Quebec doctors confirm loss of smell, taste most common symptoms of COVID-19
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(Katelyn Thomas/ CTV News) — Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been theories that the virus could manifest itself in the form of a loss of taste or smell among people who have tested positive.

On Wednesday, Quebec researchers proved the theory to be true. In a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal,  …

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COVID-19 not very infectious 8 days after symptoms occur, Winnipeg study suggests
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(Bartley Kives/ CBC News) — COVID-19 appears to be infectious only for the first eight days after patients experience symptoms, Winnipeg researchers conclude in a study that, if confirmed by further work, could have implications for the way the disease is treated, isolated and prevented.

In the largest study of its kind so far, researchers  …

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WHO temporarily pauses hydroxychloroquine study due to safety concerns
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(Amir Vera and Jacqueline Howard/ CNN) — The World Health Organization has temporarily halted studying hydroxychloroquine as a potential Covid-19 treatment due to safety concerns, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

The decision was made after an observational study  …

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WHO says 80 million babies are missing out on routine childhood vaccines
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(Maggie Fox/ CNN) — As many as 80 million babies worldwide are missing out on routine childhood vaccines because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The pandemic has disrupted vaccination programs in at least 68 countries, according to a joint news release by WHO, the global vaccine initiative Gavi,  …

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Intense fitness classes can lead to rapid spread of COVID-19, report shows
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(Rachael Rettner/ Live Science) — Fitness dance classes are yet another venue where the new coronavirus appears to easily spread, according to a new report.

The report found that dozens of people in South Korea caught COVID-19 after participating in fitness dance classes at the beginning of the pandemic.

The researchers traced the   …

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6 feet may not be enough: wind may carry coronavirus farther
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(Brian Krans/ Healthline) — While there’s still much to be understood about COVID-19, a recent batch of research is giving infectious disease experts some new information about the distance the new coronavirus can travel and how long it can linger in the air.

Researchers know the virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through respiratory  …

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Johnson & Johnson to discontinue talc-based baby powder in Canada and U.S.
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(Ben Cousins/ CTV News) – Johnson & Johnson has decided to permanently discontinue its talc-based baby powder in Canada and the U.S. and is blaming “misinformation” about the product for the decision.

In a news release issued Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson said its consumer health department began prioritizing high-demand items  …

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Early results from Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial show participants developed antibodies against the virus
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(Elizabeth Cohen/ CNN) — Volunteers who received Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine had positive early results, according to the biotech company, which partnered with the National Institutes of Health to develop the vaccine.

If future studies go well, the company’s vaccine could be available to the public as early as January,  …

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WHO emergencies chief says novel coronavirus may be here to stay
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(Associated Press) — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said it’s possible the new coronavirus may be here to stay, warning it’s impossible to predict when the pandemic might be controlled.

“This virus may never go away,” Dr. Michael Ryan said in a news briefing on Wednesday. He said  …

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What does ‘recovered from coronavirus’ mean?
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(Tom Duszynski/ The Conversation) — The coronavirus is certainly scary, but despite the constant reporting on total cases and a climbing death toll, the reality is that the vast majority of people who come down with COVID-19 survive it. Just as the number of cases grows, so does another number: those who have recovered.

In mid-March,  …

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