Health


Global markets plunge as virus cases spread beyond Asia Global markets plunge as virus cases spread beyond Asia
- February 27, 2020

Two clusters of infections - at a branch of a religious sect in Daegu and the Cheongdo hospital - have continued to expand sharply, taking up about three-quarters of the total cases in the country. A day earlier, nine of the 39 South Korean Catholics who had gone on a pilgrimage to Israel earlier this month were confirmed to have been infected with the virus. (more...)
San Francisco declares state of emergency over possible spread of coronavirus
- February 27, 2020

The declaration is effective immediately for seven days and will be moved to a vote by San Francisco's board of advisors on March 3. Declaring a state of emergency will allow San Francisco to increase its emergency planning efforts and promptly redirect resources and employees if there were to be an outbreak in the city. (more...)
Coronavirus prompts FDA to detail screening of Chinese-made products Coronavirus prompts FDA to detail screening of Chinese-made products
- February 27, 2020

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) of 2012, gives the FDA authority to request records "in advance of or in lieu of" on-site drug inspections. Officials have notified 180 drug manufacturers to warn the FDA if they anticipate delays in getting their products to the US. It has contacted producers of approximately 20 medicines that obtain all of their main ingredients or are finished in China to assess whether they will face ... (more...)
Possible coronavirus treatment clinical trial begins in United States Possible coronavirus treatment clinical trial begins in United States
- February 27, 2020

Gilead filed a patent application in China as early as 2011 for "a method and compound for treating paramyxoviridae virus infection" and obtained approval in 2015, according to data from the National Intellectual Property Administration . (more...)
Commission: 2715 have already died in China from coronavirus Commission: 2715 have already died in China from coronavirus
- February 27, 2020

More deaths have been reported in Italy , while South Korea on Wednesday said an 11th person had died of the disease there. China has recorded 2,715 deaths from COVID-19 and 78,064 confirmed cases of the virus on the mainland since the illness emerged in December. (more...)
Annual Flu Activity Is Still High Annual Flu Activity Is Still High
- February 27, 2020

This is particularly important in children and adolescents, given that they have been disproportionately affected by severe illness this season. Writing in the journal Cell, Prof Koopmans said: "Whether it will be contained or not, this outbreak is rapidly becoming the first true pandemic challenge that fits the Disease X category, listed to the WHO's priority list of diseases for which we need to prepare in our current globalised society". (more...)
San Francisco declares emergency over coronavirus San Francisco declares emergency over coronavirus
- February 27, 2020

More than 80,000 cases have been confirmed globally, with 2,762 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. San Francisco's mayor has declared a state of emergency in the city over the coronavirus outbreak . Breed stressed that there were no known cases of coronavirus in San Francisco. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak an worldwide health emergency and said the global risk level remains high. (more...)
9th Circuit Appeals Court Upholds Trump Abortion Rules 9th Circuit Appeals Court Upholds Trump Abortion Rules
- February 27, 2020

Title X also funds programs such as testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, as well as diseases such as cervical cancer. Title X prohibits the granting of funds to a program where abortion is a method of family planning. The Supreme Court upheld those rules in a 1991 decision. Under the Clinton administration, those rules were abandoned in favor of a requirement that the clinics provide neutral abortion counseling and referrals upon request. (more...)
Primark owner ABF warns coronavirus could impact future supply Primark owner ABF warns coronavirus could impact future supply
- February 27, 2020

Primark owner said the company was cooperating closely with its Chinese suppliers to evaluate corona's impact on their factories and supply chains, as well as their capacity to deliver current orders. Sophie Lund-Yates, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "There's concern the coronavirus could disrupt Primark's supply chains, because Primark sources a broad range of its products from China". (more...)
World must prepare for pandemic, says WHO World must prepare for pandemic, says WHO
- February 27, 2020

Meanwhile, the Italian authorities are calling off the famed Venice Carnival attended by thousands of revellers. Among other drugs that are being tried to deal with the COVID-19 virus include anti-HIV drugs. "What we see are epidemics in different parts of the world affecting countries in different ways and requiring a tailored response", he said. "The ministry calls upon all citizens and residents who are experiencing symptoms of COVID19, including a fever, coughing and difficulty ... (more...)
Over 500 cases of coronavirus reported in Chinese prisons Over 500 cases of coronavirus reported in Chinese prisons
- February 27, 2020

South Korea reported that new cases in the country had more than doubled in one day, raising the total to 433, on February 22. The death toll in China due to coronavirus has gone up to 2,236 while the overall confirmed infection cases have climbed to 75,567, the country's health officials said. (more...)
Ex-Marine and retired DEA agent, 62, sets world record for planking Ex-Marine and retired DEA agent, 62, sets world record for planking
- February 27, 2020

Normally when someone says they're in the best shape of their life I assume that they're in decent shape for the first time in their life but when he says it after holding a plank for over 8 hours I can't help but think this guy truly is peaking right now. (more...)
Coronavirus: Italy records fourth death as European outbreak worsens Coronavirus: Italy records fourth death as European outbreak worsens
- February 27, 2020

While Italian authorities closed schools, theatre performances and even Venice's famed Carnival, they also sought to calm fears by noting the virus' low mortality rate compared to the seasonal flu. The mayor of Milan , Italy's business capital and the regional capital of Lombardy , shut public offices. The new virus, which originated a year ago in Hubei province in China , causes a respiratory disease called Covid-19. (more...)
China reports another 97 virus deaths, nearly 650 new cases China reports another 97 virus deaths, nearly 650 new cases
- February 26, 2020

Xi's comments come as the number of virus infections hit nearly 77,000 in mainland China - with countries such as South Korea on high alert and Italy taking containment measures as well. China has pointed to official figures showing new cases slowing this week as evidence that its drastic containment measures are working, but fresh infections emerged at two Beijing hospitals, and more than 500 others were reported in prisons across the country. (more...)
China lifts virus death toll to nine and warns of mutation risks China lifts virus death toll to nine and warns of mutation risks
- February 26, 2020

A World Health Organization ( WHO ) emergency panel will meet this week to discuss a new SARS-like virus that has spread beyond China and that officials in Beijing have said is contagious between humans. Cathay said that as required by the Hong Kong health authorities, it was distributing health declaration forms and will be making face masks and antiseptic wipes available at the boarding gate to passengers travelling from Wuhan to Hong Kong. (more...)
Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 2,000 Globally Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 2,000 Globally
- February 26, 2020

Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan have each reported one fatality, while France on Saturday announced the first death outside Asia, an elderly Chinese tourist. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commended Japan for its quarantine efforts but said in an update that "it may not have been sufficient to prevent transmission among individuals on the ship". (more...)
Coronavirus containment window shrinking as virus spreads to more countries Coronavirus containment window shrinking as virus spreads to more countries
- February 26, 2020

She said the pair from the ship - which has been quarantined in Japan - has come back here and are again under quarantine, as per a federal order. As of February 25, the World Health Organization had recorded 80,239 cases globally, with 908 reported in the past 24 hours. (more...)
New presumptive case of novel coronavirus in Toronto, health officials say New presumptive case of novel coronavirus in Toronto, health officials say
- February 26, 2020

The woman is in isolation at home. There are six known cases of the illness in British Columbia, most recently a woman in her 30s who returned to the province last week from travel in Iran. It's the fourth in the province-and third in the Toronto region-since the global outbreak began at the end of previous year. Since arriving in Toronto, the individual has had very limited exposure to others. (more...)
Japan apologises for letting infected woman leave ship Japan apologises for letting infected woman leave ship
- February 26, 2020

On Friday, 11 Israeli nationals returned home after evacuation from the ship and one of them tested positive for the disease. Two former passengers have died. All of those who arrived at Arrowe Park tested negative to having Covid-19 before flying back to the United Kingdom on a repatriation flight. On Saturday, he apologized for allowing for an infected female to leave the Diamond Princess . (more...)
Who Will Win The South Carolina Democratic Debate? Who Will Win The South Carolina Democratic Debate?
- February 26, 2020

Sanders had about a 36-point lead over Biden in the state when networks declared him the victor, though the former vice president offered no congratulations, and instead attacked the democratic socialist without saying his name. Former New York Gov. However half a dozen of his rivals are vowing not just to compete in SC, which votes next on Saturday, but also carry on to so-called Super Tuesday when 14 different states vote. (more...)

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