COVID testing’s value shrinks as vaccines beat back virus

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials’ new, more relaxed recommendations on masks have all but eclipsed another major change in guidance from the government: Fully vaccinated Americans can largely skip getting tested for the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that most people who have received the full course of shots and have no COVID-19 symptoms […]

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Odds of catching COVID at dentist’s office very low, study shows

Do yon need to have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled? Go ahead. Dental treatment won’t put you at risk for contracting COVID-19, a new study affirms. “Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist’s office does,” said lead author Purnima Kumar, a professor […]

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Covid black mould: What is ‘black mould’ associated with Indian Covid cases? Symptoms

India sees a spike in 'Black Fungus' infection cases When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. Covid cases in India […]

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Mass home COVID testing is misguided and unlikely to reduce transmission, warn experts

Encouraging self-testing at home twice a week for all adults in England, and soon Scotland, is a misguided policy, unlikely to reduce transmission, warn public health experts in The BMJ today. “The priority continues to be improvement of the testing programme for everyone with symptoms no matter how minor or non-specific and all their contacts” Encouraging self-testing at home twice […]

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Indian COVID variant found in Switzerland: health authority

A first case of the COVID-19 variant contributing to the exploding outbreak in India has been detected in Switzerland, the public health authority said Saturday. “The first case of the Indian variant of COVID-19 has been discovered in Switzerland,” Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) said in a tweet. The virus variant was found in “a passenger who arrived […]

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Eating disorders during COVID-19

Eating disorders are among the deadliest mental health conditions, claiming 10,200 lives each year, which is one death every 52 minutes. And the misconceptions and societal stigma surrounding eating disorders—such as only women have eating disorders and eating disorders are a lifestyle rather than a serious medical condition—hinders many people’s decision to seek help. The added stress of the COVID-19 […]

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India battered by huge second COVID wave as virus imperils Olmpics

India’s huge coronavirus second wave accelerated Thursday with a record number of infections reported, as a top Japanese politician warned COVID-19 could still derail the already delayed Olympics. While nations like Britain have celebrated the beginning of normality and extended vaccine rollouts, some South Asian countries are grappling with fresh—and more terrifying—virus waves. More than 200,000 cases were logged in […]

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COVID vaccines: Passports, blood clots and changing trust in government

Four in 10 people think those without a COVID-19 vaccination will be discriminated against, while around a quarter of the public have concerns about vaccine passports, according to a new study. The research, by the University of Bristol and King’s College London, also finds that three in ten people say the vaccine rollout has increased their trust in the UK […]

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Iran COVID infections jump after New Year holidays

Iran’s daily new COVID-19 infections reached a four-month high on Monday as the capital Tehran was put on the highest virus risk level, with authorities blaming increased travelling. The Islamic republic is battling the Middle East’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, and case numbers have risen following a surge in trips during the Iranian new year holidays that started on March 18. […]

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