Smell diminishes by Day 3 of COVID-19, study says

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Sense of smell most often diminishes by the third day of infection with the new coronavirus, and many patients also lose their sense of taste at the same time, a new study finds. The findings may help identify patients most likely to benefit from antiviral treatment, according to the researchers. “The […]

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Having recovered patients work on front line can save lives: Study

(Mihika Basu/ Meaww) — Patients who have recovered from Covid-19 could be key to minimize the pandemic’s infection rate as stay-at-home orders are lifted, according to researchers. The experts say that recovered people could replace vulnerable individuals by working at the frontline in hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, grocery stores and other critical institutions in which […]

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François Legault now recommends Quebecers wear masks when they go out

(Phil Authier/ Montreal Gazette) — Seen in public with a face mask for the first time, Premier François Legault on Tuesday could not have had a clearer message for Quebecers as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. If you leave your home, wear one. “The virus won’t leave Quebec for a long time,” Legault said at […]

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Why it can be so hard to tell if you have Covid-19

(Umair Irfan/ Vox) — What are the signs you have been infected with the coronavirus? That’s a surprisingly tricky question to answer, and it’s hampering the fight against the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines in late April to include a new loss of taste or smell as symptoms of […]

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Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we’re starting to unravel which ones matter

(Austin Nguyen, Abhinav Nellore and Reid Thompson/ The Conversation) — When some people become infected with the coronavirus, they only develop mild or undetectable cases of COVID-19. Others suffer severe symptoms, fighting to breathe on a ventilator for weeks, if they survive at all. Despite a concerted global scientific effort, doctors still lack a clear […]

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While Air Canada to implement fever scanners, they’re no ‘magic bullet’

(Lori Ewing/ Canadian Press) — Only a few months ago they looked like something out of a sci-fi film, but fever scanners are now becoming regulation for some Canadian businesses such as Air Canada in the battle against COVID-19. Running a fever? You’re grounded. But experts say body temperature is far from foolproof in detecting […]

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Combine cotton and silk for the best homemade mask

(Futurity) — If the fit is right, face masks made of a combination of high thread-count cotton and natural silk fabric or a chiffon weave can effectively filter out aerosol particles, researchers report. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear masks in public. […]

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Stimulating immune system a promising approach for ovarian cancer

(Julie Marks/ Everday Health) — Immunotherapy — a treatment that uses your body’s own immune system to fight cancer — has been a game-changer for people with some types of cancer. While the therapy holds potential, researchers are still learning about how it affects ovarian cancer. Most women with ovarian cancer will discover they have […]

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Coronavirus: are we underestimating how many people have had it? Sweden thinks so

(Paul W. Franks/ The Conversation) — Many countries around the world are now facing the difficult decision of when and how to ease lockdown restrictions due to the novel coronavirus. In the absence of a vaccine, it is likely there will be new waves of the epidemic, unless enough people have been infected to achieve […]

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Leaving lockdown means understanding immune responses to the virus

(The Economist) — Of the various ideas being touted to ease the world out of viral lockdown, one of the most striking is that of giving “immunity passports” to those who test positive for antibodies to sars-cov-2, the virus that causes covid-19. These passes would let people move around and return to work—based on the […]

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