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100,000 Dead, 40 Million Unemployed: America Hits Grim Pandemic Milestones

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 100,000 on Wednesday, there was more evidence of the collateral damage the virus has caused: New numbers released Thursday show the number of unemployed has now passed 40 million.

The death toll is "a striking reminder of how dangerous this virus can be," Josh Michaud, associate director of global he...

'Silent' COVID-19 More Widespread Than Thought

A new cruise ship study suggests that the number of people who are infected with the new coronavirus but have no symptoms may be much higher than believed.

More than 80% of those who tested positive for the infection had no symptoms, according to the study published online May 27 in the journal Thorax.

The findings could be important as...

Only Half of Americans Say They'd Get a Coronavirus Vaccine: Survey

Even if a vaccine against the new coronavirus is developed, only half of Americans say they'd get it, a new survey finds.

It also found that 31% weren't sure if they'd get vaccinated, and about 1 in 5 said they wouldn't get vaccinated.

Of those who'd refuse a vaccine, 7 in 10 cited safety concerns, according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Rese...

Coronavirus Cases Ticking Upwards in Nearly a Dozen U.S. States

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A jump in coronavirus cases is being seen in nearly a dozen U.S. states, at least half of which reopened early, as the country's coronavirus case count neared 1.7 million on Wednesday.

Though the overall national trend has been staying steady or dropping, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are some of the states seeing...

WHO Halts Testing of Drug That President Trump Has Embraced

TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Safety concerns over a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted as a coronavirus treatment prompted the World Health Organization on Monday to remove the medication from a global trial of potential COVID-19 therapies.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the international health agency's director-general, said the WHO decided to take a ...

Remdesivir Will Not Be Enough to Curb COVID-19, Study Finds

SATURDAY, May 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There have been high hopes that the antiviral drug remdesivir might be an answer to the pandemic of COVID-19. But a major, new study finds the drug on its own won't be enough to significantly curb cases and deaths.

The study, published May 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that, "given high mortality [of patients] desp...

Coronavirus Can Infect, Inflame the Thyroid

An Italian teenager may be the first known case of a painful thyroid infection caused by the new coronavirus, doctors report.

A research team from Pisa, in northern Italy, said the 18-year-old woman's thyroid became sore and enlarged a few weeks after testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in late February. The condition, called thyroiditis, cleared up completely within a week afte...

More Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Won't Help, May Harm COVID-19 Patients

A drug supported and even taken by President Donald Trump as a potential weapon against the new coronavirus simply doesn't seem to work, another major study finds.

In fact, hydroxychloroquine, as well as a related medicine, chloroquine, may even raise the risk for death and serious heart rhythm disorders in people who use it, an international team of researchers reported.

Th...

U.S. Earmarks $1.2 Billion for New Vaccine Deal as Coronavirus Deaths Near 95,000

FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it would provide up to $1.2 billion to the drug company AstraZeneca to develop a potential coronavirus vaccine from a lab in Oxford, U.K.

The fourth, and largest, vaccine research agreement funds a clinical trial of the potential vaccine in the United States this summer with about ...

Face Masks Can Help Prevent Viral Spread, but They Aren't Perfect: Study

Face coverings may reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Researchers assessed the effectiveness of seven types of face coverings -- including medical-grade and homemade masks -- when people breathed or coughed while standing or lying down. They were also tested using a dummy attached to a cough-simulating machine.

All face coverings without an outle...

Earlier Lockdowns Would Have Saved Thousands of American Lives, Model Shows

THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 36,000 American lives would have been spared if strict social distancing measures had been enacted across the country just one week earlier than they were, new estimates suggest.

And if those measures had been imposed two weeks before most people started staying home, about 54,000 COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided by early May, ...

Why So Many Older Women Develop UTIs

Many older women struggle with urinary tract infections, and researchers now think they know why.

A big reason is because their bladder walls can be invaded by several species of bacteria, a recent study found.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common type of bacterial infections in women, accounting for nearly 25% of all infections. UTI recurrence rate...

All 50 States Return to Business as Coronavirus Cases Near 92,000

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- All 50 states have started reopening their economies as of Wednesday, more than two months after the new coronavirus first forced America into lockdown.

Connecticut will be among the last states to return to business, when its stay-at-home order lifts and stores, museums and offices are allowed to reopen, The New York Times reported....

Trump Tells WHO That U.S. Funding Will End if Changes Aren't Made

TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump told the World Health Organization on Monday that the United States would permanently end all funding to the organization if it did not agree to make significant changes in the next 30 days.

The threat was delivered in a letter that Trump posted on his Twitter account. Sent to WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghe...

Trump Taking Drug Discredited as Safe or Effective Against Coronavirus

Despite numerous studies suggesting that certain drugs touted by President Donald Trump as "game changers" against coronavirus are actually useless and even harmful, Trump on Monday claimed he has been taking one of them for more than a week.

Trump said he has been taking the drug hydroxychloroquine for about a week and a half in an effort to help prevent infection or illness with SAR...

People Mount Strong Immune Responses to Coronavirus, Boding Well for a Vaccine

As the drive towards a vaccine against the new coronavirus accelerates, there's some good news: People with COVID-19 have robust immune responses against the virus, scientists say.

The researchers based their conclusions after testing immune T-cell counts in 20 patients who recovered from the infection.

"If we had seen only marginal immune responses, we would have been conce...

Most U.S. States Reopening as Coronavirus Cases Decline

MONDAY, May 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- While most U.S. states had loosened social distancing restrictions by Monday, new data shows the number of coronavirus cases in the country has dropped in recent days.

According to The New York Times, in New York state case counts have dropped over the last month, and they have also plunged in hard-hit Massachusetts and Rhode Island. So...

Rate of New U.S. Coronavirus Cases Is Declining

SUNDAY, May 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a bit of good news for a beleaguered nation, new data released Friday finds that the number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States has dropped in recent days.

According to The New York Times, in New York state the figure has dropped over the last month, and case counts have also plunged in hard-hit Massachusetts and ...

House Passes $3 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package

SATURDAY, May 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. House passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday that would send another round of aid to state and local governments and a second round of $1,200 payments to American taxpayers.

But the package has little chance of passage in the Senate, and President Donald Trump has promised to veto the bill, The New York Times

Illinois Mandated 'Stay-at-Home' Orders, Nearby Iowa Didn't: Here's What Happened

Statewide stay-at-home orders appear to help slow the spread of COVID-19 above and beyond other steps like banning large gatherings and closing non-essential businesses.

That's the suggestion from a new cross-border study.

Certain counties in Iowa -- one of five states that didn't issue a stay-at-home order for its citizens -- experienced a 30% greater increase in COVID-...

Newborn May Have Contracted Coronavirus in the Womb: Report

A Canadian newborn is a "probable" case of infection with the new coronavirus while still in the womb, doctors report.

Other such cases have been suspected and reported in prior studies. But the mother's active case of COVID-19, along with the fact that the baby boy was delivered via C-section, add weight to the notion that maternal-fetal transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can occur...

Could Interferon Drugs Help Fight COVID-19?

In the race to find treatments for COVID-19, the antiviral drug remdesivir has gotten much of the attention. But researchers say a class of long-used drugs called interferons also looks promising.

Trials testing the medications are underway in several countries. A small study published last week in The Lancet found that a three-drug regimen, containing an interferon, helped hos...

CDC Issues Guidelines for Reopening America

FRIDAY, May 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As millions of Americans try to navigate a safe re-entry into public life, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday released recommendations to guide schools, businesses and restaurants through reopening during the coronavirus pandemic.

Six "checklists" -- which also offer advice to day care centers, mass transit and cam...

By the Numbers, COVID-19 Was Never 'Like the Flu'

THURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump announced that Americans need not worry because the new coronavirus was "like a flu."

Now, 1.4 million cases and more than 84,000 COVID-19 deaths later, a new report finds the comparison was never valid.

"Public officials continue to draw comparisons between seas...

Studies Show COVID-19 Can Infect and Harm Digestive Organs

The new coronavirus isn't just attacking the lungs: New research shows it's causing harm to the gastrointestinal tract, especially in more advanced cases of COVID-19.

A variety of imaging scans performed on hospitalized COVID-19 patients showed bowel abnormalities, according to a study published online May 11 in Radiology. Many of the effects were severe and linked with clots a...

Speech Alone May Spread COVID-19, Study Shows

Small respiratory droplets produced while talking can hang in the air for at least eight minutes and perhaps even longer, researchers report.

The finding could explain why new coronavirus infections are more common in nursing homes, cruise ships and other confined locations with limited ventilation, the Washington Post reported.

The researchers used laser light to ass...

U.S. Jobless Numbers Soar While WHO Warns Coronavirus Isn't Going Away

THURSDAY, May 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus crisis has pushed almost 3 million more Americans into the ranks of the unemployed, according to new statistics released Thursday. At the same time, the World Health Organization warned that the new virus could be here to stay.

In the past eight weeks, a whopping 36 million Americans have lost their jobs as the country went i...

There's Bad News, Good News on Coronavirus' Spread in Cats

With sporadic reports of tigers and housecats picking up the new coronavirus from nearby humans, a new trial gives more details on whether cats can pass the virus to each other.

The answer: Yes, and quite easily, according to the new trial involving six felines.

But there was good news, too: Even though cats can transmit the new SARS-CoV-2 virus to other felines, none of the...

Most Workers Report for Duty With Flu-Like Symptoms, Global Survey Shows

Most people around the world say they would continue to work if they had flu-like symptoms, an online survey finds.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers called the findings disturbing.

The survey -- conducted online between October 2018 and January 2019, before the emergence of COVID-19 -- included responses from 533 workers in 49 countries. Respondents inclu...

Nervous About Returning to Work? Take Precautions Against Coronavirus

As coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted, many Americans will face physical and mental health challenges -- including fear and anxiety -- as they return to work.

"Uncertainty and unpredictability can really create an unhealthy amount of fear and stress, especially when it's sustained over such a long period of time," said Dr. K. Luan Phan, head of psychiatry and behavioral heal...

Could Survivors' Blood Help Patients Battling COVID-19? Trials May Tell

Could blood plasma drawn from people who've recovered from COVID-19 help prevent new coronavirus infections or ease symptoms in those already infected?

Two groups of researchers aim to find out.

One clinical trial, from doctors at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, will try to determine whether ...

Top Health Officials Warn Against Reopening as Millions More Americans Go Out

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Even as the country's top health officials testified to Congress on Tuesday about the dangers of reopening too quickly, a new report shows millions more Americans are now venturing out in public.

About 25 million more people went out on an average day last week than did during the six weeks of the U.S. lockdown, a New York Times anal...

Sudden Obsessions, Tantrums: What Is PANS in Kids?

Researchers may have gained new insights into a mystifying condition that causes children's behavior to change so severely and abruptly, it can be like they woke up as a different person.

The condition is known as pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, or PANS. It is diagnosed when a child has a dramatic -- sometimes overnight -- onset of psychiatric and neurological symptom...

Blood Yields Clue to Why COVID-19 Is Tougher on Men

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, rates of hospital admission and death from COVID-19 have been significantly higher in men than women.

Now, new Dutch research suggests a reason why: Compared to women, men have higher concentrations of a blood enzyme that helps the new coronavirus infect human cells.

The enzyme is called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).

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Most Americans Were Staying Home Before Government Mandates: Study

Most Americans voluntarily stayed at home during the early days of the COVID-19 tsunami, before states began issuing official "shelter-in-place" orders, new research indicates.

Why? Because statewide emergency declarations coupled with news -- of first infections, first fatalities and school closures -- were motivation enough to get folks to stay home. This was more motivating than qu...

Fauci Testifies to Senate on Danger of U.S. Reopening Too Soon

TUESDAY, May 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As states across America move through the early phases of reopening their economies, the nation's top infectious diseases expert warned Congress on Tuesday that opening the country too quickly could have dire consequences.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of four top health officials who are testifying remotely before the Senate Health, Education, La...

COVID-19 Still Rare in Kids, But Far From Harmless: Study

As U.S. health officials start to learn how the new coronavirus affects children, a new study details the cases of 48 young patients who wound up in the intensive care units at 14 different hospitals after they were infected with COVID-19.

What common threads did the researchers find? An overwhelming majority -- 83 percent -- of these young patients suffered from an underlying health...

Kidney Failure Often a COVID-19 Complication

Many COVID-19 patients are at risk for acute kidney failure, according to a new study.

Acute kidney failure -- also called acute kidney injury (AKI) -- is a serious complication of COVID-19 that's underreported and not well understood, the Northwestern University researchers said.

The death rate for patients with severe acute kidney failure is about 50%, they noted.

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FDA Approves First Antigen Test to Quickly Spot Coronavirus Infection

The first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 antigen test has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Antigen tests are a new category of tests for use in the coronavirus pandemic and quickly detect fragments of proteins from the virus in samples collected by swab from people's noses.

The approval was issued Friday to the Quidel Corp. for the Sofia SA...

Three Top U.S. Health Officials Quarantine After Possible Exposure to Coronavirus

MONDAY, May 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. coronavirus cases topped 1.3 million and the death toll was set to pass 80,000 on Monday, three of the nation's top health officials have started to quarantine themselves after being exposed to two White House aides who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The officials include Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of All...

Three Top U.S. Health Officials Quarantine After Possible Exposure to Coronavirus

SUNDAY, May 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. coronavirus cases topped 1.3 million and the death toll climbed to nearly 79,000 on Sunday, three of the nation's top health officials said they plan to quarantine themselves to some degree after being exposed to two White House aides who were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Contro...

U.S. Jobless Rate at Nearly 15 Percent as Coronavirus Cases Top 1.2 Million

With U.S. coronavirus cases topping 1.2 million and the death toll climbing to more than 77,000 on Saturday, the federal government's monthly jobs report showed a staggering 14.7 percent of Americans are now unemployed.

A total of 20.5 million jobs were lost during the April lockdown, and not since the Great Depression has the unemployment rate been so high, The New York Times ...

Big Decline in Wash. State Coronavirus Cases After 'Stay Home' Orders

A new study illustrates just how powerful a weapon social distancing and "stay-at-home" orders can be against the new coronavirus.

Data out of Washington state show that the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in outpatient clinics fell from nearly 18% of those tested at the end of March, to just 3.8% by April 16.

The only big change during that time? O...

U.S. COVID-19 Death Rate Is 1.3%, Study Finds

Among detected cases of COVID-19 in the United States, 1.3% of patients will die from the illness, according to a new calculation. But that rate could increase if current precautions and health care capacities change, the study's author said.

The 1.3% rate calculation is based on cumulative deaths and detected cases across the United States, but it does not account for undetec...

U.S. Jobless Rate at Nearly 15 Percent as Coronavirus Cases Top 1.2 Million

With U.S. coronavirus cases topping 1.2 million and the death toll climbing to more than 75,000 on Friday, the federal government's monthly jobs report showed a staggering 14.7 percent of Americans are now unemployed.

A total of 20.5 million jobs were lost during the April lockdown, and not since the Great Depression has the unemployment rate been so high, the New York Times re...

Which Symptoms Point to Severe COVID-19? Doctors Issue New Update

You're sick, perhaps very sick, so you head to the local emergency department fearing the onset of COVID-19. But what symptoms most clearly point to a need for urgent care?

Based on a review of more than 1,000 patients who've already sought care for respiratory illnesses since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March, researchers at Harvard Medical School are offering up a ne...

Pangolins Hold Clues to How COVID-19 Began -- and Might End

They're small spiny mammals that look like anteaters with scales.

And pangolins -- which some credit with playing a role in the emergence of the new coronavirus -- might hold clues to fighting COVID-19.

Genetic research into the new coronavirus has suggested that it originated in bats, found its way into pangolins sold at Chinese "wet markets," and then migrated into humans....

Could Lower Testosterone Help Men Ward Off COVID-19?

Many drugs are being tested to fight COVID-19, but now researchers report that blocking testosterone might help prevent the infection in men.

Italian men with prostate cancer on androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) were less likely to get infected with COVID-19 and had less severe cases if they were infected, the researchers found.

Lead researcher Dr. Andrea Alimonti, an onc...

Trump Says Obamacare Must Go as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Climb Past 1.2 Million

U.S. coronavirus cases surged past 1.2 million and the death toll topped 73,000 on Wednesday. But President Donald Trump also said Wednesday that he would renew efforts to end the Affordable Care Act, which many credit with opening access to health care amid the COVID-19 crisis.

"We want to terminate health care under Obamacare," Trump told reporters. The government health insurance p...

Your Doctor Wants to Reschedule That Surgery. But Is It Safe Now?

Some elective surgeries that were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic have since been rescheduled. But is it safe to have that knee replacement or cataract removal now?

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) offers a checklist to help you make that determination.

"Physicians, hospitals and health systems are eager to resume elective surgeries, and patients are...

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