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    Nearly half of all Americans say they have delayed receiving medical care since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. But for the 48 million Americans with hearing loss, the pandemic has its own set of challenges.  As a deaf man who has worn cochlear implants for most of his adult life, Shane Delaney typically goes to his audiologist twice a year. He had just gotten a new processor, and was still in the process of programming his hearing. "They only had it on some of the basic settings, so I could readjust to hearing again," he told CBS News in a Zoom interview. Then the virus hit and he lost his job working at a cafe near Sarasota, Florida.  He wasn't hearing as well as he was used to. Once masks became the norm, he felt even more lost. "Even if I have a piece...
    TOKYO—Desperate old men in Japan desperately seeking to avoid responsibility for their failed coronavirus policies are taking desperate measures. This week, authorities introduced legislation that would punish anyone infected with COVID-19 who refused to be hospitalized with up to a year in jail or fines up to $10,000. It’s being played as a last-ditch crackdown on COVID-19, but some worry that it’s just a cover for failed policy and will make things even worse. Just as they had at the beginning of the pandemic, members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are quietly discussing using the crisis to ramrod through legislation which would give the prime minister absolute power in a state of emergency, once again. The virus may prove lethal for Japan’s democracy. The country that once bragged it had contained the virus due to “the superiority of the Japanese people”—as Minister of Finance Taro Aso proclaimed in...
    LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — Chris Rutledge peels an N-95 mask off her tired face, revealing the silhouette it leaves behind. Her name and a tiny heart are drawn on the face covering in black marker so her patients know who she is. “I look terrible when it comes off,” she jokes as she takes a break during her ninth straight day of 12-hour shifts inside a temporary field hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina. Rutledge, a 60-year-old retired nurse from Lisbon, Iowa, is one of dozens of health care workers who have been treating coronavirus patients inside 11 massive white medical tents set up in the parking lot of Caldwell Memorial Hospital. The tents became necessary in late December when the virus began surging through this rural community in the Carolina foothills, overwhelming the hospital’s capacity. The tents were set up earlier this month. “We doubled the number of COVID patients...
    NBA : Her Eurohoops team/ [email protected] The “green light” to include colchicine, a well-known and cheap cardiological drug, in the protocol of oral treatments in patients with coronavirus, was given on Saturday (23/1) by the committee of experts of the Ministry of Health, after the results of a large Canadian study in which Greece also participated. The Canadian study showed that the administration of colchicine to coronavirus patients “reduced by 44% mortality, 25% hospitalization and 50% the need for intubation”, as stated in APE – MPE the National Coordinator of the study in Greece, professor of cardiology Spyros Defteraios. Which patients it concerns and when it will be administered The committee decided to include the drug colchicine for use in outpatients. However, as he pointed out, “the administration will be done after a doctor’s prescription in certain categories of patients with a positive coronavirus molecular...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties all reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Friday. Riverside County health officials reported 2,544 newly confirmed cases and 38 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 258,352 cases and 2,777 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 175,433 had recovered. There were a reported 1,455 coronavirus patients hospitalized Friday, 330 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — a decrease in overall hospitalizations from Thursday. RELATED: Thousands In Riverside Co. Unable To Sign Up For COVID Vaccine Due To Technical Issues, New Website Coming San Bernardino County health officials reported 2,457 newly confirmed cases and 18 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 261,199 cases and 1,579 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 242,081 had recovered. There were 1,395 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Thursday, 313 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Coronavirus cases climbed in November and December, and now they’re on the way down, creating some guarded optimism among local doctors. “The surge that we saw after Thanksgiving up to about around Christmas, we saw close to 400 patients in Allegheny Health Network,” said Dr. Tariq Cheema, a pulmonary critical care doctor at Allegheny Health Network. “We predicted another surge after Christmas and the New Year holiday. We were looking at maybe 600, 700 patients, and that didn’t happen.” The number of infections hit an all-time high at 132,00 in early January. In 46 states, cases are now decreasing, relieving some pressure on hospitals. “Actually, as of this morning, our numbers are way down. Probably even less than 50 percent of where they were,” Dr. Cheema says. Many patients in the hospital now have been there for days or weeks. “Some people are on ventilators. Some people...
    New York : The 79-year-old woman had already served the required time to retire, but did not want to. Photo: ETIENNE LAURENT / EFE Betty Grier Gallagher worked as a nurse for over 50 years, 43 of them in an Alabama state hospital. In 2020 I already had the seniority and the requirements to spare to retire. But the pandemic arrived and he did not want to withdraw, because he felt that he had to help his patients and also his colleagues, in a very difficult health moment. Thus it was that Betty did not heed the requests of her companions to take shelter at home, and stayed to fight the disease on the front line. Until sadly in December he contracted the coronavirus. Finally, on January 10 he died at Coosa Valley Medical Center, where he had worked for much of his life. He...
    (CNN)Imagine suffering a serious accident and calling 911 but not getting an ambulance immediately. Or having a severe asthma attack and fighting for every breath but having to wait an extra minute or two for help. The winter Covid-19 surge has been the worst surge of this pandemic in the US. And it's impacting patients who don't even have coronavirus by increasing ambulance response times and ER wait times. "As resources get stretched thin, it just takes longer to respond," said Shawn Baird, president of the American Ambulance Association.States appeal for more vaccine doses as the US death toll soars past 400,000While some parts of the country are experiencing more delays than others, many places are seeing delays of "two or three minutes over target times. Those tend to be averages," Baird said.Read More"When you're responding to a time-sensitive emergency, like cardiac arrest or stroke or severe shortness of breath,...
    The coronavirus has now infiltrated every county in the US, including the smallest one — a remote Hawaiian island with fewer than 100 residents that was home to a leper colony. Kalawao County, which is so remote it gets supplies by barge once a year, recorded its first case of COVID-19 in December, almost a year after the deadly bug emerged in the US in Snohomish County near Seattle, the Wall Street Journal reported. The tiny enclave on the island of Molokai was established in 1865 for patients with leprosy — now known as Hansen’s disease — who would be exiled there for life, according to the newspaper, which reviewed data from Johns Hopkins and individual states for its report. Hawaiian health officials had taken steps to seal off the settlement after watching the disease sweep through US nursing homes early last year — and authorities banned visits to the...
    More On: Coronavirus Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 vaccines spoiled after Boston VA cleaner accidentally unplugs freezer Doc charged with stealing COVID vaccine doses for family, friends Rangers coach brings up Capitals penalty in COVID protocol warning How NY’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout derailed — and where it stands now The coronavirus has now infiltrated every county in the US, including the smallest one — a remote Hawaiian island with fewer than 100 residents that was home to a leper colony. Kalawao County, which is so remote it gets supplies by barge once a year, recorded its first case of COVID-19 in December, almost a year after the deadly bug emerged in the US in Snohomish County near Seattle, the Wall Street Journal reported. The tiny enclave on the island of Molokai was established in 1865 for patients with leprosy — now known as Hansen’s disease — who would be exiled there...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — On the COVID-19 front, President Joe Biden will have some tough challenges. For instance, more immunizations, perhaps with help from FEMA or the National Guard. “It’s critical that we vaccinate as many people as possible. And to do that, we’re going to need some help,” says Dr. Ray Pontzer, treasurer of the Allegheny County Medical Society and an infectious diseases physician at UPMC. “The idea to set up mass vaccination stations that can be manned by federal help will be really beneficial.” Currently, because of certain storage issues, the burden falls on hospitals. And supplies are limited. “They’re already stressed taking care of patients and really bulging at the seams with patients,” Dr. Pontzer said. Improving the supply chain is another hurdle — whether it’s vaccines, testing supplies or personal protective equipment. “The PPE is better now than it was in the springtime, so that has ramped...
    Getting the coronavirus vaccine is still … incredibly complicated. California is allowing residents over 65 to get inoculated, along with health care workers and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The state is also letting teachers, childcare providers, emergency service workers and food and agriculture employees who might be exposed on the job get vaccinated. But the number of people who are technically eligible for the vaccine has expanded far faster than the number of doses available. Cue chaos, bitter resentment and system meltdowns. With so much happening — and changing — so fast, here are some answers to frequently asked questions. Has California met Gov. Gavin Newsom’s goal of 1 million vaccines distributed by now?  It’s not actually clear, because of data issues, but the state was likely close. Still, this week, state health officer Erica Pan said it could take up to five months to vaccinate...
    BOSTON (CBS) — More health care workers can now get the coronavirus vaccine in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that all groups in Phase 1 of the state’s vaccination plan are immediately eligible for the shot. “Today we’re moving ahead with the process of including all groups in Phase 1 of the state’s vaccination plan, including home health care workers and non-covid-facing health care workers,” he said. “These groups are now eligible to receive vaccines.” The state has already started vaccinating coronavirus health care workers, first responders and those in congregate care settings, such as prisons and shelters. Those who don’t come into contact with patients, such as back office employees, remote workers and lab researchers, are not part of Phase 1, the state said, and should wait until they are eligible in Phase 2 or 3. Here is a full list from the state on the new groups...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Pennsylvania has surpassed 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. The department said another 260 people died from the virus, pushing the total past 20,120. Pennsylvania’s seven-day average of deaths reported hit its highest point in the pandemic earlier this month, according to the COVID Tracking Project. However, the numbers of new infections reported and coronavirus patients in hospitals and intensive care units have continued to drop throughout January, according to state figures. Another approximately 5,660 people tested positive, bring the state’s total to almost 790,000 during the pandemic, the department said. The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has dropped below 4,900, while the number of patients in the intensive care unit with Covid-19 has dropped below 900. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside and Ventura counties both reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Wednesday, while San Bernardino County reported more cases. Riverside County health officials reported 564 newly confirmed cases and 31 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 251,000 cases and 2,676 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 171,354 had recovered. There were a reported 1,514 coronavirus patients hospitalized Wednesday, 335 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both decreases from Monday. San Bernardino County health officials reported 805 newly confirmed cases, bringing the countywide total to 256,914 cases. Of those who contracted the illness, 239,248 had recovered and 1,560 died. There were 1,477 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Tuesday, 325 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both decreases from Monday. Ventura County health officials reported 673 newly confirmed cases and 26 additional fatalities, bringing the countywide total...
    Despite some promising signs that the worst wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may finally be receding, a top Los Angeles County health official warned Wednesday that the situation remains precarious, with thousands more people becoming infected every day and an unsustainable number of patients requiring hospital treatment. “The end is not yet in sight,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a briefing. Though the county has recently seen welcome downticks in the number of coronavirus-positive patients in its hospitals, as well as the daily infection rate, Ferrer emphasized that “COVID-19 is still rampant at our workplaces, in our neighborhoods and, really, across every corner of this county.” “While more people are being vaccinated, it’s important to remember that we do have a long road in front of us before we say goodbye to COVID-19,” she said. California More contagious COVID-19 variants bring new...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Wayne Grabiak was in the hospital with COVID-19 for 10 days in late October. He almost ended up on a breathing machine. “I had a few scary days that I definitely did not think I was going to make it,” Grabiak said. “I had literally picked up my phone to text my siblings to tell them I thought this was checkout time. Thank God that I’m still here.” While he survived, he has had weeks of symptoms. His doctors told him he should feel better by the end of November. Then the end of December. “It has definitely hung on,” Wayne says. Up to 10 percent of people have persistent problems that interfere with day to day function, even three to six months later. “Cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.” Dr. Marc Itkowitz, a primary care internist at Allegheny Health, said. “I have approximately five to 10...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas state health officials reported 450 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday as fatalities rapidly mount after a recent surge in hospitalizations. Gov. Greg Abbott has touted expanded vaccination efforts, but the rising death toll — 2,200 over the past seven days — and high numbers of seriously ill patients prompted a social media warning from state health officials that hospitals are struggling. “Texas must avoid an additional surge in cases. Hospitals can’t take much more. Fatalities are still increasing,” the Department of State Health Services tweeted on its official account. #COVID19TX Update: Texas must avoid an additional surge in cases. Hospitals cant take much more. Fatalities are still increasing. In the last 7 days #Texas averaged:⬇️17,360 new cases a day⬆️13,903 current hospitalizations⬆️317 new fatalities reported a day pic.twitter.com/Hp8ygSyzLS — Texas DSHS (@TexasDSHS) January 20, 2021 Texas had seen a peak of just under 11,000...
    AS the pandemic has evolved, we've come to understand more about the symptoms of coronavirus. Whilst the key signs are a fever, a cough and a loss of taste and smell, it's also becoming clear that there are other less common symptoms. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Sore, itchy eyes could be a sign of coronavirus, experts sayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Experts now believe that having problems with the eyes could be an indicator that someone has contracted Covid-19. A recent study found that having sore, itchy eyes was one of the most significant ocular symptom in Covid patients. The findings, published in the BMJ Open Ophthalmology, also found light sensitivity, known medically as photophobia, was another sign. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University studied data from 83 Covid-19 patients. They found the most reported symptoms were dry cough (66 per cent),...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside and Ventura counties both reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Tuesday, while San Bernardino County reported more cases. Nurse Irene Musni gives a COVID-19 vaccine to a senior citizen during a Jan. 15 clinic held at the Corona High School gymnasium. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Riverside County health officials reported 16,537 newly confirmed cases and 128 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 250,436 cases and 2,645 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 169,119 had recovered. There were a reported 1,524 coronavirus patients hospitalized Tuesday, 344 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both decreases from Friday. San Bernardino County health officials reported 2,015 newly confirmed cases, bringing the countywide total to 256,109 cases. Of those who contracted the illness, 235,638 had recovered and 1,560 died. There were 1,487 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Monday, 327...
    In the absence of the indicators beginning to clearly show that the epidemic is stabilizing, the third wave of coronavirus still has not reached a ceiling still in Spain, at least judging by the data that the Government makes public daily. This Tuesday, Ministry of Health has reported a total of 34,291 new positives -8,853 more than those notified last Tuesday-, 404 deaths and an increase in the incidence of 3.6% that has raised this value to 714.21 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. The communities that reported the most cases this Tuesday were the Valencian Community (7,949), Madrid (5,504), Catalonia (5,176) and Andalusia (3,760) and there are already three autonomies that exceed 1,000 points of incidence. These are Extremadura (1,412.5), Murcia (1,139.97) and Castilla-La Mancha (1054.8). Although the incidence at 14 days continues to grow, this Tuesday it has a little below last Tuesday (3.6% versus...
    Dow Rises as Yellen Tells Congress to Act Big on Stimulus The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Is Optimism on Four Wheels These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life If You Have This Common Condition, You're More Likely to Get Severe COVID It's long been known that some people are at higher risk of having their coronavirus case take a turn for the worse. While some are hospitalized and face fatal consequences, others with COVID may not even know that they have it. And while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified many comorbidities that could put you at risk for the former, recent research has identified a new common condition people need to be wary of when it comes to...
    NEW YORK – COVID-19 came early for Catherine Busa, and it never really left. The 54-year-old New York City school secretary didn’t have any underlying health problems when she caught the coronavirus in March, and she recovered at her Queens home. But some symptoms lingered: fatigue she never experienced during years of rising at 5 a.m. for work; pain, especially in her hands and wrists; an altered sense of taste and smell that made food unappealing; and a welling depression. After eight months of suffering, she made her way to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center — to a clinic specifically for post-COVID-19 care. TO SPEED CORONAVIRUS VACCINATIONS, SOUTH CAROLINA MULLS LIMITING ELECTIVE SURGERIES AGAIN "I felt myself in kind of a hole, and I couldn’t look on the bright side," Busa said. She did not feel helped by visits to other doctors. But it was different at the clinic. "They validated...
    Loading the player... The long-term consequences of coronavirus infection are continuing to come to light as the virus continues to rage on around the world, now for nearly one year.  A new study conducted in the United Kingdom found that nearly a third of patients who recovered from COVID-19 were hospitalized again within five months, and one in eight recovered patients died from complications of the virus within months.  Clinicians prepare to re-position a COVID-19 patient at Providence St. Mary Medical Center amid a surge in coronavirus patients at the hospital and across Southern California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) The results of the study were originally published in The Telegraph, a newspaper out of Great Britain. It found that out of 47,780 people who were discharged from the hospital, 29.4 percent of them were readmitted within 140 days. Of those, 12.3 percent later died.  COVID-19 has devastating and...
    CRITICALLY ill children will be moved from wards in Leicester to Birmingham so that hospital beds can be used for Covid patients. The children's intensive care unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester will now be taken over to treat seriously ill adults suffering with coronavirus. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Glenfield Hospital in Leicester has suspended its children's intensive care unit to free up beds for critically ill adults with Covid Credit: Getty Images - Getty This means that the hospital's paediatric ICU activity will now move to Birmingham, so that beds are free for Covid patients. There are currently over 350 patients being treated for coronavirus in Leicester's hospitals, with 34 on mechanical ventilation. Health bosses today made the "difficult decision" to temporarily take over the ICU with adult patients. Medical director at Leicester’s Hospitals Andrew Furlong said: “Unfortunately,...
    The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19 is known to infect the brain and affect the body's network of neurons. Now scientists are investigating the long-term impact of these symptoms, to see if the virus causes enduring neurological damage.  Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden are following the progress of 19 individuals who caught the virus last year and developed neurological symptoms.  Disease severity in the cohort varied from mild to critical and all the participants recovered, with symptoms ranging from delirium to a coma.  Scroll down for video  Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden are following the progress of 19 individuals who caught the virus and developed neurological symptoms (stock)  Eight people in the study (42 per cent) had 'altered mental status' and eight also had headaches as a result of their Covid-19.  Samples of cerebrospinal fluid — which protects the brain and spinal cord as well as providing nutrients —...
    At first, the body count was stunning. Eventually, it became numbing. Now, nearly a year after America’s first COVID fatality, about 2,400 Orange County residents are dead of coronavirus. On Friday, Jan. 15, the county reported a one-day record of 82 fatalities. But post-Thanksgiving surge has been compounded by a post-Christmas surge, so that record might not be our last. Of course, each spike on the graph is more than a number. They are real people who leave behind real families and real grief. The disease is spawning all manner of real-life nightmares. Health workers are trapped in a cycle of too many commitments and too few hands. Hospitals put up tents for surplus patients. Mortuaries rent refrigerated trucks for extra storage. The sickest patients endure the terror of the ventilator, knowing being hooked up could be the last stage of life. Some die without having seen a loved one’s face...
    Snow lies in front of the entrance to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen hospital. A possibly new variant of the coronavirus has been discovered at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen hospital. Samples are currently being examined at the Charité hospital in Berlin, the hospital announced on Monday.picture alliance | picture alliance | Getty Images Germany is the latest country to discover a new mutation of the coronavirus, with a new variant identified among a group of hospital patients in Bavaria. Local news outlets first reported on Monday that an unknown variant of the coronavirus had been discovered among 35 patients at a hospital in the Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southeast Germany. The altered virus was found in 35 of 73 newly-infected people in the hospital, Bavarian news outlet BR24 reported Monday. Samples are now reportedly being examined at the Charité university hospital in Berlin. CNBC contacted Germany's health ministry for confirmation of the reports. Officials said...
    Millennium Digital Mexico City / 18.01.2021 19:30:14 Mexico adds 141,248 deaths from covid-19 until this Monday, January 18, according to the information provided by the Ministry of Health. The country reached one million 649 thousand 502 cconfirmed cases accumulated by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. José Luis Alomía, general director of Epidemiology, mentioned that at the end of the day of today 544 new deaths from the virus were registered in the system and 8 thousand 74 nnew infections. There is also 98 thousand 554 active cases estimated and one million 237 thousand 321 people have already managed to recover from coronavirus. The positivity recorded so far is 44% percent. Hospital occupation Beds for non-serious patients: Regarding hospital occupancy, 33,650 beds, 20 thousand 094 are busy and 13,596 are available. The states with higher occupation are: Mexico City GuanajuatoMexico stategentlemanNew LionPueblaMorelosNayarit Beds for critical patients: Of the 10,240 beds...
    They printed the learning system in Artificial Intelligence, through thousands of chest x-rays in patients with and without coronavirus. Engineers Facebook, with the help of scientists from the New York University claim to have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is capable of predicting four days in advance, the evolution that the infection will have in the immune system of patients with coronavirus. They do it after verifying a simple chest x-ray. Then, they can decide the type of treatment to which the infected person will be subjected. In addition to the evolution that the virus will have in the body of the affected person. Both organizations say that the AI ​​anticipates four days before if the patient’s condition is going to get worse or better. They also state that they trained the automated system, making it study thousands of X-rays. Some were from congested patients, a product of...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Stricter lockdown rules are being enacted in Portugal, the government announced Monday, as a surging COVID-19 pandemic sets grim records and pushes hospitals to the limit of their capacity. Prime Minister António Costa said too many people had taken advantage of exceptions included in the lockdown that began last Friday, with authorities reporting 70% of normal movement over the weekend. “We are going through the most serious phase of the pandemic” so far, Costa said, urging people to comply with the rules. “This is no time for finding loopholes in the law.” He announced that January sales at stores are banned, as are gatherings of any number of people in public areas. More police will be deployed outside schools, which remain open, to prevent students forming groups. Traveling between districts is to be prohibited at weekends, while stores and supermarkets will have shorter opening times....
    Rebekah Jones: Fired Florida data scientist turns herself in to authorities Buried by strangers: funeral curbs raise ire in Zimbabwe These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life This Common Pain Could Actually Be a COVID Symptom The coronavirus can manifest through countless different symptoms, and unfortunately, many of those symptoms are common issues people face already. A headache could just be a headache, but it could also be a sign of a COVID infection. The same goes for fatigue, soreness, and myriad other afflictions. As it turns out, there's another common pain that could actually be a COVID symptom: an earache. Read on to see how to tell if your ear pain is something more serious, for more pains to keep an...
    A new strain of Coronavirus he registered at a clinic in the German state of Bavaria, the Merkur newspaper reported. Last week researchers in a laboratory at a clinic in the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen detected a mutation in tests for Coronavirus. The tests of three patients were sent to the Charité clinic in Berlin, which confirmed the conclusions. In total, 52 patients and 21 workers at the Bavarian clinic are infected by the Coronavirus. « Since the beginning of the pandemic at a global level, more than 12,000 virus mutations have been registered, » said the director of the Bavarian clinic, Frank Niederbuhl, and said there is no reason to panic. He stressed that « this does not mean that the new variant is more contagious » and more studies are necessary to find out its characteristics, which the Berlin experts are working...
    The Honduran intensive care physician Fernando Valerio affirmed that a new strain of CoronavirusThe newspaper La Tribuna reported on Sunday in its digital version. « I feel that there may already be a variant, a strain, that mutated, since the cases are presenting with data of severe pneumonia on day five of the disease or on day six, a situation that was not like that before, it took a little longer after the 7th or 10th, then we are very worried, « Valerio told the publication edited in Tegucigalpa. The doctor added the existing concern in the union, as they fear a collapse of hospitals with serious patients. « (…) the patients are coming in in a serious way, in a large number, the hospitals are full, I think the system is about to collapse, we occupy the collaboration of the citizens to avoid leaving unnecessarily that they continue to wash...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Mass vaccinations sites could help speed up vaccinations for some, but what about people who are unable to leave their homes?Getting to a hospital or even a drive through testing site would be a major challenge says Barbara Meyer, who oversees care for her 93 year old uncle Byron who had a stroke several years ago."He's unable to talk, unable to swallow, unable to walk on his own and very vulnerable to pneumonia," said Meyer.Because of this, she says she hasn't even seen him in person since the pandemic began, but he now has 24/7 caregivers.RELATED: Here's why California seniors are still waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine despite governor's go-ahead"The best course of action would be to have someone come in and vaccinate him," she said.Will that be able to happen?"We don't know yet," said Dr. Carla Perissinotto, associate chief of clinical programs for geriatrics at...
    A reduced sense of smell, or olfactory dysfunction, is one of the most common symptoms of Covid-19. A recent study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine has examined its prevalence and recovery in patients with varying degrees of severity and the 86% of mild cases report loss of smell. In the study of 2,581 patients from 18 European hospitals, the prevalence of olfactory dysfunction reported by patients was 85.9% in mild cases of Covid-19, 4.5% in moderate cases, and 6.9% in severe to critical cases. The mean duration of olfactory dysfunction reported by the patients was 21.6 daysBut almost a quarter of affected patients reported that they had not regained their sense of smell 60 days after losing it. Objective clinical evaluations identified olfactory dysfunction in 54.7% of mild Covid-19 cases and 36.6% of moderate to critical cases. At 60 days and 6 months, 15.3% and 4.7% of...
    Nearly 40 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Brazil died of the virus as the nation's health care system was inundated with coronavirus cases last year, a new study estimates.  It comes after a more infectious variant of 'super-covid' that scientists worry could evade vaccines emerged in Brazil.  That variant was discovered in the Amazonas, a Brazilian state in the Northwest  of the South American country. Scientists believe it may have been circulating there as early as July.    According to the new research, conducted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, the hospital and health care systems in the country's North and Northeast are weaker and a greater number of residents have poor access to care.   Death risks soared there. Patients hospitalized in the North and Northeast of the country were far more likely to die of COVID-19 than those who were hospitalized in the Southern part of the country,...
    Looking to get a coronavirus vaccine but struggling to figure out how or where to book one? You’re not alone. The rollout of the eagerly anticipated COVID-19 shots has been anything but smooth and resulted in widespread frustration, system crashes and clogged phone lines. With the caveat that the situation is changing daily, if not hourly, here’s what to know about how different health care providers in the Bay Area are handling coronavirus vaccines. Q: Who can get vaccinated now? A: California said this week that residents aged 65 and up are now eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine. That sounds nice on paper, but reality is a little — or a lot — messy. Previously, the state had said health care workers and people living in nursing homes and other facilities were first in line. And with hospitals and counties struggling to get vaccine doses, many in that first...
    By Mauricio Savarese and David Biller | Associated Press SAO PAULO — Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states. Some hope for Manaus, an isolated city of 2 million people, landed in a Brazilian air force plane on Friday with 6,000 liters of oxygen that are being distributed to hospitals. But as the pandemic hits hard, locals wonder how long the supply will last. The oxygen crisis in the city is so serious that it goes beyond COVID-19 patients. Sao Paulo state Gov. João Doria said in a press conference that 60 prematurely born babies from Manaus will come to Sao Paulo so they can get the oxygen they need. The Amazonas state health secretariat said in a statement to The Associated...
    Health officials in Norway say that 23 people died within days of receiving their first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Thirteen of the 23 deaths, all nursing home patients, were a direct result of side effects from the shot, officials say, according to the New York Post. “The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients,” Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said in a statement. All 13 deceased nursing home patients were over the age of 80 years old. In addition to those who died, nine other Norwegians reportedly suffered serious side effects from the vaccine, including allergic reactions, strong discomfort, and severe fever. More than 30,000 Norwegians have received the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine since late last month, and health officials say the nursing...
    After a small study suggested stem cells from umbilical cords offered coronavirus patients a safe treatment, boosting survival rates and fast-tracking recovery, outside experts are echoing calls for large, multicenter clinical trials to conclude efficacy. The anti-inflammatory effects from so-called mesenchymal stem cells have sparked interest among some scientists in the search for additional treatments against the novel virus, especially as the country continues to set record-highs in daily deaths and more contagious variant strains pose a threat to already burdened health systems. Researchers from the University of Miami published early findings in the Stem Cells Translational Medicine journal last week. In a double-blind randomized trial, half of 24 coronavirus patients suffering from lung damage received two stem cell infusions, with 100 million cells each, several days apart, while the other 12 patients had two infusions of placebo. There weren’t any serious side effects related to infusion and researchers said the treatment was safe. Notably, the treatment was linked to “significantly...
    TURKEY holidays are soaring in popularity for the summer as Brits hope to return to the hot destination. However, one expert has warned that it may not be able to welcome tourists before the end of the year due to the Covid situation. 2Turkey holidays are popular this year - but they may not open in time for the summerCredit: Getty Images - Getty Last year, the country was placed onto the UK's quarantine list over concerns that they were not fully reporting all cases in the correct way. At the time, according to the Financial Times, the Turkish health minister admitted it changed the way they reported coronavirus cases per day, changing the words of "today's number of cases" to "todays number of patients". Health minister Fahrettin Koca said the word “patients” means those who had tested positive and had symptoms of coronavirus - but those who tested positive...
    Havana and Santiago de Cuba, two of the provinces most affected in recent weeks by the outbreak of positive cases of the disease Covid-19 on the island, they will considerably increase the number of beds in hospitals, anticipating an increase in infected people. During the last meeting of the Temporary Working Group for the prevention and control of the new Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the governor of Havana, Reinaldo García Zapata, specified that currently the Cuban capital has 2,190 beds in hospitals to care for people affected by the virus, and starting next Saturday they will increase to 4,173, of these 64 in intensive care rooms, preventing any contingency. The Havana governor also explained that the local health authorities are working to confront 592 transmission sources distributed in the 15 capital cities, 436 of them linked to the presence of travelers from abroad. For her part, the governor of the eastern...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties all reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Thursday. Riverside County health officials reported 2,880 newly confirmed cases and 92 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 233,480 cases and 2,399 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 150,726 had recovered. There were a reported 1,584 coronavirus patients hospitalized Thursday, 367 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — a decrease in overall hospitalizations from Wednesday, but an uptick in ICU admissions. RELATED: Fontana Woman Dies From COVID-19 Weeks After Giving Birth To Daughter San Bernardino County health officials reported 1,737 newly confirmed cases and eight additional fatalities, bringing the countywide total to 241,523 cases and 1,560 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 215,494 had recovered. There were 1,678 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Wednesday, 344 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You have not heard much about the flu this year because case numbers are down. KDKA’s Paul Martino learned that coronavirus has a lot to do with that. Health experts say all the things we are doing to prevent coronavirus are preventing us from getting the flu, too. “Even before the pandemic hit, we talk every year about staying away from people, wash your hands, sanitize. This year with the masks included, we’re seeing a lot less spread of flu,” said Dr. Brian Lamb of Allegheny Health Network. The numbers from the Allegheny Health Department say it all. As of this month, the county has confirmed 69 cases of the flu, resulting in two hospitalizations and no deaths. Last year in January, there were more than 6,000 cases of the flu. It sent 41 people to the hospital, and there were three deaths. “We’ve...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In April, Michaelene Carlton said she first realized she had COVID-19 at the dinner table. “My daughter was talking about how good dinner was and I was like, ‘It’s really not that good!’ And I realized that I really couldn’t taste it,” she recalled. After a few weeks, she still had symptoms. Then, she started feeling even worse. “(I) couldn’t eat, couldn’t get out of my bed, my heart rate was through the roof every time I stood,” she said. Carlton was sent to Johns Hopkins Hospital, which has opened a clinic to study Post-COVID Syndrome. “Post-COVID Syndrome may be a real medical condition,” said Dr. Tae Chung with the hospital’s physical medicine and rehabilitation program. “I think doctors are realizing that this is real.” CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from...
    After a small study suggested stem cells from umbilical cords offered coronavirus patients a safe treatment, boosting survival rates and fast-tracking recovery, outside experts are echoing calls for large, multicenter clinical trials to conclude efficacy. The anti-inflammatory effects from so-called mesenchymal stem cells have sparked interest among some scientists in the search for additional treatments against the novel virus, especially as the country continues to set record-highs in daily deaths, and more contagious variant strains pose a threat to already burdened health systems. Researchers from the University of Miami published early findings in the Stem Cells Translational Medicine journal last week. In a double-blind randomized trial, half of 24 coronavirus patients suffering from lung damage received two stem cell infusions, with 100 million cells each, several days apart, while the other 12 patients had two infusions of placebo. CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS' LUNGS WORSE THAN THOSE OF A SMOKER, SURGEON SAYS Doctors call...
    Cuba reported this Thursday 505 new positive cases of the disease Covid-19, 175 of them located in the capital of the island, where more severe restriction measures were applied to try to stop the spread of the virus that already accumulates 16,549 infected people and 160 deaths in the country. « Of the total number of cases (505): -261 women and 244 men-, 435 were contacts of confirmed cases, 33 with a source of infection abroad and 37 without a specified source of infection, » confirmed a statement issued by the Ministry of Health Public (Minsap) of the island. The text adds that, of the total cases of the day, 102 infected are linked to international travelers (20.2 percent), accumulating 6,172 affected, which represents 68.8 percent of the total autochthonous cases since November 15. In turn, the death of two women aged 83 and 87, residents in the provinces of Santiago...
    Los Angeles County scientists now estimate that one in three residents have contracted COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. That would mean at least 3 million of the county's 10 million residents have been infected — more than triple the number confirmed through testing, according to the Times. "Unfortunately, we are still engaging in behaviors that facilitate spread of the virus, so it is still able to find plenty of susceptible people to infect,” Roger Lewis, director of COVID-19 hospital demand modeling for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, told the newspaper. In order for herd immunity through vaccination to become an effective strategy for controlling the disease, about 75 percent of the county's residents would need to develop immunity, Lewis estimated.  The county has become a hotspot for the coronavirus in a state that leads the nation in infection rates. As the virus continues...
    The scarring on some coronavirus survivors’ lungs is worse than in those who smoke, a trauma surgeon in Texas recently said when speaking to just one of the possible long-term effects this novel disease can have on its victims.  "I don’t know who needs to hear this, but ‘post-Covid’ lungs look worse than ANY type of terrible smoker’s lungs we’ve ever seen," Dr. Brittany Bankhead-Kendall wrote in a recent Twitter post.  "And they collapse. And they clot off. And the shortness of breath lingers on... & on... & on," she added.  Speaking to CBS Dallas, Bankhead-Kendall said that most of the coronavirus patients she’s treated "show a severe chest X-ray every time," noting that even those who contracted the virus but did not experience symptoms — they were asymptomatic — show a severe chest X-ray roughly 70% to 80% of the time.  HOSPITALIZED CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS STILL SUFFER SYMPTOMS 6 MONTHS POST-INFECTION: STUDY...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois is reporting 6,652 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, as well as 88 new deaths, while the state’s virus infection rate continues to decline. The Illinois Department of Public Health is now reporting a total of 1,052,682 coronavirus cases, including 17,928 deaths, since the start of the pandemic. The statewide seven-day average case positivity rate now stands at 6.8%, tied for the lowest point it’s been since Oct. 29. The state’s case positivity rate has now gone down for six days in a row, after climbing for nearly two weeks after Christmas. Coronavirus hospitalizations also continue to improve, with 3,511 patients being treated in Illinois hospitals as of Wednesday night, including 742 in the ICU and 382 on ventilators. COVID hospitalizations in Illinois have now been below 4,000 per day for 14 days in a row. Coronavirus hospitalizations in Illinois peaked 6,175 on Nov. 20,...
    Getty Images Imbalances in gut bacteria could be associated with more severe cases of COVID-19, according to a new hypothesis. Some patients who were hospitalized due to the illness had less helpful bacteria and more harmful bugs compared to healthy people. About one in 10 COVID-19 patients experience GI symptoms according to initial estimates, and even more shed the virus in their poop. More research needs to be done to explore this potential link, but it could lead to gut-based therapies for COVID-19. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Although COVID-19 is often viewed as a respiratory disease because of how it's transmitted, its effects reach far beyond the lungs. Experts believe the coronavirus compromises blood vessels throughout the body, causing a mixed bag of symptoms ranging from loss of taste and smell to chest pain to diarrhea. Now, researchers are also finding links between the illness...
    Convalescent plasma infusions can help reduce the number of coronavirus deaths, a new study suggests.  Researchers looked at people ill with COVID-19 who received blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients. When given early enough, patients who received antibody-rich plasma had a one-quarter lower risk of death than those given plasma with low concentrations of COVID-19 antibodies. The team, from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, says the treatment could be a stopgap until enough people receive coronavirus vaccines for herd immunity to be achieved. Convalescent plasma therapy is when the liquid portion of blood is taken from a recovered coronavirus patient and transferred into a sick patient in hopes they will develop the antibodies needed to fight off the infection. Pictured: Phlebotomist Morgan Wasik takes plasma from Rep Cindy Roe for a convalescent plasma donation at the Oklahoma Blood institute in Oklahoma City, August 2020 Researchers from the Mayo Clinic...
    WESTBURY, New York (WABC) -- An ICU nurse on Long Island has won the Westbury Healthcare Heroes Jeep Giveaway.Ally Marcello's father says pride in his daughter's efforts to comfort patients during the COVID pandemic drove him to nominate her.The 24-year-old nurse made a blanket for a patient who lost his home due to staggering medical bills.MORE NEWS: 'Jeopardy!' guest host Ken Jennings pays emotional tribute to Alex TrebekEMBED More News Videos Guest host Ken Jennings paid an emotional tribute to Alex Trebek during Monday night's episode of "Jeopardy!" Seeing how much the blanket meant to the patient, Marcello made others and created "I See You" blankets."I've seen more death and dying than I would ever thought I'd see in my life and it made me very emotionally distant from my patients because I felt that if I connected too much, if I cared too much it might break me and...
    They say it is effective in a quarter of patients with a real risk of dying from coronavirus and could save hundreds of lives. Two medications: tocilizumab and sarilumab, could reduce the risk of death in severe coronavirus patients. The negative is that cost of each of these substances is quite high. Together, however, they are cheaper than intensive care in hospitals or clinics. The information on these two drugs comes from a group of UK scientists. The experts took into account the before and after figures they conducted the trials with these two drugs. First, without tocilizumab and sarilumab, of 800 patients admitted to ICUs, one 36% died. While, after they started using the doses of drugs mentioned, the figure dropped to 27 percent. « For every 12 patients you treat with these drugs, you would hope to save a life. It’s a big effect, » said Anthony Gordon, principal...
    BURLINGAME — Workers at the Burlingame Skilled Nursing facility pleaded for help Wednesday as a coronavirus outbreak raced through the facility over the past two weeks, with scores of employees out sick or quarantined and patients “dying every day.” “We can’t do this anymore. We need some help,” said Roland Glover, 60, a certified nurse assistant who bathes, dresses and helps patients get to the bathroom. “It’s really bad. It’s really, really, really bad. It’s spreading all over.” On Wednesday afternoon, employees held a vigil for those who have perished from COVID-19, which by their count is more than a dozen patients in recent weeks — a number at odds with state figures. Within the past few days, an office worker in her 40s also died from the virus, employees say. And although vaccinations among staff and patients began at the Burlingame facility several days before Christmas, the protection from...
    While new COVID-19 hospitalizations have leveled off recently in Los Angeles County, many medical facilities remain overwhelmed. The intensive care unit at one hospital in southwest Los Angeles, Memorial Hospital of Gardena, is at 320% occupancy, officials said Wednesday. The 172-bed medical center has been in various levels of “internal disaster status” since March, and the latest coronavirus surge is manifesting in alarming but increasingly familiar ways — including shortages of home oxygen supplies that are delaying the discharge of many COVID-19 patients and keeping beds occupied. Demand for oxygen within the hospital has skyrocketed as well, according to hospital spokeswoman Amie Boersma. “Bulk oxygen delivery has gone from one time per month to every three days and narrowing,” Boersma said in an email. “We must monitor every single day.” But it is staffing shortages that are presenting the greatest challenge. In a region besieged by COVID-19, “it remains very...
    An outbreak of the novel coronavirus among employees at Kaiser’s San Jose Medical Center has now spread to patients, 15 of whom tested positive, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department said Wednesday. The number of staff members infected has also grown since last week from 60 to 77. One staff member has died of COVID-19 complications. Kaiser spokeswoman Hilary Costa disputed some of the county’s case count, saying 74 employees who worked in the emergency department on Christmas Day tested positive. Three cases may include employees not involved in that outbreak, Costa said. Kaiser does not dispute the county’s patient count. The outbreak is believed to be linked to an employee who went to the hospital on Dec. 25 in an inflatable Christmas tree costume. Experts previously said it’s possible the costume’s battery-powered fan could have spread aerosols into the emergency room. Santa Clara public health...
    A new study found that 40% of about 700 medical workers in the U.K., caring for the most dire coronavirus patients, hit the threshold for developing post-traumatic stress disorder, among other pressing mental health concerns. This almost certainly hinders the care they can give -- at a time when patients need it the most -- researchers say. The team from King’s College London published findings Wednesday in the Occupational Medicine journal. COPING WITH POST-HOLIDAY BLUES AMID CORONAVIRUS: TIPS ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR The team sent brief, anonymous surveys to intensive care staff in National Health Service hospitals across the U.K. with questions regarding mental health. Nearly half of 709 respondents from nine hospitals met thresholds for either severe depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or issues related to alcohol. Around one in seven respondents said they’d be better off dead, or frequently considered self-harm. "Our results show a substantial burden of mental health symptoms being...
    In a nation wracked by a long-feared winter surge of the coronavirus, California has emerged as the emblem of the pandemic’s devastation. The state has had some of the worst outcomes: morgues filled, hospitals overwhelmed, oxygen in short supply. But that is slowly beginning to change — especially in Northern California. Still, it’s far from clear the state is fully rebounding. Officials hope that stay-at-home measures and changes in behavior can, over time, bend the curve. The latest restrictions went into effect in late November, but holiday gatherings, shopping and travel are believed to have fueled the new spike in coronavirus cases. The post-Christmas surge is the biggest concern for public health officials, who worry what additional infections will do to hospitals already deluged with patients. The hope is that by February there will be some relief as case numbers begin to stabilize. Here is where we are...
    England’s health care system may move patients into hotels to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to handle rising COVID-19 admissions. SERIOUSLY ILL CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS IN UK TO RECEIVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DRUGS Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday that the National Health Service was looking at various ways to reduce the strain on hospitals, including moving patients to hotels when appropriate. Discussions about the issue were first reported by The Guardian newspaper. Video"We would only ever do that if it was clinically the right thing for somebody," Hancock told Sky News. "In some cases, people need sit-down care, they don’t actually need to be in a hospital bed." CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Britain already has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with over 83,000 deaths, and the number of hospital beds filled by COVID-19 patients is still rising. Hospitals in England English are now treating 55% more COVID-19 cases than...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  As parts of Northern California began to see the first guarded signs of progress Tuesday in the battle against the winter coronavirus surge, communities in hard-hit Southern California were bracing for more cases to swarm hospitals already overwhelmed as COVID-19 continues to rise. The post-Christmas surge is still slamming Los Angeles and surrounding counties. The spread is increasing again as people infected during holiday events test positive. Officials expect that will lead to more hospitalizations, but how much remains a critical question because medical infrastructure is already at the breaking point. Any new spike in infections, officials warn, will trigger a resulting wave of new patients requiring professional care — creating an unsustainable strain on already overtaxed hospitals and intensive care units. On Tuesday, a tally of local health jurisdictions found 318 deaths reported in L.A. County, tying the record single-day high of deaths recorded on Friday....
    LONDON (AP) — England’s health care system may move patients into hotels to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to handle rising COVID-19 admissions. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday that the National Health Service was looking at various ways to reduce the strain on hospitals, including moving patients to hotels when appropriate. Discussions about the issue were first reported by the Guardian newspaper. “We would only ever do that if it was clinically the right thing for somebody,” Hancock told Sky News. “In some cases, people need sit-down care, they don’t actually need to be in a hospital bed.” Britain already has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with over 83,000 deaths, and the number of hospital beds filled by COVID-19 patients patients is still rising. Hospitals in England English are now treating 55% more COVID-19 cases than during the first peak of the pandemic in April. ___ Follow AP coverage of...
    SAN JOSE — The Christmas Day coronavirus outbreak at Kaiser Permanente San Jose continued to spread Tuesday — and hospital workers aren’t the only ones getting sick. For the first time, 15 patients on Tuesday were added to the growing list of people infected after an employee traipsing through the emergency department in an inflatable tree costume Dec. 25 may have been a super spreader, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced. The tally of positive COVID-19 cases also spiked among Kaiser employees to 77 on Tuesday, up from 60 last week, the county said. One worker, a receptionist, died a week or so after Christmas, although Kaiser hasn’t said exactly when. When it came to the new numbers released Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente would only say that “we are trying to validate the numbers that the county provided.” The news comes after the county fined Kaiser $43,000 last week...
    A post-holiday coronavirus surge is taking shape across California almost two weeks into the new year, public health officials said Tuesday. But the number of new cases following gatherings at Christmas and New Year’s so far does not appear to be nearly as large as the one after Thanksgiving that swamped hospitals and led to new shelter-in-place orders. Even if it’s less severe than feared, the increase is adding to the overwhelming strain on hospital systems, and there is no sign that COVID-19’s death toll is slowing down: As patients who fell ill weeks earlier succumb to the disease, California continues to endure the deadliest stretch of the pandemic to date, losing almost 500 people to the virus each day on average over the past week. On Monday, the state shot past 30,000 deaths from the pandemic, which Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly called “an important and sad...
    Dr. Payman Simoni, 50, pictured above, died on January 8 from coronavirus A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has died from COVID-19 complications after a patient who later tested positive for the coronavirus coughed on him while getting a lip injection. Dr. Payman Simoni, 50, died on January 8 from a brain hemorrhage after he was placed in a medically induced coma when his lungs began to fail. Katy Amiri-Younesi, a longtime family friend, said the death came as a 'shock' to loved ones of the father of two. 'The shock is that he was so perfectly healthy,' Amiri-Younesi told KCAL.  'He's a doctor, I called him when I had COVID. He was instructing me what to do.' The father of two had performed the elective procedure on a woman in December, who had her temperature checked and filled out a coronavirus questionnaire, according to TMZ.  The maskless woman, however,...
    The bacteria lurking in COVID-19 patients’ intestines may play a role in how sick they get from the illness, according to new research. Although the coronavirus is primarily a respiratory disease, there is increasing evidence that suggests the GI tract is involved, scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said. "Based on several patients surveyed in this study for up to 30 days after clearing SARS-CoV-2, the gut microbiota is likely to remain significantly altered after recovery from COVID-19," they said. (iStock) The team studied samples from 100 patients treated at two Hong Kong hospitals to see how the so-called microbiome in the digestive system might affect recovery from the deadly bug. "Gut microbiome composition was significantly altered in patients with COVID-19 compared with non-COVID-19 individuals irrespective of whether patients had received medication," they wrote in the British Medical Journal’s publication Gut. "Based on several patients surveyed in this study for up to 30 days after clearing SARS-CoV-2,...
    A study published over the weekend has furthered existing evidence that so-called “long-COVID” is very much a reality for many who have contracted the novel coronavirus, with researchers finding in what is said to be the largest cohort study on the topic to date that for some, certain COVID-19 symptoms — namely fatigue and muscle weakness — stick around for up to six months following the initial infection.  The study, published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet, studied more than 1,700 hospitalized coronavirus patients from Wuhan, China, where the pandemic first began last year.  The researchers found that an estimated 76% of patients reported at least one symptom of the novel virus months after they were discharged, with fatigue or muscle weakness and sleep difficulties being the most common.  Of the patients studied, 63% reported suffering from fatigue or muscle weakness six months post-infection, while 26% of patients reported continued sleep...
    Los Angeles County is fast approaching 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, a massive milestone that means one out of every 10 Angelenos has been infected at some point during the pandemic. That L.A. County, by far the nation’s most populous, has such a high case count is not a shock, but the rapidity with which infections have grown is staggering. It took the county nearly 11 months to top 500,000 coronavirus cases, which occurred in mid-December. At the current rate, L.A. County will crest the 1-million mark by the end of this week, doubling its colossal case count in a month. The approaching benchmark comes two weeks before the one-year anniversary of the county’s first confirmed coronavirus case. Tracking the coronavirus in L.A. County Tracking the coronavirus in L.A. County The latest maps and charts on the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County,...
    Sweden has registered 17,395 new coronavirus cases since Friday, taking the total above 500,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. The statistics from the Healthy Agency, means that the country now has more coronavirus patients in hospital than at any stage of the pandemic as hospitals struggle to cope with a rampant second wave of the virus. Sweden has made headlines around the world by never imposing the type of lockdown seen elsewhere in Europe but it has started tightening measures in the face of a stronger than expected second wave over recent months. The figures show that December 17 was the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic with 116 deaths, surpassing a previous peak of 115 daily deaths set in April. While Sweden still has around 20 per cent spare capacity at intensive care units, there are worries the spread will accelerate...
    As experts warn about the high transmissibility of a strain of coronavirus first detected in the U.K. several weeks ago, many have voiced concern about whether currently approved vaccines and treatments will remain effective. Remdesivir, which became the first FDA-approved treatment for COVID-19 last fall, should be effective against new strains, Gilead Sciences CEO told CNBC on Monday. The effectiveness of the antiviral drug on the current strain has been debated as some studies found that it has no impact on death rates from disease, while others suggest that it could be highly effective in some patients. The FDA approved it for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years and older after clinical trials showed that it shortened hospital stay and recovery time in patients with mild-to-severe COVID-19.   The U.K. variant, identified as B.1.1.7, has showed to be more transmissible, but it is not believed to cause more severe...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hospitals across North Texas are seeing the highest numbers of COVID-19 patients thus far in the New Year — with an additional surge still expected as a result of the holidays. According to the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, COVID-19 patients are taking up just over 27% of bed capacity and represent more than 51% of patients in intensive care units. Both Texas Health Resources and Baylor Scott & White Health tell CBS 11 News their emergency departments are also incredibly busy. The hospitals are asking everyone to make use of virtual visits. Latest Coronavirus News | Coronavirus Resources Of course, anyone experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, weakness, confusion of any other type of true emergency should immediately go to an emergency room. For cold or flu type symptoms, health experts say patients can reach out to their primary care doctor....
    Three counties northwest of Los Angeles are experiencing alarming spikes in coronavirus cases, further heightening the level of infections in already hard-hit Southern California and triggering fresh fears about potentially overtaxing local healthcare systems. Conditions in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have worsened considerably due to a post-holiday surge of the virus, with the average number of daily new cases more than doubling the rate seen two weeks ago, according to data compiled by The Times. Infections in Ventura County have risen so rapidly that one doctor publicly wondered whether the area could face its own “New York moment.” “I’m tired of having to talk to family members to tell them that their family member has passed away from this disease,” Dr. Mark Lepore, intensive care unit physician at Ventura County Medical Center, said last week. “I’m tired of hearing about family members that are coming to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Fewer than one percent of ICU beds are available across the Bay Area and health officials fear we haven’t seen the full effects from the holiday surge. As of Monday night, 63 COVID-19 patients are inside Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, 13 of those in the critical care unit. “This is our third surge, these are the highest numbers we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Dr. Lukejohn Day, Chief Medical Officer for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. These new numbers have pushed the hospital to ‘surge level red,’ meaning PACUs, those recovery rooms you go into post-surgery while coming out of anesthesia, are now COVID wards. The problem is that COVID-19 patients are typically hospitalized for a long time, filling up capacity. “If a patient is ventilated, they stay on average of two to three weeks, if a patient...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties all reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Monday. A person with a mask Jan. 7 walks past Big Axe Chuck & Throw in Riverside, closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Riverside County health officials reported 8,434 newly confirmed cases and 32 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 216,275 cases and 2,250 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 145,380 had recovered. There were a reported 1,675 coronavirus patients hospitalized Monday, 357 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. San Bernardino County health officials reported 3,435 newly confirmed cases and 15 additional fatalities, bringing the countywide total to 231,750 cases and 1,546 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 210,048 had recovered. There were 1,720 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Sunday, 356 of whom were being treated in intensive care...
    Los Angeles (CNN)Juliana Jimenez Sesma stared down at her mother's casket. Her mother's face was made-up, and her hair done just so. Her expression was frozen.As Sesma mourned, mariachi music sliced through the silence. "I'd rather be asleep than awake because of how much it hurts that you're not here," the band belted in Spanish.The song's lyrics capture how Sesma has felt since losing her mother and stepfather to coronavirus. She buried her mom last week in South Los Angeles. But she had to say her farewell in a parking lot. There, the casket was placed in one corner, under a pop-up canopy -- with flower arrangements and photos all around. Chairs were spaced apart in parking spaces.Read MoreJuliana Jimenez Sesma said she had to wait three weeks before being able to hold a funeral for her mother -- in a parking lot.It was the only safe space, where people...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has yet to release reports that form the foundation of a study which concluded that the state’s policies regarding elderly coronavirus patients did not markedly contribute to deaths at the senior care facilities. The Times Union, an Albany-region publication, followed up with Cuomo’s office last week seeking to view surveys filled out by nursing homes but was not granted permission. The publication said Cuomo’s office pointed to exemptions in the state Freedom of Information Law that allow the records to be kept from the public eye. A spokesperson for the governor did not return Fox News’ request for comment as to whether his office planned to release the documents and why it had not done so. The controversial study, which was issued in July, found that a big factor in the senior care contagion was infection introduced by staff and visitors, since cases at the facilities were...
    The coronavirus is continuing to rampage through Los Angeles County, infecting thousands of people every day and hammering already overworked hospitals with a deluge of new patients — a devastating double blow with deadly consequences. The impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 surge represent “the worst disaster our county has experienced for decades,” according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and, as with other terrifying situations, the end of this surge only happens when more people and more businesses take control and do the right thing.” Over the last week, an average of more than 200 Angelenos have died every day from COVID-19 — a rate that has pushed the county’s cumulative toll past 12,000. Behind those dire data points, however, are people whose loss ripples throughout their families, their workplaces and their wider communities, officials note. “Dying from COVID in the hospital means dying alone,” L.A. County Supervisor Hilda...
    As if the latest deadly novel pathogen wasn’t enough, the federal health agency recently documented a summer-time outbreak of a serious, multidrug-resistant fungus in a Florida COVID-19 unit. Health department officials were flagged to four cases of the so-called Candida auris infections; three manifesting in the bloodstream, one presenting in a urinary tract infection. CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NURSING HOMES MAY REFLECT COMMUNITY INFECTION TRENDS: CDC The CDC says this yeast can cause serious infections and death, especially in patients with underlying medical conditions. Worse yet, it’s difficult to identify, can be asymptomatic and lingers on surfaces. After the first four cases were found in an unspecified "hospital A," the CDC, state health department and the hospital launched a joint investigation to observe staffers’ hand hygiene, disinfection and PPE practices, per a recent CDC report. The CDC noted 35 additional test results among coronavirus patients, and of 20 with available records, eight...
    More than 75 percent of coronavirus patients have at least one symptom six months after becoming ill, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the most common symptom of coronavirus patients was fatigue and muscle weakness, reported in at least two-thirds of patients. Additionally, of about 400 patients tested for lung function, more than half who needed ventilation had severe scores six months out - which could indicate permanent organ damage. What's more, antibody levels tested in 100 patients fell by more than half during follow-up, which the team, from Jin Yin-tan Hospital at the Wuhan Research Center for Communicable Disease Diagnosis and Treatment in China, says raises questions about the potential of reinfection.  A new study from Jin Yin-tan Hospital in China found more than 75% of patients reported at least one symptom six months later, with the most common being fatigue and muscle weakness among 63%. Pictured:...
    Injecting critically ill coronavirus patients with the blood of survivors does not boost their chances of getting better, a major British study has found. Scientists running the REMAP-CAP trial have stopped enrolling infected ICU patients after finding 'no evidence' convalescent plasma therapy boosted survival rates.  The decision was made after investigators analysed data from nearly 1,000 patients who received the treatment, which has been used to treat Ebola. It was hoped that antibodies – virus-fighting proteins – in recovered patients' blood would bolster the struggling immune system of vulnerable or elderly people who catch Covid and struggle to fight the infection naturally.  The researchers said the therapy may not work for the critically ill because their lung damage 'is too advanced for convalescent plasma to make a difference'. REMAP-CAP will continue to test the antibody-rich plasma on people with moderate Covid illness to see if it can halt the infection before...
    (CNN)Most patients who had been hospitalized with Covid-19 still suffered a variety of symptoms -- including fatigue and sleep difficulties -- six months after infection, a Chinese study has found.The study of more than 1,700 patients treated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, shows 76% suffered at least one symptom months after they were discharged from hospital.The findings indicate that even people who recover from Covid-19 could suffer long-lasting health impacts from their bout with the coronavirus, which has infected more than 90 million people worldwide.The study, the largest of its kind yet carried out, published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet. It found that fatigue and sleep difficulties were the most common post Covid-19 symptoms, occurring in 63% and 26% of the patients, respectively, six months after the onset of their initial diagnosis.The disease could also have long-lasting psychological complications, with anxiety...
    Marin County’s public health officer said he is trying to get more details on a state order that counties with adequate intensive care unit capacity accept coronavirus patients from overwhelmed regions. “We’re seeking clarification on where the authority lies to require us to accommodate patients from outside the region and what ICU capacity would be used to determine our ability,” Dr. Matt Willis said Friday. The California Department of Public Health did not respond to a request for comment. Under the order, an overwhelmed hospital may seek a mandatory transfer if it has “reached crisis care and does not have the ability to examine and treat patients.” The order states that crisis care occurs “when resources are scarce and the focus changes from delivering individual patient care to delivering the best care for the patient population.” In a released statement, Tomás Aragon, California’s public health director, said, “When hospitals are...
    VERKHOVYNA, Ukraine (AP) — Riding a horse-drawn cart, Dr. Viktoria Mahnych trots along country roads to attend to her patients in several villages nestled in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine. The country of 42 million has recorded more than 1.1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections and nearly 20,000 deaths. Mahnych, 30, now fears that the long holidays, during which Ukrainians frequented restaurants and other entertainment venues, attended festive parties and crowded church services, will trigger a surge in new coronavirus infections and make her job even more difficult. Starting Friday, Ukraine imposed a broad lockdown aimed at containing a surge in infections, but many medical workers say that the move came too late. The streets of Ukrainian cities swarmed with festive crowds during the holidays and thousands flocked to churches to attend Christmas services Thursday in the mostly Orthodox country without worrying about social distancing or wearing masks. “If they...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials on Sunday reported 3,121 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 188,602 cases and 2,092 fatalities. The latest death reports were staggered, which means that not all of them occurred within the past 24 hours. Of Sunday’s 50 reported deaths, nine were residents of skilled nursing facilities and one was a staff member at a skilled nursing facility, and 11 were residents of assisted living facilities. The number of patients hospitalized with the coronavirus in the O.C. decreased from 2,221 Saturday to 2,216, while the number of ICU patients increased from 528 to a record 547, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. The resources listed below can provide information about the pandemic and best practices for staying safe: Orange County residents with general questions can call the COVID-19 HOTLINE at 714-834-2000 Orange County residents...
    MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (KABC) -- As a symbol of solidarity, a team of local ICU nurses is honoring each other and their work to save coronavirus patients with some ink."We all decided to get a tattoo to commemorate our time together. So we got a tattoo, we all have them in different areas, some have them on their wrists," said Debbie Wooters, an ICU nurse.According to the nurses at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, the tip of the spear represents the front line.The slash marks represent the team and the heart is for the people they have lost.Medical troops arrive to assist SoCal hospitals overwhelmed by COVID patientsEMBED More News Videos Medical troops are joining the frontlines to help the strained SoCal health care system care for coronavirus patients.
    COVID may cause brain damage linked to strokes due to your body battling off the virus, a study claims. Research has found that coronavirus infections might cause an inflammatory response in the brain, leading to 'stroke-like' damage to certain areas. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Covid may cause brain damage associated with strokes, the study foundCredit: Getty Images - Getty Researchers from the National Institutes of Health used an MRI scanner and found damage to the olfactory bulb in the brain and also damage in the brain-stem. And because no coronavirus was found in the tissue, the conclusion was made that the damage resulted from “the body’s inflammatory response to the virus.” The researchers had found damage caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels in samples from patients who had battled coronavirus. But the study revealed that the damage...
    The mutant strain of coronavirus is 70 per cent more contagious than the original because it replicates faster in the throat, scientists believe. A Public Health England and Birmingham University study found that swabs taken from the nose and throat of Covid-19 patients with the latest strain, known as B117, had 'high viral loads' compared samples taken from patients suffering the original strain. Higher levels of Covid were detected in the material collected on swabs from patients with the B117 variant, suggesting a more severe case of the virus, and evidence for why the virus is being more easily transmitted. Michael Kidd, who lead the study, told The Mirror that the findings could help explain how the variant multiplies in each person it infects, but said it was 'hard to determine' why the virus was spreading as quickly as it is. Higher levels of Covid were detected in the material...
    Sister of Black Woman Killed by Capitol Police Hurt by Disparity in Riot Response Hospitals say syringes supplied by feds waste vaccine doses These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The Disturbing New Symptom of Long COVID Doctors Want You to Know There are numerous symptoms that can arise from a COVID infection, and many of these symptoms can linger. Some people—suffering from what's come to be known as "long COVID"—find themselves facing enduring symptoms and new complications months after their illness. The more time passes, the more patients report stranger signs of a past coronavirus infection. Most recently, some long COVID patients are reporting a disturbing new symptom: peeling hands. Read on for more on this strange complication, and for more...
    Coronavirus patients could be chosen for treatment based off of their potential value to society or by “lottery” if hospitals are overrun, an emergency protocol drafted by Britain’s socialised health care system has warned. The emergency triage document was first published in the Journal for Medical Ethics in November but is now being sent to National Health Service (NHS) hospitals across the country. The document said that when resources are sufficient, then health decisions should be based solely on what is best for every patient, according to The Telegraph. However, the document went on to say that “When resources are insufficient, decisions need to include a broader view on what is ethically fair for the wider community (society).” “Other ethical considerations are more complex and opinions differ considerably. Some judge that an individual’s potential to contribute to maintenance of the critical infrastructure throughout the epidemic may be considered in determining...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health secretary said Sunday that every adult in the country will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine by the autumn as the U.K. ramps up its mass vaccination program amid a huge surge of infections and hospital admissions. More than 600,000 people age 80 and over will begin receiving invitations this week to get the coronavirus shot at new large-scale vaccine centers around England. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that officials were “on track” to reach its target of inoculating about 15 million people in the most vulnerable groups by the middle of February. The vaccination drive comes as the U.K. sees a steep increase in infections and record numbers of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized, with many experts warning that the situation is more dire than it was when the country went into its first lockdown last spring. The Office of National Statistics estimated that 1...
    Doctors at overflowing London hospitals say they are having to choose who gets life-saving critical care as a new highly contagious strain of the coronavirus ravages the UK.  “Sadly, some hospitals are now forced to follow . . . emergency triage of all patients requiring critical care,” Dr. Katharina Hauck, of Imperial College of London, told the Daily Mail. “Applying this guidance effectively means that patients under the age of 65 who are not frail will be prioritized over elderly and frailer patients for critical care. Frail patients would be cared for in general wards with less intensive care.” More than 7,000 patients are currently hospitalized in London, according to The Sun. The number of people on ventilators has almost doubled since Christmas.  The surge is being fueled by a new variant of coronavirus which emerged in the UK in September, and is believed to be 70 percent more...
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    By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Health officials in Austin say they will open space in the Austin Convention Center for COVID-19 patients because they expect that the area’s health care system will soon be overwhelmed. The state health department reported a record number of hospitalizations for the 13th consecutive day. Nearly 14,000 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized statewide on Saturday. The Alternate Care Site in Austin was initially established during a summer surge of the coronavirus, but has not yet taken patients, according to a statement from the Austin-Travis County Health Authority. “Activating the Alternate Care Site means that we believe that it is inevitable that the healthcare system in Central Texas will exceed capacity and will soon be overwhelmed,” said Dr. Jason Pickett, deputy medical director of the health authority. The site is for patients who do not need high-level or intensive care, according to the statement. Patients...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported another 4,204 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the cumulative total number of cases to 185,481. Another 43 fatalities were also reported, raising the death toll to 2,041. As of Saturday, 2,221 patients are hospitalized for COVID-19 in Orange County, including 528 in ICUs — a record high for the county. The number of hospitalizations went down from Friday, where the county saw a record number of hospitalized patients with 2,259. Officials warn a surge is coming after expected new cases from Christmas and New Year’s gatherings, which were discouraged. “People were not behaving around the holidays, so I’m fearful the numbers will be worse,” Kim said. “Our case rates have not come down and the testing positivity rates are climbing.” The resources listed below can provide information about the pandemic and best practices for staying safe: Orange County residents with general...