Health


Trump says he'll 'suspend immigration,' but offers no details Trump says he'll 'suspend immigration,' but offers no details
- April 21, 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday evening that he meant to close the United States to people trying to immigrate into the country to live and work, a drastic move that he said would protect American workers from foreign competition once the nation's economy began to recover from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. (more...)
Don't neglect other health services amid Covid-19, WHO warns Don't neglect other health services amid Covid-19, WHO warns
- April 21, 2020

Among other things, Trump insisted World Health Organization had failed to adequately share "in a timely and transparent" way information about the outbreak after it erupted in China late past year. Many countries have been grappling with the inequality the virus has often laid bare, and how to ensure everyone has access to protective equipment and other products. (more...)
New Jersey Resident Faces Criminal Charges for Organising Protest Against Stay-at-Home Order New Jersey Resident Faces Criminal Charges for Organising Protest Against Stay-at-Home Order
- April 21, 2020

Approximately two dozen cars lined up outside the State House; some vehicles had signs demanding that the state re-open. "And number three, we would never do that without coordinating, discussing, and hashing it out with the leaders of the faiths of New Jersey". (more...)
Japan will pay additional costs of postponed Tokyo Olympics: IOC Japan will pay additional costs of postponed Tokyo Olympics: IOC
- April 21, 2020

Nearly all of the questions, mostly from Japanese reporters, centred on the IOC's statement and the costs for Japan. The IOC and Japan 2020 organizing committee have created a task force that aims to deal with challenges to rescheduling the Games amid the coronavirus crisis. (more...)
U.S. nurses resist pressure to work without adequate coronavirus protection U.S. nurses resist pressure to work without adequate coronavirus protection
- April 21, 2020

In a statement released Thursday, hospital officials said that nurses were always provided with protective equipment outlined in guidelines in set by the U.S. -19. On the day they were suspended, six doctors told him they felt it was unsafe to work with COVID-19 patients without N95s, he said. She said the hospital told her that wearing a surgical mask, and not an N95 mask, would be enough. (more...)
Four more Albertans die of COVID-19; 241 new cases reported Four more Albertans die of COVID-19; 241 new cases reported
- April 21, 2020

Deena Hinshaw during the April 13, announcement. Anyone in Alberta that is showing symptoms such as a cough, fever or sore throat, is eligible to be tested. A total of 3,718 tests were completed in Alberta over the past 24 hours, and the province has surpassed 100,000 total tests as of today. Altogether, 1,997 cases are in the Calgary zone with Edmonton having 429 cases. (more...)
Coronavirus antibody tests see reliability and availability problems Coronavirus antibody tests see reliability and availability problems
- April 21, 2020

Unapproved antibody tests could increase people's risk of becoming infected with coronavirus , the UK's national testing coordinator has warned. Antibody tests offer hope for people wanting to find out if they have had the novel coronavirus, are now immune and could get back to work. (more...)
Poisoning from cleaners surges amid COVID-19 Poisoning from cleaners surges amid COVID-19
- April 21, 2020

Exposures increased the most in March, the month when USA cases began to rise significantly and stay-at-home orders were issued in most areas of the country. More than a third of all cleaner poisonings were in children under 5, while nearly a half of disinfectant incidents were reported in the same age group. (more...)
Health workers in Philippines catching COVID-19 'worrisome': WHO official
- April 21, 2020

Mr Ghebreyesus said that there is "nothing hidden from the US", adding that the body has issued warnings about the outbreak "from day one". Tedros said the presence of embedded USA government officials working at the organisation's headquarters in Geneva was testament to the WHO's transparency, and the fact that it had not concealed any facts from Washington. (more...)
Washington forced to recall 12,000 coronavirus test kits for contamination Washington forced to recall 12,000 coronavirus test kits for contamination
- April 21, 2020

In response, the Washington State Department of Health issued a recall order for about 12,000 of the Chinese-made kits, which were sent to local health jurisdictions, tribal nations and its partners across the state. State officials say they're working to replace the kits as quickly as possible. No other supplies previously used for testing are impacted by this recall. (more...)
SHA urging against travel across northern Saskatchewan-Alberta border SHA urging against travel across northern Saskatchewan-Alberta border
- April 21, 2020

Seven people infected with coronavirus have arrived in B.C. after working during an Alberta oilsands outbreak. "Yes, we've been watching very carefully". Anyone who was or is symptomatic is asked to call 8-1-1. Despite the progress B.C. has been making in containing the spread of the virus, Henry reiterated that restrictions on large gatherings - weddings, graduation ceremonies and concerts - are not likely to be lifted this summer. (more...)
Feds to track, share information on nursing home coronavirus outbreaks Feds to track, share information on nursing home coronavirus outbreaks
- April 21, 2020

The three new cases were from employees who were tested between April 16 and 18, officials said. "Now more than ever, nursing home residents and their families have a right to know what's happening in their facilities", Verma said at a press briefing. (more...)
Coronavirus: Skin rash a potential Covid-19 symptom, doctors say Coronavirus: Skin rash a potential Covid-19 symptom, doctors say
- April 21, 2020

Take a look at Facebook's COVID-19 map here . The US map shows an estimated percentage of people with COVID-19 symptoms , not confirmed cases. Still, these maps, along with others that use Facebook co-location data to show people's interconnectedness between US towns and cities, and one that shows range of movement of individuals in a city, have some privacy advocates anxious. (more...)
COVID-19: Red Cross Seeks Recovered Virus Patients for Blood Donations COVID-19: Red Cross Seeks Recovered Virus Patients for Blood Donations
- April 21, 2020

Because the therapy is still considered experimental, the plasma is being administered under a program led by Mayo Clinic. After receiving the treatment, the patient showed progressive improvement and by the fourth day, was weaned off ventilator support on the morning of 18 April and continued on supplementary oxygen, thereafter. (more...)
BC reports 52 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths since Saturday BC reports 52 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths since Saturday
- April 21, 2020

Breaking down the numbers by health authority, there are 700 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 705 in Fraser Health, 102 on Vancouver Island and 153 in Interior Health. Anyone with symptoms can be assessed or tested through their family physician, a nurse practitioner or community assessment centres, Henry said. But overall, B.C. (more...)
Ontario has reached 'peak' in coronavirus cases Ontario has reached 'peak' in coronavirus cases
- April 21, 2020

There have been more than 34,000 confirmed cases nation-wide, with just under 550,000 people tested for the coronavirus . "The public health interventions, the physical distancing, the staying home, the hand hygiene and keeping surfaces clean has actually accelerated the peak to now", Brown said. (more...)
Georgia to Reopen Movie Theaters on April 27 Georgia to Reopen Movie Theaters on April 27
- April 21, 2020

Over the weekend, the mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, ended restrictions on beaches, allowing people to walk, run, and swim under social-distancing guidelines. Businesses that will not allowed to reopen include bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, and live performance venues. For most Georgians, the "shelter in place" order will be lifted on April 30, though Kemp advised that residents continue to exercise caution. (more...)
Coronavirus: Concerns over reuse of protective medical kit Coronavirus: Concerns over reuse of protective medical kit
- April 21, 2020

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said on Twitter that she had been contacted by "lots" of companies claiming they had heard "nothing back" from the Government regarding PPE production. "If it's being proposed that staff reuse equipment, this must be demonstrably driven by science and the best evidence - rather than availability". The commerce union Unite mentioned it had advised its members they might lawfully refuse to work to keep away from danger of harm, describing the scenario over PPE as a ... (more...)
5-year-old MI girl dies of COVID-19-related complications 5-year-old MI girl dies of COVID-19-related complications
- April 21, 2020

The data shows that, of the state's 83 counties, 78 now have at least one COVID-19 case. She passed away at Beaumont Royal Oak on Sunday after being on a ventilator for two weeks. "Detroit and the Mayor have really done an extraordinary job, and the people have done an extraordinary job with their social distancing", Dr. Deborah Birx said. (more...)
7,500 feared to have died with coronavirus in care homes
- April 21, 2020

MHA, the largest charitable provider of care homes, has recorded at least 251 deaths, an increase of 20% in three days. Barchester chief executive Pete Calveley said he was aware of other providers who have confirmed or suspected cases across 75 per cent of their homes. (more...)

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