Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Coronavirus: is the R number still useful?

A few months ago, most people had never heard of the R number. Now, thanks to the novel coronavirus, we all know—or think we know—what it means.

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EU calls for independent probe of WHO's pandemic response

The European Union and other countries on Monday called for an independent evaluation of the World Health Organization's response to the coronavirus pandemic "to review experience gained and lessons learned."

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Two new infections end Hong Kong's 24-day virus clean sheet

Two people in Hong Kong tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Wednesday, ending a 24-day run of no new local cases that saw the city begin to ease social distancing regulations.

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Study: Virus death toll in NYC worse than official tally

New York City's death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands of fatalities worse than the tally kept by the city and state, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What history has taught us about epidemics

In the 1830s, a deadly cholera outbreak reached the city of Paris, France, where it killed approximately 20,000 people in one month. Many of the wealthy fled Paris for the safety of their country homes while poorer people ...

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