Flu vaccine critical to avoid stretching US healthcare amid Covid, scientists warn
Flu season could be like no other this year and a national campaign to promote the flu vaccine is urgent, say scientistsA national public health campaign promoting the flu vaccine is urgently needed to avoid stretched healthcare services being overwhelmed this winter as the US faces cold season while still struggling to gain control of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists have warned.Influenza or seasonal flu is a perennial public health burden that, like Covid-19, causes most severe problems among elderly people and those with underlying health conditions.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nina Lakhani in New York Tags: Flu Coronavirus outbreak US news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Silver lining? Cases of infectious diseases plunge amid anti-COVID-19 measures
Lockdowns and other tough measures implemented to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a dramatic decline in other infectious illnesses such as influenza and sexually transmitted infections, public health data suggest. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Decreased Influenza Activity During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, Australia, Chile, and South Africa, 2020
This report describes the global decline in influenza virus circulation during the COVID-19 pandemic and possible contributing factors. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 17, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Influenza (Flu) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Source Type: news

Baker Urges Residents To Get Flu Shots As 12 More Coronavirus Testing Sites Open In Mass.
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COVID-19 Prevention Might Translate Into Record Low Flu Rates: CDC
THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2020 -- The final statistics are in for America's last flu season, and the news is good: Record low rates of influenza were reported as cases plummeted during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. Why? Researchers from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Potential New Swine Flu Pandemic Stirring in China Potential New Swine Flu Pandemic Stirring in China
Research shows that 15% of Chinese pig farmers have antibodies for a new strain that is more virulent and infectious than human influenza A.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Erased Decades of Progress on Childhood Vaccination
While the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, children across the globe are going without shots already known to be life-saving. With the world in disarray due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children vaccinated this year against infections like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles and pneumococcal disease has fallen to levels not seen since the 1990s, according to a new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “In other words,” the report reads, “we’ve been set back about 25 years in about 25 weeks.” That stark figure comes from the Gates Foundation’s annual Goalkee...
Source: TIME: Health - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Great Vaccine Race: Inside the Unprecedented Scramble to Immunize the World Against COVID-19
The cleverest of enemies thrive on surprise attacks. Viruses—and coronaviruses in particular—know this well. Remaining hidden in animal hosts for decades, they mutate steadily, sometimes serendipitously morphing into more effective and efficient infectious agents. When a strain with just the right combination of genetic codes that spell trouble for people makes the leap from animal to human, the ambush begins. Such was the case with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19, and the attack was mostly silent and insidious at first. Many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 remained oblivious as they served as the v...
Source: TIME: Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news

Why COVID-19 Vaccines Need to Prioritize ‘ Superspreaders ’
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Why COVID-19 Vaccines Need to Prioritize ‘Superspreaders’ appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health COVID-19 Source Type: news

Pandemic makes flu shots vital this season. Health officials aim for easier, safer ways for you to get the vaccine.
Physicians warn that people can contract both influenza and covid-19 at the same time. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Covid-19: A bad flu season colliding with the pandemic could be overwhelming
It’s a scenario infectious-disease experts dread: flu arriving amid the coronavirus. But the mask-wearing and social distancing could also limit influenza. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Roche receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the cobas SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems
Basel, 04 September 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the cobas ® SARS-CoV-2& Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas ® 6800/8800 Systems has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This test is intended for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and Influenza B in patients suspected by their healthcare provider of having respiratory viral infection consistent with COVID-19. Additionally, it is available in markets accepting the CE mark.“With the approaching flu season, this new...
Source: Roche Media News - September 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the cobas SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems
Basel, 04 September 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the cobas ® SARS-CoV-2& Influenza A/B Test for use on the cobas ® 6800/8800 Systems has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This test is intended for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and Influenza B in patients suspected by their healthcare provider of having respiratory viral infection consistent with COVID-19. Additionally, it is available in markets accepting the CE mark.“With the approaching flu season, this new...
Source: Roche Investor Update - September 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Brazil cases pass 4m; Israel to impose partial lockdown
France counts more than 7,000 new infections for second day; US public health officials prepare for October vaccine rollout; Robert Pattinson tests positive for Covid-19. Follow the latest updatesFrench PM says jobs and green economy at heart of recovery planIndia logs record 83,883 Covid-19 cases in dayGSK and Sanofi to start human trials of potential Covid-19 vaccineSee all our coronavirus coverage4.43amBSTAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says that that the country plans to introduce a “hotspot” approach to tourism from New Zealand, which will allow people from parts of New Zealand that are declared s...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 4, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news US news UK news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Sanofi and GSK initiate Phase 1/2 clinical trial of COVID-19 adjuvanted recombinant protein-based vaccine candidate
Sanofi and GSK today started the Phase 1/2 clinical trial for their adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine candidate, developed in partnership by Sanofi and GSK, uses the same recombinant protein-based technology as one of Sanofi's seasonal influenza vaccines with GSK's established pandemic adjuvant technology. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - September 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Sanofi Business and Industry Source Type: news

Will Wearing A Face Mask For COVID-19 Also Protect You From The Flu?
Here's how the coronavirus pandemic measures we're taking stack up against influenza. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When’s The Best Time To Get A Flu Shot This Year?
Experts share when to get the influenza vaccine and how the coronavirus pandemic may get more dangerous without it. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When's The Best Time To Get A Flu Shot During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
Experts share when to get the influenza vaccine and how the coronavirus pandemic may get more dangerous without it. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump Undermines WHO, UN System
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Sep 1 2020 (IPS) After accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of pro-China bias, President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the UN agency. Although the US created the UN system for the post-Second World War new international order, Washington has often had to struggle in recent decades to ensure that it continues to serve changing US interests. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Invisible virus trumps POTUS In early July, Washington gave the required one-year notice officially advising the UN of its intention to withdraw from the WHO, created by the US as t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies North America TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

40 Under 40 Class of 2020: St. Jude's Jasmine Turner
Research lab specialist, St. Jude Children ’s Research Hospital Jasmine Turner has a highly specialized skill set. And, her decade-plus experience in molecular virus detection methods have been a key piece of SARS-CoV-2 detection at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The laboratory Turner works in at St. Jude conducts experiments on influenza detection. In that research, she collaborates with scientists across the world and is the lead liaison for a project in Bangladesh.  As the pandemic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 31, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

How Good Are Face Shields for Preventing Respiratory Infections?
Discussion A scoping review of facial protection for health care workers during a pandemic found that respirators such as N95 masks provide excellent protection against viruses and aerosols especially when combined with eye protection. Mask fit is an important consideration and respirators are tight fitting and therefore much less breathable and comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Surgical masks do not provide as much protection as respirators but are in general more breathable and more comfortable. Surgical masks also provide much more protection than no mask or improvised masks. Improvised masks do provide some...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - August 31, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

When Viruses Collide: Flu Season During Pandemic When Viruses Collide: Flu Season During Pandemic
"We have numerous examples in the literature and in our own experience that COVID-19 is accompanied by either another virus or another bacterial infection, including influenza."Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Experts Predict What Flu Season Will Be Like During The Pandemic
Buckle up: Here's what dealing with colds, influenza and the coronavirus all at the same time could be like. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts Predict What Flu Season Will Be Like During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Buckle up: Here's what dealing with colds, influenza and the coronavirus all at the same time could be like this fall and winter. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Have Enough Evidence, Now It Is Time to Act
Many months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled through the U.S. Public health authorities including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) tell us to remain six feet apart, wash our hands, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and wear masks. But compliance with these measures—especially masks—is mixed, and daily we hear of cases where people do not know how they were infected. We hear about superspreading events, where one person infects many, happening in crowded bars and family gatherings, but not at outdoor ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jose-Luis Jimenez Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Chinese Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Science - August 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Chinese Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

How Convalescent Plasma Could Help Fight COVID-19
The last time most of us gave any thought to antibodies was probably in high school biology, but we’re getting a crash refresher course thanks to COVID-19. They are, after all, the key to our best defenses against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that’s caused the global pandemic. People who have been infected likely rely on antibodies to recover, and antibodies are what vaccines are designed to produce. Or at least that’s what infectious-disease and public-health experts assume for now. Because SARS-CoV-2 is such a new virus, even the world’s best authorities aren’t yet sure what it will take to build p...
Source: TIME: Health - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccination Critical During Pandemic
, CDC Says (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - August 24, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccination Critical During Pandemic, CDC Says Influenza Vaccination Critical During Pandemic, CDC Says
The CDC is urging everyone to get vaccinated against influenza, saying it is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic than in normal years.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - August 21, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

New Measures Aim to Boost Vaccine Rates for Flu and Children ’s Shots
Pharmacists may now vaccinate young children under a new federal emergency rule aimed at helping families who missed well-child visits during the pandemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Influenza Doctors Medicine and Health Parenting United States Politics and Government Elderly American Academy of Pediatrics Centers for Disease Control and Prevent Source Type: news

Some Coronavirus Patients Are Reporting Symptoms That Last Months. Nobody Knows Exactly How to Treat Them
Kayla Brim laughed when she learned it could take 10 days to get her COVID-19 test results back. “I thought, ‘Okay, well, within 10 days I should be fine,’” she remembers. That was on July 2. More than a month later, Brim is still far from fine. Prior to the pandemic, the 28-year-old from Caldwell, Idaho, juggled homeschooling her two kids with her work as a makeup artist—she was supposed to open her own salon in July. Now, she suffers daily from shortness of breath, exhaustion, excruciating headaches, brain fog, neuropathy, high blood pressure and loss of taste and smell. She feels like &ldqu...
Source: TIME: Health - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Characteristics that Give Viruses Pandemic Potential
A handful of factors tip the scales in making a virus more likely to trigger a disruptive global outbreak. Right now, scientists tend to rank influenza, coronaviruses, and Nipah virus as the biggest... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 17, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Feature News & Opinion Source Type: news

Table: Viruses that Threaten to Spark Another Pandemic
A coronavirus has been commanding the headlines for months, but strains of influenza and paramyxovirus are extremely dangerous pathogens that could spark outbreaks. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 17, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Multimedia Source Type: news

Face masks: in 2020, 'mask slacking' is more partisan than in 1918, historians say
Even during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, some Americans were not fans of wearing masks. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leading in Time of COVID: A True Test of Leadership
By Folake OlayinkaAug 15 2020 (IPS) In 1918, the Spanish Flu, a deadly influenza caused by the H1N1 virus, decimated the world. Over the course of four successive waves, it infected 500 million people, about a third of the world’s population at the time, resulting in 50 million deaths. More recently between 2014 and mid-2016 , the Ebola virus epidemic was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history—causing devastating  loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the West Africa region, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. These outbreaks, as well as SARS and MERS, each have ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Folake Olayinka Tags: Democracy Headlines Health Source Type: news

Excess Mortality During Peak of 1918 Flu Similar to COVID-19 in NYC
FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 -- Excess mortality during the peak of the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic was comparable to that seen early in the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in New York City, according to a research letter published online Aug. 13 in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 14, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

In N.Y.C. ’s Spring Virus Surge, a Frightening Echo of 1918 Flu
In March and April, death rates rivaled those seen during the country ’s deadliest pandemic, a new study finds. “What 1918 looked like is basically this.” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Epidemics Influenza Epidemic (1918-19) Deaths (Fatalities) JAMA Network Open New York City Disease Rates Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health and Mental Hygiene Department (NYC) Ma Source Type: news

In N.Y.C. ’s Coronavirus Surge, a Frightening Echo of the 1918 Flu
This spring, death rates rivaled those seen during the country ’s deadliest pandemic, a new study finds. “What 1918 looked like is basically this.” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Epidemics Influenza Epidemic (1918-19) Deaths (Fatalities) JAMA Network Open New York City Disease Rates Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health and Mental Hygiene Department (NYC) Ma Source Type: news

Comparing excess deaths in New York during COVID-19 with 1918 influenza pandemic
(JAMA Network) Excess deaths in New York during the peak of the 1918 influenza pandemic were compared with those during the initial period of the COVID-19 outbreak in this study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sanofi and GSK selected for Operation Warp Speed to supply United States government with 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Sanofi and GSK announced a collaborative effort with the U.S. government to accelerate the development and manufacturing of a COVID-19 recombinant protein-based vaccine. The vaccine candidate, developed by Sanofi in partnership with GSK, is based on the recombinant protein-based technology used by Sanofi to produce an influenza vaccine, and GSK's established pandemic adjuvant technology. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - August 7, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Sanofi Business and Industry Source Type: news

We're thinking about Covid-19 the wrong way. It's not a 'wave' – it's a wildfire | Michael T Osterholm and Mark Olshaker
Like a fire, the virus relentlessly seeks out its fuel, humans, and will keep spreading as long as it has access to thatWe have no previous experience with a worldwide coronavirus pandemic, so when Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, began spreading, public health experts leaned on our experiences with influenza pandemics to inform their predictions. These pandemics are often described in terms of “waves” and “troughs”. We have now seen enough to replace the ocean analogy with a better one: wildfire.Related:You ’re already wearing a mask – now consider a face shield and goggles |...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 4, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Michael T Osterholm and Mark Olshaker Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news

What We Learned About Paid Sick Leave in the U.S. From the H1N1 Outbreak
The last time the U.S. experienced a pandemic, advice to working Americans was similar to the message officials are sharing today—stay home. Similar to today’s COVID-19 outbreak, the 2009 H1N1 pandemic laid bare issues of inequality in the U.S., including disparities in paid sick leave. In 2009, the federal government did not have a federal paid sick leave policy, and it still doesn’t today, forcing U.S. workers to make the impossible choice between financial and personal health. But there are important lessons we can learn from the past, says Keshia Pollack Porter, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg...
Source: TIME: Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jasmine Aguilera Tags: Uncategorized Brief COVID-19 News Desk Source Type: news

What We Don ’t Know About COVID-19 Can Hurt Us
Countries around the world have introduced stringent control measures to stop COVID-19 outbreaks growing, but now many find themselves facing the same situation again. From Melbourne to Miami, the relaxation of measures had led to increasing flare-ups, which in some places has already meant reclosing schools, businesses or travel routes. Within the U.S. and among different countries, places with wildly varying public-health policies have experienced wildly diverse outcomes. Most ominously, infections are rising rapidly in many places where they once were falling. So how do countries avoid an indefinite, unsustainable, cycl...
Source: TIME: Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam Kucharski Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

'One big wave' – why the Covid-19 second wave may not exist
With no evidence of seasonal variations, the WHO warns the initial coronavirus pandemic is continuing and acceleratingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 pandemic is currently unfolding in “one big wave” with no evidence that it follows seasonal variations common to influenza and other coronaviruses, such as the common cold, the World Health Organization has warned.Amid continued debates over what constitutes a second wave, a resurgence or seasonal return of the disease, Margaret Harris, a WHO spokesperson, insisted that these discussions are not a helpful way to under...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Beaumont and Emma Graham-Harrison Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news World Health Organization Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

If relaxed too soon, physical distancing measures might have been all for naught
If physical distancing measures in the United States are relaxed while there is still no COVID-19 vaccine or treatment and while personal protective equipment remains in short supply, the number of resulting infections could be about the same as if distancing had never been implemented to begin with, according to a UCLA-led team of mathematicians and scientists.The researchers compared the results of three related mathematical models of disease transmission thatthey used to analyze data emerging from local and national governments, including one thatmeasures thedynamic reproduction number — the average number of susc...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 23, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Inside the Global Quest to Trace the Origins of COVID-19 —and Predict Where It Will Go Next
It wasn’t greed, or curiosity, that made Li Rusheng grab his shotgun and enter Shitou Cave. It was about survival. During Mao-era collectivization of the early 1970s, food was so scarce in the emerald valleys of southwestern China’s Yunnan province that farmers like Li could expect to eat meat only once a year–if they were lucky. So, craving protein, Li and his friends would sneak into the cave to hunt the creatures they could hear squeaking and fluttering inside: bats. Li would creep into the gloom and fire blindly at the vaulted ceiling, picking up any quarry that fell to the ground, while his companion...
Source: TIME: Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell/ Yuxi, Yunnan and Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

13 Religious Sisters Have Died From COVID-19 at a Single Convent in Michigan
Thirteen religious sisters at a Michigan convent have died from the coronavirus, with twelve sisters passing in the span of a month. The women, aged 69 to 99, were all members of a Felician Sisters convent in Livonia, Mi. On Good Friday, the virus took the life of Sister Mary Luiza Wawrzyniak, 99. By the end of the month, eleven other sisters had passed; seventeen more were infected but recovered, according to Sr. Noel Marie Gabriel, the director of clinical health services for Our Lady of Hope Province. A thirteenth sister, despite an initial recovery, passed away in June. “The sisters in Presentation of the Blesse...
Source: TIME: Health - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mélissa Godin Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Michigan News Desk wire Source Type: news

New report shows more than 400 medicines and vaccines in development to tackle infectious diseases, including COVID-19
Throughout history, infectious diseases caused by pathogens such as bacteria or viruses have taken a devastating toll on the lives and security of people around the world. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world, we are experiencing a challenging situation that we haven ’t seen since the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, when a third of the world’s population became infected with the virus and about 675,000 Americans died from the disease. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - July 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Vaccines Infectious Diseases New Era of Medicine Coronavirus Source Type: news