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COVID-19 may worsen burning and haze as Indonesia enters dry season

By |2020-07-21T17:12:37+00:00July 21st, 2020|

JAKARTA — Milder weather is expected to bring about a less severe forest fire season across Indonesia this year compared to 2019. But cutbacks to fire-prevention measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and deregulation could still see large amounts of haze generated, threatening an already precarious public health situation in the region. Smog from [...]

Complete protection from covid-19 is possible for health workers

By |2020-07-21T17:12:36+00:00July 21st, 2020|

All they need is the right protective equipment At the start of the new coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, healthcare workers were insufficiently protected because of lack of awareness of the emergence of a novel infectious disease.1 As recognition increased of the contagiousness of what was to be named covid-19, the strains on the medical system quickly [...]

Why COVID-19 Could Reshape the Future of Health Care

By |2020-07-21T17:12:35+00:00July 21st, 2020|

The pandemic has exposed many flaws in the U.S. health-care system and underscored the benefits of streamlined regulation and innovation in areas such as telemedicine and digital health technologies. Here are 5 areas likely to be the focus of change. As the U.S. scrambled to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented joint effort developed among federal [...]

Meat plants—a new front line in the covid-19 pandemic

By |2020-07-21T17:12:33+00:00July 21st, 2020|

These businesses failed in their duty to workers and the wider public health Slaughterhouses and meat packing plants have been a major risk for covid-19 infection throughout the pandemic.12 Now these outbreaks are centre stage.3 They affect whole communities, have far reaching implications, and require intensive public health interventions. In Germany, public health authorities have been [...]

Living close to green space benefits gut bacteria of urban, formula-fed infants

By |2020-07-21T17:12:32+00:00July 21st, 2020|

Living close to natural green space can mitigate some of the changes in infant gut bacteria associated with formula feeding, according to new research published in the journal Environment International. “Not every infant can be breastfed,” said Anita Kozyrskyj, pediatrics professor at the University of Alberta. “This is one of the first pieces of evidence for a [...]

Usability of mepolizumab single-use prefilled syringe for patient self-administration

By |2020-07-21T17:12:32+00:00July 21st, 2020|

Objective: A liquid mepolizumab formulation in a single-use prefilled syringe (PFS) is under development. We evaluated the usability of mepolizumab self-injected via PFS by patients with severe eosinophilic asthma (SEA), or their caregivers, in clinic and at home. Methods: This open-label, single-arm, Phase IIIa study included patients with SEA, aged ≥12 years, and receiving mepolizumab (100 mg subcutaneously) every [...]

Coronavirus Resource Center

By |2020-07-21T17:12:31+00:00July 21st, 2020|

The rapid spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to spark alarm worldwide. Countries around the world are grappling with surges in confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Calls for preventive measures such as social distancing and face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus have created a new normal in many places. Health care [...]

Aerosols, Droplets, Fomites: What We Know About Transmission Of COVID-19

By |2020-07-21T16:15:49+00:00July 21st, 2020|

This story was updated on July 7 at 1:54 p.m. to include WHO’s response to the letter. By now, it’s common knowledge that the coronavirus can be spread by being in close contact with someone who’s infected and then breathing in their respiratory droplets. Or by touching a contaminated surface and rubbing your eyes, nose or [...]

Links between parents’ and children’s asthma and allergies

By |2020-07-21T16:15:47+00:00July 21st, 2020|

New research found that, compared with a father’s traits related to allergies and asthma, a mother’s traits create a higher risk that a child will develop these same traits in early childhood. By the time the children were 6 years old, however, both parents presented the same risk. This suggests that non-genetic factors related to [...]

US pulls out of WHO amid escalating COVID-19 activity

By |2020-07-20T17:02:42+00:00July 20th, 2020|

In rapidly evolving global COVID-19 developments today, President Donald Trump’s administration notified Congress that the United States has officially withdrawn from the World Health Organization (WHO), as the WHO announced plans to meet with China to firm up plans to investigate the zoonotic source of the outbreak. In another development, WHO officials acknowledged receiving a letter [...]