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People with blood type A may be more susceptible to coronavirus

Infected people with specific blood type may need ‘more vigilant surveillance and aggressive treatment’, says study eople with blood type A may be more vulnerable to being infected with coronavirus compared to other blood types, scientists in China have claimed. In a preliminary study, researchers at the Zhongnan Hospital at Wuhan University examined blood group patterns of 2,173 people who had […]

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Greenland’s melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months

Analysis of satellite date reveals astounding loss of 600bn tons of ice last summer as Arctic experienced hottest year on record Last year’s summer was so warm that it helped trigger the loss of 600bn tons of ice from Greenland – enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2mm in just two months, new research has found. […]

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Japanese flu drug ‘clearly effective’ in treating coronavirus, says China

Shares in Fujifilm Toyama Chemical, which developed favipiravir, surged after praise by Chinese official Medical authorities in China have said a drug used in Japan to treat new strains of influenza appeared to be effective in coronavirus patients, Japanese media said on Wednesday. Zhang Xinmin, an official at China’s science and technology ministry, said favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary […]

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Coronavirus: Amazon suspends all warehouse shipments except medical supplies and ‘high-demand’ products

This temporary suspension will go through 5 April Amazon has temporarily suspended the shipment of all items from independent merchants to its warehouses that are not medical supplies or “high-demand” products.  This temporary suspension will go through 5 April as the e-commerce giant prioritises products relating to combating the growing coronavirus pandemic.  “We are temporarily prioritising household staples, […]

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Coronavirus: Food banks forced to close amid Covid-19 outbreak

Campaigners warn closures will push low-income families further into grip of poverty and social exclusion Food banks across the UK are being forced to close or reduce the service they offer as the coronavirus outbreak leads to a decline in volunteers and a shortage in food donations. Campaigners said people on low-incomes could be pushed further into the […]

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Can you get the coronavirus twice?

Definitive answer not yet known, but experts say reinfection seems unlikely One of the most concerning issues since the emergence of the Covid-19 virus has been whether those who have had it can get it a second time – and what that means for immunity. On Monday, both Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific […]

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Qatar World Cup: report reveals 34 stadium worker deaths in six years

Latest figures show nine stadium worker deaths in 2019 alone, as human rights organisations criticise delay in implementing labour reform Nine migrant labourers working on the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar died in 2019, the “supreme committee” organising the event has announced, bringing the number of deaths on World Cup projects to 34, since […]

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Can a face mask stop coronavirus? Covid-19 facts checked

The truth about how you can catch coronavirus, who is most vulnerable and what you can do to avoid infection Claim: ‘Face masks don’t work’ Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, […]

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The hellish side of handwashing: how coronavirus is affecting people with OCD

For some OCD patients, not washing their hands is part of their treatment. So guidance to do so regularly is reviving their anxieties – and triggering them in others Boris Johnson does it while singing Happy Birthday twice. For Jacob Rees-Mogg, it’s the national anthem. And as soap supplies run low, it seems much of […]

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‘We are making difficult choices’: Italian doctor tells of struggle against coronavirus

‘Covid-19 is changing everyone’s life in Italy…The whole country is on standby’ A doctor in Italy has told The Independent how medics there are being forced to ration care to patients in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak with elderly patients being denied care based on their age and whether they have other conditions. Consultant anaesthetist and intensive care specialist Maria, who works […]

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