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Young Medical Graduates Find Themselves on the Front Lines of Italy's Coronavirus Fight

Young Medical Graduates Find Themselves on the Front Lines of Italy’s Coronavirus Fight

On the morning of March 8, Francesca Tamburelli was in her apartment in Heidelberg, Germany, when she learned that part of Italy was entering lockdown due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Upon hearing the news the 25-year-old, who graduated from medical school just last summer, quickly boarded a bus to her hometown of Turin. Within a few days, she was working in a hospital in Cremona, a city in the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak, where nearly 500 patients suffering from COVID-19 are treated. Other than internships and volunteer work in Tanzania, it’s her first professional experience in a hospital.

Tamburelli is one of the many young doctors in Italy responding to the calls recently put out by local administrations to meet the shortage of medical staff in hospitals experiencing unprecedented levels of pressure. Italy is one of the worst affected countries by the coronavirus; over 86,000 people here

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Iran to use 20% of state budget to fight coronavirus

Iran to use 20% of state budget to fight coronavirus

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran is to allocate 20% of its annual state budget to fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the country, one of the worst-hit in the world, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.

Iran’s death toll from coronavirus rose to 2,517 on Saturday, with 139 fatalities in the past 24 hours, as cases rose 3,076 to 35,408, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on state television.

“We are in difficult conditions, in conditions of sanctions but we have allocated 20% of our budget this year to corona, … and this might be surprising for the world from a country under sanctions,” Rouhani said in comments broadcast on state TV.

Shut out of international capital markets and facing a further hit to its finances with the collapse in oil prices coming on top of U.S. sanctions, Iran is struggling to shield its economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

Rouhani reassured the

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NYC med students will be allowed to join the coronavirus fight

NYC med students will be allowed to join the coronavirus fight

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. is now about 165,000 people and more than 3,100 people have died nationwide. Now, at least three New York City medical schools have made an unprecedented move to aid in the battle against the pandemic.

Located in the epicenter of the outbreak in North America, New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons have announced that students in the 2020 graduating class will be allowed to finish early to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Students at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons will graduate in just two weeks on April 15 and they will immediately be offered temporary employment at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital “to help with the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a letter sent to final year students.

The school reassured its students that they were ready

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How anesthesia machines can help hospitals with ventilator shortages fight coronavirus

How anesthesia machines can help hospitals with ventilator shortages fight coronavirus

Anticipating ongoing shortages of ventilator machines as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, states and hospitals are preparing to convert anesthesia machines for use on COVID-19 patients in need of breathing assistance.

The effort to utilize anesthesia gas machines, approved by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this week, could make tens of thousands of additional machines available for the fight against the coronavirus.

The mechanical ventilators in such short supply around the world support critically-ill COVID-19 patients by helping them breathe, using a pump and a breathing tube to support weakened lung function.

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Using computer-driven technology, the most advanced models include sophisticated software that provides doctors with immediate feedback on

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Cheap antibody test sent for validation in coronavirus fight

Cheap antibody test sent for validation in coronavirus fight

By Alistair Smout and Andrew MacAskill

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company behind a 10-minute coronavirus antibody test, which will cost about a $1, has begun sending prototypes to laboratories for validation, which could be a game-changer in the fight against the pandemic.

Health technology firm Mologic, which created one of the first at-home pregnancy tests, is aiming for the test to be rolled out by as early as June if the trials are successful.

Antibody tests are designed to establish whether people have previously been infected, as opposed to antigen tests which show if someone actually has the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus.

Mologic said assessment and validation of its COVID-19 diagnostic test had begun this week at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and St Georges hospital, and that global partners would also examine the prototypes.

Joe Fitchett, Mologic medical director, said that while many companies were

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Kim Daybell

British paralympian Kim Daybell preparing to fight coronavirus as junior doctor

Kim Daybell was planning to take extended leave from his job as a junior doctor next week to focus full-time on preparations for his third Paralympic Games.

Instead the para-table tennis player from Sheffield has found himself thrust onto the front-line of the UK’s coronavirus fight, working 12-hour shifts which leave him too weary to queue for food.

Reaching the now-delayed Games in 2021 is currently the last thing on the mind of 27-year-old Daybell as he prepares the wards at Whittington Hospital in north London for the expected surge in coronavirus cases in the weeks ahead.

Paralympian Kim Daybell is working on the coronavirus front-line (Simon Cooper/PA)

Daybell represented Great Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics, where he reached the quarter-finals, and won a silver medal for England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

He told the PA news agency: “My original plan was

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Doctors skip big wedding, delay honeymoon to fight coronavirus a thousand miles apart

Doctors skip big wedding, delay honeymoon to fight coronavirus a thousand miles apart

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – Kashif Chaudhry and Naila Shereen wed in a private ceremony at a mosque in Hawthorne, New Jersey, last Friday without guests or fanfare.  

It was a far cry from the lavish multi-day Pakistani-style wedding they’d planned. They were to host 400-plus people in London, followed by a reception in a bucolic English village and a honeymoon in Dubai and the Maldives.

Instead, after a Saturday dinner and a second ceremony at her parents’ home, with relatives joining in online, they said their goodbyes and went to work at their respective hospitals – 1,000 miles apart. They are medical doctors, and their life as newlyweds would have to wait amid the raging pandemic, they both agreed.

“We are ready to do our part to save as many lives as we can. The worst isn’t even here yet,” said Chaudhry, a former Englewood resident who practices in Cedar

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Hundreds of thousands sign up their computers to fight against coronavirus, creating vast collaborative research project

Hundreds of thousands sign up their computers to fight against coronavirus, creating vast collaborative research project

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up their computer to help try and fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

The project is now about 10 times as powerful as the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to the scientists behind it.

Folding@Home – a distributed computing project that pulls together computers around the world to try and fight diseases – says that more than half a million devices across the world are now working to try and find potential cures for Covid-19, as it spreads across the world.

Distributed computing projects look to borrow the spare power of the computers that are sitting idle across the world. When someone finishes work and leaves their desk, for instance, their computer can then be given over to science projects around the world, allowing researchers to carry out calculations on hardware that would otherwise be switched off.

Before the outbreak of coronavirus, Folding@Home was a

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Doctor dies of coronavirus complications, but his life's work will help fight COVID-19

Doctor dies of coronavirus complications, but his life’s work will help fight COVID-19

John Murray, MD.
John Murray, MD.

An influential doctor who spent decades studying and treating lung conditions has died of acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, caused by COVID-19,University of California, San Francisco doctors say.

John F. Murray, a UCSF Emeritus Professor of Medicine, died at the age of 93 in Paris on March 24, according to an emailed announcement to department of medicine staff.

Murray was a key figure in defining, understanding and treating ARDS. “Sadly and ironically,” he died of respiratory failure caused by that condition, the email signed by seven doctors says.

ARDS is a common killer among critically ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The new virus often targets the lungs and can cause respiratory problems including bronchitis and pneumonia. In a small number of severe cases, ARDS develops.

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Murray was instrumental in redefining the

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Public distrust hampers Africa fight against virus misinformation

Public distrust hampers Africa fight against virus misinformation

Johannesburg (AFP) – African nations fighting the novel coronavirus face a foe as stealthy and dangerous as the microbe itself: misinformation and apathy, fuelled by deep distrust of government.

Bogus news and indifference to official warnings are emerging as giant obstacles in a region where poor healthcare infrastructure, sanitation and overcrowded slums provide fertile ground for COVID-19 to spread.

Africa has recorded nearly 2,800 cases and at least 70 deaths, according to an AFP compilation as of Thursday.

The tally may lag far behind that of other continents, but the World Health Organization (WHO), backed by the top names in medicine, has bluntly warned: “Prepare for the worst”.

African countries have begun to implement strict rules including lockdowns, curfews and even prison terms for those sharing false claims. But such measures appear futile in stopping the spread of misinformation.

AFP Fact Check in Africa has debunked dozens of claims in

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