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New Research: Bats Harbor Hundreds Of Coronaviruses, And Spillovers Aren't Rare


The coronavirus outbreak in China seems like an unusual event. But scientists have found that similar viruses have been quietly jumping from bats into humans for years.

After The Diamond Princess Cruise, Coming Home To A Life In Isolation


Carl Goldman tested positive for the new coronavirus after leaving the ship and arriving in the U.S. He is recovering in an isolation unit of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

North Korea Claims Zero Coronavirus Cases, But Experts Are Skeptical


Pyongyang says it has mobilized to fight for its "national survival." Experts say North Korea's track record of fighting epidemics does not bode well for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Parents: Teens Are Still Vaping, Despite Flavor Ban. Here's What They're Using

Despite enforcement efforts to stop teen vaping, kids are getting their hands on a new array of disposable products that come in sweet and fruity flavors.

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Coronavirus: South Korea Says COVID-19 Cases Doubled In 24 Hours

The man and woman are the first Diamond Princess passengers to die during the COVID-19 outbreak. They were hospitalized last week.

Health | World

Coronavirus Is Contagious, But Kids Seem Less Vulnerable So Far

A small study from China finds infected babies have only mild symptoms. And a study of pregnant women who were infected with the virus evaluates whether it can be passed on to their babies.

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What's A 'Super-Spreading Event'? And Has It Happened With COVID-19?

At least 11 cases of the viral disease are linked to a British man's ski trip to the Alps after attending a conference in Singapore.

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Lax Regulations And Vulnerable Residents 'A Recipe For Problems' In Eldercare Homes

Assisted living-type facilities often are subject to less scrutiny than nursing homes. Investigations in Vermont and elsewhere have revealed patterns of poor care and deaths.

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Musician Plays Her Violin During Brain Surgery

Doctors wanted to ensure they didn't compromise parts of the brain necessary for playing the violin, so they asked their musician patient to play for them mid-operation.

Business | Health | World

The Wide-Ranging Ways In Which The Coronavirus Is Hurting Global Business

Some factories are beginning to reopen, but labor shortages continue. In a recent poll of U.S. companies by Shanghai's American Chamber of Commerce, 78% said they lack staff to resume full production.

Health | World

Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine

A total of 621 people from the cruise ship have now been confirmed to have COVID-19 — or about 20% of those who had been tested by Wednesday.

Health | Technology | World

Critics Say China Has Suppressed And Censored Information In Coronavirus Outbreak

They charge that news of a new pneumonia-like illlness was kept from the public for weeks — and that social media accounts are being shut down if certain types of comments are made.

Health | Science

Timetable For A Vaccine Against The New Coronavirus? Maybe This Fall

Recent advances in biotech make scientists optimistic that they might have a vaccine that has passed basic tests of human safety and efficacy ready to go to clinics as soon as this fall.

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