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OCEAN CREATURES HAVE BEEN PROTECTING US FROM MILLIONS OF VIRUSES THIS ENTIRE TIME

03 APR 2020 It’s fair to say that the world has had more than enough of viruses right now. Unfortunately, the converse is not necessarily true. The incredible vastness of the virosphere is hard to overstate. While several thousand kinds of virus have been studied in detail, scientists say we haven’t even scratched the …

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NEW STUDY OF THE CORONAVIRUS ‘SPIKE’ PROTEIN COULD HELP EXPLAIN ITS IMMENSE SPREAD

01 APR 2020 When a new disease comes out of the woodwork, scientists across the world leap into action to try and find out what they can about it, hopefully providing new ways to help. Researchers at the University of Minnesota (UM) have done just that – by investigating the …

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DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO DISINFECT ALL GROCERIES NOW? AN EXPERT EXPLAINS

31 MARCH 2020 There is no evidence currently that COVID-19 is transmitted by food. The biggest risk when it comes to COVID-19 and groceries is being around other people in the grocery store while you are shopping.  Should I keep my groceries in the garage or on the porch for …

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CORONAVIRUS-HIT CRUISE SHIP ALLOWED TO TRANSIT PANAMA CANAL

30 MAR 2020 A cruise ship stuck off Panama’s Pacific coast after four passengers died and more than 130 others developed influenza-like symptoms, including at least two with the coronavirus, will be allowed to proceed through the Panama Canal, the government said on Saturday. Holland America Line’s 238-meter (781-foot) MS Zaandam vessel can now continue …

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CHINA PROPOSES HEALTH SILK ROAD

28 MAR 2020  China says it is willing to contribute to international cooperation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic via the construction of a Health Silk Road. State media agency Xinhua states that Chinese President Xi Jinping made the offer, along with an offer of help for Italy, during a phone …

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HERE ARE SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU AVOID FAKE CORONAVIRUS NEWS

25 MAR 2020 The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic“. Fake news spreads faster and more easily today through the internet, social media and instant messaging. These messages may contain useless, incorrect or even harmful information and advice, which can hamper the …

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IN THE KNOW PODCAST 14-THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON GLOBAL SHIPPING

21 MAR 2020  Since December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world. The outbreak and the public health response have had a serious impact on every sector of the maritime industry: global cruise lines have halted operations, container carriers have had to blank dozens of sailings, and offshore …

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THOSE WHO RECOVER FROM CORONAVIRUS CAN BE LEFT WITH REDUCED LUNG FUNCTION, SAY DOCTORS

14 MAR 2020 People who recover after being infected with the novel coronavirus can still be left with substantially weakened lung capacity, with some left gasping for air when walking quickly, doctors in Hong Kong have found. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority made the findings after studying the first wave of patients …

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CRISPR USED ON PATIENT’S EYE IN ATTEMPT TO CURE GENETIC BLINDNESS, WORLD FIRST

9 MAR 2020 For the first time, doctors have attempted to cure blindness by gene-hacking a patient with CRISPR technology. A team from Oregon Health & Science Institute injected three droplets of fluid that delivered the CRISPR DNA fragments directly into a patient’s eyeball, The Associated Press reports, in hopes that it will reverse …

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THERE’S A PECULIAR LINK BETWEEN WHALES BEACHING THEMSELVES AND SOLAR STORMS

04 FEB 2020 The Gray Whale is the 10th largest creature alive today, and the 9 creatures larger than it are all whales, too. Gray Whales are known for their epic migration routes, sometimes covering more than 16,000 km (10,000 miles) on their two-way trips between their feeding grounds and …

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