What is a 'persistent cough' and what should I do if I have it?
Continuous cough is one of three main Covid-19 symptoms people are told to look out forCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith the onset of autumn, one phrase is on many people ’s lips: persistent cough.But how many of us really know what it means, or what differentiates it from the barks and tickles caused by less dangerous autumnal illnesses?A new and continuous cough is one of three symptoms of Covid-19 we are told to look out for. The others are a high temperature, and a loss or change of taste and smell. The NHS website defines a persistent cough as “coughing a lot for more t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Science Health World news Infectious diseases NHS Society Source Type: news

LAWSUIT: California parents want schools to fully reopen as students struggle with distance learning
(Natural News) Americans of all ages have been forced to adjust to a new way of life because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From lockdowns to social distancing, people have had to stay inside their homes for extended periods of time to prevent the spread of the infectious disease. However, parents have expressed their worry for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Taj Mahal reopens as coronavirus cases continue to rise in India
Monument in northern city of Agra opens to visitors after being closed for six monthsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Taj Mahal, India ’s “monument to love”, has reopened after a six-month hiatus with special rules introduced – including no touching the white marble walls of the mausoleum built for a Mughal emperor’s favourite wife.Only 5,000 visitors are allowed daily – a quarter of usual capacity – and all have their temperature taken by staff wearing face shields, masks and gloves.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Agence France-Presse in Agra Tags: India Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science South and Central Asia World news Source Type: news

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA on Surfaces in Quarantine Rooms Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA on Surfaces in Quarantine Rooms
A new report provides evidence of SARS-CoV-2 environmental contamination in rooms of presymptomatic patients.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Follow Covid rules or see UK deaths return to spring levels, minister warns
Grant Shapps says ‘we can’t afford to wait until deaths are rising before taking action’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK could return to the levels of mass coronavirus deaths seen in the spring unless people abide by social distancing rules, Grant Shapps has warned ahead of anappealto the public by the government ’s most senior scientists.Shapps, the transport secretary, said the country appeared to be on the same trajectory of new infections as countries such as Spain, and that without concerted action, could be faced with a significant increase in hospital a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Walker Political correspondent Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Grant Shapps UK news NHS Health Infectious diseases Politics Society Science Source Type: news

Atypical Presentation of COVID-19 in a Frail Older Person Atypical Presentation of COVID-19 in a Frail Older Person
A missed diagnosis of COVID-19 in this 94-year-old who presented with delirium, low-grade fever, and abdominal pain resulted in spread among healthcare workers and other patients.Age and Ageing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Community Engagement of African Americans in the COVID-19 Era Community Engagement of African Americans in the COVID-19 Era
Review the complex psychosocial, sociocultural, and environmental factors that contribute to African Americans being more likely to contract and die from COVID-19. How can this inequity be addressed?Preventing Chronic Disease (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

CSU secures $3.1 million from NIH to advance SolaVAX coronavirus vaccine research
(Colorado State University) SolaVAX repurposes a commercial platform that is currently used to inactivate pathogens in blood transfusions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New study reveals why flu can be devastating for pregnant women
(RMIT University) New research overturns current scientific thinking on flu infection in pregnancy.The study published in PNAS helps explain why influenza can lead to life-threatening complications during pregnancy.The research also has implications for our understanding of how COVID-19 may be affecting the vascular system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COVID-19 and human trafficking
(JAMA Network) The amplified impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations has important implications for individuals at risk of or exploited in human trafficking. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CRISPR-based malaria testing on-the-fly
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) A multi-disciplinary research collaboration which was led by Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), created a field-applicable, ultrasensitive diagnostic assay that specifically detects DNA sequences from all Plasmodium species in symptomatic and asymptomatic malaria. The new malaria diagnostic method combines an optimized 10-minute rapid sample preparation protocol with the CRISPR-based SHERLOCK system to enable highly specific and sensitive Plasmodium detection in another 60 minut...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New research highlights impact of COVID-19 on food security in Kenya and Uganda
(CABI) CABI scientists have conducted new research highlighting the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Kenya and Uganda with more than two-thirds of those surveyed having experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic.Dr Monica Kansiime led a team of researchers who discovered, from a random sample of 442 respondents, that the proportion of food insecure people increased by 38% and 44% in Kenya and Uganda respectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CHOP researchers find MIS-C associated with myocardial injury
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Using sensitive parameters to assess cardiac function, researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have found that cardiac involvement in multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) differs from Kawasaki disease (KD) and is associated with myocardial injury. The findings were published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

BU researchers discover how COVID-19 may trigger fatal levels of lung inflammation
(Boston University School of Medicine) Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, requires models that can duplicate disease development in humans, identify potential targets and enable drug testing. Specifically, access to primary human lung in vitro model systems is a priority since a variety of respiratory epithelial cells are the proposed targets of viral entry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Belief in conspiracy theories is a barrier to controlling spread of COVID-19
(Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania) Belief in conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic was inversely related to the perceived threat of the pandemic; taking of preventive actions, including wearing a face mask; and the intention to be vaccinated when there is a COVID-19 vaccine. The research is based on two-wave panel study in March and July of 840 U.S. adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Richmond emergency room experienced a surge in opioid overdoses during pandemic
(Virginia Commonwealth University) In a paper published Friday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers released data showing an alarming surge in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonfatal opioid overdose visits to the VCU Medical Center emergency department in Richmond increased from 102 between March and June 2019 to 227 between March and June 2020. That's an increase of 123%. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HHRI awarded continuation of SRTR contract
(Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute) The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has renewed its federal contract to operate the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). HHRI manages the SRTR under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The renewal marks the third contract term for the operation of the SRTR for HHRI, which has operated the SRTR since 2010. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists reveal details about the first cat infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Spain
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) The IRTA-CReSA coronavirus research team, alongside researchers from IrsiCaixa, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and veterinarians from a veterinary hospital near Barcelona publish in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the results of postoperative analyzes of COVID-19 positive cat necropsy. The study confirms that cats can become infected with SARS-CoV-2 without it affecting their health because they generate an effective immune response against the virus and cannot transmit it to humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cleveland Clinic study finds no link between influenza vaccine and COVID-19 risk
(Cleveland Clinic) Using patient data from Cleveland Clinic's COVID-19 registry, Dr. Joe Zein found that receiving the flu vaccine does not increase risk for COVID-19 or worsen associated disease outcomes, suggesting it is safe and advisable to receive the influenza vaccine this flu season. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Despite coronavirus: Social contacts increase again
(BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) Arrange a get-together with friends, enjoy life out in the fresh air: Despite the corona pandemic, everyday life is returning to normal. This is indicated by the current survey results of the BfR-Corona-Monitor. According to them, only 60 percent of the respondents say that they meet up with friends less often. Only 51% state that they leave their home less often to protect themselves from an infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccination insights
(University of California - Santa Barbara) While scientists race to develop and test a vaccine effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, recent studies have indicated that countries with widespread BCG vaccination appear to be weathering the pandemic better than their counterparts. This has led many researchers to suspect that BCG vaccine, which immunizes against tuberculosis, might offer protection against COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How to improve the surgery backlog during COVID-19
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, many non-urgent surgeries were delayed. Now, a new paper explains how to address the backlog of surgeries, without compromising patient outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Discovery of druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks
(University of Bristol) A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol. The researchers say their findings, published today [21 Sep] in the journal Science, are a potential 'game changer' in defeating the current pandemic and add that small molecule anti-viral drugs developed to target the pocket they discovered could help eliminate COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Long-term COVID-19 containment will be shaped by strength, duration of immunity
(Princeton University) New research suggests that the impact of natural and vaccine-induced immunity will be key factors in shaping the future trajectory of the global coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19. In particular, a vaccine capable of eliciting a strong immune response could substantially reduce the future burden of infection, according to a study by Princeton researchers published in the journal Science Sept. 21. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Children with COVID-19 show different immune responses, but better outcomes than adults
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) A comparison of children and adults hospitalized with COVID-19 reveals pediatric patients, who had better outcomes and shorter hospital stays, displayed altered immune responses and more limited production of antibodies against infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 model may speed drug discovery for COVID-19
(NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)) Scientists have developed a new tool that mimics how the virus that causes COVID-19 infects a cell, potentially speeding the search for treatments against the disease. The tool is a fluorescent nanoparticle probe that uses the spike protein on the virus surface to bind to cells and trigger the process that pulls the virus into cells. The probe could be used to rapidly gauge how drugs and compounds might block the virus from infecting cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New national imaging center has potential to transform medicine
(Morgridge Institute for Research) A national research initiative announced today will place the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the forefront of a revolution in imaging fostered by cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography -- technologies that can illuminate life at the atomic scale. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COVID-19 screening of asymptomatic people could decrease infections, deaths
(Massachusetts General Hospital) When the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing, low-cost, recurring screening of asymptomatic people could decrease infections and deaths and be cost-effective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Archaeology uncovers infectious disease spread - 4000 years ago
(University of Otago) New bioarchaeology research from a University of Otago PhD candidate has shown how infectious diseases may have spread 4000 years ago, while highlighting the dangers of letting such diseases run rife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COVID-19 and the decolonization of Indigenous public health
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Indigenous self-determination, leadership and knowledge have helped protect Indigenous communities in Canada during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and these principles should be incorporated into public health in future, argue the authors of a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.200852. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

PNNL, UW broaden capacity to test for COVID-19
(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Researchers from PNNL and UW analyzed kits that could be used as a critical part of a laboratory test used to detect COVID-19 in a sample from an infected person. As a result, two additional kits have been listed as options that labs can consider using, boosting the supply of chemicals and supplies linked to a critical step in the testing process. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What Are Systemic Disease Causes of Oral Ulcers?
Discussion Oral ulcers are common problems seen by dentists but pediatricians also see them. Usually families have are concerned because they are painful and acute. Ulcers are sometime noticed by the physician and not the family as in the case of herpangina or hand-foot and mouth disease. Chronic or recurrent ulcerations present less commonly and therefore it may be more difficult to determine their etiology. Many of the systemic disease causes of oral ulcers are overall infrequent and/or not common in the pediatric age range. Ulcers can be classified in several ways but acute ulcers are usually painful and last less tha...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 21, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: UK at 'critical point' in pandemic as US nears 200,000 deaths
England ’s chief medical officer to warn of a ‘very challenging winter’; more than one in five Covid-19 deaths globally is in US; Lebanon sees record case rise. Follow the latest updatesTrump health official says ‘biology independent of politics’ as US nears 200,000 deathsUK at ‘critical point’ over Covid-19, top scientists to tell publicMarathon man: Victorian premier briefs media for 77 days running – videoMutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changingSee all our coronavirus coverage12.18amBSTHeather Stewart andJosh Halliday report:Britain ’s most seni...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news UK news US news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

UK at 'critical point' over Covid-19, top scientists to tell public
Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty to make TV appeal ahead of ‘challenging winter’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain ’s most senior government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the coronavirus trend is “heading in the wrong direction” and “a critical point has been reached”.As Downing Street considers imposing nationwide curbs to contain a sharp jump in cases, the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, will make a rare live televised address alongside the UK chief scientific adviser, Sir Patric...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Heather Stewart and Josh Halliday Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Patrick Vallance Chris Whitty UK news Politics Health NHS Infectious diseases Science Society Sadiq Khan Matt Hancock Public services policy Schools Education Source Type: news

Covid vaccine tracker: when will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?
More than 170 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Here is their progressResearchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, withmore than 170 candidate vaccines now tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Niko Kommenda and Frank Hulley-Jones Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology World news Science Vaccines and immunisation Health Society Source Type: news

Africa: Can Covid-19 Inspire a New Way of Planning African Cities?
[The Conversation Africa] Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (COVID-19). The region has often carried a disproportionately high burden of global infectious outbreaks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Matt Hancock ’s Covid cavalry is not yet on the horizon. We need a global approach now
The UK has done well on building capacity. But only wide access to simple, effective tests will allow us to manage life under coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the UK battles with the overwhelming demand for Covid-19 tests, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Friday that the country needs to come together to keep the infection levels downwhile we await the cavalry on the horizon.The cavalry, he said, would come in the shape of the science that will bring a vaccine, effective treatments and the ability to undertake mass testing. Detecting cases, tracking contacts and con...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Trudie Lang Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Health World Health Organization Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Society Science World news Source Type: news

Susan Michie: 'Bars and pubs and other high-risk places should not be open'
The psychologist and member of Independent Sage on the flaws in the Conservative government ’s response to Covid-19, and its failure to build trust through honest communicationSusan Michie, 65, is a professor of health psychology at University College London and leader of the Human Behaviour Change project funded by the Wellcome Trust. She has been part of the Covid-19 behavioural science team, a sub-group of the government ’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). She also sits on the independent Sage committee chaired by Sir David King.How important was behavioural thinking in the advice given to g...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Tim Adams Tags: Health policy Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Psychology Science Source Type: news

Dismay as Britain faces up to prospect of new coronavirus lockdown
Boris Johnson under pressure as virus flares and experts despair at opportunities wasted during the summerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith the days shortening and the prospect of a tighter local lockdown imminent, there was understandable dismay among residents and business owners in London on Saturday. Outside Blade Hairclubbing, on Frith Street, Soho, three hairdressers waited for clients who may never come. On a normal day, they might get 10 customers but only three were booked in.Until lockdown, the salon had a downstairs bar and customers were served drinks in crystal glasses. &ld...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Michael Savage Robin McKie Jamie Doward and Phillip Inman Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases London Universities Science UK news Source Type: news

UK records 4,422 new daily cases; Poland reports record rise - as it happened
Doctors in England urge tighter restrictions; number of cases worldwide passes 30 million; scaled-down Oktoberfest in Munich begins. Follow all the developmentsExperts call for stronger measures as UK daily coronavirus cases hit four-month highBleach touted as ‘miracle cure’ for Covid being sold on AmazonHands, face, space? Johnson ’s Covid message has got priorities wrong, scientists warnMutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing12.10amBSTThis blog is closing now but you can catch the new one here:Related:Coronavirus live news: France sees another record daily rise as Victoria records...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jedidajah Otte (now), Aamna Mohdin, Josh Taylor, Lisa Cox and Aaron Walawalkar (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: UK records 4,422 new daily cases; France reports record rise
Doctors in England urge tighter restrictions; number of cases worldwide passes 30 million; scaled-down Oktoberfest in Munich begins. Follow all the developmentsExperts call for stronger measures as UK daily coronavirus cases hit four-month highBleach touted as ‘miracle cure’ for Covid being sold on AmazonHands, face, space? Johnson ’s Covid message has got priorities wrong, scientists warnMutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing7.46pmBSTTheUS Congress remains at a standstill over passing another coronavirus rescue package, while tens of millions of people still can ’t afford en...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jedidajah Otte (now), Aamna Mohdin, Josh Taylor, Lisa Cox and Aaron Walawalkar (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Hands, face, space? Johnson's Covid message has got priorities wrong, scientists warn
Physical distancing, far more than washing hands, is the most critical factor in preventing spread of the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe latest drive to help halt the spread of Covid-19 has been criticised by senior scientists for placing insufficient emphasis on the issues of ventilation and the need to stay apart from others.They say the government ’s“hands, face, space”campaign stresses handwashing and the wearing of masks as key factors in controlling coronavirus transmission, while the need to keep apart has been downplayed, despite it being the single crit...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Microbiology Royal Holloway, University of London World Health Organization UK news Medical research Society World news Source Type: news

Medical experts v anti-vaxxers: the Covid-19 information battle
Scientists face potential struggle to convince people of vaccine safety as celebrities join misinformation chorusFull report: engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts treblesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn one side is the “anti-vax” movement, a constellation of groupings drawn from across the ideological spectrum, far-right opportunists and celebrities including the former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown.On the other is the NHS, virtually the entire medical community, government departments and Brown ’s former Stone Roses bandmate John Squire.Continue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ben Quinn and Niamh McIntyre Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Vaccines and immunisation Ian Brown Van Morrison Music Culture Media Social media Twitter Facebook Digital media Social networking Technology UK news NHS Science Infectious diseases Health Society Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Trump pledges vaccine for all by April as Melbourne faces more protests
Number of cases worldwide passes 30 million; Victoria announces 21 new Covid-19 cases and seven more deaths; UK faces possible second national lockdown. Follow all the developmentsMutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing ?UK entering second wave of virus, Johnson warns‘Shocking’: Trump under fire from ex-adviser for Covid failures5.31amBSTThe Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has put out some more information on the latest case numbers today.The 21 cases is the lowest number of new cases since 24 June.Of the 834 current active cases in Victoria:5.12amBSTThe Australian minis...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Josh Taylor (now) and Lisa Cox (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

UC study sheds light on cancer treatment, COVID-19
(University of Cincinnati) University of Cincinnati researchers have found that certain treatments for cancer may increase the chance of death if they contract COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NIH Launches Trial of Rigel Drug for Severe COVID-19 NIH Launches Trial of Rigel Drug for Severe COVID-19
The NIH on Thursday launched a clinical trial of fostamatinib, currently used to treat a blood platelet-destroying autoimmune disorder, in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 19, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Victoria reports 21 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths as Brett Sutton apologises to Afghan community
State ’s chief health officer says it was ‘inappropriate’ to single out migrant community in CaseyVictoria ’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, has apologised for comments he made singling out Melbourne’s Afghan community in relation to a Covid-19 outbreak in Casey.Sutton made the apology as the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, announced 21 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths in the state on Saturday. It was the lowest number of new Covid-19 cases in the state since 24 June.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Lisa Cox Tags: Australia news Coronavirus outbreak Victoria Infectious diseases Science Daniel Andrews Australian politics Victorian politics Queensland Queensland politics Source Type: news

CDC Reverses COVID-19 Testing Guidance Again: Exposed Without Symptoms Need Tests CDC Reverses COVID-19 Testing Guidance Again: Exposed Without Symptoms Need Tests
The Trump administration reversed guidance Friday on COVID-19 testing for a second time, urging those exposed to people with the virus to get tested even if they are not displaying symptoms.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

EMA Backs Dexamethasone for Severe COVID-19 After Data Review EMA Backs Dexamethasone for Severe COVID-19 After Data Review
Dexamethasone can be considered a treatment option for adults and adolescents with SARS-CoV-2 infection who require supplemental oxygen therapy.International Approvals (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

The Week That Wasn't: Glasses, Church & COVID, Male Sexual Desire The Week That Wasn't: Glasses, Church & COVID, Male Sexual Desire
Three medical stories that we didn't cover, explained.Medscape (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Article Source Type: news