The United States is likely to have enough safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to inoculate the most vulnerable Americans by the end of 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Wednesday. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
The CDC says there are millions of cases of the common cold that affect both adults and children in the US each year. Adults come down with roughly two or three colds annually and while they tend to last around a week, there's no cure. But according to Business Insider, there are ways to make yourself more comfortable as your immune system fights off the virus. Dr. Aimee Desrosiers is an infectious disease expert. She says the number one immune-system booster is rest, plain and simple.
A US-based report suggested that less than one per cent of dentists were found to be COVID-19 positive across the globe. It was a first-of-its-kind report based on data collected in June 2020. The result is far below that of other health professionals in the US. In addition, 99 per cent of dentists are using enhanced infection control procedures such as screening protocols and enhanced disinfection practices when treating patients. The report, published online ahead of print by The Journal of the American Dental Association, is the first large-scale collection and publication of U.S. dentists' infection rates and infection control practices related to Covid-19.This report focused on nearly 2,200 dentists in June, finding that 82 per cent of dentists were asymptomatic for one month prior to the survey and 16.6 per cent reported getting a COVID-19 test. Those who tested positive were not clustered in any particular geographic region. Among those not tested, less than one per cent (0.32) was given a probable COVID-19 diagnosis by a physician. The authors weighted the results to align with U.S. dentists demographically and geographically and found an estimated prevalence of less than one per cent (0.9) with a margin of error of 0.5 per cent. This newly-published report, with the extremely low rate of Covid-19 infection among dentists, supports the effectiveness of the recommendations from the CDC and ADA in preventing virus transmission.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden clashed over the coronavirus pandemic during their second and last debate, with Biden saying Trump has downplayed the threat, and Trump claiming he's already done what Biden proposes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences's antiviral drug remdesivir for treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19, making it the first and only drug approved for the disease in the United States. Gavino Garay reports.
Hospitals in Liverpool are treating more coronavirus patients than they were during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, Dr Tristan Cope, medical director of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, said as he warned that numbers were continuing to rise. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Boris Johnson has defended the government's approach to tackling the Covid-19 outbreak, warning that an "extreme laissez faire" response, giving people greater freedom, would result in "many thousands more deaths". At a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister also thanked people for their "bravery" and "patience" in living under coronavirus restrictions. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Gizmodo reports that FedEx is partnering with Reliable Robotics to incorporate the firm’s unmanned aircraft into its delivery fleet. Reliable Robotics is an aviation startup run by former Tesla and SpaceX engineers. FedEx isn’t phasing out its existing delivery aircraft fleet just yet, however. FedEx CEO Fred Smith told stockholders that the company’s aircraft crews don’t need to worry about their jobs becoming automated “for the foreseeable future—decades, I would say.
A Consumer Reports investigation has found that toxic “forever chemicals” are in several popular bottled water and carbonated water brands. According to the EPA Per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemical compounds that don’t easily break down in the environment, or the human body. They’re found in many consumer products, including food packaging, textiles, and nonstick pans. Gizmodo reports they are also found in drinking water itself.
Gizmodo reports scientists have discovered a specific wavelength of UV light that’s both safe for people and can kill coronaviruses, both on surfaces and in the air. Researchers from Columbia University and Japan's Hiroshima University, have found that a UVC light wave of 222 nanometers does the trick. It's unable to penetrate the eye’s tear layer or the dead-cell layer of skin, preventing it from reaching and damaging living cells in the human body.
Lovers of the great outdoors may not know his name, but they'll almost certainly know the name of his invention: Gore-Tex. Gizmodo reports the celebrated inventor, engineer, and chemist Robert W. Gore has died. He was 83. It's easy to keep rain off your clothes by cutting holes in a garbage bag and wearing it like a vest. However, it prevents the flow of moisture in both directions. Rain is kept out, but your sweat is kept in, making you soggy and unable to regulate your own temperature.
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