At least 10 vaccines are being tested in people across the globe, with the United States' top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, optimistically estimating we could have a viable vaccine by early 2021. While preliminary data on these vaccines has been encouraging, children have been excluded from early studies. Fauci told ABC News it's possible that studies in children might "catch up" to those in adults, if they are done correctly.
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Many of the 1.7 million Americans who've contracted coronavirus deal with lingering symptoms and a life unrecognizable from the one they had before.
Scientists have found 27 key proteins in the blood of people infected with COVID-19 which they say could act as predictive biomarkers for how ill a patient could become with the disease. In research published in the journal Cell Systems on Tuesday, scientists at Britain's Francis Crick Institute and Germany's Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin found the proteins are present in different levels in COVID-19 patients, depending on the severity of their symptoms. The markers could lead to the development of a test that would help doctors predict how ill a patient might get when infected with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, they said, and could also provide new targets for the development of potential treatments for the disease.
The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? “We are in essence doing a great experiment,” said Ralph Baric, a coronavirus expert at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, whose lab is testing several vaccine candidates in animals. The animal testing lets scientists see how the body reacts to vaccines in ways studies in people never can, said Kate Broderick, research chief at Inovio Pharmaceuticals.
Increased antibiotics use in combating the COVID-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization said Monday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a "worrying number" of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them. The UN health agency said it was concerned that the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis would further fuel the trend.
Greece is ready to welcome tourists from all over the world this summer but will be adhering to the advice of health experts to ensure it remains a safe destination in terms of the risk of coronavirus spread, the country’s tourism minister said Tuesday. The government imposed a lockdown early in Greece’s coronavirus outbreak, a move credited with holding infections to a level considerably lower than many other parts of Europe.
Countries around the world continue easing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and regaining a bit of what life was like before the outbreak. In Paris, sidewalk cafes are open for outdoor business — albeit with appropriate social distancing guidelines. — CHINA-WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: While the WHO publicly praised China in January for its speedy response to the then-new coronavirus, the health group was frustrated behind the scenes by China's delays in sharing information needed to fight the spread of the virus, The Associated Press has found.
Lax FDA oversight spurred a nascent industry of antibody test makers, with companies jockeying to cash in, a USA TODAY investigation found.
People in Britain from ethnic minorities have died in larger relative numbers with COVID-19 than their white compatriots, according to a study by British health authorities published Tuesday. The Public Health England study found that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had about twice the risk of death of white Britons. It also found that “accounting for the effect of sex, age, deprivation and region ... People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other Asian, Caribbean and Other Black ethnicity had between 10 and 50% higher risk of death when compared to White British.”
Electronic health records have largely replaced written medical records to reduce human error that could result in patient injury or death.
The WHO publicly said China's quick work sharing data on the virus was "beyond words." But behind the scenes, officials complained of delays.
France is rolling out an official coronavirus contact-tracing app aimed at containing fresh outbreaks as lockdown restrictions gradually ease, becoming the first major European country to deploy the smartphone technology amid simmering debate over privacy fears. The French will able to download the StopCovid app on their Google Android devices and Apple iPhones starting Tuesday, the same day they'll once again be allowed to go to restaurants and cafes, parks and beaches and museums and monuments. Neighbors including the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Switzerland are developing their own apps, though they’re using different technical protocols, raising questions about compatibility across Europe’s borders.
USA TODAY's count of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities eclipses the federal government's tally, which includes only nursing homes.
Public health officials warn new cases of COVID-19 will likely emerge following mass gatherings fueled by racial injustice in cities across America.
New US research has found that men who play video games while in college are less likely to exercise and eat healthy foods than non-gamers. Carried out by researchers at the University of New Hampshire, the new study looked at data gathered from over 1,000 male students at the college who were aged 18 to 24. The students were asked to provide a daily report on how much time they had spent playing video games that day and record the food they ate over two weekdays and one non-consecutive weekend day.
New US research has found that eating high-quality carbohydrates such as whole grains appears to be associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes. Carried out by researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the new large-scale investigation analyzed data from participants taking part in three existing studies, including 69,949 women from the Nurses' Health Study, 90,239 women from the Nurses' Health Study 2, and 40,539 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The researchers found that when participants replaced calories from saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, animal protein and vegetable protein with high-quality carbohydrates, they appeared to have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
When nurse Maria Alexeyeva caught coronavirus at work, she isolated herself at home and followed the rules set down by Moscow authorities: She checked in with doctors regularly, didn’t leave her apartment and downloaded a smartphone app required by the city to keep tabs on quarantined patients. The Social Monitoring app tracks users via GPS and sends them random notifications demanding a selfie to prove they're still at home. Thousands of Muscovites also complain they have been wrongfully fined by the quarantine app.
Almost a fifth of COPD among construction workers is due to on-the-job exposure to vapors, gases, dusts and fumes, according to research from Duke University.
Masks and social distancing can help control the coronavirus but hand washing and other measures are still needed, a new analysis finds. Researchers concluded single-layer cloth masks are less effective than surgical masks, while tight-fitting N95 masks provide the best protection. None of the strategies work perfectly and more rigorous studies are needed, according to the analysis published Monday.
An independent autopsy ordered by George Floyd's family found his death was a "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to early findings from the examination released Monday. Floyd was apprehended by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday, and one of the officers pinned his knee to Floyd's neck as Floyd called out that he couldn't breathe. The independent examiners found that weight on Floyd's back, the handcuffs and the positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Floyd's diaphragm to function.
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Mask wearing, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft: the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday published a series of health recommendations for a pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel. The protocol was drawn up by an international task force formed by the Montreal-based ICAO with the help of other UN agencies like the World Health Organization and the powerful International Air Transport Association (IATA). Its report on relaunching aviation in the wake of COVID-19 was expected to be approved Monday by the ICAO's executive committee.
“A properly functioning university is a never-ending festival of superspreader events.”
“In-person instruction and the benefits that accompany student life are essential parts of the higher-learning experience.”
“For many universities, the revenue blows that would come with an online semester are too severe to weather.”
“Opening campuses in the fall is the wrong move if the primary motivation is to avoid bankruptcy. Public health comes first.”
“I don't think there's any scenario under which it's business as usual on American college campuses in the fall.”