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U.S. Surgeon General: ‘We Are Absolutely Ready’ To Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

By |2020-12-12T18:39:09+00:00December 12th, 2020|

The U.S. surgeon general says the country is ready to spring into action as soon as a coronavirus vaccine is approved for use — despite earlier failures in the federal government’s handling of the pandemic. Jerome Adams says he’s been in touch with production facilities and health departments across the country about what he calls [...]

California Is Days Away From A Regional Stay-At-Home Order

By |2020-12-12T18:39:07+00:00December 12th, 2020|

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced most of the state will come under a stricter set of limitations as intensive care units reach near-capacity levels with the latest surge in coronavirus cases. Regional stay-at-home orders will likely go into effect “in the next day or two” in places with less than 15% ICU availability, Newsom [...]

Regular tea drinking linked to better heart health

By |2020-12-12T18:39:02+00:00December 12th, 2020|

Sipping a cup of tea at least every other day or so may be good for your heart, according to a study published online January 9 by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The study included data from more than 100,000 Chinese adults who were part of a long-term health study. The participants provided health and behavioral [...]

WHO warns of COVID-19 surges in south, central Europe

By |2020-12-10T18:20:38+00:00December 10th, 2020|

The head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) European regional office today warned that while Europe has seen an overall decline in new COVID-19 cases over the past 3 weeks, the situation is not improving everywhere on the continent. WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Henri Kluge, MD, MPH, said in an update that although there has been a slight [...]

Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests Observed by Emergency Medical Services During the US COVID-19 Epidemic

By |2020-12-10T18:20:36+00:00December 10th, 2020|

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic took grip of the US 2 decades into an accelerating overdose crisis that caused more than 70 000 deaths in 2019 alone.1 Front-line health care professionals and officials have sounded the alarm that the social and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic may impede efforts to flatten the overdose curve.1,2 However, the [...]

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Outbreak Related to a Nightclub, Germany, 2020

By |2020-12-10T18:20:34+00:00December 10th, 2020|

Abstract We report an outbreak of coronavirus disease with 74 cases related to a nightclub in Germany in March 2020. Staff members were particularly affected (attack rate 56%) and likely caused sustained viral transmission after an event at the club. This outbreak illustrates the potential for superspreader events and corroborates current club closures.   Read more [...]

Cyclosporine: an old weapon in the fight against coronaviruses

By |2020-12-10T18:20:31+00:00December 10th, 2020|

Coronaviruses have been known to cause respiratory infections in humans and intestinal infections in other mammals. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is the seventh virus of the Coronaviridae family that is known to infect humans.     Morsa Images Read more…  Downlead Citation: Adam Molyvdas, Sadis Matalon European Respiratory Journal Nov 2020, 56 (5) 2002484; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.02484-2020 The post Cyclosporine: [...]

Indoor Surface Chemistry: Developing a Molecular Picture of Reactions on Indoor Interfaces

By |2020-12-09T18:09:51+00:00December 9th, 2020|

The Bigger Picture Humans spend ∼90% of their time indoors. However, understanding the chemistry that occurs on indoor surfaces and its impact on air quality is still in its nascent stages due to the complexity of indoor surfaces. High surface-to-volume ratios indoors increase gas-surface collisions, but molecular mechanisms for surface reactions are often poorly understood, [...]

Oral drug blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission

By |2020-12-09T18:09:50+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection with a new antiviral drug, MK-4482/EIDD-2801 or Molnupiravir, completely suppresses virus transmission within 24 hours, researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University have discovered. The group led by Dr. Richard Plemper, Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State, originally discovered that the drug is potent against influenza viruses. “This is the [...]

Why Water Vapor in Hospitals Matters

By |2020-12-09T18:09:48+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Where can we find data on whether or not water vapor is necessary for humans residing in buildings? One great place for such research is the hospital. There is a tremendous amount of data that is collected from one type of hospital building occupant—the patient. Despite a clear requirement of water vapor during the human [...]