Covid Vaccines in Phase III, New Risk Calculators, and More Coronavirus News

Covid Vaccines in Phase III, New Risk Calculators, and More Coronavirus News

More vaccines enter Phase III trials, researchers continue to learn about the long-term impacts of Covid-19, and risk calculation becomes increasingly difficult as the country reopens.New tools aim to help you calculate risk as cases rise and the country reopens.

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

With the landfall comes a dreaded storm surge—a rise in water level generated by a storm—that scientists say could spread seawater up to 30 miles inland, an inundation the National Hurricane Center just called “unsurvivable.”.

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

NIWA hazards analyst Ryan Paulik, who led the assessment, says overall 430,000 people – or nine per cent of the population – live in the zones of which 170,000 are in red and orange zones.

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

From my vantage here in Central Texas, home to one of the largest groups of the newly Covid-immune, I've noticed that all these wonderful antibodies are actually making our existing, pandemic-related social cohesion problems considerably worse.

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

Researchers from Stanford University show that teenagers and young adults ages 13 to 24 who use e-cigarettes are five times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 than their non-vaping peers.

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

“The hybrid model is probably among the worst that we could be putting forward if our goal is to stop the virus getting into schools,” says William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Your Most Vexing New Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Your Most Vexing New Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Kind of the vehicle for this is these little creatures that you feel like if they were real, we would be covering the heck out of them at WIRED, they're called Kentukis.

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.

Just How Historic Is the Latest Covid-19 Science Meltdown?

Just How Historic Is the Latest Covid-19 Science Meltdown?

When The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine pulled an influential pair of Covid-19 papers last Thursday, it was a rare event in scientific publishing.Could these be among “the biggest retractions in modern history,” as one observer described the news about the paper in The Lancet?

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Scientists still have much to learn about Covid-19, but, says Jessica McCarty, a geographer and fire scientist at Miami University, “We know that there's linkages between people who live in highly-polluted areas and their likelihood of getting any type of respiratory illness, as well as viral infections.” Smog from cars, for instance, remains a major threat to human health.

Let’s Say There’s a Covid-19 Vaccine—Who Gets It First?

Let’s Say There’s a Covid-19 Vaccine—Who Gets It First?

“It could be groups with underlying health conditions, or people who, because of the kind of work they’re doing, can’t avoid contact—like health care workers, police officers, grocery store workers,” Handel says.The vaccine against seasonal influenza, for example, isn’t as effective in older people.

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

Unsheltered people still rely on congregate settings to meet their basic needs, like food and hygiene, though the latter often goes unmet.The conditions of homelessness would leave a healthy person vulnerable to catching a disease like Covid-19, and unhoused people tend not to be healthy.

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

It might seem more productive to read our Coronavirus Gear and Supplies Guide and start filling your pantry with canned goods and essentials, but cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else.

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Due to extra security measures put in place during the global outbreak of Covid-19, she will have to wait a further 14 days before she can travel from prison to a post-correctional treatment facility, just in case she has been exposed to coronavirus while incarcerated.

How Long Will the Outbreak Last? It Depends on What We Do Now

How Long Will the Outbreak Last? It Depends on What We Do Now

There are clearly a range of different economic consequences associated with different strategies for fighting the Covid-19 epidemic, although the chorus of right-wing economists who pounced on the president's tweet to argue that it was already time to end stay-at-home orders and send people back to work don’t appear to have thought through just how economically devastating a wholly unmitigated outbreak would be.

The Navy Deploys 2 Hospital Ships as the Coronavirus Spreads

The Navy Deploys 2 Hospital Ships as the Coronavirus Spreads

A spokesperson did not respond to questions about how the Navy might limit the risk of Covid-19 spreading aboard the ships, and a statement from the service said it’s preparing to deploy them.

Is it Ethical to Order Delivery During a Pandemic?

Is it Ethical to Order Delivery During a Pandemic?

When it comes to deliveries, services in the US are offering protections for customers like “contactless” drop-offs, where workers leave items for people to pick up.

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Currently 56 percent of malware threats against Gmail users come from Microsoft Office documents, and 2 percent come from PDFs. In the months that it's been active, the new scanner has increased its daily malicious Office document detection by 10 percent.

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

With our colleagues from Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, we’ve created guiding principles that companies can follow to create products that protect users and have potential to help: Do no harm :Do not allow teens to be harmed by what they consume.

India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity

India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity

It is in the clear interest of policymakers, organizations, and the public to receive feedback from security researchers directly, instead of risking the information reaching other potentially malicious parties.

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

In Auckland city, just 5mm of rain was recorded at the Motat weather station—the lowest since 1948 and just 7% of normal.The extremely dry conditions have prompted NIWA and Fire Emergency New Zealand to issue a video today highlighting the areas at greatest risk and alerting people to the fire danger.

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

Washington effectively bans carriers from using the company’s equipment in US networks and has long warned that Huawei could build backdoors into its products that could be accessed by the Chinese government, something the company denies it has done or would do.

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

Learning that the disease could have been detected earlier if doctors had recognized the signs on previous mammograms, Barzilay, an expert in artificial intelligence , used a collection of 90,000 breast x-rays to create software for predicting a patient’s cancer risk.

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Author Amy Fairchild, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Public Health, and coauthors argue that policymakers, in their rush to address the surge in lung illnesses and teen vaping, may be depriving millions of adult smokers of a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes.

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” says Chad Raley, who manages technology and renewables at Ameren, a Missouri utility that is building three rural solar-plus-storage projects to better manage the flow of electricity across the local grid.

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

It will also be the centerpiece of SFO’s plan to protect itself from the steady rise of San Francisco Bay. Since the 1980s, SFO has installed a variety of features to protect itself from the risk of flood associated with rising waters, including berms, concrete walls, and the kind of sheet piling construction projects use to keep water out of building sites.

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Wara says they tend to be built to higher standards, making them less prone to wind damage.“The lines in the South Bay where the tech headquarters are, like in Mountain View and Santa Clara County, are [surrounded by] wide open space—there's basically no vegetation.

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

Again, the array of products on the market was making people having a perfectly normal experiences feel like icky outliers."We were hearing that people wanted a fully reusable product but were getting stuck on the difficulty of removing the cup," Wang says.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

After being mandated to consider a score predicting the risk a person would reoffend or skip court, the state’s judges began offering no-bail release to white defendants much more often than to blacks.