Global North America 

What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is often compared to its close genetic cousin SARS-CoV-1. And for good reason: The virus responsible for the early 2000s SARS outbreak is, in many ways, the closest parallel to what we’re dealing with now. Researchers look to it when studying how long the new virus survives on surfaces and whether it makes sense for us to wear masks. It provides a guide for how the curve of cases and deaths might bend if we all do our part and stay home. The comparison offers some…

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Global North America 

Empty churches, food drive mark start of Easter weekend in coronavirus-hit U.S.

Political leaders and health experts urged Americans celebrating Good Friday and the Easter weekend under threat of the coronavirus to avoid church gatherings and observe the holidays at home as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 18,600. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, and other health officials pointed to declining rates of coronavirus hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units – particularly in hard-hit New York state – as signs that social distancing measures are paying off. “Now is no time to back off,” Fauci told…

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Europe Global 

917 new coronavirus deaths as UK told to stay home

The UK has recorded 917 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of people who have died in hospital with the virus to 9,875. The figure is slightly down from Friday, which at 980 exceeded the worst daily figures seen in Italy and Spain. It comes as the UK spends the Easter weekend under lockdown, with the public being told to stay at home. Meanwhile, some NHS staff say they still do not have the protective equipment they need to treat patients. An 11-year-old child was among the latest to…

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Global North America 

Virologist’s Tweet Explains Why The COVID-19 Coronavirus Is Worse Than SARS

Since the SARS-CoV-2 strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19 first began to circulate at the end of 2019, there has been much debate as to how its symptoms and efficacy at spreading compared to previous outbreaks such as flu, the common cold, and historic coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS. For a short while many were falsely claiming that the death rate and symptoms likened the COVID-19 disease to flu, a dangerous assumption that led to misplaced complacency and was not supported by the mounting evidence for SARS-CoV-2’s incredible ability…

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Europe Global 

Government coronavirus advisor warns the next two weeks will be ‘very difficult’

One of the government’s top coronavirus advisors said the UK’s epidemic will get worse before it gets better but the peak of it could pass by Easter. Professor Neil Ferguson added that around a third of people dying from the disease could be considered healthy. But he thinks the NHS will now be able to cope with the outbreak thanks to the nationwide lockdown that was put in place this week. Despite fears over a lack of intensive care beds and staff going off sick, Professor Ferguson, from Imperial College…

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