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N95 masks with valves ‘not good’ at filtering droplets during coronavirus pandemic

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Nov 10, 2020 … WASHINGTON — Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, no face mask has been as popular as the N95. Despite their appeal, a study finds all these masks are not created equal. A researcher from the National Institute of Standards and Technology reveals N95 masks with valves actually do a poor job of carrying out a…

Weather doesn’t play a major role in the spread of coronavirus, study shows

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Nov 05, 2020 … AUSTIN, Texas — At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists hoped the hot summer months might help reduce its spread. Although this didn’t happen, health officials have also been fearing the winter flu season will bring another wave of infections. Researchers in Texas reveal that regardless of the elements, the weather is not going to…

Coronavirus ‘long haulers’ can have skin problems that last for months

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Oct 29, 2020 … BOSTON, Mass. — For some COVID-19 patients, their battle with the virus can last a few weeks before they eventually recover. For COVID “long haulers,” doctors say these patients never seem to fully get over their infection. As physicians continue to find various skin problems related to the pandemic, a new study reveals some long haulers…

Mouthwash, baby shampoo may deactivate coronaviruses, slow spread of COVID-19

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Oct 21, 2020 … HERSHEY, Pa. — As the world waits for a vaccine to COVID-19, a new study finds there may be a way to slow the spread sitting in your medicine cabinet. Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine say nasal and oral rinses like mouthwash can deactivate human coronaviruses. Their study concludes these common, over-the-counter products…

Coronavirus breakthrough: Researchers discover protein neuropilin-1 linked to COVID-19 spread

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Oct 20, 2020 … BRISTOL, United Kingdom — Despite millions of cases and months of research, scientists have had tremendous difficulty pinning down what makes COVID-19 so infectious. Now, a team in the United Kingdom says they’ve made a breakthrough in understanding the virus. Their study has uncovered the interaction between human cells and virus particles which makes the…

Coronavirus pandemic caused historic drop in CO2 emissions around the world

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Oct 16, 2020 … POTSDAM, Germany — No matter where you are in the world, it’s likely you notice one thing every time you walk outside — it’s much quieter in the streets. COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way the world works and lives in 2020. While the toll on human life has been devastating, a report finds the global…

Coronavirus relief plans in most nations, including the U.S., fail to consider the environment

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Oct 14, 2020 … NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — For all of the negativity, tragedy, and awfulness COVID-19 has brought, the pandemic has also provided an opportunity for the global economy to “reset” and institute policies and practices that can potentially reverse decades of damage done to the environment and species losses. Unfortunately, a study from Rutgers University finds the vast…

Another coronavirus infecting pigs may be even more dangerous to humans

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Oct 14, 2020 … Researchers warn that swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV) could cripple the pork industry and be just as problematic for people as COVID-19. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As scientists continue working on a vaccine for COVID-19, another coronavirus strain has some very worried. Researchers from the University of North Carolina say an illness currently infecting swine…

Scientists show more proof Far-UVC light will kill coronavirus without hurting humans

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Oct 12, 2020 … HIGASHIHIROSHIMA, Japan — Ultraviolet light continues to be an effective weapon against the coronavirus pandemic. The problem is standard UV light can damage human cells, making it hard to clean rooms with people in them. Luckily, a study from Japan is adding further evidence that less potent forms of UV rays can do the job. Researchers…

BCG vaccine prevents coronavirus? Study casts doubt on common tuberculosis shot

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Oct 08, 2020 … SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — From hydroxychloroquine to azithromycin, there is a growing list of medications that may or may not help patients with coronavirus. A new study is debating whether the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is keeping severe symptoms of COVID-19 away or if it’s just a coincidence. Researchers say adults who received the common tuberculosis…

Coronavirus is filling patients’ lungs with liquid ‘jelly,’ autopsies reveal

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Oct 06, 2020 … UMEA, Sweden — For patients suffering from severe cases of COVID-19, lung damage and respiratory failure are common occurrences. In some cases, those who have died from the virus developed a strange side-effect from the illness — liquid gel filling their lungs. Researchers in Sweden have discovered what this substance is and say it may help…

Half of Americans say they’ve become expert coffee makers during coronavirus pandemic

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Oct 06, 2020 … NEW YORK — If there is one thing coronavirus lockdowns have made clear, it’s that Americans love their coffee. With coffee shops across the country closed during quarantine, a new poll finds many people have decided to become to their barista. Even more surprising, most of those learning to make their own brew don’t plan to…

New coronavirus test can diagnose a patient in just 30 minutes, researchers say

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Oct 05, 2020 … POHANG, South Korea — As coronavirus testing has shown, anyone could have COVID-19, even the President of the United States. While testing for the virus is effective, the process is neither speedy nor pleasant for the patient. Researchers in South Korea are aiming to change this with a new test they say can produce results in…

Covid & cholesterol: Statins may reduce coronavirus severity, help patients recover faster

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Sep 29, 2020 … SAN DIEGO — Statins, a common cholesterol-lowering medication, appear to be linked to a lower risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms and faster recovery time in general. That’s the takeaway from a new study by doctors at UC San Diego Health medical center. The authors say that the molecule ACE2 resides on the outer surface of various human…