US cases pass 7m; Australian PM says countries must share vaccines – as it happened

Jenny Mikakos quits in wake of inquiry into hotel quarantine;Madrid braces for lockdown as Spain reaches 716,481 total infections;surge in cases in AthensFigures prompt French and Dutch warnings, and row in SpainUS approaches 7m cases as officials warn surge could comeWhat lessons can Europe learn from Sweden ’s experience?Why dogs might be a Covid tester ’s best friend1.37amBSTThis blog is closing now but thanks for reading. You can keep following developments in the pandemic at our new live blog with Melissa Davey here:Related:Coronavirus live news: WHO warns 2m could die before vaccine; Victoria's health minister quits1.28amBSTHere is some of the reaction to the resignation of Victoria ’s health ministerJenny Mikakosless than an hour ago, including from the former state liberal party leaderMatthew Guyand former Victorian premierJeff Kennett.We still haven ’t been given a time for the daily press conference from the premier,Daniel Andrews.2 Days ago Premier Andrews was supporting Health Minister Mikakos, yesterday he decided to throw her and senior Victorian public servants under the bus. The buck always stops at the top. He has demonstratively failed. He should resign immediately. And watch the leaking start now.Because Andrews is clearly lying. He is the one that should be resigning.https://t.co/IUOzlyjsfzContinue reading...
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TriPla Regimen: A new treatment approach for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration in the COVID-19 "era". Eur J Ophthalmol. 2020 Oct 07;:1120672120963448 Authors: Sacconi R, Borrelli E, Vella G, Querques L, Prascina F, Zucchiatti I, Bandello F, Querques G Abstract In the last months, a rapidly increasing number of people have been infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Due to the risk of cross-infections, the number of visits and injections was dramatically reduced in the last months, and the ...
Source: European Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Eur J Ophthalmol Source Type: research
Purpose of review The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a global health threat associated with major socioeconomic disruptions. Understanding on the transmission characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 is crucial for optimizing preventive strategies. Recent findings SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted efficiently between persons through respiratory droplets and direct and indirect contact. The significance of airborne droplet nuclei in SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the community setting is less clear. SARS-CoV-2 RNA and live viral particles ma...
Source: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: COVID19: Edited by Zhiwei Chen and Linqui Zhang Source Type: research
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a worldwide effect for what seems like an eternity. After shelter-in-place orders became more prevalent in March,  most people probably didn’t think they’d still be wearing masks in October. So the question remains, when will the pandemic end?  It turns out there are quite a few factors that contribute to the rise and fall of a pandemic, some within our control, some that are not. An outbreak becomes a pandemic when it meets two criteria, first, it spreads rapidly and widely, and second, it must qualify as a severe disease. If either of these factors change, it is no long...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Coronavirus COVID COVID-19 COVID-19 Feature Source Type: blogs
Abstract The rapid spread of COVID-19 has led to nationwide lockdowns in many countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has played serious havoc on economic activities throughout the world. Researchers are immensely curious about how to give the best protection to people before a vaccine becomes available. The coronavirus spreads principally through saliva droplets. Thus, it would be a great opportunity if the virus spread could be controlled at an early stage. The face mask can limit virus spread from both inside and outside the mask. This is the first study that has endeavoured to explore the design and fabrication of an...
Source: Environmental Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Environ Res Source Type: research
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 1, 2020 -- Johnson &Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced it has successfully completed its acquisition of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Momenta”), a company that discovers and develops novel therapies for immune-mediated diseases, in an all cash transaction for approximately $6.5 billion.“We’re delighted to welcome Momenta’s talented team to the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson &Johnson and to begin our work together to further advance patient care in autoantibody-driven diseases,” said Jennifer Taubert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide...
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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection has recently spread worldwide was declared a pandemic on March 11. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 disease are fever, fatigue, and dry cough. Some patients may experience pain and aches, nasal congestion, cold, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Currently, the source of the virus is still unknown. However, all available evidence indicates that the origin of this virus is a natural animal and that it is not a manufactured virus. The virus spreads faster than ...
Source: Reviews in Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Tags: VIROLOGY Source Type: research
The human pathogen severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is responsible for the major pandemic of the twenty-first century. We analyzed more than 4700 SARS-CoV-2 genomes and associated metadata retrieved from public repositories. SARS-CoV-2 sequences have a high sequence identity (>99.9%), which drops to>96% when compared to bat coronavirus genome. We built a mutation-annotated reference SARS-CoV-2 phylogeny with two main macro-haplogroups, A and B, both of Asian origin, and more than 160 sub-branches representing virus strains of variable geographical origins worldwide, revealing a rather unif...
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The ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 infection achieved pandemic status on March 11, 2020. As of September 8, 2020 it has caused over 890,000 mortalities world-wide. Coronaviral infections are enabled by potent immunoevasory mechanisms that target multiple aspects of innate immunity, with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) able to induce a cytokine storm, impair interferon responses, and suppress antigen presentation on both MHC class I and class II. Understanding the immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 and its immunoevasion approaches will improve our understanding of pathogenesis, virus c...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Despite dire warnings this summer from public health experts, over a third of U.S. colleges and universities went full steam ahead with reopening, saying they had no choice due to financial or political pressures. The results, in some instances, have been catastrophic. From August 26 to September 10, 2020, there were at least 62,000 new positive test results at U.S. colleges and universities. A recent preprint study reports that colleges that reopened for in-person instruction this fall probably contributed more than 3,000 cases daily to their counties. About half of the counties with colleges around the country reported t...
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We don ’t know yet how many of the ongoing symptoms could translate to chronic ill health in the future, and that’s worryingAs Covid-19 infection numbers show a welcome downward trend in Melbourne and the city ’s residents look forward to some easing of restrictions, it’s time to consider the longer-term health consequences of the pandemic.More than 27,000 Australians – including some 20,000 Victorians – have been infected with the virus, with almost 900 deaths to date. Many countries are now in the grip of a second wave as the pandemic continues to take a toll on millions of lives aroun...
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