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As flu cases increase, vaccination to offer some bonus protection from COVID as well
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As flu cases increase, vaccination to offer some bonus protection from COVID as well

The influenza vaccine can protect against the flu and a growing body of international research suggests the flu jab might also protect against COVID-19

From skin lesions to tinnitus, four strange COVID-19 symptoms you might not have heard about
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From skin lesions to tinnitus, four strange COVID-19 symptoms you might not have heard about

Emerging data is increasingly showing us that COVID-19 symptoms can go beyond what you might expect from a regular cold or a flu

How will COVID-19 end? Experts look to influenza, HIV, Zika epidemics for clues
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How will COVID-19 end? Experts look to influenza, HIV, Zika epidemics for clues

The COVID-19 global pandemic has waxed and waned differently in different parts of the world. But in the United States, at least, there is reason to believe the end is near.

How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or COVID-19?: here's what experts say
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How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or COVID-19?: here's what experts say

With many similar symptoms caused by the three virus types, testing remains the best option to determine which one you may have

A jab in each arm: France kicks off vaccination programme against flu and COVID-19
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A jab in each arm: France kicks off vaccination programme against flu and COVID-19

Worried that the flu and COVID-19 could trigger a winter-time double-whammy of new infections and deaths, France is forging ahead with a booster-shot program against both diseases

COVID-19 infection and flu: Just how big could the dual threat be this winter?
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COVID-19 infection and flu: Just how big could the dual threat be this winter?

In some ways, immune responses to COVID and influenza are the same. A relatively recent infection or vaccination provides good protection against a subsequent infection, but soon that protection starts to wane.

Moderna has begun human trials for an mRNA vaccine that targets multiple influenza strains
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Moderna has begun human trials for an mRNA vaccine that targets multiple influenza strains

The company intends to recruit 180 adults in the United States for the Phase 1/2 portion of the trial to evaluate the safety and strength of immune response to the shot, called mRNA-1010.

COVID-19 stress syndrome: Five ways the pandemic is affecting mental health
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COVID-19 stress syndrome: Five ways the pandemic is affecting mental health

We also observed that elevated COVID-19 stress is associated with favourable attitudes towards vaccination, use of personal protective equipment and pandemic-related altruism.

New study reveals COVID-19 virus can stay active on skin for nine hours, flu for 1.8 hours
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New study reveals COVID-19 virus can stay active on skin for nine hours, flu for 1.8 hours

For the study, the researchers applied 5 µL aliquots of either the flu virus or SARS-CoV-2 on various surfaces - skin, stainless steel, borosilicate glass, and polystyrene.

Flu can be life-threatening for pregnant women and result in preterm delivery or miscarriage, study reveals
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Flu can be life-threatening for pregnant women and result in preterm delivery or miscarriage, study reveals

In a recent study, published in the journal PNAS on 21st September 2020, it was revealed how influenza A virus infection in pregnant women can cause severe harm to both mothers and the unborn.

Thousands of undiagnosed cases of COVID-19 detected in US, China weeks before first lockdowns: study
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Thousands of undiagnosed cases of COVID-19 detected in US, China weeks before first lockdowns: study

The study found that the first case of COVID-19 in the US may have arrived as far back as Christmas or New Year's Day.

COVID-19 treatment: Study finds photodynamic therapy useful in treating secondary infections
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COVID-19 treatment: Study finds photodynamic therapy useful in treating secondary infections

A test against bacterial pneumonia resulted in zero deaths in a group who got photodynamic therapy while 60% of the control group participants died

Link between low Vitamin D levels, high COVID-19 infection risk established by Israeli researchers
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Link between low Vitamin D levels, high COVID-19 infection risk established by Israeli researchers

People in their 20's and 50's were also found to be more at-risk for COVID-19 in the study, due to social gatherings and comorbid conditions.

Superspreaders: Most people with Coronavirus won’t spread it but why do a few infect so many?
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Superspreaders: Most people with Coronavirus won’t spread it but why do a few infect so many?

Viruses can multiply to bigger numbers in some people and it’s possible they become virus chimneys, blasting out clouds of pathogens with each breath.

Some scientists think that Vitamin D may help protect people against COVID-19 but the results are inconclusive
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Some scientists think that Vitamin D may help protect people against COVID-19 but the results are inconclusive

Most evidence comes from observational studies and people are urged to be cautious about taking high doses of supplements to obtain benefits that may not exist.

Coronavirus Outbreaks: Warmer weathers could slow the spread of COVID-19 but we cannot rely on the weather to stop the spread
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Coronavirus Outbreaks: Warmer weathers could slow the spread of COVID-19 but we cannot rely on the weather to stop the spread

Cold weather is presumed to cause the spread of coughs, colds and flu is because it causes irritation in the nasal passages and airways, making us more susceptible to viral infection.

H1N1 flu vaccine linked to sleeping disorder, drugmake denies it saying flu caused the disorder
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H1N1 flu vaccine linked to sleeping disorder, drugmake denies it saying flu caused the disorder

Data showed that the body confused a protein in the wild type H1N1 flu virus with a human protein relevant in regulating the sleep cycle.

Will fist bump instead of shaking hands on Sri Lanka tour, says England captain Joe Root as scare around coronavirus grows
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Will fist bump instead of shaking hands on Sri Lanka tour, says England captain Joe Root as scare around coronavirus grows

Root’s team were laid low by flu and gastroenteritis in South Africa and are cautious following the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 3,000 people and infected more than 89,000 globally

Delhi govt sets up 24x7 control room on coronavirus, asks people to avoid frozen meat and shaking hands while greeting in public in advisory
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Delhi govt sets up 24x7 control room on coronavirus, asks people to avoid frozen meat and shaking hands while greeting in public in advisory

he Delhi government on Wednesday issued a health advisory on the novel coronavirus (nCov) and prescribed do's and dont's for the public to ward off any infection, including avoiding frozen meat, officials said

All you need to know about the flu shot
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All you need to know about the flu shot

Here is a primer on some of the most common types of flu vaccines along with some of the key facts about this year’s flu shots.