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Drivers tell of chaos at UK’s privately run PPE stockpileThe private firm contracted to run the government’s stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) was beset by “chaos” at its warehouse that may have resulted in delays in deploying vital supplies to healthcare workers, according to sources who have spoken to the Guardian and ITV News. The allegations from delivery drivers and other well–placed sources raise questions about whether Movianto, the subsidiary of a US healthcare giant, was able to adequately manage and distribute the nation’s emergency stockpile of PPE for use in a pandemic.

By |2020-05-18T18:03:24+00:00May 18th, 2020|

The private firm contracted to run the government’s stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) was beset by “chaos” at its warehouse that may have resulted in delays in deploying vital supplies to healthcare workers, according to sources who have spoken to the Guardian and ITV News. The allegations from delivery drivers and other well–placed sources raise [...]

Ochratoxin A in food: public health risks assessed

By |2020-05-18T18:01:03+00:00May 18th, 2020|

EFSA has published a scientific opinion on public health risks related to the presence of ochratoxin A (OTA) in food – a mycotoxin naturally produced by moulds that can be found in a variety of foodstuffs including cereals, preserved meats, fresh and dried fruit, and cheese. New data that have become available since the last assessment [...]

7 students in a class? Not practical, school operations officials say

By |2020-05-18T17:56:16+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Thermal cameras that take students’ and staff members’ temperatures as they enter a school, flooring with one-way directions and “self-cleaning” windows that use UV light to clean the air inside a room are among the products school operations officials are considering as they begin preparing for schools to re-open — whenever that is. Some operations and [...]

WHA preps for virtual meeting as COVID-19 cases top 4.5 million

By |2020-05-18T17:49:16+00:00May 18th, 2020|

As the number of global COVID-19 cases passed 4.5 million today, the World Health Assembly (WHA) geared up to meet virtually for the first time in a shortened meeting that will mainly focus on the COVID-19 threat. Though illness totals have slowed in some earlier hot spots, virus activity is overwhelming health systems in other parts [...]

Trump taps new team to develop, deploy COVID-19 vaccine

By |2020-05-18T17:44:12+00:00May 18th, 2020|

"I just want to make something clear. It's very important. Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back. And we're starting a process." That's what President Donald Trump said today in the Rose Garden as he announced new leadership for "Operation Warp Speed," an executive program that aims to rapidly develop, manufacture, and distribute 300 million doses of [...]

Studies find further lack of COVID benefit from hydroxychloroquine

By |2020-05-18T17:39:08+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Results from two new studies, including the first randomized controlled trial, are providing further evidence that the antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine may not help COVID-19 patients. The two studies, published yesterday in BMJ, found that, when compared with standard treatment, the use of hydroxychloroquine did not increase the likelihood of virus elimination in Chinese patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19, [...]

Exploring respirator options for protecting health workers from COVID-19

By |2020-05-18T17:33:59+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Since the beginning of America's battle with the novel coronavirus, N95s, the close-fitting respirators worn instead of face masks to protect frontline workers from infectious aerosols and respiratory droplets, have been in short supply. The respirators, most manufactured by 3M and Honeywell, are used globally and act as the crux of personal protective equipment (PPE) for [...]

An outbreak of severe Kawasaki-like disease at the Italian epicentre of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic: an observational cohort study

By |2020-05-18T17:31:13+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Summary Background The Bergamo province, which is extensively affected by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic, is a natural observatory of virus manifestations in the general population. In the past month we recorded an outbreak of Kawasaki disease; we aimed to evaluate incidence and features of patients with Kawasaki-like disease diagnosed during [...]

Which Operations Can Restart First? New Guide Helps Hospitals Decide

By |2020-05-18T17:26:36+00:00May 18th, 2020|

As fast and sharp as a cut from a scalpel, the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals across America to slash elective surgical cases in March and April to slow the risk of infection and make room for surges of patients. The pandemic disrupted or diverted the supply of resources that surgery cases need -- from protective gear [...]

Rare, COVID-Related Inflammatory Disease Affecting Children

By |2020-05-18T17:21:47+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Children seem to have mostly been spared from serious COVID-19 complications. But now, new reports suggest that a rare and potentially fatal inflammatory disease linked to the novel coronavirus is afflicting a small number of kids. Cases of what’s being called pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PMIS) have been reported in parts of the U.S. and Europe, [...]