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Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?

A loss of smell or taste may be a sign that you have coronavirus, according to UK researchers. A team at King's College London looked at responses from more than 400,000 people reporting suspected Covid-19 symptoms to an app. But loss of smell and taste are also signs of other respiratory infectio


Ferrets will be used in U.S-funded research by U.K scientists on the novel coronavirus, documents reveal. According the U.S. government's contract website, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded a contract to Public Health England (PHE), a government agency in the U.K., to investigate COVID

They died fighting coronavirus: UK doctors from Sudan, Pakistan mourned

By Nadda Osman Tributes have been paid to three Muslim medical workers who have died in the fight against coronavirus in the UK. The three are the first among UK medical staff to die from the outbreak, which has claimed more than 1,200 lives in the country at time of publication. All three of the

Aspirin does not prevent dementia or slow down cognitive decline

Past studies have suggested that the humble aspirin can benefit cardiovascular health. For this reason, some researchers had hypothesized that this drug might also help prevent dementia or at least slow down cognitive decline. A new study, however, now disproves this notion.Historically, doctors hav

‘Laughter soothes nerves during coronavirus trauma

Americans are employing humor as a balm to soothe nerves during the coronavirus pandemic, flocking to new Instagram stars like Quentin Quarantino and sharing Facebook memes in self-quarantine. Late-night TV hosts and hometown comedians are providing a mental health safety net for Americans living a

'Think about the best-case scenario': how to manage coronavirus anxiety

Just over a week ago, our world looked very different from how it does today. The shift has been so rapid and frightening, it feels as if the ground beneath us has given way. It is disorienting, as if normal life is just over there, out of reach. I have been through two major bereavements, close tog

Walking more linked with lower blood pressure

A new study has found that people who walk more also have lower blood pressure. This confirms existing notions that keeping active is good for cardiovascular health.Abnormally high blood pressure (hypertension) affects almost half of the United States’ adult population, and it is one of the ma

How to exercise while staying at home

So what else can you do to keep fit and healthy while heeding the new advice about staying at home? "There are tonnes of things you can do from your chair or sofa - squats, tricep dips, crunches, body work exercises and so on," says Cardiff-based personal trainer Keris Hopkins. "If you have kids a

Trump focuses attention on possible coronavirus treatments

President Donald Trump focused attention on possible treatments for the new coronavirus on Thursday, citing potential use of a drug long used to treat malaria and some other approaches still in testing. At a White House news conference, Trump and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephe

Cancer, heart surgeries delayed as coronavirus alters care

Some cancer surgeries are being delayed, many stent procedures for clogged arteries have been pushed back and infertility specialists were asked to postpone helping patients get pregnant. Doctors in virtually every field are scrambling to alter care as the new coronavirus spreads. Medical groups is

US volunteers test first vaccine

The first human trial of a vaccine to protect against pandemic coronavirus has started in the US. Four patients received the jab at the Kaiser Permanente research facility in Seattle, Washington, reports the Associated Press news agency. The vaccine cannot cause Covid-19 but contains a harmless ge

How Long Will the Coronavirus Outbreak and Shutdown Last?

At a news conference on Thursday, President Trump addressed the question of the hour: How long will it take for things to go back to normal? “People are talking about July, August,” he said. But that inquiry, many doctors and scientists say, is the wrong question. “We need to ch

Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses

U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday, leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With careful jabs in the arms of four healthy volunteers, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute i

Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized

New studies in several countries and a large coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts bring into question reassuring assertions by US officials about the way the novel virus spreads. These officials have emphasized that the virus is spread mainly by people who are already showing symptoms, such as fev

Rishi Sunak confirms tampon tax will be scrapped

The chancellor confirmed in his budget that the government is to scrap the controversial tampon tax and abolish VAT on all women’s sanitary products from 2021. Tampons and other women’s sanitary products currently attract 5% VAT.This will be dropped when the transition period for Britai

How caloric restriction prevents negative effects of aging in cells

If you want to reduce levels of inflammation throughout your body, delay the onset of age-related diseases, and live longer, eat less food. That's the conclusion of a new study by scientists from the US and China that provides the most detailed report to date of the cellular effects of a calorie-res

Webmd : Preparing for Coronavirus: Dos and Don’ts

By Debbie Koenig Editor's Note: This story was updated March 12, 2020. For the latest updates on the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, see our news coverage. Feb. 28, 2020 -- With cases in 42 states and the District of Columbia, coronavirus (and COVID-19, the disease it causes) is spreading rapidly in th

Travel bans, market chaos: Dizzying reaction to virus spread

Sweeping travel bans cascaded around the globe Thursday, walling off countries and even entire continents, keeping people inside their homes, and slowing the engines of commerce to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Markets collapsed with the growing realization that there would be no fast end to the un

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