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Can You Get Coronavirus From Mail? Experts Explain.

Can You Get Coronavirus From Mail? Experts Explain.

Scientists are still learning a lot about the novel coronavirus—including how long it survives on surfaces. And as more people shop online to avoid crowds, some are wondering whether you can catch COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, from packages and mail.

“It’s a very difficult question to answer,” says microbiologist Rodney Rohde, PhD, associate dean for research for the College of Health Professions at Texas State University.

Studies show the virus can survive on surfaces for several days, but there’s no evidence that it’s transmissible through goods. The novel coronavirus can last up to three days on plastic and 24 hours on cardboard, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

However, lab studies don’t reflect real life conditions, Rohde cautions.

Viruses are fragile, meaning they don’t hold up well on surfaces—especially when exposed to heat and sunlight. A package may have traces of the

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

FACTBOX-UK’s Johnson in intensive care: Health experts comment

LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit at a London hospital on Monday after his symptoms of COVID-19 infection worsened.

Below are some immediate comments from health experts:

* James Gill, a general practioner and honorary clinical lecturer at Warwick Medical School:

“This shocking news should certainly be taken as a sign to reinforce the existing advice to maintain social isolation and distancing in order to weather this pandemic.

“We do not have enough information to, nor should we speculate about the condition of Mr Johnson. He is just another patient who is currently running the marathon of the COVID19. Without a doubt for all patients in his situation, this will be one of the most physically demanding challenges of their lives. The support of the ITU (Intensive Therapy Unit) team will be crucial over the next few hours and

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Experts urge smokers and tobacco firms to quit for COVID-19

LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) – Health experts on Monday urged smokers to quit and cigarette companies to stop producing and selling tobacco products to help reduce the risks from COVID-19.

“The best thing the tobacco industry can do to fight COVID-19 is to immediately stop producing, marketing and selling tobacco,” Gan Quan, a public health specialist and a director at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, said in a statement.

The group, which links international respiratory and lung specialists, officials and health agencies, said it is “deeply concerned” about COVID-19’s impact on the world’s 1.3 billion smokers, in particular those in poorer countries whose health systems are already overburdened.

Smoking is known to weaken the immune system, making it less able to respond effectively to infections. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase the risk of serious illness.

Quan said

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Two cats have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but experts still don't think pets infect humans

Two cats have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but experts still don’t think pets infect humans

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cat lady

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  • Two cats — one in Belgium, the other in China — have tested positive for coronavirus in the past week.

  • New research suggests infected felines could spread the virus to other cats, although it doesn’t appear to be very transmissible. 

  • Researchers believe dogs aren’t susceptible to infection (although at least one tested ‘weak positive’ without showing symptoms).

  • There’s still no evidence it can spread from pets to humans, and experts say there’s no reason for pet owners to be concerned. 

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As the US and many other countries continue to be under quarantine and social distancing policies, many people have found themselves stuck at home with their cats or dogs, wondering if their furry friends may also be at risk. 

To date, two pet cats — one in Belgium, the other in China — and one dog (also in China) have tested

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How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts

How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts

While the country remains in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, you may be finding it difficult maintaining your regular workout routine or feeling motivated to exercise at all.

However, working out in some form on a regular basis will prove extremely beneficial for your physical health in the long run, not to mention also helping to alleviate some of the stress you may be experiencing.

Of course, finding the time and space to exercise while at home is far easier said than done. Nonetheless, with gyms being closed and people spending less time outdoors, we have to try our best to make do with our domestic surroundings.

The Independent has spoken to fitness experts who have provided their top tips for ways you can stay motivated to workout from home, in addition to some examples of exercises you can try.

From former Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill to Chris Hemsworth’s personal

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Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — With refrigerated morgue trucks parked on New York City’s streets to collect the surging number of dead, public health officials projected Tuesday that the coronavirus could ultimately kill more than 100,000 people across the U.S. Some states that have become hot spots warn they’re running low on ventilators, while two cruise ships pleaded for Florida to allow them to dock to carry off the sick and dead.

The number of U.S. deaths could range from 100,000 to 240,000 even if Americans continue to stay home and limit contact with others, experts predicted at a media briefing with President Donald Trump. But they said they hope the figure won’t soar that high if everyone does their part to prevent the virus from spreading.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” said Trump, who has extended social distancing guidelines to April

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How to Give Yourself a Spa-Level Facial at Home, According to Experts

How to Give Yourself a Spa-Level Facial at Home, According to Experts

While we’re all stuck indoors (or should be) for the foreseeable future, treating yourself to a much-deserved facial may seem like a far-off, unimaginable luxury — but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to care for your complexion. On the contrary, while the outside world continues to manifest constant feelings of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to take care of your own mental health, and one of the best ways to do so, we’d argue, is by bringing a sense of the spa into your very own bathroom. Enter: the DIY facial.

Sure, you may not be able to properly emulate the perfectly positioned finger strokes of your favorite facialist or even turn your bathroom into a temporary oasis of aromatherapy with sounds of a distant seashore. But, according to some of the top aestheticians, you really can make your skin smoother and softer by

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Experts warn as many as 1 in 3 coronavirus test results may be incorrectly negative

Experts warn as many as 1 in 3 coronavirus test results may be incorrectly negative

An alarming new report by The Wall Street Journal suggests that nearly one in three patients who are infected with COVID-19 receive incorrectly negative test results. “A false negative is problematic because it tells the patient they don’t have the virus,” Dr. Craig Deligdish explained to the paper.

The estimate about the incorrect results is based on limited data, but the implication that tests may be far from accurate is worrisome. As Deligdish observed, it means that people who’ve been reassured they are not contagious are likely going forth and spreading the disease to others.

Health care experts additionally told The Wall Street Journal that part of the problem with the tests is how fast they’ve been approved. “The thing that is different this time is most of these tests are going through a really rapid validation process,” said Ohio State University epidemiologist Bill Miller. “As a result, we can’t

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Should you wear a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic? Experts reconsider their advice

Should you wear a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic? Experts reconsider their advice

Broadening the use of face masks during the coronavirus pandemic has been a big topic of discussion among experts as more is learned about COVID-19 and how it spreads.

Health experts and officials in the U.S. have said since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak that people who aren’t infected with the virus or caring for someone who is shouldn’t wear face masks. But as COVID-19 continues to spread and more is learned about it, some are starting to reconsider.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that his office is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reconsider their guidelines on who should wear masks based on new data.

The guidelines outlined on the CDC’s website still say people who are aren’t sick shouldn’t wear a face mask unless they’re taking care of a sick person. People who are sick should wear masks when they’re

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How fast-food workers and other restaurant employees considered 'essential' can stay safe as they continue to go to work, according to experts

How fast-food workers and other restaurant employees considered ‘essential’ can stay safe as they continue to go to work, according to experts

An employee at a McDonald's in Washington, DC, looks at the order screen to see what she has to prepare next, while wearing gloves.
An employee at a McDonald’s in Washington, DC, looks at the order screen to see what she has to prepare next, while wearing gloves.

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  • Some fast-food workers are terrified about catching the coronavirus at work, as they have been classified as “essential” employees. 

  • Experts recommend trying to stay six feet away from coworkers or customers, washing hands regularly, and wearing gloves when touching items handled by other people. 

  • If workers have any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever of over 100.4 degrees, a cough, or difficulty breathing, they should stay home. Companies of 50 to 500 workers are now required to offer workers paid sick leave. 

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As many businesses shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak, fast-food workers are still expected to show up for shifts. And, many employees are terrified of getting sick themselves. 

Groups such as truck

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