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CDC No Longer Recommends Testing for Suspected Coronavirus Exposure CDC No Longer Recommends Testing for Suspected Coronavirus Exposure
- August 26, 2020

The update is a reversal from its original recommendation that testing was appropriate for anyone suspected of being exposed to the virus even if they were asymptomatic. "One wonders why these guidelines were changed - is it to justify continued deficit of testing?" According to one study , roughly 50% of so-called "transmission events" derive from people not experiencing symptoms . (more...)
University of Queensland coronavirus vaccine shows 'positive indications' in pre-clinical trials University of Queensland coronavirus vaccine shows 'positive indications' in pre-clinical trials
- August 26, 2020

The news comes as the University of Oxford revealed that its trials of a potential vaccine against COVID-19 being developed with AstraZeneca could be put before regulators this year if scientists are able to gather enough data. Last month, Moderna started a phase III large-scale trial testing the safety and efficacy of its immunization in 30,000 people. "I think what we should all be aiming for is complete eradication of this virus around the globe through social distancing, contact tracing ... (more...)
China approves human testing for coronavirus vaccine grown in Insect cells China approves human testing for coronavirus vaccine grown in Insect cells
- August 26, 2020

Nine vaccines are now part of the Covax portfolio, while discussions were ongoing with four other producers, Dr Tedros said . "It is especially exciting that the clinical trial will test giving the vaccine through people's skin using a device without any needles as together with stable DNA vaccine technology this could be a major breakthrough in being able to give a future vaccine to huge numbers of people across the world". (more...)
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in St. Marys: public health
- August 26, 2020

In a press release, Toronto Public Health (TPH) said an adult resident contracted the virus. "The second positive mosquito report serves as a reminder that (West Nile Virus) is present in our communities, and it is important to reduce your risk of exposure to mosquitoes and protect yourself against bites". (more...)
COVID-19 numbers holding steady in San Diego County
- August 26, 2020

The 58 new cases include one epidemiologically linked case, meaning the patient was presumed to have the virus though no COVID-19 test was administered. View more data from the ODH on their COVID-19 dashboard here . Six of the new cases are in Brookings County. As of Monday, 213 Shelby County residents have recovered, 105 have not recovered, and four people have died. (more...)
Kazakhstan Secures Supplies of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Kazakhstan Secures Supplies of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate
- August 26, 2020

Russian Federation claims to have developed the world's first COVID-19 vaccine, which works "quite effectively" and forms a "stable immunity" against the infection. "They (Russian government officials) have shared some information and data on Sputnik V , while more data related to the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is awaited", the source said. (more...)
Africa declared free of wild poliovirus Africa declared free of wild poliovirus
- August 26, 2020

Even as Africa grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the continent has eradicated another disease: the wild polio virus. In 1996, when the case count on the continent regularly reached 75,000 victims every year, South African President Nelson Mandela partnered with Rotary to launch the "Kick Polio Out of Africa" Campaign, and the group scrambled fast-or as fast as was possible with so many children to vaccinate on so vast a land mass. (more...)
Coronavirus: Hong Kong Researcher Finds First Possible Case of Reinfection After Treatment Coronavirus: Hong Kong Researcher Finds First Possible Case of Reinfection After Treatment
- August 26, 2020

Speaking to reporters virtually Tuesday from Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said it was important the event was documented and confirmed. "Recent published work on people naturally infected with the virus have shown their antibody levels start to fall soon after and 20 per cent of people infected have baseline antibody levels after two months". (more...)
CDC Removes 14-Day Quarantine Recommendation When Returning From Travels CDC Removes 14-Day Quarantine Recommendation When Returning From Travels
- August 25, 2020

It does offer a warning for those who return home from their travels. The CDC also cautions that traveling increases your risk of both contracting and spreading the virus. "You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels". Travel requirements may vary between locations. "Without a test, a 14-day quarantine seems reasonable" to prevent the spread of the virus. (more...)
BC health officials report 269 new coronavirus cases since Friday BC health officials report 269 new coronavirus cases since Friday
- August 25, 2020

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) receives fatality figures from the Office of Vital Statistics and death certificate reporting and that will be the only reporting available regarding local COVID-19 related deaths. Sunday saw 81 and Monday another 79 test positives. The number of active cases dropped by 19, to 1,656, after four straight record days. Schools are expected to reopen in B.C. (more...)
Three new COVID-19 cases, one hotel quarantine Three new COVID-19 cases, one hotel quarantine
- August 25, 2020

NSW Police on Sunday fined the second security guard, saying he was tested on Thursday afternoon but then immediately visited Westfield Burwood to shop. "This region is key to breaking the back of this wave of transmission and high testing rates in people with symptoms is crucial to stopping community transmission", Berejiklian said in a statement . (more...)
Hamilton County reports 5 new Covid-19 deaths
- August 25, 2020

The Laurel County Health Department has reported a total of 505 cases, including: 359 recovered cases, and 141 active cases, of which nine are now hospitalized. "This emergency measure gives schools the instructions they need to correctly report cases as we head further into the new academic year", said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. (more...)
New COVID-19 case confirmed in health care worker from Renfrew
- August 25, 2020

Meanwhile, active cases have climbed to 913 in the province. According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, there are now 38,401 cases and 426 deaths statewide. Monday's update covered three reporting periods, with the first, from Friday to Saturday, setting a record with 109 new cases. People between the ages of 40 and 59 make up just under 35% of the cases. (more...)
Second security guard among four new NSW COVID-19 cases
- August 25, 2020

On Friday afternoon he was contacted by NSW Health who asked him to go to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as his results were inconclusive and he needed to be retested. The role security guards play in hotel quarantine is too important. "We can not continue to see breaches and problems happening with our last line of defence", he said. (more...)
Children 12 and up should wear masks, says WHO Children 12 and up should wear masks, says WHO
- August 25, 2020

World Health Organization said the current evidence suggests virus cases reported from kids stemmed mostly from transmission within households and that "documented transmission among children and staff within educational settings is limited". (more...)
49 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Monday 49 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Monday
- August 25, 2020

Each week, the province releases a weekly epidemiology report that includes reconciled that, which is more accurate, and lags behind the current numbers by one week. The government reports no active cases in the Northern health region, where all three previous recorded cases of the virus have been resolved. This has caused a small reallocation of case counts amongst the province's five health regions. (more...)
COVID-19 updates: Over 71K cases in Washington state COVID-19 updates: Over 71K cases in Washington state
- August 25, 2020

Meanwhile, 2594 people across B.C. have been ordered to self-isolate due to possible exposure to the virus. Health officials in British Columbia identified another 269 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, pushing the province's combined total well past the 5,000 mark. (more...)
Donald Trump to announce emergency COVID-19 plasma treatment Donald Trump to announce emergency COVID-19 plasma treatment
- August 25, 2020

The problem is that no one is sure whether convalescent plasma works. A patient has "convalesced" when they recover from an infection. President Trump has joined the panic prescription response to Covid. the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product", FDA said in a statement . South Korean pharmaceutical and biotech stocks rallied Monday on the news that the U.S. (more...)
Falwell says he faced Falwell says he faced "emotional toll" after wife’s affair
- August 25, 2020

Mr. Falwell had been put on paid leave as leader of the evangelical university, founded by his famous father, on August 7 after posting an Instagram photo of himself with his arm around another woman at a party. Falwell paid an undisclosed sum previous year as part of an out-of-court settlement over his unlikely business relationship with a pool boy, after a dispute over his investment in a gay-friendly youth hostel. (more...)
Victoria documents 116 brand new coronavirus instances, 15 more deaths Victoria documents 116 brand new coronavirus instances, 15 more deaths
- August 25, 2020

It's nothing more than a recognition that this virus won't be over on the 13th of September. "This is not an extension of power, these are the same rules". "And then we'll have the ability to start the procedure of opening". Electrician Jarrod Fox, also the father of a two-year-old son, died at work last week and despite pleas from his family, authorities were adamant that there could be no change to the 10-person limit. (more...)

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