Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak - News and Discussion

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Sniffer Dogs can detect in seconds with almost 100% accuracy

This, along with more scientific under 1 hour tests are the key to opening up travel and the general economy and are a more likely fix than any of these vaccines in the short term.

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More than 100 million rapid Covid tests to go to poorest countries


More about rapid testing being rolled out. The 24-48 hour wait for results should soon be a thing of the past.
(Chinese hotel owners in Phnom Penh, take note.)

Tests for Covid-19 that can give results in less than an hour are to be rolled out around the world, with more than 100 million units being reserved for low and middle income countries where there is limited access to sophisticated diagnostics.


It came as Donald Trump announced 6.5 million rapid 15-minute tests would be shipped out to US state governors this week, rising to 100 million in the coming weeks.

The White House called it a "game changer" that could lead to the reopening of schools and colleges.


Dr Tedros said: "These tests provide reliable results in approximately 15 to 30 minutes, rather than hours or days, at a lower price with less sophisticated equipment.


That is pretty good news for the travel industry.

More on the story here:
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/coronavi ... d=msedgntp

And more Information about the company, Abbot Laboratories here:
https://www.abbott.com/coronavirus.html
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Europe struggles to contain surge of coronavirus cases
Rise in infection rate in Paris as Spanish authorities clash over Madrid lockdown
Jon Henley, Europe correspondent, Kim Willsher in Paris and Sam Jones in Madrid
Last modified on Mon 5 Oct 2020 20.20 BST

Bars in Paris have been ordered to close for two weeks, Madrid residents may no longer leave their city and Ireland is set to introduce tighter national restrictions as governments struggle to contain a Europe-wide surge in Covid-19 cases.

As infections in the Paris area rose to 270 for every 100,000 people – and as high as 500 for every 100,000 among 20- to 30-year-olds – with 36% of intensive care beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, the city’s police chief said bars must close from Tuesday.

Outlining measures he described as a “balance between assuring the health of our fellow citizens and the reality and necessity of economic and social life”, Didier Lallement said the French capital and its surrounding Île-de-France region were necessary because “the epidemic is moving too fast”.

Restaurants, defined as establishments “whose main activity is serving food”, can continue to open as long as they observe new rules, he said. These include gel sanitiser on all tables, limiting customers to six to a table with a metre between seats, allowing them to remove masks only to eat, and recording their names and contact details.

France reported nearly 17,000 new cases on Saturday, the highest daily number since widespread testing began. Aurélien Rousseau, director of the regional health agency, said that figure included an average 3,500 new cases every day in and around Paris.
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A roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus from Reuters:

October 5, 20209:07 PM Updated 8 minutes ago
Breathing with face mask does not alter oxygen level; virus can last nine hours on skin
By Nancy Lapid
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(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Breathing with face masks does not affect the lungs

The average face mask may be uncomfortable but does not limit the flow of oxygen to the lungs, even in people with severe lung diseases, researchers say. They tested the effect of wearing surgical masks on gas exchange - the process by which the body adds oxygen to the blood while removing carbon dioxide - in 15 healthy physicians and 15 military veterans with severely impaired lungs via a quick paced six-minute walk on a flat, hard surface. Oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood were measured before and after the walking test. Neither the healthy doctors nor the patients with diseased lungs showed any major changes in gas exchange measurements after the walking test or up to 30 minutes later. Mask discomfort is likely not due to rebreathing of carbon dioxide and decreases in oxygen levels, the researchers reported on Friday in the journal Thorax. Instead, masks may be causing discomfort by irritating sensitive facial nerves, warming inhaled air, or inducing feelings of claustrophobia. Any such discomfort should not cause safety concerns, researchers said, as that could contribute to reduction of "a practice proven to improve public health." (bit.ly/34qdsEG)

New coronavirus survives nine hours on human skin

Left undisturbed, the new coronavirus can survive many hours on human skin, a new study has found. To avoid possibly infecting healthy volunteers, researchers conducted lab experiments using cadaver skin that would otherwise have been used for skin grafts. While influenza A virus survived less than two hours on human skin, the novel coronavirus survived for more than nine hours. Both were completely inactivated within 15 seconds by hand sanitizer containing 80% alcohol. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends using alcohol-based hand rubs with 60% to 95% alcohol or thoroughly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Studies have shown that COVID-19 transmission largely occurs via aerosols and droplets. Still, the authors of the new study conclude in a report published on Saturday in Clinical Infectious Diseases, "Proper hand hygiene is important to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections." (bit.ly/34vrdlm)

Obstructive sleep apnea linked with worse COVID-19

A common sleep disorder appears to put COVID-19 patients at higher risk for critical illness, a new study finds. Using Finnish national databases, researchers found that while the rates of infection with the new coronavirus were the same for people with and without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), among people who did become infected, those with OSA had a five-fold higher risk of hospitalization. When people with OSA are asleep, their breathing stops briefly and then restarts, often multiple times during the night. OSA is associated with health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, but was linked with a higher risk for severe COVID-19 even after researchers took all these other factors into account. The study cannot prove that OSA caused the more severe outcomes. But in a paper posted on medRxiv ahead of peer review, researchers advise doctors evaluating patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection to recognize that the sleep disorder is a risk factor for severe COVID-19. (bit.ly/3nmUDuz)

Infrared thermometers may be inaccurate in adults

Non-contact infrared thermometers, long used in children and now being used to screen for fever in public places, may not accurately measure body temperature in adults, a small study suggests. The devices are held a short distance from the forehead. Because they never touch the skin, they help prevent transmission of germs and do not need to be sterilized after each use. In a study of 265 adults at two hospitals, Australian researchers compared infrared thermometers with "temporal artery" thermometers, which are rubbed across the forehead. When body temperatures were below 99.5 degrees F (37.5 C), the devices yielded similar results. But for higher body temperatures, the non-contact thermometers "demonstrated poor accuracy," with greater discrepancies as temperatures rose, according to a report published on Friday in the American Journal of Infection Control. As only 37 study participants had fever, larger studies are needed to confirm these findings, researchers said. Meanwhile, they added, when an infrared thermometer shows a temperature above 99.5 F in an adult, it might be wise to get a direct measurement with a thermometer than makes contact with the body. (bit.ly/34qHLuL)

Open tmsnrt.rs/3a5EyDh in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines and treatments in development.

Reporting by Nancy Lapid; Editing by Bill Berkrot
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.....The average face mask may be uncomfortable but does not limit the flow of oxygen to the lungs, even in people with severe lung diseases.....
BS:
i had Pneumonia a ways back and lost 20% capacity for my lungs
using a mask, i find it very hard when cycling, to get enough oxygen.
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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Of course it is BS, it's just meal ticket science, the conclusions are predetermined.
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That's it then, I'm getting one of these to go shopping in Asda, although I know it won't protect me from everything

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mehfisto wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:30 pm " Simultaneously, the occasional case also is of no concern to my family or myself as it is quite evident that it is nowhere near as serious as English language media would have us believe."

Over a million dead people say you're wrong.

And the many others who survived with nasty long-term effects.
There are over 7800000000 people on the planet.

1.05m have died with covid and other comorbidity factors.

Statistically insignificant.

Here in Cambodia, as any other year, I'm far more concerned about dengue, malaria and chikungunya, with the latter responsible for 7000 plus reported infections in Cambodia this year so far.
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'There are over 7800000000 people on the planet.

1.05m have died with covid and other comorbidity factors.

Statistically insignificant.'

Your statement implies it is over and the 1 million plus total is the final figure.

Question: is it over?

You know the answer.

My point: we can only use statistics to determine significance when we know the final total.

And death is not the only nasty result, millions may suffer known and unknown long-term effects. Would you like yourself or your family members to live with respiratory problems or brain damage for the rest of your life?

As a responsible parent, one should do whatever one can to ensure the family's safety. Just my opinion.

btw, I think we should be more concerned about the traffic than we are, I heard up to 25 die in Cambodia every day.
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mehfisto wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:13 pm 'There are over 7800000000 people on the planet.

1.05m have died with covid and other comorbidity factors.

Statistically insignificant.'

Your statement implies it is over and the 1 million plus total is the final figure.

Question: is it over?

You know the answer.

My point: we can only use statistics to determine significance when we know the final total.

Any implication you take from my prior post is your own. I implied nothing.

I disagree with your absolute dismissal of statistical analysis as an illness like covid is never, ever "over". It's here to stay along with all the other Corona virus mutations.

I consider it perfectly okay to use statistical analysis at benchmarks in time. Here we are 10/12 months since corona burst on the world stage. There is no reason we can't have a non emotional look at pure numbers.
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