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'We’re not closing our country' if hit by second coronavirus wave 'We’re not closing our country' if hit by second coronavirus wave
- May 23, 2020

Trump and his allies have defended his refusal to wear a mask, arguing that because the president and his inner circle are routinely tested for the coronavirus , he does not need to wear a mask. I mean, today's events were extremely disappointing and yet, totally predictable". He said he also wore googles. Speaking with the media, the automaker's executive chairman Bill Ford said Trump was wearing a mask during "a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. (more...)
CanSino coronavirus vaccine appears safe in first human trial CanSino coronavirus vaccine appears safe in first human trial
- May 22, 2020

Barouch, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, director, Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC, and senior author on both studies. More than 100 vaccine candidates against SARS-CoV-2 are in development, with about 12 in human testing created to mainly evaluate safety. The authors wrote that "macaques had high viral loads in the upper and lower respiratory tract, humoral and cellular immune responses, and pathologic evidence of viral pneumonia". (more...)
Wisconsin woman took hydroxychloroquine for 19 years, still got coronavirus
- May 22, 2020

The Lancet study authors suggested the medicines should not be used to treat Covid-19 outside of clinical trials until those studies confirm their safety and efficacy for Covid-19 patients. People sick enough to be hospitalized with the coronavirus are not the same as healthy people taking the drugs in other situations, so safety can not be assumed from prior use, Mehra said. (more...)
UK Invests Additional $103 Million in COVID-19 Vaccine Research UK Invests Additional $103 Million in COVID-19 Vaccine Research
- May 22, 2020

Even as researchers advance the programs through the development process, teams are also working through manufacturing concerns to deliver doses quickly if the candidates show efficacy. In today's daily public briefing , Sharma praised the work at both Oxford University and Imperial College London, and said that the search for a vaccine to the virus is progressing well. (more...)
Hydroxychloroquine shows no coronavirus benefit, raises death risk Hydroxychloroquine shows no coronavirus benefit, raises death risk
- May 22, 2020

The researchers found that those who took chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine were more likely to develop serious cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. The results of the United Kingdom trial are expected by the end of this year. His study looked at almost 15,000 people with COVID-19 getting one of the malaria drugs with or without one of the suggested antibiotics and more than 81,000 patients getting none of those medications. (more...)
Ghana acquires Madagascar's Covid-19 herbal drug Ghana acquires Madagascar's Covid-19 herbal drug
- May 22, 2020

The report had claimed that the AU directed the supply of the drugs to African countries and Nigeria was asked to pay over €170,000 (N78, 200,000). We have reached out to them. "There is no published study and what we would say is that we will need more evidence", Darko said. Madagascar enhances the African pharmacopoeia by imposing the virtue of our medicinal plants and the work of African researchers. (more...)
Ford asks health officials to deliver new COVID-19 testing plan Ford asks health officials to deliver new COVID-19 testing plan
- May 22, 2020

The province says 984 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 155 being treated in intensive care units. "I am fully prepared to take every action necessary, if we see things going in the wrong direction, we will be fully prepared, we won't hesitate to roll things back if necessary, and I'm hopeful we won't go there, but we need to be ready for all possible scenarios, that is why it is more important than ever that we stay vigilant". (more...)
Cambridge-based biotech company: Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging Cambridge-based biotech company: Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging
- May 22, 2020

Consistent with the binding antibody data, mRNA vaccination elicited neutralising antibodies in all the eight participants. "It shows that not only did the antibody bind to the virus, but it prevented the virus from infecting the cells", he said. (more...)
Liberals continue attacks on President Trump Liberals continue attacks on President Trump
- May 22, 2020

I was like, "I'm going to die, '" she told WISN. "I would never begrudge any American taking the advice of their physician", he added. Kim told the news outlet that she was in the hospital for seven days where she received oxygen and plasma before she was released to go home. (more...)
Mental Health Awareness Month: Free mental health screenings Mental Health Awareness Month: Free mental health screenings
- May 22, 2020

The government has published advice for supporting children's mental health. "This week will be touching for many people across the country as we try to cope and adjust to life during a pandemic", she said on Wednesday. Ms Todd added: "Kindness boosts mood, self-esteem and happiness which I know many of us will be in need of right now". One in eight children and young people already have a diagnosable mental health condition, and research suggests that the majority of those believe that ... (more...)
Trump meets with African American leaders ahead of Michigan Ford tour Trump meets with African American leaders ahead of Michigan Ford tour
- May 22, 2020

Trump has refused to wear a face mask in public, a practice that federal health authorities say all Americans should adopt to help slow the spread of the virus. Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding from MI over its plan for expanded mail-in voting, saying without offering evidence that the practice could lead to voter fraud - though he later appeared to back off the threat. (more...)
Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works closing stores in Canada, US Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works closing stores in Canada, US
- May 22, 2020

The total number of closings represents less than 25 percent of Victoria's Secret's store footprint. L Brands, the retail chain's parent company, reported sales for their first quarter this year had dropped by 37% to $1.65 billion, compared to the same period for 2019. (more...)
CDC: Keep cleaning surfaces, but coronavirus mainly spreads person-to-person CDC: Keep cleaning surfaces, but coronavirus mainly spreads person-to-person
- May 22, 2020

Viral tests - commonly referred to as PCR tests as a lot of them use a process known as polymerase chain reaction - are used by health professionals to determine whether or not a person is now infected with the disease. Virginia was also combining antibody and viral tests until local newspapers reported on it. Combining these two signals makes the data hard to interpret and could be misleading to the public, because the combined number does not reflect the rate of new infection (and the ... (more...)
Nearly 25% of Americans Not Interested in Taking a Coronavirus Vaccine Nearly 25% of Americans Not Interested in Taking a Coronavirus Vaccine
- May 22, 2020

A Phase I/II clinical trial of AZD1222 began last month to assess safety, immunogenicity and efficacy in over 1,000 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 across several trial centres in southern England . "These results support further development of ShaCoVacc as a candidate vaccine for Covid-19", the researchers wrote in the study, which has not yet been peer reviewed. (more...)
HMC explains how convalescent plasma therapy works HMC explains how convalescent plasma therapy works
- May 22, 2020

Blanchard Valley's outpatient laboratory is working in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to test for antibodies. The Mayo Clinic study could influence preventatives like vaccines or treatments for COVID-19 as well as help the study of other diseases. (more...)
Coronavirus antibody tests 'should not be bought by public'
- May 22, 2020

The OptiGene test has been "highly effective" when used in clinical settings, and will now be tried out in care homes, doctors' offices and emergency units, the Health Department said. The new swab test - which would show whether someone now has the virus - does not need to be sent to a lab. A smartphone app is now being tested, while the government has also promised to recruit 25,000 tracing staff. (more...)
Dutch farm worker contracted coronavirus from mink -agriculture minister Dutch farm worker contracted coronavirus from mink -agriculture minister
- May 22, 2020

According to a report on Monday, 2.4 percent of the mink had died on one farm and was 1.2 percent on the other by the end of the month. Schouten warned that the outbreak could be related to cats , which also tested positive on one of the country's infected farms, according to CNN . (more...)
Earlier US lockdown 'could have saved tens of thousands of lives' Earlier US lockdown 'could have saved tens of thousands of lives'
- May 22, 2020

If lockdowns were imposed on March 8 - a week earlier than when the Trump administration imposed federal social distancing guidelines - the disease modelers at the university estimated that 36,000 fewer people would have died from COVID-19. (more...)
CDC says virus does not spread easily from contaminated surfaces CDC says virus does not spread easily from contaminated surfaces
- May 21, 2020

If feasible, CDC officials also advised that a newborn should be temporarily separated from its mother if she has a confirmed or suspected case of the virus in an effort to lower the risk of transmission to the child. Only a small number of pets such as cats and dogs worldwide have tested positive for the virus . COVID-19 mainly advances via "close contact from person-to-person". (more...)
Victoria's Secret to permanently close 250 stores across Canada and US Victoria's Secret to permanently close 250 stores across Canada and US
- May 21, 2020

L Brands also plans to permanently close 50 Bath & Body Works stores in the USA and one in Canada, according to information the company posted online as part of its quarterly earnings. Bath & Body Works, another L Brands retail chain, announced a 20 percent increase in sales, as consumers raced to by soap and sanitizer amid the pandemic. (more...)

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