The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

This is America’s free market health care system at work: If you can pay more or have the right connections, you get what you need; if you don’t, you suffer.In a free market pandemic, labs, hospitals, and patients are actually competitors.

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for Rich Communication Service , the text-messaging standard the industry giant is pushing as an alternative to SMS.As Ars reviews editor Ron Amadeo noted last year, RCS interest from carriers has been tepid, so Google has been rolling it out with limited support.

Overcoming Vaccine Skepticism Starts in the Community

Overcoming Vaccine Skepticism Starts in the Community

Ethnic minorities were ten times less likely than the general population to participate in the vaccine trial: They comprise 36 percent of the population, but only 3 percent of trial participants.

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

The vaccine process nears a new phase, Biden plans his pandemic response, and the winter surge arrives.The 13-member team of doctors and health experts will help the president-elect develop a plan for tackling the pandemic and work with governors to develop consistent messaging at the state and federal levels.

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Then, at left, you can choose an event size with the slider, from 10 to 5,000 people, and watch the risk of at least one Covid-positive person being there skyrocket the bigger the gathering gets.

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

Horror-comedy is not an easy genre to pull off—especially when a movie like John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London has been around for comparison for nearly 40 years.

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

If the new therapies are meant for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease, then the ability of patients to get their Covid test results quickly will determine whether and when they get access.

A Super-Spreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

A Super-Spreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

Covid continues its spread through the White House, researchers look at new treatments and symptoms, and the scientific community takes on politics.

The Pence-Harris Debate Is Over—but Let’s Talk About the Fly

The Pence-Harris Debate Is Over—but Let’s Talk About the Fly

Of all the things that could happen txo derail the internet discourse around a vice presidential debate, having a fly swoop in and steal the show has got to be the most apropos for 2020.For those actually on the internet, though, it also felt like 2012, like all those Twitter jokesters who felt like they hadn’t been given a political alley-oop since “binders full of women” suddenly awoke from an eight-year weed nap and got to work.

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

The weird thing was that people were showing up in Covid-19 wards, after having tested positive for the virus, with lots of sugar in their blood.Rubin and his colleagues were seeing blended features of both types showing up spontaneously in people who’d recently been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Anthony Fauci Has Some Very Good Reasons to Be Optimistic

Anthony Fauci Has Some Very Good Reasons to Be Optimistic

And Mask Guy Fauci reiterated the importance of masks and other basic measures for slowing the spread of Covid as the country enters the winter flu season.

Testing Won’t Save Us From Covid-19

Testing Won’t Save Us From Covid-19

If our Covid tests were only cheap enough to make, and prompt enough in delivering results, according to Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina, then we could “quickly contain and end this terrible plague.” Let’s call it the Theory of the Magic Testing Cure: Give the masses inexpensive, instant, at-home diagnostics, and everyone who is infectious will know to put themselves in quarantine.

Why Is It So Hard to Study Covid-Related Smell Loss?

Why Is It So Hard to Study Covid-Related Smell Loss?

But smell screening tools aren’t widespread yet, and researchers are still trying to puzzle out how prevalent anosmia is among Covid-19 patients, and why it lasts only a few weeks in some people and months in others.

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

However, according to John Naslund, who studies digital mental health at Harvard Medical School, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented surge in online activity.It’s interesting that they’re not considered essential.” In his research into online groups dedicated to mental health issues, he’s found such communities to be incredibly helpful for some people’s wellbeing.

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

To hear that in his own voice, I think, was one of the most devastating things that has ever happened to science.

Could Breathalyzers Make Covid Testing Quicker and Easier?

Could Breathalyzers Make Covid Testing Quicker and Easier?

Earlier this summer, Gouma began running a clinical study to test the device at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, which included people who had Covid-19 and those who did not.

Can People Without Symptoms Get Tested for Covid? Who Knows

Can People Without Symptoms Get Tested for Covid? Who Knows

Unless you are medically vulnerable, or your doctor or local public health official thinks it’s a good idea, the new guidance states, “you do not necessarily need a test.” Previously, the agency had recommended testing for anyone with a “recent known or suspected exposure” to the virus, and CDC director Robert Redfield said in an interview with NBC last month that “anyone who thinks they may be infected—independent of symptoms—should get a test.”.

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

That pandemic has already forced some school districts to close or hurriedly switch their classroom models to incorporate online classes or shorter school days.In a normal school year, Breanne Wiggins would have been prepared to welcome her new students by now.

How to Prevent and Treat Face Mascne

How to Prevent and Treat Face Mascne

It doesn't matter if you're someone who regularly get breakouts or if you have nearly perfect skin, mascne, or mask acne, is an unfortunate side effect of the daily mask-wearing we're all doing to slow the transmission of Covid-19 .Acne can literally be a pain to deal with, but that doesn't mean you should stop wearing a mask.

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

And to make matters even worse, in the middle of a heat wave, they can’t open their windows because air quality is now astonishingly bad as smoke continues to pour into the Bay Area.

Students do the science on COVID protection

Students do the science on COVID protection

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures.NIWA freshwater ecologist and science fair coordinator Tracey Burton says that there is a strong focus on COVID-19 related projects entered in the fair.

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

When “guests” arrived, they were sent up to their rooms via a specially-designated Covid-19 positive elevator, not to emerge for weeks.Everyone just wants to leave—and even more, to return to life as it was before the pandemic, back when Hotel Michelangelo was just a place people crashed after a fun day of seeing the sights.

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

“We were all struggling with the circumstances of living under Covid and wondering how we would continue to work together,” says Sarah Richardson, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University and the lab’s director.

Coronavirus Tips and Supplies Guide: What to Buy (and Avoid) for Home

Coronavirus Tips and Supplies Guide: What to Buy (and Avoid) for Home

The WIRED Gear team has talked to experts (and among ourselves) to come up with this master guide to everything you might need right now—and a few things you should avoid buying for the sake of the greater good.

Should I Send My Kid Back to Day Care?

Should I Send My Kid Back to Day Care?

In many ways, MIS-C is similar to other known conditions like Kawasaki’s and toxic shock, as Hayes Bakken, a pediatrician and the lead on outpatient pediatric Covid-19 response at Oregon Health and Sciences University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, pointed out to me.

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

The drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump and his allies as a treatment and preventative for the pandemic disease Covid-19, does not keep people from getting sick.

16 Health Workers Talk About Their Battles With the Pandemic

16 Health Workers Talk About Their Battles With the Pandemic

Health care workers the world over have never faced combat with anything quite like Covid-19 , a disease that spreads rapidly and so far has killed more than 360,000 people worldwide.

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Contact-Tracing Scams

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Contact-Tracing Scams

"Because there hasn't been a lot of communication yet about what an 'official' contact-tracing notice would look like, users have few ways to ascertain whether what they received is a scam," says Jake Williams, a security consultant and founder of the firm Rendition Infosec.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

Along with a wide mix of research teams in laboratories across the world, Glanville is pursuing antibody treatments as a complementary tool to fight Covid-19.Right now, the blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients can be transfused into people who are currently fighting the disease, as a way to introduce effective antibodies into their systems.