Sorting through the science on breast milk and COVID-19

Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, headlines have been full of fluids. There are droplets sprayed when we talk or cough, nasal secretions swabbed for testing, and blood checked for antibodies. But some scientists have focused on a different bodily product: breast milk.

Unlike the others, milk is a fluid made for sharing. That has raised urgent questions about its safety during the crisis, for mothers feeding babies as well as for milk banks handling donations. When an advisory panel for Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, which manages milk banking as well as blood donation, met in March, “there was a lot that was still unknown about Covid-19,” Laura Klein, a research fellow with the organization, wrote via email. “We didn’t know then if the virus could be transmitted through breast milk,” as some other viruses, including HIV and cytomegalovirus, can.

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Sneaky milk thief caught on camera pinching pints in Edinburgh

The shameless crook – who is understood to have plundered pintas from the same property in the city’s Clermiston multiple times in recent weeks – was caught snatching a bottle of milk in the early hours of Thursday.

Striking before dawn, the milk raider is udderly brazen and makes no attempt to disguise his identity, blissfully unaware his crimes were being recorded by a state-of-the-art surveillance camera cunningly hidden inside the doorbell of the house.

According to Nadine Davis, who stays in the home on Parkgrove Terrace, the thief has been milking the situation for some time.

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Gotcha: Clermiston milk thief caught on camera
Gotcha: Clermiston milk thief caught on camera

She said: “I have no idea who it is that is stealing our milk but it is not the first time it has happened. I couldn’t have my bloody cereal this morning –

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