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  1. India asks social media firms to remove reference to 'Indian variant' of coronavirus India's information technology (IT) ministry has written to all social media companies asking them to take down any content that refers to an "Indian variant" of the coronavirus, according to a letter issued on Friday which was seen by Reuters. The World Health Organization said on May 11 that the coronavirus variant B.1.617, first identified in India last year, was being classified as a variant of global concern. The Indian government a day later issued a statement saying media re
  2. Trial started for vaccine against one of the scariest coronavirus variants The vaccine is being developed "out of an abundance of caution," Fauci says. Enlarge / A vial of the current Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Researchers have given out the first jabs of a tweaked version of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, one aimed at fighting one of the most concerning coronavirus variants—the B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa. The jabs are part of an early trial of the tweaked vaccine, which is being run by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy an
  3. Coronavirus: Latest data shows vaccine reduces transmission - Hancock There is "early data" showing a reduction in transmission in people who have had a coronavirus vaccine, the health secretary has said. Matt Hancock said hospital admissions were falling "much more sharply" than they were in the pandemic's first wave. The government aims to offer a first jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July, with one in three adults already vaccinated, Mr Hancock said. Boris John
  4. Coronavirus is in the air — there’s too much focus on surfaces A team disinfecting the Qintai Grand Theatre in Wuhan, China, in January.Credit: Xia Junjun/VCG/Getty A year into the pandemic, the evidence is now clear. The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted predominantly through the air — by people talking and breathing out large droplets and small particles called aerosols. Catching the virus from surfaces — although plausible — seems to be rare (E. Goldman Lancet Infect. Dis. 20, 892–893; 2020). Despite this, some public-health agencies still empha
  5. Why don’t we have an ideal mask yet? Global coronavirus deaths have been falling—but scientists are worried that new variants of the virus may reverse those trends. Some of these new variants, like one from the UK, are more infectious and take a smaller viral load to cause a full body invasion. Scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have started researching whether or not wearing two masks may be more beneficial than one alone. Some high-profile figures, including Anthony Fauci, the head of the US National Institute of Allergy and I
  6. Apple is temporarily closing more stores due to COVID-19 The move affects retail locations in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. Apple Apple will temporarily close more than 20 of its retail locations in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas as coronavirus cases continue to climb in those states. In an update on its website first spotted by Bloomberg, the company indicates five Apple Stores in Georgia, five in North Carolina and about a dozen in Texas won’t be open to the public after they complete their regular hours on Friday evening. The clos
  7. How Fast Can Scientists Find the New Coronavirus Strains? The discovery of more contagious variants of SARS-CoV-2 in the US sparks a push for a long-overdue national genomic surveillance network. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images Late last week, Charles Chiu’s lab at UC San Francisco received a shipment of test tubes from the California Department of Public Health. This wasn’t out of the ordinary. For almost a year, Chiu, an infectious dis
  8. Musk stated last week that his rapid tests were inconclusive, but he had an additional test this week. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he has "fully" recovered from his bout with a mild fever or cold about a week after he took to Twitter to say he tested positive for coronavirus. Last week, Musk caused a stir on Twitter after he called into question the accuracy of the coronavirus tests he took. "Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same m
  9. Anthony Fauci said Thursday the global coronavirus outbreak will not be a pandemic for "a lot longer" because of the development of vaccines, striking a hopeful note even as the situation worsens in the short term. "Certainly it's not going to be pandemic for a lot longer because I believe the vaccines are going to turn that around," Fauci said at an event hosted by the think tank Chatham House. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said that while the virus will likely cease raging across the globe as it is now, it could circulate quietly be
  10. Every movie delayed by coronavirus, from Black Widow to Fast 9 How coronavirus is affecting movies and TV so far (Image credit: Universal) As coronavirus panic spreads, entertainment companies are quickly changing course on releasing the year's biggest movies. Containing the virus and ensuring the safety of other people has to come first. Numerous industries have altered plans because of Covid-19 – MWC 2020 in Barcelona was canceled, and GDC and E3's cancellation mean gaming faces a quiet year for events. Movies, too, w
  11. What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body) Social distancing can lead to adverse psychological and physiological effects. But there are things you can do to maintain your overall health. Photograph: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images By now, you may have noticed a divide among your friends. As social distancing and self-imposed quarantine wear on and more workplaces urge employees to avoid the office, the Covid-19 outbreak has left many people
  12. Coronavirus: Advice from an epidemiologist Some coronavirus advice I've gleaned from folks who've worked in or studied other epidemics. Please take seriously and pass on to family and friends... 1. Many countries like UK are currently in containment phase. But likely at some point infection will start spreading via local transmission. At that point, top priority is to slow the spread, and what we do as individuals and communities will be critical. 2. Fortunately risk of serious illness is
  13. What are contact-tracing apps and how will they help you? Three systems, one goal (Image credit: Shutterstock) One thing that’s come out of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is the development of a new type of app. These are known as contact-tracing apps, and you’ve likely heard of them. The name gives you the core idea of what these apps do – essentially allowing users to identify if they may have been in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. However, while a number of countries around the w
  14. How coronavirus is affecting TV and movies so far, from Tom Hanks to Fast 9 Coronavirus is causing numerous delays in entertainment (Image credit: Universal) The world around us is changing quickly right now, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the planet. Containing the virus and ensuring the safety of other people has to come first. Numerous industries have changed course because of Covid-19 – MWC 2020 in Barcelona was canceled, and GDC and E3's cancellation mean gaming faces a quiet year for events. In TV and
  15. Not the time to focus on a word — WHO tries to calm talk of pandemic, says the word “does not fit the facts” Meanwhile, US coronavirus cases hit 53 as more cruise passengers test positive. Enlarge / World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at Geneva's WHO headquarters on February 24, 2020. Getty | Fabrice Coffrini As outbreaks of the new coronavirus flare up in several countries beyond China, experts at the World Health
  16. It’s going to take a lot longer to make a COVID-19 vaccine than a treatment Scientists have a head start on treatments Photo by Sylvain Lefevre / Getty Images Scientists and drug companies are racing to develop and test treatments and vaccines that address COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Work on both is progressing at an unprecedented speed — but researchers are starting essentially from scratch on vaccine development, so the process is going to take a long time. Treatments, on the other hand,
  17. Tim Cook says Apple is reopening factories as China gets ‘coronavirus under control’ He made the comments in a new interview Apple CEO Tim Cook said today that factories in China that manufacture the company’s products are reopening as “China is getting the coronavirus under control.” The comments came from a preview of an upcoming interview with Fox Business. Here is a transcript of what Cook said in the snippet shared by Fox Business (Cook’s comments begin at 0:40): It feels to me that China
  18. IBM cancels its biggest event of the year over coronavirus fears IBM CEO Ginni Rometti IBM has canceled its biggest developer conference of the year over coronavirus concerns. IBM Think was set to be held in San Francisco in May, but it will instead it will hold a digital event. IBM also placed restrictions on employee travel, including limits on domestic work travel and a ban on attending events with more than 1,000 people. In a statement, IBM said: "The health of IBM's clients, employees and partners is our primary concern.
  19. Everything you wanted to know about self-isolation, from a person who’s living it My generation was made for this Photo via Daria Nepriakhina / Unsplash It’s a romance story, really: boy asks girl to go to Milan for Valentine’s Day weekend. They dine, wine, ski, shop, then come home and spend two weeks at home unable to leave each other’s side. At least, it would be a romance story if it weren’t for the fact that just days after they returned, Italy experienced an outbreak of the novel
  20. Twitter has announced that employees are encouraged to work from home in an effort to stop the spread of a novel coronavirus that has infected at least 105 people in 15 states and killed six people in the U.S. The San Francisco-based social media company is believed to be the first major U.S. firm to announce a work-from-home policy as companies around the world enact new plans to fight COVID-19. Shelves where disinfectant wipes are usually displayed at a Target store on March 2, 2020 in Novato, California in the Bay Area. “Beginning today, we are strongly encouraging all employ
  21. Stanford group wants to use your computer to help researchers study the coronavirus [email protected] leverages unused computing power from idle machines Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Stanford University’s [email protected] distributed computing project is seeking volunteers to help researchers develop treatment therapies for the novel coronavirus. [email protected] (FAH) uses the processing capacity of networked computers to simulate the complex process of protein folding, which helps d
  22. [ Because this Ars Technica article will be regularly updated, I'm only posting the title and the link. ] Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus This is a fast-moving epidemic—we'll update this guide regularly. Source: Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus (Ars Technica)
  23. the beginning? — Coronavirus: You may need to take a 2-week break from your life, CDC says CDC stresses individual action as situation looks out of hand. Enlarge / SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 29: Healthcare workers transport a patient on a stretcher into an ambulance at Life Care Center of Kirkland on February 29, 2020, in Kirkland, Washington. Dozens of staff and residents at Life Care Center of Kirkland are reportedly exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms. Getty | David Ryder
  24. Amazon confirms Seattle employee is in quarantine with coronavirus The employee went home unwell last Tuesday Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge An Amazon employee in Seattle has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, as first reported by The New York Times. “We’re supporting the affected employee who is in quarantine,” the company tells The Verge in a statement. The employee is based out of the company’s “Brazil” (SEA53) building, according to an internal memo sent out to A
  25. Fearful reactions to the new coronavirus can put lives at risk It’s okay to be worried, but don’t let fear trump public health advice Photo by Tayfun Coskun / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images People in the US are worried about the new coronavirus outbreak. That concern is warranted: the virus is a scary new threat, it can cause serious harm, and there aren’t any medications that can stop it. That’s not to mention the cancellations of schools, popular events, and the general disruption to people’s lives it’s causing.
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