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9/28/2020

Two conventions — one masked, the other mostly not — offer contrasting views on coronavirus


Two conventions — one masked, the other mostly not — offer contrasting views on coronavirusThe two conventions offered very divergent views for a nation still struggling with a pandemic.



First confirmed case of COVID-19 reinfection is ‘not surprising,’ doctors say


First confirmed case of COVID-19 reinfection is ‘not surprising,’ doctors sayResearchers in Hong Kong confirmed the first known case of coronavirus reinfection, but many doctors and public health officials say it isn't that surprising given what we know about waning immunity from other coronaviruses.



Ron DeSantis sidelined his health department. Florida paid the price.


Ron DeSantis sidelined his health department. Florida paid the price.Florida's surgeon general lost all influence after an April 13 briefing, leading to "craziness" within the health department, an official said.



'You don't want people to vote,' Democrat Marcia Fudge tells Republicans


'You don't want people to vote,' Democrat Marcia Fudge tells RepublicansComments by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge summed up many Democrats’ concerns about Republican resistance to mail-in voting.



Did the RNC boost Trump’s reelection odds?


Did the RNC boost Trump’s reelection odds?President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention with a speech filled with fierce attacks against Joe Biden. Did the controversial event help him gain ground with voters?



A thousand kids and counselors went to summer camp in Maine. Only 3 got the coronavirus.


A thousand kids and counselors went to summer camp in Maine. Only 3 got the coronavirus.Out of 1,022 people who attended or worked at several summer camps in Maine that implemented measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, only three tested positive for it, a new study says. And those three cases did not result in secondary infections because proper measures were taken.



Trump administration defends 'inexplicable' changes to coronavirus testing guidelines


Trump administration defends 'inexplicable' changes to coronavirus testing guidelinesA top Trump administration official defended new guidelines that say that people without symptoms do not need a coronavirus test, a development that has been widely criticized as unproductive since it was issued on Tuesday. 



Should colleges discount tuition when they go remote?


Should colleges discount tuition when they go remote?Students at colleges across the country are demanding tuition be reduced because classes are being held online. Schools say any discount would cripple them financially.



Coronavirus an afterthought as RNC opens


Coronavirus an afterthought as RNC opens“Donald Trump truly moved mountains to save lives,” said one RNC speaker, an assertion at odds with what many have called President Trump’s inattentive and even self-sabotaging response to the pandemic, which has killed nearly 180,000 people in the U.S.



5 takeaways from day 1 of the RNC


5 takeaways from day 1 of the RNCThe theme of the first night of the Republican National Convention was “America, Land of Promise,” a hopeful message belied by speeches that warned of impending national collapse if Donald Trump isn’t reelected in November.



What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out


What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes OutWhen a big storm or other natural disaster knocks out the power or makes it hard to leave your house for a few days, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer...



Oleandrin, touted as COVID-19 cure, has no scientific support


Oleandrin, touted as COVID-19 cure, has no scientific supportThe extract from a highly toxic plant is being promoted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, despite no scientific evidence that it is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass explains why that's dangerous. 



Young children in daycare did not spread the coronavirus, study finds


Young children in daycare did not spread the coronavirus, study findsThe reopening of childcare centers in Rhode Island in June and July did not lead to a spread of the coronavirus, says a new CDC study. The results are bound to intensify the debate over how to safely reopen schools, even though childcare centers and schools are not the same.



Trump previews optimistic convention message of 'American greatness'


Trump previews optimistic convention message of 'American greatness'President Trump gave a preview of the themes his campaign will highlight at his party’s convention next week: that America is great, except for the parts of it governed by Democrats, which are “totally out of control.”



Latinos hit hardest by coronavirus, CDC finds


Latinos hit hardest by coronavirus, CDC findsIn analyzing 79 counties in 22 states that met hot spot status between June 5 and 18, the CDC found that 96.2 percent of those counties saw Black, Latino, Native American and Asian-American people infected with the coronavirus at rates above their proportion of the population.



After declining for months, U.S. coronavirus cases are rising again. Has the 'fall wave' begun?


After declining for months, U.S. coronavirus cases are rising again. Has the 'fall wave' begun?Though it might be too soon to say whether a fall wave has begun, it’s not too soon to see the recent rise in U.S. cases for what it is: a warning. 



Vaccination effort will not be complete until July, CDC director says


Vaccination effort will not be complete until July, CDC director saysDr. Robert Redfield of the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention cautioned on Wednesday that mass vaccination of the American public is still many months away. 



White House dismisses criticism of persistent coronavirus supply chain problems as work of 'useful idiot'


White House dismisses criticism of persistent coronavirus supply chain problems as work of 'useful idiot'The White House is objecting to a new report that concludes that the U.S. continues to struggle with supply chain logistics that have led to shortages of PPE and diagnostic tests.



More than 200,000 Americans have now died of the coronavirus


More than 200,000 Americans have now died of the coronavirusThe United States on Tuesday passed another grim COVID-19 milestone.



As death toll climbs, Biden warns against becoming 'numb' to COVID-19


As death toll climbs, Biden warns against becoming 'numb' to COVID-19“Due to Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence over the last six months we have seen one of the greatest losses in American history,” Joe Biden said in Wisconsin on Monday.



Measures to control coronavirus have brought flu infections to 'historic lows.' Scientists want to keep it that way.


Measures to control coronavirus have brought flu infections to 'historic lows.' Scientists want to keep it that way.Lockdowns and protective measures like the widespread wearing of face masks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have driven influenza infections to record lows, according to a new CDC study.



Trump on COVID vaccine: I know better than the head of CDC


Trump on COVID vaccine: I know better than the head of CDCPresident Trump said CDC Director Robert Redfield "made a mistake" about when a COVID-19 vaccine would be ready.



Trump appointees not influencing coronavirus science, CDC chief promises


Trump appointees not influencing coronavirus science, CDC chief promisesTestifying before Congress on Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield strongly disputed that the CDC’s scientific research has been influenced by political appointees attempting to bring those findings in line with President Trump’s views.



CDC chief says masks better at stopping coronavirus than a vaccine


CDC chief says masks better at stopping coronavirus than a vaccine“This face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” Dr. Robert Redfield said. “If I don't get an immune response, the vaccine's not going to protect me. This face mask will."



Can coronavirus vaccine mistrust be overcome?


Can coronavirus vaccine mistrust be overcome?A large number of Americans say they won't feel safe taking a vaccine for coronavirus once one is available. Can their lack of trust be fixed or will vaccine skepticism make herd immunity impossible?



Police called to home of boy with toy gun in virtual class: 'I could have been burying my son today,' mom says


Police called to home of boy with toy gun in virtual class: 'I could have been burying my son today,' mom saysA Black seventh grader from Colorado had the police called to his house because he was playing with a toy gun during virtual art class. His mom, Dani Elliott, believes that if anyone did anything wrong, it was the school.



Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.


Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.A disciple of Nixonian “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, Caputo has worked for Oliver North, Russian energy giant Gazprom and, most recently, Trump, joining his presidential campaign back when few were taking that campaign seriously. 



Poll: Number of Americans willing to get COVID-19 vaccine falls to new low amid fears Trump is putting politics before safety


Poll: Number of Americans willing to get COVID-19 vaccine falls to new low amid fears Trump is putting politics before safetyThe latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll reveals that less than a third of Americans (32 percent) say they plan to get vaccinated, a stunning 23-point decline that reflects rising concern about the politicization of the vaccine process.



Fallout from Trump's coronavirus admissions


Fallout from Trump's coronavirus admissionsPresident Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he was deliberately downplaying the risks of the coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic. What impact will these statements have?



Children transmit the coronavirus, Utah study suggests, but don't get sick themselves


Children transmit the coronavirus, Utah study suggests, but don't get sick themselvesThe new findings could help shape the debate about how to reopen schools safely as the coronavirus continues to sicken thousands and kill hundreds daily.



Biden campaign jumps on Woodward interview to pin COVID deaths on Trump's 'playing it down'


Biden campaign jumps on Woodward interview to pin COVID deaths on Trump's 'playing it down'As the revelations by journalist Bob Woodward of how President Trump misled the American people about the severity of the coronavirus reverberated this week, the Biden campaign did its best to keep the story alive with scathing digital advertising.



New York speeds to open restaurants for indoor dining despite scientists' concerns over COVID-19 spread


New York speeds to open restaurants for indoor dining despite scientists' concerns over COVID-19 spreadA new CDC study found that people infected with the coronavirus were twice as likely to have been at a restaurant than those who had not. Even with social distancing mandates in place, restaurants could become coronavirus hot spots.



2 Black Senate hopefuls look to make history in the South — and fix health care while they're at it


2 Black Senate hopefuls look to make history in the South — and fix health care while they're at itShreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins from Louisiana and Jaime Harrison from South Carolina envision a “new South” to address issues they say have been largely ignored by their longtime incumbent opponents.



Post-COVID heart damage alarms researchers: 'There was a black hole' in infected cells


Post-COVID heart damage alarms researchers: 'There was a black hole' in infected cellsWhile more studies are needed, researchers and doctors throughout the country are warning of a likely connection between COVID-19 and a serious heart condition.



A new COVID-19 forecast predicts more than 400,000 deaths by the end of 2020. Will the fall wave really be that big?


A new COVID-19 forecast predicts more than 400,000 deaths by the end of 2020. Will the fall wave really be that big?Experts have long feared that colder weather and other factors could create a fall wave of the coronavirus with the potential to dwarf previous peaks — and America’s most prominent COVID-19 modelers are projecting just that. So is it time to freak out about the fall? Maybe not just yet.



Exclusive: White House orders end to COVID-19 airport screenings for international travelers


Exclusive: White House orders end to COVID-19 airport screenings for international travelersThe screening operations have been held at select airports since January.



Is it time for colleges to drop the SAT and ACT?


Is it time for colleges to drop the SAT and ACT?Hundreds of colleges have made the SAT and ACT optional for applicants because of the pandemic. Should they ditch the standardized tests for good?



35+ Thanksgiving Appetizers to Tide Your Over Till Dinner



Sturgis motorcycle rally was a 'superspreader event'


Sturgis motorcycle rally was a 'superspreader event'A month after 460,000 motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Sturgis, S.D., researchers have found that thousands have been sickened across the nation, leading them to brand the rally a “superspreader” event that will involve more than $12 billion in health care costs.



Why Trump should wait until after the election to announce a COVID-19 vaccine


Why Trump should wait until after the election to announce a COVID-19 vaccineIn recent days, experts have become increasingly convinced — and alarmed — that President Trump is pushing to cut corners and rush the release of a COVID-19 vaccine before Nov. 3 to improve his chances in the election.



Trump's new coronavirus adviser uses made-up statistics and false claims to praise White House pandemic response


Trump's new coronavirus adviser uses made-up statistics and false claims to praise White House pandemic responseIn recent days, Dr. Scott Atlas has eclipsed Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx as Trump’s most visible, and presumably trusted, coronavirus adviser.



A second COVID-19 wave in Spain holds a warning for U.S.


A second COVID-19 wave in Spain holds a warning for U.S.Public officials shy away from using the term “second wave,” but with new cases surging toward 9,000 a day, the highest numbers in Europe, Spain is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the world.



Americans complied with coronavirus lockdowns, helping to curb pandemic, new CDC study finds


Americans complied with coronavirus lockdowns, helping to curb pandemic, new CDC study findsMost people throughout the country followed lockdown orders to avoid contracting — or spreading — the coronavirus, a new CDC study found.



The conspiracy theorists are wrong: Doctors are not inflating America's COVID-19 death toll for cash


The conspiracy theorists are wrong: Doctors are not inflating America's COVID-19 death toll for cashSen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has embraced a false online conspiracy theory that seeks to minimize the danger of COVID-19 by claiming only a few thousand Americans have died from the virus — not the 185,000 reported by health agencies and hospitals.



Biden proposes live fact checkers for debates with Trump


Biden proposes live fact checkers for debates with TrumpJoe Biden said on Wednesday that he would like his three upcoming debates with Donald Trump to include a real-time fact-check of both candidates’ statements, although he admitted it wasn’t likely to happen.



Doctors alarmed as FDA floats 'emergency use' of COVID-19 vaccine, bypassing trials


Doctors alarmed as FDA floats 'emergency use' of COVID-19 vaccine, bypassing trials“It’s a lesser review, it’s a lower-quality review, and when you’re talking about vaccinating a large chunk of the American population, that’s not acceptable,” said one vaccine expert.



White House ignored warnings as it pushed for reopenings, newly released coronavirus task force reports show


White House ignored warnings as it pushed for reopenings, newly released coronavirus task force reports showEven as President Trump spurred states to lift lockdown measures and resume normal economic activity in the early summer, reports from his White House coronavirus task force were presenting evidence that infections were rising in many parts of the country.



Shaq: We need sports 'to give these children something to do'


Shaq: We need sports 'to give these children something to do'Shaquille O’Neal is on a mission to help student-athletes across the country return to the competitive sports they love as soon as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic.



How to feel confident that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe


How to feel confident that a COVID-19 vaccine is safeMany Americans are questioning the safety and effectiveness of a planned coronavirus vaccine and are wary of a trial and approval process that seems to be moving very quickly. Doctors and public health experts explain how to feel confident about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine.



Odds of coronavirus infection greatly increase with poverty, CDC says


Odds of coronavirus infection greatly increase with poverty, CDC saysThe findings confirm a growing body of research that suggests the coronavirus is more likely to afflict people of color and low-income communities than it is wealthier white people.



My lifelong Muppets obsession helped me explain the pandemic to my preschooler


Growing up with "Sesame Street" in the early 1980s, I found pieces of myself in Cookie Monster's sweet tooth, Big Bird's gentleness and in Grover, who was outgoing and always willing to help others, even though he made a lot of hilarious mistakes.

How to reboot your workout routine: Let's set the foundation


After time off from exercising, it's understandable if you're having a hard time getting motivated. You may even feel a bit bad, but I'm here to say it's important to go easy on yourself.

Wildfire smoke and your health: Do you need to worry?


Wildfires have broken out across the United States on an unprecedented scale, with 77 large complexes of fires engulfing 3 million acres in a matter of weeks.

Fauci says normal life may not be back until the end of 2021


Dr. Anthony Fauci said it could be the end of 2021 before life gets back to how it was before Covid-19.

Most Americans probably won't be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine until mid-2021, CDC director says


A wedding in Maine is linked to 176 Covid-19 cases and the deaths of seven people who didn't attend the celebration, demonstrating just how easily and quickly the virus can spread at social gatherings, public health experts say.

Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US



Trump knew testing Covid-19 vaccines would take months, Woodward book shows


President Donald Trump knew back in the spring that it would probably take a year to develop a coronavirus vaccine, according to interviews with journalist Bob Woodward.

What you need to know about coronavirus today


More than half a million children in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

ICUs are nearing capacity in this French city. And it's only September


Dealing with the first wave was like a sprint, the second will be more like a marathon.

Crowded parties and coronavirus concerns keep high schoolers from returning to the classroom


Overcrowded parties have forced several high schools to go back to online learning in hopes of staving off Covid-19 outbreaks.

NIH 'very concerned' about serious side effect in AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial


The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to follow British regulators in resuming a coronavirus vaccine trial that was halted when a participant suffered spinal cord damage, even as the National Institutes of Health has launched an investigation of the case.

CDC study finds coronavirus rarely kills children, but minorities at higher risk


Children and teens from minority groups are disproportionately hit by coronavirus, just as older adults are, according to the findings of a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A 9-year-old who's been battling coronavirus for 6 months says the illness is a big deal


Eli Lipman, 9, and his father have been battling the impact of Covid-19 since March, and he said life as a "long hauler" isn't easy.

How to help siblings get along better


Sibling rivalry is often taken as an unexamined fact of family life -- as much a part of parenting as potty training or bedtime stories.

Here's why a vaccine will not stop the Covid-19 pandemic right away


Dr. Umair Shah remembers the last mass vaccination campaign the US waged.

Unpopular teens could be at higher risk of heart conditions later in life, study suggests


Many of us hope to escape who we were in high school -- particularly if you were last in line to be picked in gym class -- but a growing body of research suggests that how popular you are in adolescence has a link with psychological and physical health decades later.

These immunocompromised college students felt isolated when the fall semester began. So they did something about it


At first, Cameron Lynch thought she would need prepared questions for the group to discuss in their first Zoom call.

Italian airport gets world's first five-star anti-Covid award


Travelers eager to fly again may want to consider Italy as their next destination.

Depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy may harm childhood development, study finds


A mother's depression and anxiety from conception through the first year of the baby's life is associated with negative developmental outcomes through adolescence, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

How to sleep better — kids and grown-ups alike


Like many moms, Sofia Axelrod found the lack of sleep really hard after giving birth. But unlike many moms, she refused to accept that the exhaustion was inevitable.

We're in a She-cession



Americans need to 'hunker down' this fall and winter as Covid-19 pandemic will likely worsen, Fauci says


Nearly 30 US states are reporting downward trends in Covid-19 cases, but the pandemic will likely worsen again, according to the country's leading infectious disease expert.

Sex gets complicated during the pandemic


When the pandemic hit, couples found themselves worrying about getting sick, losing income, teaching their children at home while working full time (or worrying full time about sending them to school).

Craving sugar during a pandemic? Here's how to tame your sweet tooth


Cakes, cookies, pie.

Poor sleep linked to weight gain in 2-year smartphone sleep tracking study


Not sleeping enough or getting a bad night's sleep over and over makes it hard to control your appetite. And that sets you up for all sorts of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

What is an EUA, and what does it have to do with how quickly we get a coronavirus vaccine?


With talk of the possible availability of a vaccine candidate heating up, you might have heard the term Emergency Use Authorization -- or EUA -- all over the news lately. But what is it exactly, and how does it apply to vaccines?

Some college towns grapple with Covid-19 after students return for fall semester


While many colleges and universities are offering classes online, that hasn't necessarily stopped students from gathering. And now some college towns are grappling with outbreaks of Covid-19 as the start of the fall semester complicates local responses to the pandemic.

AstraZeneca's Oxford vaccine trial to resume, the university says


The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial, halted last week after an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers, will resume, the University of Oxford announced Saturday.

Covid-19 school closings linked to increase in depression and suicide, study finds


Primary school students in China experienced more depressive symptoms and made more suicide attempts after schools closed for the pandemic, a new study found.

One of the leading coronavirus vaccine trials is currently paused. Prominent vaccine researchers tell CNN that's unusual


Vaccine clinical trials are notoriously difficult to conduct.

Coronavirus: Will we ever shake hands again?


Will Covid-19 make handshakes a relic of the past? If so, what might that mean about the future of human touch and interaction?

Coronavirus: The health advice that is misleading or worse


There's still plenty of dangerous and untested medical advice circulating online.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Is lockdown good for your heart?


Why do fewer people seem to be having heart attacks and strokes? One theory is that the lockdown lifestyle is healthy.

Coronavirus: How long does it take to recover?


Recovery from Covid-19 can be a lengthy process, depending on how seriously people get the virus.

Coronavirus: Does reopening schools risk spreading coronavirus?


Children are at low risk from the disease, but concerns have been raised for teachers.

Why the WHO got caught between China and Trump


President Trump has been critical - but what do others think of the "global guardian of public health"?

Covid: Dementia patient's wife describes 'torture' of lack of visits


A woman describes her pain at not being able to see her husband regularly at his care home.

Coronavirus: UK pledges support to global vaccine-sharing scheme


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK will give £500m to a new global vaccine-sharing scheme.

The threat of 'vaccine nationalism'


Ros Atkins looks at why vaccine nationalism is a growing concern in the global effort to tackle Covid-19.

NHS Covid-19 app: How to install and use it


This guide explains how to install the NHS Covid-19 app on Android smartphones and iPhones.

Polio campaigners battle misinformation and distrust


Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are the only two countries in the world yet to eliminate wild polio.

Coronavirus: 'When will this Covid curse be finished?'


What happens when you're forced to self-isolate, or into lockdown, in a cramped refugee camp?

Coronavirus: The bogus meme targeting Dr Fauci, and other fake claims


A round-up of false and misleading claims circulating on American social media this week.

Coronavirus: Tracking new outbreaks in the sewers


Around 15,000 new cases of the disease have been reported in Spain in the past week.

Should police be first to respond in a mental-health crisis?


Why cities in the US and Canada are eyeing removing police from front-line mental-health response.

'My Tanzanian family is split over coronavirus'


Sammy Awami writes that his relatives are divided over the Tanzanian leader's policy on Covid-19.

Coronavirus: 'Mum died while we were at dad's funeral'


John and Mary Boxer died within 16 days of each other, weeks before their 60th wedding anniversary.

Can this Californian prison save itself from Covid-19?


San Quentin is battling a devastating coronavirus outbreak that critics say could have been avoided.

Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments?


Teams around the world are looking into medicines for Covid-19 and scientists are starting to discover what works.

Coronavirus: Will the new Job Support Scheme help me? And other questions


An NHS contact tracing app has finally been launched in England and Wales. We answer some of your questions.

Fertility rate: Shrinking population in six easy lessons


Research suggests most countries' populations will have shrunk by the end of the century.

What is bubonic plague?


Authorities in China have stepped up precautions after a reports of a suspected case.

Coronavirus: What is the true death toll of the pandemic?


Far more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic than official Covid-19 data can account for

Coronavirus: What is dexamethasone and how does it work?


A cheap steroid is hailed a big breakthrough in the treatment of seriously ill Covid-19 patients.

Coronavirus: How Iran is battling a surge in cases


Iran is battling a resurgence of the coronavirus, and a rising death rate.

Coronavirus: Could social distancing of less than two metres work?


The government has said it will be possible to relax the 2m social distancing from 4 July - but is it safe to do so?

Coronavirus: What is the k number and can superspreading be stopped?


Identifying superspreading events could be crucial in the fight against the virus, scientists say.

Coronavirus: 'I'm high risk but made a full recovery'


Positive stories from people considered at high risk who have made a full recovery from coronavirus.

Coronavirus: One week in one hospital


The BBC has been given unprecedented access to a hospital in the heart of London, for one week.

Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation


A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arson and deaths - and the potential for even greater indirect harm.

Coronavirus: What's going wrong in Sweden's care homes?


Swedish healthcare is under scrutiny over the high rate of Covid-19 deaths in care homes.

Coronavirus bites into Australia's bushfire recovery


Some tourist towns had barely survived fires when the virus hit, and locals say they are struggling.

Coronavirus and Antarctica: 'Isolated within isolation'


Why the people on the only continent without a recorded case of coronavirus are in lockdown.

Coronavirus lockdown around the world in pictures


Restrictions ease in some countries but the World Health Organization warns infections could rise.

Coronavirus: 'Forced to work' as medics fighting Covid


Almost 200 health workers have died of Covid-19 in Venezuela since the pandemic began in March.

Up to £10,000 fine for failure to self-isolate in England


Anyone in England who tests positive has a legal duty to self-isolate or face a fine of up to £10,000.

Covid-19: UK volunteers could be given virus to test vaccine


'Human challenge trials' to test the effectiveness of possible Covid vaccines may be held in London.

Covid: US death toll passes 200,000


The US is the worst hit country in the world and cases are still continuing to rise, data shows.

Man dies from eating more than a bag of liquorice a day


The 54-year-old construction worker ate a bag-and-a-half of black liquorice every day, doctors say.

PM Johnson warns of tougher curbs if virus rules flouted


Some scientists say they don't go "anywhere near far enough", while others say they need time to work.

Lesbos: Hundreds test positive for Covid-19 after migrant camp fire


More than 240 migrants test positive at the new Lesbos camp built after the old one burnt down.

Flu jab 'more important than ever' this winter


People can catch flu and coronavirus at the same time with serious or deadly consequences, experts warn.

Coronavirus: 'Government must publish contact-tracing app data'


A health charity wants to know how well England and Wales' contact-tracing app fared in tests.

Covid symptoms: Is it a cold, flu or coronavirus?


With similar symptoms, deciding whether or not you need to get tested for coronavirus can be tricky.

Covid-19 pandemic: Where are the global coronavirus hotspots?


Key charts and maps explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world.

How Covid-19 myths are merging with the QAnon conspiracy theory


Online and in real-life demonstrations, two viral conspiracy theories are increasingly coming together.

Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?


Travellers arriving from places like France and Spain must follow certain rules on entry to the UK.

Opioid epidemic: The other public health crisis killing Canadians


Since March, Canada has rushed to contain the virus. But some life-saving measures are killing Canadians.

Coronavirus: Should I start taking vitamin D?


Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why.

Coronavirus: The hidden heroes of India’s Covid-19 wards


Meet the ward boys, or hospital assistants, who are the unsung heroes in India's Covid-19 fight.

Nigerians' double blow: Currency woes and Covid-19


Three business owners explain how they are weathering the economic fallout.

Re-learning how to walk 289 days after surviving a deadly virus


Mekala Osborne, 22, wasn't expected to live. Now she’s learning to walk again.

Why India should worry about post-Covid-19 care


Experts say India needs more post-Covid care centres as many patients are reporting lasting symptoms.

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