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Covid-Infected Border Crossers Overwhelm SoCal Hospitals

"48% of COVID-positive patients who visited the emergency room between May 24 and May 30 said they had recently traveled to Mexico." | Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News June 5, 2020 CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Even as most California hospitals have avoided an incapacitating surge in coronavirus patients, some facilities near the Mexican border have been overwhelmed. They include El Centro Regional Medical Center in Imperial County and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista in San Diego...

‘Herd Immunity’ Is Not Happening

Study shows Spain far from having 'herd immunity' to virus Jun 04, 2020 MADRID (AP) — A second round of random testing in Spain for antibodies to the new coronavirus indicates that a third of those infected do not develop symptoms, Spanish health authorities said Thursday. "It is a wake-up call for public health: it is not possible to control (an outbreak) by just considering those who are symptomatic," National Epidemiological Center Director Marina Pollán said. "With this...

Study Quashing Hydroxychloroquine Raises Doubts

Researchers are skeptical over lack of shared data June 3, 2020 Ars Technica – The Lancet medical journal on Tuesday issued an “expression of concern” over the validity of a recent study suggesting that the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine raise the risk of death and heart complications in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. More than a hundred researchers have raised questions and skepticism about the data and analysis, even as researchers halted clinical trials in light of the...

Made-In-China Covid-19 Vaccine Ready Soon

Will you get the Covid-19 vaccine if it's made in China? Comment below.  May 30, 2020 Bloomberg News – A front-running Covid-19 vaccine candidate being developed in China is expected to be available as soon as the end of this year, according to an official report. The vaccine has completed phase II testing in China and may be ready for the market at the end of this year or early next year, said the report. The production line for the...

Most “Do Not Need To Wear A Mask” – WHO

"If you do not have any repository symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask." WHO recommendation has not changed; most people do not need a mask May 29, 2020 Fox News – The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don't exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp contrast from the advice given by American public...

‘Devastating’ Effect Of Lockdowns On Health Care

“I think lockdown saved no lives. I think it may have cost lives.” Fox News – Fox Nation host Lara Logan called out the media Tuesday for ignoring how economic lockdowns are causing damage to the health care industry amid the coronavirus pandemic. “No one is talking anymore about the fact that preventing one COVID death doesn’t mean that you’re not causing a whole lot of other deaths through those prevention measures,” Logan told “Tucker...

Reopening Dental Offices For Routine Care Amid Pandemic Touches A Nerve

May 21, 2020 Kaiser Health News – Tom Peeling wanted his teeth cleaned and wasn’t going to let the coronavirus pandemic get in the way. Luckily, his six-month regular appointment was scheduled for earlier this month, just days after dental offices were allowed to reopen in Florida for routine services. In late March the state ordered dentists to treat only emergency cases as part of its efforts to keep residents at home and to preserve limited...

How Does Coronavirus Kill, Exactly?

"Understanding the rampage could help the doctors on the front lines treat the fraction of infected people who become desperately and sometimes mysteriously ill." Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toe Apr. 17, 2020 Science Magazine – As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surges past 2.2 million globally and deaths surpass 150,000, clinicians and pathologists are struggling to understand the damage wrought by the coronavirus as it tears through the...

AstraZeneca Secures $1B In Vaccine Funding

"AstraZeneca recognizes that the vaccine may not work, but is committed to progressing the clinical program with speed and scaling up manufacturing at risk.'' AstraZeneca secures orders for virus vaccine under testing | LONDON (AP) – Drug maker AstraZeneca said Thursday it had secured its first agreements for 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine it is testing, bolstered by an investment from the U.S. vaccine agency. The Anglo-Swedish company reported it had received more than $1...

Rx Chains Have No Problem With Customers Not Wearing Masks

CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid have all instructed workers not to refuse service to patrons who choose not to wear masks. May 1, 2020 Fox Business – Retail chains from CVS to 7-Eleven are being forced to decide whether and how to enforce rules on masks after a string of attacks on clerks and security guards by patrons who refused to cover their faces. As more cities, states and businesses require customers to cover up in...

Can You Get COVID-19 Twice? Russian Doctors Say ‘Yes’

Russian doctors say woman contracted virus twice | AP – The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. — FDA investigating virus test used at White House for false negatives. — Russian doctors say woman contracted virus twice. — Europe is relaxing coronavirus restrictions, but cases flare in Mexico. — Macron says mistakes were made in reforms of healthcare system. ___ MOSCOW — Russian doctors say they are treating a woman who may have contracted coronavirus for the second time after recovering from...

Cause Of Deadly Russian Hospital Fire Revealed

May 12, 2020 MOSCOW (AP) — Russian health officials on Tuesday announced an investigation into the safety of ventilators at two hospitals, where fires in intensive care units for coronavirus patients killed a total of six people over the past four days. The deaths occurred as Russia struggled to cope with its growing coronavirus caseload, which on Tuesday exceeded 232,000 confirmed infections and has put a strain on the country's vastly outdated health care infrastructure. President Vladimir...

14,000 People Just Volunteered To Be Infected With Coronavirus

They want to take part in a "human challenge trial," an ethically controversial vaccine test that infects people with a virus doesn't yet have a cure. May 10, 2020 CBS News – Imagine being told to inhale a nasal spray full of the coronavirus. More than 14,000 people in the U.S. and elsewhere are putting their names forward to do so. They are volunteering for what's called a "human challenge trial," an ethically controversial way to test...

Death Spike Seen As Seniors Avoid Medical Appointments

The Independent, UK – The true number of people who have died during the coronavirus pandemic in America could be double the official figure, an adviser to the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has warned, as evidence emerges that large numbers of seriously ill people have failed to seek medical attention for life-threatening conditions because of the contagion. The current total of Covid-19 deaths in the US stands at 75,000, with more than 1.2 million...

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