Health


South Zone COVID-19 cases reach 200 South Zone COVID-19 cases reach 200
- April 23, 2020

Around 71 per cent of confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases in Alberta have been in the Calgary zone , which extends north to Didsbury, east to Gleichen, south to Claresholm and west to the Rocky Mountain parks. At Clifton Manor in southeast Calgary, four residents have died due to conditions related to COVID-19. Twenty workers at the Kearl Lake oil sands project near Fort McMurray have tested positive for COVID-19. (more...)
New autopsies reveal United States coronavirus spread began in January New autopsies reveal United States coronavirus spread began in January
- April 23, 2020

But the two February deaths disclosed by Santa Clara County happened before the first known instance of community transmission within the US was reported Feb. Officials previously had said the first Silicon Valley death was March 9. He said that it appears the virus was most likely introduced into the U.S. (more...)
Hydroxychloroquine showed no benefit, more deaths for coronavirus patients who used drug Hydroxychloroquine showed no benefit, more deaths for coronavirus patients who used drug
- April 22, 2020

Based on the findings, the scientists said there is no evidence that use of hydroxychloroquine reduced the risk of mechanical ventilation in patients hospitalised with COVID-19. The study showed about 28% of those who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died. Smaller trials conducted internationally have failed to find any benefits to the drug, and other approaches with similar drugs had to be halted due to serious side effects . (more...)
New York Pandemic Numbers Drop, But Governor Cuomo Warns, New York Pandemic Numbers Drop, But Governor Cuomo Warns, "Only Halftime"
- April 22, 2020

Trump, in his press briefing Monday, said Cuomo would be making the trip to D.C.to meet with Trump, after pointing out that Cuomo had said he agreed with Trump that states were responsible for most testing. About 1,300 New Yorkers were hospitalized on Saturday, down from a daily peak of 3,400. The president also said the USNS Comfort, the ship sent to NY to provide additional hospital beds and medical resources, will soon return to Virginia to prepare for its next assignment, with the need ... (more...)
Care home coronavirus deaths ‘could be double the number reported’ Care home coronavirus deaths ‘could be double the number reported’
- April 22, 2020

Data published on Tuesday indicated the number of deaths was more than 40% higher than the government's daily figures indicated as of April 10, putting the country on track to become among the worst-hit in Europe. "About 17 per cent of those deaths mention COVID on the death certificate". It meant that around 44 per cent of deaths occur outside of hospitals, raising more questions about the UK's true death toll. (more...)
Facebook Releases Map of People Reporting Virus Symptoms Facebook Releases Map of People Reporting Virus Symptoms
- April 22, 2020

The map pulls data from a survey of Facebook users who self-reported symptoms to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University . It was meant to generate new insights for developing response strategies to combat the pandemic in the U.S. (more...)
1 new coronavirus death reported in Jackson County, 12 new confirmed cases 1 new coronavirus death reported in Jackson County, 12 new confirmed cases
- April 22, 2020

Garfield County remains the only county in the state without a confirmed case. The percentage of people 60 to 69 with COVID-19 is at 20 percent. All positive cases are isolated and Public Health staff continues to investigate the cases to locate close contacts to help contain the spread of the infection. (more...)
Starbucks, Wawa Offering Free Coffee to Frontline Workers Starbucks, Wawa Offering Free Coffee to Frontline Workers
- April 22, 2020

Additionally the company said its Starbucks Foundation would split a half-million dollars evenly to support two organizations dedicated to those frontline responders. Starbucks is doing its part to help frontline responders to the COVID-19 outbreak continue their essential duties. "They demonstrate our resilience and our commitment to the communities we serve". (more...)
COVID-19 treatment hydroxychloroquine showed no benefit, more deaths in study
- April 22, 2020

Dr Nick Cammack, therapeutics accelerator lead at the Wellcome Trust, said that he was not surprised by the United States agency advice given that the larger trials have not yet concluded. Fox News , which turned Trump on to the drug in the first place , has also backed off the hype by a lot. Some Fox News personalities, like Laura Ingraham , also have advocated for it. (more...)
Accidents Involving Cleaning Products Are Way Up Accidents Involving Cleaning Products Are Way Up
- April 22, 2020

Calls to USA poison centers have risen 20 percent this year because of exposure to bleach and other disinfectants, health authorities said Monday, linking the surge to COVID-19 cleaning recommendations. Poisoning incidents may have increased even more sharply than the report suggests, since the report was based on statistics of calls received by poison control centers only, and statistics concluded at the end of March. (more...)
Californians died of coronavirus weeks before first United States death reported Californians died of coronavirus weeks before first United States death reported
- April 22, 2020

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee's breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. But the two February deaths disclosed by Santa Clara County happened before the first known instance of community transmission within the US was reported Feb. (more...)
5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies from coronavirus complications 5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies from coronavirus complications
- April 22, 2020

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus , was mentioned in a third of all death certificates issued in England and Wales in the week to April 19. "This is essential to tackling the spread of the virus, ensuing social care has the resources it needs and getting vital PPE and testing to care workers on the front line". (more...)
Mitch McConnell calls big firms getting small-business loans an 'interesting debate' Mitch McConnell calls big firms getting small-business loans an 'interesting debate'
- April 22, 2020

Of an additional $310 billion in small-business loans approved by the Senate on Thursday, $60 billion was set aside for small banks, credit unions and other community lenders to expand the PPP to more businesses, including those without bank accounts. (more...)
Canadian woman’s breast implant deflects bullet, saves her Canadian woman’s breast implant deflects bullet, saves her
- April 22, 2020

A freakish case of a woman's breast implants saving her life by stopping a bullet headed straight to her heart has been reported by doctors in Canada, which is believed to be the first of its kind. "On the left-hand side is the heart and lungs - if the bullet would've gone into the chest, she would've had a much more serious, possibly life-threatening injury", the surgeon said. (more...)
1st Known U.S. COVID-19 Death Was On Feb
- April 22, 2020

The other two deaths took place on February 17 and March 6. Both deaths occurred well before what was thought to be the first COVID-19 fatalities in the USA - two COVID-19-related deaths that occurred on February 26 in Kirkland, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. (more...)
FDA Approves First At Home Coronavirus Testing Kit
- April 22, 2020

Allowing people to self-swab at home would help reduce infection risks for front-line health care workers and help conserve protective gear. On March 21, federal regulators issued stern guidance which clarified that no home tests had yet been approved for use and warned consumers to be wary of "unauthorized fraudulent test kits". (more...)
Coronavirus: Care home deaths at more than 1,000 in England and Wales
- April 22, 2020

While the ONS records mentions of COVID-19 in death certificates, the sheer volume of extra total deaths - including those that do not mention COVID-19 - means that the true toll from the disease is being undercounted, according to the FT analysis. (more...)
European Union turns up pressure on Matt Hancock over Covid-19 PPE scheme
- April 22, 2020

He also said the government would invest in manufacturing capabilities so that if either vaccine was successful it could be available for British people "as soon as humanly possible". It plans to administer vaccines now under development to healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 through mid-May and confirm their safety. Dr. Chand Nagpaul, President of the British Medical Association, welcomed the announcement and said, 'It is clearly certain that trials are starting for the coronavirus vaccine ... (more...)
Californians died of coronavirus weeks before first USA death reported Californians died of coronavirus weeks before first USA death reported
- April 22, 2020

Two of the three California deaths took place on February 6 and February 17 . Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Silicon Valley was an early center of the coronavirus outbreak. "It's been around for a while and it's probably been spreading in the community for quite some time ". So far it has reported almost 2,000 cases and eight deaths. (more...)
United Kingdom coronavirus death toll may be 40 per cent higher than reported United Kingdom coronavirus death toll may be 40 per cent higher than reported
- April 22, 2020

The true extent of Britain's COVID-19 death toll was more than 40% higher than the government's daily figures indicated as of April 10, according to data that put the country on track to become among the worst-hit in Europe. The data about care home deaths is based around the reports to the Care Quality Commission from care home operators. The figures take into account if Covid-19 is mentioned anywhere in the certificate, as well as other health conditions. (more...)

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