Medicine


CDC changes definition of coronavirus ‘close contact’ CDC changes definition of coronavirus ‘close contact’
- October 24, 2020

The CDC now defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This updated guideline was announced through a CDC statement on Wednesday. People who have come into close contact with a coronavirus-infected person are supposed to quarantine and be tested. Officials went on to stress the importance of social distancing and wearing masks whenever possible. (more...)
Trump's Trump's "Lethal Screwup" on COVID Led to 130000 Avoidable Deaths, Study Says
- October 24, 2020

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attributed the increase in cases nationwide to behavior of individuals, saying household gatherings have become a "major vector of disease spread". The number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the Midwest reached 11,369 on Thursday, a record high for a seventh day in a row. The estimates by researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed that with few effective COVID-19 treatment options and no vaccines ... (more...)
Trump teases preemptive release of '60 Minutes' interview Trump teases preemptive release of '60 Minutes' interview
- October 24, 2020

Trump attacked the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden throughout the interview and denounced the mainstream media for not reporting unsubstantiated allegations that have been published by the New York Post , a tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. (more...)
57 new cases of COVID-19; majority in people aged 0-39 57 new cases of COVID-19; majority in people aged 0-39
- October 24, 2020

The Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, a partnership between the Prince Albert Grand Council, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, says there are now 91 active COVID-19 cases in their member communities. (more...)
Just over a week before the United States election, lawsuits linger Just over a week before the United States election, lawsuits linger
- October 23, 2020

Earlier this month, Shipp also denied a request for an injunction by the Trump campaign to stop the state from counting mail-in ballots early and allowing ballots that arrive after Election Day to be counted, NorthJersey.com reported. Thursday, 48 new vote centers opened across the valley, leading to more than 11,000 votes cast-in person in one day. Astronauts are voting from space, millions are mailing ballots and patients battling COVID-19 are voting from their hospital beds. (more...)
Trump and Biden clash sharply over pandemic in less chaotic final debate Trump and Biden clash sharply over pandemic in less chaotic final debate
- October 23, 2020

USA officials have reported that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. When he feels cornered, Trump has often lashed out, going as negative as possible. Trump had no mask. He added he does not believe former Vice President Joe Biden's past statements he did not talk about Hunter's business dealings, saying Hunter "frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off ... (more...)
Number of South Koreans dying after flu shot rises; prompts vaccine worries Number of South Koreans dying after flu shot rises; prompts vaccine worries
- October 23, 2020

The UK has made millions of additional doses of flu vaccines available in order to support the most comprehensive flu vaccinations programme in the UK's history - with more than 30 million people anticipated to be vaccinated this year. When white particles were detected in some vaccines, authorities said they collected 615,000 doses. KDCA commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong said at a Parliament hearing on Thursday that "experts concur that the deaths do not appear to be caused by vaccine ... (more...)
Coronavirus: Scotland heads for new tiered system as COVID-19 restrictions extended Coronavirus: Scotland heads for new tiered system as COVID-19 restrictions extended
- October 23, 2020

Ms Sturgeon said that while there is " cautious optimism " the restrictions are working, Scottish ministers were told by advisers that it would not be safe to lift the measures from Monday. But, with current circuit-break restrictions on the hospitality trade due to end on October 26, the First Minister announced that these will now be extended by seven days in a bid to ensure a smoother transition into the new system. (more...)
Coronavirus: CDC changes definition of ‘close contact’ Coronavirus: CDC changes definition of ‘close contact’
- October 23, 2020

The updated guidance now defines a "close contact" as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, according to the CDC. The next day, all six inmates received positive test results. Health officials went back and reviewed surveillance video of those encounters. In total , the employee spent 17 minutes interacting with prisoners, but previous guidelines would have placed him in the clear due to the encounters ... (more...)
CDC changes guidance on close contacts following new COVID-19 information CDC changes guidance on close contacts following new COVID-19 information
- October 23, 2020

The Vermont report was published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly on October 21, 2020. The CDC has now expanded the definition of close contact to be "Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated". (more...)
Placebo group: What happens after a Covid vaccine is authorised? Placebo group: What happens after a Covid vaccine is authorised?
- October 23, 2020

Health authorities in Brazil said on Wednesday that the volunteer died this month. "The FDA will make the decision whether to approve therapeutics or vaccines according to their science, data, regulatory and legal standards", Azar said. The problem is that, generally, for ethical reasons, once a medicine or vaccine is authorized, participants who received a placebo in a clinical trial are informed of it. (more...)
FDA approves first drug to treat COVID-19, the antiviral remdesivir FDA approves first drug to treat COVID-19, the antiviral remdesivir
- October 23, 2020

In the statement, the FDA said the drug was approved on Thursday "for use in adult and paediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of Covid-19 requiring hospitalisation". (more...)
Study Helps Explain Declines in Death Rates from COVID-19 Study Helps Explain Declines in Death Rates from COVID-19
- October 23, 2020

Thank you to all our staff for their incredible hard work and dedication in dealing with this very difficult situation". Of these, 48% were black, 33% were white, 12% were mixed ethnicity and 5.6% were of Asian ethnicity . So far, 1,004,286 people in Utah have been tested for COVID-19. People who developed long COVID also had a slightly higher average BMI than those with short COVID, according to the paper. (more...)
'No safety concerns' with Oxford coronavirus vaccine despite death of volunteer 'No safety concerns' with Oxford coronavirus vaccine despite death of volunteer
- October 22, 2020

Brazil's public health and regulatory agency, the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), was informed of the death Monday and is evaluating the case with the cooperation of the vaccine's developers, O Globo reported . The company said that once the first vaccines are licensed or authorized, it may lead volunteers to seek available vaccines instead of participating in ongoing trials. (more...)
Ontario to provide COVID-19 liability protection to those making 'honest effort' Ontario to provide COVID-19 liability protection to those making 'honest effort'
- October 22, 2020

Once passed, the bill will retroactively apply to March 17, 2020, Downey said. The Ontario Long Term Care Association which has been lobbying for the bill for months says it would not absolve any provider from gross negiligence. "These changes will help insurance companies save money and will hurt victims and their families". Class action lawsuits have already been filed alleging negligent care in many long-term care facilities. (more...)
Barack Obama Warns Joe Biden Supporters Not To Be Barack Obama Warns Joe Biden Supporters Not To Be "Complacent" Despite Polls
- October 22, 2020

While he acknowledged that Trump was more overtly racist than previous presidents, he called Biden's claim "a lie that relinquishes America of all responsibility of its bigotry". "I'm just saying the President is a counter-puncher", the campaign spokesperson said. Even though Wednesday marked Mr Obama's 2020 campaign debut, his support has been essential for Mr Biden. (more...)
NM prioritizes COVID-19 vaccine distribution NM prioritizes COVID-19 vaccine distribution
- October 22, 2020

However, the plan filed Friday by the DOH repeatedly cites uncertainty about how many vaccine doses New Mexico will get initially and about whether the federal government will distribute available doses based on population, COVID-19 case counts or other factors. (more...)
United Kingdom plan to be first to run United Kingdom plan to be first to run "human challenge" Covid trials
- October 22, 2020

This phase involves exposing young and healthy volunteers to very low doses of SARS-CoV-2. "...perhaps the main limitation is that the challenge studies can ethically only select healthy adult volunteers - not children or the elderly, or those vulnerable groups with diabetes, hypertension, chronic heart, lung, kidney disease, or pregnant women or immunocompromised people - so the interpretation of such studies will, ironically, be only applicable to those who least need the protection", ... (more...)
Researchers find what makes Covid-19 highly infectious Researchers find what makes Covid-19 highly infectious
- October 22, 2020

According to the study's results published in the Journal of Medical Virology , using one percent of baby shampoo nasal rinse solution inactivated 99.9 percent of the SARS-CoV-2 cells present in approximately two minutes. In a Penn State press launch, he continued, "Sure professions together with dentists and different health-care employees are at a relentless danger of publicity". (more...)
Alberta flu shot program begins Monday, with COVID-19 protocols Alberta flu shot program begins Monday, with COVID-19 protocols
- October 22, 2020

A vaccine will be provided in a phased approach, with people like essential workers, health care workers and people and workers at long-term care facilities having access first. Flu shots are free for many people in B.C., including seniors, children, pregnant people, those with underlying medical or chronic health conditions, those who work with or come in close contact with higher-risk groups. (more...)

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