Medicine


CDC now says COVID-19 'does not spread easily' on surfaces, objects CDC now says COVID-19 'does not spread easily' on surfaces, objects
- May 25, 2020

Although when the change was made is not now clear, the federal health agency appears to have subtly shifted its guidelines from March which simply said it "may be possible" to spread the virus from contaminated surfaces. Gov. Phil Murphy , who has been slowly easing the state's COVID-19 restrictions in recent days, said he wasn't sure Friday. "We should still be cautious because the potential for infection is still there", he said. (more...)
United Kingdom to roll out antibody testing, planning 'antibody certificates' United Kingdom to roll out antibody testing, planning 'antibody certificates'
- May 25, 2020

Alastair Buxton, director of NHS services at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), said community pharmacies "could offer a safe and convenient location for local communities and patients to access antibody tests ". "PSNC remains in regular dialogue with NHS England and Improvement who we expect will be involved in planning any wider rollout of antibody testing", he added. (more...)
How close are we to a COVID-19 vaccine How close are we to a COVID-19 vaccine
- May 24, 2020

Ad5-nCoV uses a weakened version of a common cold virus (known as an adenovirus ) - which infects human cells but doesn't cause disease - to deliver a fragment of genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Messenger RNA prompts body cells to produce so-called antigens, molecules on the surface of viruses, that spur the immune system into action. In the majority of volunteers, they said the vaccine also stimulated a rapid T cell response. (more...)
'Britain WILL get vaccine by autumn': Drug firm AstraZeneca insists 'Britain WILL get vaccine by autumn': Drug firm AstraZeneca insists
- May 24, 2020

They have already arranged trials in the U.S., and are now in talks with other countries where virus transmission rates remain high. Professor Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute , told the paper that if the virus's spread is too low not enough of the volunteers will catch it and the trial will be unable to definitively say if the vaccine works. (more...)
All construction resumes in Ontario, Canada - News - GCR All construction resumes in Ontario, Canada - News - GCR
- May 24, 2020

At the same time, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has started collecting information about coronavirus in long-term care homes through its network of inspectors. According to the province's Framework for Reopening the Province , Stage 2 of reopening - which is only to begin "if the initial loosening of public health measures is successful" - includes opening more workplaces, outdoor spaces and allowing some larger public gatherings. (more...)
No new cases of COVID-19 today No new cases of COVID-19 today
- May 24, 2020

On Saturday, provincial health officials reported a 1.7 per cent increase in cases from the previous day, bringing the province-wide total to 25,040. The premier's announcement comes after new cases in the province have slowly continued to rise over the past week. (more...)
Thailand begins coronavirus vaccine trials on monkeys By Reuters Thailand begins coronavirus vaccine trials on monkeys By Reuters
- May 24, 2020

The Chinese vaccine, made by CanSino, was the very first shot to enter clinical trials earlier this year - months ahead of human testing for the UK's lead candidate jab - made by Oxford University - or the American top-contender, made by biotech Moderna. (more...)
Interview With Ontario Premier Doug Ford Interview With Ontario Premier Doug Ford
- May 24, 2020

Just over 11,000 additional tests have been conducted - again below the province's testing capacity of 21,000 per day - bringing the total number completed in the province to just shy of 600,000. A total of 1,993 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 5,051 cases now under investigation. Provincial health officials also reported that there were no new outbreaks in long-term care homes. (more...)
Allen County Health Department reports two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 Allen County Health Department reports two more confirmed cases of COVID-19
- May 24, 2020

The total number of cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus approached 17,000 before state officials paused data reporting for technical maintenance. The Ministry of Health yesterday reminded New Zealanders there was a maximum of 10 people allowed at gatherings. The total number of fatalities from the disease was 444 as of Saturday morning, an increase of 26 since the same time on Friday morning. (more...)
COVID-19 Patient In Pune Recovers After Plasma Therapy: Hospital
- May 24, 2020

The blood of a person who has recovered from Covid-19 develops antibodies to battle the virus. The man said he has been informed that his plasma would be used to treat two critically-ill patients. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), hospitals and institutions planning to provide the treatment should do so using protocols that have been cleared by the Institutional Ethics Committee. (more...)
CanSino coronavirus vaccine appears safe in first human trial CanSino coronavirus vaccine appears safe in first human trial
- May 24, 2020

The antibody response to the vaccine in the high dose group was slightly greater than that in the middle dose and low dose groups, CanSino said. Researchers saw a stronger ramp-up of other immune compounds, called T-cells, that might also help fight the infection off. (more...)
RMWB observes eight straight days of no new COVID-19 cases RMWB observes eight straight days of no new COVID-19 cases
- May 24, 2020

A new advice line has been set up to help Albertans with physical disabilities and injuries connect with rehabilitation advice during the pandemic. Fifty-four people are in the hospital and six are in intensive care. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will provide COVID-19 updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week. Lethbridge County has one recorded recovered case. (more...)
Cuomo Issues Order To Allow Gatherings Of Ten Or Less Cuomo Issues Order To Allow Gatherings Of Ten Or Less
- May 23, 2020

New Yorkers will be able to convene in groups of 10 following a lawsuit against a Gov. There are 21,000 beds throughout New York City's healthcare facility beds. To preserve that trust fund, the federal government should take that obligation seriously as well as deal with all New Yorkers similarly as we look to the months in advance'. (more...)
Respiratory Droplets, Not Surfaces, Are The Main Way COVID-19 Is Spread Respiratory Droplets, Not Surfaces, Are The Main Way COVID-19 Is Spread
- May 23, 2020

But the new guidelines, issued this week, said "this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads". The CDC also challenged the general perception that the virus can easily spread from animals to people. Nursing homes have been noted too to be hotspots for the spread of COVID-19, with the close proximity of residents contributing to the spread within those facilities. (more...)
Trump not welcome in state after 'petulant' mask moment Trump not welcome in state after 'petulant' mask moment
- May 23, 2020

He said the state is now in Stage 1 but did not provide hard dates for when the next phases can begin. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are some 1.6 million cases in the US and about 96,000 COVID-19 deaths. "Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential" but not churches , he said. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wrote a letter to the White House requesting for Trump to wear a mask during his visit to the Ford plant in accordance with a ... (more...)
NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff and care workers NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff and care workers
- May 23, 2020

The £400 surcharge remains in place for other categories of visa applicants and will increase to £624 in October, as planned. It also includes independent health workers and social care workers. The Prime Minister's spokesperson said; "He has been a personal beneficiary of carers from overseas and understands the difficulties faced by our fantastic NHS staff". (more...)
Montour, Snyder counties going green Montour, Snyder counties going green
- May 23, 2020

Those include Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren. The remaining counties still in the red after May 29 are planned to move to the yellow by June 5. The state will look at this metric in addition to evaluating risk-based predictions from Carnegie Mellon University , contact tracing, testing capability and sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations. (more...)
Big Study Casts More Doubt on Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus Big Study Casts More Doubt on Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus
- May 23, 2020

Researchers are searching through available options to treat the coronavirus, which has killed more than 330,000 people, including drugs like the antimalarials that are also already approved to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The drug has been tied to unsafe heart rhythm problems. Some of the difference in the rates of mortality is due to underlying differences between patients who received the treatments and those who didn't. (more...)
Coronavirus: Weekly NI care home deaths fall again Coronavirus: Weekly NI care home deaths fall again
- May 23, 2020

There have now been a total 1,592 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 24,506 confirmed cases. There have been a further three Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland, according to figures released by the the Department of Health (DoH) this afternoon (Friday). (more...)
Hydroxychloroquine shows no coronavirus benefit, raises death risk Hydroxychloroquine shows no coronavirus benefit, raises death risk
- May 23, 2020

Brazil's health minister on Wednesday recommended using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild Covid-19 cases. Several small studies in Europe and China spurred interest in using hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19, but were criticized for lacking scientific rigor. (more...)

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