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California, Florida and Texas report highest daily coronavirus death tolls – CBS News

California, Florida and Texas report highest daily coronavirus death tolls – CBS News

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The coronavirus crisis nationwide is not only deepening, it is growing more deadly. The country's three biggest states — California, Florida and Texas — are reporting their largest single-day death tolls since the pandemic began.Hospitals there are struggling to keep up with an exploding number of patients. And in Arizona, where about 1 in every 4 tests now comes up positive, lines to get screened stretch for blocks and supplies are running out.The country's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he believes the country's hardest-hit states should consider pausing plans to reopen. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday appeared to do just that, saying he is banning all large gatherings through the end of September.More than 3 million cases of coronavirus have now b
Airborne transmission of coronavirus in restaurants, gyms and other closed spaces can't be ruled out, WHO says – CNBC

Airborne transmission of coronavirus in restaurants, gyms and other closed spaces can't be ruled out, WHO says – CNBC

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Owner Sarah Celek (red leggings) teaches a class at Pure Barre Cincinnati West as Ohio gyms and fitness centers reopen for business in the wake of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Cincinnati, Ohio.Jason Whitman | NurPhoto via Getty ImagesThe World Health Organization published new guidance Thursday, saying it can't rule out the possibility that the coronavirus can be transmitted through air particles in closed spaces indoors, including in gyms and restaurants.The WHO previously acknowledged that the virus may become airborne in certain environments, such as during "medical procedures that generate aerosols." The new guidance recognizes some research that suggests the virus may be able to spread through particles in the air in "indoor crowded spaces." It cited "choir practice, in resta...
Fetal coronavirus infection may be possible, Italian study suggests – Fox News

Fetal coronavirus infection may be possible, Italian study suggests – Fox News

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A small study strengthens evidence that a pregnant woman infected with the coronavirus might be able to spread it to her fetus.Researchers from Italy said Thursday that they studied 31 women with COVID-19 who delivered babies in March and April. They found signs of the virus in several samples of umbilical cord blood, the placenta and, in one case, breast milk.Women shouldn't panic. This doesn't mean there's viable virus in those places and "it's too early to make guidelines" or to change care, said the study leader, Dr. Claudio Fenizia, an immunology specialist at the University of Milan.But it does merit more study, especially of women who are infected earlier in their pregnancies than these women, said Fenizia, who discussed the results at a medical conference being held online because...
Long Beach announces 1st human case of West Nile virus this season in 60-year-old – KABC-TV

Long Beach announces 1st human case of West Nile virus this season in 60-year-old – KABC-TV

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- As cities around the world deal with coronavirus cases, Long Beach announced the return of the West Nile virus in Southern California with the city's first human case of the virus this season.The patient, identified only by a person in their 60s, was hospitalized with neuro-invasive illness, according to the city's Department of Health and Services."While the world is focused on COVID-19 prevention and response, this is an important reminder that we continue to see cases of West Nile Virus most years in Long Beach," said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis in a statement. "We cannot let our guard down against mosquito-borne diseases."The case is only the third human case reported so far this year in California. The first two cases were reported in Northern C...
Cases of broken heart syndrome have ticked upwards since pandemic began, study finds – NBC News

Cases of broken heart syndrome have ticked upwards since pandemic began, study finds – NBC News

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The COVID-19 pandemic may be taking a toll on Americans’ heart health, even if they’re not infected with the virus: According to research published Thursday in JAMA Open Network, cases of broken heart syndrome are on the rise among people without the illness.The condition, which is distinct from a heart attack, goes by several names, including stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo syndrome. It occurs when a part of the heart becomes enlarged and is unable to pump blood effectively. Unlike a heart attack, which is caused by clogged arteries, broken heart syndrome is preceded by intense emotional or physical stress.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak “The increase in socioeconomic and psychological stress from the pandemic has literally increased stress cardiomyopathy,” Dr. Ankur Kalra,
Florida Teen Whose Mother Treated Her With Hydroxychloroquine Died from COVID-19 – Yahoo News

Florida Teen Whose Mother Treated Her With Hydroxychloroquine Died from COVID-19 – Yahoo News

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Carsyn DavisA 17-year-old Florida girl has died after contracting the coronavirus and being treated at home with hydroxychloroquine by her mother, who is a nurse, and step-father, a physician’s assistant. Carsyn Davis, of Fort Myers, fell sick on June 13 with a headache, sinus pressure and a mild cough, according to a coroner’s report. That was three days after Davis attended a large party at her church, Fort Myers’ First Assembly of God, according to Newsweek. Though social media posts about the party were later deleted, screenshots of the event called it a “release party” and advertised it with games, basketball, a DJ and karaoke.Social distancing and masks were not present at the event but when Davis fell ill her family still thought it was due to a sinus infection. That was until abou
How a coronavirus vaccine will get to market – PBS NewsHour

How a coronavirus vaccine will get to market – PBS NewsHour

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With new daily case counts of novel coronavirus on the rise in nearly every state, as well as Puerto Rico, the consequences of reopening much of the country without first stopping the spread has made one thing clear: An unlocked United States will likely continue to suffer from the deadly virus until a safe and efficient vaccine is finally distributed to a majority of the population. There are lots of different ways to formulate a vaccine, and all of them are now being considered for coronavirus. Some vaccines use common methods to confer immunity, while others are entirely experimental — they’ve never before been approved for use. No matter the approach, academic, corporate and government research teams around the globe are coordinating with national and internationa
Is SARS-CoV-2 airborne? Questions abound—but here’s what we know – Ars Technica

Is SARS-CoV-2 airborne? Questions abound—but here’s what we know – Ars Technica

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Enlarge / A doctor wears a hood as he tests the seal of an N95 respiratory mask during a training at the La Clinica San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center in California.Getty | Justin Sullivan A debate has erupted among researchers over the potential for the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, to spread through the air and—if it does so often enough—what to do about it. Though talk of airborne transmission has been simmering since the beginning of the pandemic, it reached a boiling point this week following a letter penned by two researchers and addressed to “national and international bodies.” The letter, eventually signed by 239 researchers, urged those bodies to acknowledge the potential for airborne spread and to recommend control measures aimed at preventing it. “M
Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Now Open To Volunteers In U.S. – Forbes

Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Now Open To Volunteers In U.S. – Forbes

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TOPLINEVolunteers can now sign up to participate in Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with the new operating center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, saying Wednesday there would be 10,000 to 30,000 volunteers enrolled per trial. Dr. Rhonda Flores looks at protein samples at Novavax labs in Rockville, Maryland on March 20, 2020, ... [+] one of the labs developing a vaccine for the coronavirus, COVID-19. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images KEY FACTS The federal agency launched the website Covid-19 Prevention Network on Wednesday, merging four existing clinical trial networks a...
WHO finally acknowledges the coronavirus airborne transmission risk – BGR

WHO finally acknowledges the coronavirus airborne transmission risk – BGR

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Coronavirus airborne transmission is evident, 239 researchers said recently, urging the World Health Organization to acknowledge the risk. The organization said in response that there’s “emerging evidence” that the virus can spread via the air, not just the droplets that result from coughing, sneezing, and talking. But the WHO’s wording seems to suggest that it isn’t going to change its COVID-19 transmission guidelines to take into account measures that can reduce airborne spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) just acknowledged the increasing evidence that shows the coronavirus is spreading via air. The move came in response to an open letter from 239 scientists who urged the organization to acknowledge the risk of COVID-19 spread in indoor settings that are poorly ventilated. There