Health


World Health Organization updates guidelines on wearing masks
- June 06, 2020

The WHO also issued new guidance on the composition of non-medical fabric masks, advising that they should consist of at least three layers of different material. The announcement comes just a day after the United Kingdom government announced it would be making face coverings mandatory on public transport following months of claims the science was not clear on their effectiveness. (more...)
Major trial says `no benefit` of Trump-backed hydroxychloroquine Major trial says `no benefit` of Trump-backed hydroxychloroquine
- June 06, 2020

Surgisphere was said to have provided the data from 671 hospitals on six continents. The WHO's decision to suspend its trial prompted others to follow suit, including Sanofi, which said on 29 May it was suspending recruitment for its trials. (more...)
More than 1 million Georgians have cast votes for next week's primary More than 1 million Georgians have cast votes for next week's primary
- June 05, 2020

Ultimately, more than 1.8 million voters applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot, smashing expectations by state officials for the debut of the state's new vote-by-mail law and drawing warnings that many contest results would be delayed. You can find a list of early voting locations here. In Pennsylvania, 1.8 million voters requested mail-in ballots, with 1.3 million returned by election day. (more...)
Having this blood type makes you more susceptible to infection Having this blood type makes you more susceptible to infection
- June 05, 2020

Patients with high blood pressure are at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19, particularly if they are not taking any medication to control the condition, a new study involving Irish researchers has found. The researchers point out that it is too early to make clinical recommendations based on what they have observed in the hospital, and that further randomized controlled clinical trials are needed to investigate further. (more...)
1 metre distancing could pave way for hospitality to unlock 1 metre distancing could pave way for hospitality to unlock
- June 05, 2020

The research also suggested that use of protective eyewear could greatly reduce infection risk. However, it says, none of these interventions provides complete protection from infection and some of the findings around face masks and eye protection are supported by low-certainty evidence, with no completed randomised trials addressing Covid-19 for these interventions. (more...)
When did Grant Shapps announce for face masks to become mandatory When did Grant Shapps announce for face masks to become mandatory
- June 05, 2020

At the daily press briefing, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that from June 15, face coverings will be mandatory for people on public transport in England. He said new research suggested fabric masks should consist of "at least three layers of different material" in order to be effective. He said: "I can not say this clearly enough: masks alone will not protect you from Covid-19". (more...)
TikTok apologizes after being accused of censoring posts reading #BlackLivesMatter TikTok apologizes after being accused of censoring posts reading #BlackLivesMatter
- June 05, 2020

Are you here for these steps that TikTok is taking? "This expression is often joyful, but our community is going through a time of particularly deep anguish and even outrage, and much of the content on the app this week clearly reflects those experiences", said TikTok's Pappas in a statement . (more...)
UK PM urges funding, global cooperation in virtual Global Vaccine Summit UK PM urges funding, global cooperation in virtual Global Vaccine Summit
- June 05, 2020

He said AstraZeneca would make no profit from the supply of the vaccine, adding: "We felt that there are times in life that corporations need to step up and contribute to resolving a big problem like this one, so chose to do it at no profit". (more...)
No new COVID-19 cases in H-N No new COVID-19 cases in H-N
- June 05, 2020

Miranda revealed details about the Scotlynn Group outbreak at a review board hearing Monday of an appeal of a Haldimand-Norfolk health unit order limiting the number of migrant workers in bunkhouses to three during their mandatory 14-day quarantine after they arrive in Canada. (more...)
Inovio files suit against COVID-19 vaccine partner VGXI Inovio files suit against COVID-19 vaccine partner VGXI
- June 05, 2020

Preparations at national and global sites are already underway, he said. Per Dr. Fauci, response longevity is a point of concern because the duration of protection upon recovery from the most benign coronaviruses has just been around 1-2 years, as opposed to other infections that are associated with at least 15-20 years of protection. (more...)
COVID-19 both respiratory and a blood infection? COVID-19 both respiratory and a blood infection?
- June 05, 2020

The team collaborated with a team in China and have analysed data from 2,866 patients with Covid-19, who were admitted to Huo Shen Shan hospital in Wuhan, China, between 5 February and 15 March 2020. Of the patients, which included eight men and six women, 50 percent did not know that they had the coronavirus while the rest were already being treated for symptoms of the disease. (more...)
Finnish gov't not issuing specific face mask use guidelines Finnish gov't not issuing specific face mask use guidelines
- June 05, 2020

They say that according to the best evidence, reusable masks perform most of the tasks of single-use masks without the associated waste stream. You can also choose Checks And Stripes Masks in muted checks and stripes which are ideal to wear to work. (more...)
Qld apologises to family of 'virus' man Qld apologises to family of 'virus' man
- June 05, 2020

Mr Turner had not left Blackwater in the Central Highlands since February, and testing clinics have been set up since his death to determine if there has been local transmission of the virus. "I know it's been incredibly distressing for them". In trying to explain Mr Turner's contradictory tests Dr Young said it was extremely rare for there to be a false positive test. (more...)
Fauci Hoping 'Couple of Hundred Million' Vaccine Doses Available in 2021 Fauci Hoping 'Couple of Hundred Million' Vaccine Doses Available in 2021
- June 05, 2020

But in some USA communities, anti-vaccine sentiment runs so high that a year ago, more than 1,200 people contracted measles, a disease that's preventable with a vaccine. That's somewhat less optimistic than what Dr. Anthony Fauci , director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Wednesday. (more...)
Widely-Touted Study Warning of Hydroxychloroquine Complications Under Scrutiny for Faking Data Widely-Touted Study Warning of Hydroxychloroquine Complications Under Scrutiny for Faking Data
- June 05, 2020

The US Food and Drug Administration cautioned in late April against the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with heart disease due to an increased risk of unsafe cardiac rhythm problems. "After high-risk or moderate-risk exposure to COVID-19, HCQ did not prevent illness compatible with COVID-19, or confirmed infection when used as postexposure prophylaxis within four days after exposure", the scientists concluded in the study. (more...)
Gilead's Remdesivir Shows Promise in Leaked Data from COVID-19 Trial Gilead's Remdesivir Shows Promise in Leaked Data from COVID-19 Trial
- June 05, 2020

An anitiviral medicine produced by Gilead Sciences of the U.S. has had positive results on patients with extreme forms of Covid-19, raising hopes that a treatment for the disease could be close. "Overall, patients are doing well and have made recoveries, even the sickest of the sick". He received oxygen and agreed to be included in the remdesivir study. (more...)
45th COVID-19 case diagnosed in county 45th COVID-19 case diagnosed in county
- June 05, 2020

The new cases include a woman in her 30s and man in his 40s. The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 372 new confirmed cases Tuesday with three of them in Benton County and seven of the in Stearns County. In Miami County, there have been 362 positive cases with 52 hospitalizations. In Darke County, 184 positive cases have been recorded with 20 hospitalizations. (more...)
Most of Virginia to enter phase two Friday Most of Virginia to enter phase two Friday
- June 05, 2020

Museums, zoos, botanical gardens and some outdoor entertainment venues can also reopen under some restrictions. Northern Virginia and Richmond will remain in phase one . "Virginians have all sacrificed to help contain the spread of this disease, and we must remain vigilant as we take steps to slowly lift restrictions in our commonwealth". (more...)
Coronavirus: Ibuprofen tested as a treatment Coronavirus: Ibuprofen tested as a treatment
- June 04, 2020

It is hoped that the trial can find a way to shorten hospital stays. Aside from ibuprofen , another medicine that was believed to ease the pain for coronavirus patients is paracetamol . "If successful, the global public health value of this trial result would be vast given the low cost and availability of this medicine", said Matthew Hotopf, a director of NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre. (more...)
DR Congo reports new Ebola case DR Congo reports new Ebola case
- June 04, 2020

Thirty-three people died when the area was hit by Ebola between May and July of 2018. The country is also facing a measles outbreak which has killed more than 6,000 people since early a year ago, as well as recurring flare-ups of cholera and malaria. (more...)

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