Restaurant dining linked to coronavirus: Study - WION
Among adults tested for the coronavirus at 11 U.S. healthcare facilities in July, those who were infected were about twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant in the previous 14 days, according to a US study.
Among adults tested for the coronavirus at 11 U.S. healthcare facilities in July, those who were infected were about twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant in the previous 14 days, according to a US study. Otherwise, activity levels were similar in people with or without COVID-19 in other respects. Those included shopping, social gatherings at home, going to an office, salon, or gym, using public transportation or attending religious gatherings. "Masks cannot be effectively worn while eating and drinking, whereas shopping and numerous other indoor activities do not preclude mask use," researchers said in the report on Friday in the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "Eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection," they added. Severe COVID-19 less common in patients with GI symptoms People with gastrointestinal symptoms related to the new coronavirus, like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, may be significantly less likely to develop severe COVID-19 and die, a new study found. New York City doctors looked at 635 COVID-19 patients, expecting to see worse disease when the GI tract was involved. To their surprise, patients admitted with GI symptoms had 50% lower odds of severe COVID-19 and death, compared to patients without GI symptoms, even after accounting for age, race, and underlying medical conditions. Also unexpectedly, patients with GI involvement had lower levels of inflammatory proteins in their blood. A subset who underwent closer inspection of their intestines had virus particles in gut tissues, but relatively little inflammation, and low activity of genes responsible for making inflammatory proteins, doctors found, according to a paper posted on medRxiv on Wednesday ahead of peer review. When the New York doctors collaborated with Italian colleagues to study 287 COVID-19 patients in Milan, they saw the same link between GI involvement and less-severe disease, Dr. Saurabh Mehandru of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told Reuters. Mehandru's team has also found that factoring GI symptoms into the initial patient assessment may help identify those at risk for more severe disease. Antibody-binding might not 'neutralize' the virus A so-called spike protein on the surface of the new coronavirus helps it invade cells, and some antibodies being tested as treatments work by attaching to the spike and disabling it. But researchers have discovered in test-tube experiments that merely binding to the spike protein is not necessarily enough to "neutralize" the ability of the virus to break into cells. When they exposed coronavirus particles to antibody-rich plasma from 25 people recovering from COVID-19, all of the antibodies attached themselves to the spike protein. However, a few plasma samples failed to neutralize the virus and were no more effective than plasma from uninfected people. The findings might help explain why convalescent plasma therapy does not always work, the researchers say. They did not use active virus particles for their experiments. Still, study leader Andrés Finzi of Université de Montréal told Reuters the findings stress the need to learn more about the different shapes the spike protein may assume as the virus breaks into cells, and how to block them. "Efforts to better understand the link between antibody interaction with the spike protein and virus neutralization might assist ongoing vaccine efforts aimed at eliciting neutralizing antibodies," the researchers conclude in a paper posted on Tuesday on bioRxiv ahead of peer review. New system groups hospitalized COVID-19 patients by risk A simple 21-point scoring system helps assign hospitalized COVID-19 patients to different risk groups, UK researchers reported on Wednesday in The BMJ. "The score does not require an app or any other technology, beyond perhaps a pen or pencil if you can't count up to 21 in your head," Dr. Calum Semple of the University of Liverpool told Reuters. The score takes 8 factors into account including age, other illnesses, kidney health, and oxygen levels in the blood. Based on the result, patients are assigned to one of four groups. The risk of dying from COVID-19 is 1% in the low-risk group, 10% in the intermediate-risk group, 31% in the high-risk group, and 62% in the very high-risk group. The ISARIC Coronavirus Clinical Characterization Consortium developed its "4C" scoring system using data from 35,463 patients and validated its accuracy in another 22,361 patients. As pressures on health services increase, being able to identify patients most likely to need escalated care becomes particularly important, Semple said in a news release.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle pay back $3.2 million UK taxpayers` money used for Frogmore Cottage renovation - WION
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid back $3.2 million (£2.4 million) of UK taxpayers money that was spent on renovating their British residence Frogmore Cottage. The couple have now moved out of the UK and made a home in the US but there were reports of …
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid back $3.2 million (£2.4 million) of UK taxpayers' money that was spent on renovating their British residence Frogmore Cottage. The couple have now moved out of the UK and made a home in the US but there were reports of them having spent lavishly as they stayed at Frogmore Cottage for a year after their marriage. The news comes after the couple was criticised to have wasted the UK taxpayers money. In a statement, Harrys spokesperson told the Guardian: "A contribution has been made to the sovereign grant [the source of funding to the royal family] by the Duke of Sussex. This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty the Queen, and will remain the U.K. residence of the duke and his family." Harry and Meghan have signed a lucrative deal with Netflix and reports suggest that they have paid with the money they have churned from that deal. The couple is now in Santa Barbara in California. Robert Downey Jr, Justin Bieber: Celebrities who've battled with addiction 2020 Emmy Awards: Meet the Best Drama nominees
Chinese phone number with `auspicious` string of digits sold for $300,000 - WION
A Chinese mobile phone number has been sold for a whopping 2.25 million yuan ($300,000) in an online auction. The high price tag for the number was for the right to use the apparently auspicious string of digits. Number '8' in China is considered auspicious as the word "eight" in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for "prosperity" and the number ends in five eights. The number was among assets seized and ordered auctioned by a court in Beijing, and an online sale attracted more than five thousand bids between Saturday and Sunday. Many Chinese phone users have paid a premium amount to companies for combinations of digits considered lucky. Number 8 is considered so lucky that the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing started officially at eight minutes past eight on the eighth day of August, the eighth month. The number four, which in Mandarin sounds similar to "death", is least favoured. The winner of Sunday's auction paid 400 yuan to join the action and has ten days to come up with the remaining sum. In 2017, a phone number with eight sevens was sold for a record 3.91 million yuan at an online auction. Seven sounds like "arise" or "life essence" and is considered a good number of relationships. (Inputs from AFP)
Top 10 world news today: Hong Kong protests, world`s 1st COVID vaccine and more - WION
Here are the top stories that made rounds in the world arena today
Russia's Sechenov University completes trials of world's first COVID-19 vaccine "Sechenov University has successfully completed tests on volunteers of the world's first vaccine against coronavirus," Tarasov said. 'Truly tragic': Iran's supreme leader on resurgence in coronavirus cases; urges everyone to fight against it "Let everyone play their part in the best way to break the chain of transmission in the short term and save the country," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Hungary imposes border checks, quarantine to prevent spread of coronavirus Gergely Gulyas told an online news conference on Sunday that these new restrictions will keep the virus "outside the borders" to re-impose restrictions in the country. 500,000 Hong Kongers cast 'protest' vote against new security laws The unofficial poll will decide the strongest pro-democracy candidates to contest Legislative Council elections in September, when they aim to ride a wave of anti-China sentiment stirred by the law to seize control for the first time from pro-Beijing rivals. Indonesia's military academy in West Java province hit by COVID-19 outbreak; over 1,300 infected Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 were cadets and the rest were staff and their family members, he said. Most of these showed no symptoms. 'Oldest profession needs help': Sex workers of Hamburg demand reopening of Germany's brothels With shops, restaurants and bars all open again in Germany, where prostitution is legal, sex workers say they are being singled out and deprived of their livelihoods Pope Francis voices distress over Turkey's Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque "My thoughts go to Istanbul. I'm thinking about Hagia Sophia. I am very distressed," the pope said. Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing "A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure" for aligning the radar, causing a "107-degree error" in the system, the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO) China releases professor who criticised President Xi Jinping Xu Zhangrun, a constitutional law professor at the prestigious Tsinghua University, returned home on Sunday morning but remained under surveillance and was not free to speak publicly. Protests over governor's arrest in Russia enter second day Sergei Furgal was detained on Thursday and has been ordered to remain in pre-trial custody for two months over the crimes 15 years ago.