Why the coronavirus slipped past disease detectives

In 2009 the U.S. government launched a program to hunt for unknown viruses that can cross from animals to humans and cause pandemics. The project, called PREDICT, was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and it worked with teams in 31 countries, including China. It was just one part of an emerging global network for infectious-disease surveillance. Despite […]

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Why health experts aren’t warning about coronavirus in food – The Denver Post

NEW YORK — Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren’t health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus? The answer has to do with the varying paths organisms take to make people sick. Respiratory viruses like the new coronavirus generally attach […]

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Why the US might ask people to wear face masks to fight coronavirus

After months of telling the public not to use face masks, the United States is looking into revising its recommendations, following the example set by some Asian countries that have been more successful in fighting the coronavirus. The reason? Many people without symptoms are contagious without knowing it—and the thin barrier provided by a simple surgical mask, or even a […]

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Why are young, healthy people dying from COVID-19? Genes may reveal the answer.

—What are coronavirus symptoms? —How deadly is the new coronavirus? —Is there a cure for COVID-19? —How does coronavirus compare with seasonal flu? —How does the coronavirus spread? —Can people spread the coronavirus after they recover? Young, healthy people are dying of COVID-19 infections, even if most serious cases occur in the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Now, scientists […]

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Why releasing some prisoners is essential to stop the spread of coronavirus

In a national emergency, governments typically pursue punitive law-enforcement agendas. They can also repurpose prisons and prisoners for forced labor, war efforts and so on. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have tended towards punitive controls and sanctions on movement and hoarding. But the Australian government has been silent on prison policy in its coronavirus control measures. The well-documented […]

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Why Can't I Get Pregnant? 12 Reasons You'll Definitely Want To Consider

Trying for a baby can feel like a full-time job. And sometimes, no matter how many tricks you try (tracking your cycle religiously, ovulation strips, zeroing in on your nutrition), you still might find that you’re not getting pregnant. The thing is, there are so many health- and lifestyle-related factors that go into getting pregnant: your ovulation schedule, your partner’s […]

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