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Lady Gaga performed on stage with Covid. Did we learn nothing from the pandemic? | Arwa Mahdawi

Lady Gaga performed on stage with Covid. Did we learn nothing from the pandemic? | Arwa Mahdawi

[ad_1] Should you go into work when you’re sick with a contagious virus? Lady Gaga has spoken and the answer, it seems, is “sure, why not?” During a recent Q&A for an HBO concert special based on her 2022 Chromatica Ball tour, the pop star was asked to reveal something she had never shared before. In response, she said that she’d performed five shows while sick with Covid. It probably would have been wise to never share that little titbit, to be honest, and it is a little disturbing to nonchalantly share it now. Still, rather than seeming troubled by this information, the crowd watching the Q&A appeared to cheer and applaud while Lady Gaga grinned. To be fair, Lady Gaga isn’t a monster (though her fans are – they call themselves “Little Monsters”): she made it clear that she did have a little think about the ethics of spewing infectious droplets into an enclosed space. The singer said she shared her Covid diagnosis with everyone on her team at the time and told them …

Nigel Farage warns World Health Organization pandemic treaty will mean ‘sovereignty loss’ | Politics | News

Nigel Farage warns World Health Organization pandemic treaty will mean ‘sovereignty loss’ | Politics | News

[ad_1] Nigel Farage has warned that Britain faces a huge looming “loss of national sovereignty” that virtually no one is talking about. The former UK Independence Party and Brexit Party leader used his GB News show to alert viewers to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) upcoming pandemic treaty. Countries are expected to sign up to it at a conference at the end of May to prepare for “Disease X” – the name for a future pandemic that could be even more deadly than coronavirus. The WHO said it was a matter of when, not if, Disease X breaks and that the treaty was needed to ensure the world would be prepared for the next pandemic. “The pandemic agreement can bring all the experience, all the challenges that we have faced and all the solutions into one,” WHO boss Tedros Ghebreyesu said earlier this year. “That agreement can help us to prepare for the future in a better way.” But Mr Farage, the honorary president of Reform UK, warned that the treaty would give the WHO …

Inadequate bird flu testing is making pandemic experts concerned we’re “flying blind” with H5N1

Inadequate bird flu testing is making pandemic experts concerned we’re “flying blind” with H5N1

[ad_1] After public health officials confirmed H5N1, the virus also known as bird flu, jumped from poultry to cows and recently infected an American, they’ve warned that if the virus strain made its way to pigs, it could be a time to press the panic button. That’s because swine are closer to humans in genetic terms, acting as a prime reservoir for viruses to mutate into something that could turn into a far-reaching pandemic in people. But now, a new study suggests that dairy cows might have the same potential as pigs, which could improve the bird flu’s capability of being more human-to-human transmission.  As reported by Nature, preliminary data shows that the flu virus can jump back and forth between cows and birds thanks to a specific receptor. This specific trait might allow the virus to spread more widely and develop more mutations along the way. If a single cow can be a host to multiple types of influenza over time, it could evolve to more readily infect humans.  “The biggest question is whether …

Pandemic pivot sees sparkling sales for Hampshire’s Brush Baby

Pandemic pivot sees sparkling sales for Hampshire’s Brush Baby

[ad_1] Dominique Tillen’s move online during lockdown saw sales at child toothbrush retailer Brush Baby shine The pandemic was make-or break for many South East firms with markets and distribution channels closing overnight once the country entered the first pandemic lockdown. When the dust settled, however, many made successful and lasting changes in the way that they sold their products and Dominique Tillen of Hampshire-based Brush Baby was no different. The company’s growth had followed a steady growth trajectory, hitting the £1m turnover milestone in 2017, however it was a key pivot made during Covid that accelerated Brush Baby’s progress. The firm now has a turnover of £4m a year and employs 15 people in the market town of Alresford. Dominique said: “Between 2020 and 2021, we grew by 43 per cent and that was during Covid when we switched the business to online. “We heavily focused on Amazon as our retailers had all shut down which was pivotal for us. “We had to pivot very quickly and we brought in an Amazon expert who …

AstraZeneca pulls Covid vaccine after admitting potentially deadly rare side effect | UK | News

AstraZeneca pulls Covid vaccine after admitting potentially deadly rare side effect | UK | News

[ad_1] The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is set to be withdrawn after the pharmaceutical giant admitted it can cause a rare and potentially dangerous side effect. The company has voluntarily withdrawn its “market authorisation” in the European Union, a move which came into force on Tuesday. According to The Telegraph, similar applications will be made in the coming months in the UK and other countries that have approved the jab. The vaccine was championed by the-then Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “triumph for British science”, being credited with saving more than six milion lives. AstraZeneca said the vaccine – which is known as Vaxzevria – was no longer being manufactured or supplied and has since been superseded by updated vaccines that tackle new Covid variants. The firm said it was therefore a “commercial reason” to withdraw its use. Vaxzevria has come under fire in recent months over a rare side effect that causes blood clots and low blood platelet counts. A High Court document in February from AstraZeneca revealed the vaccine “can, in very rare …

Apple reports biggest drop in iPhone sales since early months of pandemic – and reveals AI plans | Business News

Apple reports biggest drop in iPhone sales since early months of pandemic – and reveals AI plans | Business News

[ad_1] Tech giant Apple has recorded the biggest drop in iPhone sales since the early months of the COVID pandemic. Sales for January to March were down 10% on the same period last year – something not seen since the 2020 iPhone model was delayed due to lockdown factory closures. Overall, Apple earned $90.8bn (£72.4bn) in the latest quarter – down 4% from last year. It was the fifth consecutive three-month period that the company’s revenue dipped from the previous year. Apple’s profit in the past quarter was $23.64bn (£18.85bn) – a 2% dip from last year. It was good news, however, for the overall value of the company as its share price rose nearly 7% after investors had expected a bigger drop in sales. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:12 March: Apple accused of locking out rivals Meanwhile, Apple chief executive Tim Cook has discussed how the company is set to use artificial intelligence (AI). While rival Samsung introduced phones that can feature AI, including generative AI chatbots, Apple …

Last chance for pandemic agreement talks

Last chance for pandemic agreement talks

[ad_1] STREAMLINED NEW DRAFT In December 2021, the raw sting of COVID-19 – which shredded economies, crippled health systems and killed millions – motivated countries’ desire for a binding framework of commitments aimed at stopping another such disaster. Despite broad agreement on what they want those commitments to achieve, big gaps remain between countries on how to go about it. What was meant to be the ninth and final round of talks last month saw a 29-page draft swell to more than 100 as countries inserted proposed amendments. Taking the situation into account, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) conducting the talks issued a streamlined, 23-page version on Apr 16, with the word count down from 12,000 to 9,000. The main disputes have revolved around access and equity: Access to pathogens detected within countries, access to pandemic-fighting products such as vaccines produced from that knowledge and equitable distribution of not only counter-pandemic tests, treatments and jabs but the means to produce them. The new draft focuses on likely areas of common ground and setting up the …

How the US is preparing for a potential bird flu pandemic

How the US is preparing for a potential bird flu pandemic

[ad_1] Dairy cows at a farm in the US Shutterstock / Roman Melnyk As a bird flu virus continues to spread among dairy cattle in the US, the country’s health agencies are actively preparing for the possibility of an outbreak in people. “The risk [of bird flu] remains low at this time, but we continue to be in a strong readiness posture as new data becomes available,” said Vivien Dugan at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a meeting of health officials on 25 April. A top priority is tracking the virus’s spread. So far, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed H5N1, a subtype of the bird flu virus, in dairy cows on 33 farms across eight states, and in six cats on farms in three of those states. Genetic sequencing found that only one of the 260 samples from sick dairy cows so far has a mutation indicating H5N1 has adapted to infecting mammals, said Rosemary Sifford at the USDA during the meeting. However, this marker has been seen before …

From birds, to cattle, to … us? Could bird flu be the next pandemic? – podcast | Science

From birds, to cattle, to … us? Could bird flu be the next pandemic? – podcast | Science

[ad_1] As bird flu is confirmed in 33 cattle herds across eight US states, Ian Sample talks to virologist Dr Ed Hutchinson of Glasgow University about why this development has taken scientists by surprise, and how prepared we are for the possibility it might start spreading among humans How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know [ad_2] Source link

Pandemic Had Only Minor Effect on Young Kids’ Development

Pandemic Had Only Minor Effect on Young Kids’ Development

[ad_1] By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter HealthDay MONDAY, April 22, 2024 (HealthDay News) — The pandemic caused only “modest” delays in developmental milestones for infants and toddlers, a new study has found. Previous research has reported that pandemic-related lockdowns disrupted the lives of many people, including families with young children. Day-to-day life was upended as schools and child care centers closed, many people worked from home and the number of play dates and social contacts shrunk. But an analysis of more than 50,000 children aged 5 and younger found the pandemic put only a minor dent in their development, researchers reported April 22 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. “We found, overall, that while there are some changes, the sky is not falling, and that is a really important and reassuring finding,” said researcher Sara Johnson, director of the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. The children all underwent a caregiver-completed measure of child development routinely collected as part of pediatric care. Researchers compared toddlers’ scores …