A week after White House officials met with scientists endorsing herd immunity, dozens of other researchers called it “a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.”
Politicians In Line Behind Trump Say They’re Coronavirus-Free. But It May Be Too Soon To Know If That’s True.
What happens next will depend not just on how sick the president gets, but on whether the people who may need to take over will stay healthy.
The fires are likely already causing an upsurge in fatal heart attacks and hospitalizations for people with asthma — and it might also make people more vulnerable to COVID-19.
“I worry it will be Armageddon for the vaping industry.”
Trump and the FDA chief rolled out the emergency authorization for plasma with great fanfare, to the alarm of many scientists. Now advisers to another arm of the administration, the NIH, have called the evidence for it “insufficient.”
She Claimed To Fight For Survivors Of Sexual Harassment In Science. But For Many, She Added To The Pain.
Neuroscientist BethAnn McLaughlin made headlines for posing on Twitter as an Indigenous professor she later said died of COVID. It was the culmination of a trail of abuse that has shaken a movement.
Scientists say plasma collected from the blood of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may be beneficial, but rigorous trials have not yet proven that it’s an effective treatment.
“People may die unnecessarily because the administration has allowed an ideological special interest group to hijack biomedical research,” one expert said, citing the wide use of fetal cells in coronavirus vaccine research.
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Running fewer tests would allow labs to maximize their supplies and time, both in desperately short supply.
BethAnn McLaughlin, who has previously come under fire for harassing people in her group MeTooSTEM, faked an online persona: a woman of color who she said died of COVID-19.
John Ioannidis’s controversial studies claim that the coronavirus isn’t that big a threat. Before the Stanford scientist did any of them, he wanted to take that message to the White House.
First GEDmatch, the DNA database that helped identify the Golden State Killer, was hacked. Then email addresses from its users were used in a phishing attack on another leading genealogy site.
To anyone “harboring any doubts that systemic and overt racism still exist in academia ... I would encourage you to read Haywood Smith’s racist screed,” one professor wrote in response.
Yale Astronomers Questioned Systemic Racism Because They Hired One Black Employee 35 Years Ago, Emails Show
“Deeply entrenched systemic racism exists in every sector of our society, including at Yale and in this department,” a group of undergraduates wrote in response.
“Healthcare providers and hospitals in Arizona are issuing dire warnings,” one state representative said. “I sure hope Governor Ducey is listening.”
“All of the best evidence suggests that people without symptoms can and do readily spread SARS-CoV2,” a group of Harvard scientists said.
The study has been retracted by scientists who say they can no longer vouch for its data.
“Data is our eyes and ears in this pandemic. Without having it, we are operating blindly,” one public health expert said.
“I’m an African American first before I’m a physician,” one doctor said.
Scientists Worldwide Are Questioning A Massive Study That Raised Concerns About The Malaria Drug Hyped As A COVID-19 Treatment
The study, which found that patients treated with hydroxychloroquine were more likely to die, just got a correction, though its conclusions remain unchanged.
Public health experts are accusing the CDC of bending under political pressure to say the coronavirus is less deadly.
Choosing whether to embrace green policies to lead the economic recovery will be a make-or-break moment for the climate crisis, experts say.
A legacy of racism has left a dangerous divide between the medical establishment and black Americans, who are now dying at high rates in the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency had previously relaxed its rules for verifying manufacturers’ accuracy data, leading more than 165 unauthorized tests to flood the US market.
Facing low sales and trouble from regulators, the e-cigarette giant is planning to be off shelves in Austria, Belgium, Portugal, France, and Spain by the end of the year.
Recent research suggests that summer conditions can help kill the coronavirus more quickly. But “don’t expect miracles,” one scientist said.
The CDC had previously only listed fever, coughing, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing as the main symptoms of COVID-19.
"FDA is concerned that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are being used inappropriately to treat non-hospitalized patients for coronavirus," the agency wrote in a health warning.
A Stanford Professor’s Wife Recruited People For His Coronavirus Study By Claiming It Would Reveal If They Could “Return To Work Without Fear”
An email sent to a Silicon Valley middle school’s private listserv tried to recruit families for the antibody study, promising “peace of mind” about their immunity to the coronavirus.
Scientists Now Say No, They Weren’t Reporting The First Case Of A Dead Body Spreading The Coronavirus
The authors of the controversial report issued a correction saying their initial claims were misinterpreted. “This is really unusual, you don't publish a report that someone is dead and then say, no he isn't,” another scientist said.
In California, two of the nation’s first big antibody surveys estimated that the true number of coronavirus infections is significantly higher than believed. But scientists are skeptical.
Scientists Are Calling For Vaccine Experiments That Would Deliberately Infect People With The Novel Coronavirus
“Normally, deliberately giving someone an infection that is potentially lethal would be unacceptable,” one bioethicist said. “But in extreme times, like a plague, you might look to extreme measures.”
“I think we should expect to see companies continue to pop up selling unproven, and in some cases probably just bad, testing,” a former FDA lawyer said.
Coronavirus Antibody Tests Could Help Us Get Back To Normal — Or They Could Be The Next Testing Crisis
Hospitals and clinics are rushing to use antibody tests in an effort to determine who is immune to the coronavirus. But almost none of them have been verified by the FDA.
Thousands Of US Health Care Workers Have Been Infected By The Coronavirus. This Is How Each State Stacks Up.
Due to limited data, the true scale of health care worker infections is still unknown.
The politically opposite neighboring states have had two different approaches to tackling the spread of COVID-19, and, some residents fear, two drastically different outcomes.
“This pandemic isn’t an excuse for polluters to ignore the law and for EPA to let them get away with it,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.
Whether more people should wear masks has become one of the fiercest debates of the coronavirus pandemic. New data about how the virus spreads may be tipping the scales.
More than a year after Altria took a one-third stake in Juul, valuing the e-cigarette company at $38 billion, the FTC is seeking to unwind the deal.
It’s the latest high-profile departure for the e-cigarette manufacturer.
This week, researchers in New York City started collecting blood from COVID-19 survivors. The hope is that their immunity can be shared with others.
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“We are starting to see our health care providers die very quickly from this virus,” one nurse practitioner said.
It’s increasingly clear that early data out of China was an anomaly: The coronavirus is severely harming substantial numbers of people under 50, too.
The Coronavirus Death Toll Is Rising At Different Rates In Different Countries. These Charts Help Explain Why.
Experts don’t yet have a full explanation, but the age breakdown of countries’ populations and their capacity to deliver care to critically ill people will be crucial in the coming weeks and months.
“We’re just praying every day we don’t end up in a state of anarchy,” one mayor said.
Despite a recent alert from France’s health minister, experts say that coronavirus-related concerns about ibuprofen are unfounded.
An anti-malaria drug called chloroquine is just one of many drugs being repurposed in an attempt to treat the surge in COVID-19 cases in the US. Big questions remain about whether they’ll actually work.
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“We want to protect public health and if we are sick there isn’t going to be anyone to treat these patients. America has no idea what it’s in for,” said one nurse practitioner.
A vital month of testing time was lost in the US because of a bad strategy and an unreliable CDC test.
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“I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s more than 50,000 people who have been infected at this point in the United States.”
Some of President Donald Trump’s closest aides and family members have interacted with people who have confirmed COVID-19 cases.
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“We will be testing everyone on the ship,” said Vice President Mike Pence. But some passengers, now under quarantine in California, said their requests for testing have gone nowhere.
The big move comes shortly after the e-cigarette giant forced out top international executives as part of an effort to cut back $1 billion in spending in 2020.
“It is a failing. Let’s admit it," said Anthony Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
New Rochelle residents said New York state’s containment strategy is more political bluster than effective health policy, leaving a small suburb with arbitrary lines drawn and few tested for the dangerous new virus.
A preliminary study sheds more light on the virus’s ability to linger in the environment.
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the US, we want to hear about your experiences with the testing shortage.
We contacted health officials in all 50 states and Washington, DC, to find out how many Americans have actually been tested for the coronavirus.
If you're pregnant, you shouldn't panic — but you should definitely protect yourself. Experts say there are still big unanswered questions about the risks posed by the coronavirus.
PFAS chemicals, which have turned up in drinking water in cities across the US, have been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and kidney, testicular, prostate, breast, liver, and ovarian cancers.
This is the second time Republicans in the largely Democratic state have fled the capitol to avoid voting on a climate bill.
Follow the latest data on COVID-19 cases and deaths.
I Fled China 8 Months Pregnant During The Coronavirus Outbreak. Here's Why I Think You Shouldn't Panic.
With my baby due in two months, I wanted to wait out the outbreak in the comfort of my home in China. But geopolitical decisions — and the growing fear abroad — changed my plans.
US citizens living in China and South Korea have been told they won’t be able to cast their vote in person for the Democratic primary next month — and will instead need to vote online.
“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country,” the CDC said.
The e-cigarette giant is forcing out its top Europe and south Asia executives and laying off staff in Singapore as part of an effort to cut back $1 billion in spending in 2020.
“For those of us concerned about the future of the Earth’s climate and balance, this election is extremely important,” Gore said.
The four warmest Januaries on record have all occurred since 2016.
A Controversial Study Claimed To Explain Why Women Don’t Go Into Science And Tech. It Just Got A 1,113-Word Correction.
Jordan Peterson cited the study to argue women naturally aren’t interested in technical fields. But it presented a “contrived and distorted picture,” said an outside researcher.
"Any move like this has to be looked at with a critical eye to see if it's greenwashing or if it's real," one climate activist said.
Experts are making wildly different predictions about the future of the coronavirus. "We are at the blind-men-feeling-the-elephant stage of this outbreak.”
The billion-dollar e-cigarette startup is fighting for its life. Employees are calling out the chaos and considering jumping ship, according to internal documents and audio obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Scientists are rapidly posting findings about the new coronavirus outbreak online, accelerating the speed of scientific discoveries — and of misinformation.
A Pennsylvania court’s move to issue a search warrant to Ancestry.com sets off a legal struggle that could go all the way to the Supreme Court.
This DNA Testing Firm Said It Wanted To Bring Closure To Families Of Murder Victims. Then It Blocked A Rival From Using Its Database To Solve Crimes.
“When we are talking about solving cold case murders or rapes, you hate to see that suffer because of disagreements or competition,” said one victim advocate.
"We still have a low risk to the American public. But we want to keep it at a low risk," said NIAID Director Anthony Fauci.
The outbreak has spread to 7,800 total cases, 98 of which are outside of China.
"We are trying to make sure that every animal has a chance for survival.”
"We are experiencing the impacts of global warming unfolding literally in real time."
George Luber says he was kicked out of the CDC’s climate program for fighting censorship. But shortly before that, five women on his staff had accused him of sexist behavior and being a bad boss.
Juul’s teen anti-vaping curriculum was short-lived, but a professor says the e-cigarette giant stole her PowerPoint slides — and used them to try to get into US classrooms.
An internal Juul report, obtained by BuzzFeed News, challenges an explosive lawsuit claiming the e-cigarette giant hid a massive contamination incident from the public.
One activist group pronounced the conclusions a “pile of shite” and dumped manure outside the meeting hall.
The climate crisis is already here — and it's only getting worse.
10 Years Ago, DNA Tests Were The Future Of Medicine. Now They’re A Social Network — And A Data Privacy Mess.
We were offered personalized medicine. Instead, we got Facebook for our DNA.
The finding dealt a big blow to climate change activists hoping to use the courts to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their climate disclosures.
It was also the decade we finally started treating drug addiction like a disease, spurred by an overdose epidemic that ravaged white, rural America.
This goes way beyond images of polar bears.
The world has already warmed 1 degree Celsius, and it’s on track to warm more than 3 degrees by the end of the century.
A new federal report suggests about 60% of so-called Superfund sites are in areas at risk of wildfires, flooding, and other natural disasters that could be worsened by climate change.
Warren's plan targeting companies for spreading misinformation comes as Exxon has been sued in multiple states for lying to investors about climate risks.
Secret documents obtained by BuzzFeed News allege that New Orleans failed to test for lead in the city’s highest risk homes — and covered it up for years.
Chile Just Pulled Out Of Hosting The Biggest Climate Conference Of The Year Because Of Violent Protests
On Friday, the United Nations announced the conference is being relocated to Spain.
“Half our customers are drunk and vaping like mo-fos, who the fuck is going to notice the quality of our pods,” the former CEO allegedly said. Juul says the lawsuit is “baseless.”
In a tumultuous year for the e-cigarette company, the layoffs will amount to 10% to 15% of the 4,000-person workforce.
Exxon is currently on trial in New York facing similar climate fraud claims.
“Exxon has been working very hard to prevent this day from ever happening,” said one legal expert.
Johnson & Johnson Is Recalling 33,000 Baby Powder Bottles After A Sample Turned Up Positive For Asbestos
The company is facing a slew of lawsuits from women claiming the talcum products caused them to develop cancer.
"We said both sides must be heard—we haven’t taken a position yet," the Reverend Al Sharpton said. The event was slated to occur this weekend in Harlem.
After being contacted by BuzzFeed News, the platform took down some of the videos. Vaping-related injuries continue to climb by the day.