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Global COVID-19 total tops 18 million, plans gel for virus-origin probe

By |2020-08-09T01:06:19+00:00August 9th, 2020|

The global pandemic total jumped past 18 million today, driven by steady large-scale outbreaks in populous countries, such as India, Brazil, and the United States. It took only 4 days for the world's COVID-19 total to jump from 17 million to 18 million, and today the total climbed to 18,157,379 cases, with 690,742 deaths, according to [...]

COVID-19 surges in new states as Birx warns of rural spread

By |2020-08-09T00:52:19+00:00August 9th, 2020|

Over the weekend, Alaska, Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma saw the biggest increases in positive COVID-19 tests, according to the Washington Post, a harbinger that the current phase of the pandemic seems to be moving up and out from the Sun Belt. The pandemic, according to Deborah Birx, MD, lead adviser to the White House's coronavirus task force, has [...]

Health workers, especially minorities, at high risk for COVID, even with PPE

By |2020-08-09T00:39:55+00:00August 9th, 2020|

At the peak of the pandemic in the United States and the United Kingdom, frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) who had adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) were still at more than three times the risk of COVID-19 infection than the general public—even after accounting for differences in testing frequency, according to a study published late last week in The [...]

BfR addresses risk of E. coli in flour

By |2020-08-09T00:35:45+00:00August 9th, 2020|

A German risk assessment agency has issued an opinion after STEC was frequently found in flour samples. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) was detected in multiple flour samples (wheat, spelt and rye) from mills during routine food monitoring in Germany in 2018. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) asked the German Federal Institute for Risk [...]

Cruise Ship Returns to Sea, Immediately Suffers Coronavirus Outbreak

By |2020-08-09T00:26:53+00:00August 9th, 2020|

A Norwegian cruise ship suffered a coronavirus outbreak just over a month after it set sail for the first time since the pandemic swept the world. Passengers had already disembarked Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen by the time its owners discovered that 33 crew members had tested positive as it sat docked in Tromsø, Norway on [...]

Survivors of Covid-19 show increased rate of psychiatric disorders, study finds

By |2020-08-08T23:42:58+00:00August 8th, 2020|

More than half of people who received hospital treatment for Covid-19 were found to be suffering from a psychiatric disorder a month later, a study has found. Out of 402 patients monitored after being treated for the virus, 55% were found to have at least one psychiatric disorder, experts from San Raffaele hospital in Milan found. The [...]

We Need to Talk About Ventilation

By |2020-08-08T23:39:10+00:00August 8th, 2020|

I recently took a drive-through COVID-19 test at the University of North Carolina. Everything was well organized and efficient: I was swabbed for 15 uncomfortable seconds and sent home with two pages of instructions on what to do if I were to test positive, and what precautions people living with or tending to COVID-19 patients [...]

Lawmakers are waking up to the dangers of silica dust – are contractors?

By |2020-08-08T23:30:46+00:00August 8th, 2020|

MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for respiratory health have recently called for more measures to protect workers at risk from developing silicosis. The construction industry must make sure it is doing all it can to protect employees against this ‘silent killer’. The APPG launched its inquiry in 2019 to look at the dangers of [...]

10 Fast-Food Restaurants That Serve Healthy Foods

By |2020-08-08T23:07:23+00:00August 8th, 2020|

While most fast foods are based on cheap, unhealthy ingredients, many fast-food establishments now offer healthy alternatives. Some major chains even focus exclusively on providing healthy fast food. These can be life-savers when you don't have the time or energy to cook a healthy meal. Here are 10 fast-food restaurants that have some healthy options on the menu. [...]

Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Screening Strategies to Permit the Safe Reopening of College Campuses in the United States

By |2020-08-08T22:33:37+00:00August 8th, 2020|

Question  What screening and isolation programs for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) will keep students at US residential colleges safe and permit the reopening of campuses? Findings  This analytic modeling study of a hypothetical cohort of 4990 college-age students without SARS-CoV-2 infection and 10 students with undetected asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection suggested that frequent [...]