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WHO will review claims of airborne transmission of Coronavirus made by health experts from 32 countries
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WHO will review claims of airborne transmission of Coronavirus made by health experts from 32 countries

WHO guidance to health workers, dated 29 June, says SARS-CoV-2 is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets and on surfaces.

Airborne transmission of the Coronavirus is a possibility claim 239 experts from 32 different countries in a letter to the WHO
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Airborne transmission of the Coronavirus is a possibility claim 239 experts from 32 different countries in a letter to the WHO

They have outlined the evidence showing that smaller particles can infect people and are calling for the health agency to revise its recommendations.

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.

UV light is an efficient way to deactivate the COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, reducing transmission
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UV light is an efficient way to deactivate the COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, reducing transmission

Researchers noted radical social distancing with shutdown of public places were effective but its economic and social costs are unsustainable in the medium term.

As lockdown lifts, wearing a face mask could be your only defence against COVID-19: How to pick the right one
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As lockdown lifts, wearing a face mask could be your only defence against COVID-19: How to pick the right one

WHO keeps reminding the public that mask needs to be worn correctly and kept clean to ensure that they are effective in stopping the virus.

To reduce COVID-19 transmission, how much physical distance should you maintain?
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To reduce COVID-19 transmission, how much physical distance should you maintain?

A study found that physical distancing of at least one metre lowers the risk of COVID-19 transmission, but two metres could be more effective.

Another one bites the dust: Scientists take aim at new Coronavirus study published in major science journal — PNAS
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Another one bites the dust: Scientists take aim at new Coronavirus study published in major science journal — PNAS

Experts said the paper’s conclusions were similar to those from others — masks do work — but they objected to the methodology as deeply flawed.

Genetic analysis of COVID-19 patient's blood show people with type A might be severely infected compared to Type O
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Genetic analysis of COVID-19 patient's blood show people with type A might be severely infected compared to Type O

However, the evidence of the role of blood type is “tentative ... it isn’t enough of a signal to be sure,” said Dr Eric Topol, head of the Scripps Research Institute.

Second wave of Coronavirus is the wrong term to describe what is happening in the US
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Second wave of Coronavirus is the wrong term to describe what is happening in the US

Scientists generally agree the nation is still in its first wave of coronavirus infections, albeit one that’s dipping in some parts of the country while rising in others.

Reusable face mask can kill Coronavirus using the heat from a mobile phone charger
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Reusable face mask can kill Coronavirus using the heat from a mobile phone charger

The new mask has a USB port that connects to a cellphone charger and heats the inner layer of carbon fibres to 70 degrees Celsius.

Flushing the toilet can fling a cloud of Coronavirus aerosols up to 91 centimetres into the air, infecting another user
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Flushing the toilet can fling a cloud of Coronavirus aerosols up to 91 centimetres into the air, infecting another user

Growing evidence shows that coronavirus can be passed not only through respiratory droplets but also through virus-laden faeces.

Thailand researchers believe horseshoe bats maybe the link to Coronavirus spread, collect samples for testing
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Thailand researchers believe horseshoe bats maybe the link to Coronavirus spread, collect samples for testing

They plan to collect 300 bats from a cave in the Chanthaburi province and will release them after the tests are completed.

WHO takes back statement saying asymptomatic patients spreading COVID-19 is rare, says they can cause 40 percent of transmissions
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WHO takes back statement saying asymptomatic patients spreading COVID-19 is rare, says they can cause 40 percent of transmissions

Maria van Kerkhove said, “Some estimates of around 40 percent of transmission may be due to asymptomatic (cases), but those are from models."

Cats can spread COVID-19 to other cats without them exhibiting symptoms, an experiment found
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Cats can spread COVID-19 to other cats without them exhibiting symptoms, an experiment found

Just because an animal can be deliberately infected in a lab doesn't mean that it will be easily infected under natural conditions.

Study finds that cats, ferrets can be infected by Coronavirus, WHO to look into transmission between pets and humans
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Study finds that cats, ferrets can be infected by Coronavirus, WHO to look into transmission between pets and humans

Infected cats had the virus in the mouth, nose and small intestine while kittens had massive lesions in their lungs, nose and throat.

Why has COVID-19 infected and killed so many more people than SARS?
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Why has COVID-19 infected and killed so many more people than SARS?

The genome of COVID-19 is 86% similar to the SARS genome, yet the two strains have played out very differently.

One in ten new coronavirus cases were infected by people who don't show any symptoms: Study
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One in ten new coronavirus cases were infected by people who don't show any symptoms: Study

The team of researchers collaborating on this study found that the average serial interval for the virus was around four days.

Electricity meters to be made smart prepaid in three years; move to reduce transmission, distribution losses
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Electricity meters to be made smart prepaid in three years; move to reduce transmission, distribution losses

Manufacturing of smart prepaid meters will also generate skilled employment for the youth.

Mahindra CIE Automotive board gives nod to merge subsidiary Bill Forge with itself
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Mahindra CIE Automotive board gives nod to merge subsidiary Bill Forge with itself

Bill Forge is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra CIE Automotive, no shares of the company will be issued as consideration for the amalgamation

Superbugs resistant to alcohol can now skirt around sanitisers and disinfectants
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Superbugs resistant to alcohol can now skirt around sanitisers and disinfectants

Bacterial samples from 2009 were found to be more resistant to alcohol than those from before 2004