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113-year-old coronavirus survivor: The elderly are the forgotten ones of society

113-year-old coronavirus survivor: The elderly are the forgotten ones of society

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Weeks after ringing in her 113th birthday, she found herself confined to a room in her care home in north-eastern Spain, suffering from the effects of the coronavirus. Now Maria Branyas – fully recovered and believed to be the world’s oldest Covid-19 survivor – is calling for nothing less than a new world order. “It…
Israel limits coronavirus cellphone surveillance to ‘special cases’

Israel limits coronavirus cellphone surveillance to ‘special cases’

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People visit a beach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea during a heatwave in Israel as restrictions following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ease around the country, in Tel Aviv, Israel May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Amir CohenJERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli cabinet limited on Sunday the involvement of the Shin Bet security service in the cellphone-tracking…
Why Geography Is a Key Part of Fighting the Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak

Why Geography Is a Key Part of Fighting the Covid-19 Coronavirus...

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I am an atmospheric scientist with three degrees in meteorology. However my tenured home at the University of Georgia is the Department of Geography. Like many of you reading this, I had a rather narrow understanding of geography when I left NASA to join the faculty at the university. Over the years, I have certainly…
‘Germ-zapping robots’: How Hollywood might kill coronavirus fears on set

‘Germ-zapping robots’: How Hollywood might kill coronavirus fears on set

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BUSINESS 6:55 AM PDT 5/21/2020 by Bryn Elise Sandberg Sources say CBS' 'Blue Bloods' has shown serious interest in the $125,000 machines, which are already used in hospitals around the globe. With plans for safely revving up production underway in Hollywood, the industry is looking at creative ways to make sure sets are sanitary in…
Coronavirus ‘disappearing’ so fast Oxford vaccine ‘only 50% chance of working’

Coronavirus ‘disappearing’ so fast Oxford vaccine ‘only 50% chance of working’

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There is only a 50% chance of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine working because cases in the UK are declining so fast, one of the scientists behind it has warned. The University of Oxford's Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group began developing a COVID-19 vaccine in January using a virus taken from chimpanzees. But with…
California doctors see more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns

California doctors see more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns

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Doctors in Northern California say they have seen more deaths from suicide than they’ve seen from the coronavirus during the pandemic. “The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Michael deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the increase of deaths by suicide, adding that he’s seen a “year’s worth…
Coronavirus: ‘Baffling’ observations from the front line

Coronavirus: ‘Baffling’ observations from the front line

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When you talk to intensive care doctors across the UK, exhausted after weeks of dealing with the ravages of Covid-19, the phrase that emerges time after time is, "We've never seen anything like this before."They knew a new disease was coming, and they were expecting resources to be stretched by an unknown respiratory infection which…
The technologies the world is using to track coronavirus – and people

The technologies the world is using to track coronavirus – and...

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This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series: AI and Surveillance.Now that the world is in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, governments are quickly deploying their own cocktails of tracking methods. These include device-based contact tracing, wearables, thermal scanning, drones, and facial recognition technology. It’s important to understand how…
HCQ: ICMR finds it effective in preventing coronavirus

HCQ: ICMR finds it effective in preventing coronavirus

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Packets of Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate medication | Bloomberg Text Size: New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country’s apex body in the field, has found that consuming the drug hydroxychloroquine reduces the chances of getting infected with Covid-19. As a result, ICMR released an advisory Friday to expand the usage of HCQ —…