Category: Global

Why masks belong at your Thanksgiving gathering and how to properly clean and wear them

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, and it is poised to completely disrupt the holiday season. As people make holiday plans and think about ways to reduce the risks to their loved ones, a strategy is essential. Face masks are…

Coronavirus Update: Europe struggles lowering infection numbers | DW News

A top medical association in Switzerland says intensive care units are at their limits as the country battles a second wave of COVID-19 infections. The Swiss Society for Intensive Care Medicine (SSMI) warned the 876 ICU beds it certifies across…

Elizabeth Berkley’s Contact With Dustin Diamond Screeched To A Halt

Elizabeth Berkley said Tuesday she hasn’t been in touch with former “Saved by the Bell” castmate Dustin Diamond in several semesters, er, years. (See the video below.) “I haven’t talked to him in a long time,” she said on “Watch…

3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it

An endless flow of information is coming at us constantly: It might be an article a friend shared on Facebook with a sensational headline or wrong information about the spread of the coronavirus. It could even be a call from…

How dangerous can mutated coronavirus strains be? | COVID-19 Special

Mutated coronavirus strains were reported among farmed minks. More than 15 million will be culled. Medical experts fear that could jeopardize the effectiveness of future COVID-19 vaccines. Has the virus already found a way to beat the vaccines? Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1…

A brief history of presidents snubbing their successors – and why the founders favored civility instead

It’s beyond dispute: Donald Trump won’t go down in history as a model of civility. Examples of his bad manners abound. When he gave his first inaugural speech, the president craftily avoided any nod to his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton,…

CBD sales are soaring, but evidence is still slim that the cannabis derivative makes a difference for anxiety or pain

Many people have turned to cannabis and its derivatives as they search for pandemic relief, and one of the most widely available ones is CBD. It is also legal. You can buy oils, tinctures, capsules, gummies, cosmetics and even toilet…

Ethiopia’s defense minister on the governments ‘final military operation’ in Tigray | DW Interview

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has announced what he says would be “a final military operation” against Tigray province, after local leaders ignore his surrender ultimatum. Earlier, the federal government carried out what it called surgical airstrikes on Tigray’s regional…

How important is contact tracing in the fight against coronavirus? | COVID19-Special

Contact tracing is vital in breaking the chain of coronavirus infections. Apps do some of the work, but much of it is manual. And when COVID19 rates surge, keeping track of endless lists of contacts is almost impossible. Experts say…

Why Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine Announcement Has Experts So Enthusiastic

Another experimental COVID-19 vaccine is provinghighly effective in trials, according to its manufacturer, boosting hopes that people around the world could be immunised sometime in the coming year. The company, Moderna, said on Monday that its vaccine is 94.5% effective, based…

American timber industry crippled by double whammy of trade war and COVID-19

The forestry sector – landowners, logging companies and sawmills – have lost an estimated US$1.1 billion in 2020. Devastating wildfires and Hurricane Laura have played a part, but the COVID-19 pandemic has also contributed to significant losses. If workers are…

South Africa: Incentivizing conservation | Global Ideas

If landowners set up a nature reserve, they are rewarded with a tax break. The NGO Wilderness Foundation Africa advises them on how to do it. Its project has so far helped protect 500,000 hectares of land.Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1 For more…

How hospitals deal with surging numbers of patients in need of intensive care | COVID-19 Special

Since the beginning of the pandemic, one message has been consistent – infection rates need to be kept as low as possible to avoid intensive care units being overwhelmed. Because when that happens, patients who would recover with the right…

What monoclonal antibodies are – and why we need them as well as a vaccine

When President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, one of the cutting-edge experimental therapies he received was a mixture of monoclonal antibodies. But now a vaccine may soon be available. So are other therapies necessary or valuable? And what exactly is…