Coronavirus: Calls for government to clarify face coverings in England

Image copyright No 10 Image caption Boris Johnson was wearing a mask as he visited a shop in Uxbridge on Friday MPs have called for the government to clarify its position on face coverings, after the PM said a “stricter” approach to their use in England was needed. Senior sources have said the government is considering making face coverings mandatory …

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Antiseptic Miramistin May Be Valuable Germ Fighter

Latest Infectious Disease News FRIDAY, July 10, 2020 A nontoxic antiseptic developed in the former Soviet Union may be a valuable weapon for fighting common infections, British researchers say. The drug, miramistin, was developed for the Soviet Space Program. While little known in the West, it blocks or kills flu, human papillomaviruses (HPV), coronaviruses, adenoviruses and HIV, according to University …

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With Social Distancing, Schools Should Be Safe to Reopen This Fall, Experts Say

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) Kids should be able to safely return to reopened schools this fall, resuming their studies with little risk that they will contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic, some infectious disease experts argue. The scientific evidence so far indicates that children do not tend to spread the novel coronavirus between themselves, nor …

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Few Claims Made by Physicians for Uninsured COVID Care: HHS

A senior official at the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said the agency has received far fewer claims than expected from clinicians and hospitals for COVID-19–related testing and treatment for uninsured patients. The official was speaking to reporters on background during a briefing on a new $4 billion distribution of federal COVID-19 relief money to safety net …

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Intubation Boxes May Do More Harm Than Good in COVID-19 Risk

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Clear aerosol boxes designed to keep COVID-19 patients’ airborne droplets from infecting healthcare workers during intubation may actually increase providers’ exposure to the virus, a small study suggests. Joanna P. Simpson, MbChB, an intensivist in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Eastern Health in …

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Internal document reveals shortfall in coronavirus supplies — including body bags — in U.S. stockpile

WASHINGTON — More than three months after President Trump stood in front of stacked boxes of medical supplies and promised that “America will be fully prepared for any of the future outbreaks,” the federal government still has shortfalls of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, according to an internal administration document obtained by Yahoo News. The document, which …

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Pre-TAVR Double BASILICA Can Spell Double Trouble

New registry data highlight the ability of the BASILICA technique to reduce coronary obstruction after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) but also raise concerns when both the right and left leaflets are intentionally lacerated. Double leaflet BASILICA was associated with inferior patient outcomes, including lower survival and lower survival free from coronary obstruction and stroke, reported Danny Dvir, MD, University …

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Children Rarely Transmit SARS-CoV-2 Within Households

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Children appear less likely than adults to be the first cases of COVID-19 within a household, based on data from families of 39 children younger than 16 years. “Unlike with other viral respiratory infections, children do not seem to be a major vector of severe acute …

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is still talking. But is the president listening?

WASHINGTON — It was always going to be a tense relationship, the one between a Queens real estate developer to the manner born and the Brooklyn pharmacist’s son steeped in Catholicism. One golfs, the other runs. One is a self-proclaimed billionaire genius and television personality, the other a lifelong civil servant and scientist.  Improbably, Donald Trump (the golfer) and Dr. …

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iMedicalApps: COVID-19 Protocols | MedPage Today

Recently, Brigham and Women’s Hospital released a comprehensive app of all of its COVID-19 clinical guidelines, called COVID Protocols, which are also available online. This app joins a growing list of guidelines and protocols from Johns Hopkins (via the Relief Central and Hopkins Abx Guide apps), the World Health Organization, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the National Institutes …

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Fauci: Surge States Must Pause Reopening

States facing COVID-19 surges must hit “pause” on their reopenings and begin to truly follow the CDC guidelines for mitigating its spread, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, told The Hill during an online webinar hosted by the website on Thursday. Cases in the U.S. peaked in April but instead of falling to near zero, as happened in many European countries, …

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‘One Viral, Toxic Stew’: What We Heard This Week

“We will have one viral, toxic stew that will lead to many hospitalizations and deaths, not just from COVID but from these other infectious diseases.” — Arthur Caplan, PhD, of NYU Langone, on reopening schools too soon. “Sleep is a non-negotiable requirement for a happy, healthy life, yet most people undervalue its importance.” — Eileen Leary, PhD, of Stanford University, …

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Telehealth Roundup: Insurers Scale Back; Claim Lines Climb; Virtual Visits in a Year

Welcome to Telehealth Roundup, highlighting news and features about emerging trends in telemedicine and telehealth. Insurers Pull Back Telehealth Despite COVID-19 Spike As COVID-19 cases soar, some insurers are starting to scale back telehealth benefits, USA Today reported. This includes resuming out-of-pocket payments and requiring prior authorizations. Early in May, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas set the expiration date …

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Healthcare Disruptors: Bringing $0 Copays to Self-Insured Plans

Developing an employer-supported insurance plan that’s affordable for both the company and its workers, and that does away with the red tape, surprise bills and other complaints that are now commonplace in U.S. healthcare, may seem like a pipe dream. Enter The Zero Card, a healthcare marketplace and supplemental employee benefit program already in operation that promises a cheaper, streamlined …

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The Art and Science of Risk Communication

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci. Coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx. County health officials across the United States. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the emergence of a new set of household names: those in the media spotlight who are charged with helping the public understand what …

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Benefits High-Risk Groups With Type 1 Diabetes

(MedPage Today) — Study Authors: Lori M. Laffel, Lauren G. Kanapka, et al.; Richard E. Pratley, Lauren G. Kanapka, et al.; Shivani Agarwal, Anne R. Cappola Target Audience and Goal Statement: Endocrinologists, pediatricians, family physicians… Source link : https://www.medpagetoday.org/endocrinology/type1diabetes/87523 Author : Publish date : 2020-07-10 16:30:00 Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the linked Source.

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Miami is a new coronavirus hot spot, internal CDC documents say

WASHINGTON — With Florida adding coronavirus infections at the rate of about 10,000 per day, Miami has emerged as one of the most significant coronavirus hot spots in the United States, according to an internal Trump administration document reviewed by Yahoo News.  Many of Florida’s new infections have been in three South Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. A …

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Hep C Tx Shows Promise in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

A higher percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients treated with sofosbuvir and daclatasvir (SOF/DCV), a two-drug hepatitis C virus (HCV) combination therapy, experienced clinical improvement versus patients receiving control medication, a small sample of patients found. Three small open-label trials in Iran found that 94% of patients treated with SOF/DCV experienced clinical recovery after 14 days of treatment compared with 72% …

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Sperm swim up to 70 per cent faster when they have a lazy tail

By Jason Arunn Murugesu Sperm with an inactive portion of their tail actually swim fasterSebastian Kaulitzki / Alamy A human sperm can move up to 70 per cent faster if it has a lazy tail, a finding that could pave the way for new fertility diagnostic tests. Sperm cells use their tails to swim, though some don’t use the whole …

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Who will make it? Who will receive it? How much will it cost?

With the number of new cases of COVID-19 continuing to set records in the U.S. and deaths from the disease rising daily, public health officials and politicians have increasingly pinned their hopes of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic on a vaccine. On May 15, the Trump administration announced the kickoff of “Operation Warp Speed,” an ambitious government effort “to have substantial …

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