The coronavirus was likely in the U.S. as early as mid-December 2019. This is roughly a month before the first COVID-19 case was confirmed. A study was taken of blood samples from 7,389 routine donations to the American Red Cross. The donations were collected between Dec. 13, 2019, and Jan. 17, 2020. The study found evidence of COVID-19 antibodies in 106 specimens, according to HuffPost.
The screenings for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) have dropped by over 40-45 per cent approximately since April, just around the time the COVID-19 pandemic hit India, as compared to previous years, said a senior doctor on Tuesday, the World AIDS Day. This can take a very costly collateral toll on India's fight against the COVID-19 and other infectious diseases as patients suffering from Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) already have compromised immunity, according to experts. India has the third-highest number of estimated people living with HIV in the world. The estimated number of people living with HIV AIDS in India was 2.08 million (20.9 lakh) in 2011, out of which an enormous 86 per cent was in 15-49 years age group.
Despite hundreds of tips and a “multitude” of priests with histories of abusing children in Florida, Investigative Reporter Katie LaGrone reveals how Florida law barred the state’s top attorney from prosecuting past cases of priest abuse.
Tech giant Apple used to release new iPhones every year. And when they did, older models began to act up, leading consumers to believe they needed a new phone. That led to multiple lawsuits, and Apple has been trying to make the whole embarrassing 'Batterygate' legal saga go away for years. Now, Gizmodo reports that on Wednesday, the finish line came into view.
Canadian scientists say they’ve found a new way to treat potentially life-threatening alcohol intoxication. Gizmodo reports a new device allows people to hyperventilate safely, and thus literally breathe the alcohol out of their system. In a small pilot study using healthy volunteers, the device was found to speed up the clearance of alcohol from three times faster than the body would normally do. The patient is outfitted with a gas mask, which connects to a supply of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Denmark is taking steps necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus outbreaks on mink farms. The aggressive action is designed to end the virus that has developed in the nations' mink farms and is being spread to humans. Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen announced that farmworkers have contracted the virus that contains a mutation. According to Gizmodo, the first discovery of this mutation was found in infected minks.
Among their many unique talents, octopuses can taste objects with a mere touch of a suction-cup-covered tentacle. According to Gizmodo, a team of researchers has finally gotten to the bottom of how these cephalopods perform this mysterious feat. They discovered a distinct population of cells located on the tips of the suckers, which they named 'chemotactile receptors.
Gizmodo reports San Francisco and Alameda counties in California have stopped using Verily to test for the novel coronavirus. Google's health-centered sister company launched a $55 million pilot COVID-19 testing program earlier this year to set up mobile and stationary test sites. However, Verily’s services weren’t geared towards filling the needs of communities especially vulnerable to the pandemic.