Medicine


United Kingdom health secretary promises 100000 coronavirus tests per day United Kingdom health secretary promises 100000 coronavirus tests per day
- April 05, 2020

The health secretary also announced that £13 billion ($16.1bn) of debt owed by NHS hospital trusts would be written off, and an extra £300 million ($371m) will be given to community pharmacies. However, he added that there were "a lot of things that we do not yet know and this is one of them". Biomedical scientists across the United Kingdom have already been re-trained to carry out testing or free up virology-trained staff to focus on testing. (more...)
Coronavirus tips: How to make a cloth face mask at home Coronavirus tips: How to make a cloth face mask at home
- April 05, 2020

Although this is only a recommendation and voluntary, some cities are starting to implement mandatory mask-wearing. "Protection of others is maximized when facemasks are used". Dr. Mukherjee said he is hopeful that large companies and the government will produce and distribute low-priced masks for essential workers like grocery clerks and delivery drivers, as well as the general public. (more...)
COVID-19: 21 total cases confirmed in county COVID-19: 21 total cases confirmed in county
- April 05, 2020

Two more residents of the McKenzie Towne care centre in Calgary have died of COVID-19. There are now a total of 240 recoveries, up from 196. The number of confirmed cases in the province increased by 106 to 1,181 cases. The update comes one day after Alberta Health imposed new rules on long-term care centres following rising levels and outbreaks of COVID-19 at several facilities. (more...)
'Healthy' NHS nurse and mother-of-three, 36, dies after contracting coronavirus 'Healthy' NHS nurse and mother-of-three, 36, dies after contracting coronavirus
- April 05, 2020

Her family is pleading that people should observe the coronavirus lockdown rules. She was being treated at Walsall Manor Hospital - where she works - and was in a critical condition. Friend Hannah Walden wrote on Facebook: 'Yesterday heaven gained a lovely young lady. She had been on a ventilator in the hospital where she worked. (more...)
Google data shows whether Ontarians are following social distancing rules Google data shows whether Ontarians are following social distancing rules
- April 05, 2020

The tech giant stressed that no personally identifiable information, like an individual's location, contacts or movement, is made available at any point. According to Reuters , Facebook has also shared location data with non-governmental researchers that are producing similar reports for authorities in several countries. (more...)
Trump Again Touts Possibly Harmful Drug as COVID-19 Treatment Trump Again Touts Possibly Harmful Drug as COVID-19 Treatment
- April 05, 2020

A debate about hydroxychloroquine was sparked two weeks ago after President Trump touted the drug as a possible "game-changer" in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting critics to accuse him of peddling unproven, untested remedies. (more...)
Starke County Reports Third COVID-19 Case Starke County Reports Third COVID-19 Case
- April 05, 2020

That's an increase of 75 cases from 11 am Thursday. The cases involve a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 30s and a man in his 60s. The county health department also has a COVID-19 hotline at 815-740-8977 for general information about the virus. (more...)
Possible coronavirus drug identified by Monash University scientists
- April 05, 2020

The theory is that the Sars-COV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 has a protein that stops our cells mounting an immune response, Ivermectin stops that protein, allowing the immune system to work, she said. Wagstaff has been studying the effects of Ivermectin as an antiviral for almost 10 years, and was part of the breakthrough research in 2012 that identified its antiviral activity. (more...)
U.S. public advised to wear masks against virus in policy reversal U.S. public advised to wear masks against virus in policy reversal
- April 05, 2020

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted primarily through person-to-person contact from people who are in close contact, meaning less than 6-feet apart; through respiratory droplets, projected in a sneeze or cough that land in the mouths and noses of people nearby and can be inhaled into their lungs, but importantly the virus can also be transmitted through talking. (more...)
What time is the Clap For Our Carers applause tonight? What time is the Clap For Our Carers applause tonight?
- April 04, 2020

ITV will pause its programming just before 8pm to encourage people to join the applause and there will be an invitation for people to give to NHS charities. The footage can be broadcast from 8pm till 8:05pm, that means a barely later begin for Query Time, which had beforehand been scheduled for the 8pm time slot and can now run for a shorter length of 55 minutes. (more...)
Manitoba starts to see community transmission of COVID-19 Manitoba starts to see community transmission of COVID-19
- April 04, 2020

Provincial health officials announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba during a news conference Saturday afternoon. Roussin announced another 15 cases have been confirmed, bringing Manitoba's total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive COVID-19 cases to 182. (more...)
COVID-19: CDC advises wearing cloth masks, says Trump COVID-19: CDC advises wearing cloth masks, says Trump
- April 04, 2020

The guidance specifically states that Americans should not, however, wear "surgical masks or N-95 respirators ", because those "are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders [.]" Rather, the CDC recommends "simple cloth face coverings" that are available for purchase or can be "made at home from common materials at low cost". (more...)
As Planet Fitness closes locations, it offers free online workouts As Planet Fitness closes locations, it offers free online workouts
- April 04, 2020

The workouts will be live-streamed every evening on the company's Facebook page at 7 p.m. If you're thinking of hitting the gym to work out, don't. Want to stay active during the coronavirus closures? Tucker mentioned that digital lessons "will be led by Planet Fitness certified trainers, as well as special guests like "The Biggest Loser" coach and fitness trainer Erica Lugo, among others". (more...)
Ontario reports 462 new cases of virus, including 14 more deaths Ontario reports 462 new cases of virus, including 14 more deaths
- April 04, 2020

At noon today, Ontario Health president Matthew Anderson, University of Toronto public health school dean Adalsteinn Brown and Public Health Ontario president Peter Donnelly will brief the public on projected case numbers and deaths. The number of cases in the province climbed 16 per cent in one day and now stands at 3,255. There are a total of 3,400 hospital beds in the Champlain Region, he said. (more...)
COVID-19: United Kingdom instructed to stay at home this weekend COVID-19: United Kingdom instructed to stay at home this weekend
- April 04, 2020

The UK plans to roll out "immunity passports" to allow people who have contracted COVID-19 to leave the lockdown early. "That is the goal and I'm determined we'll get there". Perhaps the most important point of the plan is a sharp increase in testing. The UK had not gone into this crisis with a huge diagnostics industry, as Germany had, he said, and so had been "catching up". (more...)
10 state nursing homes and long-term care facilities have cases 10 state nursing homes and long-term care facilities have cases
- April 04, 2020

Nursing homes have been a concern since the virus began spreading in the United States. The Health Service Executive is also sending what it calls "crisis response teams" including senior nurses, public health doctors, and medics into nursing homes in a supportive role. (more...)
BlueCross BluShield to cover full treatment costs for COVID-19 BlueCross BluShield to cover full treatment costs for COVID-19
- April 04, 2020

Blue Cross will waive member cost sharing for all COVID-19 treatment through June 30, 2020 . The new policy applies to all HCSC fully insured group plan, individual and family plan, Medicare (excluding Part D plans), Medicare Supplement, and Medicaid members. (more...)
EXTRA: Finance ministry asks Elon Musk for ventilators on Twitter EXTRA: Finance ministry asks Elon Musk for ventilators on Twitter
- April 04, 2020

The request for help was sent through a twitter message by the Ministry of Finance and Budget and Nigeria is asking for between 100-500 ventilators. In response to Elon Musk , Tesla CEO, who announced through a tweet that his company had free ventilators for hospitals within Tesla delivery regions, the Nigeria Mjnistry of Finance has asked for free ventilation publicly. (more...)
500-plus Quebec seniors homes have at least one virus case 500-plus Quebec seniors homes have at least one virus case
- April 04, 2020

The number of deaths in the province has reached 61, 25 more than were reported Thursday. And while the orders that have come in recently are smaller amounts, Legault is hopeful more is expected to arrive in the coming days. Legault noted that Quebec has tested aggressively, and that each province has slightly different criteria for testing. Spokesperson Victoria Slodki said Health Canada rushed to give the go-ahead. (more...)
Why has the United Kingdom lagged behind in testing for the coronavirus?
- April 04, 2020

France has carried out even fewer tests than the United Kingdom, and Spain tried to bridge supply chain issues by buying millions of test kits from China that later had to be withdrawn after giving flawed results. Downing Street had confirmed that Johnson was still showing signs of the disease. United Kingdom ministers believe the antibody test could be a "game-changer" and have pre-ordered millions, however they are yet to pass regulatory testing. (more...)

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