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Urgent Warning For Covid-19 Patients After Virus Found In Semen Of Some Recovered Men - 10 daily
A new study suggests men who have been infected with coronavirus should avoid having sex, even shortly after they've recovered, to avoid passing the virus on via their semen.
A new study suggests men who have been infected with coronavirus should avoid having sex, even shortly after they've recovered, to avoid passing the virus on via their semen. Researchers in China studied semen samples from patients several days after their virus symptoms had subsided and had shown no evidence of Covid-19. They found a small number of them had coronavirus in their semen, presenting the idea the disease could be transmitted sexually. Scientists are now urging health chiefs to warn patients to avoid having sex for a particular period of time after recovering. The study, by doctors at Chinas Shangqiu Municipal Hospital, involved 38 male patients who had been hospitalised with the disease. The new study suggests men who have been infected with coronavirus should avoid having sex, even after they've recovered, to avoid passing the virus on via their semen. Image: Getty Six of them, or 16 percent, had tested positive for Covid-19 in their semen. The researchers said the findings were preliminary and based on only a small number of infected men, meaning more research is needed to see whether sexual transmission might play a role in the pandemic. Further studies are required with respect to the detailed information about virus shedding, survival time and concentration in semen, the team wrote in the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). They explained if it could be proven that Covid-19 is being transmitted sexually it might play a critical role in the prevention of the disease considering it was detected in recovering patients. READ MORE Coronavirus restrictions will dominate a crucial meeting of federal and state leaders as Australia maps the road out of the pandemic. However, other academics say the findings should be viewed with caution because other similar studies have not detected the novel coronavirus in sperm. Another small study out of China looked at 12 Covid-19 patients who all tested negative for coronavirus in their semen. Allan Pacey, a professor of andrology at Britains Sheffield University, noted there are many technical difficulties of testing semen for viruses but said "we should not be surprised "if the virus that causes Covid-19 is found in the semen of some men." Pacey said this has been evident with other viruses like Ebola and Zika. With Reuters.
University Injecting Covid-19 Vaccine In Humans After 'Promising' Signs In Apes - 10 daily
The global race to create a coronavirus vaccine is well underway and it seems the world's top university has jumped ahead of the pack.
The global race to create a coronavirus vaccine is well underway and it seems the world's top university has jumped ahead of the pack. Researchers at Oxford University have started injecting humans with a potential Covid-19 vaccine as part of a large scale trial, after previous trials in apes proved promising. Initial tests used Rhesus Macaque monkeys, which share 93 percent of their DNA with humans. Six of them were given a dose of the vaccine and a month later they were all heavily exposed to coronavirus. All six apes which were given the vaccine did not contract Covid-19, while all of the untreated monkeys in the control room became infected, the Sunday Project reported., Professor Sarah Gilbert, a vaccinologist at Oxford University, said she has a "high degree of confidence" in the vaccine because it is technology she has used before but expressed it is critical to get the data from humans. This week 1,100 healthy volunteers received treatment. In a bid to waste no time, the vaccine is already being manufactured by drug giant AstraZeneca in preparation but supply will be prioritised to UK citizens. The goal is to have at least 30 million doses ready by September, so how long will it take for it to reach the rest of the world? Dr Andrew Rochford told The Sunday Project there are many steps we need to go through to before it reaches Australian shores. READ MORE WHO Says We Won't Beat Coronavirus Without Vaccine, But There Is Hope Parts of the world are starting to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic but the new coronavirus will pose significant risks until vaccines are developed, the WHO's top emergencies expert says. READ MORE Queensland Scientists Say Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Showing 'Promising Results' A team of scientists in Queensland say early tests of a potential Covid-19 vaccine have shown promising results against the deadly virus. Firstly it needs to work in animals and it must then be effective and safe in humans. But problems may be encountered during the manufacturing and distribution process. For instance, the Ebola vaccine took five years to become commercially available but he explained the Covid-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked due to its urgency. Dr Rochford said part of the new Covid-19 vaccine has already been used in previous vaccines for diseases such as MERS and Ebola. "All they've done is taken the Covid-19 bit and put it on the end," he said. "They [scientists] already know this part of the vaccine is really safe and useful. All we need to do is make sure the bit that gets our immune system up and running is effective which is why they can fast-track it." The global race to create a coronavirus vaccine is well underway and it seems Oxford University has jumped ahead of the pack. Image: Getty He added the "reality of this" is the vulnerable, including the elderly or healthcare workers, would be the first to receive such a vaccine while the rest of the community will be pushed to the back of the queue. "We need to make sure we can get on top of this pandemic fast, so we need to give it to those who need it most first," Dr Rochford told the panel. The vaccine takes the coronavirus' genetic material and injects it into a common cold virus that has been neutralised so it cannot spread in people. The modified virus will mimic Covid-19, triggering the immune system to fight off the imposter and providing protection against the real thing. READ MORE 'Ground-Breaking' Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Set For Perth, Volunteers Needed An Australian clinical research company is set to trial a potential coronavirus vaccine and says it will be seeking volunteers in the next two months. READ MORE Novak Djokovic To Reconsider Anti-Vaxx Stance If It Means He Can Play Tennis Novak Djokovic reiterated he's against getting a coronavirus vaccination if it becomes mandatory to travel once the pandemic subsides, but says he's open to changing his mind. During the human trials, 550 participants will be given the vaccine and another 550 receive a placebo. "It feels like finally, I am able to do something," Oxford scientist and trial volunteer Elisa Granato said. "This was a way for me to contribute to the cause." With CBS News.
U.S. To Launch First Manned Space Mission In A Decade - 10 daily
NASA will be launching its first manned space mission from U.S. soil in over a decade.
NASA will be launching its first manned space mission from U.S. soil in over a decade. Two astronauts will be heading to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27 from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Since the retirement of NASAs space shuttle in 2011, American astronauts have been making the trip using Russian rockets. The rocket and spacecraft being used for the May launch have been developed by Elon Musks company SpaceX. The launch will also make SpaceX the first private company to send astronauts to the ISS. Elon Musk, left, speaks with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, center, and Bob Behnken, right. Image: Getty Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley use a Falcon Nine rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft for the trip that will take about 24 hours. They will launch from the historic Pad 39A, which was used for the Apollo missions. There are currently two Russians and an American on the ISS, after three astronauts returned to Earth on Friday. READ MORE The President of the United States has signed an executive order that supports Americans mining for minerals on the Moon -- and he wants other nations to follow. NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, along with Soyuz Commander Oleg Skripochka from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The Expedition 62 trio landed in in remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan at about 11am local time. International Space Station. Image: Getty Morgan spent 272-days, or nine months, aboard the ISS and orbited Earth 4,325 times. Skripochka and Meir were on the ISS for 205 days and made 3,280 orbits of the Earth. On October 18, Meir led the historic first all-women space walk with crewmate Christina Koch. The pair conducted three spacewalks, tolling 21 hours and 44 minutes.