Medicine


Coronavirus: First US deaths weeks earlier than thought
- April 22, 2020

Public health officials in the state said Tuesday they are now recommending that asymptomatic people who work or live at places where the coronavirus could spread easily, like prisons or nursing homes, get tested, labeling them "Priority 1". (more...)
FDA approves first at-home coronavirus test
- April 22, 2020

He then described what the "quick and easy" process entails, explaining that the "person at home does the swab in the nose, puts it in a tube of salt water and then overnights it back to the lab for those results". The testing kit comes from LabCorp, which plans on selling the product to United States consumers in the coming weeks for $119. The kit also includes an ice pack, insulation and a FedEx box for overnight shipping. (more...)
Care home coronavirus deaths 'could be double the number reported'
- April 22, 2020

Outside hospitals and care homes, 466 deaths occurred in private homes, 87 in hospices, 21 in other communal establishments and 45 elsewhere. Of these 6,123 mentioned "novel coronavirus (COVID-19)" - around a third of all deaths, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics. (more...)
Human COVID-19 vaccine trials to begin on Thursday - UK health secretary
- April 22, 2020

In addition, the authorities will finance manufacturing capability "so that if either of these vaccines safely works, we can make it available for the British people as soon as humanely possible". The vaccine now referred to as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 is to be trialled on 10 people out of a group of 1,112 aged 18 to 55. "The best-case scenario is that by the autumn of 2020, we have an efficacy result from phase 3 and the ability to manufacture large amounts of the vaccine, but these best-case ... (more...)
Autopsies Show First US Coronavirus Deaths Occurred in California Autopsies Show First US Coronavirus Deaths Occurred in California
- April 22, 2020

Two coronavirus-infected people died in Santa Clara County on February 6 and February 17 , the medical examiner revealed Tuesday, making them first documented COVID-19 fatalities in the United States. At that time , the CDC restricted COVID-19 testing to individuals with coronavirus symptoms with known travel to China or exposure to someone who had traveled to China. (more...)
United Kingdom coronavirus deaths in hospitals rise by 828 to 17337
- April 22, 2020

The ONS figures also show there were 12,516 deaths involving Covid-19 in England up to April 10 (and which were registered up to April 18), compared with 10,260 deaths in hospitals in England for the same period, reported by NHS England. The ONS figures include deaths in care homes - which have doubled in less than a month - as well as in hospitals. However, the difference between the initial daily figures published by the government and the later ONS data has narrowed with each week that ... (more...)
Second coronavirus wave could be deadlier, CDC chief warns Second coronavirus wave could be deadlier, CDC chief warns
- April 22, 2020

The US has seen more than 800,000 cases - the highest in the world. "When you see what happened in NY, that was very bad". California's first cases of coronavirus occurred much earlier than previously thought, health officials have confirmed. (more...)
Jake Tapper Smacks Down Bill de Blasio's Parade Idea Jake Tapper Smacks Down Bill de Blasio's Parade Idea
- April 22, 2020

The state total doesn't include more than 4,000 New York City deaths that were blamed on the virus on death certificates but weren't confirmed by a lab test. New York City has canceled all non-essential events in June, including the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Pride March and the Salute to Israel Parade, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. (more...)
Facebook Unveils US Map Breaking Down Reported Coronavirus Symptoms by County
- April 22, 2020

The map is a partnership between Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University's Delphi Research Center , which is surveying Facebook users daily about symptoms associated with COVID-19. Lighter shades represent lower percentages of people with symptoms, while deeper red shades show counties with 2.4% or more of people reporting symptoms. (more...)
Trump Swipes at Larry Hogan on Coronavirus Testing Capacity Trump Swipes at Larry Hogan on Coronavirus Testing Capacity
- April 22, 2020

The Republican governor said Maryland has been doing everything in its power to increase testing capacity. "We're sitting there watching the news", he said. According to a South Korean media report, Kim Jong Un is receiving treatment after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure earlier this month, amid speculation over his health after his absence from a key anniversary event last week. (more...)
Breast implants 'saved' woman shot in chest Breast implants 'saved' woman shot in chest
- April 22, 2020

She went to the emergency room, where she learned she'd been shot above her left nipple. After determining she'd been shot at close-range with a firearm, doctors determined that the bullet likely would've otherwise stricken her heart. This 3-dimensional image demonstrates the entry wound on the left breast (right arrow), the route of the bullet (middle arrow), and the bullet stopping in the right lateral chest wall (left arrow). (more...)
Autopsies reveal United States virus deaths earlier than reported Autopsies reveal United States virus deaths earlier than reported
- April 22, 2020

Initially, the nation's earliest coronavirus fatality was believed to have occurred on February 29, in Kirkland, Wash., a suburb of Seattle that rapidly became a hotspot. The connection between the February deaths and coronavirus did not become apparent until now due to strict limitations on testing at the time , Cody said. (more...)
Government announce coronavirus vaccine will be trialled on people from Thursday onwards
- April 22, 2020

But Professor Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University said the study is highly experimental and had less than 10 per cent chance of success. "It's an unproven technology, this is very experimental, there is a very high risk of failure because it's not an established human vaccine platform", he told SBS News. (more...)
CDC director warns winter wave of coronavirus could be more deadly
- April 22, 2020

Two simultaneous outbreaks of respiratory infections would dramatically strain the health care system, he said. The death toll in the USA stood at more than 44,000 Tuesday evening - the highest in the world - with more than 800,000 confirmed infections. (more...)
COVID-19: 28 employees test positive at Vancouver chicken processing plant
- April 22, 2020

We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones. There has been one new outbreak at a long-term care home - at a facility in Maple Ridge - for a total of 21 current outbreaks with 307 total cases. In terms of outbreaks, Dr. Henry said that there has been some good news with the one case of COVID-19 in Okanagan Correctional Centre being resolved. (more...)
Facebook Releases Map of People Reporting Virus Symptoms Facebook Releases Map of People Reporting Virus Symptoms
- April 22, 2020

After a fairly long period of lying low in the media, no doubt hoping to catch a break as Facebook faced daily accusations of doing this and that to help rig the United States elections in 2016 and, (less less commonly) of just shamelessly exploiting its 2.4 billion users' personal data for monetary gain - CEO Mark Zuckerberg is back in the spotlight. (more...)
Trump, Congress near deal on small business, hospital aid
- April 22, 2020

Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Said he could force legislators to return for a vote in person and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said on Monday that she could oppose the 'agreement. "Deaths from infectious disease will continue, but we can not continue to indefinitely quarantine", said Mr Paul, who tested positive for the virus last month but has since recovered. (more...)
Bengaluru's HCG Hospital to try out plasma therapy for Coronavirus Bengaluru's HCG Hospital to try out plasma therapy for Coronavirus
- April 22, 2020

North Dakota is now doing the same. Plasma therapy has been applied in the treatment of a COVID19 positive patient, admitted to a Delhi hospital, for the first time in India. The Red Cross said that as of April 20, it had delivered over 120 convalescent plasma products to hospitals. Plasma donation takes around 45 minutes and uses a process called apheresis that separates plasma from the blood . (more...)
Governor Andrew Cuomo: Navy ship no longer needed Governor Andrew Cuomo: Navy ship no longer needed
- April 22, 2020

While the state's cases have been declining, Cuomo mentioned a "dramatic increase" of new cases in Western New York . Recently , Cuomo has slammed Trump's attempts to assert more authority than he actually has over how states reopen their economies from stay-at-home orders put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19. (more...)
Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University launch COVID-19 symptom map
- April 22, 2020

This map is not intended for diagnostic or treatment purposes, or for guidance on any type of travel", said the social networking giant. The Carnegie Mellon University project offers "real-time indications of COVID-19 activity not previously available from any other source", according to a university statement. (more...)

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