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Maryland reports South African COVID-19 variant in Baltimore area Maryland reports South African COVID-19 variant in Baltimore area
- January 31, 2021

J&J Chief Scientific Officer Dr Paul Stoffels said he suspects a type of immune system reaction called a T-cell response is playing a protective role and may be helping to prevent severe disease. Some studies have suggested the variant may be able to evade antibodies produced by the body. Three-hundred-and-eighteen people succumbed to the virus in the past day, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country to 43,951. (more...)
New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies
- January 31, 2021

Biden restored USA funding for foreign nongovernmental groups that give information to women about abortions , and also opened a special three-month enrollment period for uninsured Americans who now want to buy health insurance, as well as for those who lost their coverage because of the coronavirus pandemic. (more...)
Covid-19: UK records 23,275 new coronavirus cases, 1,200 deaths Covid-19: UK records 23,275 new coronavirus cases, 1,200 deaths
- January 31, 2021

A UK-based epidemiologist has been coming across many COVID patients with oral problems, such as tongue enlargement and discoloration. The list of new coronavirus warning signs continues to grow. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, told ABC News. Schaffner has not seen cases of "covid language", but he has heard of it. (more...)
Should you double up on your face masks? Experts weigh in Should you double up on your face masks? Experts weigh in
- January 31, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and chief medical adviser to the president, has said it makes sense to double up on masks . And more experts are encouraging people to buy KN95 masks or other medical-grade masks, as uncertainty about the new variants grows. He says wearing two of the disposable surgeons masks you often see could result in you drawing in more air from the sides, which means you might not be increasing your own ... (more...)
J&J single-shot Covid-19 vaccine shows 66% efficacy overall J&J single-shot Covid-19 vaccine shows 66% efficacy overall
- January 31, 2021

The results will raise questions about how highly-effective vaccines from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech, and Moderna Inc will do against new variants. Those trials, however, were conducted mainly in the USA and before new variants emerged. It has already been approved in the UK, Europe and many countries based on results of a separate trial. Efficacy of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine in the United States, part of a large trial of almost 44,000 volunteers across three continents. (more...)
CDC Issues Mask Mandate for Public Transportation and Planes in U.S. CDC Issues Mask Mandate for Public Transportation and Planes in U.S.
- January 30, 2021

It states passengers on airplanes, trains, buses, subways, ships, ferries, taxis and ride-shares must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while getting on such vehicles, during the ride and while getting off. Federal agencies must submit plans no later than Friday to enforce a separate Biden order requiring masks in all federal building and on all federal lands. (more...)
Johnson & Johnson: Vaccine 66% effective Johnson & Johnson: Vaccine 66% effective
- January 30, 2021

The vaccine appears to maintain its protective ability across population groups and regions, including at a study site in Africa, where many infections are due to a new South African variant of the coronavirus. In the J&J trial, which was conducted in eight countries, 44% of participants were from the United States, 41% were from Central and South America and 15% were from South Africa. (more...)
Ontario announces plan to contain COVID-19 variants
- January 30, 2021

Any travellers refusing to be tested will be subject to a fine of at least $750. There have been 51 cases of the United Kingdom variant confirmed, but suspected cases are still undergoing whole genome sequencing testing. The government had promised last summer that a program to test asymptomatic high school students would be introduced when schools reopened, but that never happened. (more...)
Level 5 restrictions extended until March 5 Level 5 restrictions extended until March 5
- January 30, 2021

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until March 5. . It is unlikely any decision will be taken on schools today. Those quarantining at home can continue to exit the 14-day period early with a negative test for the virus on Day 5 or later. Due to Ireland's border with Northern Ireland, which can not be completely sealed, a "zero-Covid" strategy - which means eliminating the spread of infection between people in Ireland and putting in ... (more...)
Swiss drugmaker Novartis to help make Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Swiss drugmaker Novartis to help make Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- January 30, 2021

Canada has made deals to buy more doses per capita than any other nation, but only two vaccines have so far been approved by the regulator - Pfizer's and Moderna Inc's. "Pfizer is very much aware of that and will. scale up their number (of deliveries) if that is what is required", Fortin said. While the Pfizer vaccines have been delayed, Trudeau said shipment of the Moderna vaccine remains on schedule. (more...)
Highly Contagious South African Coronavirus Variant Found in SC
- January 30, 2021

Earlier this week, Minnesota health officials confirmed the first Covid-19 case caused by P.1, a variant first identified in Brazil. The announcement Thursday means that three coronavirus variants that appear to be more contagious and have emerged in recent months have all been documented in the United States. (more...)
Partygoers fined for flouting COVID-19 rules on Thai island Partygoers fined for flouting COVID-19 rules on Thai island
- January 30, 2021

The new order, which allows restaurants to serve indoor dining for two more hours compared to the previous one, is set to take effect on February 1, Taweesin said. 11 of the cases in the province were found in the last month as the country experienced an increase in cases. He said police had tracked the party plans on social media, where the bar was promoting the event to celebrate its fifth anniversary. (more...)
Ontario to begin testing all incoming foreign travellers for coronavirus
- January 30, 2021

Any worldwide travellers refusing to take the mandatory tests will face fines of $750. This announcement by the province comes on the heels of the federal government's announcement that mandatory COVID-19 screening for non-essential travellers will apply at Canada-U.S. (more...)
State AG report: NY undercounted COVID deaths in nursing homes State AG report: NY undercounted COVID deaths in nursing homes
- January 29, 2021

The large discrepancies in nursing home fatality data became apparent when the prosecutor's office investigated a sampling of 62 nursing homes and found more fatalities than had been reported to the Department of Health, according to the report . (more...)
Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 3.51 mln: Africa CDC Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 3.51 mln: Africa CDC
- January 29, 2021

Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation said in a statement. The World Health Organization warns COVID-19 fatigue in Africa has the potential to drive and produce subsequent new waves of this deadly infectious disease. Moderna , the maker of the other coronavirus vaccine authorized in the United States, said this week its COVID-19 vaccine created antibodies that neutralized the coronavirus variants first found in the United Kingdom and South Africa, and it planned to test a booster ... (more...)
SC sees first USA cases of South Africa coronavirus variant
- January 29, 2021

DHEC's Public Health Laboratory found the other case. This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health taken with a scanning electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab, SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19, the virus shown was isolated from a patient in the US. (more...)
Should Canada revise mask recommendations in light of new COVID-19 variants? Should Canada revise mask recommendations in light of new COVID-19 variants?
- January 29, 2021

The most effective fabrics for cloth masks are tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends, breathable, two or three fabric layers. An N95 mask filters 95% of airborne particles and, if worn correctly, it is the gold standard, but it is not recommended for the average person because there is a shortage and comes with some requirements to make them work. (more...)
Spanish drug nearly completely reduces Covid viral load Spanish drug nearly completely reduces Covid viral load
- January 29, 2021

Dr. Krogan and his colleagues have been testing existing drugs to see if they can be repurposed to be used to treat the coronavirus. Through the use of a drug-resistant mutant, these researchers show that the antiviral activity of plitidepsin against SARS-CoV-2 is mediated by inhibiting the known target eEF1A. (more...)
Sydney's Covid-19 Restrictions Will Be Relaxed From Friday Morning Sydney's Covid-19 Restrictions Will Be Relaxed From Friday Morning
- January 29, 2021

Ms Palaszczuk said 1.2 million vehicles had been processed at the state's borders during the past year. The Premier said, in her view, the states and territories had now refined their systems to the point where interstate travel was more streamlined, in light of outbreaks. (more...)
Vietnam reports more locally transmitted COVID-19 cases Vietnam reports more locally transmitted COVID-19 cases
- January 29, 2021

The other case is a factory worker who came into contact with a Vietnamese national who later travelled to Japan and tested positive there for the new United Kingdom variant of the virus, which has been determined to be much more easily transmissible. (more...)

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