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Confirmed coronavirus cases reach one million worldwide

Confirmed coronavirus cases reach one million worldwideThe first reported cases came from China in December, eventually spreading to nearly every other country on earth over the ensuing three months.



A national lockdown to stop coronavirus? Trump is 'thinking about doing that'

A national lockdown to stop coronavirus? Trump is 'thinking about doing that'President Trump shied away Wednesday from issuing domestic travel restrictions or a national lockdown to try and beat back the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic that, in a best case scenario, is expected to kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans.



Flattening the curve on coronavirus: What California and Washington can teach the world

Flattening the curve on coronavirus: What California and Washington can teach the worldNew data suggests the two West Coast states may have slowed the spread of coronavirus. How they did it.



The US intelligence community has reportedly concluded that China intentionally misrepresented its coronavirus numbers

The US intelligence community has reportedly concluded that China intentionally misrepresented its coronavirus numbersUS officials have accused China of spreading disinformation, and even some Chinese residents have expressed skepticism about the numbers.



A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus

A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirusOn Saturday the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of two antimalarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine and a related medication, chloroquine, for emergency use to treat COVID-19. The drugs were touted by President Trump as a “game changer” for COVID-19. However, a study just published in a French medical journal provides new evidence that hydroxychloroquine does not appear to help the immune system clear the coronavirus from the body. The study comes on the heels of two others - one in France and one in China \- that reported some benefits in the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for COVID-19 patients who didn’t have severe symptoms of the virus.I am a medicinal chemist who has specialized in discovery and development of antiviral drugs for the past 30 years, and I have been actively working on coronaviruses for the past seven. I am among a number of researchers who are concerned that this drug has been given too much of a high priority before there is enough evidence to show it is indeed effective. There are already other clinical studies that showed it is not effective against COVID-19 as well as several other viruses. And, more importantly, it can have dangerous side effects, as well as giving people false hope. The latter has led to widespread shortages of hydroxychloroquine for patients who need it to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, the indications for which it was originally approved. The idea that the combination of hydroxychloroquine with an antibiotic drug, azithromycin, was effective against COVID-19 gained more attention after a study published on March 17. This study described a trial of 80 patients carried out by Philippe Gautret in Marseille, France. Although some of their results appeared to be encouraging, it should also be noted that most of their patients only had mild symptoms. Furthermore, 85% of the patients didn’t even have a fever – one of the major telltale symptoms of the virus, thus suggesting that these patients likely would have naturally cleared the virus without any intervention.In another study, posted on medRxiv, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, Chinese scientists from Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, in Wuhan, China, gave hydroxychloroquine to patients with only mild infections who were free of medical issues, similar to the Gautret study. The results showed that the 31 patients who received the drug showed a lessening of their symptoms 24 hours earlier than patients in the control group. In addition, pneumonia symptoms improved in 25 of the 31 patients versus 17 of 31 in the control group. As noted in several of the comments associated with the manuscript, there are issues related to the translation of the paper, thus clouding interpretations of some of the results. The paper also appears to focus more on pneumonia than COVID-19. However, these issues may cleared up or addressed once the paper finishes the peer-review process. But two other studies have conflicting results.A second French group, led by Jean-Michel Molina, has now tested the hydroxychloroquine-azithromycin combination treatment in 11 patients at the Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris, France, and their results were strikingly different. Like the Marseille study, the Molina trial was also a small pilot study. Molina and colleagues used the same dosing regimen as Gautret. In contrast, however, to the Gautret study, eight of the 11 patients had underlying health conditions, and 10 of 11 had fevers and were quite ill at the time the dosing began. These Paris researchers found that after five to six days of treatment with hydroxychloroquine (600 mg per day for 10 days) and azithromycin (500 mg on day 1 and 250 mg on days 2 to 5), eight of the 10 patients still tested positive for COVID-19. Of these 10 patients, one patient died, two were transferred to the ICU and another had to be removed from the treatment due to serious complications. In addition, a similar study in China also showed no difference in viral clearance after seven days either with or without the hydroxychloroquine with the patients in the trial. This supports Molina’s findings. Thus, despite the recent approval of this drug for use against COVID-19, questions remain as to the efficacy of this treatment. As Molina and colleagues note: “Ongoing randomized clinical trials with hydroxychloroquine should provide a definitive answer regarding the alleged efficacy of this combination and will assess its safety.”[You need to understand the coronavirus pandemic, and we can help. Read The Conversation’s newsletter.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Could chloroquine treat coronavirus? 5 questions answered about a promising, problematic and unproven use for an antimalarial drug * Medical supply chains are fragile in the best of times and COVID-19 will test their strengthKatherine Seley-Radtke receives funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.



Israel's Netanyahu gets all-clear after second coronavirus scare this week

Israel's Netanyahu gets all-clear after second coronavirus scare this weekIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested negative for coronavirus on Thursday after his health minister was diagnosed with it, officials said, the 70-year-old leader's second infection scare this week. As a precaution, Netanyahu returned to self-isolation for six more days, they said. In between the two periods, Netanyahu went on national TV to announce new measures to curb the epidemic.



Astronomers Finally Discover the Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

Astronomers Finally Discover the Elusive Mid-Sized Black HoleWe've been searching for this celestial missing link for years.



Cuban docs fighting coronavirus around world, defying US

Cuban docs fighting coronavirus around world, defying USFor two years the Trump administration has been trying to stamp out one of Cuba’s signature programs __ state-employed medical workers treating patients around the globe in a show of soft power that also earns billions in badly needed hard currency. Labeling the doctors and nurses as both exploited workers and agents of communist indoctrination, the U.S. has notched a series of victories as Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia sent home thousands after leftist governments allied with Havana were replaced with ones friendlier to Washington. The coronavirus pandemic has brought a reversal of fortune for Cuban medical diplomacy, as doctors have flown off on new missions to battle COVID-19 in at least 14 countries including Italy and the tiny principality of Andorra on the Spanish-French border, burnishing the island's international image in the middle of a global crisis.



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Grounded planes insured for more than $160 billion: report

Grounded planes insured for more than $160 billion: reportAeroplanes with a total insured value of more than $160 billion are grounded around the world, presenting risks for insurers, a report said on Friday. Singapore has the largest number of planes standing idle at airports, at 205, with Hong Kong second at 178, the report by insurance broker Gallagher said. There are 158 planes on the ground in Madrid though only 40 in New York, with planes at the world's 20 biggest airports having a total insured value of $164 billion.



Trump taps Kavanaugh ally for seat on influential appeals court

Trump taps Kavanaugh ally for seat on influential appeals courtU.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced plans to nominate a vocal ally of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to an influential federal appeals court in Washington. Justin Walker, 37, who has served as a federal district court judge in Kentucky since October, would replace Republican appointee Judge Thomas Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit if approved by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. Griffith, appointed by former President George W. Bush, had previously announced his plans to retire.



Lockheed Martin adds jobs, increases supplier payments to counter coronavirus impact

Lockheed Martin adds jobs, increases supplier payments to counter coronavirus impactReuters reported last month the Pentagon was increasing the amount of interim payments it makes to defense contractors in an effort to give them a financial boost. "As we all deal with the challenges of the health crisis, we will continue to perform and deliver critical products and capabilities for the United States and our allies, support job creation and help those in need wherever we operate," Lockheed said.



Here's how the U.S.'s Main Street bailout program is going so far

Here's how the U.S.'s Main Street bailout program is going so farTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted his congratulations to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury early Friday morning. Community banks have already processed over 700 loans processed for $2,500,000. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Bloomberg TV that banks are "ready to go" with the loan program.



Masks do reduce spread of flu and some coronaviruses, study finds

Masks do reduce spread of flu and some coronaviruses, study findsFace masks could help limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers who studied the effect of surgical masks on the transmission of other corona and flu viruses. In the study, the use of surgical masks by sufferers significantly reduced the number of flu viruses detectable in droplets released through breathing and coughing. "Further research is needed to determine whether masks can specifically prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2," the scientists said.



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Chris Cuomo: I've lost 13 pounds in 3 days from Covid-19
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta speak to Chris Cuomo about his coronavirus symptoms and how he's been coping at home with the illness.
Weak jobs report: It doesn't count worst coronavirus effects
The American economy lost more jobs than it gained for the first time in a decade.
Dr. Fauci: Why the peak is coming, despite social distancing
Dr. Anthony Fauci explains why even after weeks of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, the peak of coronavirus in the US is still yet to come.
Freeze: US not issuing passports unless 'life-or-death' family emergency
The US has stopped issuing passports, unless in a "life-or-death emergency,'' in an effort to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
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Slammed By Trump, 3M Says N95 Mask Exports From U.S. Should Continue
The president and others have criticized 3M, with some officials alleging profiteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the company says cutting exports would be a mistake.
Coronavirus Reset: How To Get Health Insurance Now
Many of the millions of Americans who lost their jobs in recent weeks also lost their health insurance. Others lacked a health plan even before COVID-19 hit. Here's a start to finding help.
N.J. State Police Authorized To Collect Masks, Ventilators From Private Firms
New Jersey has more than 22,000 cases of coronavirus, making it the second-hardest hit state after New York. NPR's Rachel Murphy talks to Gov. Phil Murphy about his state's response to the crisis.
Faster Coronavirus Testing May Help To Ease Results Backlog
One of the nation's biggest medical testing companies acknowledged a backlog of at least 115,000 coronavirus tests, illustrating how the nation is struggling to test effectively during the pandemic.
Guests To Michigan Wedding Looked Pretty Stiff
The well-wishers were cardboard cutouts. When the coronavirus stalled the couple's plans to invite friends and family members, a local packaging company donated more than a 100 cardboard stand-ins.
Encore: Remembering Her Grandmother, A Best Friend And Mentor
In a StoryCorps conversation recorded in 2015, Chloe Longfellow, 32, remembers the grandmother who raised her and taught her to cook.
States Without Coronavirus Lockdown Orders Are Under Scrutiny
While most states have blanket lockdowns, some are a patchwork, with cities and counties mandating their own rules.
News Brief: COVID-19 Curve, Abortion Battle, Bloomberg Campaign Workers
The U.S. coronavirus curve rises while China's flattens. The pandemic opens a new front in the abortion battle. And, Bloomberg staffers say they were promised jobs through November, some are suing.
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Trump taps Kavanaugh ally for seat on influential appeals court
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced plans to nominate a vocal ally of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to an influential federal appeals court in Washington.
Dismissed U.S. carrier captain gets hero's ovation from crew
The captain of a U.S. aircraft carrier relieved of his command after seeking stronger measures in response to a coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship was given a hero's ovation by his crew when he left the vessel, video posted on T
Exclusive: Dismissed U.S. carrier captain to be reassigned during probe - acting Navy secretary
The fired commander of a U.S. aircraft carrier that suffered a coronavirus outbreak will not be thrown out of the Navy but rather reassigned, acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told Reuters on Friday, adding that an investiga
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Coronavirus: US set to recommend wearing of masks
The White House is expected to advise Americans to wear cloth masks, to help anti-virus efforts.
Coronavirus halts a decade of US jobs growth
American employers shed 701,000 jobs in March amid expectations there is worse to come.
Lean On Me singer Bill Withers dies at 81
The 1970s soul singer died of heart complications, his family said.
Coronavirus: US Navy removes Captain Brett Crozier who raised alarm
Capt Brett Crozier had pleaded for quarantine to prevent deaths aboard a US aircraft carrier.
How Trump's attitude toward coronavirus has shifted
Since the start of the year, how has President Trump's attitude towards coronavirus changed?
‘I just had a baby - now I’m going to the frontline’
A nurse in NYC ended her maternity leave early to help her colleagues on the frontline.
Coronavirus: 'Tiger King' star now in virus isolation, says husband
Joe 'Exotic' is among the 146,000 federal inmates the US prisons bureau is placing in quarantine.
Coronavirus: Tekashi 6ix9ine leaves prison early because of asthma fears
The rapper will serve the remaining four months of his sentence under home arrest.
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U.S. Stops Issuing Passports Except For ‘Life-Or-Death’ Emergencies
The U.S. State Department has stopped issuing passports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with exceptions for people who have a “qualified life-or-death emergency.” In a statement published March 27, the State Department a
Bill Withers, Writer and Singer of ‘Lean On Me,’ Dies at 81
Withers died from heart complications, his family said in a statement
Queen Elizabeth to Address the U.K. About Coronavirus Pandemic in Rare Public Video
(LONDON) — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II has recorded an address to the nation and the Commonwealth about the coronavirus pandemic. The palace says the message was recorded at Windsor Castle and will be broadcast
Can You Be Re-Infected After Recovering From Coronavirus? Here’s What We Know About COVID-19 Immunity
Some COVID-19 patients have tested positive after they were thought to have recovered, but experts say this likely is not reinfection.
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