Medicine


An ingredient found in mosquito spray can kill COVID-19, scientists say An ingredient found in mosquito spray can kill COVID-19, scientists say
- August 28, 2020

The novel coronavirus , which causes deadly COVID-19, has killed more than 820,000 people all over the world and infected millions more. They added that while under the conditions tested, pre-application of Mosi-guard to a latex synthetic skin resulted in a reduction of the virus, "SARS-CoV-2 England-2 isolate was recoverable from all surfaces tested and did not result in complete viral inactivation on the latex synthetic skin". (more...)
Wild windstorm kills 3, taints water in Melbourne, Australia Wild windstorm kills 3, taints water in Melbourne, Australia
- August 28, 2020

Victoria Police confirmed the 59-year-old Tecoma man had been leaving a shopping centre auto park at the intersection of Terrys Avenue and Ena Road after 6pm when his vehicle was hit by the tree. Falling trees killed a four-year-old child, a 36-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man. Residents of nearly 90 cities were left without electricity. (more...)
Three new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara on Wednesday Three new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara on Wednesday
- August 28, 2020

Ontario is seeing a slight dip in the number of new COVID-19 cases with fewer than 100 being recorded for the first time in six days. On Tuesday it was announced that Almonte spirit producer Dairy Distillery is getting almost half-a-million dollars from the Ontario government to make more hand sanitizer. (more...)
BC health officials report 62 new coronavirus cases BC health officials report 62 new coronavirus cases
- August 28, 2020

The rise is in part because the number of known cases continues to increase. Minnesota generally requires the confirmation through testing of infectious diseases such as hepatitis or meningitis to be reported to the state in one working day. (more...)
Washington state health officials disagree with CDC guidance on asymptomatic testing Washington state health officials disagree with CDC guidance on asymptomatic testing
- August 28, 2020

Earlier Thursday, the WHO's chief for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, warned that the coronavirus is a "tornado with a long tail" and said rising infections among young people could spread to more vulnerable older people and cause an uptick in deaths. (more...)
Forty additional cases of COVID-19 reported at Bloomsburg University Forty additional cases of COVID-19 reported at Bloomsburg University
- August 28, 2020

Of these cases, 22 are on campus and the remaining 13 are off campus. Notre Dame shifted to remote learning after 150 students tested positive for COVID-19 after a week on campus. The school made the decision to abruptly move classes online last week after placing about 500 students in quarantine but hoped to keep housing students on campus. (more...)
COVID-19 tally inflated by lab's delay, large events
- August 28, 2020

Four of these new cases are epi-linked. Add those numbers to the five from over the weekend and another death on Tuesday and we have a total for the week of 9 (total of 72 Covid-19 deaths in Hamilton County). About 18 percent of new cases in eastern Pennsylvania this month have involved people between the ages of 19 and 24, the health department said. The total number of people who have locally tested positive for COVID-19 since March is now 2,792. (more...)
Hurricane Laura: First photos of catastrophic storm hitting U.S. Hurricane Laura: First photos of catastrophic storm hitting U.S.
- August 27, 2020

Brett Geymann lives in Moss Bluff, just north of Lake Charles, and said the eye of the storm passed directly over them. "There are houses that are totally gone". Louisiana took the brunt of the damage when the Category 4 system barrelled over Lake Charles, an industrial and casino city of 80,000 people. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles warned that some communities will be "uninhabitable for weeks or months". (more...)
When new COVID restrictions will end When new COVID restrictions will end
- August 27, 2020

QUEENSLAND has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 overnight after an Ipswich woman in her 70s tested positive on Wednesday night. The detention centre was placed into lockdown on Thursday after a 77-year-old woman who worked there tested positive to COVID-19. (more...)
Africa declared wild poliovirus free Africa declared wild poliovirus free
- August 27, 2020

The declaration on Tuesday comes four years after the continent reported its last case of wild polio , in Nigeria in 2016. At the session, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus along with African health ministers and stakeholders addressed Africa's health issues. (more...)
Pennsylvania could be in hot water for nursing home deaths Pennsylvania could be in hot water for nursing home deaths
- August 27, 2020

In New York , New Jersey, Pennsylvania and MI, the states' governors issued orders preventing nursing homes from refusing COVID-19 patients entry, despite the vulnerable populations in nursing homes. It also cited federal data showing NY, with almost 32,600 dead, leads the nation in COVID-19 deaths, and is second only to New Jersey in the number of deaths per population. (more...)
OHA: 222 new cases, 6 new deaths OHA: 222 new cases, 6 new deaths
- August 27, 2020

Clark County continues to see positive progress with COVID-19 transmission rates, but the county's highest-ranking health official still has concerns. There are now 29 active cases of COVID-19 in Sheridan County. Students are expected to return to B.C. schools on September 10 for two days of health and safety orientation. (more...)
B.C. adds 62 cases of COVID-19, no new deaths
- August 27, 2020

There are now 45 active cases in Hopkins County and 193 patients are listed as recovered. Overall, 5,304 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in the province during the pandemic, while 896 cases are still active. Esmond, Earlville and Maple Park each report one to five cases. Individual long-term care facility outbreak updates are provided on the Illinois Department of Public Health website . (more...)
Scientists believe caffeine can be unsafe for pregnant women Scientists believe caffeine can be unsafe for pregnant women
- August 27, 2020

Caffeine is not only found in coffee but is also present in cola, chocolate and tea in low amounts. New research has found that there is "no safe level" of caffeine for pregnant women. Prof Andrew Shennan, Professor of Obstetrics , King's College London, said it was possible that women were under-estimating their coffee consumption, and said it remained clear that high doses of caffeine did most harm. (more...)
NY will not follow ‘indefensible’ CDC change on quarantines, Cuomo says NY will not follow ‘indefensible’ CDC change on quarantines, Cuomo says
- August 27, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo slammed the new guidelines , and Trump for politicizing the entire process. But the CDC's policy was updated this week, removing that concern as a reason why someone should seek a test. "The two foundational organizations in this country for public health really have been the CDC and the FDA" - the Food and Drug Administration - and the credibility of both has just really been undercut", Osterholm said. (more...)
COVID-19 crisis: Moderna's vaccine offers hope to people at high-risk COVID-19 crisis: Moderna's vaccine offers hope to people at high-risk
- August 27, 2020

Participants received two 100mg doses of the vaccine 28 days apart. The vaccine should begin producing a viral antigen which will activate a response in the body's immune system. Earlier this month, Moderna also struck a $1.5 billion supply agreement with the U.S. to produce 100 million doses. The deal allows the government to buy another 400 million doses if the jab proves successful. (more...)
AstraZeneca begins trial for coronavirus antibody treatment AstraZeneca begins trial for coronavirus antibody treatment
- August 27, 2020

The drug, known as AZD7442, is a combination of two antibodies and is being tested on 48 healthy people aged between 18 and 55, the company said. Data readout is anticipated in H2. Shares of AstraZeneca were trading at $57.20 as of 9:53 a.m. EDT, up 44 cents of 0.77%. Earlier this week, a Financial Times report stated that the FDA may grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to AZD1222. (more...)
Coronavirus testing may not be needed in some cases after exposure: CDC Coronavirus testing may not be needed in some cases after exposure: CDC
- August 27, 2020

Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease physician in Palo Alto, California, told the New York Times . "A negative test on day two [after exposure] doesn't mean you're negative", Giroir said . Although a statement from an HHS official suggested that the change had been made to "reflect current evidence and best public health practices", the agency was not clear on what the new evidence was that necessitated creating new guidelines. (more...)
Experts reveal two more patients have been reinfected with Covid-19 Experts reveal two more patients have been reinfected with Covid-19
- August 27, 2020

Dutch broadcaster NOS cited virologist Marion Koopmans as saying that the patient in the Netherlands was an older person with a weakened immune system. "What's important here is this is just one case out of more than 23 million, so while we did expect that it could happen it is not clear that this is something that is likely to happen to many people". (more...)
Second case of West Nile virus found in mosquito in Perth County Second case of West Nile virus found in mosquito in Perth County
- August 27, 2020

Use repellent with DEET, wear protective, light-coloured clothing, be wary of increased mosquito activity at dawn and dusk, and avoid areas with high mosquito populations to reduce your risk of being bitten by a mosquito, public health officials suggested. (more...)

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