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10:29 a.m. Nov. 11, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. sets record for hospitalizations with 17 states at peak levels; ‘Wisconsin,’ pleads Gov. Tony Evers, ‘this is serious!’ North Dakota’s hospital system is at 100% capacity, and state is allowing health-care workers who have tested positive to stay on the job and treat COVID patientsThe U.S. case tally for the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 10.3 million on Wednesday, as hospitalizations set a record with Midwest hospitals now fuller than the South was during its summer peak.
2:13 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. headed for ‘most deadly phase’ of pandemic, says Dr. Birx, contradicting Trump’s insistence it has rounded a corner ‘We are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic … leading to increasing mortality,’ Dr. Birx warnsThe U.S. death toll from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed toward 232,000 on Tuesday as American voters headed to the poll to elect a president, and the head of the White House Task Force created to manage the pandemic issued a dire warning.
2:17 a.m. Oct. 28, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. case tally tops 8.7 million and marks seven-day record, with more than 20 states seeing most new cases since start of the outbreak Dr. Birx says North Dakotans’ failure to wear face masks is ‘deeply unfortunate’ as the Dakotas suffer worst case numbers measured per capitaThe U.S. case tally for the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 8.7 million on Tuesday, with more than 20 states counting record numbers of new infections, as more business curfews were announced to combat the spread.
2:08 a.m. Oct. 22, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: CDC says nearly 300,000 excess American deaths have occurred during pandemic CDC study finds biggest percentage rise in excess deaths were in those aged 25 to 44, Blacks and Hispanics hit disproportionatelyThe U.S. death toll from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 rose above 221,000 on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, and the nation’s leading public health agency estimated that the pandemic has contributed to the deaths of almost 300,000 Americans, including fatalities that would not have happened without the virus.
12:34 p.m. Oct. 1, 2020 - Associated Press
Flu vaccine expected to be in high demand as U.S. and Europe aim to ward off ‘twindemic’ A record number of doses are on the way — between 194 million and 198 million for the U.S. aloneA record number of doses are on the way — between 194 million and 198 million for the U.S. alone.
12:52 p.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - Associated Press
Emergency tents, restrictions back as virus spikes in Madrid The Spanish capital’s rate of transmission is more than double the national average, which already leads European contagion chartsMany residents in Madrid will need a reason to leave their neighborhoods and will face limitations on group gatherings even stricter than the ones in place as authorities moved Friday to try to rein in Europe’s fastest-spreading second coronavirus wave.
11:05 a.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global cases near 30 million; Trump contradicts CDC head on vaccine timetable and again derides face masks WHO official says it’s important to have ‘consistent messaging’ on pandemic from all public officials The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 worldwide continued to head toward 30 million on Thursday, and the U.S. case tally climbed above 6.6 million, as President Donald Trump contradicted the head of the main U.S. public health agency to insist a vaccine would be ready in weeks.
10:36 p.m. Sept. 7, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Spain virologists say the country’s second virus wave holds a valuable lesson for the rest of the world Failure to get testing up and running earlier have led to outbreaks in parts of the country How Spain pulls itself out of the coronavirus second wave may be a blueprint for other nations and cities to follow.
5:57 a.m. Aug. 30, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
An analysis of data from 28,000 patients sheds more light on blood-pressure issues and COVID-19 ‘At the start of the pandemic, there was concern that specific medications for high blood pressure could be linked with worse outcomes for COVID-19 patients’‘At the start of the pandemic, there was concern that specific medications for high blood pressure could be linked with worse outcomes for COVID-19 patients.’
7:25 a.m. June 23, 2020 - By Jaimy Lee
Researchers publish dexamethasone findingsResearchers on Monday published that led to the U.K.'s decision to approve the steroid dexamethasone as a treatment for some severely ill COVID-19 patients. The U.K. preliminary findings from the trial last week. The study is in preprint form and has not been peer-reviewed, which is considered the gold standard in clinical research. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, preprints have become a popular way to more quickly release scientific data about the virus and potential treatments. The U.K.'s randomized study assessed the use of dexamethasone in 2,104 patients. An additional 4,321 patients received the standard of care. About 21.6% of the patients who received the steroid died, compared with 24.6% of the patients who had the standard of care. Of the patients who received the steroid who were on mechanical ventilators, 29.0% died, compared with 40.7% of patients on ventilators receiving the standard of care. And among patients receiving oxygen and dexamethasone, 21.5% died, as compared to 25.0% of patients who received oxygen and the standard of care. The drug did not benefit COVID-19 patients who were not receiving oxygen or ventilation in the study. The mean age of the clinical study's participants was about 66 years old; about two-thirds of patients in the trial were men; and about half of the patients who received dexamethasone had a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. "Dexamethasone provides an effective treatment for the sickest patients with [COVID-19] and, given its low cost, well-understood safety profile, and widespread availability, is one that can be used worldwide," the University of Oxford researchers concluded.
10:51 a.m. May 21, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally passes 5 million; U.S. scientist says don’t rely on a vaccine, job losses continue Macy’s issues a sales warning for the first quarter, but Best Buy profit and sale fall less than expected and BJ’s beats estimatesThe global case tally for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 passed 5 million on Thursday after the biggest one-day increase since the start of the outbreak, as a top U.S. scientist cautioned that people should not rely on a vaccine and the labor market continued to show massive job losses.
3:23 a.m. May 21, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally at 4.9 million as Trump considers travel ban on Brazil after big jump in death toll Target’s quarterly earnings blow past estimates and United Airlines unveils partnership with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to make planes safe for passengers The number of global cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose to 4.9 million on Wednesday and Brazil suffered its worst fatalities since the start of the outbreak, prompting President Donald Trump to say he may bar entry to flights from Brazil.
7:40 a.m. May 11, 2020 - By George Soros
George Soros: ‘I do not think anybody knows how capitalism will evolve’ amid the coronavirus pandemic The investor talks about COVID-19, the possible breakup of the European Union and the weakened power of Chinese President Xi JinpingThe investor talks about COVID-19, the possible breakup of the European Union and the weakened power of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
11:23 a.m. April 24, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Maker of Lysol warns against injecting it and Russia sees major spike in virus cases overnight Google is halving its marketing budget and Boeing’s 737 Max fleet is expected to see further delay in resuming flightsThe manufacturer of Lysol and Dettol, health experts, and even the Environmental Protection Agency rushed to warn consumers Friday that President Donald Trump’s suggestion to inject disinfectant or use ultraviolet light to treat COVID-19 could prove lethal.
11:58 a.m. April 23, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Hong Kong study says China’s true case tally is likely four times as high as officially reported numbers Gap has stopped paying rent totaling about $115 million in North America, and Domino’s Pizza beats sales and profit views in latest quarterChina’s constantly shifting methodology for counting the number of cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has led it to greatly understate the numbers and the true tally may be four times the official figures, according to a new study by researchers in Hong Kong.
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