- CDC to Cut COVID-Negative Quarantine Period to 7 Days
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force Tuesday that its new guidance would cut quarantine time for individuals exposed to the virus by as much as half, according to two people familiar with the matter.
- Red Cross Chief Warns of COVID-19 Vax Misinformation
Red Cross chief Francesco Rocca on Tuesday warned of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and said distrust of health authorities “clearly facilitated transmission of the virus at all levels.”
- New Study Finds Vitamin D Deficiency More Than Triples COVID-19 Mortality
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology revealed people who have low levels of vitamin D are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering more severe illness.
- Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope Has Collapsed
The radio telescope at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory has collapsed, the National Science Foundation reported Tuesday.
- Up to 30 Percent of Americans May Be Infected With COVID-19 by Year’s End
Dr. Scott Gottlieb predicted 30% of the U.S. population would be infected with the coronavirus by the year’s end, but 2021 would be less intense because of these high numbers of cases.
- Record-Setting Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw six major storms, has officially come to an end after setting multiple records, the New York Post reports.
- DeepMind Protein Mapping Could Help Fight Diseases
A half-century-old science problem has been solved and could lead to dramatic advances in combating diseases, researchers say, The Independent reported on Monday. Google’s DeepMind claims to have created a program that can map the three-dimensional shapes of the proteins…
- Utah ‘Monolith’ Disappearance as Mysterious as Its Discovery
A mysterious, tall, shining metal monolith in the southeastern Utah desert has disappeared, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)….
- Sweden Sees No Signs So Far Herd Immunity Is Stopping Virus
There is little evidence herd immunity is helping Sweden combat the coronavirus, according to the country’s top epidemiologist.
- CDC Head: Vaccine Ready ‘End of Second Week of December’
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday a vaccine for the coronavirus will be out “by the end of the second week of December.”
- CDC Seeks to Cut Quarantine Protocol to 7-10 Days
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering shortening the number of days it recommends a person self-quarantine after possible exposure to the coronavirus, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- Experts Warn of Unprecedented Challenges in Distributing Vaccine
Supplying even a small percentage of the world’s nearly 8 billion people with a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available will be an unprecedented supply chain challenge, NBC News reported Tuesday.
- CDC Advisory Commitee: Healthcare Workers Should Receive First COVID-19 Vax
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, says the first 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses should go to healthcare workers…
- AstraZeneca Exec: Vaccine Not Reserved ‘Only to the Rich’
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate will benefit all people, not only the wealthy,” Ruud Dobber, an executive vice president for the pharmaceutical giant, said Monday.
- FDA Grants Regeneron Emergency Use Authorization
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s antibody cocktail received an emergency use authorization from U.S. drug regulators for treatment of early COVID-19 symptoms, adding to the expanding arsenal of therapies available to physicians.
- NASA ‘Hard-Pressed to Land Astronauts on the Moon’ by 2024
NASA anticipates having great difficulty in fulfilling the Trump administration’s vow to return astronauts to the moon by 2024, citing concerns over funding, as well as the scale and schedule. The agency’s…
- Sinovac’s COVID-19 Vaccine Induces Quick Immune Response
Sinovac Biotech’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac triggered a quick immune response but the level of antibodies produced was lower than in people who had recovered from the disease, preliminary trial results showed Wednesday.
- NIH’s Collins: Masks Are ‘Lifesaving Medical Instrument’
Director of the National Institutes of Health Francis Collins is urging Americans to wear masks and continue to take coronavirus mitigation measures seriously for at least a “few more months….
- China Plans to ‘Optimize Its Birth Policy’ With Emphasis on Eugenics
China’s recently released proposal for the country’s policies for the next five years would place an emphasis on eugenics when it comes to birth, according to an expert on China.
- Coronavirus Reinfections: The Mystery Continues
As the pandemic wears on, more people are claiming the virus has infected them twice. Experts are now trying to determine whether these reports are indeed legitimate reinfections or long-term effects of the disease.
- Critics Say Russia’s Claim of COVID-19 Vax Efficacy Doesn’t Pass ‘Smell Test’
Russia’s announcement that its coronavirus vaccine had greater than 90% efficacy is being met with substantial skepticism, Science magazine reported.Science reported a review of the new vaccine…
- Study: 1 in 5 Coronavirus Patients Has Mental Health Problems
Coronavirus survivors may have a higher risk of developing mental illness, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal….
- Dr. Fauci: I’ll Take Vaccine; ‘Let’s Go Ahead, Approve It’
Coronavirus task force expert Dr. Anthony Fauci announced he will take the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer after the treatment is approved by the FDA.
- Abu Dhabi Looks to Desert and Space Farming to Boost Food Supply
Abu Dhabi is stepping up investment in projects for farming in the desert – and even space – as the COVID-19 crisis prompts more efforts to safeguard food supply. The Abu Dhabi Investment Office will spend about $41 million with other companies to develop technologies for…
- FDA Grants Emergency Use of Experimental Drug for COVID-19
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted doctors emergency authorization to treat high-risk adult and pediatric COVID-19 patients experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms with an experimental treatment made by Eli Lilly….