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CDC Adds 6 New Coronavirus Symptoms – Forbes
CDC officially added these six symptoms to its list: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, in addition to previously known symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
New York clinical trial quietly tests heartburn remedy against coronavirus – Science
As of Saturday, 187 COVID-19 patients in critical status, including many on ventilators, have been enrolled in the trial, which aims for a total of 1174 people. Reports from China and molecular modeling results suggest that the drug, which seems to bind to a key enzyme in the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), could make a difference. But the hype surrounding hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine—the unproven antimalarial drugs touted by President Donald Trump and some physicians and scientists—has made Tracey wary of sparking premature enthusiasm. He is tight-lipped about famotidine’s prospects, at least until interim results from the first 391 patients are in. “If it does work, we’ll know in a few weeks,” he says.
The FLARE team investigates the use of MSCs as immunomodulatory therapy for COVID-19.
As part of its guidance on adjusting public health and social measures for the next phase of the COVID-19 response, WHO stressed that it continues to review the evidence on antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection.Coronavirus can apparently live for days in your eye – BGRThe virus was apparently able to be detected in the patient’s eye for up to 20 days. At that point, it seemed to go away, but then it made a reappearance a week later. [Related Study]
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, he knows, have a potentially fatal side effect: They can cause a type of irregular heart rhythm that sometimes leads to cardiac arrest.[Related Pre-Pub Study] [Related Pre-Pub Study]
How the new coronavirus gets into respiratory tissue — and may exploit one of our defenses – Boston Children’s Hospital
What makes SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, such a threat? A new study, led by Jose Ordovas-Montanes, PhD, at Boston Children’s Hospital and Alex K. Shalek, PhD, at MIT, pinpoints the likely cell types the virus infects. Unexpectedly, it also shows that one of the body’s main defenses against viral infections may actually help the virus infect those very cells. Findings were published this week by the journal Cell. – [Related Study]
The company warned that shuttering processing plants would cause “millions of pounds of meat” to disappear from the markets, reducing what’s available on grocery store shelves and raising prices. Farmers may have to kill and dispose of cows, pigs and chickens that were bred for the closed slaughterhouses, the company claimed, and those animals’ meat would go to waste.
Three of the nation’s largest meat processors failed to provide protective gear to all workers, and some employees say they were told to continue working in crowded plants even while sick as the coronavirus spread around the country and turned the facilities into infection hot spots, a Washington Post investigation has found.
Meatpacking workers in Texas Panhandle have little power to avoid the coronavirus – Texas Tribune
A workforce of immigrants has long powered the massive JBS meatpacking plant in Cactus, where a cluster of coronavirus cases is under investigation. They’re risking their lives each shift in the county with the state’s highest known infection rate.
While supply chains are generally quite flexible, no one was prepared for this pandemic.
Researchers sift through data to compare nations’ vastly different containment measures.
Official Reporting for April 27, 2020
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Total deaths: 52,459
Maryland:815 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and 30 more deaths resulting from disease – Baltimore Sun
Alaska: Confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed for six weeks. On Friday, they stopped. – Alaska Public Media
Oregon: 8 workers test positive for COVID-19 at Oregon frozen food plant – KOMO News
South Carolina: 15 employees at prison in Columbia test positive for coronavirus, SC officials say – The State
Europe: As many as half of Europe’s COVID-19 deaths were people in long-term care facilities – Business Insider
Italy: Italy’s PM outlines lockdown easing measures – BBC
Spain: Spain Records lowest daily death toll as lockdown eases – BBC
Germany: Germans don compulsory masks as lockdown eases – BBC
Belarus: Orphanage seeks help amid ‘critical’ outbreak – BBC
Turkey: Turkey’s coronavirus death toll rises to 2,900, new cases 2,131 -health minister – The Star
Sweden: Coronavirus exceptionalism will not be remembered favourably by Europe – EuroNews
Thailand: To Extend State of Emergency and Gradually Restart Businesses – Bloomberg
China: Wuhan declared free of Covid-19 as last patients leave hospital after months-long struggle against coronavirus – SCMP
UAE announces 490 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths and 112 recoveries – Gulf News
New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19 – NPR
Science and Tech
As the coronavirus spread from China across the world earlier this year, two friends in Sydney watched in horror. Milton Zhou is a cofounder of a renewable energy company called the Maoneng Group, which developed some of Australia’s largest solar farms. Saul Khan is a former partner in an energy efficiency consultancy. They met in a Facebook group for startups, where they bonded over a discussion about using blockchain to track goods as they’re shipped internationally. They had experience buying solar panels and other products from China, and they expected the medical supply chain to work, at least in the early stage of the outbreak. Instead, they watched as health-care workers ran out of respirators and other critical supplies. “We realized, okay, something is really wrong here,” says Khan. “People aren’t able to source things quickly.” Then it occurred to them that maybe they could help.
The pandemic shows that the US is no longer much good at coming up with technologies relevant to our most basic needs.
Vaccine technologies being tested today won’t be easy to scale, thanks to the complex nature of vaccines.
Pre-Pub (not yet peer reviewed, should not be regarded as conclusive)
A selection of maps and charts to help you understand the economic impact of the virus so far.