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COVID upsets EU summit as European Commission chief self-isolates

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The coronavirus upset a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday as one of the key participants, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, had to quit the meeting minutes after it began to go into precautionary self-isolation.FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wearing a face mask arrives for...

WHO vaccine drive bedevilled by familiar question: who pays if things go wrong?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Who foots the bill if people in poor countries fall sick with unexpected side-effects from coronavirus vaccines? It’s not clear and that’s a big problem in the battle to beat COVID-19.A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado...

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan on Tuesday approved saliva-based tests for the coronavirus, offering a safer, simpler way to diagnose infection than nasal swabs as it looks to boost its testing rates.Hours after the approval, the Tokyo government issued a stay-at-home alert following an increase in infections.Currently, nasal swabs are the main source...

U.S. health experts, officials warn protests may add to virus spread

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public health experts and government officials, including New York’s governor, are warning that large street protests over racial inequities and excessive police force could worsen the spread of the novel coronavirus.The protests over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis last Monday,...

WHO says ‘extreme vigilance’ needed in exit from lockdowns

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that “extreme vigilance” was needed as countries begin to exit from lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, amid global concerns about a second wave of infections.Germany earlier reported an acceleration in new coronavirus infections after it took early...

Coronavirus crisis: What are the potential long-term health impacts?

When one is struck by the coronavirus, symptoms can range from none to fatal. But for the many million in between who are infected by the novel pathogen and then recover, just how damaging are the lingering effects?Medical researchers are on the quest to find out."Anytime you get really sick, it is possible...

Here’s what food banks need the most right now amid record demand during coronavirus

BOSTON – An hour and a half before opening, cars began lining up around the block outside a food bank in Waltham, a suburb of Boston.Within 45 minutes of opening, the shelves were completely bare, the Boston Globe reported.Similar images are emerging across the country as food banks nationwide are scrambling to keep up with...

Can you get coronavirus twice?

As health officials around the world scramble to fight the coronavirus pandemic, many questions about its effect on the immune system remain unanswered.Vaccines for treatment are still in preliminary testing stages. But even if the research goes well, a vaccine available to the general public is still more than a year away.

How hospitals are working to protect newborns, mothers during coronavirus

Of all the concerns of an expectant mother, the possibility of giving birth during a global pandemic was likely not among them. But as hospitals turn into war zones, many new mothers are concerned about the risks of facing the front lines of the pandemic to give birth.“I was anxious, period. Just having a...

Coronavirus sparks fear in New York City subway riders struggling to keep apart: ‘Everybody is very scared’

They let trains that look too crowded pass by. If they decide to board, they search for emptier cars to ride in. Then they size up fellow passengers before picking the safest spot they can find to sit or stand for commutes sometimes lasting an hour or more.This quiet calculus is being performed...

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