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August 7, 2020

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Implementation of Social Distancing Policies Correlates With Significant Reduction in SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

Researchers have found that the implementation of social distancing policies corresponded with significant reductions in transmission of the ...

Young Kids Could Spread COVID-19 as Much as Older Children and Adults, Study Suggests

Researchers have discovered that children younger than 5 years with mild to moderate COVID-19 have much higher levels of genetic material for the ...

Lithium in Drinking Water Linked With Lower Suicide Rates

Naturally occurring lithium in public drinking water may have an anti-suicidal effect, according to a new study. The study collated research from around the world and found that geographical areas ...

If Relaxed Too Soon, Physical Distancing Measures Might Have Been All for Naught

If physical distancing measures in the United States are relaxed while there is still no COVID-19 vaccine or treatment and while personal protective ...
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Most Americans Don't Have Enough Assets to Withstand 3 Months Without Income

A new study found that 77% of low- to moderate-income American households fall below the asset poverty threshold, meaning that if their income were cut off they would not have the financial assets to ...

Study Finds Dedicated Clinics Can Reduce Impact of Flu Pandemic

A new study concludes that opening clinics dedicated specifically to treating influenza can limit the number of people infected and help to 'flatten the curve,' or reduce the peak ...

Three-Quarters of Migrants Traveling to US Through Mexico Experience Food Insecurity

A survey of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico on their way to the United States found that 74 percent of them experienced a degree of food insecurity, ranging from having only one ...

Epidemic Model Shows How COVID-19 Could Spread Through Firefighting Camps

To support fire agencies as they continue their mission-critical work, a team has developed an epidemiological modeling exercise for the USDA Forest Service and other fire managers that demonstrates ...

Lockdown Study Reports Surge in Health Anxieties

Coronavirus and the imposition of lockdown this year 'significantly raised' mental health challenges, particularly so for the most vulnerable groups, including those shielding, according to ...

Eye-Tracking Tech Helps Aged Care Assessment

Memory loss among older Australians is on the rise as the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement - but a new technique that investigates cognitive skills through eye-tracking technology may be used ...

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Travel Bans

A new study sheds light on how COVID-19 spreads regionally and between countries, as well as on how effective governmental measures to curb the spread of the pandemic have been to ...

Study Reveals COVID-19 Transmission Rate on Trains

A study has examined the chances of catching COVID-19 in a train carriage carrying an infectious ...

National Academies Publishes Guide to Help Public Officials Make Sense of COVID-19 Data

The National Academies has published a guide to help officials across the country interpret and understand different COVID-19 statistics and data sources as they make decisions about opening and ...

Study Highlights Mental Health Risks Facing Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

A new study finds healthcare workers in the United States are struggling with a suite of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reports healthcare workers are at greater ...

U.S. Should Consider 'Stay-at-Home' Cooling Options During Pandemic

A new study from Australian scientists at the forefront of climate and health modelling suggests electric fans and water dousing could be a viable stay-at-home cooling strategy as the United States ...

COVID-19 Risk Model Uses Hospital Data to Guide Decisions on Social Distancing

With communities throughout the United States combating surges in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, researchers have created a framework that helps policymakers determine which data to track and ...

Social Distancing Varies by Income in United States

Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a new ...

COVID-19 Provides Rare Opportunities for Studying Natural and Human Systems

Researchers hypothesize outcomes of the pandemic's unprecedented socioeconomic disruption and outline research priorities for advancing our understanding of humans' impact on the ...

Combating a Pandemic Is 500 Times More Expensive Than Preventing One, Research Suggests

The failure to protect tropical rain forests has cost trillions of dollars stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked economic havoc and caused historic levels of unemployment in the ...

Further Evidence World Trade Center Responders Are at Risk for Dementia

New studies indicate that World Trade Center (WTC) first responders are at risk for developing ...

Racial Disparities in COVID-19–related Deaths Exist Beyond Income Differences in Large U.S. Cities

New analyses examine the interplay between race/ethnicity and income on COVID-19 cases and related deaths in 10 major U.S. ...

New Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data -- Privately

Researchers have shown that an approach called federated learning is successful in the context of brain imaging, by being able to analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain tumor ...

Lockdown Saw Modest Drop in China Air Pollution, Study Finds

Large improvements of air quality in China during the COVID-19 lockdown have been widely reported, but new research reveals that the two pollutants most harmful to human health, fine particulate ...

Nationwide Trends Show Fewer Cancer Patients Seeking Care Since Start of Pandemic

Researchers observe significant decreases nationwide in the number of patients being seen for cancer-related care as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed during the few first months of ...

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