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Sensationalist media coverage of the novel coronavirus risks spreading fear rather than keeping the public informed.
Researchers Tian Xia and Zijie Lin test a plasma prototype for preventing airborne transmission of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus at a Michigan pig farm.
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Viruses are small enough to pass through filters, including face masks. Disabling viruses with electrically charged gases could be a better way to curb airborne transmission.
To how many others will one infected person spread the infection?
Epidemiologists want to quickly identify any emerging disease's potential to spread far and wide. Dependent on a number of factors, this R0 number helps them figure that out and plan accordingly.
The Wuhan coronavirus can cause lung damage, pneumonia and multi-organ failure, or sepsis, among other things.
Students line up to sanitize their hands to avoid the contact of coronavirus in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 28, 2020.
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With coronavirus continuing to spread, you may wonder: How do I know if I might have it? An infectious disease expert explains.
A worker in Wuhan, China removes biomedical waste from the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where many patients of the coronavirus have been treated, on Jan. 22, 2020.
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The coronavirus that has sickened hundreds in Wuhan, China, has worried health officials and other humans across the globe. Should people in the US worry?
You'll catch your death!
Did mass graves in the influenza pandemic help give rise to the living dead?
The 1918-1919 flu claimed millions of lives worldwide. Could it also have given birth to the viral zombie?
Retailers are selling 'anti-virus masks' but there is no strong evidence that they can stop the spread of flu.
A nurse in Atlanta prepared the flu vaccine for a shot on Feb. 7, 2019.
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A common myth cited as a reason for not getting the flu shot is that the shot will give you the flu. That is scientifically impossible. Here's why.
The vaccine coverage needed for herd immunity varies from disease to disease.
When a certain percentage of a population has been vaccinated, it prevents an infectious disease from spreading. But that threshold depends on the disease.
Many myths make the rounds during flu season.
When it comes to flu, information can range from confusion about what it actually is, to speculation about how it's transmitted.
The media suggests we’re in the midst of a horror flu season, but there are nuances to consider.
The headlines paint a picture of a frightening flu season. While this season set in earlier than usual, it's not necessarily more severe than previous years.
It’s quicker to use hand sanitiser than soap and water, which means people might be more likely to use it.
Washing your hands helps protect against the flu. So it makes sense for governments to make hand sanitisers available in public places.
The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
Headlines about this year's flu season have been alarming. It's true, we are having a serious season – but the data doesn't indicate it's the worst one we've ever had.
Early indications are that the vaccine has been a reasonably good match in the 2019 season.
The flu vaccine is built on the strains expected to circulate in a given year. While the majority of strains circulating this year are matched in the vaccine, there's one strain we didn't predict.
You might feel a bit off after your flu shot but this doesn’t last long.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working and only protects against influenza, so you can still get sick from other viruses after your flu shot.
You might feel terrible. But your runny nose, sore throat and aches are signs your body is fighting the flu virus. And that’s a good thing.
How can a tiny flu virus make you feel so bad, all over? Here's what's behind your high temperature, muscle aches and other flu symptoms.
Children are more likely than adults to catch and spread influenza.
Children's immune systems are more vulnerable to the flu; even kids who are otherwise healthy can develop complications. The best way to protect children is by having them vaccinated.
They’re not perfect, but flu shots are still good to get.
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The 2018-2019 flu season was less deadly than the last. But the pattern of infection was unusual, thanks to the various strains circulating and the way flu shots work over time.