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    This is where things get tricky, and while scientific knowledge is invaluable, evidence suggests that some newly discovered bacteria are extremely dangerous to humans and other species. Direct science. “Pathogens trapped in snow can lead to local epidemics and even epidemics if released into the environment,” the authors wrote in their paper. The team actually found 27,000 potential virulence factors (molecules that help bacteria invade and colonize potential hosts) and about 47% of these virulence factors had never been observed before… so there was no way of knowing how dangerous the bacteria were. . A Glimmer of Hope: Their life expectancy isn’t very long once they leave the glacier. However, researchers argue that they can still cause problems. This is because bacteria have the ability to exchange large sections of their DNA (called mobile genomes) with other bacteria. So, even if the glacier bacteria die shortly after melting, they may have had time to pass on some of their viruses to other bacteria they encounter! Also, the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau provide fresh water to many waterways, including the...
    CASES of viruses that can prove deadly are rising in children, and experts largely blame lower vaccination uptake. Schoolkids and toddlers are not getting their jabs as frequently as pre-Covid times. 1Parents have been given a number of health warnings in recent monthsCredit: Alamy Threats are being recognised on a national scale by health chiefs, who have already given a number of warnings in recent months. For example, measles vacation rates have dropped to their lowest level in a decade, the the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) said in February. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 95 per cent of people need to be jabbed against measles to keep control of it. But the most recent figures from September showed that only 85.5 per cent of five-year-olds have had their two doses of the MMR jab - which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Read more on children's healthMUM'S PAIN I was told my girl's headaches weren't a worry - months later she couldn't talkVIRAL LOAD Warning as cases of hepatitis in kids hit 300 - 9 signs parents...
    A NEW strain of the Covid virus that combines the Delta and Omicron variants has been found, scientists have claimed. The discovery was made by a research team led by Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus. 2A test being carried out on in Cyprus, where the new variant was foundCredit: Alamy The team have identified 25 such cases and data shows the relative frequency of the combined infection is higher among patients hospitalised due to Covid, Bloomberg reports. The variant was called Deltacron due to the identification of omicron-like genetic signatures within the delta genomes, Kostrikis explained. “There are currently omicron and delta co-infections and we found this strain that is a combination of these two,” Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV Friday. Kostrikis, the head of the university’s Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology said “we will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail”. But his personal view is that this strain will also be displaced by the highly contagious omicron variant. Most...
    Scientists in Cyprus have identified a new 'Deltacron' Covid strain in 25 patients that combines the Delta and Omicron variants.  Leonidos Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, said the strain has a similar genetic structure to Omicron with the genomes of Delta. His team has identified 25 cases of the hybrid variant so far and  it is still too early to assess its impact, Bloomberg reported. Scientists in Cyprus have identified a new 'Deltacron' Covid strain in 25 patients that combines the Delta and Omicron variants. Pictured: a vaccination queue in Cyprus Out of those identified, 11 of them were in patients already hospitalised with Covid and 14 were among the general public.  Kostrikis said: 'We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail.'  The scientists have sent their findings to GISAID, an international database that tracks viruses. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Covid cases fall for FOURTH day in a row as Boris Johnson is... UK health chiefs blasted...
    SCIENTISTS are creating “super-infectious” viruses that could have “irreversible consequences” for the planet, experts have warned. The “risky virology” sees scientists modify viruses in labs to spread easily between hosts, in the hope of developing viral vaccines, according to a new paper written by top academics at King’s College London. 2 2Scientists are creating 'super infectious' virusesCredit: Alamy These scientists create super-infections which are “self-spreading” so that they can be released into the environment or exposed to a population. The idea is the virus can be used to protect a population quickly and will spread on its own - vaccinating humans or protecting crops. However, experts now warn that this approach goes against the long-established view that such viruses are too unstable to be safe. Dr Filippa Lentzos, from the Department of War Studies and the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, has called it “risky virology”. She said: “Developing self-spreading viruses for environmental release is another example of risky virology research, like virus hunting in bat caves or deliberately making dangerous pathogens even more dangerous in the lab,...
    Dr. Modjarrad explained that human trials have taken longer than expected because the Army lab needed to test the vaccine on subjects who had neither been vaccinated nor previously infected with COVID. The highly contagious Delta and Omicron variants of COVID, as well as increasing vaccination rates, have made it difficult to find such people. “With Omicron, there's no way really to escape this virus. You're not going to be able to avoid it. So I think pretty soon either the whole world will be vaccinated or have been infected,” Modjarrad said. The next step for scientists is to study how the Army's pan-coronavirus vaccine affects people who were previously vaccinated or who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection. Defense One reports that Walter Reed is "working with a yet-to-be-named industry partner for that wider rollout." “We need to evaluate it in the real-world setting and try to understand how does the vaccine perform in much larger numbers of individuals who have already been vaccinated with something else initially … or already been sick,” Modjarrad said. He credited...
    3D structure of omicron spike protein with amino acid changes highlighted. The idea that viruses have a tendency to become weaker over time is simply not true. Smith’s “law of declining virulence” was a 19th century construct that has been thoroughly debunked again and again. Without going into the details again, just take it as a given — there is no evolutionary pressure that tends to make viruses milder over time. Viruses tend to get more contagious. Whether they cause more serious disease, less serious disease, or say about the same is all a roll of the genetic dice. If the virus could care about things, it wouldn’t care about this. It’s the contagious part that counts. So stories that the COVID-19 will inevitably turn into a cold need to be taken with a grain of salt roughly the size of the Great Pyramid.  All that said … a new study (that’s still in preprint, not peer reviewed) suggests that the omicron variant may not be evolving to be “like a cold,” but be different from other COVID-19 variants because it’s is...
    CHINA may spark another pandemic as researchers have found eighteen “high risk” viruses lurking in wet markets. A Wuhan wet market where traders sold live mammals, reptiles and fish was previously linked to the initial outbreak of coronavirus back in 2019. Getty 4 Experts claim China could spark another pandemic Getty 4 A study on China’s wet markets has found eighteen high risk viruses According to British scientist Dr Eddie Holmes, Chinese experts had highlighted the risk of a virus “spilling over” from animals to humans five years before the start of the pandemic, after visiting the Huanan seafood market. And now experts have warned that wildlife species that are traded sold and consumed in China’s wet markets are a “pandemic waiting to happen,” report the Straits Times. A new study published on November 12, has identified 71 mammalian viruses, including 18 high risk that could be dangerous to humans and other animals. According to the researchers, the most worrying was the microbes found in civets, a small nocturnal animal similar to a badger that was the species...
    Scientists are working to create a vaccine that could combat of all types of coronaviruses in an effort to potentially prevent the next pandemic. The La Jolla Institute for Immunology, in San Diego, California, has received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to work on their ambitious project to potentially prevent future pandemics. Researchers believe they could build on the research and development used to create the current crop of COVID-19 vaccines to prevent other similar viruses. Their goal is to identify parts of the structure of the virus that are unlikely to mutate as the virus changes, and target those parts in particular.  Researchers in San Diego have received a grant from NIAID to work on a vaccine that could be effective on all present and future forms of coronavirus. On top of Covid, it would also be effective against MERS and SARS. Pictured: vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine Dr Erica Ollmann Saphire (pictured), president of the La Jolla Institute, said that her team hopes their research could prevent the need to...
    (CNN)As doctors worry about a coronavirus-and-flu "twin-demic" that could overwhelm the health care system, Americans must contend with another possibility: fighting both viruses at the same time. "You can certainly get both the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, which could be catastrophic to your immune system," said Dr. Adrian Burrowes, a family medicine physician in Florida. In fact, getting infected with one can make you more vulnerable to getting sick with the other, epidemiologist Dr. Seema Yasmin said."Once you get infected with the flu and some other respiratory viruses, it weakens your body," said Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. Why the flu sometimes kills young, healthy people"Your defenses go down, and it makes you vulnerable to getting a second infection on top of that." Read MoreOn their own, both Covid-19 and the flu can attack the lungs, potentially causing pneumonia, fluid in the lungs or respiratory failure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Each illness can also cause sepsis, cardiac injury and inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues.Having both illness simultaneously...
    One of those grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases appears to have funded gain-of-function experiments, research that intentionally make viruses more transmissible among mammals, and particularly among humans. The possible role that such experiments had in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic is both unknown and controversial. While most scientists believe that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has a natural origin, there are others who question whether it's possible the virus was engineered at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or another nearby lab, and somehow leaked, causing the pandemic. NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fuaci has repeatedly denied that NIH funded such experiments in China and maintained that the natural origin theory is the most probable explanation for where COVID-19 came from. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of Fauci's prominent critics, says the newly revealed documents show Fauci lied about taxpayer funding for gain-of-function research and that further investigation is needed to the role NIAID and NIH played in the possible origins of the pandemic. According to Gottlieb, there were two relevant details in the...
    [아이뉴스24 정종오 기자] A unique study has emerged that improves the photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells containing bacteriophages, viruses and bacteriophages that parasite bacteria instead of chemical compounds. A Perovskite solar cell is a thin film solar cell that uses an organic / mineral hybrid perovskite crystal structure (oxides with different characteristics such as insulators, semiconductors and conductors) Unlike polymer additives that require organic synthesis, bacteriophages are relatively economical because they can obtain a certain amount of particles in large quantities through a biological method called ‘cultivation’. On the 2nd, the research team of the National Research Foundation of Korea (Sungyungwun University), Professor O Jin-woo (Busan University) and Professor Kim Hyung-do (Kyoto University) added viruses to improve the quality of Perovskite crystals. And the Perovskite solar cell device that absorbs sunlight. The ability of light to convert it into electrical energy has been improved, ”he said. When M13 bacteriophage is added, perovskite crystals can be seen to grow significantly. Perovskite crystal growth was found to be affected by the type of amino acid. (Electron microscope scans SEM image) [사진=성균관대]...
    Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC: “It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses that we know and that I have seen in my 20-year career” The virus that left Wuhan infected, on average, between 2 and 3 people; the current delta variant infects between 5 and 8 According to estimates by Imperial College London, the contagiousness of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus would have tripled in a year and a half The delta variant has doubled the contagion capacity of the original virus. We know. But now there are voices that go further, and warn that it has made it one of the most contagious that exist. “It is one of the most contagious respiratory viruses that we know and that I have seen in my 20 years of career”, affirmed a few days ago the Director of the American CDC, Rochelle Walensky. It is calculated on the basis of that nobody is immune and nobody takes precautions to avoid getting infected. Namely, is a theoretical estimate of how many people an infected person is capable of infecting...
    Researchers in Tibet have uncovered 33 viruses — 28 of which were previously unknown to science — frozen up in glacier ice that formed up to 15,000 years ago. The team from the Ohio State University analysed two cores of ice from the Guliya ice cap on the far western Kunlun Shan on the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau. Employing a novel method of analysing microbes and viruses in ice samples without contaminating them, the researchers concluded the viruses lived in soil or plants. The findings, the team said, may help scientists to better understand how viruses have evolved over the centuries. Researchers in Tibet have uncovered 33 viruses — 28 of which were previously unknown to science — frozen up in glacier ice that formed 15,000 years ago. Pictured: the Guliya ice cap on the far western Kunlun Shan on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, in China, as seen in 1992 The study was undertaken by microbiologist and palaeoclimatologist Zhi-Ping Zhong of the Ohio State University and colleagues. 'These glaciers were formed gradually — and along with dust and gases, many, many viruses were also deposited in that...
    Researchers at Harvard and MIT have developed sensors in facemasks and clothing that can test for COVID-19. Pictured: A woman wears a mask embedded with sensors Scientists have developed a face mask that can detect COVID-19 just by testing someone's breath. Researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been working on the technology for years to detect viruses like Ebola and Zika, but transitioned to COVID-19 last year.  The mask has components embedded within it that, when activated, can sense the existence of coronavirus particles on the inside of someone's mask, implying that they have the virus. Results can be obtained in as little as 90 minutes.  Researchers also believe this technology can be implanted into lab coats and other clothing items doctors wear to detect when they have potentially been exposed to viruses. 'We have essentially shrunk an entire diagnostic laboratory down into a small, synthetic biology-based sensor that works with any face mask, and combines the high accuracy of PCR tests with the speed and low cost of antigen tests,' said co-first...
    Friday, during an appearance on FNC’s “Hannity,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for his reported support of so-called gain-of-function research. According to the Kentucky Republican lawmaker, Fauci’s trust in Chinese scientists was misguided and said that the impact of the globe’s current bout with COVID-19 could be minuscule compared to other viruses the Wuhan Laboratory of Virology was allegedly researching. “You know, there’s been no more prominent scientist in favor of gain of function research than Dr. Fauci,” he said. “He still hasn’t backed off of that position. He believes that it’s OK to take animal viruses, make them into super viruses to infect humans, even if a pandemic should occur. He says, oh, the research is worth it. But, you know, there’s a host of other scientists in this field, and they say it’s not worth it at all, that we haven’t learned anything. All we’ve done is put ourselves at risk.” “But even after all of this evidence points towards the Wuhan lab, this last week in committee, Dr. Fauci said...
    Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director and secretary of state, has said that Wuhan Institute of Virology was conducting secret military research and claims there is 'enormous evidence' that the virus that causes COVID-19 escaped from the lab. 'What I can say for sure is this: we know that they were engaged in efforts connected to the People's Liberation Army inside of that laboratory, so military activity being performed alongside what they claimed was just good old civilian research,' Pompeo told Fox News on Saturday. 'They refuse to tell us what it was, they refuse to describe the nature of either of those, they refuse to allow access to the World Health Organization,' Pompeo said. 'That coverup alone suggests that there's a lot more that we need to know.' 'That virology lab is still up and running. It's still probably conducting the same kinds of research it was conducting that may have well led to this virus escaping from that laboratory,' he said.  'Only the Chinese Communist Party knows the answer, the world deserves the answers and they have to tell us,...
    As Nature reports, there is some good news on the COVID-19 front. Scientists are close to identifying the factors that provide immunity from being infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and even a tiny amount of the right “neutralizing antibodies” appears to offer powerful protection. Combine that with previous studies showing that mRNA vaccines generate large amounts of these antibodies from a single dose, with new results showing that mixing doses of different vaccines can produce an even more potent response, and it appears that the world may have everything it needs to fend of the current pandemic—so long as those vaccines get to the nations, and people, who need them most.  However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the globe, and as an article in The Lancet shows, the latest wave of cases is hitting Africa particularly hard. A higher percentage of patients are turning up critically ill, and a higher percentage of that group is dying. Why this is happening, even in places where the healthcare system has not yet been overwhelmed by cases, isn’t clear. What is clear is that over a dozen nations in...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stated White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci’s response to questions on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the same sort of argument people use to justify funding Planned Parenthood, both of which ignore the fact that money is fungible. Paul said, “What he’s arguing is he’s parsing his words. He knows his group gave money, but he’s saying, oh, it wasn’t for juicing up these super viruses. We gave it for other research. It’s sort of like the Planned Parenthood argument, yes, we give taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, but it’s not for abortion. Dr. Fauci is arguing, yeah, we gave it — the NIH and my group specifically gave it to the Wuhan lab, but they weren’t supposed to be juicing up viruses.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    More On: Coronavirus Fauci: Time to be ‘more liberal’ on masks as vaccinations increase Joe’s ‘counterproductive’ vax move … and other commentary White House COVID coordinator grilled over Biden’s mask wearing Fauci says wearing masks may eventually become ‘seasonal’ Nicholas Wade is an author and former science writer for The New York Times.  The SARS-CoV-2 virus has disrupted people’s lives around the world for more than a year. But there’s no clear answer on one of the most important things about it: where it came from.  In fact, if you brush away all the politics about the issue — Donald Trump said it came from a lab, therefore it can’t have — and look just at the scientific facts, a reasonably likely answer is buried there. I’ll try to explain what it is and sort out some of the consequences.  There are two theories about the origin of SARS2, as the virus can be called for short. One is that it jumped naturally from bats to people, as the SARS1 epidemic did in 2002. The other is that it...
    You might want to think twice before purchasing a ultraviolet (UV) light steriliser that claims to kill the bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus, according to a new investigation. Consumer group Which? says some UV light products sold on online marketplaces may be ineffective or could pose safety risks to users. These include 'potentially dangerous' handheld UV 'wands', freestanding lamps, smartphone containers, tumble dryers and even mattresses.    It has long been known that UV light has a sterilising effect because the radiation damages the genetic material of viruses and their ability to replicate.    But UV light is a human health hazard because it can damage cells in our skin, potentially causing skin cancer, or eye problems like cataracts. Which? stresses the public to avoid buying devices marketed as providing UV sterilisation, and instead use the traditional soap and water and hand santiser to keep skin clean and virus-free.  Consumers should also opt for bleach and detergents when cleaning high-touch surfaces around the home, especially as the lockdown starts to end and guests become allowed into people's homes.  Which? is urging shoppers to think...
    British scientists have revealed that the common cold virus can expel the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, from the cells of the body. Is about a kind of ‘competition’ among viruses in which the cold is the winner. As reported in a BBC report, researchers from the University of Glasgow have discovered that the rhinovirus is so widespread that it could serve to suppress SARS-CoV-2. One of the researchers’ challenges is to know how the coronavirus interacts with other viruses, but social distancing It has caused these viruses to stop spreading normally and therefore, their analysis has been difficult. Scottish scientists from the Virus Research Center in Glasgow used a replica of the lining of human airways, made of the same type of cells, and infected her at the same time with SARS-CoV-2 and rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. When rhinovirus and SARS-CoV-2 were incubated at the same time, only rhinovirus was successful in infection, while the times rhinovirus was released with a 24-hour lead, SARS-CoV-2 it had no chance of causing infection. There was a third scenario: the...
    Meet the Press host Chuck Todd floated during an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci the idea that “it is inevitable” the world will face more viruses “due to climate change.” “When you think about sadly having to prepare for this again, and I know there's a lot of folks who think that, due to climate change and due to the globalization in general, it is inevitable that we’ll deal with more and more viruses like this. The biggest lesson you are going to take away to prepare for the next one,” Todd said during an interview Sunday morning. Fauci said nations need to band together to form a “better global health security network” in order to prepare for potential viruses. “You know, there are a couple of lessons, Chuck. There are lessons domestically and public health-wise and scientifically. Let’s take global to begin with. We have to have a better global health security network of interconnectivity, of communication, of transparency. So that we are talking to each other all the time and know what’s going on. We also...
    SCIENTISTS in China have discovered a virus in a bat that is 94.5 per cent identical to Covid. They say the findings reinforce the importance of tracking animal borne viruses that have the potential to “spill over” into humans. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 2Bats are known to be hosts to a range of viruses, and thought to be the origin of SARS-CoV-2Credit: Alamy Scientists have previously predicted we could face a health emergency or pandemic every five years likely caused by "zoonotic" diseases - when infections jump from animals to humans. The threat of unknown viruses that can be transmitted to humans and potentially cause widespread epidemics is known as Disease X by the World Health Organization (WHO). Bats are known hosts to a broad range of viruses that can cause severe disease in humans. And the latest identified, called RpYN06, has almost entirely the same genetics as SARS-CoV-2 - the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Scientists at Shandong First Medical University & Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences in Taian, China, made the discovery. They...
    (CBS DETROIT) – At the William Dickerson Correctional Facility there’s some ground-breaking technology taking place that targets COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses. It’s called the Integrated Viral Protection, or IVP and Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington says it’s groundbreaking technology in the fight against COVID-19 “We’re going to attack COVID where it lurks, in the air.” READ MORE: Whitmer Visits Vaccine Site In Garden City Alongside Leaders, Elected Officials Sheriff Washington says the IVP will make this happen. The machine works as an air disinfecting system and Wayne County is the Country’s first Jail to receive one. Dr. Garett Peel MD, IVP founding partner says, the system is placed in over 100 schools, hospitals and entertainment venues throughout the County, and is proven to kill airborne illnesses, including COVID-19. “So it’s important that we are pumping clean fresh air to focus on the re-circulation and kill whatever is in the air instantaneously and that’s what this medical device does, we are FDA approved for sell during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Dr. Peel says it’s important to have this system is largely populated...
    WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Two variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 have been found in Weld County. The mutated viruses are the United Kingdom variant and L452. This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.(Credit:NIAID-RML) There are multiple variants of coronavirus circulating around the world. Research is ongoing to determine how virulent these variants are but current evidence shows the UK variant spreads more easily than the original virus. The State of Colorado and Weld County Health Department are working together to conduct contact tracing of the people identified with and exposed t the new variant COVID-19 viruses.
    A hybrid version of the coronavirus has surfaced in California after the British Kent variant and a strain found in the US merged together inside an infected person.    The variant, not yet named, has only been spotted once but scientists fear there are likely to be more cases.  Experts are worried because it carries mutations which appear to make it able to spread faster and also to slip past some of the immunity made from past infections or vaccines.  It was formed from the Kent Covid variant – known scientifically as B.1.1.7 – and a Californian variant called B.1.429. Scientists in the US claim they merged in a 'recombination event', the New Scientist reports. This happens when two different versions of the virus infect the same cell and then swap genes while they are reproducing, giving rise to a new variant.  Researchers have warned in the past that these events are possible but said they are 'unlikely' because they require very specific conditions and the coincidence of mostly uncontrollable events. They are more likely to happen during huge outbreaks. It is believed...
    New York : You’ve probably heard of the human microbiome, the collection of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that we share our bodies with, including the skin and gut microbiome. But, How much do you know about the “viroma”? It is the sum of all the viruses within our body, found in every tissue, from our blood to our brain, and even woven into the genetic code within our cells. The virus they are the most enumerated organisms on Earth. While it is believed that we have about the same number of bacterial cells as human cells in our body (around 37 trillion), we probably have at least 10 times as many virus particles. Many of these viruses are involved in essential bodily processes, forming part of our internal ecosystem. Maybe we can say that we couldn’t survive for long If they all disappeared However, we still have a long way to go before we can understand what exactly most of these viruses do, or indeed what most of them are. It has been estimated that the field...
    (CNN)Late last summer, many experts expressed concern that the illness and chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic might soon worsen as we entered flu season. Dubbed the "twindemic," pessimists foresaw a nightmarish overlap of the two viral diseases that could overwhelm the country and the world. Dr. Kent SepkowitzIn another corner were the optimists, usually a very small group in public health circles. They suggested that -- perhaps -- a public motivated to avoid coronavirus by masking, distancing, handwashing and all the rest would actually achieve better control of influenza, a two-for-one sort of bargain. Thus far, the optimists have won -- at least partly. We are seeing historically low rates of flu in the US and the rest of the world right now despite being knee-deep into flu season. Or, in the crisp administrative language of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Seasonal influenza activity in the United States remains lower than usual for this time of year." (For a quick visual, check the small red triangles in the Figure on Page 5 of the weekly...
    A voice-controlled smart fridge that opens on command — so that you don't have to touch the handle and risk spreading viruses and other germs — has been revealed. The appliance — part of the updated 'InstaView Door-in-Door' fridge — is to be formally unveiled by LG at next month's digital Consumer Electronics Show. The Korean firm estimates that the hygienic feature will be desired in light of the coronavirus pandemic — although it will also help people with arms full of shopping. The titular InstaView feature allows the contents of the fridge to be seen with just two knocks to the front-facing window, a prompt which illuminates the inside. This helps stop cold air from escaping from the appliance — as does the Door-in-Door feature, which provides a separate compartment for commonly used items.  Unlike previous models, however, the new InstaView window is 23 per cent larger.  LG have yet to reveal when the new InstaView fridge models will be availably commercially — nor how much buying the appliances will set consumers back.   In April, ABI Research predicted that voice-controlled...
    AN CHINESE scientist has warned bats could be carrying even more deadly coronaviruses that could transmit to humans just like Covid. Dr Shi Zheng-Li - known as "Bat Woman" for her research - called on experts worldwide to hunt down these infections to stop another potential pandemic. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Dr Shi Zheng-Li is known as 'Bat Woman' for her research on the animalsCredit: AFP or licensors 5Bats are believed to have been the original carriers on the coronavirusCredit: Getty Images - Getty The scientist warned that bats, particularly in China and South Asia, could be carrying coronaviruses which could mutate and cross over to humans. She said some the bugs were similar to Covid-19, which is believed to have made the jump at a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Spreading out from the city like wildfire, almost one year on the coronavirus has gone on to kill 1.5million people worldwide and infected 66million. "We should not only search for them in China, but also...
    Cyber security researchers uncovered an online attack that tricks scientists into creating toxic chemicals or deadly viruses in their own labs. A team from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found bioterrorists can infect an 'unwitting' biologist's computer with malware and easily replace a short sub-string of the DNA in the code with a new sequence.  The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has protocols for screening DNA orders from synthetic gene providers that scan for potentially harmful DNA. However, the team was able to bypass the guidelines through obfuscation and found 16 out of 50 obfuscated DNA samples were not detected when screened according to the 'best-match' HHS guidelines. Researchers found bioterrorists can infect an 'unwitting' biologist's computer with malware that replaces a short sub-string of the DNA in the code with a new sequence Rami Puzis, head of the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) Complex Networks Analysis Lab, said: 'To regulate both intentional and unintentional generation of dangerous substances, most synthetic gene providers screen DNA orders, which is currently the most effective line of defense against such attacks.' The...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Automated Teller Machines have been around for more than fifty years and are used by many everyday. And a former Bay Area ATM manufacturer, Genmega, created a device using Ultraviolet light to clean dirty keypads that could contain bacteria and viruses. It could potentially be helpful amid the novel coronavirus pandemic as well as the flu and holiday shopping season."People don't want to touch things that other people have touched in an ATM, is something that you generally have to touch as well as you're probably taking out cash," said Mary Wisniewski, banking editor at Bankrate.With some Bay Area banks temporarily closed, customers might have chosen to conduct their transaction at the ATM.So, can you trust touching those keypads?RELATED: Many Bay Area banks temporarily closed, impacting customers due to COVID-19Genmega is an ATM manufacturer which recently moved its headquarters from Hayward to Dallas, Texas.It created Vscan, a device that sanitizes ATM keypads."The main thing for us was instilling consumer confidence and making sure that the person at that ATM knows that it's sanitized," said Wes Dunn...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Automated Teller Machines have been around for more than fifty years and are used by many everyday. A former Bay Area ATM manufacturer, Genmega, created a device using Ultraviolet light to clean dirty keypads that could contain bacteria and viruses, which could be helpful amid the novel coronavirus pandemic as well as the flu and holiday shopping season?"People don't want to touch things that other people have touched in an ATM, is something that you generally have to touch as well as you're probably taking out cash," said Mary Wisniewski, banking editor at Bankrate.With some Bay Area banks temporarily closed, customers might have chosen to conduct their transaction at the ATM.So, can you trust touching those keypads?RELATED: Many Bay Area banks temporarily closed, impacting customers due to COVID-19Genmega is an ATM manufacturer which recently moved its headquarters from Hayward to Dallas, Texas.It created Vscan, a device that sanitizes ATM keypads."The main thing for us was instilling consumer confidence and making sure that the person at that ATM knows that it's sanitized," said Wes Dunn who is...
    Microwave your sponge for one minute to clean it. Rebecca Block/SpoonUniversity To clean a sponge you need to zap it with high heat either by putting it in the microwave or placing it on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Avoid using bleach or just hot tap water to clean your sponge since both are not sufficient to kill the diarrhea-causing germs and bacteria lurking within. Experts recommend washing your sponge daily. This article was medically reviewed by Tania Elliott, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases related to allergies and immunology for internal medicine at NYU Langone Health.   This story is part of Insider's guide on How to Kill Germs. Unless your sponge is brand new, it almost certainly harbors all sorts of germs. Some of those germs might just make the sponge smell but others could potentially make you sick. Janilyn Hutchings, a certified professional in food safety and a food scientist for StateFoodSafety, says about sponges: "If they're dirty, they can spread germs to everything they touch, from dishes and utensils to the kitchen counter and appliances." Methods of cleaning spongesThe...
    Oxford University scientists have created a test to detect the coronavirus and other viruses in less than five minutes, the university announced Thursday. Scientists in Oxford’s physics department created the test, which can find the virus that causes the coronavirus and differentiate it from “negative clinical samples” and “common respiratory pathogens,” according to the university, which touted the test as highly accurate. (RELATED: Two European Countries Report High Error Rate For Chinese-Supplied Coronavirus Tests) “Unlike other technologies that detect a delayed antibody response or that require expensive, tedious and time-consuming sample preparation, our method quickly detects intact virus particles; meaning the assay is simple, extremely rapid, and cost-effective,” Achilles Kapanidis, an Oxford physics professor, said in a press release. Scientists from @OxfordPhysics have developed an extremely rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19 that detects and identifies viruses in less than five minutes. Read more here >https://t.co/aY7ubgPz3G — University of Oxford (@UniofOxford) October 15, 2020 The researchers want to create “an integrated device” that can be used for testing purposes at places like airports “to establish and safeguard COVID-19-free spaces,”...
    A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a student to test for COVID-19 at the Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance urgent care pop up testing site as infection rates spike on October 8, 2020 in New York City.Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty Images California-based lab test manufacturer GenMark Diagnostics announced Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for its rapid molecular test that can distinguish between more than 20 different viruses and bacteria, including the coronavirus. Flu and Covid-19 patients typically develop similar symptoms early on in the virus, which could make it difficult this flu season for doctors and nurses to diagnose patients and pursue the best treatment. Tests like GenMark's that are able to simultaneously screen for the flu, the coronavirus and other pathogens could be crucial to helping hospitals effectively treat Covid-19 and influenza patients this winter, public health specialists say. "While we can't predict what cold and flu season is going to look like this year, we know that we have to arm healthcare providers with the necessary tools to quickly and accurately...
    By Holly Yan | CNN As doctors worry about a coronavirus-and-flu “twin-demic” that could overwhelm the health care system, Americans must contend with another possibility: fighting both viruses at the same time. “You can certainly get both the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, which could be catastrophic to your immune system,” said Dr. Adrian Burrowes, a family medicine physician in Florida. In fact, getting infected with one can make you more vulnerable to getting sick with the other, epidemiologist Dr. Seema Yasmin said. “Once you get infected with the flu and some other respiratory viruses, it weakens your body,” said Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. “Your defenses go down, and it makes you vulnerable to getting a second infection on top of that.” On their own, both Covid-19 and the flu can attack the lungs, potentially causing pneumonia, fluid in the lungs or respiratory failure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Each illness can also cause sepsis, cardiac injury and inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues. Having both illness simultaneously “would...
    (CNN) — As doctors worry about a coronavirus-and-flu “twin-demic” that could overwhelm the health care system, Americans must contend with another possibility: fighting both viruses at the same time. “You can certainly get both the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, which could be catastrophic to your immune system,” said Dr. Adrian Burrowes, a family medicine physician in Florida. In fact, getting infected with one can make you more vulnerable to getting sick with the other, epidemiologist Dr. Seema Yasmin said. “Once you get infected with the flu and some other respiratory viruses, it weakens your body,” said Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. “Your defenses go down, and it makes you vulnerable to getting a second infection on top of that.” On their own, both Covid-19 and the flu can attack the lungs, potentially causing pneumonia, fluid in the lungs or respiratory failure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Each illness can also cause sepsis, cardiac injury and inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues. Having both illness simultaneously “would increase the risk of longer-term effects...
    SAMSUNG has invented a simple way to get your dry-cleaning done – but it'll cost you an arm and a leg. The Korean tech titan is selling a mad wardrobe for your home that doubles up as a dry cleaning machine. 3 The Samsung AirDresser is now available to shoppers in the westCredit: Samsung Samsung says the $2,600 "AirDresser" will remove dust and germs, while refreshing and sanitising clothes. Simply hang your shirts and coats in the contraption and it'll do the rest. "Blasting hot steam through its bespoke clothes hangers, it tackles those lingering odours, unwanted smells and hidden germs," Samsung said. "It's the perfect way to refresh the laundry between washes." 3 The tech-y wardrobe's hangers blast your clothes with hot steam to keep them fresh between washesCredit: Samsung Like a conventional dry-cleaning machine, the AirDresser blows a mixture of hot air and steam onto your clothes. It's been available in South Korea for some time, but went on sale around the globe on Monday. Samsung claims it's been designed to make minimal noise and vibration, meaning it's...
    (CNN)The British government has procured "millions" of two separate coronavirus tests that can detect not only coronavirus but several other viruses common in autumn, winter and spring, the UK's Department of Health said Monday.The tests will be rolled out in hospitals, care homes and labs across the UK from next week."We're using the most innovative technologies available to tackle coronavirus. Millions of new rapid coronavirus tests will provide on-the-spot results in under 90 minutes, helping us to break chains of transmission quickly," Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement.Pandemic experts have said it would be useful to be able to differentiate among the various flu-like illnesses that circulate in winter months, and quick detection of any of them can help get patients isolated and onto whatever treatment is available.In much of the US, progress made in the Covid-19 fight has turned into progress lostThe department has said that the tests "will hugely increase testing capacity ahead of winter, delivering fast results that will help to break chains of transmission quickly."Read MoreOne test -- carried out by "Nudgebox" machines, supplied...
    A small change to a variant of the novel coronavirus has helped it better copy itself but make it more deadly, a new study suggests. Researchers found there were two strains of the virus circulating when it reached the US: the original D614 and a mutation, G614.  This mutation is not a deadlier version of the coronavirus but it does help the virus copy itself better, which results in a higher viral load in patients.  Researchers found the most dominant strain of the virus by mid-March was a mutation of the original variant called G614 (right, in blue), not the original virus D614 (left, in green) The G strain is not a deadlier version, but it allows the virus to copy itself more easily and create higher viral loads in patients. Pictured: Paula Johnson, a nurse, administers a deep suction tube into the lungs of a coronavirus patient, in the ICU of Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, April 22 Dr Erica Ollmann Saphire, a professor of at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology in California, says viruses...
    From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash A 19-year-old McDonalds worker was assaulted after asking a customer to wear a mask, revealing a growing crisis in the restaurant industry New $89 Air Cooler Is Flying Off Shelves In The US Ad Microsoft 23 Cool Products That Could Sell Out In 2020 Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/15 SLIDES © BNBB Studio/Getty Images Coronavirus/Pandemics Though there have been relatively recent outbreaks of viruses like the H1N1 swine flu, along with SARS and MERS, fortunately, none reached pandemic level. So when a novel coronavirus started making people in China sick in the final days of 2019, many people assumed it would be a similar situation. Within a few months, COVID-19 (the disease caused by this novel strain of the coronavirus)...
    US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela McDonald’s is pausing dining room reopenings as covid-19 cases spike New $89 Air Cooler Is Flying Off Shelves In The US Ad Microsoft 23 Cool Products That Could Sell Out In 2020 Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/16 SLIDES © BNBB Studio/Getty Images Coronavirus/Pandemics Though there have been relatively recent outbreaks of viruses like the H1N1 swine flu, along with SARS and MERS, fortunately, none reached pandemic level. So when a novel coronavirus started making people in China sick in the final days of 2019, many people assumed it would be a similar situation. Within a few months, COVID-19 (the disease caused by this novel strain of the coronavirus) was a global pandemic. Not only will students likely learn about the...
    A robot that eradicates coronavirus and other organisms by firing short-wave UV light at surfaces, disrupting their DNA, has been developed in Bahrain. The light is so powerful that experts think it can kill up to 90 per cent of all organisms exposed to it within 30 minutes, in a process known as 'ultraviolet germicidal irradiation'. Designed by Fab Lab Bahrain, the machine is currently being tested in industrial environments before it is released 'as soon as possible'. A spokesman told MailOnline that the price will be made available once the machine is on sale. The invention follows the release of several other machines that use UV radiation to clean viruses from surfaces. MIT in Massachusetts, US, has developed a short-wave UV robot to clean surfaces at a food bank. Denmark-based company UVD Robots also makes a UV light machine that treats rooms in up to 20 minutes, and costs £53,370 ($67,000).  And Chinese company Keenon Robotics has launched a robot, which uses UV light and disinfectant to clean surfaces, priced at £32.300 ($40,000). The robot has been tested...
    Chinese researchers have discovered a new type of swine flu that can infect humans and has the potential to cause a future pandemic, according to a study released on Monday, though scientists have cautioned that the virus does not pose an immediate global health threat.The disease, which researchers called the G4 virus, is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused a pandemic in 2009. G4 now shows "all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus," said the study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).But Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University's public health school, warned the public not to "freak out.""Our understanding of what is a potential pandemic influenza strain is limited," she posted on Twitter. "Sure, this virus meets a lot of the basic criteria but it's not for sure going to cause a hypothetical 2020 flu pandemic, or even be a dominant strain in humans."Chinese researchers based at several institutions, including Shandong Agricultural University and the Chinese National Influenza Center, discovered the G4 virus during a pig...
    The researchers point out that it is urgent to implement a surveillance of the populations that work in contact with the pigs. (Free Press Photo: EFE) Researchers discovered in China a new strain of the swine flu virus with all the characteristics capable of causing a future pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the American scientific journal PNAS. The virus is called G4 and it genetically descends from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009: “It has all the essential traits that show high adaptability to infect humans,” write the authors, scientists from Chinese universities and the Prevention Center. and Chinese Disease Control. The work presented is voluminous: from 2011 to 2018, 30 thousand samples were taken with nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, which allowed the isolation of 179 swine flu viruses. Most were of the new variety, which has become dominant in pigs since 2016. From there, the researchers carried out various laboratory experiments with ferrets, animals widely used in influenza research because...
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