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China’s coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan is finally coming to an end

March 24th, 2020

Coronavirus epicenter Wuhan, China, is slowly lifting restrictions related to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.  Citizens in the Hubei region will be allowed to travel once again, though only if they have been cleared as healthy and given a QR code confirming their health status.  Residents of Wuhan, Hubei’s capital, can resume travel starting on …

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Coronavirus will delay some NASA projects, agency announces

March 23rd, 2020

Coronavirus will likely delay several NASA projects, with the Mars 2020 still on schedule but facing the possibility of a significant delay.  The James Webb Space Telescope will almost certainly be pushed back even further than it already was, and NASA’s Artemis missions could see delays and perhaps even push the return of humans to …

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Scientists are testing a modified measles vaccine against coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

A coronavirus vaccine is in development at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research.  The COVID-19 vaccine is based on an existing measles vaccine that has been modified using genetic material from the novel coronavirus.  Animal trials of the experimental vaccine will first be needed before human trials can be considered. Even if the …

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The early coronavirus infection warning sign you should look out for

March 23rd, 2020

Coronavirus infection may lead to loss of smell or taste shortly after a person is infected, according to doctors.  Differentiating early symptoms of COVID-19 from those of the flu or other common respiratory illnesses is an important tool for doctors to help identify the most likely cases of coronavirus infection.  It’s unclear exactly why the …

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Spring breakers who refused to stop partying now have coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

Spring breakers in Florida who ignored advice from health experts and government officials took to party hotspots in the midst of a pandemic.  Now, many of those same college students are testing positive for the novel coronavirus, and nobody knows exactly how far it has spread.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must remain in …

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New coronavirus test can return results in 30 minutes

March 19th, 2020

Oxford scientists have developed a new test for the coronavirus that returns a result in as little as 30 minutes, far faster than any existing test.  The test is highly accurate and can detect even the earliest stages of the infection, making it a great tool for the healthcare community.  A device is being developed …

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China reports zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time

March 19th, 2020

China has reported zero new cases of novel coronavirus infection in a 24 hour period for the first time since the outbreak began.  The country has taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, including mandatory lockdowns and quarantines.  China reported 34 new cases of the virus, but all of them had been …

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President Trump announces national emergency over coronavirus

March 13th, 2020

President Trump declares state of emergency and the signing of the Stafford Act over coronavirus pandemic.  This move frees up billions of dollars for disaster relief and mobilizes FEMA to the hardest-hit areas.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump has announced a nationwide state of emergency due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. …

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It’s time to prepare for a US coronavirus pandemic

February 28th, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has the entire world on edge. Countries like China and its neighbors have been particularly hard-hit, but the illness COVID-19 has popped up all over the globe. The United States has been particularly lucky over the past two months, with only 14 confirmed cases of the virus from coast to coast, and …

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World Health Organization insists coronavirus is not a pandemic… yet

February 5th, 2020

The Wuhan coronavirus is dominating headlines the world over. Hundreds have died, tens of thousands are infected, and cases have popped up all over the world. It’s bad, but how bad is it? Well, apparently it’s not bad enough for the World Health Organization to declare it a pandemic, and now they’re explaining why. During …