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Intentionally incomplete: US intelligence says China concealed extent of corona virus outbreak

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Washington: China has concealed the extent of its coronavirus outbreak, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it has suffered from the disease, the US intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three US officials.

The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret, and they declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.

US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence have been pushing China to reveal more about the outbreak.Credit:AP

The report was received by the White House last week, one of the officials said.

The outbreak began in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has publicly reported only about 82,000 cases and 3300 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That compares to more than 189,000 cases and more than 4000 deaths in the US, which now has the largest publicly reported outbreak in the world.

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Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, report declares

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

These results, which were posted online but not peer-reviewed, were much stronger in predicting a positive COVID-19 diagnosis than self-reported fever, researchers at King’s College London said.

Losing your sense of smell and taste could be a key symptom of COVID-19, a new study suggests.

The researchers say the app could help slow the outbreak and identify more swiftly those at risk of contracting COVID-19.

If enough people participate in sharing their symptoms, the scientists said, the app could also provide healthcare systems with critically valuable information.

“This app-based study is a way to find out where the COVID-19 hotspots are, new symptoms to look out for, and might be used as a planning tool to target quarantines, send ventilators and provide real-time data to plan for future outbreaks,” said Andrew Chan, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in the US who is co-leading the study.

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DEATH TOLL WORLD WIDE IN COUNTRIES, TABLE SHOWS DEATHS & NUMBERS APRIL 1ST 2020

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

The deadly virus upon us is taking its toll world wide. The table below gives the numbers as on the 1st April 2020. Where does your country fit into the equation? A NEW MEANING TO THE TERM ‘TRAVEL BUG’

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Preparing for Coronavirus: Dos and Don’ts

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 12, 2020. For the latest updates on the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, see our news coverage

Feb. 28, 2020 — With cases in 42 states and the District of Columbia, coronavirus (and COVID-19, the disease it causes) is spreading rapidly in the United States. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself right now:

Dos and Don’ts for Everyone

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Know the Symptoms of COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
March 10, 2020 — As testing for COVID-19 expands, cases are being picked up across the U.S., confirming what disease experts have predicted: that the virus has been here for some time and is making people sick.

That can make the occasional cough or sneeze suspicious. Is this COVID-19? How would you know if you have it?

The most detailed breakdown of symptoms of the disease comes from a recent World Health Organization analysis of more than 55,000 confirmed cases in China. Here are the most common symptoms and the percentage of people who had them:

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What to Know About Coronavirus If You Have Asthma

Friday, March 20th, 2020
THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — If you have asthma, you are among those at greatest risk in the coronavirus pandemic and must take precautions, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) says.It’s important to keep your asthma well-controlled, so continue your medications. No asthma medications — including inhaled corticosteroids and biologics — have been shown to increase the risk of getting COVID-19, according to the ACAAI

And, the group added, if you do get the virus, there’s no information that asthma medications will make your infection worse.

The ACAAI recommends contacting your allergist if you have any questions, have trouble breathing or your asthma symptoms become more severe.

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Will COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS die down in summer? New tests could help answer that.

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Physicists test empty coronavirus shells under different weather conditions.

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Empty, mocked-up shells of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, may help explain how well the virus stands up to heat, humidity and other environmental changes.

The research, just launched by physicists at The University of Utah, is designed to help public health officials understand how the new coronavirus will react as the seasons change. One major question about the virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, is whether summer will do anything to slow the spread.

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How one small Italian town cut coronavirus cases to zero in just a few weeks

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

The town appears to have drastically reduced coronavirus infections, reaching zero cases last week.

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A small Italian town appears to have drastically reduced coronavirus infections —  reaching zero cases last week  — after implementing an aggressive tactic to curb spread, according to news reports.

The town, Vo Euganeo, in northern Italy, saw a cluster of cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the third week of February and was home to the country’s first death from COVID-19, on Feb. 21, according to The Straits Times.

Following this death, the town was put on lockdown, and all 3,300 residents were tested for coronavirus, according to Sky News.

This mass testing revealed that about 3% of residents were infected with the virus, and of these, about half did not show any symptoms, according to ProMarket, the blog of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. After two weeks of a strict lockdown and quarantine of cases, only 0.25% of residents were infected. The town isolated these last few cases and has since reopened.

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While coronavirus ravages Iran, U.S. sanctions squeeze it

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Iranians pass closed shops in Tehran. (Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Iran has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus, and things may get far worse. On Tuesday, a state television reporter who is also a medical doctor warned that the death toll could be in the “millions” as worshipers forced their way into two Shiite shrines closed by the outbreak.

That’s not idle speculation. The death toll in Iran from covid-19 infections surged past 1,000 on Wednesday after the largest single-day rise in the number of deaths since Iran’s outbreak began. Deutsche Welle reported this week that researchers at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran created a computer simulator to analyze scenarios.

Under current circumstances, the researchers said, infections would not peak until late May. The death toll could be as high as 3.5 million.

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Cheating husband catches coronavirus on trip to Italy with mistress

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

A cheating UK hubby is “in a blind panic” over his extramarital affair — now that he has contracted the coronavirus on a secret trip to Italy with his mistress, according to a new report.

The unnamed patient, in his late 30s — described as “well-heeled and with a high-flying job” — told his wife he was away on a business trip within the UK, the Sun reported.

A man crosses Via della Conciliazione street in Rome, Italy

When the man returned home, he began showing symptoms of the deadly bug, and tests confirmed that he was in fact infected, according to the report.

“This patient is the talk of public health officials,” a source with knowledge of the situation told the outlet. “His case would be funny if it wasn’t quite so serious.”

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