Hong Kong warns situation ‘getting worse quickly’

Reuters3h ago / 2:24 PM UTCPeople wait outside a Covid testing center Sunday in Hong Kong. Peter Parks / AFP - Getty ImagesHONG KONG — Hong Kong reported 73 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the government warned the epidemic in the densely populated city is rapidly getting worse with silent transmission chains feared amid…

Russia sets new day-to-day Covid record

The Associated Press3h ago / 1:10 PM UTCA medical worker wearing protective gear enters the treatment hall of a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients in the Krylatskoye Ice Palace in Moscow on Nov. 18. Pavel Golovkin / APMOSCOW — Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new high on Monday, with authorities reporting a…

Pandemic’s toll on mental health emphasized in cities

Nancy Liu, an assistant clinical psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said California residents found ways to take care of themselves with outdoor activities, such as walking and other exercise, before wildfires intensified this summer.Anxiety in metropolitan San Francisco is among the highest of any region in the country. One of 3 people…

Survey: Box Art Brawl # 68

Welcome back, you beautiful bunch, to Box Art Brawl — our regular poll to find out which of two or more vintage video game cover variants from around the globe is the best, better than all the rest (diew, diew, diew-diew, diew), better than anyone we ever met. Last time we watched F-Zero take itself…

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Tiny airborne particles might bring the new coronavirus

Share on PinterestA preliminary study of data from two hospitals in Wuhan, China, suggests that tiny airborne particles may carry and spread SARS-CoV-2.To date, scientists have established three ways in which severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) — the virus that causes coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) — can be transmitted:inhalation of liquid droplets from…

Remdesivir: ‘Really potent inhibitor’ of SARS-CoV-2?

Experimental Ebola drug remdesivir could stop SARS-CoV-2 from replicating by acting on a key enzyme, according to a new study from the University of Alberta.Share on PinterestNew evidence from an in vitro study supports the notion that remdesivir may be effective against SARS-CoV-2.Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the launch of a multinational…

New study determines loss of odor and taste as COVID-19 symptoms

A new study looking at the data of people who tested positive for COVID-19 backs up recent claims that the loss of the senses of smell and taste can be a symptom of the disease.Share on PinterestNew research from the UC San Diego Health provides evidence that the loss of smell and taste can be…

COVID-19 treatment: New findings may bring researchers a step closer

Share on PinterestA new finding of how SARS-CoV-2 spreads may also help researchers understand how to curb the virus’s proliferation.Five researchers from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, set out to learn more about the structure and mechanisms related to two coronaviruses that have created turmoil in the past. These are SARS-CoV, the virus that…

Smell helps the brain form memories during sleep

Share on PinterestNew research shows that scent helps us consolidate memories during our sleep.Familiar scents have an incredible ability to evoke memories from the past. Many will have had the experience of a particular smell — perhaps of grandma’s cooking or freshly cut grass — conjuring up memories from our childhood.As well as anecdotal, scientific…