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FDA says drug with Alabama ties can be used to treat coronavirus FDA says drug with Alabama ties can be used to treat coronavirus
- May 02, 2020

Remdesivir , which is administered by an injection, was already available to some patients who enrolled in clinical trials, or who sought it out on a "compassionate use" basis. Pharmaceutical company Gilead Science, which produces Remdesivir, said it would donate its now available stock of the drug and ramp up production. CATCO head Murthy said if the evidence proves it works and should be the new standard of care - as Fauci suggested Wednesday - than it would no longer be ethically ... (more...)
Oxford, UK drug giant to develop anti-Covid-19 vaccine
- May 02, 2020

The pharmaceutical giant has agreed to manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford , if the treatment proves effective. The Trump administration's "Operation Warp Speed" program will pull together private pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the military to try to cut the development time for a vaccine by as much as eight months, according to two people familiar with the matter. (more...)
United Kingdom says no children have died from syndrome linked to COVID-19 United Kingdom says no children have died from syndrome linked to COVID-19
- May 02, 2020

The illness is yet to be named, but is thought to have affected around a dozen children in the UK. Paediatricians have been looking for the cause of Kawasaki disease for more than 50 years. "It's a new disease that we think may be caused by coronavirus and the COVID-19 virus , but we're not 100 percent sure because some of the people who got it hadn't tested positive, so we're doing a lot of research now, but it's something we're anxious about", he told LBC Radio, according to the ... (more...)
Dr. Deena Hinshaw unveils ABTraceTogether, Alberta's new mobile contact-tracing app
- May 02, 2020

Contact tracing can help limit spread of the coronavirus by identifying potentially infected individuals and ensuring they take proper protocols to avoid passing the illness on to others. The app does not use a phone's Global Positioning System or track location or contacts. No geolocation data is collected, and encounter data is stored locally on the user's phone in an encrypted format. (more...)
Georgia Scraps Road Test To Obtain License During Pandemic Georgia Scraps Road Test To Obtain License During Pandemic
- May 02, 2020

He had previously allowed some non-essential businesses to reopen starting April 24. Despite the gradual reopening, Kemp formally extended the public health state of emergency through June 12 and urged people to stay at home as much as possible. (more...)
Britney Spears admits she accidentally burned her home gym down Britney Spears admits she accidentally burned her home gym down
- May 02, 2020

Long before the trials of COVID-19 isolation began, causing everyone to start turning their attention to physical fitness, Britney Spears was already working out like a pro - making it even more shocking to learn that she's been getting swole without a home gym for almost six months. (more...)
AstraZeneca, Oxford University team up to develop Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca, Oxford University team up to develop Covid-19 vaccine
- May 02, 2020

Once injected, this "impostor" stimulates the immune system to battle and kill the COVID-19 coronavirus . The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the global economy is set to experience its worst crisis in decades. "This vaccine is at the animal testing stage and if the results are successful it will go into clinical trials in the second quarter of this financial year", said Mr Patel. (more...)
Remdesivir Shows Promise in Largest of Several Clinical Trials Remdesivir Shows Promise in Largest of Several Clinical Trials
- May 02, 2020

But Canadian experts were not quite so exuberant Thursday, saying they need to see more data from a promising US trial before recommending the drug as a standard treatment for the coronavirus . Interest in remdesivir has been high as there are no approved treatments or preventive vaccines yet for COVID-19, and early USA government trial results on Wednesday showed the drug helped patients recover more quickly from the illness caused by the new coronavirus than patients given a placebo. (more...)
US Top Medical Body Identifies New Symptoms Of COVID-19 US Top Medical Body Identifies New Symptoms Of COVID-19
- May 02, 2020

They join the list of COVID-19 symptoms identified by the USA public health agency early in the outbreak: fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The CDC has also created an interactive "self-checker" tool, which assists individuals in evaluating whether they have COVID-19 or another illness, such as seasonal allergies. (more...)
State To Launch Privately-Run Contact Tracing Call Center State To Launch Privately-Run Contact Tracing Call Center
- May 02, 2020

Cuomo's briefing Thusrday to detail the contact tracing plan for the state. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. Contact tracers, she said, need "good people skills" so they can win the trust of people they reach out to, but they also need to know how to get those people the resources they need, including disease testing, medical care if needed, and assistance with isolation where warranted. (more...)
How are coronavirus deaths recorded in the UK? How are coronavirus deaths recorded in the UK?
- May 02, 2020

ONS figures cover all deaths in England and Wales where coronavirus is mentioned anywhere on the death certificate - whether in or out of hospital. Following concerns that the impact on care homes is being underestimated, figures from England's independent healthcare regulator, the CQC, were included for the first time in this week's release. (more...)
Sixth COVID-19 death in Saskatchewan; 11 new cases in northern community Sixth COVID-19 death in Saskatchewan; 11 new cases in northern community
- May 01, 2020

The news comes a few days after an 83-year-old resident of a long-term care facility in La Loche died in hospital , the fifth COVID-19 victim in the province. Moe said because of the outbreaks, the first stage of the plan won't apply to Lloydminster and La Loche. Eleven of the new cases announced Wednesday were from La Loche. (more...)
Cuomo: All New York schools to remain closed through spring Cuomo: All New York schools to remain closed through spring
- May 01, 2020

Now, it is being used to combat the spread of the new coronavirus . "We don't think it's possible to do that in a way that would keep our children and students and educators safe, so we're going to have the schools remain closed for the rest of the year, we're going to continue the distance learning programs", Cuomo said. (more...)
Peeved with 'hostile' media, Trump may stop briefings Peeved with 'hostile' media, Trump may stop briefings
- May 01, 2020

Just before his comments on disinfectants, the president also suggested that "ultraviolet or just very powerful light" could be used "inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way" in order to treat the illness. (more...)
Coronavirus: Millions more to be eligible for testing Coronavirus: Millions more to be eligible for testing
- May 01, 2020

He said 21,678 have died in hospital with coronavirus , an increase of 586 since Monday's figures. The Department of Health and Social Care is now also providing support for 18 satellite testing sites in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Bexhill, Bognor Regis, Bradford, Chesterfield, Chester, Derby, Stockport, Halifax Huddersfield, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Manchester , Mid Cheshire, Blackburn, Sandwell, Wakefield and Kendal. (more...)
London's coronavirus mortality rate 'more than double' in deprived areas London's coronavirus mortality rate 'more than double' in deprived areas
- May 01, 2020

The study, which looked at recorded deaths up to 18th April, shows the poorest areas in Wales had a mortality rate of 44.6 deaths per 100,000 of the population in comparison to 23.2 deaths per 100,000 population in the least deprived. Mortality rates were 66 Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 population in Wolverhampton , while this rose to 70 in Sandwell and 78 in Birmingham . "People living in more deprived areas have experienced COVID-19 mortality rates more than double those living in less ... (more...)
Another 92 COVID-19 deaths in IL Another 92 COVID-19 deaths in IL
- May 01, 2020

The state of IL is sending out teams of nurses and ramping up testing for COVID-19 at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities as it continues efforts to control the spread of the virus. Cases of the disease have been reported in 96 of the state's 102 counties. Unlike the first lawsuit filed by State Representative Darren Bailey only on behalf of himself, the complaint in this case is brought by Rep. (more...)
Ethnic minorities in the UK Disproportionately affected, suffer more deaths from COVID Ethnic minorities in the UK Disproportionately affected, suffer more deaths from COVID
- May 01, 2020

NHS staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds might be reassigned to roles clear of frontline healthcare following recommendation to sanatorium bosses that ethnic minority team of workers must be "risk-assessed". BBC News analysis of 135 healthcare workers whose deaths have been publicly announced found 84 were from ethnic minority backgrounds. GP practices should risk assess their staff who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in light of emerging ... (more...)
USA state, local gov'ts may need $1 trillion in coronavirus aid USA state, local gov'ts may need $1 trillion in coronavirus aid
- May 01, 2020

But she said money for "heroes" is needed to prevent layoffs as governors and mayors stare down red ink in their budgets. "State and local, I talked about nearly $1 trillion right there", Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. "We're not going to be able to cover all of it, but to the extent that we can keep the states and localities sustainable, that's our goal". But the point is, we're not interested in borrowing money from future generations to send down to states to help them with ... (more...)
United Kingdom cancer deaths could increase 20% due to COVID-19 pandemic United Kingdom cancer deaths could increase 20% due to COVID-19 pandemic
- May 01, 2020

Coronavirus is forcing health professionals to reconsider whether or not to bring cancer patients into hospitals for their cancer treatment, because of the potential risk of contracting the virus. However, she added that it's unclear whether cancer patients in general have any higher risk of infection from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Leukemia and other blood-related cancers attack the immune system, something that may explain the higher death rates. (more...)

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