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UK trial reinfects volunteers who have had coronavirus

The University of Oxford said Monday it has launched a trial in which people who have already had COVID-19 are deliberately reinfected. The carefully controlled study will look at the kind of immune response mounted by the volunteers. The scientists will know “exactly when the second infection occurs, and exactly how much virus they got,” […]

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Virus Variants Inciting India’s Second Surge, Epidemiologists Say

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The second surge of COVID-19 cases in India has swamped hospitals much faster than the first because mutations in the virus mean each patient is infecting many more people than before, epidemiologists and doctors say. India’s daily infections skyrocketed more than 20-fold to more than 200,000 on Thursday since a multi-month-low […]

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UK Variant Can Make Pets Very Sick

(Reuters) – The coronavirus variant first identified in the UK, known as B.1.1.7, has been linked to severe cases of heart disease in pets who appear to have caught the infections from their humans, veterinarians near London report. The original strain of the virus did not appear to cause serious illness in pets. But between […]

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Deaths from food allergy rare and decreasing in the UK, finds study

Deaths from serious allergic reactions (“anaphylaxis”) due to food have declined over the past 20 years, an analysis of UK NHS data had found. This is despite an increase in hospital admissions for food-induced anaphylaxis over the same time. The analysis, conducted by scientists from Imperial College London and published in the BMJ also found […]

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UK virus variant spreading rapidly in Germany: minister

The UK variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Germany, where it now accounts for more than one in five cases, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Wednesday. “The mutation that was first discovered in the UK is particularly worrying… We have to expect that it will now become the dominant variant here,” said […]

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UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

More than 100,000 people have died in the United Kingdom after contracting the coronavirus, a year into Europe’s deadliest outbreak, figures from the government showed Tuesday. Britain is the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 virus-related deaths, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, and by far the smallest. The U.S. has […]