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Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus?

Jul. 16, 2020 4:23 AM EDT

Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus? It’s possible, but it seems to be relatively rare and scientists think they know why that is. Many viruses can cross the placenta and infect a fetus in the womb, and evidence has been growing that the coronavirus sometimes can too. Researchers in...

Dr. Desiree Marshall, director of Autopsy and After Death Services for University of Washington Medicine, examines the preserved heart of a person who died of COVID-19 related complications, as she works in a negative-pressure laboratory, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Seattle. Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, countless hours of treatment and research are providing a much closer look at the new coronavirus and the lethal disease it has unleashed. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus

Jul. 15, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What is this enemy? Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, the world has reached an unsettling crossroads. Countless hours of treatment and research, trial and error now make it possible to take much closer...

Dr. Desiree Marshall, director of Autopsy and After Death Services for University of Washington Medicine, examines the preserved heart of a person who died of COVID-19 related complications, as she works in a negative-pressure laboratory, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Seattle. Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, countless hours of treatment and research are providing a much closer look at the new coronavirus and the lethal disease it has unleashed. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus

Jul. 15, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What is this enemy? Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, the world’s scientists and citizens have reached an unsettling crossroads. Countless hours of treatment and research, trial and error now make it...

A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa. Iowa state Auditor Rob Sand said Tuesday that a coronavirus testing program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the indirect way it handles test results data. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Florida virus deaths surge, vaccine research moves forward

Jul. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) — Florida surpassed its daily record for coronavirus deaths Tuesday amid rising global worries of a resurgence, even as researchers announced that the first vaccine tested in the U.S. had worked to boost patients' immune systems. Florida's 132 additional deaths topped a state...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. New York's governor signed an executive order Wednesday, June 17, recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday for state employees to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. Cuomo said he will propose legislation next year making June 19 a permanent state holiday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Blame game? Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home study

Jul. 14, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was “not a significant factor” in some of the nation’s deadliest...

In this undated photo provided by Facundo Vital in July 2020, an Andean condor soars above the Patagonian steppe in Argentina. To birds, the sky is not empty, but a landscape of invisible features – wind gusts, currents of warm rising air, and streams of air pushed upward by ground features like mountains. Learning to ride air currents allows some birds to travel long distances while minimizing the exertion of beating their wings.  (Facundo Vital via AP)

Fly without flapping? Andean condors surf air 99% of time

Jul. 13, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study sheds light on just how efficiently the world’s largest soaring bird rides air currents to stay aloft for hours without flapping its wings. The Andean condor has a wingspan stretching to 10 feet and weighs up to 33 pounds, making it the heaviest soaring bird alive...

People move away as health workers fumigate a slum to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 23, 2020. While 2019 was the worst year on record for global dengue cases, experts fear an even bigger surge is possible because their efforts to combat it were hampered by restrictions imposed in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 12, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection. They tried to shield hospitals from a surge of patients. But the cascading effects of these restrictions also are...

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

Search finds zero wolves in South Cascades

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A two-year search for wolves in Washington’s South Cascades has found none, a scientist said Wednesday. Researchers tested the DNA of thousands of scat piles sniffed out by dogs. Many piles looked like wolf droppings, but all turned out to be from dogs, said Samuel Wasser,...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, people wear masks while exercising at a gym in Los Angeles. On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

Jul. 9, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so. In an open letter published this week in a journal, two scientists from Australia and the U.S....