Cutting the cost of Covid tests for travellers | Letters
Mike Whittaker has a suggestion to reduce test costs for those wishing to travel abroad, whileCatherine Dunnsays that if the government invested in public health infrastructure, we would have a more effective testing systemYour article (Airlines warn the cost of Covid tests will stop people going abroad, 9 April) considers the cost of Covid tests for a family, calculated as the cost of a single test, multiplied by the number in the travel group.But the tests are to detect if any person in the group has the virus. Hence in principle, the samples from all persons in a travel group could be combined into one single sample tub...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Coronavirus NHS Infectious diseases Science Medical research Travel Health policy Public services policy Source Type: news

The Latest: Fauci says he expects fast decision on J&J shots
The top infectious disease expert in the United States says advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to meet this Friday to discuss the pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Stroke'Not a Common Complication' in COVID-19: New Studies Stroke'Not a Common Complication' in COVID-19: New Studies
Two new large studies show stroke rates in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 ranging from 1.5% to 2.2%, lower than originally thought. One also reports a reduction in stroke care during the pandemic.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 18, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Moderna hasn't breached its vaccine contract despite repeated delivery concerns: Anand
Moderna has not violated its contractual obligations with Canada, Procurement Minister Anita Anand says, despite continued setbacks over promised COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to this country. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

France restricting travel from 4 countries to curb variants
France is imposing entry restrictions on travelers from Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Brazil in hopes of keeping out especially contagious coronavirus variants (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Africa: Continent's Vaccination Rollout Off to Slow Start
[DW] African countries have been vaccinating their populations against COVID-19 for weeks, but progress has been slow. Supply problems, confusion over vaccination schedules and fears of side effects are causing delays. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges
Iran’s daily coronavirus death toll has climbed over 400 for the first time in months, as the country, which has long had the region’s largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

AP PHOTOS: Photographers reflect on single shot of pandemic
The images show the intimacy of husbands and wives saying goodbye for the last time, or reuniting after months apart. They honor the courage of nurses, funeral workers and clerics who risked their own health to do their jobs. They witness life slipping away, and being snatched back from death. To mark the milestone of 3 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide, The Associated Press asked 15 photographers in 13 countries to pick the single image they shot that affected them the most, and explain why. Their selections document the staggering human toll as COVID-19 robbed millions of their lives, and millions more of their basic f...
Source: ABC News: Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ontario retracts new coronavirus restrictions that banned playgrounds, involved police after outcry
Ontario's premier retracted restrictions Saturday that banned playgrounds and allowed police to require anyone not at home to explain... (Source: Reuters: Health)
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The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines: Live updates
The pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. Meanwhile, vaccinations are underway as cases continue to rise. Follow here for the latest. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccine demand is slowing in parts of the US. Now an uphill battle starts to get more shots into arms
When health officials in Ohio's Mercer County opened their first Covid-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic in January, available slots filled... (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Australia, largely free of COVID-19, in no hurry to reopen borders
Australia is no hurry to reopen its international borders and risk the country's nearly coronavirus-free lifestyle, Prime Minister Scott... (Source: Reuters: Health)
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How the Tiny Kingdom of Bhutan Out-Vaccinated Most of the World
The Himalayan nation has given more than 60 percent of its people a shot. Some villages were reached by helicopter, and health workers hiked through ice and snow. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chencho Dema and Mike Ives Tags: Bhutan Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) South Asia India Serum Institute of India Source Type: news

The U.S. is awash in vaccine supply. Its new concern: Will demand keep up?
With some U.S. states now boasting more than one dose of COVID-19 vaccine for every adult, the newest concern involves demand: Will enough Americans get shots to achieve herd immunity? (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Student leaders cry out for support in federal budget, wary of long-term pandemic consequences
The coronavirus pandemic has dealt multiple blows to Canadian students in post-secondary, altering their schooling and drastically affecting their job options. Student leaders and experts are calling for more help ahead of Monday's federal budget.   (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News Source Type: news

Kenya: Motorists Flouting Night Curfew in Nairobi Forced to Stay On the Road Until Midnight
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Motorists caught up in the COVID-19 night curfew of 8pm to 4am in Nairbi were forced to stay on the road until after 11pm. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Economy to Fully Reopen Once 4.4 Millon Citizens Receive Covid-19 Jab - Museveni
[Monitor] President Museveni has said the government will open up the remaining closed economies after vaccinating at least 80 per cent of the vulnerable groups. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Covid update: Variant is ‘causing people to be concerned’ – details on Indian strain
THE COVID variant under investigation first emerged in India, and now Public Health England confirmed 73 cases of the B.1.617 coronavirus in England and four cases in Scotland. What's there to know about this mutation? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: Kenyans Urged to Embrace Local Tourism to Revive the Economy
[Capital FM] Kenyans have been urged to embrace local tourism to help revive the economy, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

4,000 to attend FA Cup semi-final as live sport cautiously reopens
Largest crowd at a major British stadium for more than a year will aid research into events reopening this summerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA sporting record will be broken on Sunday when 4,000 football fans gather atWembley to watch the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton. It will be the largest crowd to have watched a football match in a major British stadium for more than 12 months, though still one of the lowest-attended Wembley semi-finals on record.At the same time, in Sheffield, 325 snooker fans will gather to watch the 2021World Snooker Championship at the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Coronavirus Football Snooker Sport UK news Infectious diseases Science Wembley stadium Microbiology Medical research Source Type: news

Bill Maher Rants About Covid-19 Coronavirus, Here Is What He Got Wrong
Maher claimed the medical establishment, the media, and the government are taking a "scared straight approach" and called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) "a voracious consumer of the scientific literature." (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Hollywood & Entertainment /hollywood-entertainment pharma Source Type: news

It's OK Our Bodies Have Changed During the Pandemic
The coronavirus changed so much about our lives, including, for many of us, our bodies. It ’s OK. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: A.C. Shilton Tags: Quarantine (Life and Culture) Anxiety and Stress Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Weight Content Type: Service Source Type: news

Los Angeles County sees lowest COVID-19 daily test positivity rate since pandemic began
The Los Angeles County Department of Health reported 527 new coronavirus cases and 29 related deaths on Saturday. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew J. Campa Source Type: news

Americans Reflect on How the Pandemic Has Changed Them
In a National desk project, people across the country describe, in their own words, how the pandemic has transformed the way they live, work and think. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Van Syckle Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) New York Times Mental Health and Disorders Families and Family Life Quarantine (Life and Culture) Anxiety and Stress Source Type: news

The Covid-19 Plasma Boom Is Over. What Did We Learn From It?
The U.S. government invested $800 million in plasma when the country was desperate for Covid-19 treatments. A year later, the program has fizzled. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas and Noah Weiland Tags: your-feed-science Antibodies Blood Donation Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Clinical Trials Government Contracts and Procurement United States Politics and Government American Red Cross Food and Drug Administration Health and Human Services Depa Source Type: news

Government writes to central ministries, PSUs to dedicate hospital beds for COVID-19 management
According to the Health Ministry, the dedicated hospital wards/blocks have to be equipped with supportive/ancillary services including oxygen supported beds, ICU beds, ventilators, specialised CCUs (wherever available), lab/imaging services, kitchen etc., with a dedicated health workforce. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India under siege from COVID-19, hospitals overwhelmed
India reported 261,500 new cases, taking the total caseload to nearly 14.8 million, second only to the United States which has reported more than 31 million infections. India's deaths from COVID-19 rose by 1,501 to reach a total of 177,150, the data showed. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Recommendation of 3rd booster dose based more on conjecture than data, say experts
India is battling a massive surge in COVID-19 cases and health ministry data updated on Sunday showed that a record single-day rise of 2,61,500 coronavirus infections has taken the country's total tally to 1,47,88,109, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delhi government asks nursing homes, private hospitals to reserve 80% beds for COVID patients
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said around 25,500 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Delhi and the positivity rate has increased to nearly 30 per cent in the last 24 hours. He also said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital has sought the Centre's help in ensuring adequate beds and supply of oxygen for COVID-19 patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Applies to COVID-19 Related Services
Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) reminds community partners that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to COVID-19 related services (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - April 17, 2021 Category: Disability Tags: ADA Source Type: news

What are my chances of hospitalization even after being fully vaccinated for COVID-19?
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1,694 new COVID-19 cases, 10 additional deaths reported in Mass
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released the latest COVID-19 case numbers for the state. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biden Administration Ends Limit on Fetal Tissue Research
The decision reverses Trump administration rules and allows scientists to use tissue derived from elective abortions to develop treatments for diseases including cancer and AIDS. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Fetal Tissue Research Tissue (Human) Science and Technology Abortion Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Health and Human Services Department National Institutes of Health International Society for St Source Type: news

Blocking Airplane Middle Seats Could Reduce Covid-19 Coronavirus Risk By 57%, Study Says
Unlike other major U.S airlines, Delta Airlines has continued to block out middle seats to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. However, Delta will end this policy on May 1. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Lifestyle /lifestyle Travel /travel business pharma Source Type: news

Global COVID-19 Deaths Top 3 Million : Coronavirus Updates
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tinnitus helpline reports a surge in calls since start of the coronavirus pandemic
Scientists are concerned virus or medication used for treating Covid-19 is causing ear damageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore people are complaining of developing tinnitus for the first time or have found their symptoms have worsened since the start of the pandemic, according to scientists and other leading experts who specialise in the condition.TheBritish Tinnitus Association (BTA) has reported a surge in the number of people accessing its services, with a 256% increase in the number of web chats from May to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. Calls to its helpline r...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Suzanne Bearne Tags: Coronavirus Long Covid National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Medical research Source Type: news

Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million Worldwide
Many health experts say the actual number of deaths is far higher. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tommy Beer, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Science /science Healthcare /healthcare Breaking breaking-news Coronavirus SportsMoney Source Type: news

Covid-19 deaths pass three million worldwide
It comes as the World Health Organization warns of deaths and cases increasing at a "worrying rate". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pathways between COVID-19 public health responses and increasing overdose risks: a rapid review and conceptual framework - Nguyen T, Buxton JA.
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence indicates that illicit drug overdoses are increasing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a paucity of evidence on the causative pathways for this trend, but expert opinions, commentaries, and some reviews offer theoreti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A systematic review of health sector responses to the coincidence of disasters and COVID-19 - Sohrabizadeh S, Yousefian S, Bahramzadeh A, Vaziri MH.
BACKGROUND: In December 2019, the Chinese city of Wuhan reported a novel pneumonia caused by COVID-19. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been increasingly affecting the world, the occurrence of disasters resulted in complex emergencies. The present review is... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Evaluating simulations as preparation for health crises like CoViD-19: insights on incorporating simulation exercises for effective response - Reddin K, Bang H, Miles L.
Today's health emergencies are increasingly complex due to factors such as globalization, urbanization and increased connectivity where people, goods and potential vectors of disease are constantly on the move. These factors amplify the threats to our heal... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

An evaluation of the mental health impact of SARS-CoV-2 on patients, general public and healthcare professionals: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Phiri P, Ramakrishnan R, Rathod S, Elliot K, Thayanandan T, Sandle N, Haque N, Chau SW, Wong OW, Chan SS, Wong EK, Raymont V, Au-Yeung SK, Kingdon D, Delanerolle G.
BACKGROUND: The global impact of COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of billions of people with recurrent waves. Healthcare systems are struggling to manage pre-existing patient care and recurring covid-19 demands. As a result, we evaluated the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Evidence for changing intimate partner violence safety planning needs as a result of COVID-19: results from phase I of a rapid intervention - Metheny N, Perri M, Velonis A, Kamalanathan J, Hassan M, Buhariwala P, Du Mont J, Mason R, O'Campo P.
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to examine the need for modified safety planning strategies in response to COVID-19-related increases in intimate partner violence (IPV) as the initial phase of adapting an IPV safety planning intervention in Toronto, O... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Fighting with the gender-based violence amid the pandemic - Bi ̇ngöl U, Yeni̇lmez MNCE.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the highlight of the year 2020, creating ripples of strife and tribulation across sectors and society. It is not just a global health challenge. However, it has since caused nations to go into recession, thereby disrupting li... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

The comparison and interaction of age and gender effects on cycling mode-share: an analysis of commuting in England and Wales - Grudgings N, Hughes S, Hagen-Zanker A.
Introduction The physical and mental health benefits of cycling are well established. During the COVID-19 pandemic cycling has also presented additional health benefits by enabling social distancing compared to public transport modes. In low-cycling count... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Pedestrians and Bicycles Source Type: news

Covid-19 as a facilitator for increasing domestic violence against women: a systematic review study - Mirza nia A, Firoozi M.
The new coronavirus disease and the consequences due to restrictive conditions (Quarantine) have exposed family relations to some critical issues and have increased domestic violence against women. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Domestic violence and COVID-19 in Colombia - Ortega Pacheco YJ, Mart ínez Rudas M.
Due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic strain SARS-CoV-2, many countries around the world have implemented preventive measures to try to control the spread of the virus, such as social distancing and quarantine. However, in the pursuit of reducing severe ne... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Trends in suicide in Japan by gender during the COVID-19 pandemic, through December 2020 - Nomura S, Kawashima T, Harada N, Yoneoka D, Tanoue Y, Eguchi A, Gilmour S, Kawamura Y, Hashizume M.
Suicide is a rising concern during the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide (Gunnell, 2020). A recent analysis found, for the first time, excess suicide deaths among women in July, August and September 2020 in Japan, and no such elevated mortality for men (Nomura, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Psychological distress and alcohol use disorder during the COVID-19 era among middle- and low-income U.S. adults - Tsai J, Elbogen EB, Huang M, North CS, Pietrzak RH.
This study examined how exposure to events during the Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) era is linked to symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), COVID-19 era-related stress (CS), alcohol use disorder (AUD),... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Nation’s health by the numbers can be found at CDC-affiliated blog
The National Center for Health Statistics compiles and releases tons of data on such issues as coronavirus deaths, drug overdoses, mental health and others. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news