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Studies Show Mouthwash Could Slow Coronavirus Spread

Studies Show Mouthwash Could Slow Coronavirus Spread

Gargling with mouthwash might not only prevent tooth and gum decay, but could also slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Certain types of mouthwash appear to deactivate the coronavirus in the mouth, some studies have shown, but some researchers question whether the findings will impact real-life transmission.
Scientists at Cardiff University announced several weeks ago that there were “promising signs” that the use of a mouthwash may help destroy the coronavirus, …

U.K. Reduces Self-Quarantine Period for Arriving Travelers

U.K. Reduces Self-Quarantine Period for Arriving Travelers

Health officials in the United Kingdom announced that the period for which travelers arriving from overseas from a country not on the safe corridor list must self-quarantine will be reduced from 14 to ten days.
The news came in a joint statement from the chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, who said that self-isolation period for someone who has come into contact with someone who has the …

Coronavirus News – Dec. 9: U.K. Kicks off Vaccinations, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals, Merkel Pleads

Coronavirus News – Dec. 9: U.K. Kicks off Vaccinations, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals, Merkel Pleads

At 6:31 a.m. local time on Tuesday, a 90-year-old named Margaret Keenan received the first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Britain.  The second person to receive it was 82-year-old William Shakespeare, a mere 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Bard’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
After her country saw a record number of deaths, Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel pleased with Germans to meet fewer people and to stay at home over the …

Some European Countries to Relax Lockdown Rules for Holiday Season

Some European Countries to Relax Lockdown Rules for Holiday Season

Officials in multiple European countries said they are planning to loosen coronavirus restrictions over the holidays to allow families and friends to gather.
Britain will allow up to three households to form a Christmas bubble and spend time together in private homes over a four-day period that starts on December 23.
While officials in Germany extended a partial lockdown through at least January 10, 2021 (except in Bavaria, which is now under …

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 6: 85% of Californians Under Stay-At-Home Orders, Europe Relaxes Restrictions for Christmas

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 6: 85% of Californians Under Stay-At-Home Orders, Europe Relaxes Restrictions for Christmas

Several European nations are planning to loosen coronavirus restrictions over the holidays to allow families and friends to gather.  Britain will allow up to three households to form a Christmas bubble and spend time together in private homes, while Germany, which has a partial lockdown through January 10 (except in Bavaria, which is now under a stay-at-home order), will allow private gatherings of up to ten people from any number …

Gatherings Gone Wild: Across the Globe, People Are Flouting Lockdown Rules

Thousands of people across the globe, from Europe to the Americas to Southeast Asia, have flouted local restrictions on gatherings as they flocked to parties with as many as 400 unmasked and in some cases unclothed attendees.
Meanwhile, any of us could be carrying the coronavirus and the collective consequences of the actions we take, such as attending large gatherings, can be staggering given the “dark winter” that President-Elect Joseph Biden …

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 2: CDC Shortens Recommended Quarantine Time, U.K. Approves Pfizer Vaccine

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 2: CDC Shortens Recommended Quarantine Time, U.K. Approves Pfizer Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday shortened the recommended quarantine period to seven to ten days from 14.  The updated guidance reflects recent scientific findings on the time it takes for Covid-19 infections to develop and also aims to encourage compliance.  Officials at the CDC said they still support the longer option as being the safest.  “We can safely reduce the length of quarantine, but accepting that there is …