covid-19

Understanding Coronavirus Variants, Mutations and Vaccines

Understanding Coronavirus Variants, Mutations and Vaccines

By Richard Kuhn The SARS-CoV-2 virus mutates fast. That’s a concern because these more transmissible variants of SARS-CoV-2 are now present in the U.S., U.K. and South Africa and other countries, and many people are wondering whether the current vaccines will protect the recipients from the virus. Furthermore, many question whether we will we be […]

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    A ‘Disasterologist’ Discusses Climate Change

    A ‘Disasterologist’ Discusses Climate Change

    By Tara Lohan 2020 was so bad that even disasters outdid themselves. Last year the United States alone experienced at least 16 weather and climate disasters with losses topping $1 billion each. That’s more than twice the long-term average. What’s worse: Expensive disasters are on the rise. 2020 was the sixth year in a row […]

    Is COVID-19 Infecting Wild Animals?

    Is COVID-19 Infecting Wild Animals?

    By Jonathan Runstadler and Kaitlin Sawatzki Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have found coronavirus infections in pet cats and dogs and in multiple zoo animals, including big cats and gorillas. These infections have even happened when staff were using personal protective equipment. More disturbing, in December the United States Department of Agriculture […]

    How to Stay Safe With a More Contagious Coronavirus Mutation on the Loose

    How to Stay Safe With a More Contagious Coronavirus Mutation on the Loose

    By Suresh Dhaniyala and Byron Erath A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 10 states, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now? We saw what the new variant, known as B.1.1.7, can do as it spread quickly through southeastern England in December, causing case […]

    Gorillas in San Diego Test Positive for Coronavirus

    Gorillas in San Diego Test Positive for Coronavirus

    Gorillas at California’s San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the zoo announced on Monday. While studies have shown that primates can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, this is the first time the virus has been passed to great apes, as far as scientists are aware. “Aside […]

    How to Create a Nature-Friendly Recovery

    How to Create a Nature-Friendly Recovery

    By Marie Quinney and Gabriela Martinez This article is part of The Davos Agenda. During 2020, many of us saw images of deserted urban areas being reclaimed by animals and heard reports of carbon dioxide emissions plummeting as transportation ground to a halt. A new analysis shows that the U.S. had reached its lowest level […]

    Five Household ‘Demons’ to Avoid During the Pandemic

    Five Household ‘Demons’ to Avoid During the Pandemic

    By Alisha Moopen As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic gains strength in many parts of the world, it is evident that the old normal has slipped, and a new sense of normalcy is setting in. This has been evident with the arrival of the work-from-home, study-from-home and socialize-from-home model, whenever possible. But while […]

    Virtual Meetings Are Gaining Acceptance Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Virtual Meetings Are Gaining Acceptance Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Taking business trips – or even just commuting to work – can produce a lot of carbon pollution. But for a long time, many people resisted the alternative of remote work and virtual meetings. Elise Keith is the founder of Lucid Meetings, an online meeting management and consulting company. “People enjoy coming and being together […]

    A Big COVID-19 Vaccination Problem: The Cold Supply Chain Can’t Reach Everywhere

    A Big COVID-19 Vaccination Problem: The Cold Supply Chain Can’t Reach Everywhere

    By Timothy Ford and Charles M. Schweik To mitigate health inequities and promote social justice, coronavirus vaccines need to get to underserved populations and hard-to-reach communities. There are few places in the U.S. that are unreachable by road, but other factors – many rural hospitals can’t afford ultralow-temperature freezers or might not have reliable electricity, […]