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Covid: UK vaccine rollout ‘breaking link’ between infections and death

Covid: UK vaccine rollout ‘breaking link’ between infections and death

Health
Getty ImagesIncreasingly strong evidence shows that the UK's vaccination programme is breaking the link between Covid-19 cases and deaths, scientists tracking the epidemic have said. A study found infections had fallen by roughly two-thirds since February, before beginning to level off.This is probably because people are beginning to mix more - but deaths have not followed the same pattern.This was not the case before January, when the vaccine rollout began. The research, commissioned by the government and run by Imperial College London, is based on swabs taken from 140,000 people selected to represent England's population.Of that group, who were tested for the virus between 11 and 30 March, 227 had a positive result, giving a rate of 0.2%, or one in 500 people.But in people over the age o...
NBA’s ‘bubble’ reveals link between circadian rhythm, home court advantage

NBA’s ‘bubble’ reveals link between circadian rhythm, home court advantage

Science
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Home court advantage is real, but researchers have long argued over the origins of the phenomenon. More recently, however, a consensus has begun to emerge: basketball players are at their best when they get a good night's sleep in their own bed -- or at least their own time zone. Advertisement According to new analysis by a team of researchers at Oregon Health and Science University -- published Friday in the journal Scientific Reports -- shooting performance is impacted by cross-time-zone travel, while rebounding is influenced by any kind of travel. Normally, it's not possible to utilize a control group when studying differences in performance among home and road teams in the NBA, but the pandemic-necessitated "bubble" provided researchers a unique opportunity to study g...
Maradona buried after clashes break out between fans and police

Maradona buried after clashes break out between fans and police

World
Diego Maradona's funeral sparked clashes in Argentina after thousands of fans were unable to get a glimpse of his coffin.Tens of thousands managed to pay their respects on Thursday as his body lay in state in Buenos Aires, before viewing was cut short at 6pm by the family, who wanted his body taken for burial. The football icon died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Maradona mourners clash with riot police Image: Fans cheered an...
Fauci sees similarities between HIV, COVID-19 in public health response

Fauci sees similarities between HIV, COVID-19 in public health response

Health
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The HIV epidemic in the 1980s and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are very different but the two share "some similarities" related to public health response, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was a researcher at the government agency during the early stages of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and he recalls the "messaging difficulty" he and his colleagues faced then. Advertisement At least initially, a widely held belief existed that HIV/AIDS affected only "one community" and "would not become a global problem," as it eventually did, Fauci said during a "fireside chat" hosted by Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Because some people infected with the new coronavirus only experience m...
Covid: What the tier rules say about the split between science and politics

Covid: What the tier rules say about the split between science and politics

Health
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