Tag: Coronavirus

At Miami-Dade commission meeting, a different coronavirus crisis at every turn

At Miami-Dade commission meeting, a different coronavirus crisis at every turn

Miami-Dade commissioners convened electronically for the first time Tuesday, holding a remote meeting that served as a legislative tour of scattered corners of the county’s coronavirus crisis.

Unemployed airport workers pleaded for help with health insurance, while their former employers warned of financial ruin without relief. South Dade nurseries said the national coronavirus shutdown landed in the middle of their prime spring growing season, adding a grim multiplier to every dollar lost.

The head of Jackson hospital’s union protested planned furloughs in the middle of a health crisis, and the leader of Miami-Dade’s domestic-violence board warned of a surge of incidents amid a shuttered economy, and a dwindling supply of shelter for victims. Crops left to die amid economic ruin were targeted for a massive county feeding operation in the works to sustain people through months of unemployment.

“We have to find a way to make sure the people being

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After a tiger in the Bronx zoo tested positive for COVID-19 many are wondering again if pets, like dogs and cats, are susceptible to the coronavirus. Here's what an expert has to say.

Can pets get coronavirus? What to know after tiger’s COVID-19 positive

Animal lovers across America were unnerved after it was announced Sunday that a tiger in New York’s Bronx Zoo tested positive for the coronavirus. Nadia, a Malayan tiger, was diagnosed with COVID-19 after showing symptoms of a dry cough and loss of appetite. Several other tigers and lions have shown symptoms of respiratory illness and are presumed infected.

Although some experts say it’s unlikely pets can get or transmit COVID-19, Yahoo Lifestyle spoke with Dr. Tracey McNamara, former chief pathologist at the Bronx Zoo, to get some answers. Dr. McNamara played a crucial role in investigating 1999’s West Nile virus outbreak and was also a scientific adviser on the 2011 film Contagion. She tells Yahoo Lifestyle she is “not at all” surprised a tiger tested positive.

“That brings up all sorts of issues that I’ve been trying to address for two months. When you’re dealing with a new disease

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Germany launches smartwatch app to monitor coronavirus spread

* Monitors vital signs to see if they are consistent with COVID-19

* Data from ‘wearables’ to help map pandemic at postcode level

* Scheme is voluntary, anonymous

* Will help us assess effectiveness of containment efforts – RKI

By Douglas Busvine

BERLIN, April 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s public health authority launched a smartwatch app on Tuesday in partnership with healthtech startup Thryve to help monitor the spread of COVID-19 and analyse whether measures to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic are working.

The Corona-Datenspende https://corona-datenspende.de (Corona Data Donation) app gathers vital signs from volunteers wearing smartwatches or fitness trackers – including pulse, temperature and sleep – to analyse whether they are symptomatic of the flu-like illness.

Results will be represented in an interactive online map that would make it possible – together with other data inputs – for the health authorities and the general public to assess the prevalence of

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Plasma treatment being tested in New York may be coronavirus 'game changer'

Plasma treatment being tested in New York may be coronavirus ‘game changer’

As patients with COVID-19 continue pouring into emergency departments and intensive care units across the nation, an old treatment that has been adapted for a new disease is being tested in New York.

In the past few days, the Mount Sinai Hospital System has injected more than 20 very sick coronavirus patients with a “convalescent serum” based on the blood plasma of people who have recovered from the disease.

One of the first recovered patients to donate, Danny Riemer, 37, of New Rochelle, New York, said he and his wife feel “blessed” that they are now healthy and can volunteer their plasma to help others. “And despite the fact that we did have the virus, our thoughts are really with others, the people who are still fighting the virus, the people who have had much more serious cases than us,” he said.

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Exactly How Airborne Is Coronavirus, Anyway?

Exactly How Airborne Is Coronavirus, Anyway?

From the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, we were urged to be wary of surfaces. Experts knew that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could linger on door handles, shopping carts, and subway poles for hours, maybe days. But now, researchers are taking a closer look at how the virus travels through the air — and how likely it is to be transmitted through breathing.

On March 28th, the World Health Organization tweeted that “COVID-19 is NOT airborne,” noting that it’s mainly transmitted through droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks. They noted these droplets are too heavy to hang in the air; instead, they quickly drop onto surfaces.

But new research indicates that respiratory droplets can linger in the air for anywhere from a fraction of a second to minutes, according to a Journal of The American Medical Association article published on March 26.

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What I Spent On Self-Care During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Welcome to Refinery29’s Feel Good Diaries, where we chronicle the physical and mental wellness routines of women today, their costs, and whether or not these self-care rituals actually make you feel good. Have your own Feel Good Diary about how you’re coping around the COVID-19 outbreak? We’d love to hear how you’re prioritizing your mental and physical health at this time. Submit your entry here!

Today: A woman who’s trying to prioritize self-care while navigating social distancing and the anxiety that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic. She escapes New York to quarantine with her family. 

Editor’s Note: This diary was recorded before cities mandated social distancing and shelter-in-place rules.

7:30 am — I roll over and check the news for the latest NYC coronavirus count — It’s March 13 and more than a hundred cases are already confirmed. Typically, I give myself 30 minutes “sans technology” when I … Read More

Hydroxychloroquine is Trump's coronavirus wonder drug. Does it work?

Hydroxychloroquine is Trump’s coronavirus wonder drug. Does it work?

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TL;DR: President Trump keeps hyping a potential coronavirus treatment — a “cocktail” of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. Does it work? Well, it doesn’t appear to be a miracle cure, but some early evidence suggests it might help. South Korea and China

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I have the coronavirus and hope you'll act like you have it too

I have the coronavirus and hope you’ll act like you have it too

Above, drive-through coronavirus testing at Crenshaw Christian Center on Sunday. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Above, drive-through coronavirus testing at Crenshaw Christian Center on Sunday. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

I realized quite suddenly while making soup two Mondays ago that I couldn’t smell anything. Not the pan full of chopped onions, the herbs or any of the use-what-I-have ingredients dumped in from my fridge.

I had started feeling sick a few nights before and already decided to self-isolate completely in my apartment until I felt better, but hadn’t been that worried. My cough was wet, so I figured it was just a cold. But this was different, and matched what I’d read could be an early sign of COVID-19.

That’s the nature of this disease — it can be merely uncomfortable or potentially deadly, but for many, confirmation begins with this deceptively simple, irrefutable symptom.

At least once a day, I warmed up another bowl of my grab-bag soup and wondered if it

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Can You Get Coronavirus From Mail? Experts Explain.

Can You Get Coronavirus From Mail? Experts Explain.

Scientists are still learning a lot about the novel coronavirus—including how long it survives on surfaces. And as more people shop online to avoid crowds, some are wondering whether you can catch COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, from packages and mail.

“It’s a very difficult question to answer,” says microbiologist Rodney Rohde, PhD, associate dean for research for the College of Health Professions at Texas State University.

Studies show the virus can survive on surfaces for several days, but there’s no evidence that it’s transmissible through goods. The novel coronavirus can last up to three days on plastic and 24 hours on cardboard, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

However, lab studies don’t reflect real life conditions, Rohde cautions.

Viruses are fragile, meaning they don’t hold up well on surfaces—especially when exposed to heat and sunlight. A package may have traces of the

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Donald Trump has advertised it as a coronavirus treatment. Here's what we know about the malaria drug.

Donald Trump has advertised it as a coronavirus treatment. Here’s what we know about the malaria drug.

The debate regarding the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is in the spotlight again after President Donald Trump advertised the drug’s potential in Sunday’s White House briefing.

Trump interrupted Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a tense moment in the news conference when Fauci was asked by a reporter about the drug’s effectiveness in treating coronavirus patients.

The day before, Fauci and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro reportedly got in an argument over the drug during a task force meeting, according to Axios and the New York Times. 

However, against the opinion of many public health experts, the White House has agreed to surge the supply of hydroxychloroquine to coronavirus hot zones.

Here’s a look at why there’s so much disagreement. 

Why are Donald Trump and Peter Navarro pushing a malaria drug?

The Trump administration is citing small studies in China and France as

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