The government is extending the COVID health measures for a further six months, until the end of March, in its latest acknowledgement that pandemic assistance will be needed on various fronts for a longer period.
Social interaction can be risky during a pandemic, but it’s also important for young people’s development and mental health.
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In a series of surveys, young people across the US described their thinking and behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Firefighters have battled camp crud before, but COVID-19 brings new risks with the potential for heart and lung damage.
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Wildfire smoke makes it harder for firefighters' bodies to fight off viruses. Social distancing is difficult in that environment, but fire crews are coming up with solutions.
A physician examines a 7-month-old infant with eczema.
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Can a naturally occurring skin microbe help millions who suffer from eczema?
Death rates vary by demographic, with age and race playing big roles.
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Using random testing, researchers in Indiana were able to calculate death rates by age, race, and sex and found sharp increases in risk of death among older and non-white state residents.
Children run as an agent of the National Institute of Public Hygiene carries out fumigation in the Anyama district of Abidjan,Ivory Coast.
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A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.
How smoke moves inside a bar or outside in fresh air can help in visualizing how the coronavirus spreads.
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The 6-foot rule for social distancing doesn’t account for all risks, particularly indoors. Here's what everyone needs to understand as cooler weather moves more activities inside.
The view through an electron microscope shows the spikes that create the ‘corona’ effect on the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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Even kids who were asymptomatic when they had COVID-19 have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a new review of hundreds of cases shows.
With UNICEF ranking New Zealand 35th out of 41 rich countries for children’s well-being, the gap between rhetoric and reality is wider than ever.
Schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania have already found Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, in their water systems.
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When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.
Many lifestyle factors and chronic conditions affect our life expectancy.
The app's predictions may only work if we're willing to make life changes.
Nigerian scientists are working to better understand coronavirus.
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There are over 1,000 lineages of SARS-CoV-2 circulating around the world. Nigerian scientists have found seven in the country and this is important.
Introducing healthy genes to replace defective ones is the essence of gene therapy.
The immune system is trained to destroy viruses, even when they carry therapeutic cargo as is the case in gene therapy. Now researchers have figured out how to dial down the immune response.
Chris Bowen on the recession, aged care and priorities for health policy.
Michelle Grattan sits down with shadow health minister Chris Bowen
Personal support workers are in high demand - as this sign from Markham, ON indicates. They are an integral part of the healthcare system, but are racialized and underpaid.
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Personal support workers are crucial but under-appreciated in the health-care system. They are often subjected to racism, and they struggle to make ends meet while caring for our most vulnerable.
The same chronic illnesses associated with exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds also increase risk of developing severe COVID-19.
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Endocrine-disrupting compounds are pervasive in modern life, from food packaging to shampoo. Research is connecting their effects on humans to risk of severe illness or death from the coronavirus.
An Indonesian police officer gets tested for COVID-19 in Tangerang, Banten.
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Shame and fear resulting from stigma and discrimination can drive increased transmission of COVID-19 and prevent vital public health control.
Evacuations during Hurricane Laura could increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
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Disaster preparation and evacuation procedures weren't made for social distancing. The pandemic means response decisions are now fraught with contradictions.
The CDC recommends schools have one nurse for every 750 students. Only about 40% of schools meet that bar.
School nurses were already overwhelmed, with hundreds of students and staff in their charge. Now, COVID-19 screenings and testing have become their priority.
Safety precautions like wearing face masks and leaving space between desks are also important to limit the coronavirus’s spread.
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New research points to why reopening elementary schools is the safest bet and what else needs to happen for schools to have the best chance of staying open.