What ’s a diagnosis about? COVID-19 and beyond
By MICHEL ACCAD Last month marked the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Graunt, commonly regarded as the father of epidemiology. His major published work, Natural and Political Observations Made upon the Bills of Mortality, called attention to the death statistics published weekly in London beginning in the late 16th century. Graunt was skeptical of how causes of death were ascribed, especially in times of plagues. Evidently, 400 years of scientific advances have done little to lessen his doubts! A few days ago, Fox News reported that Colorado governor Jared Polis had “pushed back against recent coronavirus death counts, including those conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The Centennial State had previously reported a COVID death count of 1,150 but then revised that number down to 878. That is but one of many reports raising questions about what counts as a COVID case or a COVID death. Beyond the raw numbers, many controversies also rage about derivative statistics such as “case fatality rates” and “infection fatality rates,” not just among the general public but between academics as well. Of course, a large part of the wrangling is due not only to our unfamiliarity with this new disease but also to profound disagreements about how epidemics should be confronted. I don’t want to get into the weeds of those disput...
Employers across the nation and in our region continue to navigate the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the evolving complex bundle of ‘back to work’ regulations and guidelines. The purpose of these regulations is to protect employee health and wellness, but these uncharted government mandates include a fluid and rapidly shifting landscape of direction and redirection. As a result, employees must endure the confusion of mixed p lanning messages from both public officials and the…
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- 74 percent of Kenyans have experienced a major decline in earnings over curfew and travel restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus in Kenya.
[Nyasa Times] An administrative secretary of UTM Party as well as personal secretary to vice-president Saulos Chilima has died after contracting coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic while several known political figures are confirmed to have been diagnosed with the virus.
Publication date: Available online 4 July 2020Source: Colloids and Surfaces B: BiointerfacesAuthor(s): Lingling Zhou, Jiulong Zhao, Yongkang Chen, Yuting Zheng, Jinfeng Li, Jiayan Zhao, Jing Zhang, Yiyun Liu, Xiuying Liu, Shige Wang
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The country's coronavirus case fatality rate has fallen to 2.03 per cent marking the lowest rate recorded since the outbreak of the contagion which the World Health Organization has labeled as potentially endemic.
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 309 new coronavirus cases raising the cumulative number of infections registered in the country since March to 7,886.
[Daily Trust] Lagos -- MeCure Smart, a smartphone app that allows remote online consultations, has tied up with HelloDocApp, the largest online community of doctors in Nigeria, to bring 10,000+ doctors on its platform.
[Daily Trust] Persons living with disabilities in Kwali Area Council, FCT, at the weekend received palliatives from the federal government to help cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.
[Daily Trust] The Yoruba culture, in which I was raised, is famous for instilling in children, the need to respect elders.
Peru cases pass 300,000;Iran sees highest daily deaths;Spain puts part of Galicia back into lockdown. Follow the latest updatesGlobal report: India sees record daily rise as capital opens giant Covid-19 hospitalIndia overtakes Russia with third-highest number of casesBorder closes between Australian states of NSW and VictoriaTexas mayors warn of ‘serious trouble’ as cases surge across USSee all our coronavirus coverage6.51amBSTHundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, AFP reports.Three hundred...
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