A new study found coronavirus may have been in the US in December. That doesn’t mean you’ll ever know if you had it then


A new study published Monday suggests the novel coronavirus was infecting people across the US as early as December — a month before the first person known to have been infected with coronavirus arrived in the US from China on January 15.



a person sitting on a bed: A lab technician sorts blood samples inside a lab for a COVID-19 vaccine study at the Research Centers of America (RCA) in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020.


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A lab technician sorts blood samples inside a lab for a COVID-19 vaccine study at the Research Centers of America (RCA) in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020.

Researchers screened blood donations made in December and early January and found evidence of antibodies to the novel coronavirus in at least 84 samples from nine states — something that would suggest those people had been infected with coronavirus.

“These findings suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may have been introduced into the United States prior to January 19, 2020,” the researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Red Cross wrote in the

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Coronavirus likely in US as early as December 2019: Study


The coronavirus may have been present in the United States weeks earlier than scientists realized, according to new government research.



a person standing in a room: A nurse dons personal protective equipment (PPE) as she prepares to enter the room of a COVID-19 patient being treated at UW Health University Hospital in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 18, 2020.


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A nurse dons personal protective equipment (PPE) as she prepares to enter the room of a COVID-19 patient being treated at UW Health University Hospital in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 18, 2020.

While COVID-19 cases were first identified in China in December, the United States did not report its first case until late January.

A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases Monday suggests that the virus was present in the United States as early as last December.

To come to that conclusion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists analyzed American Red Cross blood donations collected between Dec. 13, 2019, and Jan. 17, 2020, and found evidence of coronavirus antibodies in 106 out of 7,389 blood donations.

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Pfizer-BioNTech Seek EU Emergency Approval for COVID-19 Vaccine, Target December Rollout | Top News


FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out in Europe this month, the companies said on Tuesday after they applied for EU emergency approval for the shot.

The application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) comes days after the companies applied for emergency use of their vaccine in the United States. They said their candidate, BNT162b2, could be launched in the European Union this month.

“If EMA concludes that the benefits of the vaccine candidate outweigh its risks in protecting against COVID‑19, it will recommend granting a CMA (conditional marketing authorization)that could potentially enable use of BNT162b2 in Europe before the end of 2020,” they said in a joint statement.

In their pursuit of a European launch, the partners are neck-and-neck with rival Moderna, which said on Monday it would ask the EU regulator to recommend conditional approval for its shot.

An effective immunization is

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Lazy Ways to Lose Weight All December Long, According to Science


Shorter days, plunging temperatures, stressful work deadlines, buttery feasts, and a sea of celebratory cocktails don’t exactly make for the ideal month to start losing weight. But if you’re determined to see weight loss results in December, you still can, and entirely by making the right healthy eating decisions (for those, see here), by setting aside just enough time to exercise (for more on that, see here), and by incorporating the following super easy tips and tricks into your daily routine. Best of all, these hacks are just about the very least you need to do to impose meaningful change on your habits over the holidays. (Trust us: None of them will require you to live like a monk until 2021.) So read on, and for more great weight loss advice you probably didn’t know, be sure to memorize these Sneaky Weight Loss Tricks That Totally Work, Say Experts.

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Gov. Newsom announces Calif. will receive 327,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine in December


Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested Monday the state could issue a new stay-at-home order for the majority of California’s counties as new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge across the state.

Coronavirus hospitalizations are on pace to rise by up to roughly 30 percent by Christmas Eve in much of the state, according to Newsom, as the state’s health care system absorbs a surge of new cases due in part to gatherings on Thanksgiving.

Intensive care units are also on track to reach and surpass 100 percent capacity some time in December in most of the state’s major population centers.


The Bay Area fares slightly better than other parts of the state in both of those metrics, with 58 percent of its hospital beds currently occupied and 62 percent projected to be occupied by Dec. 24.

Likewise, 72 percent of the Bay Area’s ICU beds are currently occupied, a figure projected to

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Hopes For December Vaccines Get A Boost Despite ‘Surge On Surge’ Warning


Hopes for a first wave of vaccinations before the end of 2020 received a boost with US firm Moderna saying it was filing Monday for emergency authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and Europe.

After top US scientists warned Americans to brace for a “surge upon a surge”, Moderna reported full results had confirmed a high vaccine efficacy estimated at 94.1 percent.

The first of Moderna's two doses could be injected into the arms of millions of Americans by the middle of December The first of Moderna’s two doses could be injected into the arms of millions of Americans by the middle of December Photo: AFP / JOEL SAGET

It was set to join American pharmaceuticals maker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, which applied for similar approvals last week, and have predicted their vaccine could be greenlit in the US shortly after December 10.

If the US Food and Drug Administration agrees Moderna’s product is safe and effective, the first of the drug’s two doses could be injected into

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Hospitals in England told to prepare for early December Covid vaccine rollout


Hospitals have been told to prepare for the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine in as little as 10 days’ time, with NHS workers expected to be front of the queue, the Guardian has learned.



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NHS bosses said hospitals in England could expect to receive their first deliveries of a vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech as soon as Monday 7 December, with regulatory approval anticipated within days.

According to sources at several hospitals across the country, NHS England said they should expect to get stocks of vaccine on 7, 8 or 9 December.

Initially only NHS staff are set to be given the jab, with care home residents and the over-80s having to wait. This is despite those two groups being classed by the government as top priorities for Covid immunisation, as they have the greatest risk of death from the disease. Care

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US Hopes To Start Virus Vaccines In December As Pandemic Surges


The United States hopes to begin coronavirus vaccinations in early December, a top government health official said Sunday, the latest positive news to emerge even as cases surge across the worst-hit nation and elsewhere around the globe.

The beginning of vaccinations could be a crucial shift in the battle against a virus that has claimed more than 1.4 million lives worldwide, including 255,000 just in the US, since emerging from China late last year.

A slew of positive results from vaccines has bolstered hopes for an end to the pandemic as surging cases force nations to reimpose restrictions and lockdowns that slowed the spread earlier this year but turned lives and economies upside down across the globe.

A restaurant employee cleans a plexiglass table divider while preparing for outdoor dining service in Manhattan Beach, California, a few hours before the start of the new 10:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew A restaurant employee cleans a plexiglass table divider while preparing for outdoor dining service in Manhattan Beach, California, a few hours before the start of the new 10:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew

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Inoculations by December? States aren’t so sure.


The incoming Biden administration cannot talk to federal agencies and does not know what problems the current leadership is most concerned with, leading some expert advisers to openly worry about access and distribution.

“This is tremendously difficult, expensive work, and we are hearing resoundingly from state and local health departments that they need more help to carry out this last mile,” said Jason Schwartz, a Yale public health professor who is also serving on Connecticut’s vaccine advisory committee. “Time is running short to get states and cities what they need so we’re not left with millions of highly effective vaccines but no good way to get them to the people who need them.”

The United States is averaging more than one million new infections per week and hospitals across the Midwest and Southwest are overrun, putting patients in parking lots and calling on FEMA for reinforcements. News that both Pfizer

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Dutch PM Rutte: Coronavirus Lockdown to Continue Into December | World News


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday said most of the country’s current coronavirus lockdown measures must remain in place through mid-December, despite a recent decline in the number of new cases.

“It’s nice what we’ve achieved together,” Rutte said at a press conference after health officials reported that new cases had declined 15 percent in the past week.

“But if you look around in Europe, the picture is pretty sombre”, he said, with most countries strengthening rather than loosening measures.

Earlier on Tuesday the National Institute for Health (RIVM) said in its weekly update there were 37,706 new cases in the week to Nov. 17, the smallest number since early October.

“(However) the number of people with a positive test result remains very high,” the RIVM said, with more than 150 infections per 100,000 people in nearly every region of the country.

The Netherlands was one

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