NSF grant aiding startup's work to treat COVID-19, stop future viral pandemics
(Purdue University) A Purdue University-affiliated startup is receiving national support to pursue a strategy to treat severe COVID-19 cases and possible future outbreaks involving other viruses. Akanocure Pharmaceuticals Inc. has received a $256,000 Phase I research grant from the National Science Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hundreds of Ontario health experts demand province abolish for-profit long-term care
With hundreds of Ontario long-term care residents dead and COVID-19 outbreaks continuing to ravage facilities across the province, a group of health experts is pushing the province to abolish for-profit long-term care facilities. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

EARLY RELEASE: COVID-19 Cases and Transmission in 17 K-12 Schools - Wood County, Wisconsin, August 31-November 29, 2020
This report describes reported student mask-wearing and COVID-19 rates among students and staff members in 17 rural Wisconsin schools. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Coronavirus [CoV] MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Outbreaks Transmission COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Schools K-12 Schools Source Type: news

UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages
More than 100,000 people have died in the United Kingdom after contracting the coronavirus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 variant cases surge in Ontario as 99 suspected in Barrie area
Most of the cases are tied to a devastating outbreak at a long-term care home, but two cases have no links, raising concerns about how much the virus could be spreading in the community. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Reports 2020 Fourth-Quarter and Full Year Results
New Brunswick, N.J. (January 26, 2021) – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced results for fourth-quarter and full year 2020. “Our notable full year performance reflects the continued confidence from patients, physicians, customers and consumers in our life-enhancing products and medicines, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I’m incredibly proud of our Johnson & Johnson teams around the world for going above and beyond to meet stakeholder needs. These efforts, and our commitment to families around the world a...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - January 26, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical giants not ready for next pandemic, report warns
Ten of the world ’s most infectious diseases identified by the WHO not being catered for by drug firmsThe world ’s biggest pharmaceutical firms are little prepared for the next pandemic despite a mounting response to the Covid-19 outbreak, an independent report has warned.Jayasree K Iyer, executive director of the Netherlands-basedAccess to Medicine Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation funded by the UK and Dutch governments and others, highlighted an outbreak of the Nipah virus in China, with a fatality rate of up to 75%, as potentially the next big pandemic risk.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: Medical research Infectious diseases World Health Organization Pharmaceuticals industry AstraZeneca Pfizer Coronavirus UK news US news World news Source Type: news

Inside Canada's largest COVID-19 outbreak in a federal prison
During the first wave of COVID-19, Alex Doyle did his best to keep his young family healthy. But last November, he ended up back in prison after violating his parole. And that's where he may have inadvertently become a superspreader in Canada's worst outbreak in a federal penitentiary. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Association for molecular pathology reinforces continued commitment to improving national diagnostic
(Association for Molecular Pathology) AMP announces the formation of the AMP COVID Response (ACR) Steering Committee to help coordinate and communicate the organization's continued efforts to guide diagnostic testing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and preparations for future emerging outbreaks (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Anonymous cell phone data can quantify behavioral changes for flu-like illnesses
(Emory Health Sciences) New method could potentially provide a useful tool to help monitor and control infectious diseases outbreaks, without comprising privacy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Covid-19: Five days that shaped the outbreak
Before Wuhan was locked down in January 2020 officials said the outbreak was under control - but the virus had spread inside and outside the city. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Areas of seven Chinese provinces enter 'wartime' mode following COVID-19 outbreaks
(Natural News) Areas of Hebei, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Henan, and Ningxia provinces, as well as Inner Mongolia and Beijing announced that they entered “wartime” mode over the weekend due to surges in COVID-19 cases. (Article by Nicole Hao republished from TheEpochTimes.com) “Wartime” mode typically means that restrictions are placed on when residents can leave their homes, and almost all public... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thailand confirms record 914 new coronavirus cases
Thailand has confirmed a record 914 new cases of the coronavirus, all in Samut Sakhon province near Bangkok where a major outbreak began in December (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Beijing caught in another lie? Wuhan lab researchers fell ill, displayed COVID-19 symptoms before outbreak
(Natural News) The U.S. State Department on Friday, Jan. 15, released a fact sheet revealing several researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) fell ill with symptoms similar to those caused by the coronavirus in the autumn of 2019. It contradicted claims by a senior researcher from the facility who said there were no infections... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19, suicide, and femicide: rapid research  using Google search phrases - Standish K.
Psychologist Eric Miller of Kent State University has termed COVID-19 "the Loss and Trauma Event of Our Time." In this paper, I would like to problematize the public health response to the virus outbreak in light of two consequential and preventable trauma... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

COVID-19 warnings were on Twitter well before the outbreak of the pandemic
(IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca) A new study of researchers at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, published in Scientific Reports, has identified tracks of increasing concern about pneumonia cases on posts published on Twitter in seven countries, between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. The analysis of the posts shows that the " whistleblowing " came precisely from the geographical regions where the primary outbreaks later developed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2 reacts to antibodies of virus from 2003 SARS outbreak, new study reveals
(Oregon Health& Science University) A new study demonstrates that antibodies generated by the novel coronavirus react to other strains of coronavirus and vice versa, according to research published today by scientists from Oregon Health& Science University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

China was largest recipient of FDI in 2020: Report
China was the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak spread across the world during the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should governments name workplaces that have COVID-19 outbreaks? The pros and cons according to experts
Canada has a patchwork of different policies in place regarding the public disclosure of COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, and expert opinion seems as divided as the regulations on whether making outbreaks public helps or hinders the spread of the virus. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus
Thousands of Hong Kong residents are locked down in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Canada is on the hunt for coronavirus variants — but may not be able to keep up with outbreaks
Canada is on the hunt for highly contagious strains of the coronavirus, but experts say they could already be spreading across the country and we may not be able to keep up with surveillance as more outbreaks occur. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Devastating Covid-19 Outbreak In Brazil Is A Warning To The Rest Of The World
Researchers estimate that as many of 76 percent of Manaus residents were infected with Covid-19 by Oct 2020 —a proportion that technically exceeds the threshold for population immunity. So why is the city struggling to survive a second wave? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: William A. Haseltine, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

COVID-19 Is Ravaging Local Newspapers, Making it Easier for Misinformation to Spread
Keeping up with the torrent of news over the last year has been overwhelming for all Americans. But it’s an especially difficult challenge for local newspaper editors like Reed Anfinson, who not only owns and publishes Swift County, Minn.’s Monitor-News, but writes nearly every news story it publishes, too. Anfinson, who also owns two other papers in nearby counties, has worked virtually seven days a week since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, including through a battle with the virus himself. For all his hustle, he still wishes he had time to write more about the people whose lives have been disrupted by CO...
Source: TIME: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

AP PHOTOS: Long lines as Beijing expands mass COVID testing
Beijing has ordered more coronavirus tests for about 2 million people in its downtown area after new cases were reported in the Chinese capital. The city health department said all residents of the Xicheng and Dongcheng districts are required to undergo testing on Friday and Saturday. Results are usually delivered by smartphone app within a few hours. In one neighborhood in Dongcheng, several thousand people lined up in freezing temperatures around a corner and down several blocks, waiting to enter a building for testing. They included a group of street sweepers who stood out in their high-visibility red and green un...
Source: ABC News: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care, DHSC (updated 22nd January 2021)
Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak. 22 January 2021 Added a new document:'Working with people in their own homes this winter'. 11 January 2021Updated'Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care'to reflect the extension of free PPE until the end of June 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Timeline: China's COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown of Wuhan
The 76-day lockdown of the Chinese city of Wuhan that began one year ago Saturday was the most extreme step taken up to that point against the coronavirus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Shanghai outbreak prompts 2 hospital lockdowns
Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus infections slowing in Michigan amid ongoing ‘third wave,’ data shows
Michigan’s risk for a coronavirus outbreak has recently decreased -- but has not altogether dissipated -- nearly one month into the new... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ohio to spend $50M on at-home rapid Covid-19 antigen tests
The state of Ohio will send two million at-home Covid-19 rapid antigen tests to local health departments in another arm of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The deal with Abbott Laboratories and telemedicine company eMed is paid for with $50 million from the federal CARES Act, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. "We think this will be very, very helpful to slowing the spread," he said. "If we get a hot spot, if we get an outbreak in a factory, we can mo ve in very quickly." Local health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Ohio to spend $50M on at-home rapid Covid-19 antigen tests
The state of Ohio will send two million at-home Covid-19 rapid antigen tests to local health departments in another arm of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The deal with Abbott Laboratories and telemedicine company eMed is paid for with $50 million from the federal CARES Act, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. "We think this will be very, very helpful to slowing the spread," he said. "If we get a hot spot, if we get an outbreak in a factory, we can mo ve in very quickly." Local health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

COVID-19 Among Food Manufacturing and Agriculture Workers COVID-19 Among Food Manufacturing and Agriculture Workers
How widespread are COVID-19 outbreaks among food manufacturing and agriculture workers?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

English care homes 'sitting ducks' as GPs refuse Covid vaccine at infected sites
Outbreaks recorded in 635 facilities, but vaccinations delayed despite NHS deadline to protect vulnerable peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid outbreaks are slowing delivery of the vaccine to somecare homes in England as GPs postpone jabs in infected facilities. Managers say they have been left as sitting ducks.Covid outbreaks were recorded in 635 English care homes last week, a slight fall on the previous week, data from Public Health England revealed. But outbreaks are still four times higher than at the start of December. Although the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Thurs...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Social care Infectious diseases Society Health Medical research Health policy GPs NHS Source Type: news

' We're Only Safe if We're All Safe': Global COVID Vaccination'We're Only Safe if We're All Safe': Global COVID Vaccination
Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, talks about vaccines, optimal vaccine distribution in the US and across the globe, and why he's optimistic about COVID and future outbreaks.Medscape (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Internal Medicine Expert Interview Source Type: news

Nigeria: Students, Landlords Tango Over Rent During School Closure
[Vanguard] When schools at all levels were closed last March as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus disease in the country, nobody envisaged that the closure would take nearly a year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: AU Member States Adopt Digital Covid Certificates
[East African] African Union member states will from this month start using digital Covid-19 certificates as one way of eliminating travel restrictions that were occassioned by outbreak of coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The U.S. Fumbled Its Early Vaccine Rollout. Will the Biden Administration Put America Back on Track?
On a frigid morning in January, Trudy Ronnel settled into her favorite sofa chair at the Westminster Place senior-living community in Evanston, Ill., pulled down the neckline on her red blouse and braced herself for a shot she’d anticipated for almost a year. At 92 years old, with multiple medical conditions, she spent most of 2020 fearful of contracting the COVID-19 plague that ravaged the world outside her first-floor window. To protect herself, for the past few months she’d avoided Westminster’s communal rooms, which had provided a means to stay active and engaged but risked becoming a pathogenic petri...
Source: TIME: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: W.J. Hennigan, Alice Park and Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

My ‘Long Covid’ Nightmare: Still Sick After 6 Months
A Times reporter caught the coronavirus during the New York City outbreak last April. But the acute phase of the illness was just the beginning. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura M. Holson Tags: Chronic Condition (Health) Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) New York City Source Type: news

COVID-19 is hitting First Nations in Western Canada especially hard
While Ontario and Quebec are the epicentres of COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada, people in First Nations are being hit the hardest in Western Canada, where they make up half the number of hospitalizations in some provinces. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Politics Source Type: news

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services. Items with an asterisk are new or updated as of January 21, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Fighting respiratory virus outbreaks through 'nano-popcorn' sensor-based rapid detection
(Chung Ang University) Respiratory diseases like influenza can spread rapidly and escalate to global health crises. Thus, to control them, simple yet sensitive detection techniques are needed. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a potential candidate but currently lacks reproducibility. To overcome this, researchers in Korea have now developed a novel SERS-based sensor that can effectively detect influenza A viral pathogens with high reproducibility. Through this improved method of detection, preventing future outbreaks of respiratory diseases can become easier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Covid UK: Daily death rate hits 1,820 peak though infections fall
Britain today recorded its deadliest day of the Covid pandemic for second day in a row with 1,820 more victims. Department of Health figures showed the outbreak is continuing to shrink, however. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' We're Only Safe if We're All Safe': Global COVID Vaccination'We're Only Safe if We're All Safe': Global COVID Vaccination
Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, talks about vaccines, optimal vaccine distribution in the US and across the globe, and why he's optimistic about COVID and future outbreaks.Medscape (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Internal Medicine Expert Interview Source Type: news

Covid UK: Interactive map reveals 65,000 people are getting infected each day in England
Lane Clark and Peacock, London-based analysts tracking the second wave, have found that around 65,000 people in England are catching Covid-19 each day, but the outbreak is no longer shrinking. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Care homes confident of avoiding repeat of UK’s first Covid wave
Even with rising infections, providers say better controls and vaccine rollout are preventing mass outbreak (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 20, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Multiple COVID-19 Outbreaks Linked to a Wedding Reception Multiple COVID-19 Outbreaks Linked to a Wedding Reception
Noncompliance with CDC's recommended mitigation measures at a wedding reception resulted in 177 COVID-19 cases, including seven hospitalizations and seven deaths.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Asia Today: China records new cases, defends response
China’s capital, Beijing, recorded seven more coronavirus cases amid a lingering outbreak in the country’s north (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

China builds massive Covid-19 quarantine camp for 4,000 people as outbreak continues
China is rushing to build a massive quarantine camp that can house more than 4,000 people, after an outbreak of Covid-19 this month that... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China Barricades Part of Capital as Northern Outbreak Escalates
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could a Small Test Screen People for Covid-19?
A new modeling study hints that odor-based screens could quash outbreaks. But some experts are skeptical it would work in the real world. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine J. Wu Tags: Smell (Olfaction) Tests (Medical) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Research Mobile Applications your-feed-science your-feed-health Larremore, Daniel Toomre, Derek Source Type: news