Health


China endorses Hong Kong security law, imperiling city’s status as financial hub China endorses Hong Kong security law, imperiling city’s status as financial hub
- May 28, 2020

The legislation was widely condemned by business groups and Western nations as the death knell for Hong Kong's status under the "one country, two systems" concept established after Britain handed over control of the financial hub to China in 1997, especially since it bypasses Hong Kong's legislature. (more...)
Merck Joins Coronavirus Fight; Enters Deals to Develop Two Separate Vaccines Merck Joins Coronavirus Fight; Enters Deals to Develop Two Separate Vaccines
- May 28, 2020

Yet another big pharmaceutical company, Merck , is joining the global race to make coronavirus vaccines, the company announced Tuesday. Merck's shares rallied 3 per cent in premarket following the news. That candidate will be based on the recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV) technology that is already been deployed successfully in Merck's Ebola virus vaccine - Ervebo - which was approved in Europe and the U.S. (more...)
Even mild coronavirus illness may confer some immunity, says study Even mild coronavirus illness may confer some immunity, says study
- May 28, 2020

China has reported two new confirmed coronavirus cases , both from overseas and 23 asymptomatic ones, majority of them from Covid-19 epicentre Wuhan , health officials said on Thursday. The Uruguayan government and Ministry of Health provided a "sanitary corridor" for the repatriation of 112 Australian and New Zealand passengers on day 28 and for all other passengers on day 32. (more...)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with Trump at the White House New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with Trump at the White House
- May 28, 2020

One thing Cuomo said didn't come up during the meeting was his attempt to pin responsibility on Trump for a widely criticized policy prohibiting nursing homes from turning away coronavirus-positive patients. She also suggested Trump could bring up the topic of nursing homes, calling Cuomo's decision to send Covid patients to nursing homes "a huge screw-up in NY". (more...)
Two Sydney schools shut after virus cases Two Sydney schools shut after virus cases
- May 28, 2020

In a letter to parents, Moriah said that at 11.15am this morning, the college received confirmation from NSW Health that a student in its school community had returned a positive coronavirus result. "It's really a show of confidence by our parents and families in our education system. they know that our teachers, our principals, our school support staff have worked really hard to get schools ready for children to be back", Ms Mitchell told reporters. (more...)
Care home coronavirus deaths surge past 11000
- May 28, 2020

We can also look at "excess deaths"- where the number of deaths is higher than we would normally expect to see at this time of year. "Many staff still don't have the safety kit or tests they need". The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 3,546 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 17. (more...)
Test and trace 'live' tomorrow as PM again defends Cummings Test and trace 'live' tomorrow as PM again defends Cummings
- May 28, 2020

The UK government has formally launched the country's test and trace programme with Scotland earlier announcing that its own scheme would start from tomorrow. If it is negative, the contact must still complete their initial 14-day isolation period. United Kingdom health secretary Matt Hancock. Baroness Harding said the Government could impose restrictions and fines on those who do not comply with the rules, but said ministers were not setting out to be punitive. (more...)
Remdesivir given fast-track approval to treat Coronavirus Remdesivir given fast-track approval to treat Coronavirus
- May 28, 2020

The majority of patients in either treatment arm were a grade 4 on the ordinal scale: receiving low-flow supplemental oxygen. In addition, more patients in the 10-day group required high-flow oxygen support. Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug is now undergoing large global clinical trials, including in the United Kingdom, and early data suggests it can cut recovery time by about four days . (more...)
Blackwater miner, 30, dies of COVID-19 Blackwater miner, 30, dies of COVID-19
- May 28, 2020

The man, who has been sick for around three weeks, had not worked since late past year because of a work injury, but his partner had been going to work while experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. She said it was not known how he contracted the virus but he had become the "youngest" victim in Australia. Police and ambulance were called to the home in Blackwater on Tuesday afternoon, where the man's partner had found him unresponsive after returning home from work. (more...)
Aide to British PM Cummings says he doesn’t regret lockdown trip Aide to British PM Cummings says he doesn’t regret lockdown trip
- May 28, 2020

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The prime minister would like to thank Douglas Ross for his service to government and regrets his decision to stand down as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland". Cummings was anxious that if he also became ill, which he subsequently did, there would be problems looking after their young son, so he headed to Durham to isolate there for 14 days close to his family members. (more...)
CDC Cautions Against Using Antibody Tests For Decisions On Schools, Workplaces CDC Cautions Against Using Antibody Tests For Decisions On Schools, Workplaces
- May 27, 2020

Anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay at home for 14 days after exposure, depending on how long it takes to develop illness, the CDC says. The CDC explains why testing can be wrong so often. Inaccuracy in serological testing is impacted by how common the virus is within the population, the CDC said. (more...)
USA company to begin human trials in Australia for Covid-19 vaccine USA company to begin human trials in Australia for Covid-19 vaccine
- May 27, 2020

The results showed that those who received a single dose of the vaccine produced certain immune cells, called T cells , within two weeks. After 28 days of vaccination, most participants had a four-fold increase in binding antibodies. Earlier this week, AstraZeneca received a boost in its efforts after the U.S. pledged as much as $1.2 billion towards development of the vaccine and said it would order 300 million doses. (more...)
Emergency orders in Ontario have been extended yet again Emergency orders in Ontario have been extended yet again
- May 27, 2020

Merrilee Fullerton and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott will join Ford at the news conference, which is expected to begin at 1 p.m.at Queen's Park. "It's appalling. It's disgusting", an emotional Ford said. The five Ontario facilities cited in the report are Orchard Villa in Pickering (69 deaths), Grace Manor in Brampton (11 deaths), and three Toronto homes: Altamont Care Community , with 52 deaths, Eatonville Care Centre , with 42, and Hawthorne Place, with 39. (more...)
Australia’s first human trials of potential coronavirus vaccine start today Australia’s first human trials of potential coronavirus vaccine start today
- May 27, 2020

KAZINFORM Thai COVID-19 vaccine research team on Monday said it will be recruiting human beings for vaccine trials later this year following an ongoing three months test on monkeys. The paper published in the Lancet reveals the Ad5-nCoV vaccine was well tolerated at all doses with no serious adverse events reported within 28 days of vaccination. (more...)
New Ontario COVID-19 cases fall below 300 New Ontario COVID-19 cases fall below 300
- May 27, 2020

There have been no new deaths from the virus since Monday, when provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced four deaths, all in long-term care facilities. Ontario, the nation's most-populous province, has 26,191 infections with 2,123 fatalities. There are now 258 active cases of the virus in B.C., with 37 of those patients in hospital and seven of them in critical or intensive care. (more...)
Novavax Begins Human Testing For Covid-19 Vaccine, Expects Results In July Novavax Begins Human Testing For Covid-19 Vaccine, Expects Results In July
- May 27, 2020

Suvit said that Thailand has started reserving two manufacturers for its vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus . "The trial demonstrates that a single dose of the new adenovirus type 5 vectored COVID-19 (Ad5-nCoV) vaccine produces virus-specific antibodies and T cells in 14 days", said study co-author Wei Chen from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology . (more...)
Americas are the new coronavirus 'epicenter' Americas are the new coronavirus 'epicenter'
- May 27, 2020

A bird is pictured over a cross during a mass burial of people who passed away due to Covid-19, at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil May 13, 2020. The country's figures are second only to the USA, which has reported over 1.6 million cases, 98,493 deaths and 379,157 recoveries. "Now is the time to be strong, vigilant, and aggressively implement proven public health measures". (more...)
Be kind for mental health week Be kind for mental health week
- May 27, 2020

The theme for this year's event is kindness. The Bermuda Mental Health Foundation said that stress levels had increased for everyone because of the coronavirus crisis. "And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic". "The crisis is affecting many young people in ways that will risk long-term consequences for their mental health". (more...)
New York, Texas See Fewest COVID-19 Fatalities Since March New York, Texas See Fewest COVID-19 Fatalities Since March
- May 27, 2020

Phase 1 of the reopening plan allows nonessential manufacturing, construction and retail businesses to reopen, but with social-distancing and density-reduction precautions in place. We have to study the numbers, which will inform you. That's why you'll never see a paywall on FingerLakes1.com. "When it comes to addressing the needs of nursing homes , only 44 percent give him positive marks, compared to a plurality, 48 percent, who rate him negatively", said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. (more...)
France revokes decree authorising use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 France revokes decree authorising use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19
- May 27, 2020

A nurse shows a Hydroxychloroquine pill, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil, April 23, 2020. Tedros said the executive group behind WHO's global "Solidarity" trial met on Saturday and made a decision to conduct a comprehensive review of all available data on hydroxychloroquine and that its use in the trial would be suspended for now. (more...)

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