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Thousands, and if not millions of people around the world, have said they have seen a UFO at one stage in their life, and now the CIA has provided the public with "all" of its documents on the subject.
The CIA has made it possible to download "all" of its files on unidentified flying objects (UFO), stating that what is available for download is "all" of the agency's files on the UFO's. The documents have since been published on The Black Vault website, which is run by freedom of information activist John Greenewald Jr. John Greenewald Jr caused the CIA to release this information after submitting 10,000 freedom of information requests over many years.
RT reports that more than 2.2 million pages have been uploaded to The Black Vault website. Some of the documents' contents mention unexplained encounters with what the CIA calls an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), or UFO, for layman's terms. Additionally, some of the documents mention a mysterious "wonder explosion" in a small Russian city. For more information on this story, visit this link here.
As many people worldwide have learned to live with the coronavirus, scientists and researchers are still continuing to understand how the virus works and how it affects the human body.
ABC News reports that the Westchester Medical Center is accepting more post-COVID-19 patients for its recovery program. The medical center has detailed many of the patients' symptoms, as well as begun treatment on more than 100 Long COVID patients (patients who experience COVID-19 symptoms after surviving the illness). One of those Long COVID patients is Amy Siniscalchi, who has said that fatigue and shortness of breath are the most significant COVID-19 symptoms she is still facing after becoming infected early in the pandemic.
On top of those two symptoms, another symptom that has presented itself is what doctors refer to as "COVID hands". This condition causes the skin of a patient's hands to peel, and fingernail color can change to purple. Amy Siniscalchi said, "My hands would peel. I would wake up one day, and my hands would feel like sandpaper, and they would peel in their entirety." This symptom has previously been found by doctors before and has been renowned as a possible sign for a COVID-19 infection. At the moment, there isn't any clear explanation as to why a COVID-19 causes these skin issues, but doctors do have some ideas.
Researchers have linked a deficiency of a specific vitamin to the increased chance of a patient developing a severe COVID-19 infection.
Danish researchers looked at vitamin K levels of 138 COVID-19 patients and 140 healthy individuals. What the researchers found when comparing the levels of each group against each other is that the patients that were infected with COVID-19 had vitamin K levels that were half of the healthy people's. Additionally, the 43 patients who died recorded having even lower levels than both of the groups.
So, how does vitamin K levels play a role in a patient developing a severe COVID-19 infection? Vitamin K plays numerous roles in the body, and one of those roles is the vitamin activating specific enzymes that assist in the protection against lung tissue. When a patient has low vitamin K levels the lungs have less protection against invading viruses, which is what could explain the COVID-19 infection severity discrepancy between patients who have healthy vitamin K levels, and patients who don't.
No one wants to throw out a perfectly good tub of ice cream, but you may want to dispose of this ice cream if it contains something potentially life-threatening.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has your back when it comes to the safe consumption of food products, which is why the regulatory body has updated its bulletin board with a new listing. The new recall notice is from Weis Markets and advisers consumers about a possible metal contamination. Weis Markets sells ice cream under the following name brands; Weis, Klein's, and Nelson's.
According to the bulletin listing, "there has been one report of a customer who discovered an intact piece of metal equipment in the Weis Quality Cookies and Cream Ice Cream (48 oz). There is concern of an additional piece of equipment present in the ice cream product(s) possibly presenting a choking hazard." As you can already probably imagine, the recall of this product is thousands of gallons of ice cream that has already been shipped to many stores in several states.
Reports have surfaced regarding the suspected transmission of coronavirus from humans to a particular zoo animal.
According to reports from RT, at least three gorillas that are living at a zoo in California have caught coronavirus. The US Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) said these are the "first gorillas in the United States to be confirmed positive", and possibly even the world. It is suspected that the gorillas became infected by a zoo staff member that was asymptomatic.
The gorillas are reportedly doing well and are experiencing similar symptoms that humans experience, such as congestion and coughing. The park's executive director, Lisa Peterson, said in a statement, "The troop remains quarantined together and are eating and drinking. We are hopeful for a full recovery." NVSL reminded everyone that there is no evidence suggesting that animals play a significant role in the spread coronavirus in communities.
Everyone wants life before the global pandemic to come back, but unfortunately, 'normal life' globally won't be returning in 2021.
The devastating news came out on Monday from the World Health Organization chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, who said that even as countries around the world begin rolling out COVID-19 vaccination strategies, the world still won't achieve herd immunity in 2021. Dr. Swaminathan said, "Even as vaccines start protecting the most vulnerable, we're not going to achieve any levels of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021."
It was previously estimated that for the world to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 that 70% of the global population would need to be vaccinated. Now, scientists and researchers are worried that due to the extremely infectious nature of the virus, 70% may not be enough, and a higher percentage of population may be required to get vaccinated to reach the herd immunity threshold. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
Not everyone has adapted to the public health measures that have been laid out to prevent coronavirus spread among communities around the world.
In particular, one man hasn't adapted very well at all, or at least he hasn't taken on board the importance of contact tracing system such as QR-code check-in stations. The man is an Australian McDonald's customer and has been caught on security cameras becoming aggravated over being told to complete a COVID-19 check-in station.
The incident occurred last Saturday at a McDonald's located in New South Wales. The Hills Police Area Command Facebook page posted a series of screenshots showing the man picking up a cash register and smashing it in a fit of rage. The man has since been arrested and is facing charges related to the incident that occurred in the McDonald's. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
Petpuls Labs sure has unveiled something that feels like it's ripped right out of the future, or at least from Pixar's movie 'Up' -- a new AI-powered dog collar.
The new AI-powered dog collar uses Petpuls Labs' voice recognition technology in order to detect, and track 5 different emotional states of your dog. The AI-based dog collar will know if your dog is happy, anxious, angry, sad, or relaxed. We all know dogs love to sleep, so it will also act as a sleep tracker that gives you better insights into how you dog is sleeping, and how it might feel when it comes to its emotional, and physical well-being.
You just simply attach the silicon collar with the small AI-powered device installed into it, onto your dog and then pair it over Wi-FI to your smartphone through an iOS or Android app. The AI that the company has used uses an algorithm that determines the mood of your dog from a database of over 10,000 bark samples from over 50 breeds of dogs.
A new study has explored a connection between coronavirus cases and symptoms. The finding of the study highlight the importance of face mask use and other preventative measures.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the findings indicate that at least half of all COVID-19 cases are spread by people who don't have any symptoms. This means that while you are walking around in public, you could be walking past many people who don't know they are infected yet are spreading the virus.
As you can probably already understand, studies such as this one highlight the importance of the recommended coronavirus prevention methods. Examples include; face mask use, social distancing, hand hygiene, and avoiding crowds. For more information on this story, visit this link here. To track the coronavirus for yourself, visit this link here.
The events Capitol building events that transpired last week were something not many people have ever seen before.
Now, Dr. Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has warned that the people who decide to storm the Capitol building may contribute to the spread of COVID-19 among the community. In an interview with ABC7, Dr. Fauci said since many of the rioters were wearing masks, and not adhering to the public health recommendations, "I would not be surprised if several of those people are going to spread, but given the size of the crowd-it wasn't 50,000 people. It was just a couple of thousand people, but still it was a risk. It was a risk."
The infectious disease expert continued and explained that many of the rioters have put themselves at an increased risk for COVID-19 infection as they weren't maintaining the three key public health recommendations; uniform wearing of face masks, physical distancing, and avoiding congregate crowds. If you are interested in reading more about this story, visit this link here. To track the coronavirus pandemic for yourself, visit this tracker here.