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"Connecting Communities for COVID19 News" 25th May 2020

Isolation Tips
Our romantic relationships are actually doing well during the pandemic, study finds
Well, here’s encouraging news for America’s sweethearts. A recent Monmouth University poll found that most people in relationships are satisfied with them, despite the expected stresses that might come from, say, working from home together, losing a job, managing kids at home or preventing your family from getting the virus. “Relationships aren’t perfect — there are always some underlying issues,” said Gary Lewandowski, a psychology professor at Monmouth University who helped craft the survey questions. “But on average, the relationships we’re in are pretty good.”
For Some, Necessary Isolation From Coronavirus Is Detrimental To Mental, Physical Health
According to a study in The Lancet, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anger and heightened stress may come as side effects of the nationwide quarantine, and they may be long-lasting. Stressors for symptoms of poor mental health include lack of resources (medical and otherwise), extended quarantining, fears surrounding the virus, monetary loss, stigmatization of the illness and boredom. Lack of information and quarantining with no end in sight are also risk factors for declining mental health.
The coronavirus forced my friends and me to celebrate Eid in isolation - Insider
The Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Fitr starts on Sunday May 24, and many Muslims in the US are still unable to gather to celebrate. The holiday is a social one, where communities pack into Mosques or rented facilities to offer prayer, catch up, and congratulate each other on the new year. While we'll be spending the holiday isolated, my friends and I reflected on what we can take away from having to reimagine how we spend it.
Keir Starmer: Mental health toll hidden cost of coronavirus pandemic
The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on mental health is a hidden cost of the pandemic, Sir Keir Starmer has said. The Labour leader called on the Government to provide immediate help to people most at risk, including healthcare staff on the frontline and people who have had to shield for weeks. Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness week, he urged a commitment to put mental and physical health "on a par", and to ensure mental health services have adequate resources for the long term.
Coronavirus pandemic leaves us bound together by our isolation
I also knew that I was better positioned to do this than many others. I began pausing to gaze out the window, grateful that I had a window. I took breaks from my computer throughout the day to listen to music, read poetry, and take deep, nourishing breaths. I found myself not just walking to the sink to wash dishes, but dancing to the sink. I began to revel in how different this moment was. The whole planet was being forced together by this virus, being asked to slow down and make sacrifices in order to save the lives of the most vulnerable among us — a radical shift for a culture normally focused on individual happiness and gain.
Tackling isolation and loneliness during lockdown
For the many elderly people in Bristol living alone, apart from family and friends, the months of lockdown are a particularly isolating and lonely time.With groups and activities halted during the pandemic, organisations in the city are having to come up with new ways to stay connected and provide support to those who need it most. “Creativity and connections have never been more important for older people,” says Isobel Jones, the CEO of Alive Activities.
Hygiene Helpers
How often to wash your clothes, bedding and towels
Doing the laundry must rank right up there with the most mindless tasks we do around the house, except for, perhaps, when we are on high alert for a rogue red sock that might tint our whites pink. But since the advent of coronavirus, it seems people have developed an obsession with good washing practice, specifically around hygiene. In the first few weeks of COVID-19, washing detergents, especially so-called antibacterial rinses, flew off the shelves and buying limits were imposed.
Coronavirus has changed the way the world looks at hand hygiene, UNICEF says
COVID-19 has changed the way the world looks at the importance of hand hygiene – for the better, Henrietta Fore, executive director of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), said Friday. “The idea of hygiene has changed in all of our minds in developed countries and developing countries,” Fore said during a World Health Organization briefing. “How often we wash our hands, how we use soap,” she said. “This is not available everywhere in the world, so if we can focus on getting good … wash systems for water and soap around the developing world it will have a lasting impact and it will change both what healthcare workers can do, but also how communities can keep themselves safe.”
Hygiene fears may spell the end for urinals
Everywhere you go, there is nowhere to go. The closure of many public conveniences as part of the coronavirus lockdown is forcing a rethink of the way Britons relieve themselves away from home. “The way the world is going, the traditional public convenience is becoming a thing of the past,” said Raymond Martin, managing director of the British Toilet Association, which is advising dozens of councils and companies on the problems of maintaining safe washroom facilities at a time of acute anxiety about the lethally infectious virus. A coming revolution in lavatory design may spell the end of the urinals that have enabled men to come and go in a fraction of the time
Water scarcity, scant concern for hygiene fuels fear of coronavirus around the world
Violet Manuel hastily abandoned her uncle's funeral and grabbed two empty containers when she heard a boy running down the dirt road shouting, "Water, water, water!" The 72-year-old joined dozens of people seeking their daily ration in Zimbabwe's densely populated town of Chitungwiza. "Social distancing here?" Manuel asked tartly. She sighed with relief after getting her allotment of 40 liters (10.5 gallons) but worried about the coronavirus. "I got the water, but chances are that I also got the disease," she told The Associated Press. And yet her plans for the water did not include hand-washing but "more important" tasks such as cleaning dishes and flushing the toilet.
Coronavirus sparks a sanitary pad crisis in India
For the past several years, Priya has been receiving a pack of 10 sanitary napkins every month from her school. The 14-year-old, who lives in Badli, a slum in northwest Delhi, attends a state-run school where pads are distributed to all female students in middle and senior school under a government scheme to promote menstrual hygiene. It's an important campaign in a country where only 36% of its 355 million menstruating females use napkins (the remaining use old cloth, rags, husk or ash to manage the flow) and nearly 23 million girls drop out of school annually after they start their periods. But, with schools shut because of the lockdown, the supply of pads too has stopped.
CDC Encourages Social Distancing, Proper Hygiene as States Move to Reopen Childcare and Schools
In the 60-page document, the CDC breaks childcare guidelines down into three sections — Scaling Up Operations, Safety Actions and Monitoring and Preparing, with subsections in multiple steps concerning proper hygiene, disinfecting/cleaning, social distancing and preparing for/handling if employees, children or visitors become sick. They also recommend restricting care for children of essential workers, if possible, and encourage being extra diligent for those at higher risk of contracting severe illness.
Coronavirus - Niger: Self-help project in Niger churns out hygiene products in fight against coronavirus
It started as a mini-cooperative to give a small income for hundreds of refugees evacuated from Libya. But with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, this small self-help project has grown into a “factory” and churns out bars of soap, liquid handwash, bleach and water containers for free distribution. The project was established in 2019 by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and Forge Arts, a local non-profit, at an emergency transit mechanism (ETM) centre in Hamdallaye, a small town less than 100 kilometers from Niamey, Niger’s capital. Here, over 280 refugee women work, doing their part to respond to the increasing demand for hygiene products.
Simple steps to reduce viruses in your home
This advice was developed by health experts and proved to reduce illness in a study of over 20,000 people. People who followed the advice in Germ Defence were less likely to catch pandemic flu or other viruses - and if they did become ill the illness was shorter and milder on average
In a pandemic, no one wants to touch it. Why cash has become the new Typhoid Mary
The almighty dollar has lost some of its might in the time of COVID-19. While most struggling businesses will take payment in any form to make ends meet during the economic downturn, a minority reject cash, fearing that it could be a transmission vehicle for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some experts predict that the pandemic will accelerate a steady flight by American consumers away from dollars and cents. “This crisis is clearly pushing us even farther away from using cash in our everyday legal transactions,” said Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard University economics professor and author of “The Curse of Cash.” “And it’s for obvious reasons. No one wants to touch something you or someone else just touched. That’s not going to change any time soon.”
'Pay attention' to ventilation hygiene after Covid-19
Building managers should look after the hygiene of their ventilation systems in the wake of Covid-19, urges a group of industry experts. During a Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) webinar, experts warned of the importance of keeping comprehensive records and using competent companies to carry out ventilation hygiene work as buildings start to reopen.
UP bans corona patients from keeping mobile phones inside isolation wards of COVID-19 hospitals
Uttar Pradesh government has banned patients admitted in dedicated L-2 and L-3 COVID hospitals to take mobile phones along with them in the isolation wards so as to check the spread of coronavirus infection. As per the orders, two mobile phones are required to made available with the ward in-charge of the COVID care centres so that patients and talk to their family members and administration if required. Further, the orders specify that the mobile numbers should be communicated to the family members of the patients.
SPECIAL ORDER: Halton residents with COVID-19 or those near coronavirus patients must self-isolate or face fines as high as $5000 daily
Halton Region Public Health is imposing mandatory self-isolation rules on individuals that might be infected with COVID-19 and is promising hefty fines for those who fail to comply. The COVID-19 legal order is issued by Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health, to protect the local community from potential exposure to COVID-19 by ensuring those who need to self-isolate will do so – especially as more coronavirus restrictions are being lifted. It’s also to preserve and protect the health care system, the document states.
Community Activities
Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr holiday amid curfews, coronavirus fears
Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel, family get-togethers and lavish daytime feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But this year many of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims will have to pray at home and make due with video calls.
Drive-in cinema touted for Timaru
Drive-in cinema could be on the cards for Timaru next month. A joint venture involving Night Flicks Outdoor Cinema and Vivid Collective is looking at bringing the experience to South Canterbury as part of a proposed nationwide tour. The tour is also likely to visit Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill with the possibility of further centres yet to be added. Vivid Collective owner Jaymz MacKenzie-Hooper said the group had planned screenings of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and A Series of Unfortunate Events at Sir Basil Arthur Park on June 20, depending on Government announcements on how many can attend gatherings and public interest in the event.
Coronavirus patients turn to social media group for answers, support
“Has anyone found a relief for the intense burning in your lungs?” Chwala recently posted. The responses flooded in: Try steaming in a hot shower. Lie on your stomach. Ask your doctor for the steroid prednisone or the asthma medication albuterol. Request an X-ray to check your lungs for pneumonia. “It makes it a little easier to navigate what to do,” said Chwala, a 39-year-old hairdresser in Denver. The steam didn’t help, the stomach positioning did, and she reached out to her doctor to discuss the drugs and the X-ray. “It was comforting to have a plan,” she said.
Coronavirus: Digital poverty 'a threat to children in care'
A lack of access to basic technology during lockdown poses an "unprecedented threat" to the wellbeing of children in care and care leavers, a charity warns. Voices from Care Cymru (VFCC) said some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society cannot stay in touch with important support networks. The charity warned isolation and poor mental health is on the rise and called on councils to utilise technology. Local authorities have accepted there are "technological challenges".But the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), which represents councils in Wales, said social workers are embracing new ways of working.
How Bristol’s communities are celebrating Eid 2020
There may be no Grand Iftar or collective gatherings this year, but that hasn’t stopped Bristol’s communities finding ways to unite people during Ramadan. “We are literally welcoming everyone with our arms open,” says Kiran Suman Malik, one of the driving forces behind Humanitarian Bristol – Covid-19, speaking on BBC’s The One Show on Thursday. The group’s efforts to distribute vital supplies to those in need and bring people together through a special socially distanced community Iftar project have gained national attention.
Working Remotely
The coronavirus remote working boom has made many modern offices obsolete and the impact on the economy will be profound
The coronavirus outbreak has seen a massive increase in the number of people working from home. In 2019, only 5% of the UK workforce worked exclusively from home. In April 2020, 39% of workers worked only at home, and whilst this has fallen to 33% over the last couple of weeks the high rate of home working can be expected to remain high for some time. The pivot to remote working amongst technology companies is likely to have a significant impact on Ireland, and Dublin in particular. Dublin has approximately 3.7 million m2 of office space, up from around 1 million m2 in 1990.
The future of work will be more remote, digital, healthier and safer: Dan Schawbel, Workplace Intelligence
Dan Schawbel is an expert on the future of work and virtual workplaces and author of Back to Human. As the managing partner at Workplace Intelligence, an HR research and consulting firm, he has done research studies with MNCs like Oracle, American Express and Randstad. At a time when work from home is the new norm, what are the best practices to lead and manage virtual teams? He discusses the new workplace in an email interview with Malini Goyal.
Remote possibilities: Can every home in Japan become an office?
Tokyo-based Overflow Inc.’s commercial lease was set to expire in July and founder Yuto Suzuki had made plans to move to a larger property. But as cases of the new coronavirus began to rise in March, the 34-year-old made a drastic decision: He took the startup and its 270 workers completely — and permanently — remote.
Covid-19 will change business forever, says Deloitte chief
The economic and cultural impact of the coronavirus crisis is so severe that it will change business forever, a top Deloitte executive has said. David Sproul, Deloitte’s global deputy chief executive, told City A.M. that rapid changes in working habits and use of technology since the pandemic outbreak would likely never be reversed.
Young people are joining the rich in leaving NYC for cheaper, less dense cities after coronavirus
The coronavirus lockdown has left young New Yorkers reconsidering the city's high cost of living. People who can work remotely are eyeing the suburbs or contemplating moving back home with their parents. A recent survey found 69% of people in tech and finance said they would leave New York if they were given the option to work from home permanently. Twitter, Facebook and Spotify recently announced they will allow employees to work from home long-term. Pat Stedman, 31, a dating and relationship coach, said the pandemic has only sped up his and his wife's exodus from the city and now plans to work remotely from overseas
Coronavirus: Why more people could abandon city lifestyle for remote working after lockdown
My prediction? More people are going to abandon cities if they have the means to do so. This is of course a privilege of those who can either shift their job elsewhere or take it with them on their laptop, but it could fundamentally shift the property market. Estate agents are already predicting a drop in London sales and rental prices as well as the crumbling of the traditional commuter belt.
Virtual Classrooms
Focus on education: How schools moved the classroom online during lockdown
The coronavirus pandemic has brought an unprecedented strain upon all of our lives. Shops shutting, pubs closing, and schools only open for a select few. For secondary school pupils in Maidenhead, they have had to adapt to a new way of learning, with some students potentially not returning until September at the earliest. So, how are youngsters being taught during lockdown? Reporter Kieran Bell spoke to the secondary’s in Maidenhead to find out.
Clevify Launches First Virtual Classroom App in Africa
Digital learning platform, Clevify, has launched the first virtual classroom app in Africa, just as it unveiled Seyi Awolowo as its brand ambassador. The new app targets to reduce the number of out of school children in the country by offering virtual class alternatives and delivery of imaginative subject-based instructional videos. Chief Operating Officer at Clevify, Deji Maradesa, stated that the app is a support tool for as many students who are struggling to attune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 pandemic.
Public Policies
Roundup: UNECA plans to deepen partnership with China on Africa's development | English.news.cn
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Saturday expressed its keen interest to deepen partnership with China with particular emphasis on building Africa's socio-economic condition back to normal in the post-COVID-19 pandemic period. The remark was made by Antonio Pedro, Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, as he emphasized the need to strengthen global partnership and collaboration in building back Africa after COVID-19 pandemic.
Goa allows paid Covid-19 test or home isolation option
In a new set of standard operating procedure (SOP) rolled out by the Goa government, here on Saturday, domestic air passengers as well as those arriving via road or rail could choose between a paid Covid-19 test or a 14-day home quarantine on entry to the state. The SOP for the stranded international passengers travelling to Goa, which included a mandatory 14-day stay in institutional quarantine, remained unchanged, said Health Secretary Nila Mohanan.
Will the coronavirus pandemic open the door to a four-day workweek?
So, when Ardern uploaded a video to Facebook last week floating the idea of a four-day workweek, an audience outside New Zealand took notice, judging by the headlines. Amid the flexibility companies have had to show in response to the novel coronavirus crisis, what once in many quarters would have come across as a fringe notion no longer seemed so unthinkable.
Coronavirus: Quarantine plans for UK arrivals unveiled
People arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days from 8 June to help slow the spread of coronavirus, the government has said. Travellers will need to tell the government where they will quarantine, with enforcement through random spot checks and £1,000 fines in England. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the measure would "reduce the risk of cases crossing our border". Lorry drivers, seasonal farm workers, and coronavirus medics will be exempt. The requirement will also not apply to those travelling from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
The Amsterdam City Doughnut - a tool for transformative action
The Amsterdam City Doughnut - a tool for transformative action
CDC publishes new pandemic guidance for religious worship
Religious institutions should provide soap and hand sanitizer, encourage the use of cloth masks and clean their facilities daily if they want to open while coronavirus is still spreading, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in newly released guidance Friday. Churches, synagogues, mosques and other institutions should also promote social distancing and consider limiting the sharing of objects such as books and hymnals, the CDC said. The new guidance comes at the urging of the White House, which has been in a tug-of-war with the CDC over pandemic guidance. The CDC posted detailed guidelines on how to safely loosen coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home orders on the agency's website earlier this week after references to faith-based guidance were "stripped" from the final document, a senior CDC official told CNN.
How Germany Contained the Coronavirus by Jens Spahn
I see three reasons why Germany is coming through this crisis relatively well, for now. First, the German health-care system was in good shape going into the crisis; everyone has had full access to medical care. This is a merit not just of the current government but of a system that was built over the course of many governments. With an excellent network of general practitioners available to deal with milder COVID-19 cases, hospitals have been able to focus on the more severely ill.
Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation
Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation - Welsh government's lockdown reopening strategy document
Uhuru and Magufuli agree to resolve border stand-off caused by COVID-19
Kenya and Tanzanian governments have moved to resolve their border standoff that has paralysed transport for several days over a tedious COVID-19 testing procedure that locked out many drivers. The stand-off escalated this week when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the closure of the Namanga border and all other routes to and from the country following increased cases of COVID-19 by drivers from the neighbouring country. By the time he announced the closure, more than 20 Tanzanian truck drivers had been turned away at the border after testing positive for the virus.
Maintaining Services
Lufthansa to resume flights to 20 destinations from mid-June
Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), which is in talks with the German government over a 9 billion euro ($9.8 billion) bailout, will resume flights to 20 destinations from mid-June, including some holiday hot-spots, a spokeswoman said on Sunday. The destinations include Mallorca, Crete, Rhodes, Faro, Venice, Ibiza and Malaga, the spokeswoman said, adding flights would depart from the airline’s main hub in Frankfurt. Further destinations will be unveiled at the end of next week, she said.
FAO Iraq hands-over hygiene sprayers, disinfectants, and personal protection equipment to the Ministries of Agriculture in Baghdad and Erbil to support fighting COVID 19 [EN/AR/KU] - Iraq
In response to the emerging needs in Iraq due to current COVID-19 pandemic, FAO- Iraq has delivered hygiene, disinfectants sprayers and Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and the KRG Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (MoAWR) in the presence of representatives of both ministries' officials and FAO. This initiative will allow governmental staff to continue their daily work to support farmers and ensure the continuity of the food supply chain in Iraq.
Coronavirus: Emirates airlines sets hygiene, health standards as it resumes operation
The Dubai-based Emirates airlines has added new measures on the ground and on board as it resumes passenger flights to nine destinations amid the coronavirus pandemic, including fitting its cabin crew with (Personal Protective Equipment) outfits. The new measures were shown in a promotional video on Thursday as the airlines resumed regularly scheduled passenger flights to nine cities in eight countries, including providing connections between the UK and Australia.
How the movie industry is fighting lockdown
It hasn’t taken some movie makers long to adjust. We’re already hearing of films whose storylines revolve around the coronavirus pandemic. Corona is the first feature film on the topic – a low-budget, single-camera film shot in one take inside a broken down elevator.
Don’t Forget to Wear Your Mask to the Amusement Park
One thing that unites most Americans today is a share yearning for everything to just get back to normal. Unfortunately, we're now painfully aware that 'normal' depended on ignoring just how much it involved swapping germs with strangers. 'Say it don't spray it' is no longer a gibe at spit talkers, it is now a matter of life and death
Healthcare Innovations
Promising hints from Chinese Covid-19 vaccine to Oxford trails: Latest from labs
Developers of a vaccine at the University of Oxford described their efforts as progressing “very well”, moving to the next phase after completing 1,000 immunisations by its candidate-vaccine on healthy human adults
Oxford vaccine 'progressing very well,' 10,000 more to be inoculated
The head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, Andrew Pollard, said on Friday that clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate were "progressing very well." More than 1,000 people in the UK been inoculated. In the next phase of the trial, about 10,000 more people will be given the vaccine in May and June, Pollard said. The experimental vaccine was first tested in people on April 23 following promising results from a trial with macaques. The group said it could take two to six months to get results.
US secures 300 million doses of Oxford vaccine with US$1.2 billion pledge
Amount represents almost a third of first batch planned by British drug maker. AstraZeneca, as world powers scramble for therapeutics. Chief of French firm Sanofi drew flak earlier this month for saying company’s vaccine could go to US patients first
Vaccine development is like a rollercoaster, says Serum Institute CEO
Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla said developing a vaccine is like a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs. There have been reports that a potential vaccine for Covid-19 being tested by researchers at the Oxford University has failed to protect monkeys from being infected by the virus
Pa. doles out 3rd round of remdesivir, which might help coronavirus recovery; these hospitals received it
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has distributed the third shipment of the investigational antiviral medication remdesivir to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. The medication was sent to the department by the federal government on Thursday and 8,928 doses of medication were shipped to 81 hospitals on Friday. “The department is working to give our hospitals every opportunity to treat patients with COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said. “It is important to note that there is limited information on the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to treat people in the hospital with COVID-19.
Gilead's remdesivir mainly helped healthier COVID-19 patients
Gilead Sciences Inc.'s remdesivir, the first medicine cleared for the treatment of COVID-19, mainly benefited healthier patients who weren't dependent on ventilators or heart-lung bypass machines, according to published results of the study used to get the medicine on the market. The drug helped patients infected with the novel coronavirus heal faster, allowing them to return home after about 11 days, compared to 15 days for those who were treated with a placebo, according to the report in the New England Journal of Medicine. There were also signs the medicine increased their survival rate — 7.1% on patients on remdesivir and 11.9% on a placebo died within two weeks. Still, the difference wasn't statistically significant, meaning it could have stemmed from chance.
Remdesivir Alone Is Not Enough, Researchers Conclude In First Major COVID-19 Trial Of The Drug
Researchers have finally published the data that led the federal government to recommend the use of the antiviral drug remdesivir in very ill coronavirus patients, and they say the drug alone will not be enough to help patients. The data, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show the drug shortened the course of illness from an average of 15 days to about 11 days. “Preliminary results of this trial suggest that a 10-day course of remdesivir was superior to placebo in the treatment of hospitalized patients with Covid-19,” the researchers wrote. But it was not a cure and it did not act quickly.
Researchers begin trials of COVID-19 vaccine
Research at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, carried out in conjunction with an organization called the Oxford Vaccine Group, has been ongoing since January, with scientists now looking to recruit in excess of 10,000 people to take part in further trials following preliminary efforts in April. The trial, now in its second phase following preliminary testing on a small sample size of 160 patients, will involve people of all age demographics — from children older than 5 years to the elderly — to help test the effectiveness of the vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, in a wider variety of people.
Exclusive: U.S. Plans Massive Coronavirus Vaccine Testing Effort to Meet Year-End Deadline
The United States plans a massive testing effort involving more than 100,000 volunteers and a half dozen or so of the most promising vaccine candidates in an effort to deliver a safe and effective one by the end of 2020, scientists leading the program told Reuters. The project will compress what is typically 10 years of vaccine development and testing into a matter of months, testimony to the urgency to halt a pandemic that has infected more than 5 million people, killed over 335,000 and battered economies worldwide.
Coronavirus, Alberto Zangrillo: "Less lethal virus now"
"The virus seems to be less deadly now," according to Alberto Zangrillo, director of the anesthesia and resuscitation unit of the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, speaking to Rai Due. Too many have spoken of physical suffering without ever having seen it" and "today after some time it is necessary not to terrify people anymore because the viral load has decreased as the tests attest", he underlined. "We certify that the virus has not changed but that it has been perhaps affected by environmental factors and temperatures," he concluded.
Drugs Combo 'Could Be Outcome' of COVID-19 Treatment Trial
A combination of existing drugs may emerge as the best treatment for COVID-19, rather than the emergence of a single 'big winner' according to the leaders of a major UK trial.
Coronavirus: 500 volunteers sought for vaccine trials
Scientists developing a vaccine against Covid-19 are seeking 500 volunteers from among NHS workers in south east Wales to take part in trials. The first stage of the Oxford researchers' trials began in April and with more than 1,000 immunised it is recruiting again. The next stage will enrol up to 10,260 people, with 500 from Wales including Aneurin Bevan health board staff. Some older adults and children aged over five will also be recruited. The venture involves Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Public Health Wales and Cardiff University's Centre for Trials Research.
Clinical and Epidemiological Characteristics of 1,420 European Patients with mild‐to‐moderate Coronavirus Disease 2019
Clinical and Epidemiological Characteristics of 1,420 European Patients with mild‐to‐moderate Coronavirus Disease 2019