Landmark Study Finds Masks Are Ineffective

The first randomized controlled trial1,2 to assess the effectiveness of surgical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection specifically — which journals initially refused to publish — is finally seeing the light of day. The so-called “Danmask-19 Trial,” published November 18, 2020, in the Annals of Internal Medicine,3 included 3,030 individuals assigned to wear a surgical face… Read More »

It’s possible to end HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs in low- and middle-income countries

HIV incidence is below 0.1% per year among people who inject drugs in a large Vietnamese city, Professor Don Des Jarlais and colleagues report in the December issue of AIDS. They say the data clearly demonstrate that it is possible to achieve very low HIV incidence – ‘to end an HIV epidemic’ – among people… Read More »

‘I’m sorry’: Pizza liar breaks silence

The pizza shop worker at the centre of South Australia’s unnecessary coronavirus shutdown says he is “extremely remorseful” and concerned about its impact on the state. Through a statement released by his lawyer, the worker, who police say is a 36-year-old Spanish graduate student, also raised fears he had been “all but publicly named”. In… Read More »

How ‘Disease X’ sparked Oxford vaccine

Preparation for a mystery “Disease X” that could cause a global pandemic helped Oxford researchers create a “plug and play” approach that led to a successful COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Oxford University’s Jenner Institute announced results from phase three trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca ranged from an average efficacy of… Read More »