid England: SAGE drops R rate estimate and says figure may be as low as 0.7


England’s coronavirus R rate could now be as low as 0.7 and infections are continuing to fall, according to official estimates. No10’s scientific advisers predict the reproduction rate – the average number of people infected patients pass the virus on to – is no higher than 1.0. Last week SAGE said the figure was likely […]

Covid UK: Daily cases fall 20% in a week to 2,596 as deaths fall 43% to 34


Britain’s daily Covid cases fell again today as officials recorded just 2,596 positive tests — down 20 per cent in a week. Department of Health bosses also posted 34 daily deaths — down 43 per cent on last Friday’s figures.  And the most up-to-date hospital admission figures show the number of infected coronavirus patients needing […]

Virologists develop broadly protective coronavirus vaccines — ScienceDaily


A candidate vaccine that could provide protection against the COVID-19 virus and other coronaviruses has shown promising results in early animal testing. The candidate coronavirus vaccines, created by Virginia Tech’s University Distinguished Professor X.J. Meng and UVA Health’s Professor Steven L. Zeichner, prevented pigs from being becoming ill with a pig coronavirus, porcine epidemic diarrhea […]

No10 hits back at lateral flow test fears after Matt Hancock adviser warning


Number 10 has today hit back at claims controversial rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests are dangerously unreliable.  The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the kits, which give a result in under half an hour, ‘have been tested rigorously and we are confident that they are accurate’. It came after an adviser to Matt Hancock admitted as few […]

How we can reduce food waste and promote healthy eating — ScienceDaily


Food waste and obesity are major problems in developed countries. They are both caused by an overabundance of food, but strategies to reduce one can inadvertently increase the other. A broader perspective can help identify ways to limit food waste while also promoting healthy nutrition, two University of Illinois researchers suggest. “You can reduce food […]

A pioneering new study examines the social effects of mindfulness — ScienceDaily


Mindfulness is big business. Downloads of mindfulness apps generate billions of dollars annually in the U.S., and their popularity continues to rise. In addition to what individual practitioners might have on their phones, schools and prisons along with 1 in 5 employers currently offer some form of mindfulness training. Mindfulness and meditation are associated with […]

Fewer Britons are sticking to 10-day self-isolation following a positive test result, survey finds


Fewer Covid-infected Britons are sticking to the 10-day self-isolation rules than two months ago, an official survey suggests. The Office for National Statistics found 82 per cent of those questioned who tested positive said they followed the mandatory quarantine in the six days to March 13.  For comparison, the figure in early February — when […]

ER visits for suicidal behavior declined during the first 8 months of pandemic, Michigan study finds — ScienceDaily


While people may expect suicide rates to rise during a worldwide crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a University of Michigan study suggests the onset of the pandemic and state of emergency executive orders likely did not increase suicide-related behavior in the early months of the outbreak. The report, led by U-M researchers Rachel Bergmans […]

Suppression of COVID-19 waves reflects time-dependent social activity, not herd immunity — ScienceDaily


Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed a new mathematical model for predicting how COVID-19 spreads. This model not only accounts for individuals’ varying biological susceptibility to infection but also their levels of social activity, which naturally change over time. Using their […]

Coronavirus: One in 10 positive lateral flow tests in England turn out wrong when people retest


At least one in 10 positive results given by rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests were wrong in March, Public Health England has admitted. Since self-testing kits were put into mass use when schools in England reopened last month, 3,248 positive results have been found to be false by follow-up swab tests.  The controversial kits, which have […]

Anti-lockdown Sweden had highest rate of Covid-19 infections in Europe per capita last week


Sweden had the highest number of Covid-19 infections per capita in Europe last week.  The lockdown-averse country recorded 625 new infections per million people in the last week, vastly higher than its Scandinavian neighbours, with Finland, Norway and Denmark, recording 65, 132 and 111 cases per million respectively.   Sweden also had more patients in intensive care than […]

Finding does not mean virus can be transmitted via dust — ScienceDaily


A study done in rooms where COVID-19 patients were isolated shows that the virus’s RNA — part of the genetic material inside a virus — can persist up to a month in dust. The study did not evaluate whether dust can transmit the virus to humans. It could, however, offer another option for monitoring COVID-19 […]

Practicing ‘mindfulness’ in summer camp benefits campers and counselors alike — ScienceDaily


With summer around the corner, a project shows how implementing an evidence-based mindfulness program in a summer camp setting decreases emotional distress in school age children and empowers campers and counselors alike — enhancing camper-counselor relationships. Mindfulness — a state of consciousness that fosters awareness — has the potential to help regulate emotions and behaviors. […]

Basketball Mathematics scores big at inspiring kids to learn — ScienceDaily


New study with 756 1st through 5th graders demonstrates that a six-week mashup of hoops and math has a positive effect on their desire to learn more, provides them with an experience of increased self-determination and grows math confidence among youth. The Basketball Mathematics study was conducted at five Danish primary and elementary schools by […]

Covid Canada: Outbreak of Brazilian variant defies even strict quarantine hotels


An explosion of cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant in Canada shows how even strict quarantine hotels cannot completely block troubling strains from crossing borders, experts warned today.  Scientists told MailOnline it was ‘inevitable’ when dealing with highly infectious new variants that they find a way to ‘leak’ out of the isolation scheme – which is […]

Covid UK: Daily deaths HALVE in a week to 13 while cases rise 29%


Daily Covid cases have jumped by nearly a third in a week, official figures revealed today in the first sign that England’s four-day Easter weekend may have fuelled a spike in transmission. Department of Health bosses posted another 3,568 positive tests across the UK – the highest daily toll since April 1. Deaths have halved […]

Why CAN Wales ease lockdown quicker if England can’t?


Pressure is building on No10 to accelerate its roadmap out of lockdown in England after Wales announced Covid restrictions would be lifted ahead of schedule.  Two households will be able to meet indoors on May 3 rather than May 10 because of ‘improvements’ in the public health situation and the vaccination roll-out, Welsh First Minister […]

Britain’s Covid cases drop by 13% in a week to 4,654 while deaths rise slightly to 23


Britain’s daily Covid cases have dropped 13 per cent in a week with 4,654 more infections today, official figures have revealed.  Deaths have risen slightly to 23 — up from 17 last Monday. But the Department of Health’s official fatality toll relies on registrations, meaning day-to-day counts can fluctuate.  Experts would be baffled by any […]

Scadal as Lighthouse Covid lab in Milton Keynes ‘processed hundreds of contaminated samples’


A Covid testing lab at the heart of the UK’s swabbing scheme processed potentially hundreds of contaminated samples every day, an undercover probe has claimed. A BBC Panorama investigation found a number of safety breaches and failings at the Lighthouse Lab in Milton Keynes during the second wave.  Lab workers had rushed vital checks, discarded […]

UK’s ‘wall of vaccination’ against Covid is ‘leaky’, Professor Chris Whitty says


Britain’s ‘wall of vaccination’ against Covid is ‘leaky’ because jabs aren’t 100 per cent effective and millions have still yet to be fully inoculated, Professor Chris Whitty warned tonight. England’s chief medical officer acknowledged the wall — designed to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed and thousands from dying in the event of a third […]

EVE SIMMONS: Are these fitness influencer poses the best way to encourage young girls to exercise?


Browsing Amanda Finnie’s Instagram page, I’m not quite sure where to look. In one video, she is posing in a pair of mini-avocado print knickers – and little else. She turns around to give viewers a close-up of her perfectly rounded, exposed buttock which remains on screen for ten seconds. Finnie is an athlete, according […]

Coronavirus: Airlines call for rapid Covid tests to be used for international travel


Airlines are calling for rapid Covid tests to be used as standard for international travellers to ‘reopen’ the industry. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) union has published research claiming that using rapid tests could work as well as a 10-day quarantine policy. And it said the cost and time required to use proper lab-based […]

Is Florida’s Covid death toll an undercount?


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis often boasts that his state has fared better than most amid the pandemic, despite staying open for business and remaining without a mask mandate.  But the state’s relatively low per capita death toll may be higher than the official figures.  A recent study suggested that the state saw more than 19,000 […]

Real world proof that Covid jabs DO work: Vaccine rollout sees 97% fall in deaths among the over-70s


Real world proof that Covid jabs DO work: Vaccine rollout sees 97% fall in deaths among the over-70s in major boost that shows UK’s inoculations rollout is having huge effect Over-70s Covid deaths are reported to have plunged by 97 per cent in ten weeks  In past week there has been an average of just […]

Covid Canada: Under infections acquired in schools, simulation study finds 


A small percentage of coronavirus infections are acquired during the school day, a new study suggests. Researchers conducted several simulations and found fewer than five percent of COVID-19-related illnesses among students and teachers occurred at school and that most cases were contracted within the community. The team, from Public Health Ontario, in Canada, says its […]

Covid UK: Children may only be vaccinated if schools under threat of closure again, says adviser


Professor Adam Finn, from Bristol University, said the decision hinged on whether children would be benefitted by the vaccine British children may only be asked to get Covid vaccines if the spread of the virus threatens to shut schools once again, a Government vaccine adviser said today.  Professor Adam Finn, who sits on the advisory […]

Portable test can diagnose COVID-19 in just 15 minutes and determine if it is a variant in 3 hours


Scientists say they have created a new, portable test that can detect coronavirus in just minutes and even identify if it is a highly infectious variant. Developed by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in La Jolla, California, the test is called NIRVANA (nanopore sequencing of isothermal rapid viral amplification for near real-time analysis). The […]

England’s R rate remains stable and is between 0.8 and 1, SAGE says


England’s coronavirus R rate has not changed since last week, No10’s scientific advisers claimed today. SAGE estimated the figure — the average number of people each infected person passes the virus on to — was still between 0.8 and 1.0. But the panel of top experts warned the rate may now be as high as one […]

Johnson & Johnson begins testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as 12 


Johnson & Johnson is now testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children and teenagers between ages 12 and 17.  U.S. regulators have authorized the firm’s one-dose shot for adults 18 and older.   The trial expansion will first test J&J’s shot in teens aged 16 to 17. If the vaccine appears to be safe and prompt an […]

Should toddlers be vaccinated against Covid-19?


In just over a week, millions of Britons will be dining at restaurants, returning to exercise classes and, at long last, getting a haircut. This easing of lockdown rules is a remarkable feat, given that just eight weeks ago Covid deaths stood at 1,500 a day and the population was stuck inside with no hope of […]

England’s Covid R rate stays stable and may still be as low as 0.8


Britain’s coronavirus outbreak is still heading in the right direction with cases continuing to tumble, according to official figures and estimates.  Department of Health bosses posted another 3,150 Covid cases today – down by 7 per cent on last week.  Another 60 victims were added to the official death toll, up slightly on last Friday’s […]

Health minister defends use of controversial lateral flow tests in No10’s new twice-a-week plan


Experts today lined up to attack Number 10 for a bold new plan to screen the entire nation for coronavirus twice a week using lateral flow tests. Critics of the controversial kits – which offer results in half an hour – called the scheme ‘beyond reckless’, a ‘public health disaster’ and a ‘scandalous’ waste of […]

Californian firm has already won £2.8BILLION to supply UK lateral flow Covid tests


A Californian firm backed by private equity has won deals with No10 to supply more than a billion coronavirus tests ahead of the mass twice-a-week testing drive. Innova Medical Group has raked in £2.8billion from British taxpayers in controversial deals for lateral flow tests that give results within 30 minutes. It was officially founded last […]

Fauci says the US government will not require Americans to use ‘vaccine passports’


Dr Anthony Fauci has said the U.S. government will not require Americans who are immunized against COVID-19 to use so-called ‘vaccine passports.’ The idea behind these passports is that they would offer proof of vaccination so that people could perform daily tasks such as eat in restaurants, travel, shop and so on. But they have […]

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 […]

Former FDA commissioner says the US is NOT in the fourth wave of Covid 


America’s dreaded ‘fourth wave’ of coronavirus is never going to come, a former chief U.S. regulator predicts.  ‘There’s enough immunity in the population that you’re not going to see a true fourth wave of infection,’ Dr Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner told CBS Face the Nation.  The U.S. is now seeing […]

Do school-based interventions help improve reading and math in at-risk children? — ScienceDaily


School-based interventions that target students with, or at risk of, academic difficulties in kindergarten to grade 6 have positive effects on reading and mathematics, according to an article published in Campbell Systematic Reviews. The review analyzed evidence from 205 studies, 186 of which were randomized controlled trials, to examine the effects of targeted school-based interventions […]

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 […]

CDC tells businesses to ‘end the hygiene theater’


It’s time to stop obsessively Clorox-ing every surface and object, U.S. health officials announced Monday.   An army of sanitizing robots, round-the-clock cleaning staffs and UV lamp-wielding workers is being called off by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has deemed the risk of contracting COVID-19 by touching surfaces ‘low.’  Schools, businesses, and […]

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 […]

School reopening: Here’s why it’s so hard


Unlike other countries, the US leaves school control at the local level, and the challenges to providing in-person instruction are not the same everywhere, making it nearly impossible to create effective federal and even state-level guidance as the pandemic wears on. Some buildings don’t have enough space to spread students out, while others don’t have […]

As one Virginia school district prepares to reopen, educators and families balance Covid precautions and normal instruction


Half of the class will be there physically, with the other half watching from home. This week, public schools in the county will open their classroom doors for the first time in almost a year. It’s a hybrid model — students in each grade will be in the school just two days a week. Fairfax […]

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 […]

Nigeria: 42 people including students abducted last week released


The released group included 27 students, teachers and family members, the state government said in a statement at the time of the kidnapping. The gunmen, wearing military fatigues according to witnesses, stormed the Government Science Secondary School Kagara on February 17. A student who died during the attack was named as Benjamin Habila. The executive […]

Biden to laud House passing Covid relief bill as an important first step to defeating Covid-19


Slated to speak in the Roosevelt Room before he takes off to Delaware, the President will address the country for the first time after House Democrats approved his first legislative priority. The House approved the Covid relief package early Saturday morning along party lines by a vote of 219-212, sending the bill to the Senate. […]

Stimulus package update: House passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package


The final vote tally was 219-212. Two Democrats broke ranks and voted against the bill: Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jared Golden of Maine. The bill did not pass with bipartisan support as no Republicans voted for it. Now that the bill has passed the House it will next go to the Senate. Making the […]

Questions grow about discrimination’s role in the hurdles Biden’s nominees are facing


It’s not yet possible to make hard data comparisons with past administrations, in part because the confirmation process is ongoing and in part because Biden’s picks have been more diverse overall. But there is a growing sense of frustration about the obstacles that some of these nominees are facing. “The principle here is — is […]

Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: ‘We’re in it for the long haul’


In his first official trip in the wake of a disaster, the President visited the Harris County Emergency Operations Center and later toured and met with volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, where first lady Jill Biden packaged food and water for the community earlier in the day. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, joined […]

House vote key first step for Democrats’ stimulus plans


This package, the culmination of weeks of behind-the-scenes work by a dozen committees, a strategic and aggressive lobbying campaign targeted both inside and outside the beltway, and the “iron fist” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi keeping her troops in line, is major. If it felt smooth, uneventful or quiet, it’s because you are dealing with […]

Covid relief bill: The House is set for a historic down payment on Biden’s legacy


Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President’s impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan’s significance. The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power to […]

US coronavirus: Another Covid-19 surge hangs in the balance. This is how experts say we keep it from becoming reality


“The question that hangs in the balance right now is, will we have a fourth surge?” the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. “Every uncontrolled spread increases the risk that there will be dangerous variants that can be more infectious, more […]

Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Israel and the UK has been strong. Here’s what it’s like to live there


“A strong scent of marijuana drifts down the tight alleys of Jaffa’s flea market,” writes Kiley from Jaffa. “Drinking or dining in is out under Covid regulations. But ‘deliveries’ to clients in plastic chairs, using beer crates for tables on the uneven streets, mean beer and laughter flow with the easy joy of a summer […]

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 […]