Health


Provincial government outlines requirements for masks at BC schools Provincial government outlines requirements for masks at BC schools
- August 19, 2020

A ministry news release says students and staff will still have to physically distance from people outside their designated learning group, even if they are wearing a mask. "Schools will also ensure non-medical masks are available for staff if someone should become ill while at school". The provincial government said students in Grades 4 to 12 would need to wear masks in indoor settings. (more...)
Ireland at 'tipping point' as COVID-19 cases rise Ireland at 'tipping point' as COVID-19 cases rise
- August 19, 2020

Over 70s are being encouraged to limit their social interactions to a small group of people, and to only shop during designated hours in supermarkets. "We're adding more protections for people in nursing homes , and we're working on new measures regarding tourist trips from high-risk countries". While the number of hospitalisations has only risen slightly, with eight confirmed cases in intensive care, just 33 - or 8% - of the country's public critical care beds were empty as of Monday, the ... (more...)
Australia locks in virus vaccine deal as new cases ease Australia locks in virus vaccine deal as new cases ease
- August 19, 2020

USA biotech Novavax said Monday it's proceeding with a second-stage clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in South Africa. "If it does work and it's 80 to 90% effective, then absolutely it will be a game changer", Sutton said, although he cautioned that broad testing was still at a preliminary stage. (more...)
Democrats formally nominate Biden for president on day two of party’s convention Democrats formally nominate Biden for president on day two of party’s convention
- August 19, 2020

The centrepiece of yesterday's online spectacle was a roll call vote to officially nominate Joe Biden for president. Powell devoted the latter half of his speech to further castigate President Trump , saying the country is " divided " with " a president doing everything in his power to make it that way, and keep it that way ". (more...)
Herd Immunity Requires Effective Vaccine Herd Immunity Requires Effective Vaccine
- August 19, 2020

WHO's chief of emergency affairs physician Michael Ryan rejected a principle on Tuesday at a press convention, saying that we must always not sit within the hope of reaching mass immunity. But he said: "On average, for the whole of NY, it's 40 percent". Professor Sunetra Gupta, a theoretical epidemiologist at Oxford University, also believes London and NY may have already reached herd immunity. (more...)
Kareena Kapoor opens up about parenting son Taimur Ali Khan Kareena Kapoor opens up about parenting son Taimur Ali Khan
- August 19, 2020

The actress shared a video yesterday on hubby Saif Ali Khan's 50th birthday. Kareena is someone who believes in balancing her personal and professional life perfectly and she has no qualms in accepting that she prioritizes her family over everything else. (more...)
Democrats launch a very unconventional convention Democrats launch a very unconventional convention
- August 19, 2020

Mr Carter added that during these uncertain times, Joe Biden realises that many American lives can be saved each day with the use of masks and testing, as recommended by our medical experts. A record number of women, including Harris, sought this year's Democratic presidential nomination. "It's Donald Trump's 'Us vs". Oshkosh, where Trump was speaking, is about a 90-minute drive north of the Milwaukee arena where Democrats had meant to gather in a sign of eagerness to win back ... (more...)
Mnuchin Rejects $2 Trillion Stimulus Offer From Democrats: 'That's a Non-Starter' Mnuchin Rejects $2 Trillion Stimulus Offer From Democrats: 'That's a Non-Starter'
- August 19, 2020

Washington talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money are teetering on the brink of collapse after a marathon meeting in the Capitol generated lots of recriminations but little progress on the top issues confronting negotiators. "I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the relief they need", Trump told reporters in the golf club's ballroom, where a crowd of guests also gathered without wearing face masks. (more...)
Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal as new cases ease Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal as new cases ease
- August 19, 2020

Australia's second wave of COVID-19 cases has been led by the state of Victoria during the last month or so, and on Tuesday, Australia recorded 226 new cases, with this being the lowest since July 18, when 212 were recorded. Just five cases are linked to state-run aged care, while 2045 cases are in private-sector facilities, which are regulated by the federal government. (more...)
10 times deadly coronavirus found in Malaysia
- August 19, 2020

D614G mutation was found to be present in three of the 45 cases of infection which has spread from a restaurant owner as a single source. The report comes a day after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that quarantine measures tightened in early August as infection rates soared would be eased again in Manila and neighboring provinces, including Quezon City, starting Wednesday. (more...)
Donald Trump Reacts To Michelle Obama’s Speech: Donald Trump Reacts To Michelle Obama’s Speech: "Very Divisive"
- August 19, 2020

He said that after he met Dr Biden, "she put us back together, she gave me back my life". Dr Biden, who has worked in education for years, addressed the convention from a classroom, noting the concerns of parents across the USA as schools reopen despite rising cases of coronavirus. (more...)
Mosquitoes in Alliston test positive for West Nile virus Mosquitoes in Alliston test positive for West Nile virus
- August 19, 2020

In some people, West Nile fever can develop into a more serious form of the disease. West Nile virus is the most prevalent mosquito-borne disease in the USA and has been detected in CT every year since 1999. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station (CAES). None have turned up positive for West Nile in BC so far. (more...)
California reports first case of plague in five years California reports first case of plague in five years
- August 19, 2020

Their investigation was still in progress. South Lake Tahoe, a popular tourist destination, has signs posted in several areas warning people of the presence of plague. Symptoms of the plague include fever, nausea, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes and usually show up within two weeks of initial contact with an infected animal. (more...)
Six revelations in bombshell Senate intel report on 2016 Russian interference Six revelations in bombshell Senate intel report on 2016 Russian interference
- August 19, 2020

The Republican-led panel on Tuesday released its fifth and final report in its investigation into election interference. The report also concludes that Russian Federation intervened in the election to harm Hillary Clinton's campaign and help the campaign of Donald Trump . (more...)
California Health Officials on High Alert After Local Tests Positive for Plague California Health Officials on High Alert After Local Tests Positive for Plague
- August 19, 2020

A human case of plague was confirmed in California this week, marking the first time such an instance has occurred the Golden State in five years. Dogs and cats may also carry plague-infected fleas. Luckily, modern scientists can simply treat the notorious bacterial infection with antibiotics in most cases. (more...)
Possible Mail-In Voting Snag: Missing Postmarks Possible Mail-In Voting Snag: Missing Postmarks
- August 19, 2020

Congressman Scott says Congress will vote Saturday on legislation prohibiting the postal service from doing anything that will jeopardize the viability of the mail service. A bigger challenge will be printing the November ballot, he said, which can not be done until the September 1 results are determined. "A substantial number of attorneys general are very concerned about the undermining of the Postal Service going into the elections", Stein said. (more...)
World Health Organization warns people under 50 driving virus spread in Asia-Pacific World Health Organization warns people under 50 driving virus spread in Asia-Pacific
- August 18, 2020

The organisation added that most patients in the age brackets did not show symptoms, which could in turn continue to infect at-risk groups. This is "the phase where governments will need to deal with multiple increases or surges, but in a sustainable way", said Dr. (more...)
Walgreens offering flu vaccines amid coronavirus pandemic Walgreens offering flu vaccines amid coronavirus pandemic
- August 18, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ordered an additional 9.3M doses, far beyond its usual purchase of 500K, for uninsured people. Leonard Friedland, VP, Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Vaccines, GSK. Experts believe a record 98M flu shots will be given in the USA this year, up ~15% from last year. (more...)
Alberta updates COVID-19 numbers for August 17 Alberta updates COVID-19 numbers for August 17
- August 18, 2020

The previous record was on April 25, when 95 cases were confirmed within 24 hours. By specific health region, Gustafson said this equates to 1,419 known cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 2,425 in Fraser Health, 154 on Vancouver Island, 405 in Interior Health, 117 people in Northern Health, and 74 from those who reside outside the province. (more...)
United Kingdom to axe public health agency for COVID-19 response United Kingdom to axe public health agency for COVID-19 response
- August 18, 2020

Meanwhile PHE staff have received an apology from Mr Selbie. "The future arrangements for delivering everything else we do for the country including on health improvement and our corporate services will be worked through over the coming weeks and months and will, of course, include formal consultation and the proper HR processes to ensure this is handled transparently and fairly". (more...)

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