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COVID-19 survivor who lost spouse: Masks about `compassion' - nwitimes.com
NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — Share your theory that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, and you’re likely not going to find a receptive audience in Henry County resident Sue
Within 12 hours, I could feel a big difference, she said. However the same procedure, conducted eight times on her spouse who had a different blood type didnt faze him, his spouse recalled. Sue went home on oxygen, with home health care provided, and her daughter staying with her as she regained her strength. Allens condition, however, continued to deteriorate, and he was eventually placed on a ventilator. In his final days, Allen Davis likely suffered a stroke, and became totally unresponsive. The machines were keeping him alive, Sue Davis said. On Aug. 13, after consultation with a pulmonary specialist and a chaplain, the difficult decision was made to end life support. Allen died, she said. I hope he heard me say goodbye to him, but Ill never know for sure. Only two weeks before he entered the hospital, Allen seemed in good health and fully recovered from a heart attack suffered four years earlier as he and Sue enjoyed a pool party and cookout with their daughter, her husband and their children. Beyond the devastating loss of her spouse of 33 years, Sue Davis is dealing with significant financial woes stemming from her spouses death.
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness - Index-Journal
Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a recipient’s “potentially unexplained” illness is a side effect of the...
Late-stage studies of AstraZenecas COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a recipients potentially unexplained illness is a side effect of the shot. In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the company said its standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data. AstraZeneca didnt reveal any information about the possible side effect except to call it a potentially unexplained illness. The health news site STAT first reported the pause in testing, saying the possible side effect occurred in the United Kingdom. An AstraZeneca spokesperson confirmed the pause in vaccinations covers studies in the U.S. and other countries. Late last month, AstraZeneca began recruiting 30,000 people in the U.S. for its largest study of the vaccine. It also is testing the vaccine, developed by Oxford University, in thousands of people in Britain, and in smaller studies in Brazil and South Africa. Two other vaccines are in huge, final-stage tests in the United States, one made by Moderna Inc. and the other by Pfizer and Germanys BioNTech. Those two vaccines work differently than AstraZenecas, and the studies already have recruited about two-thirds of the needed volunteers. Temporary holds of large medical studies arent unusual, and investigating any serious or unexpected reaction is a mandatory part of safety testing. AstraZeneca pointed out that its possible the problem could be a coincidence; illnesses of all sorts could arise in studies of thousands of people. We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimize any potential impact on the trial timeline, the company statement said. Its likely the unexplained illness was serious enough to require hospitalization and not a mild side effect such as fever or muscle pain, said Deborah Fuller, a University of Washington researcher who is working on a different COVID-19 vaccine that has not yet started human testing. This is not something to be alarmed about, Fuller said. Instead, its reassuring that the company is pausing the study to figure out whats happening and carefully monitoring the health of study participants. Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University said via Twitter that the significance of the interruption was unclear but that he was still optimistic that an effective vaccine will be found in the coming months. But optimism isnt evidence, he wrote. Lets let science drive this process. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University in New York, tweeted that the illness may be unrelated to the vaccine, but the important part is that this is why we do trials before rolling out a vaccine to the general public. During the third and final stage of testing, researchers look for any signs of possible side effects that may have gone undetected in earlier patient research. Because of their large size, the studies are considered the most important study phase for picking up less common side effects and establishing safety. The trials also assess effectiveness by tracking who gets sick and who doesnt between patients getting the vaccine and those receiving a dummy shot. The development came the same day that AstraZeneca and eight other drugmakers issued an unusual pledge, vowing to uphold the highest ethical and scientific standards in developing their vaccines. The announcement follows worries that President Donald Trump will pressure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before its proven to be safe and effective. The U.S. has invested billions of dollars in efforts to quickly develop multiple vaccines against COVID-19. But public fears that a vaccine is unsafe or ineffective could be disastrous, derailing the effort to vaccinate millions of Americans. Representatives for the FDA did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday evening. AstraZenecas U.S.-traded shares fell more than 6% in after-hours trading following reports of the trial being paused. ___ Associated Press writers Matthew Perrone and Carla K. Johnson contributed to this report. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
Cards' Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19 - bedfordgazette.com
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.
ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says hes one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19. The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive. The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place, Molina said in a release issued by the team. I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadnt been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released. The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed. I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time, DeJong said in a statement released by the team. The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs. As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota. Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Goya CEO praises Trump at White House, backlash is swift - Brunswick News
NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of food company Goya is facing an uproar over his praise for President Donald Trump, with some Latino families purging their pantries of the products and scrambling to find...
NEW YORK (AP) The CEO of food company Goya is facing an uproar over his praise for President Donald Trump, with some Latino families purging their pantries of the products and scrambling to find alternatives to the beloved beans, seasoning and other products that have long been fixtures in their cooking. But the controversy is also drawing attention to the mixed political sentiments of Latinos in the U.S. Many of them oppose Trump because of his derogatory comments about Hispanics and harsh policies toward immigration, most notably the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Hispanics have also been disproportionately hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and related economic recession, causing them to question Trumps handling of both. At the same time, the president has strong support among some people of Cuban and Venezuelan descent because of his tough stance against the authoritarian leaders of those countries. He has been working recently to court Latino voters who could swing the vote in states such as Arizona and Florida. On Wednesday, he welcomed President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the White House, calling Mexico a cherished partner. Standing beside Trump in the Rose Garden on Thursday, Goya CEO Robert Unanue declared: We are truly blessed, at the same time, to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. Almost immediately, #BoycottGoya, #GoyaFoods and #Goyaway began trending on social media platforms. Former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda joined the boycott calls. The United Farm Workers posted a video on Twitter contrasting Trumps words deriding some Latinos as criminals and rapists against images of them working hard in the fields. Lorgia Ortega, a retired payroll manager in Los Angeles who regularly puts about 10 Goya products in her shopping cart, said she called her four sisters when she saw Unanues comments on Twitter. Does he realize who the people are that are buying his products? said Ortega, who immigrated from El Salvador in 1974. This president has insulted us so much. Ortega said her children, cousin and her daughters mother-in-law all plan to stop buying Goya products, even if they dont know yet how to replace them. Im going to go to the Latino market and whatever is next to them, Im going to start trying that out, Ortega said. Goya was founded in Manhattan in 1936 by Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, immigrants from Spain. The company calls itself the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, listing 2,500 products including seasonings, cooking oils, beans, frozen products and snacks. Their offerings are ubiquitous in grocery stores across the U.S., sometimes taking up their own entire aisle. Unanue stood by his words during a Friday appearance on Fox & Friends: Im not apologizing for saying and especially when youre called by the president of the United States youre gonna say, no Im sorry Im busy, no thank you? I didnt say that to the Obamas and I didnt say that to President Trump. The grandson of the companys founder, Unanue has been a longtime donor to Republican political causes, with the exception of contributions to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat. Adriana Waterston, senior vice president of Horowitz Research, which specializes in Hispanic consumers, said Goya routinely emerges among the most trusted brands in the studies she conducts for clients. She said that speaks to the potential for a deep sense of betrayal among Goya customers, though the brands popularity will also make any boycott effort difficult. This Goya thing is going to go down as one of the biggest marketing faux pas of the year, Waterston said. This kind of stance is a slap in the face to the community. The buying power of the rapidly growing U.S. Latino community is expected to reach $1.9 trillion in 2023, according to a 2019 report on Hispanic consumer trends by the data analytics company Nielsen. While that outlook is likely to be affected by the current recession, Hispanic spending will also be a key engine of economic recovery that many brands will want to tap into, said Stacie de Armas, vice president of strategic initiatives and consumer engagement at Nielsen. In particular, de Armas said Hispanics spend more on food than other groups 14% of their income, compared to 11% for non-Hispanic whites. Its also a family affair, with 79% of Latinos saying they shop for food with someone else, making word-of-mouth a powerful factor in buying choices, de Armas said. She said that could translate into an opening for Goya competitors seeking to capitalize on the controversy. Jenny Robles, a public relations professional in New Jersey, said she had just finished making a chicken stew with three Goya products on Thursday night when her younger sister read a tweet about Unanues praise for Trump. She said her Spanish-speaking mother shook her head in disapproval, and the whole family will no longer buy the products. This was the only type of food chain she relied on and used to feed us growing up, and it was now betraying us, said Robles, whose family immigrated from Ecuador when she was 3. Still, as a public relations specialist, she acknowledged she did not know how successful the boycott would be against such a powerful brand. In her own family, she said, it would be up to the younger, bilingual generation to research alternatives on the internet. Companies have long walked a tight-rope when it comes to engaging with Trumps White House. In 2017, the top executive at Under Armour walked back comments in which he called Trump an asset to the country. Last year, the fitness clubs Equinox and SoulCycle attempted to distance themselves from billionaire Stephen Ross, a real estate developer whose Related Companies owns them, after he held a Trump fundraiser in the Hamptons. Many of those that came to Goyas defense Friday pointed to the companys history of philanthropy. This spring, Goya donated over 300,000 pounds of food, or about 270,000 meals, to food banks and other organizations as part of its pandemic relief effort. Last month, Goya showed up with thousands of pounds of food for families in the Bronx and Harlem who have been affected by COVID-19. - AP reporter Astrid Galvan contributed to this story from Phoenix.
First drug proves able to improve survival from COVID-19 - The Associated Press
Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in...
Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients. Results were announced Tuesday and researchers said they would publish them soon. The study is a large, strict test that randomly assigned 2,104 patients to get the drug and compared them with 4,321 patients getting only usual care. The drug was given either orally or through an IV. After 28 days, it had reduced deaths by 35% in patients who needed treatment with breathing machines and by 20% in those only needing supplemental oxygen. It did not appear to help less ill patients. This is an extremely welcome result, one study leader, Peter Horby of the University of Oxford, said in a statement. The survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment, so dexamethasone should now become standard of care in these patients. Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide. Even though the drug only helps in severe cases, countless lives will be saved globally, said Nick Cammack of Wellcome, a British charity that supports science research. Dexamethasone must now be rolled out and accessed by thousands of critically ill patients around the world, said Cammack, who had no role in the study. It is highly affordable, easy to make, can be scaled up quickly and only needs a small dosage. Steroid drugs reduce inflammation, which sometimes develops in COVID-19 patients as the immune system overreacts to fight the infection. This overreaction can prove fatal, so doctors have been testing steroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs in such patients. The World Health Organization advises against using steroids earlier in the course of illness because they can slow the time until patients clear the virus. Researchers estimated that the drug would prevent one death for every eight patients treated while on breathing machines and one for every 25 patients on extra oxygen alone. This is the same study that earlier this month showed the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine was not working against the coronavirus. The study enrolled more than 11,000 patients in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who were given either standard of care or that plus one of several treatments: dexamethasone; the HIV combo drug lopinavir-ritonavir, the antibiotic azithromycin; the anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab; or plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 that contains antibodies to fight the virus. Research is continuing on the other treatments. The research is funded by government health agencies in the United Kingdom and private donors including theBill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ___ AP medical writer Maria Cheng contributed reporting from London. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
The Latest: Asia's version of Nobel Prize awards canceled - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan recorded more than 100 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time since keeping statistics in mid-March, when the country first imposed a lock down that...
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan recorded more than 100 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time since keeping statistics in mid-March, when the country first imposed a lock down that has never been total. As of Tuesday, Pakistan recorded 108,316 coronavirus infections, with 4,646 new cases and a death toll that has climbed to 2,172 amid warnings from Prime Minister Imran Khan that Pakistan is not likely to see a peak in infections before August. Despite criticism from medical professionals and opposition politicians, Khan has continued to ease lockdown restrictions saying the countrys ailing economy would collapse and the poorest among the countrys 220 million would suffer the most for prolonged lockdowns. Pakistans poverty level hovers around 30 percent, measured as those who earn $1.90 a day or less. Pakistanis have also been stubbornly refusing to take precautions like wearing masks and social distancing even as Khan went on television late on Monday to reprimand the population and plead with them to wear masks. ___ HERES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: New Zealand says it has eradicated the virus. New York City gradually begins reopening. Medical professionals raise alarm that tear gas, pepper sprays could increase virus spread. India eases lockdown even as virus cases jump in capital. Big hotel companies are competing on cleanliness in wake of the pandemic. ___ Go to https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak for updates throughout the day. MANILA, Philippines The Ramon Magsaysay awards, regarded as Asias version of the Nobel Prize, have been cancelled this year due to the global pandemic, the only third time the annual awards were disrupted in six decades. The Manila-based foundation that hands out the awards said Tuesday it has no choice but to cancel the awards this year with the COVID-19 pandemic practically immobilizing the world. The awards were also cancelled due to a financial crisis in 1970 and a disastrous earthquake that hit the Philippines in 1990. The awards are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash and honor greatness of spirit in selfless service to the peoples of Asia. The more than 330 awardees so far had included leaders like the late President Corazon Aquino, an icon of nonviolent democratic struggle across the world, and Mother Teresa, who has been honored in the Catholic church as Saint Teresa and known globally for her missionary work for the poorest of the poor. The Philippines is a coronavirus hotspot in Southeast Asia, with about 22,400 infections, including more than 1,000 deaths. It has eased lockdowns for millions of people in a tightrope move to bolster its economy, which contracted in the first quarter. ___ SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death, bringing national totals to 11,852 infections and 274 virus-related fatalities. Figures from South Koreas Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday showed 35 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have struggled to trace transmissions linked to entertainment venues, church gatherings and low-income workers who couldnt afford to stay home. At least 1,300 infections have been linked to international arrivals, with around 90% of them being South Korean nationals who have returned home amid broadening outbreaks in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Officials have repeatedly pleaded for people to stay home amid the resurgence in coronavirus infections, but they are so far resisting calls to reimpose social distancing restrictions after easing them in April, citing concerns about unleashing further shock on a fragile economy. ___ HERES WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY: HARTFORD, Conn. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered an independent, third-party review of how Connecticuts nursing homes and assisted living centers prepared for and responded to the coronavirus pandemic, noting the findings could be helpful if the state faces a second wave this fall. The Democrat said Monday that proposals will soon be solicited from third-party experts. In the meantime, he expects to meet with state lawmakers to determine the full scope of the review, which will include input from the operators of the long-term care facilities, unions representing the workers, patients, health experts and others. Obviously that was the tragic center for our state and the other 49 states, in terms of fatalities, said Lamont, referring to the nursing homes. If theres a chance that there could be a second surge later on this summer, more likely in the fall, we want to be ready. Lamont said a strong outside group will be able to focus on things like infection protocols, adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and what nursing homes might look like in the long-term. To date, there have been more than 2,500 resident deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes across Connecticut, a number that represents more than 60% of the states total deaths, which grew to 4,084 on Monday. ___ The president of the United Nations General Assembly says world leaders will not be coming to New York for their annual gathering in late September for the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande told a news conference Monday that he hopes to announce in the next two weeks how the 193 heads of state and government will give their speeches on pressing local and world issues during the assemblys so-called General Debate. He said world leaders cannot come to New York because they cannot come simply as individuals and it is impossible to bring large delegations during the pandemic. We cannot have them in person as we used to what happened in the last 74 years but it will happen Muhammad-Bande said of the annual gathering. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recommended last month that the meeting of world leaders, which was supposed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, be dramatically scaled back because of the pandemic. ___ VERMONT Officials in Vermont say the outbreak of COVID-19 that began in the city of Winooski on Memorial Day has grown to 62 cases, including nine in the adjoining city of Burlington and five in other communities. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Monday that 38 are adults and 24 are children with a median age of 21. There have been no reports of hospitalizations or deaths and only one in five of the infected individuals showed any symptoms. Officials say the outbreak is confined to one social network of families, but they have been reluctant to provide more details, citing confidentiality concerns. State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso said contact tracers have identified shared activities that could have led to the outbreak and officials believe there has been spread within households as well. We think this is a pretty-well contained situation or outbreak and while the case numbers may go up because there may have been exposures in the recent days even, we dont think this is something that we will see pop up all over the state, Kelso said. ___ Lockdowns and social distancing helped save 3.1 million lives across 11 European countries, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature. Yet theres still need for caution, said co-author Seth Flaxman at Imperial College London. Were just at the beginning of this epidemic, he said, adding that theres substantial risk of a second wave if all precautions are removed quickly. Another study published in the same journal found that shutdowns also had a substantial impact in slowing disease spread in the U.S., China and South Korea. This has been an extraordinary moment in human history, said co-author Solomon Hsiang at the University of California, Berkeley. He credits leaders listening to scientists advice with making it possible to save more lives in a shorter period of time that ever before. ___ The head of the World Health Organization warned that the coronavirus pandemic is worsening globally, even as the situation in Europe is improving. At a press briefing on Monday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that about 75% of cases reported to the U.N. health agency on Sunday came from 10 countries in the Americas and South Asia. He noted that more than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days and that the 136,000 cases reported Sunday was the biggest number so far. Tedros said most countries in Africa are still seeing an increase in cases, including in new geographic areas even though most countries on the continent have fewer than 1,000 cases. At the same time, were encouraged that several countries around the world are seeing positive signs, Tedros said. In these countries, the biggest threat now is complacency. ___ RICHMOND, Va. Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White Houses virus task force, says shes worried about the potential impact the widespread protests may have on curbing the coronavirus pandemic. Birx said Monday shes concerned shouting protesters may have spread the disease and that high-risk individuals attended some protests. She also said that some testing sites were destroyed in the protests. Birx made the comments on a private White House call with governors, the audio of which was obtained by The Associated Press. Birx said she saw many protesters not wearing masks and some who wore masks were shouting. She said that while the masks may work at stopping to spread the disease when an infected person wearing one is talking, we dont know the efficacy of masks with shouting. She said shes also concerned about some of the age groups she saw at the protests, particularly as they became more peaceful. I saw more and more higher risk groups on the streets, Birx said. ___ ATHENS, Greece -- Greece has announced a major jump in positive coronavirus cases, with 97 new infections confirmed since the previous announcement on June 4. Health authorities said Monday that the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 3,049, while two more deaths since June 4 bring the total death toll to 182. Authorities said 30 of the new cases were travelers from abroad, while another 29 were found during mass testing in the northeastern Xanthi region following previous outbreaks there. Greece has lifted nearly all lockdown measures and is to allow tourists into the country starting from June 15, without compulsory coronavirus tests or quarantine unless they arrive from an airport listed as having a high risk of coronavirus by the European air safety agency. Currently anyone arriving in Greece is subject to compulsory tests and a quarantine of seven days if the test is negative, or 14 days if positive. ___ MEXICO CITY -- Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he does not plan to get tested for COVID-19, one day after the announcement that a high-ranking member of his administration hed recently been in contact with was infected. Zoé Robledo, director of Mexicos social security system, announced Sunday night that he had tested positive, two days after he appeared with López Obrador at an event in the Tabasco state capital of Villahermosa. The presidents security cabinet had also been present during that event. López Obrador returned to the capital Sunday after a week-long tour of the countrys southeast. He used the trip to kick off construction of a tourist train, one of his signature projects, and to illustrate the governments efforts to reactivate the economy. ___ SKOPJE, North Macedonia Authorities in North Macedonia have announced the second highest number of new infected people recorded, saying a second wave of coronavirus was expected because people have ignored recommendations to wear protective masks and to keep social distance. Health Minister Venko Filipce said 127 newly infected people and three deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, which is the second highest number of new cases in the country since the outbreak of the epidemic in late February. The total number of confirmed cases in North Macedonia now stands at 3,152, with 156 deaths in the country of roughly 2 million people. Filipce said more than a half of those newly infected are from the capital Skopje and that the new spike is related to mass gatherings two weeks ago, during the celebrations of religious holidays. North Macedonia has ended a strict 80-hour curfew in four regions on Monday, but the health minister said the national commission for protection of infectious diseases is recommending the government impose another movement restrictions in the most affected regions with new infected. The government is yet to decide on whether to announce movement restrictions in four regions, including capital Skopje. ___ The World Health Organization says it still believes the spread of the coronavirus from people without symptoms is rare, despite warnings from numerous experts worldwide that such transmission is more frequent and likely explains why the pandemic has been so hard to contain. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHOs technical lead on COVID-19 said at a press briefing on Monday that many countries are reporting cases of spread from people who are asymptomatic, or those with no clinical symptoms. But when questioned in more detail about these cases, Van Kerkhove said many of them turn out to have mild disease, or unusual symptoms. Although health officials in countries including Britain, the U.S. and elsewhere have warned that COVID-19 is spreading from people without symptoms, WHO has maintained that this type of spread is not a driver of the pandemic and is probably accounts for about 6% of spread, at most. Numerous studies have suggested that the virus is spreading from people without symptoms, but many of those are either anecdotal reports or based on modeling. Van Kerkhove said that based on data from countries, when people with no symptoms of COVID-19 are tracked over a long period to see if they spread the disease, there are very few cases of spread. We are constantly looking at this data and were trying to get more information from countries to truly answer this question, she said. It still appears to be rare that asymptomatic individuals actually transmit onward. ___ MADRID Spains top health official for the coronavirus response is warning against complacency, saying that the earlier detection and treatment of infections could be giving a deceiving impression that the virus might be weakening. Fernando Simón, who heads Spains health emergency coordination center, said that the much lower rate of hospital admissions for COVID-19 and the lower age of incoming patients who are now 52 on average compared with 61 in early May might have contributed to the idea that the outbreak is less severe. There is no evidence that the virus is less virulent, Simón said Monday during a daily briefing. The most plausible explanation is simply that we now detect cases at a milder stage. Spain has 241,136 confirmed infections for the novel virus, 48 more in the past 24 hours mainly due to small clusters identified in hospitals. At least 56 deaths in the past seven days have been attributed to the virus, although Spain is not updating the official tally of 27,136 deaths until it completes a revision of past data provided by regional governments. The country is edging closer to fully re-emerging from confinement rules. On Monday schools re-opened in some regions where students need to catch up on studies before college-entry exams later this month, while nightlife in bars and clubs is expected to resume in roughly half of the country. Hard-hit Madrid and Barcelona, where most new infections are still being recorded, are also advancing to phase 2 of 3 in Spains staggered plan out of the lockdown. That means dropping the existing time slots for daily exercise and allowing restaurants to serve food and drinks indoors as well as outdoors. ___ MILAN Italy added 280 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with over one-third of those in the hardest-hit region of Lombardy. Italys total confirmed number of positives has reached 235,278 although experts believe the actual number is much higher as only certain groups of people, such as nursing home residents, medical personnel and people with serious symptoms, are being tested. Just 65 deaths were added Monday, according to civil protection figures, for a total in the epidemic to date of 33,964. Most Italian regions are showing either no cases or new positives in the single digits. Lombardy is the only region with triple-digit positives, with the next closest region, Emilia Romagna, adding just 20. ___ TORONTO Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada amid the pandemic. Trudeau noted anyone entering the country will be required to quarantine for 14 days and if they dont follow the rules there will be serious penalties. He says his immigration minister will release details later on the limited exemption. Canada closed its borders to nonessential travel in March. ___ LONDON The U.K. has recorded the lowest daily rise in the number of coronavirus deaths since March, when the country imposed lockdown measures. As of Sunday afternoon, official figures showed that a further 55 people died after testing positive with the virus. The total death toll rose to 40,597. Scotland and Northern Ireland recorded no new deaths for the second day in a row. Mondays typically see a lower death figure because of a delay in reporting over the weekend. ___ Follow AP pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak - Longview News-Journal
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed Italy’s to become the highest in the world at more than 20,000, as Chicago and other cities across the Midwest braced for a potential surge in...
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed Italys to become the highest in the world at more than 20,000, as Chicago and other cities across the Midwest braced for a potential surge in victims. Meanwhile, the coronavirus crisis is taxing New York Citys 911 system like never before. President Donald Trump and his officials have made critical promises meant to reassure a country in the throes of the pandemic. But Americans are still going without medical supplies and financial help from the government at the very time they need it most and were told they would have it. Europe is trying to persuade its residents to stay home ahead of the Easter holiday and the anticipated sunny weather while grappling with how and when to start loosening the weekslong shutdowns of much of public life. Doctors around the world are frantically trying to figure out how COVID-19 is killing their patients so they can attempt new ways to fight back. Here are some of APs top stories Saturday on the worlds coronavirus pandemic. Follow APNews.com/VirusOutbreak for updates through the day and APNews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak for stories explaining some of its complexities. ___ THE FIGHT FOR NEW YORK: Listen to APs coronavirus podcast, Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak, for an interview with three AP reporters who worked on 24 Hours: The Fight for New York, a multiformat package following 10 New Yorkers as they negotiate life in a city transformed by the virus. ___ WHATS HAPPENING TODAY: Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress prefer to replenish a small-business program rather than negotiate a broader coronavirus package that Democrats are pushing with the White House. Congo, which has been battling an Ebola outbreak that killed thousands of people, now must also face the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders in Iran decide to reopen government offices after a brief nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 4,300 people in the country. A recent increase in virus cases in China has been largely attributed to people arriving from overseas. African nations and the U.S. say thats resulting in mistreatment of African Americans and Africans in the city of Guangzhou. Walt Disney World plans to stop paying wages to 43,000 workers while allowing them to keep their benefits for up to a year in the largest wave of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March. A federal judge ruled that Kentuckys largest city cannot halt a local churchs drive-in service planned for Easter. The threat of strong tornadoes and other damaging weather on Easter posed a safety dilemma for Deep South communities deciding how to protect residents during the coronavirus pandemic. The IRS says the first economic support payments stemming from the coronavirus outbreak have been deposited in taxpayers bank accounts. ___ WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover. Here are the symptoms of the virus compared with the common flu. One of the best ways to prevent spread of the virus is washing your hands with soap and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends first washing with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds to get it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails before rinsing off. You should wash your phone, too. Heres how. TRACKING THE VIRUS: Drill down and zoom in at the individual county level, and you can access numbers that will show you the situation where you are, and where loved ones or people youre worried about live. ___ ONE NUMBER: 42%: The drop in drug arrests in Chicago in the weeks since the city shut down, compared with the same period last year. Part of that decrease is attributed to the economic slump resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. ___ IN OTHER NEWS: SMARTPHONE HELP: Apple and Google announce a joint effort to help public health agencies worldwide leverage smartphones to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. TURIN SHROUD SHOWING: The Turin Shroud, a burial cloth some believe covered Jesus and which has links to a 16th-century plague in northern Italy, was put on special view for faithful worldwide through video streaming on Holy Saturday. HOPE IS BORN: The Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans welcomes a new resident, a baby giraffe named Hope. HOLY WATER FROM ABOVE: The archbishop of New Orleans sprinkled holy water from a World War II-era biplane high above the city in an unusual Good Friday blessing for those affected by the coronavirus. ___ Follow AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak