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Warmer temperatures lessen COVID-19 spread, but control measures still needed, study finds — ScienceDaily

New research shows transmission of the virus behind COVID-19 varies seasonally, but warmer conditions are not enough to prevent transmission. The study, led by Imperial College London researchers and published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to incorporate environmental data into epidemiological models of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the […]

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Major barriers to financing a sustainable ocean economy — ScienceDaily

Financing a sustainable global ocean economy may require a Paris Agreement type effort, according to a new report from an international team of researchers led by the University of British Columbia. That’s because a significant increase in sustainable ocean finance will be required to ensure a sustainable ocean economy that benefits society and businesses in […]

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Monitoring epidemics is essential for understanding how well public health interventions are working and where to distribute extra resources — ScienceDaily

A new method to monitor epidemics like COVID-19 gives an accurate real-time estimate of the growth rate of an epidemic by carefully evaluating the relationship between the amount of viruses in infected people’s bodies, called the viral load, and how fast the number of cases is increasing or decreasing. “This new method, which effectively links […]

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Study at one hospital suggests the pandemic initially slowed down conception rates, but a baby boom may be coming soon — ScienceDaily

A different type of surge may be on the way more than a year into the pandemic — a baby surge. The COVID-19 shutdown initially seemed to hit pause on pregnancy and birth rates, new research from one major hospital system suggests, but that trend is quickly reversing. “Birth rates declined early on in the […]

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Structural racism is a direct predictor of state-level racial disparities in COVID deaths — ScienceDaily

More than a year into the pandemic, the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minorities in the US has been well documented. But a new study by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) reveals that previous research has underestimated the true extent of racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths — as well as […]