Row breaks out over a World Health Organization (WHO) trial casting doubt on remdesivir as COVID-19 drug. A row broke out on Friday over a WHO clinical trial which concluded that the anti-viral drug remdesivir has little or no impact on a patient’s chances of surviving COVID-19. Reuters Health, 10/16/2020.
Lifetime Experiences Help Older Adults Build Resilience to Pandemic Trauma. Many seniors have changed behaviors as they strive to stay safe from the coronavirus. Kaiser Health News, 10/07/2020.
5 Things to Know About a COVID Vaccine: It Won’t Be a ‘Magic Wand ’. Even after a vaccine wins Food and Drug Administration approval, there would be a long wait before it’s time to declare victory over the virus. Kaiser Health News, 10/05/2020. (Also see Vaccinations)
What Does ‘Negative’ on a Coronavirus Test Really Mean? It’s thus very possible to be antigen negative but P.C.R. positive, while still harboring the virus in the body. New York Times, 10/15/2020.
As dentists reopened in late spring, very few got Covid-19, survey finds. Early on in the pandemic, it was widely believed that dentists would be at high risk of contracting Covid-19. NBC Health News, 10/15/2020. (Also see Dental Involvement)
What's your blood type? It may affect your risk for Covid-19. A growing body of evidence suggests that blood type may play a role in the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus or developing life-threatening complications from the illness. NBC Health News, 10/15/2020.
Have We Been Thinking About Long-Haul Coronavirus All Wrong? As the COVID-19 pandemic presses on, doctors are increasingly worried about the significant subset of coronavirus patients who are suffering symptoms like fatigue, brain fog and chronic pain for months on end. Time Healthland, 10/16/2020. (Also see Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
At–Home Saliva Tests for COVID-19 Could Be Coming Soon. Most people can spit into a container at home and so don’t need to go to a health clinic or drive-through testing facility and it doesn’t involve any discomfort. Time Healthland, 10/13/2020.
'It's a Game for Them.' Scientists Around the World Are Teaching Dogs to Sniff Out COVID-19. Researchers say we could see COVID-19 detection dogs deployed more widely within six months. Time Healthland, 10/09/2020. (Also see Pet Therapy)
Covid: What is the mental health cost to the young? Young people's risk of becoming ill with Covid-19 is tiny – but could the long-term mental health impact of virus restrictions be far more damaging? BBC Health News, 10/09/2020. (Also see Anxiety and Attitude)
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