Tag: World Health Organization

U.N. Issues $2 Billion Appeal to Combat Virus and Urges Aid for Other Crises

WASHINGTON — Nations reeling from conflict, poverty and deficient health care will be unable to contain the coronavirus without significant international assistance, risking that the disease will ricochet back to recovering populations in a deadly global cycle, the United Nations warned in a new $2 billion appeal to combat the pandemic. Even as they called […]

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I Followed the U.K.’s Advice. Did I Spread Coronavirus?

MARGATE, England —The British government on Monday imposed a strict lockdown across the country. People can leave their houses only for a limited set of purposes; nonessential businesses are closed. This was the right decision — but I fear that it came far too late. Here’s what happened to me. On the morning of Friday, […]

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Whenever I Throw Away a Mask, I Think of Venezuela and I Freak Out

ÁVILA, Spain — In this small city about an hour northwest of Madrid, the streets are deserted, the emergency rooms are on the brink of collapse, and anxiety and fear are everywhere. It all feels very familiar. In 2017, I was living in Mérida, a city in the Andes Mountains of northwestern Venezuela, where I […]

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I.O.C. and Japan Agree to Postpone Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — After months of internal discussions and mounting pressure from nations and athletes across the world, the International Olympic Committee will postpone the Tokyo Games that had been scheduled to begin in late July, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said Tuesday. The Games, the world’s largest sporting event, will instead take place in […]

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Man Fatally Poisons Himself While Self-Medicating for Coronavirus, Doctor Says

An Arizona man died and his wife was hospitalized after officials said they treated themselves on Sunday with a deadly home remedy for the new coronavirus — a popular fish tank additive that has the same active ingredient as an anti-malaria drug. The drug, known as chloroquine phosphate or chloroquine, has been bandied about by […]

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Call It ‘Coronavirus’

We’ve been down this road before, too many times. In the 14th century the Black Death provoked mass violence against Jews, Catalans, clerics and beggars; when syphilis spread in the 15th century, it was called variously the Neapolitan, French, Polish and German disease, depending on who was pointing the blame; when the plague struck Honolulu […]

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Scientists Identify 69 Drugs to Test Against the Coronavirus

Nearly 70 drugs and experimental compounds may be effective in treating the coronavirus, a team of researchers reported on Sunday night. Some of the medications are already used to treat other diseases, and repurposing them to treat Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, may be faster than trying to invent a new antiviral from […]

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Just Jumped by Almost Half in a Single Day

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Update 3/22: As of Sunday, New York State now has more than 15,000 confirmed cases, according to Cuomo. That’s about half of all cases nationwide and 5% of all confirmed cases in the world. The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. […]

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The Spanish Flu, Polish Disease, and now ‘Chinese Virus’: The Dark History of Naming Diseases

President Trump opened one of his many recent press conferences devoted to an outbreak that’s now killed more than 300 Americans without saying the word “coronavirus.” Instead, he substituted his chosen name: “the Chinese virus.” Other Republicans have also raced to rebrand the virus that causes COVID-19. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went with “Chinese […]

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How Alexa and Google Assistant can do a better job talking about coronavirus

Though Alexa and Google Assistant can answer some questions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, both AI assistants are currently incapable of delivering responses to many common questions from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Both assistants failed to correct a number of falsehoods or unknowns related to the spread of coronavirus, […]

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The Epic Failure of Coronavirus Testing in America

The World Health Organization, for weeks now, has been making an emphatic plea to countries around the world: Social distancing is crucial to stopping the spread of coronavirus, but it is only half of the equation. To suppress and control a pandemic of this magnitude, countries also must find and isolate every person infected with […]

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Stuck at Home, Americans Turn to Foster Pets for Companionship

When the Animal Care Centers of NYC put a call out on Friday for applications to its fostering program, it was looking to fill 200 available slots, a spokeswoman for the shelter said. Two thousand people applied. “One of the reasons we found that people are unable to adopt pets in New York City is […]

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‘Wash Our Hands? Some People Can’t Wash Their Kids for a Week.’

MAARAT MISRIN, Syria — In northwestern Syria, where a million people who have fled the civil war are sheltering in muddy tent camps and abandoned buildings, the spread of the coronavirus could wreak untold disaster on a devastated region. Forget hand washing and social distancing, the preventive measures recommended by health authorities around the world. […]

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A French Call to Arms Against the Virus

PARIS — With the spread of the coronavirus accelerating at an alarming rate in France, President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation Monday evening with a call for mobilization. Before millions of television viewers, he looked directly into the camera and declared, “We are at war.” In 20 minutes, he said it six times. Mr. Macron […]

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As Coronavirus Cases Ramp Up Across the U.S., States Consider Closing School for the Rest of the Year

Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN (AFP via Getty Images) As more places across the country are coming to grips with the urgent and unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak, school districts are mulling over whether to close for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Kansas took this step on Tuesday, with Governor Laura Kelly ordering […]

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Behind the Virus Report That Jarred the U.S. and the U.K. to Action

LONDON — When Boris Johnson was campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union in 2016 — a path that many experts warned would end in disaster for the country — one of his close allies, Michael Gove, famously declared that “people in this country have had enough of experts.” Now, Mr. Gove and Mr. […]

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Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired

When news of a mysterious viral pneumonia linked to a seafood market in Wuhan, China, reached the outside world in early January, one of my first reactions was to order a modest supply of masks. Just a few weeks later, there wasn’t a mask to be bought in stores, or online for a reasonable price […]

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Hackers Attack Health and Human Services Computer System

WASHINGTON — A crude effort by hackers to test the defenses of computer systems for the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday evening escalated Monday, with administration officials saying they were investigating a significant increase in activity on the department’s cyberinfrastructure. But officials backed off earlier suggestions that a foreign power was behind […]

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Trump Urges Limits Amid Pandemic, but Stops Short of National Mandates

WASHINGTON — President Trump, under pressure to take more significant steps to slow the spreading coronavirus, recommended on Monday that Americans stop unnecessary travel and avoid bars, restaurants and groups of more than 10 people, as he warned that the outbreak could extend well into the summer. The national guidelines, which also advise home-schooling and […]

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Nunes Encourages People to Dine Out as Experts Urge Them to Stay Home

Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican, on Sunday encouraged healthy people to dine out at restaurants, contradicting public health advisories that strongly encouraged social distancing and discouraged Americans from attending mass gatherings. In an appearance on Fox News, Mr. Nunes said Americans should stop fighting over groceries and toilet paper. “There’s a lot of concerns […]

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