Health


Covid-19 testing boss blames booking problems on 'significant' rise in demand
- September 04, 2020

Results will inform how regular repeat community testing could be scaled up across the country. The second phase of a no-swab saliva test pilot is due to begin in Southampton this week. People contacted by the health service's Test and Trace programme in England must self-isolate for 14 days if they have been a recent contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, but they are not told to test unless they have symptoms. (more...)
WHO 'Strongly' Recommends Use Of Steroid To Treat Critical COVID Patients WHO 'Strongly' Recommends Use Of Steroid To Treat Critical COVID Patients
- September 04, 2020

Ground-breaking new research will change the treatment of Covid-19 patients in critical care around the world. The results were consistent across age, race and sex. He said that social distancing and wearing face masks "remain as important as ever". London-based Imperial College Healthcare said in a press release Wednesday the anti-inflammatory drug hydrocortisone will be used in Britain's National Health Service (NHS). (more...)
COVID-19 Antibodies May Last 4 Months COVID-19 Antibodies May Last 4 Months
- September 04, 2020

The new study was done by Reykjavik-based deCODE Genetics , a subsidiary of the U.S. biotech company Amgen, with several hospitals, universities and health officials in Iceland . Previous studies have noted that antibodies may fade in the weeks after a diagnosis and last for about 3 months. Even still, more research on coronavirus antibodies is needed, the Iceland researchers wrote. (more...)
U.S. says it will be ready for vaccine distribution by November
- September 04, 2020

Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are rapidly making preparations to implement large-scale distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the fall of 2020", the letter from CDC Director Robert Redfield, dated August 27, said. (more...)
US Covid vaccine could be available by November US Covid vaccine could be available by November
- September 04, 2020

What Happened: The two vaccines which the CDC is calling - Vaccine A and Vaccine B - will be distributed to health care workers and other persons falling in high-risk groups, according to the Times. "It is conceivable that you can have it by October, though I don't think that that's likely". The country's top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci earlier on Wednesday said on MSNBC that based on the patient enrolment rate in Covid-19 vaccine trials under way, there could be enough ... (more...)
UK: Steroid to reduce deaths in critical virus patients
- September 03, 2020

Hallie Prescott, professor of medicine at the University of MI, and Dr. Todd Rice, professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, in a JAMA editorial that accompanied the publication of the study. He said dexamethasone and hydrocortisone, which can be taken orally or intravenously, were "widely available, cheap, well understood drugs". Steroids should not be used prophylactically in people with less serious cases of COVID-19, since the very suppression of immune system action that helps ... (more...)
Arnold Schwarzenegger set for spy TV series Arnold Schwarzenegger set for spy TV series
- September 03, 2020

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger is all set to star in and executive produce a new spy series , which is in the works at Skydance Television . This would be Arnie's first major scripted TV role, not including his stint on Celebrity Apprentice in 2017. The studio (not to be confused with Skynet) also produced "Terminator Genisys" and 'Terminator: Dark Fate' . (more...)
Novel vaccine candidate shows promise against Covid-19, study finds Novel vaccine candidate shows promise against Covid-19, study finds
- September 03, 2020

The vaccine is now in multiple stage 2 clinical trials. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that the federal government has reached deals with US vaccine producers Novavax and Johnson & Johnson to secure sufficient quantities of their respective COVID-19 candidates to immunize every Canadian. (more...)
94% of US COVID-19 Deaths Involved Underlying Medical Conditions — CDC 94% of US COVID-19 Deaths Involved Underlying Medical Conditions — CDC
- September 03, 2020

President Trump tweeted out this information, which is directly stated on the CDC website, but Twitter took down the tweet, saying that it was false information. But such claims misrepresent the data. A death isn't excluded from the COVID-19 tally just because the person was obese or had diabetes or dementia. (more...)
Coronavirus vaccine could arrive in October, November; asks states to prepare — CDC Coronavirus vaccine could arrive in October, November; asks states to prepare — CDC
- September 03, 2020

When calculating how many people would get the vaccine inoculated in the first phase, the group assumed at least four COVID-19 testing trials backed by the U.S would fail. Several COVID-19 vaccines have already begun phase 3 clinical trials in the United States. The Liberal Democratic Party leader became a volunteer of major post-registration clinical trials of the vaccine, which has been developed by the Russian Health Ministry's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology, the party ... (more...)
U.S. media: CDC urging states to prepare for vaccine U.S. media: CDC urging states to prepare for vaccine
- September 03, 2020

Pandemic planning exercises have for years included recommendations that the federal government ready a distribution network while scientists work on a vaccine . "COVID-19 vaccination program plans must be flexible and accommodate multiple scenarios", it reads. "The COVID-19 vaccine landscape is evolving and uncertain, and these scenarios may evolve as more information is available", one of the scenario documents advises. (more...)
Antibodies can ward off Covid for at least four months Antibodies can ward off Covid for at least four months
- September 03, 2020

The company reported its phase-one trials were "well-tolerated" and elicited a strong antibody response. Novavax, which now has its treatment in phase two of clinical trials in order to determine efficacy and safety, announced the arrangement with Canada earlier Monday morning. (more...)
North Carolina to move into Phase 2.5 of reopening this week North Carolina to move into Phase 2.5 of reopening this week
- September 03, 2020

North Carolina will move into Safer at Home Phase 2.5 beginning this Friday at 5 pm. "In fact, a new phase is exactly when we need to take this virus even more seriously". Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen said officials "wanted to be more restrictive" than with restaurants or retail because gyms and fitness centers are places with a higher likelihood for the virus to spread. (more...)
USA won't join WHO-led effort for coronavirus vaccine USA won't join WHO-led effort for coronavirus vaccine
- September 03, 2020

The latest agreement builds on a number of supply deals Novavax has closed with other countries in recent weeks including last month's agreement with the United Kingdom for 60 million doses of NVX-CoV2373. These experimental vaccines are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, several experts have said. (more...)
We Could End Coronavirus Vaccine Trials, Distribute 'Right Now,' Says Fauci We Could End Coronavirus Vaccine Trials, Distribute 'Right Now,' Says Fauci
- September 03, 2020

CNN reported last week that CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield asked states to speed through permits for medical and pharmaceutical supplies company McKesson to help distribute any eventual coronavirus vaccine . In March, the FDA gave emergency authorization for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 after Trump repeatedly praised its use; the authorization had to be withdrawn in June after serious side effects emerged. (more...)
NYC delays reopening schools to September 21 NYC delays reopening schools to September 21
- September 03, 2020

On September 8th, educators return to school, and will collaborate to prepare for the school year. "The school instructional days were slated to begin September 10, we're going to hold that for a few days", de Blasio said. Over 360,000 students' families have opted for remote-only learning for their kids. According to the UFT, New York is the only big-city school system in the US that plans to reopen for in-person teaching in September. (more...)
World Health Organization releases warnings and guidelines for countries emerging from lockdown World Health Organization releases warnings and guidelines for countries emerging from lockdown
- September 02, 2020

We want to see children returning to school and people returning to the workplace - but we want to see it done safely. Washington: US President Donald Trump has said the Covid vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca has reached phase three clinical trials in the country. (more...)
Were 94 Percent of COVID-19 Deaths Caused by 'Underlying Conditions'? Were 94 Percent of COVID-19 Deaths Caused by 'Underlying Conditions'?
- September 02, 2020

As of Monday, the United States had the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus cases of any country in the world. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) classifying Jordan as a COVID-19 high-risk country, a health official has described the US's health protection agency's assessment as "biased and unreasonable". (more...)
Covid-19 may not happen twice Covid-19 may not happen twice
- September 02, 2020

During his first bout with the illness, he had a sore throat, cough, headache, nausea and diarrhea, researchers wrote in a preprint study published Thursday. The findings strongly suggested the patient was infected twice, with two slightly different versions of the coronavirus, rather than having a prolonged infection with a single virus. (more...)
‘Even face shield, N-95 mask together can’t stop coronavirus’ ‘Even face shield, N-95 mask together can’t stop coronavirus’
- September 02, 2020

Some might feel face shields and masks fitted with exhale valves are more comfortable, but the tradeoff is not worth it, judging from these results. We've covered the fashionable, but nearly entirely useless scarf-masks already, and while we've looked at valve masks and shared Seth's opinions on face shields before, we have even more compelling evidence that suggests these shouldn't be your first choice when deciding on your preferred PPE. (more...)

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