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Mother of invention: the new gadgets dreamt up to fight coronavirus – Reuters

Mother of invention: the new gadgets dreamt up to fight coronavirus – Reuters

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LONDON/OAKLAND/BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Driving to work at his factory to the west of London last week, designer Steve Brooks had coronavirus on his mind. What could he make that would let him open a door without touching the handle? Entrepreneurs Matthew Toles and Joseph Toles, co-founders of the company Slightly Robot, show smartbands, the Immutouch, which buzz when the wearer's hand goes near their face, to prevent spreading the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Seattle, U.S., in this handout picture taken March 31, 2020. Immutouch/Handout via REUTERS“Everyone has to use their little finger or find the bit of the door that nobody’s touched,” said the designer and owner at DDB Ltd, a company which makes office furniture. So he produced a hook to do the job. The so-called hygienehook is sm
Coronavirus study finds 'surprising' link between infection and loss of smell – CNET

Coronavirus study finds 'surprising' link between infection and loss of smell – CNET

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Testing for coronavirus in Germany, medical personnel take samples from the nose. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. While the coronavirus pandemic has rapidly spread across the world, keeping most of us squirreled away inside our homes, scientists have been tirelessly working at unravelling how the virus infects us and the possible damage it causes. In recent weeks, new evidence has emerged that patients with COVID-19 infections may lose their sense of smell, a condition known as "anosmia". Previous coronaviruses have been kno...
U.S. death toll passes 3,000 as NYC nurses and doctors plead for help – NBCNews.com

U.S. death toll passes 3,000 as NYC nurses and doctors plead for help – NBCNews.com

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Good morning, NBC News readers.The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States surpassed 3,000 as of Tuesday morning. In New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak, doctors and nurses are struggling to keep up with the onslaught of patients overwhelming hospitals.Here's what we're watching this Tuesday morning.A doctor at a major public hospital in New York City described having worn a single N95 mask, a critical tool in protection from the coronavirus, for an entire week. Normally, the Brooklyn doctor would change it after every visit with a patient.Colleague after colleague, including nurses and residents, have been falling sick with the virus. Patients were coming in for unrelated health issues and suddenly testing positive for coronavirus after coming to the hospital."The situ...
Infected but Feeling Fine: The Unwitting Coronavirus Spreaders – The New York Times

Infected but Feeling Fine: The Unwitting Coronavirus Spreaders – The New York Times

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As many as 25 percent of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns — a startlingly high number that complicates efforts to predict the pandemic’s course and strategies to mitigate its spread.In particular, the high level of symptom-free cases is leading the C.D.C. to consider broadening its guidelines on who should wear masks.“This helps explain how rapidly this virus continues to spread across the country,” the director, Dr. Robert Redfield, told National Public Radio in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.The agency has repeatedly said that ordinary citizens do not need to wear masks unless they are feeling sick. But with the new data on people who may be infected without ever feeling sick, or who a
28 University of Texas spring breakers test positive for COVID-19 after group trip to Mexico – NBC News

28 University of Texas spring breakers test positive for COVID-19 after group trip to Mexico – NBC News

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More than two dozen University of Texas, Austin spring breakers tested positive for COVID-19 following a spring break trip to Mexico, university and Austin public health officials said on Tuesday.A group of about 70 young adults travelled together on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico about a week and a half ago, the Austin Public Health Department said in a statement. Upon their return, 28 students have tested positive for COVID-19 while “dozens more are under public health investigation.” City officials said four of the confirmed cases showed no symptoms and that they have launched an investigation into the the entire cluster.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.Watch an NBC News special report, "Coronavirus Pandemic,” toni
The US is starting to see 'glimmers' that social distancing could be slowing the spread of coronavirus — but there's more work to do, officials say – CNN

The US is starting to see 'glimmers' that social distancing could be slowing the spread of coronavirus — but there's more work to do, officials say – CNN

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But health officials warn it's too early to know how well it's working -- and even if mitigation measures continue, the number of US deaths still could be hard to take."We're starting to see glimmers that (social distancing) is actually having some dampening effect" on the spread of coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Tuesday morning."We hope ... that we may start seeing a turnaround, but we haven't seen it yet," he said.Cases and deaths are soaring: At least 3,561 people have died in the United States -- more than 770 of which were reported Tuesday alone. More than 178,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the country.There are, however, signs that rates of case increases may have been slowed in some pla...
Should You Wear A Face Mask? The CDC Is Reconsidering Its Guidance : Shots – Health News – NPR

Should You Wear A Face Mask? The CDC Is Reconsidering Its Guidance : Shots – Health News – NPR

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Enlarge this image Even without symptoms, you might have the virus and be able to spread it when out in public, say researchers who now are reconsidering the use of surgical masks. Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images A few months ago it may have seemed silly to wear a face mask during a trip to the grocery store. And in fact, the mainline public health message in the U.S. from the Centers for Disease Cont...
Coronavirus outbreak sparks face mask debate: Should you wear them? – Fox News

Coronavirus outbreak sparks face mask debate: Should you wear them? – Fox News

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Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Should the general public wear masks during the coronavirus epidemic in the U.S.?The debate over wearing face masks to protect against the novel coronavirus is wide-ranging, with health officials signaling a possible shift in the recommendations for the general public.Currently, major health organizations -- including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) -- have continued to urge those who are healthy to leave surgical masks and the more protective N95 respirators to medical professionals, who across the country are reusing single-use medical masks due to widespread shortages.DO SURGICAL MASKS PROTECT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS? As the pand...
Testing coronavirus survivors’ blood could help reopen U.S. – The Washington Post

Testing coronavirus survivors’ blood could help reopen U.S. – The Washington Post

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The theory is that such testing could be used to divide the world into people who’ve had it and aren’t at risk anymore — and those who are. Health-care workers with immunity could return to the front lines. Large employers could test their workers to find out who could return to work first. Health insurers might use the tests to tell members whether it is risky to go out into the world. People who know they have a level of immunity could help others. In the Ebola outbreak in Congo, survivors played a special role in providing care — and much-needed human contact — to people who were sick.“This is going to be a very valuable portion of the population,” said Gigi Gronvall, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Health Security. “They are people who are presumably protecte
Can hydroxychloroquine prevent COVID-19? Study aims to find answers – Fox News

Can hydroxychloroquine prevent COVID-19? Study aims to find answers – Fox News

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Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox.  Sign up here.Currently, there is no known cure for the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe, but one possible remedy, the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, has received increased attention in recent weeks. A new study aims to confirm whether or not that attention is warranted.The study, which will be conducted by the University of Washington in conjunction with New York University, looks to enroll 2,000 people who are "close contacts of persons with confirmed or pending COVID-19 diagnoses," according to a statement announcing the study."We currently don’t know if hydroxychloroquine works, but we will learn in as short a timeframe as possible what the outcome is,” principal investigator Ruanne