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How Long Does SARS-CoV-2 Last on Surfaces? What We Know COVID-19

 It’s on everybody’s mind, to some extent, right now. If a surface is contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2virus, how long does it pose a risk of infection? The virus is thought to mainly spread through respiratory droplets. These are produced in a cloud when a person coughs or sneezes, or even talks. Some potentially-virus-laden droplets might end up getting breathed in by other people in the vicinity. But many of them end up landing on objects like door handles or water faucets.  When that happens, infectious disease experts refer to that door handle as a fomite. And if a person then touches the fomite while the virus is still infectious, they can then spread it to new surfaces, or actually infect themselves. Fomites aren’t just for viruses -- any type of pathogen can create fomites -- but we’re talking about viruses… obvious reasons. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus particles don't last forever -- or even all that long. Eventually, the protein coat that allows the virus to actu

Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Early Results

The first coronavirus vaccine to be tested in people appears to be safe and able to stimulate an immune response against the infection, the manufacturer, Moderna, announced on Monday, offering a glint of hope to a world desperate for ways to stop the pandemic. The preliminary findings, in the first eight people who each received two doses of the experimental vaccine, must now be repeated in far larger tests in hundreds and then thousands of people, to find out if the vaccine can work in the real world. Moderna’s technology, involving genetic material from the virus called mRNA, is relatively new and has yet to produce any approved vaccine. The promising early news sent Moderna’s stock soaring by more than 25 percent on Monday afternoon and helped drive Wall Street to its best day in six weeks. Stocks were also lifted by statements from the Federal Reserve chair, Jerome H. Powell, that the central bank would continue to support the economy and markets. Trading on Monday had all of the c

What Can Antibody Testing Really Tell Us About COVID?

April 16, 2020 -- If testing could show who’s had COVID-19, albeit they didn’t have symptoms, we'd not need to worry such a lot about getting it. Companies could bring back recovered workers, and lots of health care workers could breathe a sigh of relief. Such a test would reveal insights into an epidemic that has crisscrossed the planet so fast that basic questions on it remain unanswered. And it might cause better vaccines. This week, several experts and officialdom , including CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said that tests trying to find immune responses to the virus are going to be essential because the country moves forward. Such antibody testing has already started, but it can’t build up overnight. And first, scientists got to find out exactly what to check for, and whether having these antibodies actually makes someone immune and for a way long, says Yvonne Maldonado, MD, a professor at the Stanford University School of drugs . “Right now, we’re trying to try

Is a sore throat a symptom of the coronavirus?

Is a pharyngitis a symbol of coronavirus? A pharyngitis are often a symbol of a coronavirus infection, consistent with the planet Health Organisation (WHO). It is not considered one among the foremost common symptoms, although some people with coronavirus may suffer from it. Sore throats are usually caused by viruses, like cold or flu, and may cause pain when swallowing, redness within the back of the mouth, a light cough, and make the throat dry and scratchy. What are the opposite symptoms of coronavirus? The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a fever, tiredness and a dry cough, consistent with the (WHO). However, some people can also suffer with the following: aches and pains nasal congestion runny nose sore throat diarrhoea These symptoms are usually mild and start gradually. Around one in six people that contract the virus become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing, and about 80 per cent recover without having any special treatment. Older p

How To Stay Healthy When Your Child, Spouse Or Roommate Has COVID-19

By now, you've likely heard the advice: If you suspect that you're sick with COVID-19, or live with someone who is showing symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus, be prepared to ride it out at home. That's because the vast majority of cases are mild or moderate, and while these cases can feel as rough as a very bad flu and even include some cases of pneumonia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says  most of these patients  will be able to recover without medical assistance. (If you're having trouble breathing or other emergency  warning signs , seek medical help immediately.) But this general advice means anyone living in the same household with the sick person could get infected — a real concern, since research so far suggests household transmission is one of the main ways the coronavirus spreads. So how do you minimize your risk when moving out isn't an option? Here's what infectious disease and public health experts have to sa

This Photo of a Husband and Wife Working on a COVID-19 Team Shows the Reality of Working in Hospitals Now

The couple's sweet moment together reflects their devotion to each other and their jobs saving lives. Nurses are on the battlefront of the coronavirus pandemic, working grueling shifts in overcrowded hospitals to assist save lives while sacrificing their own safety and time with loved ones. Nothing illustrates this devotion and sacrifice quite this emotional photo of two nurse anesthetists who are married to every other and work on an equivalent Anesthesia COVID-19 Airway team—savoring their limited time together without knowing what is going to come next, and if their own lives are at stake. Nicole Hubbard, a chief nurse anesthetist at a hospital in Tampa, Florida, took the photo of her two married colleagues, Ben Cayer and Mindy Brock, and posted it to Facebook on March 31. Cayer and Brock also are both nurse anesthetists. The photo shows them moments before they started their shift on their hospital's Anesthesia COVID-19 Airway team.

Some People Are Reporting Fever Dreams With COVID-19—Here's What That Means

A fever—a temperature of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. When the body is fighting a virus like the new coronavirus (or any other type of infection, really), its core temperature shoots up from its normal range (usually between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit) to defend itself against temperature-sensitive pathogens like bacteria and viruses. The higher the temperature, the harder it is for pathogens to multiply in our bodies. The telltale symptoms of a fever are pretty recognizable: aches, chills, sweating—but in some cases, those dealing with a higher-than-normal body temperature may also experience vivid, sometimes disturbing, negatively-toned dreams known as "fever dreams." That's what reportedly what happened to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. Days later, on April 2, Chris shared his coronavirus symptoms with his brothe

If Coronavirus Patients Outnumber Ventilators, Who Gets One? Here's How Doctors Decide

What do existing guidelines tell us about how doctors and nurses are likely to allocate scarce resources in the face of a pandemic? For weeks, ny Governor Andrew Cuomo has pleaded with the federal for more ventilators—most urgently on behalf of latest York City, the present epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak within the us . and every week that has passed has brought the region closer to a nightmare scenario: having more patients who need ventilators than there are machines for them to use. It’s like watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square , only with none of the thrill , joy, hope—or, God forbid, crowds. It’s the grimmest of countdowns. The governor hasn’t publicly elaborated on how hospitals will decide who gets the doubtless life-saving equipment within the event of a shortage. When asked at a news conference on March 31, he said, "I don't even want to believe that consequence. i would like to try to to everything I can to possess as many ventilator