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Household spread of Covid-19 is common and quick, a new CDC study finds

The spread of Covid-19 among members in a household after one person is infected is “common” and occurs quickly after illness onset, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The person exposed or suspected of having Covid-19 should be isolated before getting tested and before test results come…

Already, pharmaceutical companies’ predictions about Covid-19 vaccines haven’t come true

Baseball great Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Yogi Berra didn’t know anything about Covid-19 — he passed away five years ago — but his quote applies to the development of a Covid-19 vaccine. Over the past six months, pharmaceutical companies have made various predictions about their Covid-19 vaccine timelines that have…

How to talk to kids about the election and fraught politics

When I was a kid in the 1980s, politics held minimal appeal. Watching the candidates, nearly always two white men talk about issues, would inevitably make my eyes glaze over. Hearing the grown-ups in my life talk about their preferred candidates held little appeal. I sensed that elections and voting were important but not something…

About 20% of grocery store workers had Covid-19, and most didn’t have symptoms, study found

Grocery store work puts employees at serious risk for infection, a new study found, particularly those who have to interact with customers. These workers likely became a “significant transmission source” for Covid-19 without even knowing it because most in the study were asymptomatic. The analysis, published Thursday in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is…

Coronavirus fail: How one summer camp’s freewheeling approach led to 118 cases

Here’s what not to do at summer camp. A single Covid-19 positive camper set off a chain of infection that reached more than three-quarters of students, counselors and staffers at a faith-based retreat in Wisconsin over the summer, health officials reported Thursday. Camp organizers had tried to prevent just such a superspreading by requiring proof…

Americans hate political opponents more than they love their own party, study finds

Americans now hate people in the opposite political party more than they love their own party, with disrupting implications about behavior, a new study finds. “Compared to a few decades ago, Americans today are much more opposed to dating or marrying an opposing partisan; they are also wary of living near or working for one,”…

Senators ask HHS, CDC about ‘highly alarming’ excess Covid-19 deaths

Three Democratic US senators have asked the US Health and Human Services Secretary and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director to explain what they’re doing to investigate a “highly alarming” excess of deaths in the United States, above and beyond the more than 200,000 fatalities directly attributed to Covid-19. “Newly released CDC…

What we can learn from 1918’s deadly second wave

In the deadly fall wave of the 1918 flu pandemic, millions of people were doomed because they didn’t know what we know now about how viruses and respiratory illnesses spread. We might face a similar fate if some people continue to ignore what a century of scientific progress and hindsight have taught us about ending…

Daily coronavirus cases reached a new high on Thursday with more than 87,100 cases

There have been 87,164 Covid-19 cases reported in the United States as of Thursday night, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, by far the most new cases in a single day since the pandemic began. The previous high was just six days ago, when there were 83,731 new cases reported. The staggering total comes…

Immunity to coronavirus lingers for months, study finds

Immunity to Covid-19 infection lingers for at least five months, researchers reported — and probably longer than that. While the report may seem confusing and contradictory to a similar report out of Britain this week, it really isn’t. People’s bodies produce an army of immune compounds in response to an infection and some are overwhelming…

Covid-19 antibody therapies show promising early results in separate trials

Days after Eli Lilly and Company said it would stop a trial of its Covid-19 antibody therapy in hospitalized patients because it was not effective, the company on Wednesday published promising interim results from a trial involving patients with mild and moderate Covid-19. Also on Wednesday, biopharmaceutical company Regeneron reported its monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment…

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