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Study: Spread of Misinformation About Face Masks and COVID-19 by Automated Software on Facebook. Image Credit: Zigres / Shutterstock

Social media ‘bots’ continue to spread misinformation on mask wearing amid COVID-19 pandemic

While not a new problem, the spread of misinformation throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exploded on almost every social media platform. Recently, a group of researchers analyzed conversations on public Facebook groups to explored automated misinformation on mask wearing. The team published their findings as a research letter in the JAMA Internal …

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Warmer temperatures lessen COVID-19 spread, but control measures still needed

Warmer temperatures lessen COVID-19 spread, but control measures still needed

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles isolated from a patient. Credit: NIAID New research shows transmission of the virus behind COVID-19 varies seasonally, but warmer conditions are not enough to prevent transmission. The study, led by Imperial College London researchers and published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first …

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What's the Delta COVID variant found in Melbourne? Is it more infectious, and does it spread more in kids?

What’s the Delta COVID variant found in Melbourne? Is it more infectious, and does it spread more in kids?

Early data suggests two doses of AstraZeneca is 60% effective, and Pfizer 88%, against the Delta variant. Credit: CDC/Unsplash Victoria’s current COVID outbreak took another turn last week when a new variant was discovered by health authorities. It’s not clear whether this new “Delta” variant emerged from Victoria, New South Wales or elsewhere, and it …

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Breast cancer's spread is more likely in Black women, study finds

Breast cancer’s spread is more likely in Black women, study finds

(HealthDay)—After a diagnosis of breast cancer, Black women face a greater risk of having the disease spread to distant sites in the body—a disparity that is not readily explained, researchers say. It’s known that in the United States, Black women have the highest death rates from breast cancer of any racial or ethnic group. Compared …

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Risk of SARS-CoV-2 spread to bats

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 spread to bats

Since the onset of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the potential for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to establish infection in animal hosts has been a pressing concern. Understanding the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in animals is necessary to prevent the outbreak of wildlife diseases. Furthermore, the potential for the virus …

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New genetic editing tools could stop the spread of mosquito diseases

New genetic editing tools could stop the spread of mosquito diseases

Since the onset of the CRISPR genetic editing revolution, scientists have been working to leverage the technology in the development of gene drives that target pathogen-spreading mosquitoes such as Anopheles and Aedes species, which spread malaria, dengue and other life-threatening diseases. Much less genetic engineering has been devoted to Culex genus mosquitoes, which spread devastating …

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Mass gatherings during Malaysian election directly and indirectly boosted COVID-19 spread

Mass gatherings during Malaysian election directly and indirectly boosted COVID-19 spread

Fig 2. Panel A) Estimated treatment and spill-over effects of Sabah election on COVID-19 case counts in districts within Sabah State and districts outside Sabah State. Panel B) Urban population percentage within districts. Panel C) Population count within districts. Panel D) Population density within districts. The figure was created using the base layer from The …

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Can people vaccinated against COVID-19 still spread the coronavirus?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Vaccines can be great at preventing you from getting sick, while at the same time not necessarily stopping you from getting infected or spreading the germ. Preliminary evidence seems to suggest the COVID-19 vaccines make it less likely someone who’s vaccinated will transmit the coronavirus, but the proof is not yet …

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Campylobacter infection can also be spread through sexual contact

Campylobacter infection can also be spread through sexual contact

Campylobacter infection, one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the Western world, can also be spread through sexual contact, according to a new research discovery by an OU Hudson College of Public Health faculty member, working in conjunction with colleagues in Denmark. The team’s research has been published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal …

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Sheltering people with COVID-19 experiencing homelessness curbs spread

Sheltering people with COVID-19 experiencing homelessness curbs spread

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A new study provides public health planning authorities with a method of calculating the number of COVID-19 isolation beds they would need for people experiencing homelessness based on level of infection in the city. The research holds promise for controlling spread of the virus—or future infectious diseases—in a population that is …

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