New COVID-19 cases in Marion County decrease again

Ocala, Fla. — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Marion County has decreased again, according to the Florida Department of Health’s newest virus summary, released Friday. The community’s positivity rate also declined. The state’s report revealed the following data for Marion County for Sept. 16–22: New cases: 283. That fell from 507 cases reported … Read more

Clinical and epidemiologic features of SARS-CoV-2 in companion animals

In a recent study posted to the Research Square* preprint server, researchers explored the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in dogs and cats. Numerous beneficial effects of pet ownership, including benefits to mental health, have been scientifically established. Companion animals account for 60% of all animals reported to World Organization for … Read more

Four ways science has made our lives better recently: diamonds out of plastic bottles, and more

Here are four Good News stories about how science is making our lives better. Scientists have found a way to create nanodiamonds from PET plastics. A universal and future-proofed COVID-19 vaccine is about to be tested on humans. There are new findings on the power of carrying out random acts of kindness. A woman with … Read more

Can You Get Coronavirus from Your Pet?

Editor’s Note: For the latest updates on the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, see our news coverage. March 3, 2020 — The threat that the virus causing COVID-19 could sicken pets and spread between them and their owners is extremely low, veterinarians say. Concerns about pet illness with COVID-19, and spread between owners and their animals emerged … Read more

Food supply chains are susceptible to fraud and adulteration “more than ever,” warns Kerry

05 Sep 2022 — Disruption in global supply chains, food shortages and the ongoing challenges of producing sustainable and nutritious food for the world’s ballooning population is observed by consumers and industry alike. With pressures continuing to mount, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerry is spotlighting the importance of food safety and integrity, as well … Read more

Antiviral activity of favipiravir against Zika and SARS-CoV-2 in cynomolgus macaques

Favipiravir (T-705) inhibits viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) polymerase and has been approved for the treatment of noncomplicated influenza infections in Japan and is currently being studied in clinical trials in the United States. Previous studies have shown strong antiviral activity of T-705 against several RNA viruses, such as Ebola, Marburg, and Lassa viruses, both in … Read more

What You Should Know about COVID-19 and Pets | Healthy Pets, Healthy People

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people. Others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses infect only animals and do not infect humans. Risk of the virus that causes COVID-19 spreading between pets and people The virus that causes COVID-19 … Read more

Ex Clif Bar, Sweet Earth execs aim to disrupt ‘tired’ canned food category

The Eureka moment for co-founders Kat Kavner (a branding and marketing specialist who spent her formative years at Sweet Earth and Clif Bar) and Jaime Tulley (an operations expert who met Kavner at Sweet Earth) came as they joined hordes of shoppers heading to the canned food aisle to stock up on pantry staples in … Read more

Zero COVID in China: Young People Give Up on an “Abnormal” State

Extensive PCR testing, quarantines, and sealed-off cities continue to characterize the Chinese government’s “Zero COVID” policy. Although COVID-19 appears to be under control in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, the future remains uncertain due to rising infections in cities in the eastern part of the country. Resentment towards Xi Jinping’s administration builds by the … Read more

Research characterizes clinical and epidemiologic features of SARS-CoV-2 in pets

A 2021-2022 survey conducted in the United States reported that about 90.5 million households owned at least one pet, 23 million of which had acquired a pet during the first year of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Pet ownership is associated with numerous positive benefits for the owner, such as improved mental health. However, … Read more