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WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19

By |2020-07-28T17:20:37+00:00July 28th, 2020|

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 July 2020 – The World Health Organization and UNICEF warned today of an alarming decline in the number of children receiving life-saving vaccines around the world. This is due to disruptions in the delivery and uptake of immunization services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to new data by WHO and UNICEF, these disruptions [...]

Mumps Cases Disproportionately Affecting Persons Living with HIV Infection and Men Who Have Sex with Men — Chicago, Illinois, 2018

By |2020-07-28T17:20:34+00:00July 28th, 2020|

Summary What is already known about this topic?The majority of mumps cases among U.S. adults has been reported in university settings with a readily identified target population for outbreak response. What is added by this report?This report describes increased mumps cases in a nonuniversity setting with geographical distribution throughout a large urban center, disproportionately affecting men [...]

Serious violations of health workers’ rights during pandemic

By |2020-07-27T18:13:14+00:00July 27th, 2020|

States are failing to uphold even basic obligations to essential healthcare workers Just weeks ago, British streets were ringing with applause for health workers and a million homemade rainbows celebrated the NHS and its heroic staff. Feted by politicians and lionised by journalists, healthcare workers were an angelic host holding our imperilled world together. But [...]

Nearly 1,000 U.S. immigration detention center employees test positive for coronavirus

By |2020-07-27T18:13:11+00:00July 27th, 2020|

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 930 employees of private contractors running U.S. immigration detention centers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to congressional testimony given by company executives on Monday. The heads of four companies – CoreCivic (CXW.N), The GEO Group (GEO.N), Management & Training Corp (MTC) and LaSalle Corrections – that detain [...]

COVID-19 outbreak and decreased hospitalisation of pregnant women in labour

By |2020-07-27T18:13:09+00:00July 27th, 2020|

At a tertiary health-care level in India, which is mainly provided by medical colleges and advanced medical research institutes, specialised consultative care is given to patients who are referred from primary and secondary medical care, along with general care for the local community.1  The maternal mortality ratio in India has reduced by 78%, from 556 [...]

Hopeful results from phase 1 Moderna COVID vaccine trial

By |2020-07-27T18:13:08+00:00July 27th, 2020|

A preliminary report published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine on an ongoing phase 1 clinical trial of the mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna and study sponsor the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) showed that it generated an immune response in healthy adults and was generally well tolerated. The vaccine was designed [...]

Outcomes of Universal COVID-19 Testing Following Detection of Incident Cases in 11 Long-term Care Facilities

By |2020-07-27T18:13:06+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Residents in long-term care facilities are at particularly high risk of infection and poor outcomes associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).1,2 Early in the course of the pandemic, testing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control advised testing residents and staff solely based on the presence of typical symptoms. Despite these efforts, there have been widespread [...]

Most air conditioning systems don’t protect against the coronavirus. In some cases, they can actually facilitate spread

By |2020-07-27T18:13:03+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Though some public health experts expected coronavirus transmission to wane in the summer as temperatures rise and the air becomes more humid, cases have actually skyrocketed in some of the hottest and stickiest parts of the country. Engineers and ventilation experts said this may be in part because residents escape the heat by retreating indoors where [...]

America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic

By |2020-07-27T18:13:01+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Seven years ago, the White House was bracing itself for not one pandemic, but two. In the spring of 2013, several people in China fell sick with a new and lethal strain of H7N9 bird flu, while an outbreak of MERS—a disease caused by a coronavirus—had spread from Saudi Arabia to several other countries. “We [...]

Drug That Calms ‘Cytokine Storm’ Associated with 45% Lower Risk of Dying among COVID-19 Patients on Ventilators

By |2020-07-27T18:12:56+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Patients who received single intravenous dose of tocilizumab were also more likely to leave the hospital or be off a ventilator within a month, despite double the risk of additional infection. Critically ill COVID-19 patients who received a single dose of a drug that calms an overreacting immune system were 45% less likely to die overall, [...]