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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
What cleaning products are approved to kill coronavirus? Lysol, Microban 24, Clorox – The Cincinnati Enquirer

What cleaning products are approved to kill coronavirus? Lysol, Microban 24, Clorox – The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Sarah Brookbank Cincinnati EnquirerPublished 12:16 PM EDT Jul 8, 2020Lysol is the first surface disinfectant approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to wipe out the coronavirus, the agency announced this week. But if you still can't find Lysol, there are more cleaning products to choose from. In March, the EPA released a lengthy list of household cleaners that were expected to be effective against coronavirus because they have been tested and proven to work against similar viruses. The list includes products like Clorox disinfecting wipes and spray and Microban 24 products. Two Lysol products were lab tested by the EPA directly against COVID-19. The test found they could kill the virus on surfaces, the EPA announced this week. In a statement...
Dallas County Reports COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up; 1,077 New Cases Tuesday, 9 Deaths – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas County Reports COVID-19 Hospitalizations Up; 1,077 New Cases Tuesday, 9 Deaths – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Dallas County is reporting "record-high numbers of COVID-19 inpatients in Dallas County" Tuesday along with nine more deaths and 1,077 new confirmed cases of the infection. Dallas County officials said in a statement there were 756 people in acute care for COVID-19, close to 100 more hospitalizations than the day before. The county also reported "604 emergency room visits in the 24 hour period ending Monday, July 6" -- representing 30% of all ER visits in the county. "We continue to see wide community spread and the need for more targeted actions to keep our community safe," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement Tuesday. "Doctors strongly discourage in-restaurant dining and going to the following businesses: bowling alleys, arcades, amusement parks, concert venues, sporti...
WHO Acknowledges ‘Emerging Evidence’ On Airborne Transmission Of Coronavirus – Forbes

WHO Acknowledges ‘Emerging Evidence’ On Airborne Transmission Of Coronavirus – Forbes

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TOPLINEThe World Health Organization has acknowledged that there is "emerging evidence" that the coronavirus can be spread by airborne transmission from tiny particles suspended in the air, a day after 239 scientists signed a letter urging the agency to address the issue. The World Health Organization said airborne transmission of the coronavirus “in very specific ... [+] conditions” could not be ruled out. AFP via Getty Images KEY FACTS WHO’s Technical Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, Dr. Benedetta Alleganzi acknowledged “emerging evidence” on the issue and said that the agency has “to be open to this evidence and understand its implications.” Alleganzi, however, noted that the evidence was not yet definitive but said that th
California sets record for daily coronavirus cases – Los Angeles Times

California sets record for daily coronavirus cases – Los Angeles Times

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The coronavirus outbreak continued to worsen in California this week, with 9,500 infections recorded on Tuesday — the most new cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began — and triple-digit fatalities that sent the statewide death toll past 6,500.California cases are on pace to double every 24.8 days, a number that is used by experts to measure how quickly the virus is spreading. As of Wednesday afternoon, the state had 284,691 coronavirus cases. Over the last week, there have been an average of 7,403 new coronavirus infections and 69.6 new deaths per day, according to data from The Times’ tracker. With cases continuing to climb and hospitalization numbers increasing, counties across the state have been forced to roll back business reopenings in an effort to stem the spread of
Coronavirus: Health officials suggest LA County schools have 'Plan B' for reopening if community transmission spikes – KABC-TV

Coronavirus: Health officials suggest LA County schools have 'Plan B' for reopening if community transmission spikes – KABC-TV

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Health officials suggested that all school districts in Los Angeles County should have a "Plan B" for around reopening this fall if there is a spike in community transmission amid the coronavirus pandemic.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that a back-up plan would mean the likelihood of an extended period of virtual learning rather than learning on campus.Dr. Ferrer compared reopening Los Angeles County schools to how officials approached reopening other sectors."You absolutely would not want to open a sector when you thought that the result of a reopening could be an explosion of outbreaks within that sector. We're going to continue to be mindful of what our data is telling us. At the same time, we're moving ahead with issuing the pro...
Dallas County reports 16 new coronavirus deaths, 1,029 cases as hospitalizations and ER visits remain high – The Dallas Morning News

Dallas County reports 16 new coronavirus deaths, 1,029 cases as hospitalizations and ER visits remain high – The Dallas Morning News

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Updated at 6:30 p.m.: Revised to include Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman and Rockwall counties.Dallas County reported 16 additional coronavirus deaths and 1,029 new cases Wednesday, making it the sixth consecutive day of at least 1,000 new cases.County Judge Clay Jenkins noted in a written statement that a woman in her 20s and man in his 40s, neither with underlying health conditions, were among the victims.“This is an extremely critical time in our battle against COVID-19,” Jenkins said. “We expect to see more cases in the coming days and how high this surge goes is dependent on each of us doing our part.”The county has had a total of 29,160 cases, or about 11.1 per 1,000 residents, and 426 deaths from the virus. The county does not report COVID-19 recoveries.Six of the latest victims were Dalla
Could a coronavirus vaccine rehab the pharmaceutical industry's reputation despite drug price increases? – USA TODAY

Could a coronavirus vaccine rehab the pharmaceutical industry's reputation despite drug price increases? – USA TODAY

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Nathan Bomey USA TODAYPublished 9:00 AM EDT Jul 8, 2020For years, the pharmaceutical industry has faced withering bipartisan criticism and a deteriorating reputation among the public for its role in driving up drug prices.But the sector suddenly might be poised to go from villain to hero with the development of a vaccine that could end the COVID-19 pandemic.The drug industry's reputation started this crisis in the basement after having plunged to an all-time low in 2019, making it the least popular sector among 25 major industries, according to pollster Gallup. Americans soured on the industry after net drug prices – which factor in rebates and discounts – increased by 60% from 2007 to 2018, about triple the rate of inflation, according to a Univers
Coronavirus reported in over half of Latino meat, poultry workers in 21 states, CDC says – NBC News

Coronavirus reported in over half of Latino meat, poultry workers in 21 states, CDC says – NBC News

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Latino workers at meat and chicken processing plants have been the hardest hit by coronavirus, accounting for 56 percent of cases reported in plants in 21 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.The latest CDC data, published Tuesday, reinforces alarms raised as meat and chicken facilities and their surrounding communities have become COVID-19 hot spots and deaths among workers have mounted this year.In total, almost 9 in 10 coronavirus cases (87 percent) were among racial and ethnic minority workers, with 5,584 cases occurring in Latinos through May 31. Another 1,842, or 19 percent, of cases occurred in non-Hispanic Black workers; 1,332, or 13 percent, in non-Hispanic whites; and 1,161, or 12 percent, in Asians.In the last several months, the deaths of Latino work...