Convalescent plasma falls flat in first randomized trial

A donor who recovered from COVID-19 gives blood plasma in New Delhi. Off-label use of convalescent plasma is permitted in India.Hindustan Times / Contributor India is the first country to complete a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of convalescent plasma in COVID-19. The study failed to demonstrate any improvement in survival or disease severity, but that…

Junk Food Is Bad For Plants, Too

Most of us are familiar with the much-maligned Western diet and its mainstay of processed food products found in the middle aisles of the grocery store. Some of us beeline for the salty chips and others for the sugar-packed cereals. But we are not the only ones eating junk food. An awful lot of crops…

The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees

If anyone knows about going fungal, it’s Paul Stamets. I have often wondered whether he has been infected with a fungus that fills him with mycological zeal—and an irrepressible urge to persuade humans that fungi are keen to partner with us in new and peculiar ways. I went to visit him at his home on…

Fauci: Enough people have to take a vaccine for it to be efficient

(CNN)The United States may not see a “double whammy” this fall of both the coronavirus and influenza, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases pointed to the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s late winter. Australia has experienced an almost non-existent flu season, Fauci said in an interview with…

Japan reports its worst GDP on record

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Japan just reported its worst drop in GDP on record as the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak dented consumption. The world’s third-largest economy shrank 7.8% in the second quarter compared with the previous quarter, the country’s Cabinet Office said on Monday. That translated to an annual rate of decline of 27.8%, the worst since…

Why it’s so hard to keep young people inside

Annika Olson is the assistant director of policy research at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin and a Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Covid-19 numbers are bad and…