Infectious diseases

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China claims Covid wave has peaked with severe cases, deaths falling fast
But reporting from inside China during the lunar new year period suggests rates of infection and fatalities exceeding official reports

Helen Davidson in Taipei

27, Jan, 2023 @4:31 AM

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We are all playing Covid roulette. Without clean air, the next infection could permanently disable you | George Monbiot
As rich people plough money into ventilation to protect themselves, those with long Covid are treated as an embarrassment, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

George Monbiot

26, Jan, 2023 @12:26 PM

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Does Covid reinfection bring more health risks – or make you ‘super immune’?
The debate over the risks of reinfections – which are likely to continue – could determine what precautions people take, but experts disagree on the data

Eric Berger

23, Jan, 2023 @8:30 AM

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‘This will happen before 2030’: how the science behind Covid vaccines might help to fight cancer
The success of mRNA-based drugs in combating coronavirus is inspiring scientists to create similar vaccines for melanoma and other tumours

David Cox

22, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Upsize, downsize? Why the Covid property race for space went sour for homebuyers
Ultra-low rates and a desire for more room during lockdown drove UK house prices to new heights. But now many of those who moved are suffering

Jedidajah Otte

21, Jan, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Andrew Bridgen’s Covid vaccine tweets could harm public health | Letter
Letter: We need a high booster uptake of Covid and flu vaccines, writes Dr Simon Williams; the fewer anti-vax messages the better

17, Jan, 2023 @5:45 PM

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Covid increases risk of grave illness and death in pregnant women – study
Research also finds unvaccinated Covid-infected women more likely to give birth prematurely

Ian Sample Science editor

16, Jan, 2023 @11:30 PM

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‘The silent disease’: Chagas is a killer. Now carriers want their voices heard
The parasite-borne disease is classed as ‘neglected’ yet causes 12,000 deaths a year, mostly in Latin America. Can the world really wipe it out by 2030?

Sarah Johnson

16, Jan, 2023 @7:15 AM

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UK pest-control firm made £9m from ‘VIP lane’ PPE deal during pandemic
PestFix had assets of £18,000 and 16 staff but won contracts worth £344m after being put on government’s high-priority supplier list

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

15, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Immunity debt: does it really exist?
Some claim the rise in winter infections has been caused by the reduction of seasonal bugs during lockdowns. But experts are sceptical about these oversimplified explanations

Philip Ball

14, Jan, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Chinese flock to Hong Kong to get private Covid booster shots
Travel packages also advertised in Macau as interest grows in mRNA vaccines unavailable on mainland

Helen Davidson in Taipei

13, Jan, 2023 @10:36 AM

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I thought New Year predictions would be more fun than resolutions – big mistake | Zoe Williams
In search of a family activity that is a little bit chilling, a little bit divisive and not that enjoyable? I have the perfect answer, writes Zoe Williams

Zoe Williams

10, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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