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COVID-19 – Things Are Starting To Get Better

A meta-analysis of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the 2019 form of coronavirus that led to the COVID-19 pandemic, found that the chance an infected person showing symptoms was infecting someone else even in their home was only 18%, while it plummeted to 0.7% if they are not symptomatic.The pool was not small, it was data from over 77,000 participants. That's...

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Though Center For Food Safety And Other Lawsuit Groups Want Otherwise, Americans Trust Science

At a time when sue-and-settle activist groups like Center for Food Safety continue to claim scientists - across the private sector, non-profits, and government agencies - are colluding to poison us by allowing safe pesticide use, their messaging is being ignored by more consumers than in decades.read...

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18 Percent Of Americans Don’t Have Enough To Eat, Which Makes Them…Obese?

More than 18 percent of U.S. adults claim they do not have access to adequate food from day to day, according to a new paper, which more than doubled between 1999 and 2016. The result: Higher obesity.People got fat from not enough food?There are obvious confounders, namely recall bias - and it's hard to reconcile an obese person stating on surveys they don't get enough to eat with biological...

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COVID-19 Has Been A Gold Rush For Journals – But Media Coverage Of The ‘Infodemic’ May Confuse The Public

Are you excited about dozens of COVID-19 vaccine candidates? Do you get confused about whether or not it's as harmful to have been exposed to the 2019 SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus as it is to have COVID-19? Do you think the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine will either save you from COVID-19 or give you a heart attack?If any of the above are true, you have been reading too much corporate media and...

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No Matter Who Wins The U.S. Election, COVID-19 Social Unrest Could Be Rampant

Are Proud Boys and Antifa fighting each other 'to oppose fascism' a product of the COVID-19 pandemic? No, militant groups have always attracted people with pathologies who just need a reason to be violent, but pandemics do cause social unrest, at least historically.There is a lot more isolation than in past pandemics but also a lot more community around SARS-CoV-2, the 2019 form of the...

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FDA Bureaucracy Was Unprepared For A COVID-19 Vaccine – Here Is How To Fix It

In late March of 2020, the Food and Drug Administration gave Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. The drug is already used off-label for diseases like arthritis and given how it behaves with human biology, it is plausible it might work on some with COVID-19. A peer-reviewed study found just that - but it was only epidemiology, and...

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