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An editorial in a top medical journal says low-carb diets could help prevent coronavirus complications. Experts say it’s not that simple.

Gabby Landsverk As countries like the US and UK are facing a potential second wave of coronavirus, researchers are scrambling to find potential new long-term solutions to fight the disease. One editorial suggests we perhaps needn’t look further than the pantry: Sticking to a low-carb diet could potentially improve metabolic health and reduce the risk […]

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How could COVID-19 change research culture for the better?

Ben Bleasdale COVID-19 is transforming every aspect of society – and research is no exception. But how can we use what we’ve learned in the past six months to build a better research culture? With scientists facing the same disruption as many other sectors due to COVID-19, science has also been thrown into the spotlight […]

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Fauci warns young of Covid-19 risks and says crisis could match 1918 flu

Kenya Evelyn and Jessica Glenza Top US public health expert Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday that the global coronavirus outbreak could be as bad as the 1918 flu pandemic, calling that catastrophe “the mother of all pandemics”, which killed more than 50 million people worldwide. Facing increasing attacks from Donald Trump and White House officials, […]

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S. Africa’s daily confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000 mark for days

CAPE TOWN- South Africa’s daily confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed 10,000 for days running, indicating the approaching of the infection peak, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday. In the past 24 hours, 11,554 new cases were reported, bringing the total number to 287,796, the minister said in his daily update. The total number of […]

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COVID-19 May Spike Blood Sugar, Raising Death Risk

E.J. Mundell Bodies stressed by severe COVID-19 could produce abnormally high blood sugar levels, even in people without diagnosed diabetes. And that appears tied to a doubling of the odds of dying from COVID-19, Chinese researchers report. High blood sugar (glucose) levels, measured at the time of admission to the hospital, were also linked to […]

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Coronavirus: Nations heading in wrong direction with Covid-19, says WHO

The coronavirus pandemic will get “worse and worse” if governments fail to take more decisive action, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “too many countries [were] headed in the wrong direction”. Cases were rising where proven measures were not adopted or followed, he added. The Americas are […]

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Gvt deploys PCR machine at Beitbridge

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter A high volume PCR machines has been moved to Beitbridge with a capacity to conduct about 1 200 diagnostic tests a day, with a second sent to Gwanda and capable of the same work rate. In an interview with The Herald, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John […]

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Covid-19 gives birth to a new breed of couriers

Robin Muchetu Senior Reporter  WHEN the country went into lockdown several weeks ago because of Covid-19, everything came to a standstill as people were hibernating in their homes waiting for the Biblical ‘wrath of the Lord’ to pass. While everyone stocked up on food and other essentials, which where top on the list of things people […]

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WHO guidelines on release of Covid 19 patients

Paidamoyo Chipunza and Leroy Dzenga Government has adopted new World Health Organisation guidelines on release of Covid-19 patients from quarantine or isolation facilities. According to the new guidelines, patients who test positive but do not have symptoms can be from isolation after 10 days. Even if they tested positive while symptomatic, if their symptoms subside […]

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Covid- 19: Why Children with Disabilities Need Specialised Masks

Muchaneta Chimuka Senior Writer PEOPLE with disabilities (PWDs) have raised concern over the lack of proper Covid-19 prevention mechanisms, in particular a specialized face mask that enables them to breathe well. Most PWDs, especially children with down syndrome are not using face masks at all putting them at high risk of getting Covid-19. Zimbabwe Parents […]

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