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This Arctic heat wave has been unusually long-lived. The darkest reds on this map of the Arctic are areas that were more than 14 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the spring of 2020 compared to the recent 15-year average.

It touched 37°C in Siberia. That’s how bad the Arctic heatwave is

The director of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, who is an Arctic climate scientist, writes about why Arctic heatwaves are becoming more common.
A medical worker drops a Covid-19 test sample into a plastic bag at a testing site in Berkeley, California, US | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

What doctors know so far about the lingering symptoms of Covid-19

From shortness of breath to diabetes, it is important to know how recovering from coronavirus can impact your body in the long run.
Pedestrians walk past the India Gate monument shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution becoming more common in South Asia

Both extreme heat and air pollution have severe negative effects on the human body — from asthma to heart disease. But we are staring at a dirty, hot future.
Pedestrians wear protective masks in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. The study was conducted across six hospitals in the city | Paul Yeung | Bloomberg

Concept of a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus is flawed and dangerous

The idea of a second wave stems from the flawed comparison with the seasonality of the flu virus.
Medical staff in protective gear collect a sample from an arriving passenger at a coronavirus testing station at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea | Photographer: SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg

Uruguay quietly beats coronavirus, distinguishing itself from S. American neighbours again

While it has not eliminated the virus, as similarly sized New Zealand has, Uruguay is one of just a handful of countries to effectively manage the disease.
The novel coronavirus | Pixabay

Covid-19 behaves like a sexually transmitted infection

The SARS-CoV2 escapes an evolutionary trade-off that helps keep other pathogens in check like Ebola, and Marburg.
Troy Sutton works with potentially deadly pathogens but the right precautions greatly reduce the risks

I study coronavirus in a highly secured biosafety lab – here’s why it’s safer than outside

I hold live SARS-CoV-2 in my hands and this virus is not to be taken lightly, writes a scientist at Pennsylvania Statue University.

This 3D-printed bone brick can change how bomb injuries are treated

Many of bone-shattering injuries in war zones are untreatable because of the constant risk of infection from procedures in the field. The bone brick can help.

Rural US more vulnerable to Covid-19 than cities, data shows

Rural counties in America are primarily susceptible due to their large senior populations and outbreaks are likely to originate in elderly care facilities.

Four things to check before you use a public bathroom in coronavirus times

Researchers have found that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, can be shed in faeces for up to a month after the illness.

On Camera

People on bike passing through a deserted market in Hyderabad on 26 June

World economy that took elevator down faces steep stairs back up

President of European Chamber in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the recovery isn't V or W, it's looking like the top of a chainsaw — up and down and painful all the way.

Defence

Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Army postpones mandatory annual, periodic medical tests of soldiers as Covid cases rise

Army conducts annual & periodic medical exams to assess fitness of all soldiers. Decision to postpone tests expected to ease burden on military hospitals.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.