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Many people are patiently waiting for the right opportunity to go on a getaway, but if coronavirus cancels your plans, and you have booked with Airbnb, you may have to eat quite a large bill.
A worker at the National Health Service (NHS), Lex Karlin, and his wife decided to book a short getaway before the second lockdown in the United Kingdom. Due to the lockdown, Karlin and his wife were forced to cancel their Airbnb reservation for their Christmas break as it would have broken the rules implemented by the government.
Surprisingly, Karlin was told that he would not be getting a refund because of the Airbnb's host policy of no refunds. Additionally, Karlin was also required to pay the 185 pounds ($250 USD) cleaning bill that was included in the booking cost and the 625 pound ($848 USD) service fee that goes to Airbnb. Karlin stated, "If it had been allowable to travel, we would have done so, but it wasn't. It seems that Airbnb is trying to penalize us for not breaking the rules."
Experts behind studies have said that wearable technology such as smartwatches may play a very large role in the road back to normal life.
According to studies published by Mount Sinai Health System in New York and Stanford University in California, wearable devices such as an Apple Watch, WHOOP strap, Garmin, and Fitbit have been shown to predict COVID-19 infections before symptoms appear. Researchers from Stanford performed a study that required participants to wear a variety of different trackers such as Garmin, Fitbit, Apple, and more.
What the researchers found was that out of people who became coronavirus positive, 81% of them had changes in their resting heart rates 9.5 days before symptoms. Researchers from this study also found that an increase in heart rate was linked to symptom onset. Data from these wearable tracking devices could be vital in predicting infections, and as a whole, be a very powerful weapon to use in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. If you are interested in more information about this story, visit this link here.
People who wear an Apple Watch or other heart rate tracking monitors may already have a device around their wrist that predicts if the wearer has a COVID-19 infection.
According to two separatelypublished studies, the device, and in this case an Apple Watch, was able to detect a COVID-19 infection in a person a week before symptoms began to appear. Researchers used the device to track heart rate variability, which is the time between each heartbeat. Through this tracking, the researchers were able to measure how efficiently the immune system of that person was operating.
It has been previously discovered that coronavirus patients have a lower heart rate variability. Rob Hirten, an assistant professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, spoke to CBS and stated, "Our goal was to use tools to identify infections at the time of infection or before people knew they were sick. We already knew that heart rate variability markers change as inflammation develops in the body, and Covid is an incredibly inflammatory event."
A new coronavirus vaccine is coming to market, and using trial findings, the side-effects for the vaccine have already been discovered.
The new vaccine is from Johnson & Johnson, and according to the trial findings, researchers examined 800 participants who received one of these three forms of testing; a high dose of the vaccine, a small dose of the vaccine, or a placebo shot. Looking at the results of the trial, researchers found that 29 days after receiving the shot, 90% of the trials volunteers created COVID-19 neutralizing antibodies.
More surprisingly, the researchers also found that 100% of the trial's participants developed COVID-19 neutralizing antibodies 57 days after receiving the vaccination. Researchers were also able to find the most common side-effects from the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, and all of these side-effects are hardly surprising as they have been found in all COVID-19 vaccines. Side-effects are listed in the entirety of this article. For more information on this story, visit this link here.
The World Health Organization is conducting an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, purportedly a wet market located in Wuhan, China.
Now, the United States has pushed for the World Health Organization to investigate what the US alleges to be illnesses in staff at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) throughout the fall of 2019. This past Thursday, a team of WHO investigators landed in China and have already begun their investigation. According to the Associated Press, this "global team of researchers" team consists of 10 people from various countries.
The pressure from the US comes from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stated, "The United States government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses."
Coronavirus is a very tricky disease to navigate, which is why you should be searching for as much valid information as possible.
The correct information you know about the virus, the more you will be able to protect yourself from it, or even treat yourself if it comes to that. One piece of information that could be considered vital is knowing that just because you get a negative test result doesn't mean you are 100% confirmed not to have COVID-19. How can this happen?
The term for someone testing negative for a disease and then later testing positive for it is called a "false-negative". Essentially, this means that the person has been tested throughout the virus's incubation period, which causes a negative result to show. Unfortunately, some days may pass, and that person may start developing symptoms, which may cause them to go and get re-tested only to see a "positive" test result.
A team of researchers from various different countries has been sent over to Wuhan, China, to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
The team of investigators consists of multiple infectious disease experts and a team of researchers from countries such as America, Australia, Germany, Japan, and Russia. The team totals ten investigators, and the main objective is to uncover the mysterious origin of COVID-19.
The World Health Organization's technical lead on COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, said on Friday, "We need to be very careful about the use of the phrase 'patient zero' which many people indicate as the first initial case. We may never find who the patient zero was". Kerkhove continued and said, "What we need to do is follow the science and follow the studies".
The Daqiaodao Food Co company has been sealed down, and its employee's tested for COVID-19 after contamination in one of its ice cream products.
A city's government located in eastern China has said that coronavirus has been found on ice cream being produced there, causing the company to issue a public recall of all of the ice cream within that batch. The company, The Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd, located in Tianjin, has now been sealed, and all of its workers are being tested for COVID-19.
According to U.S.News, no worker has caught the virus from the ice cream. The potentially contaminated batch consisted of 29,000 cartons of the ice cream. Luckily, the majority of these cartoons weren't sold yet, with only 390 being sold throughout Tianjin, which is now being tracked down through the recorded sale locations. If you are interested in reading more about this story, check out this link here.
New strains of coronavirus have been popping up around the country, and now another state in the US has identified a new COVID-19 variant.
According to Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), who announced the news Saturday, a new COVID-19 variant has been identified in Washtenaw County. The new variant was found in a woman who recently traveled to the United Kingdom, where the new and more contagious B.1.1.7 variant is spreading. Tests are still underway to determine if it is the B.1.1.7 strain, but researchers are inclined to be believe it is the more contagious UK variant.
Additionally, two new cases that were close contacts of the woman have been found, but it isn't clear if they also have the new virus variant. The MDHHS also said that while this is the first case in Michigan of a new coronavirus variant, it is likely that there are more out there that are yet to be identified. At the moment, the UK B.1.1.7 strain has been identified in 16 states. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
The race to get coronavirus vaccines out to as many people as possible has already begun, but now the CDC has said that a new strain of COVID-19 may dominate the US by a certain date.
According to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) modeling, the new "super strain," B.1.1.7, could dominate the United States by March. According to the study's author, Michael Johansson, Ph.D., a member of the CDC's COVID-19 Response Team, "It's not necessarily what's going to happen everywhere, but this is the kind of path that we expect to see." The new CDC modeling estimates that the new strain could cause more than half of new infections by March.
So, why is this new strain much more? Well, according to estimations from researchers, the new strain of COVID-19 is believed to be about 50% more infectious than the main versions circulating now. At the moment, there are 76 cases of this new strain detected in the US, but researchers are expecting these numbers to double each week until this new strain becomes dominant. If you are interested in reading more about this story, check out this link here.