US nursing homes get plastic ponchos and 'useless' cloth masks from FEMA while grappling with PPE shortage
US nursing homes get plastic ponchos and 'useless' cloth masks from FEMA while grappling with PPE shortage

3,213 out of 15,000 nursing homes are reportedly running short of PPEs and have less than a week's supply of masks, gowns, gloves, eye protectors and hand sanitizers

Polio vaccine could give temporary protection against Covid-19 by boosting body's defenses, hope scientists
Polio vaccine could give temporary protection against Covid-19 by boosting body's defenses, hope scientists

Though they are optimistic that it could work and strengthen the body's defenses against the disease, other experts have their reservations

US coronavirus deaths could reach 170,000 by October with second wave expected to hit in September: Report
US coronavirus deaths could reach 170,000 by October with second wave expected to hit in September: Report

Deaths are predicted to remain fairly level through August and begin to rise again in the fourth week of August with a more pronounced increase during September, says University of Washington's Covid-19 model

Sexy Zoom parties, creative positions and face masks: NYC's Covid-19 safe sex guidelines recommend getting kinky
Sexy Zoom parties, creative positions and face masks: NYC's Covid-19 safe sex guidelines recommend getting kinky

The health department advises New Yorkers to be creative with physical barriers that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact

Coronavirus cases surge in 21 US states after reopening as 12 grapple with increasing hospitalizations
Coronavirus cases surge in 21 US states after reopening as 12 grapple with increasing hospitalizations

The spike prompted Arizona, which has seen a 115% increase since its reopening, to ask its hospitals to activate the coronavirus emergency plans

Coronavirus hit California with 7 different strains early in outbreak when community spread was limited: Study
Coronavirus hit California with 7 different strains early in outbreak when community spread was limited: Study

Multiple strains arrived and spread in the state, suggesting that improving screening and contact tracing is key as businesses reopen across the US, say experts

Kawasaki disease-like symptoms linked to coronavirus in children is an entirely new condition, say experts
Kawasaki disease-like symptoms linked to coronavirus in children is an entirely new condition, say experts

The condition appears to affect older children than Kawasaki disease and presents more often with abdominal pains and diarrhea

WHO backtracks after saying transmission from people who don’t show coronavirus symptoms is 'very rare'
WHO backtracks after saying transmission from people who don’t show coronavirus symptoms is 'very rare'

WHO clarified that Covid-19 can be spread by people without symptoms, stating that how much coronavirus transmission comes from asymptomatic people is still a big unknown

Coronavirus may have hit China in fall, long before cases were first confirmed in December 2019: Satellite data
Coronavirus may have hit China in fall, long before cases were first confirmed in December 2019: Satellite data

Researchers analyzed hospital traffic and search engine data in Wuhan, and observed substantial traffic increase at hospitals as well as a surge in internet searches for Covid-19 symptoms early in 2019

Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report
Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report

Experts reject the central claim that mining represents an essential service either now or for the period of economic recovery

Lockdown, stay-at-home measures may have averted 60 million coronavirus infections in US, suggests report
Lockdown, stay-at-home measures may have averted 60 million coronavirus infections in US, suggests report

Researchers estimate that restrictions in 6 countries, which includes US, China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and France, prevented a total of 530 million Covid-19 cases in these countries

Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study
Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study

Social bubbles aka pods or Quaran-teams allow people to bond in groups but reduce contact outside it

Coronavirus may spread across half of hospital surfaces in just 10 hours, new study reveals
Coronavirus may spread across half of hospital surfaces in just 10 hours, new study reveals

Researchers artificially replicated a section of DNA from a plant-infecting virus, which cannot infect humans. Virus DNA left on a hospital bed rail was found in half of all sites sampled across a ward within 10 hours

California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit
California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit

Many programs designed to safeguard communities and homes to wildfire incidents have been put on hold as the state faces a $54-billion budget deficit due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Avoid kissing, wear mask and go for virtual sex if abstinence is not working out, say researchers
Coronavirus: Avoid kissing, wear mask and go for virtual sex if abstinence is not working out, say researchers

Experts says abstinence is the best option but it may not be feasible for many

George Floyd protests: Tear gas, smoke, other irritants can worsen coronavirus spread, say experts 
George Floyd protests: Tear gas, smoke, other irritants can worsen coronavirus spread, say experts 

Chemical agents in tear gas can irritate nose, mouth and lungs, causing inflammation that could weaken the body’s ability to resist Covid-19

Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study
Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study

Blood clotting could also explain why some people have low levels of oxygen in the blood and why mechanical ventilators do not help them

WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing
WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing

WHO recommends masking up while using public transport, in shops or other confined or crowded environment

From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic
From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic

Researchers surveyed 502 adults on May 4, soon after Trump suggested research on injecting disinfectants to ward off the disease

Lancet retracts study flagging hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus patients over data concerns
Lancet retracts study flagging hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus patients over data concerns

In their retraction, the authors say the research team entered this collaboration to contribute 'in good faith' and at a time of great need during the Covid-19 pandemic

Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study
Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study

Superspreading events are happening more than we expected, more than what could be explained by chance

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

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