U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 163,000; Death Count Set to Surpass China's Total
TUESDAY, March 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. coronavirus cases surged past 163,000 on Tuesday, Americans were told they may soon get a look at the statistical disease models that public officials have been using to urge more than 250 million people to stay at home.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll also... Read more
5-Minute Rapid-Result Coronavirus Test
The FDA has authorized a coronavirus test that the manufacturer says can tell if someone is infected with the virus within 5 minutes.
In a news release, Abbott Diagnostics Scarborough in Illinois said the test can tell if a person has the coronavirus in as little as 5 minutes and tell if someone... Read more
More Evidence COVID-19 Survivors' Blood Could Help Very Ill Patients
A small study out of China bolsters the notion that transfusing the antibody-enriched blood of people who've survived COVID-19 could help patients still fighting for their lives against the disease.
If the findings are replicated in larger trials... Read more
Doctors, Nurses Face Harassment, Firing for Self-Care Amid COVID-19 Coronavirus
As upper management patrolled the halls at one hospital in California, telling staff they could be fired on the spot for wearing N95 masks brought from home, one nurse asked to see the policy. The administrator told her that, if she was going to wear one, she needed a note from her doctor.
As hospitals watch their supply of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) dwindle, constraints have become so restrictive that physicians and nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic believe their health is being sacrificed... Read more
US Government Extends Social Distancing to April 30 as COVID-19 Cases Surge
MONDAY, March 30, 2020 -- As U.S. coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise, President Donald Trump on Sunday backed down on plans to re-open the country by Easter instead extending strict social distancing guidelines for the country to April 30.
By Monday morning... Read more
CDC Urges Residents of 3 States Near New York City to Cease Domestic Travel
In an unprecedented move, residents of the tri-state area around New York City -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut -- are being urged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to refrain from travel to other states over the next 14 days, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Although coronavirus hotspots continue to emerge throughout the country, New York City remains... Read more
What 1918 Spanish Flu Death Toll Tells Us About COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
Spanish flu was the most devastating pandemic ever recorded, leaving major figures like medical philanthropist Bill Gates to draw comparisons to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. How did the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic cause such a high death toll? And how can the Spanish flu prepare us for coronavirus?
It started as a mild flu season, not different from any other. When its first wave hit in the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu seemed like just another flu. But then... Read more
How Long Does Coronavirus Stay on Surfaces and in the Air?
The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, remains viable in aerosols for hours and on surfaces for days, according to a new study.
The data indicate that the stability of the new virus is similar to that of SARS-CoV-1, which caused the SARS epidemic. Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, has quickly outstripped the pace of the 2003 SARS epidemic. "Superspread" of the earlier disease arose from infection during medical procedures, in which a single infected individual seeded many secondary cases. In contrast, the novel coronavirus appears to be spread more through... Read more
N95 Respirator Masks, Surgical Masks, and DIY Masks
In the midst of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics are running out of masks. Healthcare workers are going online to beg for more, the hashtags #GetMePPE and #WeNeedPPE are trending on Twitter, and some hospitals have even put out public calls for mask donations. They know that the moment the masks run out, they're at increased risk for disease. So instead of waiting for mask shipments that may be weeks off, some people are making their own... Read more
Can Zinc Lozenges Ward Off Coronavirus? What Doctors Say
They may soothe a sore throat, but can zinc lozenges actually shorten the length of a viral infection? The question is getting a fresh look after coronavirus researcher James Robb's email suggesting the mineral supplement to friends and family leaked online.
Robb was one of the first pathologists to study coronavirus in the 1970s. The email gives several tips for stopping the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. They include specific tips about... Read more
Can Vitamin C Prevent and Treat Coronavirus?
In a mad dash to discover effective treatment for the novel coronavirus, doctors and scientists are testing existing antivirals, antimalarials, monoclonal antibodies, and other medications against COVID-19. Now Chinese teams are adding vitamin C to the list of potential therapies.
The study description notes that vitamin C is an antioxidant that may help prevent cytokine-induced damage to the lungs. Cytokines are small proteins released by cells, which trigger... Read more