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New Virus Lockdown Another Burden for Cash-Strapped Palestinians

For Palestinians already hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic, a new round of restrictions has added to their woes as infections in the occupied West Bank spike again. When the Palestinian Authority decreed the new 14-day lockdown on Sunday, some businessmen took to the streets of Hebron, th

Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus

Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, the world’s scientists and citizens have reached an unsettling crossroads. Countless hours of treatment and research, trial and error now make it possible to take much closer

What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19?

What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19? The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others. Health experts say contact tracing is key to containing the virus and allowing places

5 Reasons to add quinoa to your diet

Learn all about the superfoods that will help you live a longer and healthier life. Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, fills you in.This versatile and tasty superfood is the perfect gluten-free replacement for pasta, and a great high-protein, high-fibre alternativ

COVID-19 immunity may only last months: UK study

Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may lose immunity to it within months of infection due to a steep drop in antibody levels, according to a new study from a British university. The findings suggest that the virus could re-infect people year-on-year, like common colds. Researchers at King&rs

Are breathing techniques good for your health?

Alan Dolan couldn’t afford market research when he started out as a breathing instructor in 2005. Instead, he took soundings from London taxi drivers. “I’d tell them I taught people to breathe for a living – they’d be in hysterics and say: ‘What a great scam!&rsqu

UK vaccine frontrunner could be available in first half of 2021

A leading British scientist has said a Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the country as early as the first half of next year. Professor Robin Shattock leads the team working on Imperial College London’s vaccine, one of the UK’s two most promising research programs. He told Sky

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school

Racism in Health Care Isn’t Always Obvious

As physicians from three distinct racial minorities, our lives are defined by an innate tension. On one hand, we experience the privilege of being highly educated professionals, often with power dynamics and societal respect on our side. On the other hand, we are part of a system that provides unequ

WHO rethinking how Covid-19 spreads in air

The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air. The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said. If the evidence is confirmed, it

WHO Acknowledges 'Evidence Emerging' of Airborne Spread of COVID-19

The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.“We have been talking about the p

‘Desperation science’ slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs

Desperate to solve the deadly conundrum of COVID-19, the world is clamoring for fast answers and solutions from a research system not built for haste. The ironic, and perhaps tragic, result: Scientific shortcuts have slowed understanding of the disease and delayed the ability to find out which drug

Struggling With Pandemic Fatigue?

Becoming complacent with physical distancing and mask wearing drives high risk behavior. Try these tips to stay the course. THERE ARE COUNTLESS reasons why people are getting tired of the COVID-19 guidelines. At the outset, people were largely following the governmental recommendations. A few month

Global experts warn of coronavirus airborne threat

An international group of 239 scientists on Monday urged authorities including the World Health Organization to recognize that the coronavirus can spread in the air at distances well beyond two metres (six feet), and to revise their prevention guidelines accordingly. In a commentary that appeared i

5 Reasons to add green tea to your diet

Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, shares her bite-sized advice on the superfoods that will help you lead a longer and healthier life… Most of us love a nice cup of tea, in fact it’s the second most popular beverage in the world after water. But how

More infectious coronavirus mutation now most common strain: Researchers

A new, more infectious mutation of coronavirus is now the most common strain, researchers have warned. Researchers from the UK’s University of Sheffield, Duke University and Los Alamos National Laboratory — both in the US — have warned that COVID-19 has improved its ability to

WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks

The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.“Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited int

WHO: Middle East at ‘critical threshold’ in coronavirus numbers

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday the Middle East was at a decisive moment in the fight against the coronavirus, with cases surging as countries ease lockdown measures.“We are at a critical threshold in our region,” the WHO’s Middle East head, Ahmed Al-Mandhari, said i

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