US states asked to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity to address racial and social disparities
US states asked to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity to address racial and social disparities

The CDC director apologized for lack of racial disparity data on coronavirus, said the agency did not have the data that it needed to be able to answer that responsively

People with no symptoms responsible for nearly 45% coronavirus infections as they transmit it silently: Study
People with no symptoms responsible for nearly 45% coronavirus infections as they transmit it silently: Study

Asymptomatic persons can spread Covid-19 to others for an extended period, perhaps longer than 14 days, claims research team

Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed
Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed

The five vaccines on the list are reportedly from US-based Moderna, a combined effort of Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and three big pharma companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer

Hydroxychloroquine does not stop people from getting coronavirus if they're exposed to disease, finds study
Hydroxychloroquine does not stop people from getting coronavirus if they're exposed to disease, finds study

Two leading medical journals have expressed concern over potential flaws in separate studies on hydroxychloroquine and blood pressure medications

FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic
FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic

FDA introduced new regulations to provide clarity on impurity limits for manufacturers. They will specify interim levels of certain impurities that can be tolerated for a relatively short period of time

Over 26,370 US nursing home residents, staff have died from coronavirus but death toll excludes cases before May
Over 26,370 US nursing home residents, staff have died from coronavirus but death toll excludes cases before May

Across the nation, nursing home residents have died at the rate of 27.5 per 1,000 while there have been 62 cases per 1,000 residents at these facilities

Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on
Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on

A pause on testing could nullify some of the progress the country has made in controlling the coronavirus, fear experts

WHO struggled to get vital coronavirus information from China during early days of outbreak, claims report
WHO struggled to get vital coronavirus information from China during early days of outbreak, claims report

Recordings of internal meetings show WHO officials complaining during the week of January 6 that China was not sharing data needed to evaluate the risk Covid-19 posed to the rest of the world

Coronavirus may have originated from horseshoe bat, says NIH-halted study as it calls for more samples from China
Coronavirus may have originated from horseshoe bat, says NIH-halted study as it calls for more samples from China

The results suggest that future sampling and viral discovery should target two hotspots of coronaviruses in southern and southwestern China in particular as well as neighboring countries where similar bat species live

3 feet of social distancing could cut coronavirus risk but 6 feet is more effective: Study
3 feet of social distancing could cut coronavirus risk but 6 feet is more effective: Study

The risk of infection when people stand more than 3 feet away from the infected individual was 2.6% versus 12.8% if less than 3 feet

Single 'magic bullet' treatment for Covid-19 unlikely as FDA proposes cocktail of drugs to fight disease
Single 'magic bullet' treatment for Covid-19 unlikely as FDA proposes cocktail of drugs to fight disease

Drugs that block the virus from entering or multiplying could come in handy for patients with mild disease. For severe conditions, experts could use medications that tone down harmful immune reactions

George Floyd protests could increase US coronavirus cases as thousands ignore social distancing: Officials
George Floyd protests could increase US coronavirus cases as thousands ignore social distancing: Officials

With people on the streets, clashing with the police and even looting stores, authorities decided to shut down testing centers in Los Angeles on May 30

Black Americans dying of coronavirus at 2.4 times the rate of white people, analysis shows
Black Americans dying of coronavirus at 2.4 times the rate of white people, analysis shows

The disparity in the death rate between blacks and whites is greater at the state level. Black residents are dying at seven times the rate of whites in Kansas and it is six times in Washington

Coronavirus infections among young in Washington did not decline, study blames absence of messaging
Coronavirus infections among young in Washington did not decline, study blames absence of messaging

From March 1 to April 19, 2020, the number of new coronavirus cases began showing a dramatic shift: a 10% decrease in cases among age 60 years and older, and a 20% increase in people under 40

About 10% of Covid-19 patients with diabetes died and 20% required ventilator support: Study
About 10% of Covid-19 patients with diabetes died and 20% required ventilator support: Study

The team also investigated whether drugs for diabetes or other complications resulting from abnormal blood sugar levels placed people at higher risk of severe infection and death

Over 2 million New Yorkers had coronavirus by March-end, 10 times more than official count: Study
Over 2 million New Yorkers had coronavirus by March-end, 10 times more than official count: Study

Despite the high number of Covid-19 cases, this represents only 14% of New York adults. Based on the analysis, researchers say that testing and contact tracing remain essential public health strategies

Wearing face mask at home could curb coronavirus spread among family by 79%: Study
Wearing face mask at home could curb coronavirus spread among family by 79%: Study

Wearing a mask after illness onset of the primary case is not significantly protective. The findings inform universal face mask use and social distancing, not just in public spaces, but inside homes as well

Coronavirus patients with cancer are more likely to die as compared to others, studies show
Coronavirus patients with cancer are more likely to die as compared to others, studies show

Analysis shows that 28% of cancer patients with Covid-19 died in one study, and 13% died in the other. Current estimates suggest that globally 6% confirmed to have Covid-19 have died as of May 29

Blood plasma therapy may reduce need for oxygen support in Covid-19 patients, suggests study
Blood plasma therapy may reduce need for oxygen support in Covid-19 patients, suggests study

Plasma therapy otherwise called Convalescent plasma transfusion uses antibodies extracted from the survivors' blood to target the new coronavirus

Americans could suffer a second wave of anxiety called 'adjustment disorder' as states reopen, warn experts
Americans could suffer a second wave of anxiety called 'adjustment disorder' as states reopen, warn experts

Adjustment disorder stems from high-stress levels triggered by a sudden change such as loss of work, and being thrust into or out of a lockdown fits the bill too

Covid-19 patients can see others if they are fever-free for 3 days and 10 days since symptom onset: CDC
Covid-19 patients can see others if they are fever-free for 3 days and 10 days since symptom onset: CDC

People with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days, says the advisory

Effective testing and tracing Covid-19 cases can reduce lost working hours by almost 50%, says ILO report
Effective testing and tracing Covid-19 cases can reduce lost working hours by almost 50%, says ILO report

The ILO study estimates that countries with a robust testing and tracking system in place have lost only 7% working hours, compared to 14% in countries on the other end of the spectrum

Over 33% Americans showing signs of anxiety and depression amid pandemic lockdown, says survey
Over 33% Americans showing signs of anxiety and depression amid pandemic lockdown, says survey

Results of the household survey by the US Census Bureau shows that 28.2% had symptoms of anxiety disorder, 24.4 had symptoms of depressive disorder and 33.9% had symptoms of one of the two

One in five infected people may test negative for coronavirus before symptoms show, finds study
One in five infected people may test negative for coronavirus before symptoms show, finds study

The concern is that a negative result may initially give people a false sense of security in the days leading up to symptom onset, say experts.

White House says testing majority of Americans for Covid-19 not needed, asks states to target 2% of population
White House says testing majority of Americans for Covid-19 not needed, asks states to target 2% of population

According to the 81-page report, the overall target for the nation for May and June is 12.9 million tests

US pharmacies push for flu vaccines after several experts predict there may be second Covid-19 wave in fall
US pharmacies push for flu vaccines after several experts predict there may be second Covid-19 wave in fall

This comes after a poll found that about 60% of Americans are willing to get flu shots in fall

Over 150,000 restaurants, hotels in 8 US states are coronavirus super-spreaders, can trigger second wave: Study
Over 150,000 restaurants, hotels in 8 US states are coronavirus super-spreaders, can trigger second wave: Study

Among the super-spreader businesses, 116,605 are dine-in restaurants, 26,196 are limited-service restaurants and 13,432 are hotels and motels

US in early stages of Covid-19 outbreak, says expert as death toll nears 100,000: 'We're not anywhere near done'
US in early stages of Covid-19 outbreak, says expert as death toll nears 100,000: 'We're not anywhere near done'

Dr Ashish Jha said that the projections show that the US might witness 70,000 to 100,000 fatalities between now and the end of the summer

Covid-19 has infected over 62,000 US healthcare workers and 291 have died but CDC warns numbers are higher
Covid-19 has infected over 62,000 US healthcare workers and 291 have died but CDC warns numbers are higher

The analysis is based on only 21.3% who said they have treated patients on the frontlines. Fatalities could be higher because CDC had access to the death status of only 56.9 % of the 62,000 infections

Coronavirus antibody tests could be wrong and can't be used to allow people to return to work, warns CDC
Coronavirus antibody tests could be wrong and can't be used to allow people to return to work, warns CDC

CDC says that health officials or health care providers who are using antibody tests need to use the most accurate test they can find and they might need to test people twice

How contaminated stethoscopes, thermometers led to 119 Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths at a hospital
How contaminated stethoscopes, thermometers led to 119 Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths at a hospital

To prevent future outbreaks, the researchers call for measures such as sanitizing objects like medical instruments after every use and minimizing the non-essential movement of people

Mike Pence says US on 'far side' of Covid-19 pandemic even as WHO warns of second peak if nations are careless
Mike Pence says US on 'far side' of Covid-19 pandemic even as WHO warns of second peak if nations are careless

The WHO said that the world is in the middle of the first wave and that countries could see a second peak of Covid-19 cases in this wave itself if they let up too soon on measures to stop the pandemic 

Face shields are more safer and effective than cloth masks against coronavirus, say experts
Face shields are more safer and effective than cloth masks against coronavirus, say experts

Previous research suggests that face shields effectively stopped the flu virus from entering the body.

Coronavirus patients are not infectious after 11 days of illness even if they test positive: Study
Coronavirus patients are not infectious after 11 days of illness even if they test positive: Study

The study shows that an infected person becomes contagious around two days before symptoms show, and they remain contagious between seven and 10 days after they start showing signs of the disease

WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial as possible coronavirus cure after reports of patients dying due to drug
WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial as possible coronavirus cure after reports of patients dying due to drug

The move comes in light of a paper that showed Covid-19 patients taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems than those that were not

US accepted Russian ventilators linked to hospital fires without FDA approval, models under investigation
US accepted Russian ventilators linked to hospital fires without FDA approval, models under investigation

The development highlights the consequences of fast-tracking products without vetting. The US, in its defense, said they had stockpiled them and had not out any of them to use

Rats getting 'aggressive' as restaurants stay shut amid pandemic, here's what CDC advises for a rodent-free home
Rats getting 'aggressive' as restaurants stay shut amid pandemic, here's what CDC advises for a rodent-free home

Preventive actions can include sealing up access into homes and businesses, removing debris and heavy vegetation, keeping garbage in tightly covered bins

Remdesivir most beneficial for Covid-19 patients who require oxygen support but not ventilator, NIH study shows
Remdesivir most beneficial for Covid-19 patients who require oxygen support but not ventilator, NIH study shows

The study enrolled 1,063 patients from 10 countries, including the US, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Greece, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Japan, and Singapore

2 Missouri hairstylists work despite Covid-19 symptoms, expose 140 customers to virus
2 Missouri hairstylists work despite Covid-19 symptoms, expose 140 customers to virus

In early May, Missouri opened its doors to business, including concerts and movie theaters, to operate with social distancing measures

US can't rule out second lockdown despite Trump's resistance, says Deborah Birx
US can't rule out second lockdown despite Trump's resistance, says Deborah Birx

President Donald Trump recently said that he will not close the country even if there is another wave of Covid-19

One in six coronavirus patients dies after use of hydroxychloroquine, some develop acute heart issues: Study
One in six coronavirus patients dies after use of hydroxychloroquine, some develop acute heart issues: Study

A research team led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital, US, analyzed real-world evidence related to outcomes for Covid-19 patients

Limit sharing prayer rugs to gathering sizes, all you need to know about CDC's guidelines for religious worship
Limit sharing prayer rugs to gathering sizes, all you need to know about CDC's guidelines for religious worship

The latest recommendations are meant to guide faith communities while respecting their fundamental right to gather for worship, says the guidance

Coronavirus not under control in US, relaxing social distancing could double the deaths in two months: Study
Coronavirus not under control in US, relaxing social distancing could double the deaths in two months: Study

Increasing surveillance and monitoring capacities will be essential to avoid a second wave, warn scientists

CDC's worst case estimate of ONLY 1% coronavirus patients dying doesn't reflect ground reality, says expert
CDC's worst case estimate of ONLY 1% coronavirus patients dying doesn't reflect ground reality, says expert

The current numbers released by the CDC underestimate fatality by a substantial margin compared to current scientific consensus, they say

Study find traces of coronavirus in breast milk, raises questions on how virus spreads to newborns
Study find traces of coronavirus in breast milk, raises questions on how virus spreads to newborns

It remains unclear whether severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can be shed into breastmilk and transmitted to a child through breastfeeding, the expert says

Covid-19 appears to cause injury in placenta during pregnancy, experts call for additional monitoring
Covid-19 appears to cause injury in placenta during pregnancy, experts call for additional monitoring

The injury recorded in the study leads to insufficient blood flow between the mother and the fetus, which may hamper its functioning, fear experts

CDC messes up, merges two different coronavirus testing data that could create misleading picture of pandemic
CDC messes up, merges two different coronavirus testing data that could create misleading picture of pandemic

CDC has been reporting diagnostic and antibody test results as one, which could skew the understanding of how many new Covid-19 cases have emerged, a crucial metric to help control outbreaks and ease restrictions

Dr Fauci to go hiking on Memorial Day as he urges Americans to 'go out' while maintaining social distancing
Dr Fauci to go hiking on Memorial Day as he urges Americans to 'go out' while maintaining social distancing

Dr Anthony Fauci advised Americans to wear face masks and maintain a six-feet distance while staying outdoors

US could have avoided over 53,000 coronavirus deaths if lockdown was imposed two weeks earlier: Study
US could have avoided over 53,000 coronavirus deaths if lockdown was imposed two weeks earlier: Study

The findings underscore the importance of early intervention and aggressive response in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic

Trump says he won't close the country even if there is a second wave of Covid-19: 'We can put out the fires'
Trump says he won't close the country even if there is a second wave of Covid-19: 'We can put out the fires'

Trump's remarks come even as experts express caution over the reopening of all 50 states, which they feel can ignite the second wave

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