The drastic changes major retailers are making in response to the pandemic

America’s national retailers are preparing to make a comeback after shuttering for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. And while we can expect to see our favorite names including Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Gap reopen soon, everyone is gearing up to operate under a new normal, where social distancing rules, regular temperature checks, and face masks apply.  When clothing giant […]

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Flu virus could evolve resistance to pandemic drug: study

The influenza virus can evolve resistance to an anti-flu drug currently in development for use in pandemics but only if there are multiple genetic mutations, a study has found. Scientists at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Public Health England, have discovered that two genetic mutations would be needed for the virus to develop resistance to favipiravir, an experimental antiviral […]

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Report identifies characteristics of microorganisms most likely to cause a global pandemic

Infectious disease preparedness work focuses predominantly on an historical list of pathogens derived from biological warfare agents, political considerations, and recent outbreaks. That fails to account for the most serious agents not currently known or without historical precedent, write scholars from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in a new report on the traits of microorganisms with high pandemic […]

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