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A coming wave of diabetes? The link with COVID-19

Researchers are observing a new long-term health concern in patients hospitalized with COVID-19—an increase in new-onset hyperglycemia lasting months after infection. An Italian study found that about half of the patients admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 during the start of the pandemic had new cases of hyperglycemia, or high levels of blood sugar. They […]

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Iran fears fifth wave of COVID linked to Delta variant

President Hassan Rouhani expressed fears on Saturday that Iran will be hit by a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to an outbreak of the Delta variant. “It is feared that we are on the way to a fifth wave throughout the country,” Rouhani told a meeting of Iran’s anti-virus taskforce, warning the public […]

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Brazil braces for third wave of COVID-19

Already reeling from one of the highest death tolls in the pandemic, Brazil is bracing for the threat of a third wave of COVID-19, fueled by vaccination delays and a lack of containment measures. So far, each pandemic wave has been successively worse in Brazil, peaking at a weekly average of around 1,000 deaths per […]

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Two gaps to fill for the 2021-2022 winter wave of COVID-19 cases

Epidemiologists—like oncologists and climate scientists—hate to be proved right. A year ago this week, the communications rush began from epidemiologists in academia to the public and to local governments about the imminent dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the face of a weak federal response. St. Patrick’s Day parades were canceled with days to spare. […]

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Worst-hit Belgium hopes virus second wave has peaked

The second wave of the coronavirus in Belgium, the hardest-hit country in the world in terms of its proportion of fatalities, may have peaked, health authorities said on Friday. “For the past few days now… we can finally see the peak of this second wave,” Yves Van Laethem, a spokesman for the country’s virus crisis […]

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Germany eyes local travel bans to prevent 2nd virus wave

Germany’s point person in the coronavirus pandemic said Tuesday that the country is on course to avoid a big second wave of infections but only if people keep practicing social distancing, wear masks and if necessary, quarantine in areas that experience spikes in new cases. Helge Braun, who as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff […]