Health


SLO businesses respond to CDC's reduced quarantine guidance SLO businesses respond to CDC's reduced quarantine guidance
- December 03, 2020

For people who are closely monitoring their symptoms, who take a test five days after the known exposure - or 48 hours before the end of day seven of the quarantine period - and get a negative result, the quarantine period can end after seven days. (more...)
Starbucks is giving front-line workers free coffee all December Starbucks is giving front-line workers free coffee all December
- December 03, 2020

The offer is reportedly available to nurses, doctors, paramedics, hospital workers, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, mental health workers, firefighters, police officers and those who are active in military. The Starbucks Foundation has donated over $1 million to support front-line responders since March, including personal protective equipment, essential medical items, care packages and more . (more...)
B.C. reports 16 more COVID-19 deaths, adds 656 new cases B.C. reports 16 more COVID-19 deaths, adds 656 new cases
- December 03, 2020

As a warning, she gave the story of an "old timers'" hockey team from the Interior that travelled to Alberta recently. "I can tell you it was several dozen families that were affected, several businesses, long-term care that was affected". (more...)
US Surpasses 100,000 Coronavirus Hospitalizations : Coronavirus Updates US Surpasses 100,000 Coronavirus Hospitalizations : Coronavirus Updates
- December 03, 2020

The study aims to determine if SARS-CoV-2 reactive antibodies were present in sera prior to the first identified case in the United States on January 19 this year. He also notes that even if these results show actual COVID-19 infections, the researchers cannot determine where the participants acquired the infection-some blood donors could have recently traveled to China and became infected there, for example. (more...)
Coronavirus vaccine: Prioritising who gets game-changing jab 'incredibly difficult' Coronavirus vaccine: Prioritising who gets game-changing jab 'incredibly difficult'
- December 03, 2020

He said that in developing the vaccine, scientists had performed "biological jujitsu" by turning the virus on itself. "Help is on the way", said British Health Secretary Matt Hancock . "We are on track for first vaccinations, beginning with our health workers and our aged care residents, subject to approvals in March". Dr June Raine, head of the regulator which approved the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, said "no corners have been cut" in assessing its safety. (more...)
Vanderbilt Bringing Sarah Fuller Back To Play Against Georgia Bulldogs Vanderbilt Bringing Sarah Fuller Back To Play Against Georgia Bulldogs
- December 03, 2020

Vanderbilt called on Fuller to try out last Monday after numerous team's specialists had to be quarantined because of COVID-19 testing. Fuller had a 0.97 goals against average this season, a mark that ranks eighth in program history. Fuller became just the third woman to appear in an FBS game, joining Katie Hnida of New Mexico and April Goss of Kent State. On Sunday, Fuller was planning to attend that day's meetings and said, "I'm sticking around until someone tells me to go". (more...)
Lung damage found in COVID-19 patients months after infection Lung damage found in COVID-19 patients months after infection
- December 03, 2020

Jim Wild, Professor of Magnetic Resonance Physics at the University of Sheffield and Fergus Gleeson, Professor of Radiology at the University of Oxford, are investigating possible reasons for patients remaining short of breath following treatment for Covid-19 pneumonia, even after they have been discharged from hospital. (more...)
India's active COVID-19 caseload drops to 428644 India's active COVID-19 caseload drops to 428644
- December 03, 2020

Henry. "We continue to see the impact of this virus on our communities, but on our health care system, and in particular on our seniors and elders in long term care". She described it as a "cautionary tale". The outbreaks at Holy Family Hospital and Jackman Manor are over. "I think it is all our responsibility to each other about whether what we're doing is for our own needs and recreation or whether we can postpone this travel". (more...)
COVID found in USA weeks before China reported first case in 2019 COVID found in USA weeks before China reported first case in 2019
- December 03, 2020

To determine if SARS-CoV-2 reactive antibodies were present in sera prior to the first identified case in the USA on January 19, 2020, residual archived samples from 7,389 routine blood donations collected by the American Red Cross from December 13, 2019 to January 17, 2020, from donors resident in nine states (California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin) were tested at CDC for anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. (more...)
Care home residents top the list for newly approved Covid-19 jab Care home residents top the list for newly approved Covid-19 jab
- December 02, 2020

Moderna has also asked the British drug regulator to consider a similar application to the one it approved for Pfizer and BioNTech. Other vaccines expected to come on stream soon include ones from Moderna and AstraZeneca/Oxford University. (more...)
CDC set to reduce recommended length of COVID-19 quarantine CDC set to reduce recommended length of COVID-19 quarantine
- December 02, 2020

The findings suggest that SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been present in the United States in December 2019, earlier than previously recognized, the authors wrote in the study. The CDC still recommends the 14-day quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19, calling the shorter options alternatives it hopes will increase compliance, CDC officials told reporters on a conference call. (more...)
United Kingdom becomes first country to approve Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine United Kingdom becomes first country to approve Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine
- December 02, 2020

Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, Mr Johnson said the decision to approve the Pfizer jab by regulator MHRA came amid "immense logistical challenges" in getting doses to vulnerable groups. But experts caution that a vaccine cleared for emergency use is still experimental and the final testing must be completed. Now comes the next big hurdle-distribution. (more...)
Nurse's TikTok COVID Video May Cost Her a Job Nurse's TikTok COVID Video May Cost Her a Job
- December 02, 2020

One person wrote: "Ashley Grames should have her nursing license revoked for bragging about not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing while being an oncology nurse - exposing some of the most immunocompromised people is absolutely disgusting and embarrassing behavior for a medical professional". (more...)
UK Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Widespread Use Next Week UK Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Widespread Use Next Week
- December 02, 2020

The shot is expected to be available from next week. Although the vaccine needs to be stored at -70C, it can be kept for five days at 2C to 8C, which would make transportation to vaccination sites easier, said Munir Pirmohamed, chair of Commission on Human Medicine's expert working group which, alongside the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) assessed the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. (more...)
Province Confirms 1746 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning Province Confirms 1746 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning
- December 02, 2020

It would make sense to inoculate health-care workers in long-term-care homes while also vaccinating the vulnerable residents, he said. The rolling seven-day average of new cases in Ontario has been steadily climbing over the past month and is now 1,719, up from 1,389 just one week ago. (more...)
Matt Hancock reveals step grandfather died with Covid-19 Matt Hancock reveals step grandfather died with Covid-19
- December 02, 2020

Mr Hancock added: "This year there's been far fewer respiratory and other communicable diseases turning up in the NHS". "We can't afford to take our foot off the throat of the beast, to take our foot off the gas". But he added: "I am disappointed MPs, journalists and the public have been given so little time to digest information of this magnitude". The recent study by Imperial College London finds corona cases dropped 30% over course of the second nationwide lockdown. (more...)
Baby Born With Coronavirus Antibodies in Singapore, Could Revolutionize Fight Against Pandemic Baby Born With Coronavirus Antibodies in Singapore, Could Revolutionize Fight Against Pandemic
- December 02, 2020

The National University Hospital, another hospital involved, said the study aims looks at the effects of Covid-19 on pregnant women, their foetus and outcomes after delivery. In some ways, this is expected, since IgG antibodies against other bacteria and viruses are known to protect fetuses and newborns against infectious diseases, Madden told Insider. (more...)
Alcohol ban for pubs and restaurants in Wales from Friday Alcohol ban for pubs and restaurants in Wales from Friday
- December 02, 2020

Pubs, restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen with a 10pm closing time following the lifting of the restrictions. "Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close by 6pm and will not be allowed to serve alcohol". "We've been looking at the restrictions in England and been arguing that the evidence that's been presented is completely unconvincing that pubs, and indeed pubs that are serving alcohol, are responsible for spreading the virus". (more...)
World Health Organization says Mexico in 'bad shape' on coronavirus, sees 'serious problem' World Health Organization says Mexico in 'bad shape' on coronavirus, sees 'serious problem'
- December 02, 2020

As per the annual estimate, the global level of malaria cases in 2019 was 2.29 crore and this estimate has been nearly unchanged in the last four years. Malaria deaths in India declined from about 29,500 in 2000 to about 7,700 past year, the report said. More than 90 percent of the disease burden is in Africa. (more...)
USA vaccine makers apply for conditional use in EU USA vaccine makers apply for conditional use in EU
- December 02, 2020

It means the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the world's first coronavirus shot backed by rigorous science. Yesterday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it would hold an extraordinary meeting on 29 December "at the latest" to consider emergency approval for the vaccine. (more...)

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