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New research shows why non-smokers get serious lung condition

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:17 AM

The authors of a new study say it's linked to how certain people's lungs developed earlier on in their lives

ASH. A smoker holds a cigarette in central Sydney on August 15, 2012. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Japan's 'Kawasaki disease' doctor dies at 95

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:46 PM

The mysterious illness is in the news again after physicians in various countries reported Kawasaki-like conditions as possible complications rising among young people with the coronavirus

TOMISAKU KAWASAKI. This undated handout photograph provided by the Japan Kawasaki Disease Reasearch Center and received via Jiji Press on June 10, 2020, shows a portrait of Japanese pediatrician Tomisaku Kawasaki at an undisclosed location in Japan. AFP PHOTO/JAPAN KAWASAKI DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER vis JIJI PRESS

Africa CDC tries to ramp up coronavirus tests as lockdowns ease

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Africa records 162,000 cases and 4,600 deaths, with an average of 5,400 new cases per day in the past week

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. Commuters queue at the Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg on June 1, 2020. File photo by Emmanuel Croset/AFP

Tiis-pilipit: Mangyan tribesmen, tamaraw threatened by hunger and disease

May 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM

For the reclusive Taw’buid, death and disease are part of life, hindering them from protecting an animal they revere – the critically-endangered tamaraw

ENDANGERED. A century ago, disease nearly wiped out the tamaraw. It's also disease which threatens its protectors. Photo from Gregg Yan

European health boss warns of virus 2nd wave

May 21, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, says it is not a question of if there will be a renewed surge but 'when and how big'

WARNING. Andrea Ammon director of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control gives a press conference on the outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy, on February 26, 2020 in Rome. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

May 21, 2020 - 2:36 PM

The newborn is suffering from urea cycle disorder, where the liver is not capable of breaking down toxic ammonia


CDC 'let the country down' on coronavirus testing – White House

May 18, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Trump often blames the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, for passing on "broken tests" for the new coronavirus – although Obama left office years before the virus came into existence

BRIEFING. Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

WHO probes possible coronavirus link to rare disease in children

May 16, 2020 - 12:31 AM

The WHO has developed a preliminary case definition for the disease, which it has dubbed 'Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children'

PROBE. In this file photo, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at Geneva's WHO headquarters on February 24, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Duque asks Congress to pass bill creating PH Centers for Disease Control

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:30 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III also backs the passage of a measure allowing the government to stockpile on supplies critically needed during times of pandemics and other disasters

PANDEMIC. A patient suspected of having COVID-19 is pushed pushed on a stretched by workers from the East Avenue Medical Center on April 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trump decides against quarantine of New York region

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:50 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, advises residents of the region not to travel except for essential purposes

GHOST TOWN. Cars cross 42th street as rain falls on March 28, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

WATCH: DOH updates on 2019 novel coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Bookmark this page for updates from the Department of Health on the novel coronavirus

NCOV BRIEFING. Health Sec. Francisco Duque III with WHO Country Represenattive Dr. Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Attendee at conservatives' political summit has coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:57 PM

This attendee 'had no interaction' with President Trump or Vice President Pence and 'never attended the events in the main hall' at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC, says the organizer

CPAC 2020. Members of set up crew work on the final setup during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to South Korea after PH travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

Olympics chief: IOC 'committed' to Tokyo Games despite virus

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The fate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been in the spotlight amid the widening virus outbreak

epa08251597 Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium, venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, 27 February 2020. Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled to start on 24 July 2020, continue as planned despite the spreading Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, organizers confirmed. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Why coronavirus could help save China's endangered species

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:04 AM

However, there are fears that humans could come to blame pangolins for the outbreak, and seek revenge

BABY. A baby pangolin is held up by a human caretaker. Photo by Greg Yann

Saudi bans pilgrims from holy sites over virus as Iran deaths jump

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:48 AM

(UPDATED) China is no longer the only breeding ground for COVID-19 as countries worry about possible contagion from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy

KAABA. Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on August 28, 2017. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Uighur activists say coronavirus measures causing hunger

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:22 AM

In one video believed to have been shot last week, a man is heard shouting at officials, 'I'm starving. My wife and children are starving.'

UIGHUR MUSLIMS. A child of unknown nationality, believed to be of Uighur minority from troubled western region of China, sits in a police truck. Photo by Phuchiss Pirunla Ong/EPA

South Korea starts virus checks on 200,000-plus 'cult' members

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:10 AM

Most of South Korea's novel coronavirus are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an entity often accused of being a cult

SPRAY. Market workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant at a market in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 23, 2020 as a preventive measure after the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Philippines observes 'no-contact' Ash Wednesday to beat virus

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:54 AM

Local church officials also strongly recommend that Catholics do not kiss or touch the cross during Good Friday services

SPRINKLES. Catholic faithful wearing masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, queue up as a nun sprinkles ash on their heads during Ash Wednesday at a church compound in Manila on February 26, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'Fear and panic' as coronavirus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:41 AM

'People are illiterate, you can't get the message through to them,' says a Kabul-based physician

FREE MASKS. A volunteer hands out free face masks to people as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Herat city on February 26, 2020. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Dozens allowed off Japan virus-hit ship have 'symptoms' – minister

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:48 PM

Around 970 were allowed off the boat last week after testing negative for the virus, but several have subsequently been found to be carrying the disease

YIKES. Japan's Health Minister Katsunobu Kato reacts during a press conference on the COVID-19 coronavirus at the ministry in Tokyo on February 25, 2020.  Photo Charly Triballeau/AFP

American soldier in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:05 PM

The soldier, a 23-year-old man, is the first infection among the 28,500 troops Washington stations in the South to defend it against the nuclear-armed North

INFECTED. File photo of a US Marine with South Korean soldiers at the Joint Security Area in Kaesong, South Korea in the DMZ of the Korean border. Photo by Shutterstock.com

China reports 52 more virus deaths, lowest in 3 weeks

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:17 AM

But the disease has now reached dozens of countries

MAKESHIFT. Medical staff work at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea reports 169 new coronavirus cases, total tops 1,100

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:06 AM

An 11th person has died of the disease – a Mongolian man who had been awaiting a liver transplant

HELPER. A South Korean tourist information helper wears a face mask at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul on January 29, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China quarantines 94 people on Seoul flight after 3 show fever

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:53 AM

None of the 3 people with fevers have any history of travel to Wuhan

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

Switzerland reports first case of new coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:34 AM

The report comes after outbreaks were identified in Switzerland's main neighbors Austria, France, Germany, and Italy

MOBBED. Team leader of the joint mission between World Health Organization (WHO) and China on COVID-19 Bruce Aylward (C) talks to journalists following a press conference at the WHO headquarters on February 25, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

World 'simply not ready' for virus spread – WHO China mission chief

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:16 AM

'How many countries are planning hospital beds, planning ventilators...and the lab capacity to be able to manage this?' asks WHO's China mission chief

NO MASK, NO ENTRY. A sign reading 'No mask, No Entry' is placed at the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Coronavirus monitoring systems strained to the extreme

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:05 AM

At some point, national health authorities may have to switch from blocking the virus' progress to coping with its effects

TESTS. Lab technicians test patient samples for the novel coronavirus at the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Borders stay open as Italy coronavirus outbreak spreads south

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:16 AM

'We're talking about a virus that doesn't respect borders,' says Italy's Health Minister Roberto Speranza

REPATRIATES. A military personnel sits in a coach transporting Italian citizens repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan on February 3, 2020. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Health authorities expect coronavirus spread on U.S. soil

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Officials are also worried about the US drug supply chain, because a high proportion of ingredients used to make medicine is made in China

MASKED. Chinese students hold a memorial for Dr Li Wenlian outside the UCLA campus in Westwood, California, on February 15, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Pompeo says Iran must 'tell the truth' on coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:46 AM

Pompeo says that both China and Iran could have better contained coronavirus if they allowed free expression

POMPEO. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from May 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

Fourth person from quarantined Japan ship dies – local media

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Several people who left the boat after getting the all-clear have since tested positive, the health ministry admits

DOCKED. A bus drives dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

South Korea 'very grave,' Moon says as coronavirus cases approach 1,000

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) More than 80% of the infections have been in South Korean city Daegu and the neighboring North Gyeongsang province

BODY CARE. A woman wearing a face mask walks into a shop at Dongseongro shopping district in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 24, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je /AFP

China reports 71 more coronavirus deaths

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:33 AM

A WHO expert warns of outbreaks in other countries 'increasing at exponential growth rates'

FAMILY. A mother adjusts her child's protective mask to help stop the spread of the deadly virus. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

4 more Middle East nations report coronavirus cases

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Bahrain shuts 3 schools after a man who had transported children to the institutions tested positive after returning from Iran

CHECK. The body temperature of an Iraqi child returning from Iran is measured upon her arrival at the Najaf International Airport on February 21, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) The spread of the disease continues unabated with Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, and Oman announcing their first cases on Monday

LINE UP. People stand in a queue to buy protective facemasks in Hanoi on February 17, 2020. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

WHO tells world to brace for 'potential pandemic' as virus spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The number of fatalities in China also continues to soar, with 150 more deaths taking the official toll to nearly 2,600

COVERED. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows a patient (R) covered with a bed sheet at an exhibition center converted into a hospital as it starts to accept patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea becomes biggest coronavirus center outside China

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:21 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in raises the country's virus alert to red, the highest level

ON GUARD. 'Palace guard' members in traditional Korean costume wear face masks as they perform for tourists at Deoksugung palace in Seoul on January 30, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Xi says China facing 'big test' with virus, global impact spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The virus has so far killed more than 2,400 people, with about 80,000 infected globally

SITTING. An elderly man wearing a face mask to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus sits outside of his home in Beijing on February 23, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Spread of coronavirus confirms WHO fears, say experts

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:42 AM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has already sounded the alarm, saying the window to stem the virus is shrinking

FLIGHT. Passengers wearing masks prepare to disembark from a Hong Kong-Bangkok flight on January 23, 2020. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

No PH travel ban vs Singapore amid Filipino coronavirus case

Feb 24, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Philippine Ambassador Joseph Yap tells Rappler the situation in Singapore is improving, and ‘there is even less reason now to have travel restrictions of any kind’

STROLL. A visitor, wearing a protective face mask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks along Merlion Park in Singapore on February 17, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

5th coronavirus death in Italy as infections mount

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The head of the country's civil protection agency, Angelo Borrelli, says 219 people have now tested positive in Italy, which has the most confirmed cases in Europe

CHURCH. Women wearing respiratory masks walk across Piazza del Duomo in central Milan on February 23, 2020. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

COVID-19: Tips for a saner digital diet in these viral times

Feb 22, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Now's the best time to give ourselves an immunity shot to avoid succumbing to misinformation, malice, and meanness'

Quarantine nightmare still not over for left-behind cruise ship crew

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:14 PM

While passengers on board were confined to their cabins around the clock apart from an hour of fresh air on deck, most of the Diamond Princess crew did not undergo quarantine as they were needed to keep the ship running

NOT OVER. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored, in Yokohama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Both Iraq and Kuwait, which respectively share land and maritime borders with Iran, have not confirmed any cases of the virus internally

MASKED. An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask checks her mobile telephone as she walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Ukraine protesters clash with police over coronavirus evacuees

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Dozens of protesters block a road near a local hospital even before officials confirm that the site would hold evacuees

FIRE. Protesters set fire to barricades as they block a road ahead of the arrival of evacuees from coronavirus-hit China for quarantine at a medical facility in the settlement of Novi Sanzhary on February 20, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea confirms 52 more coronavirus cases, total 156

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:48 AM

South Korea is now the worst-infected country outside China

SPRAY. South Korean health officials wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

Australian coronavirus victims had tested negative in Japan

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The evacuees are positive for coronavirus but were earlier cleared in Japan

WAITING. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Chinese man argues against deportation from Canada, citing virus

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The man says he was scared for his life when he was ordered out of the country 'straight into an epidemic of a deadly virus which still rages'

MASKED. A China Eastern Airlines aircrew member arrives at Sydney airport after landing on a plane from the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 23, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

New virus outbreaks in China, abroad rekindle concerns

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

(UPDATED) The number of deaths outside mainland China climb to 11

LIGHTS. Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macau on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP