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Covid lockdowns are cost of self-isolation failures, says WHO expert

Lockdowns affecting entire populations is a price countries pay for failing to ensure people with coronavirus and their contacts self-isolate, according to an expert from the World Health Organization. The WHO does not recommend that countries enter lockdowns. It has consistently said that the key to controlling epidemics, whether Covid-19,...
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Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 ‘really concerning’, says WHO chief

With some COVID-19 patients reporting long-term symptoms, including damage to major organs, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Governments to ensure they receive necessary care. “Although we’re still learning about the virus, what’s clear is that this is not just a virus that kills people. To a significant number of...

New polio vaccine poised to get emergency WHO approval

A vaccine against a type of polio that is spreading in the Southern Hemisphere is expected to receive emergency approval before the end of the year. If it does, it will be the first time the World Health Organization has steered an unlicensed vaccine or drug through its emergency listing process.

Long Covid: Who is more likely to get it?

image captionVicky Bourne still has some symptoms in October having first become ill in March. Old age and having a wide range of initial symptoms increase the risk of "long Covid", say scientists. The study, seen by the BBC, estimates one in 20 people are sick for least eight weeks.
Science Now

Remdesivir and interferon fall flat in WHO’s megastudy of COVID-19 treatments

Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. One of the world’s biggest trials of COVID-19 therapies released its long-awaited interim results yesterday—and they’re a letdown. None of the four treatments in the Solidarity trial, which enrolled more than 11,000 patients in 400 hospitals around the globe, increased survival—not even the much-touted antiviral drug remdesivir. Scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) released the data as a preprint on medRxiv last night ahead of its planned publication in the New England Journal of Medicine.
New York Post

WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns due to economic damage

The World Health Organization has warned leaders against relying on COVID-19 lockdowns to tackle outbreaks — after previously saying countries should be careful how quickly they re-open. WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said that such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort, the British magazine The Spectator...
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WHO publishes series of profiles on climate change and health in island states

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable nations to climate change in the world. Yet, many island states are also leading in the global response to climate change, through ambitious emissions reduction targets, adaptation actions, and developing climate resilient health systems. On 4 November 2020, WHO together...

Coronavirus Kills 55 More People In Illinois, Including Local Woman Who Was 30

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The World Health Organization and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted information about COVID-19 on Wikipedia

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that administers Wikipedia, announced today a collaboration to expand the public’s access to the latest and most reliable information about COVID-19. The collaboration will make trusted, public health information available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license at a time...
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Woman the hunter: Ancient Andean remains challenge old ideas of who speared big game

When archaeologists discovered the bones of a 9000-year-old human in a burial pit high in the Andes, they were impressed by a tool kit of 20 stone projectile points and blades stacked neatly by the person’s side. All signs pointed to the discovery of a high-status hunter. “Everybody was talking about how this was a great chief, a big man,” says archaeologist Randy Haas of the University of California (UC), Davis.

North Dakota Republican who died of Covid-19 wins seat in state legislature

A North Dakota Republican who died of Covid-19 last month has won a seat in the state legislature, according to unofficial results posted by the secretary of state's office. David Andahl was one of two Republicans elected to represent the state's 8th District in the North Dakota House of Representatives, earning more than triple the votes of the nearest Democrat.