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The Ebola outbreak in Congo kills 5, says UNICEF

“Four additional people affected by the virus – all contacts to the deceased and including the child to one of the fatal cases – are being treated in an isolation unit at Wangata Hospital in Mbandaka,” UNICEF said in a statement. “The deaths occurred between May 18 and May 30, but they were only confirmed as ebola-related yesterday.” Earlier Monday, …

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Medical workers should use respiratory masks, not surgical masks

A new analysis of 172 studies, funded by the World Health Organization, confirms what researchers have been saying for months: N95 and other respiratory masks are very superior to surgical or fabric masks to protect necessary medical workers against coronaviruses. The results, published on Monday in The Lancet, make it clear that W.H.O. and the Centers for Disease Control and …

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These scenarios show what a second wave of COVID-19 might look like

Because the new corona virus spread rapidly in February and March 2020, many governments introduced stringent locking measures. Through a massive public effort, these countries have succeeded in curbing the pandemic. By combining different methods of public health, countries such as Slovenia and New Zealand have eradicated the virus within their borders. Other countries, including the United Kingdom, made significant …

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Is coronavirus weakened? Experts say it remains deadly and largely unchanged.

Alberto Zangrillo, director of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, grilled the global public health community on Sunday when he told RAI, the national TV station, that “the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy”, with patients showing small amounts of virus in the nose swabs. Zangrillo theorized in a follow-up interview with The Washington Post that something else might …

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Six-month Coronavirus: Here’s what we’ve learned

The United States knows how to fight war. But, as recent months have shown, the American response to pathogens can easily become a mess – even if pathogens kill more Americans than many wars have. We have no viral Pentagon. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is more of an F.B.I. for outbreak investigations other than a war machine. For …

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Mosquitoes in Southern California Test Positive for West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis – NBC Los Angeles

What to know The mosquitoes were collected from a trap in Hacienda Heights. As the temperature rises, so do mosquito populations and disease risk, which is a serious public health threat in our communities, says vector control. Serious symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, coma, paralysis and possibly death. Los Angeles County’s first West Nile virus positive mosquito …

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Meet ACE2, the enzyme in the Center of the Covid-19 Mystery

During the first During the chaotic months of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was already clear that the new coronavirus spreading around the world did not affect everyone equally. The earliest clinical data from China showed that some people consistently outperformed others, especially men, the elderly and smokers. Some researchers wondered: What if the increased risk of serious infection and death …

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“I wouldn’t weigh these crises separately”: Coronavirus Live Updates: NPR

Protests against police treatment of black people have caused concern over the spread of COVID-19. Here, a protester marches Monday in Philadelphia with a cloth mask that says, “I can’t breathe.” Mark Makela / Getty Images hide the caption switch the caption Mark Makela / Getty Images Protests against police treatment of black people have caused concern over the spread …

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Coronavirus is weakened in Italy, doctors say, but “still a killing virus”

As the number of new daily cases of coronavirus declines, Italy relaxes its lock. An Italian doctor, Alberto Zangrillo, on Sunday suggested that the virus weaken and disappear. “In reality,” he said, “the virus is no longer clinically in Italy.” But an Italian health minister and other public health experts said there was little evidence to support this claim on …

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