Most major economies are shrinking. Not China’s.

By Keith Bradsher SHANGHAI: As most nations around the world struggle with new lockdowns and layoffs in the face of the surging pandemic, just one major economy has bounced back after bringing the coronavirus mostly under control: China. The Chinese economy rose 2.3% last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday in Beijing. … Read more

How British scientists found the more infectious coronavirus variant

By Benjamin Mueller LONDON: All at once, the coronavirus seemed to change. For months, Dr. Steven Kemp, an infectious disease expert, had been scanning a global library of coronavirus genomes. He was studying how the virus had mutated in the lungs of a patient struggling to shake a raging infection in a nearby Cambridge hospital, … Read more

CDC: New COVID Strain May Dominate U.S. by March

Jan. 15, 2021 — The CDC is urging Americans to double down on precautions to thwart the spread of the coronavirus, as the new B.1.1.7 “super strain” takes hold in the U.S. New CDC modeling shows the new strain could cause more than half of new infections in this country by March, even as … Read more

COVID Shortened U.S. Life Expectancy by Over a Year

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The COVID-19 pandemic significantly shortened life expectancy in the United States, especially among Black people and Hispanics, a new study says. With more than 336,000 COVID-19 deaths nationwide last year, researchers decided to examine the pandemic’s impact on life expectancy. The … Read more

Pharmacy Chains Ready to Supply COVID-19 Vaccines

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Now that federal guidelines have expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include people over 65 and those of all ages with underlying health conditions, drug stores say they are ready, willing and able to start giving the shots. There’s just one slight glitch: supply. But with two … Read more

Many Don’t See Link Between Racism, Health Outcomes

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic don’t believe that racism is associated with poorer health, a nationwide poll shows. The ongoing poll of more than 4,000 lower- and middle-income Americans focuses on communities of color. “It really struck us … Read more

Apps to Let Travelers, Others Show COVID-19 Status

Julie Parsonnet, MD, professor of epidemiology and population health, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Marc Lipsitch, DPhil, professor of epidemiology and director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston. Paul Meyer, CEO, Commons Project Foundation, New York City. Perry Flint, spokesperson, International Air Transport Association. Schengen Visa Info News: … Read more

Study: College Campuses Are COVID ‘Superspreaders’

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — U.S. colleges could be COVID-19 superspreader sites, and the first two weeks of classes are the most dangerous, researchers warn. They studied 30 campuses nationwide with the highest numbers of reported coronavirus cases and found that more than half had spikes that peaked well above 1,000 cases … Read more