Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): The Latest News, Updates and Information

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Reviewed on 4/4/2020

A Decade of Telemedicine Has Advanced in Just Weeks

A Decade of Telemedicine Has Advanced in Just Weeks

SATURDAY, APRIL 04, 2020 --The rapid spread of COVID-19 forced Seemal Desai, MD, to make an excruciating choice; he could either shutter his busy dermatology practice in Plano, Texas, or switch most patient consults to telemedicine, which he'd never used.

"We've moved 10 years in telemedicine policy in 2 weeks," said Karen Edison, MD, from the University of Missouri, in Columbia. "The federal government has really loosened the reins." Telemedicine consultation is prioritized and patients at high risk for COVID-19 exposure are... Read more

Can You Catch Coronavirus From Takeout Food?

Can You Catch Coronavirus From Takeout Food?

Restaurant kitchens can be one of the safest places in this coronavirus outbreak because they already practice strict hygiene protocols. But what if your takeout dinner was prepared by a cook who has COVID-19? Read more

Key Drug Shortages in COVID-19 Fight

Key Drug Shortages in COVID-19 Fight

First it was a critical shortage of personal protective equipment. Then pleas for more ventilators to sustain patients with COVID-19 and providers to care for them. Now, multiple sources are reporting deepening shortages of the drugs needed to help ventilate patients and keep them sedated.

Shortages are already evident for... Read more

Coronavirus Cases Hit 1 Million Worldwide, US Officials Urge Many Americans to Wear Face Masks

Coronavirus Cases Hit 1 Million Worldwide, US Officials Urge Many Americans to Wear Face Masks

As the number of coronavirus cases worldwide swept past 1 million and the United States saw its death count rise beyond 6,200 on Friday, the Trump administration said it will announce new guidance that urges many Americans to wear face coverings to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The recommendation is believed to apply only to... Read more

Boosting Your Immunity From COVID-19? These Foods, Vitamins, Routines Work Best

Boosting Your Immunity From COVID-19? These Foods, Vitamins, Routines Work Best

To protect those they love from a virus that can kill, people online are flooding the internet with search results for the best vitamins, foods, and activities to boost your immune system against coronavirus COVID-19.

The internet provides plenty of answers—some reliable, others not... Read more

Is Pink Eye a Symptom of Coronavirus?

Is Pink Eye a Symptom of Coronavirus?

Besides causing COVID-19, the new coronavirus can also lead to "pink eye," and Chinese researchers say the virus may be spread by tears.

Of 38 patients with COVID-19, a dozen also had pink eye (conjunctivitis), a new study found. In two patients, the coronavirus was present in both nasal and eye fluids... Read more

How Do the COVID-19 Coronavirus Tests Work?

How Do the COVID-19 Coronavirus Tests Work?

Tests for coronavirus may use two methods to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of COVID-19 disease, a debilitating and potentially deadly viral pneumonia.

The first and most prevalent method to detect the virus in individuals is based on... Read more

What 1918 Spanish Flu Death Toll Tells Us About COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Can the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic prepare us for the 2020 coronavirus COVID-19 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

Can Vitamin C Prevent and Treat Coronavirus?

Vitamin C has been added to the list of potential therapies for coronavirus Covid-19.

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

Can Zinc Lozenges Ward Off Coronavirus? What Doctors Say

Can zinc lozenges actually shorten the length of a viral infection including coronavirus COVID-19?

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

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.

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

Doctors, Nurses Face Harassment, Firing for Self-Care Amid COVID-19 Coronavirus

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

N95 Respirator Masks, Surgical Masks, and DIY Masks

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics are running out of 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

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