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Apr 11, 2020. 2 comments

A New Case of Ebola Scuttles WHO's Plan to Declare the Outbreak Over

A New Case of Ebola Scuttles WHO's Plan to Declare the Outbreak Over

Just days before the World Health Organization was set to declare the official end of the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of Ebola, a new case in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was reported Friday. Now, it’s uncertain when this outbreak will truly end.

In August 2018, the Ebola virus began sickening people living in the DRC, particularly in the North Kivu region of the country. Over...

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Mar 24, 2020. 4 comments

Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

The World Health Organization is launching a multinational clinical trial in which four existing drugs will be used to treat patients with covid-19. The project currently includes 10 countries and will potentially involve thousands of patients currently battling the coronavirus-caused disease.

Vaccines to inoculate humans against covid-19

may not arrive for a year or more, but treatments to...

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Mar 21, 2020. 14 comments

China Gives Half-Assed Apology for Reprimanding Whistleblower Doctor Killed by Covid-19

China Gives Half-Assed Apology for Reprimanding Whistleblower Doctor Killed by Covid-19

A Chinese doctor who was castigated for warning of the novel coronavirus during the early days of the epidemic has been exonerated, in a report prepared by Chinese government investigators. Unsurprisingly, the report does not go far enough in identifying those responsible for this atrocious and mind-bendingly irresponsible incident.

Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang from the Central Hospital of...

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Mar 04, 2020. 22 comments

What Would It Take to End HIV Forever?

What Would It Take to End HIV Forever?
Forever WeekForever WeekThis week we're exploring all things eternal, endless, and infinite.

During his State of the Union address in February, President Donald Trump reiterated a promise he had made a year earlier: By 2030, the United States would bring an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that first took root nearly 40 years ago. It’s the sort of sweeping assurance that seems too good to be true,...

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Feb 27, 2020. 17 comments

Disturbing Letter About Life in COVID-19 Ward in China Is Abruptly Retracted

Disturbing Letter About Life in COVID-19 Ward in China Is Abruptly Retracted

Earlier this week, British medical journal The Lancet published a brief correspondence from two Chinese medical aid workers who said they were currently fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. The letter, which describes extreme and intolerable working conditions inside the isolation wards, was suddenly retracted today, under what can only be described as highly suspicious circumstances.

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Feb 26, 2020. 20 comments

Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans Because of the Coronavirus?

Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans Because of the Coronavirus?

As an outbreak of a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus is poised to spread across the globe, people in largely unaffected places like the U.S. might worry about visiting areas where the virus is spreading or traveling by air at all. The answer to whether you should cancel existing travel plans, however, is complicated.

Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a...

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Feb 15, 2020.

Mold Linked to a Seventh Death at Seattle’s Children Hospital

Mold Linked to a Seventh Death at Seattle’s Children Hospital

Mold infestations at a Washington state hospital have claimed yet another life, according to the deceased’s family. On Wednesday, 5-month-old Elizabeth Hutt died, following months of complications from a mold infection her family says she contracted at Seattle’s Children Hospital. If accurate, it would be the seventh documented death connected to mold at the hospital since 2001.

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Feb 12, 2020. 11 comments

There's Now an Official Name for the Wuhan Coronavirus Illness

There's Now an Official Name for the Wuhan Coronavirus Illness

The World Health Organization has finally come up with a name for the illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that’s infected at least 40,000 people and killed over 1,000 worldwide. Meanwhile, scientists elsewhere have coined a new name for the virus itself.

At a press briefing held Tuesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus debuted the new disease name: COVID-19. COVID...

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Feb 05, 2020. 19 comments

Here's How We'll Know If the Wuhan Coronavirus Has Become a Pandemic

Here's How We'll Know If the Wuhan Coronavirus Has Become a Pandemic

In recent days, some public health experts and scientists have begun uttering the P-word in reference to a surging outbreak of the new coronavirus that’s already infected at least 24,000 people and killed over 400: pandemic. But when will we know if the Wuhan coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, has spread far and wide enough to become one?

Using the simplest definition, the thing that most...

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Feb 04, 2020. 5 comments

Patient Did Not Spread Wuhan Virus Before Showing Symptoms, Experts Say

Patient Did Not Spread Wuhan Virus Before Showing Symptoms, Experts Say

One of the scarier concerns about the Wuhan coronavirus may be overblown. This week, researchers appeared to debunk findings from last week that suggested the virus could spread from people not showing symptoms. Indeed, it seems the patient initially suspected of passing on the infection while asymptomatic did in fact feel ill at the time she infected others.

Last week, on January 30, a paper...

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Feb 01, 2020. 14 comments

Stop Touching Your Face

Stop Touching Your Face

The new decade has brought along a SARS-like, pneumonia-causing coronavirus that’s already sickened at least 9,000 people and killed over 200 worldwide. If you’re scared about threats like the Wuhan virus, then there’s one very easy thing you can start doing for the sake of your health and others—stop touching your face!

When we rub our faces all willy nilly, we can contaminate our bodies with...

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Jan 29, 2020. 5 comments

Report: White House Considering Temporary Ban on All U.S.-China Flights Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Report: White House Considering Temporary Ban on All U.S.-China Flights Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The White House is considering imposing a temporary ban on flights to and from China amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak centered in Hubei province, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday night, citing a person familiar with situation. The Washington Post and USA Today separately verified that such a ban was under consideration, though sources said it was just one of several options and differed on...

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Jan 29, 2020. 19 comments

How Much Do Face Masks Help Prevent the Spread of Viruses?

How Much Do Face Masks Help Prevent the Spread of Viruses?

The number of people wearing face masks in public (and at the Gizmodo office) has ballooned in recent weeks—a highly visible sign of the fears sparked by the coronavirus that’s hit China hard and has the potential to spread far and wide. But while masks may offer a comforting feeling of protection, just how useful are they at truly preventing the spread of disease?

The logic behind wearing a...

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Jan 28, 2020. 8 comments

How Long Will It Take to Develop a Vaccine for the Wuhan Virus?

How Long Will It Take to Develop a Vaccine for the Wuhan Virus?

As a newly discovered pneumonia-causing virus threatens to engulf China and spread far beyond its borders, governments and researchers are scrambling to create a preventive vaccine. But will it arrive too late to help people? And is it possible that we missed having a head start on its development?

The reported toll of 2019-nCoV—more plainly known as the Wuhan virus, after the city where it...

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Jan 25, 2020. 15 comments

Here Are the Latest Updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

Here Are the Latest Updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

Federal health officials have identified a second U.S. case of the deadly new coronavirus that’s sent parts of China into lockdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. While officials say that the risk to the U.S. from the virus remains low, the overall situation worldwide is set to get worse before it gets better.

According to the CDC, the patient is a Chicago...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 23, 2020. 10 comments

Deadly Wuhan Virus in China May Have Come from Snakes, Scientists Say

Deadly Wuhan Virus in China May Have Come from Snakes, Scientists Say

As an outbreak of a newly discovered SARS-like virus threatens to spiral out of control in China, some scientists think they’ve uncovered its animal origins. Their new research suggests the virus is native to snakes.

The germ in question, dubbed 2019-nCoV for now, is a type of coronavirus. While most coronaviruses that sicken people cause little more than a common cold, they’re potentially...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 22, 2020. 10 comments

Deadly New Virus in China Has Reached the U.S., CDC Reports

Deadly New Virus in China Has Reached the U.S., CDC Reports

What initially appeared to be an isolated, mild outbreak of a pneumonia-causing virus in China has quickly turned for the worse. On Tuesday, U.S. health officials confirmed the first case to have reached the country—a man who had recently traveled to the Wuhan region of China, where cases have been most common. It’s only the latest

batch of bad news surrounding the new disease.

According to...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 21, 2020. 19 comments

New Virus Kills Sixth Person After Human-to-Human Transmission Confirmed

New Virus Kills Sixth Person After Human-to-Human Transmission Confirmed

Health officials in China have confirmed that a mysterious new virus which originated in the city of Wuhan can be transmitted from human-to-human, not just from animals to humans. The news comes after a sixth person has died from the virus and at least 15 health care workers have been infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the novel...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 17, 2020. 7 comments

Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious Through Our Microbiomes, Scientists Argue

Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious Through Our Microbiomes, Scientists Argue

It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from another person. But a new paper argues that many diseases seen as noncommunicable, like most cancers and heart disease, might be transmissible sometimes—thanks to the seemingly harmless microbes living in and on our bodies.

Every one of us is a walking zoo, filled to the brim...

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Jan 16, 2020. 4 comments

Cat Parasite Makes Mice Less Fearful, but Not Just of Cats, Study Finds

Cat Parasite Makes Mice Less Fearful, but Not Just of Cats, Study Finds

The relationship between a notorious parasite spread by cats and the mice it infects might be more complex than we thought, according to new research out this week. It suggests that mice infected with Toxoplasma gondii aren’t just less afraid of cats—they’re more mellowed out in general.

Toxoplasma gondii, more plainly known as toxo, has earned plenty of attention for its creepy ways. The...

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