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From AstraZenophobia to Zoomba: the A to Z guide to life in lockdown

For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. In the tradition of The Dag’s Dictionary, here are some new words to get us through these difficult times. AstraZenophobia: the unreasonable prejudice towards the main weapon we have against COVID-19. Beach-coma: the deep oblivion towards the rules, perfected each weekend by groups of sunbakers on

Daszak ‘recused’ from Lancet’s COVID-19 commission

Fauci ‘had to know’ about COVID in 2019, failed to help close US border: Chang Gatestone Institute senior fellow Gordon Chang argues Dr. Anthony Fauci should have predicted that the infectious disease would be highly transmissible. The Lancet, a respected British medical journal, updated the profiles of members on its COVID-19 Commission and said Peter Daszak,

Take Style Inspiration From These Fashionable Aquarius Celebrities

Aquarius is considered to be the most revolutionary of all the zodiac. The fixed air sign, born from January 21 to February 20 (via the Daily Express), is represented by a water bearer and mystical healer who “bestows life” unto others (via Allure). Therefore, it’s no surprise that most Aquarians are die-hard humanitarians. When they’re

Good dental health may help prevent heart infection from mouth bacteria

Maintenance of good oral health is more important than use of antibiotics in dental procedures for some heart patients to prevent a heart infection caused by bacteria around the teeth, according to a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement published today in the association’s flagship journal, Circulation. Infective endocarditis (IE), also called bacterial endocarditis,

Working from home? Here’s how to preserve your posture

If you’re working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to have a work space that’s doesn’t cause pain or discomfort in your back, neck or legs, a spine specialist says. “Most couches may not provide the same type of support and contour as an ergonomic office chair, so your back and neck may

Americans less worried about dying from COVID-19 as support for vaccine mandate grows

In a new ongoing panel survey by Northwestern University and The Ohio State University, researchers find Americans significantly less concerned they could die of COVID-19, while their overall perceived likelihood of contracting the virus remained relatively consistent from December through February. “Public Attitudes about COVID-19 Vaccination,” a study of 1,200 Americans surveyed monthly from December

World’s oldest DNA sequenced from million-year-old mammoths

Teeth from mammoths buried in the Siberian permafrost for more than a million years have yielded the world’s oldest DNA ever sequenced, according to a study published on Wednesday, shining the genetic searchlight into the deep past. Researchers said the three specimens, one roughly 800,000 years old and two over a million years old, provide

Immune system protects children from severe COVID-19

Children are protected from severe COVID-19 because their innate immune system is quick to attack the virus, a new study has found. The research led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in Nature Communications, found that specialized cells in a child’s immune system rapidly target the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). MCRI’s Dr. Melanie

COVID-19 vaccination intent increased from September to December 2020

(HealthDay)—From September to December 2020, there was an increase in COVID-19 vaccination intent, according to research published in the Feb. 9 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Kimberly H. Nguyen, Dr.P.H., from the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in Atlanta, and colleagues

Scientists use knowledge from climate system modeling to develop global prediction system for COVID-19 pandemic

At the time of writing, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is seriously threatening human lives and health throughout the world. Before effective vaccines and specific drugs are developed, non-pharmacological interventions and numerical model predictions are essential. To this end, a group led by Professor Jianping Huang from Lanzhou University, China, developed the Global Prediction System of