Chinese cities find coronavirus in frozen food imports, WHO downplays infection risk

(Roxanne Liu, David Stanway, Jake Spring/ Reuters) — Two cities in China have found traces of the new coronavirus in cargoes of imported frozen food, local authorities said on Thursday, although the World Health Organization downplayed the risk of the virus entering the food chain. A sample taken from the surface of frozen chicken wings […]

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Important message regarding VM-Med’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis

At VM-Med, the health and safety of our patients, our staff and our community are a top priority. That is why, in light of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with recommended safety guidelines, we are limiting the number of appointments at our clinic for an indefinite period. Previously Scheduled Non-Urgent Appointments: If you […]

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1 in 3 young adults vulnerable to severe Covid-19 — and smoking plays a big part, research finds

(Naomi Thomas/ CNN) — One in three young adults is at risk of severe Covid-19, and smoking plays a big part in that risk, according to new research published Monday in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, looked at more than 8,000 participants ages 18 to 25 who […]

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No one’s talking about winter yet. When it comes to COVID-19, here’s why we should

(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — You might be reading this while sitting on your front porch or lounging at the beach. Perhaps you’re on a park bench or taking a pit stop on a summer road trip. Wherever you are in Canada, chances are you don’t have sub-zero temperatures on your mind just yet. But […]

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4 worst long-term effects you’ll have from covid: study

(Sage Young/ Best Life) — It’s become clear over the course of the pandemic so far that a bout with COVID-19 may affect a survivor for the rest of their life. Even after the virus has left their bodies, patients are reporting lingering symptoms. Doctors have warned that COVID can damage your heart, lungs, and […]

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New U.S. cancer diagnoses fell sharply as the coronavirus pandemic hit

(Elizabeth Cooney/ Stat) — By almost every measure, far fewer cancers are being diagnosed during the coronavirus pandemic, whether the decline shows up in screening mammograms and colonoscopies or in other tests ordered after troubling symptoms prompt a doctor’s visit. A research letter published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open notes a steep downward slope in […]

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Study says trained dogs can identify COVID-19

(Carolyn Crist/ WebMD) — After some training, dogs may be able to sniff out and identify people who are infected with the coronavirus, according to a new study published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases. Eight dogs, which are part of the German Armed Forces, were trained for a week to detect the virus in […]

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UK: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’

(BBC News) — New 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in United Kingdom hospitals and care homes from next week. The “on-the-spot” swab and DNA tests will help distinguish between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the government said. The health secretary said this would be “hugely beneficial” over the […]

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Does your homemade mask work?

(Simon Kolstoe/ The Conversation) — If a surgeon arrived at the operating theatre wearing a mask they had made that morning from a tea towel, they would probably be sacked. This is because the equipment used for important tasks, such as surgery, must be tested and certified to ensure compliance with specific standards. But anyone […]

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Study finds higher viral load in young children

(Andrea Kane, CNN) — Children younger than 5 have between 10 and 100 times more genetic material from the novel coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and to adults, according to a small study published Thursday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. While the study didn’t measure transmissibility, it raises questions — just as […]

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