UK discovers new COVID-19 strain that spreads more quickly: Report | Science & Environment News

London: A new strain of COVID-19 identified in the United Kingdom can spread more quickly and urgent work is under way to confirm that it does not cause a higher mortality rate, England`s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Saturday. “As announced on Monday, the UK has identified a new variant of Covid-19 through Public Health England’s genomic surveillance,” Whitty said in a statement. “As a result of the rapid spread of the new variant, preliminary modelling data and rapidly rising incidence rates in the South East, the New…

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Covid-19 reinfection unlikely for at least 6 months, study finds

LONDON: People who’ve had Covid-19 are highly unlikely to contract it again for at least six months after their first infection, according to a British study of healthcare workers on the frontline of fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The findings should offer some reassurance for the more than 51 million people worldwide who have been infected with the pandemic disease, researchers at the University of Oxford said. “This is really good news, because we can be confident that, at least in the short term, most people who get Covid-19 won’t…

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Severe Covid-19 infection very rare in babies, study says

LONDON: Scientists have assessed cases of Covid-19 in newborns across the UK, and found that nearly 90 per cent of them had fully recovered, and had been discharged from hospital, an advance which suggests that severe infection in babies is very rare. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, traced babies less than 29 days old with Covid-19 across the UK, who needed to be admitted into hospital between the beginning of March and end of April. In the research, scientists, including those from the…

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Facebook Removes Pro-Trump Group For Posts With False Election Claims, Violent Threats

Only for representation: Supporter wearing a Trump face mask due to the ongoing coronavirus disease outbreak, cheers as US President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport., October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria “In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events,” said a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. Reuters Washington Last Updated: November 06, 2020, 12:56 IST FOLLOW US ON: Facebook Inc on Thursday said…

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FBI Investigating Mysterious Robocalls Telling People to ‘Stay Home on Election Day’: Homeland Security

(Photo Used for Representation) U.S. state and local officials have been raising the alarm over at least two separate automated call campaigns, whose origins and exact purpose are unclear. Experts who spoke to Reuters say they are mystified by one of the campaigns, which tells people to remain home but does not explicitly mention voting. Reuters Washington Last Updated: November 4, 2020, 12:10 IST FOLLOW US ON: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a spate of mysterious robocalls urging people to stay home on Election Day, a Department…

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Researchers identify new drug to treat Covid-19 patients

LONDON: In the continuing fight against the novel Coronavirus, researchers have now identified a drug with the potential to provide treatment for Covid-19 close to a year after it turned into a pandemic. The study, published in the journal Cells, found that the approved protease inhibitor aprotinin displayed activity against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, in concentrations that are achieved in patients. According to the researchers, aprotinin aerosols are approved in Russia for the treatment of influenza and could be readily tested for the treatment of Covid-19. Aprotinin inhibits…

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Lockdowns averted many premature deaths linked to air pollution: Study

NEW YORK: Researchers have found that lockdowns initiated to curb the spread of Covid-19 at the beginning of the pandemic improved air quality, averting tens of thousands of deaths in regions where air pollution has a significant impact on mortality. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health, found that particulate matter concentrations in China dropped by an unprecedented 29.7 percent, and by 17.1 percent in parts of Europe, during lockdowns. “This unique, real-world experiment shows us that strong improvements in severely polluted areas are achievable even in…

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Surveys suggest men, women have different attitudes towards Covid-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON: Scientists have finally cracked why women ruled countries are responding more effectively to coronavirus pandemic as surveys suggest a difference in attitudes towards the Covid-19 pandemic in the genders which impacts the gender differences in mortality. Original data from two waves of a survey conducted in March-April 2020 in eight Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries show large gender differences in Covid-19-related beliefs and behaviours. Women are more likely to perceive the pandemic as a very serious health problem and to agree and comply with restraining measures. These…

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Xiaomi Mi KN95 Mask With Four-Layer Protection Launched Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Price Starts Rs. 250 for Pack of 2

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in India, Xiaomi today announced the launch of Mi KN95 masks in the country. The development was shared by Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain who in a post on Twitter said that the new Mi KN95 comes with four-layer protection and 95 percent Bacterial Filter Efficiency (BFE). The post further stated that the company had donated lakhs of masks to hospitals and doctors in the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country and it is now bringing the Mi KN95 for…

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Covid-19 infects majority of bad dreams: Study

WASHINGTON: Scientists used artificial intelligence to help analyse the dream content of close to a thousand people and found that the novel coronavirus had infected more than half of the distressed dreams reported. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. The researchers crowdsourced sleep and stress data from more than 4,000 people during the sixth week of the Covid-19 lockdown in Finland. About 800 respondents also contributed information about their dreams during that time – many of which revealed shared anxiety about the pandemic. “We were thrilled…

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India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security

UNITED NATIONS: India at the UN on Thursday cautioned against “securitisation” of environmental issues, saying linking up everything related to environmental degradation to peace and security does nothing to address climate concerns meaningfully nor does it ensure that real perpetrators adhere to their commitments on environmental issues. Environmental degradation can have humanitarian impact or effect just as many other aspects of human activity have humanitarian dimensions, India said in a statement to the UN Security Council’s high-level open debate on maintenance of international peace and security: Humanitarian Effects of Environmental…

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