Health


Australia confirms first death from coronavirus
- March 02, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was "very saddened" to hear about the death of the elderly Perth man. 'With the worldwide spread of this virus, it is nearly inevitable that we will see more cases of COVID-19 in Australia in coming weeks, ' he said in a statement on Sunday. (more...)
Gov: 2 in Florida test presumptively positive for COVID-19 Gov: 2 in Florida test presumptively positive for COVID-19
- March 02, 2020

The cases were being considered presumptive positive, meaning the results were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. As cases of a new coronavirus are confirmed in the United States, a second death from COVID-19 has been reported in Washington. State and local authorities stepped up testing for the illness as the number of new cases grew nationwide, with new infections announced in California, Illinois, Rhode Island and NY. (more...)
New coronavirus case New coronavirus case "presumptive positive" in IL
- March 02, 2020

Even so, as the outbreak that began in China has spread globally, IL will expand its testing capabilities to two additional labs beyond Cook County in central and southern parts of the state. "To date, no one in Iowa has tested positive for COVID-19". "We have and will continue to work with our local, state and national partners to be ready in case the virus does come to Iowa". (more...)
Global virus death toll tops 3,000 as second man dies in US Global virus death toll tops 3,000 as second man dies in US
- March 02, 2020

Assuming there are many more cases with no or very mild symptoms, the rate "may be considerably less than 1%", US health officials wrote in an editorial in the journal. Elsewhere around the world, already slumping financial markets dropped even lower on Friday, while virus fears led to emptied shops and amusement parks, canceled events, and drastically reduced trade and travel. (more...)
Coronavirus: State now moves to restrict travel
- March 02, 2020

But now Serie-A officials have decided the matches will be played on 13 May - when fans will be able to attend. Australia has upgraded its travel advice for Italy as the country is gripped by a coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak in Iran has prompted its neighbors to seal their borders to Iranians, while other Gulf states have halted flights to Iran. Mainland China reported the biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases since Feb 22 on Sunday as more infections emerged among prison ... (more...)
Coronavirus: Global death toll exceeds 3,000 Coronavirus: Global death toll exceeds 3,000
- March 02, 2020

With 42 more deaths reported from China on Monday, the death toll in the country now stands at 2,912. This photo taken on February 28, 2020 shows a medical staff member doing stretch at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province . (more...)
Bernie Sanders Meets His Biggest Threat Bernie Sanders Meets His Biggest Threat
- March 02, 2020

Asked about the possibility she could lose her home state, Warren said the progressive ideas both she and Sanders are running on are popular in MA. While Sanders made no mention of Warren in his speech, some supporters still had Senator Warren on their mind. (more...)
First U.S. death from the coronavirus reported in Washington state
- March 02, 2020

The first United States death, announced Saturday, added to a growing list of infections circulating in communities without any clear source. There are 13 confirmed cases in Washington state, CBS reports. The fast-paced spread of COVID-19, which had been foretold by American doctors and health agencies, is forcing the federal government to plan for "radical expansion" in testing capacity, said Alex Azar, the health and human services secretary, on CBS. (more...)
Canadian province Ontario confirms eighth case of coronavirus disease Canadian province Ontario confirms eighth case of coronavirus disease
- March 02, 2020

The man travelled with his wife to Iran and back to Canada. Both husband and wife were discharged and put in self-isolation at home. January 27, 2020: The National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg confirms that a man in quarantine in Sunnybrook Hospital is Canada's first documented case of the new coronavirus . (more...)
Looks Like Coronavirus Community Spread Is Here Looks Like Coronavirus Community Spread Is Here
- March 02, 2020

The case involves a woman who appears to have contracted the virus in California , apparently without having contact with anyone who had traveled overseas or was previously known to have the coronavirus. Shortly after Santa Clara County announced its case, Oregon Health Authority announced a presumed positive case involving a Washington County resident whose symptoms began on Feb 19 and who was tested yesterday. (more...)
First U.S. Death from Coronavirus Reported in Washington First U.S. Death from Coronavirus Reported in Washington
- March 02, 2020

Officials say COVID-19 can cause a fever, coughing, wheezing, and pneumonia, and spreads mainly from droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to influenza. Check and subscribe to Public Health's website . "We want to lower the amount of travel to and from the most impacted areas", Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services said. (more...)
China says more than half of coronavirus patients cured China says more than half of coronavirus patients cured
- March 01, 2020

It added that 59 people tested positive for the virus in the United States. The World Health Organization's latest figures released on Friday show 83,654 confirmed cases worldwide and has increased the risk assessment level of the the virus to the organization's highest level. (more...)
United States announces new travel restrictions, warnings over coronavirus concerns United States announces new travel restrictions, warnings over coronavirus concerns
- March 01, 2020

The government has imposed a one-week extension on school breaks nationwide. But it still plans to go ahead with the 2020 Olympics, whose cancellation or relocation would be a massive blow for Japan. There is no cure for the virus that can lead to pneumonia, and a vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop. South Korea confirmed 376 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the national total to 3,526 infections, the largest in the world outside China. (more...)
House Passes Ban on Flavored Vape, Menthol House Passes Ban on Flavored Vape, Menthol
- March 01, 2020

The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate, where it is unlikely to be taken up by the Republican-controlled body. The bill would ban flavored products including menthol-flavored vaping items and cigarettes. Eighty percent of youth who have ever used a tobacco product started out with a flavored product . According to ABC Action News , the bill also requires tobacco companies to included colored warning graphics on the packaging that depict the negative outcome of smoking and limits the online ... (more...)
First Aussie to die from coronavirus named as retiree James Kwan
- March 01, 2020

Per reports in The Age , the man passed away in Perth's Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the early hours of today. His wife is stable and remains in hospital. "This very tragic case is related to the Diamond Princess , so the community shouldn't be panicking at this stage", Robertson said. On Saturday, Australia said it would deny entry to all foreigners traveling from Iran because of the spreading virus in the Islamic republic. (more...)
First Covid-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home raises concerns First Covid-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home raises concerns
- March 01, 2020

Most of those cases, 78,961, were in China , where almost 2,800 people had died. Florida had been waiting for federal officials to allow them to do their own lab testing. In determining LoD, test a dilution series of three replicates per concentration, and then confirm the final concentration with 20 replicates, and define LoD as the lowest concentration at which 19/20 replicates are positive. (more...)
Washington Governor Declares State of Emergency as One Person Dies of Coronavirus Washington Governor Declares State of Emergency as One Person Dies of Coronavirus
- March 01, 2020

Officials confirmed the death and the additional cases of COVID-19 at a news conference Saturday. Health officials in California , Oregon and Washington state are anxious about the novel coronavirus spreading through West Coast communities because a growing number of people are being infected despite not having visited an area where there was an outbreak, nor apparently been in contact with anyone who had. (more...)
USA announces new travel restrictions, warnings over coronavirus concerns USA announces new travel restrictions, warnings over coronavirus concerns
- March 01, 2020

Almost 900 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy , and authorities in northern regions - where Europe's worst outbreak of Covid-19 is centred - on Saturday ordered that schools and universities should stay closed for a second consecutive week, dashing any hopes of a swift return to normality. (more...)
78-year-old is Australia's first coronavirus fatality
- March 01, 2020

Four New Zealanders who were on the ship have previously tested positive for Covid-19 in Japan. Dr Robertson added that COVID-19 progresses as it moved from the upper respiratory tract into the lower respiratory tract and it was often the second where people would deteriorate further and possibly get "significant" viral pneumonia. (more...)
Drugmaker Moderna’s new coronavirus vaccine ready for clinical trials Drugmaker Moderna’s new coronavirus vaccine ready for clinical trials
- March 01, 2020

The institute will begin a clinical trial of about 20 to 25 healthy volunteers by the end of April to determine whether two doses of the shot are safe and induce an immune response likely to safeguard participants from infection, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci told the Journal. (more...)

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