* Turkey built a hospital in a record 45 days specifically for pandemic patients.
— “The hospital, known as the Professor Fariha Oz Emergency Hospital, covers a huge 75,000 square metre area on the Asian side of the city, with 1,008 beds – of which 432 are intensive care (ICU) beds. All of them can be turned into ICU beds if necessary.”
* News stories saying you will lose antibodies to Covid-19 after three months are not true, per Dr. Jacob Glanville, Ph.D. in this video, near the end (the Q&A section of the video). He says you are probably protected for one to two years.
22 July 2020
* Doctor reinfected with COVID-19 — three months after recovering – F#$%^()!! This report means that some persons who recover from Covid might be reinfected. But we don’t know what percentage, whether this is rare or common or in-between.
* And some minor good news: SARS-CoV-2 unable to infect or replicate in mosquitoes
18 July 2020
* Older news: African-Americans and Latinos more likely to be infected with, be hospitalized due to, and die from Covid-19 than Whites and Asians.
15 July 2020
10 July 2020
* Govt ‘reviewing’ remdesivir use for Covid after hospitals report liver damage in patients – “We have received multiple reports both from government hospitals and private hospitals that patients who have been given this drug are showing a sudden rise in levels of alkaline phosphatase, SGOT and SGPT that can lead to liver injury,” said a senior official in the health ministry in India.
9 July 2020 — Topic: Long Haulers
* Stat News: My Covid-19 symptoms have lasted more than 100 days, and I’m not alone. Will they ever end? – Opinion
* Dr. Mobeen Syed on Long Haulers – Video
* the guardian: The coronavirus ‘long-haulers’ show how little we still know – Article
* the Atlantic: COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months – Article
* An Analysis of the Prolonged COVID-19 Symptoms Survey by Patient-Led Research Team – Google Doc
* JAMA: Persistent Symptoms in Patients After Acute COVID-19 – July 9th Study. An average of 60 days after Covid-19 onset, only 12.6% of patients were symptom-free. Maybe long haulers are not the exception, but the rule?
7 July 2020
* Least useful scientific conclusion ever: The major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neandertals (How does this help me?)
2 July 2020
1 July 2020
* President of Dominican Republic’s Largest Private Health Group Discusses the Success of Ivermectin as a Treatment for Early Stage COVID-19 – Ivermectin is not for pregnant or lactating women, nor for anyone with meningitis (or other persons with impaired or inadequate blood-brain barrier).
30 June 2020
29 June 2020
* Voices in Bioethics: The United States Should Consider Compulsory SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination (opinion piece by Margaret Bove) — this topic needs extensive discussion in the public forum.
25 June 2020
24 June 2020
22 June 2020
* Drug recently shown to reduce coronavirus death risk could run out, experts warn – “This week’s report that dexamethasone, a commonly used corticosteroid, reduces death rates of COVID-19 by up to one-third was greeted with enthusiasm around the globe.”
~ Dr. Roger Seheult discusses the surprisingly negative reactions to the results of the Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) that showed dexamethasone reduced deaths [starts 30 seconds into the video]; and here’s a print discussion of the same topic.
~ The Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Working Group states that while “Dexamethasone improves survival in COVID-19. Our experts recommend methylprednisolone as superior. Read why here.” covid19criticalcare.com (I don’t know who is right. I’m just pointing out the difference of opinion.)
* New images available of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana. “These images are available to the public for free … please credit NIAID-RML unless otherwise noted in the Flickr image description.”
21 June 2020
20 June 2020
* Coronavirus plasma study shows ‘robust evidence’ of transfusion treatment improving survivability, authors say – convalescent plasma treatment seems to be working.
17 June 2020
* Dexamethasone reduced deaths by one third in patients who required ventilation, by one fifth in patients who needed oxygen only, and no significant effect in other patients.
16 June 2020
13 June 2020
* JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Spike in Poison Control Calls Related to Disinfectant Exposures
11 June 2020
* A preliminary observation: Male pattern hair loss among hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Spain – A potential clue to the role of androgens in COVID-19 severity (PDF file). In a group of men hospitalized for Covid-19, a higher percentage had androgenetic alopecia (hair loss related to the androgen hormone) than in the general population.
* Smokers ‘four times less likely’ to contract Covid-19, prompting nicotine patch trials on patients – Researchers in France will test nicotine patches on health workers and patients but reiterated smoking could also cause more severe illness
~ Note: molecular docking of nicotine (using SwissDock) shows that nicotine binds well to the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (6LU7) and to the Spike protein (6LXT).
9 June 2020
* 23andMe finds evidence that blood type plays a role in COVID-19 — persons with type O blood were less likely to contract Covid-19 and less likely to be hospitalized for Covid-19. Study is ongoing, but due to the large number of participants, the results are already statistically significant.
8 June 2020
* Open Science Data Portal – The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has developed an online open science data portal for its COVID-19 drug repurposing campaign – named OpenData – with the goal of making data across a range of SARS-CoV-2 related assays available in real-time. Now available.
6 June 2020
* IMPORTANT Use of NSAIDS in Covid-19 patients increased risk of the primary composite outcome: “death, intensive care unit admission, mechanical ventilation use, and/or sepsis” by 56% (OR 1.56) and more than doubled the risk of “cardiovascular or renal complications” (OR 2.64). Tylenol (paracetamol) did not have the same risk. Study details here.
4 June 2020
* News Report: Use of high-flow oxygen in Western Cape “game changing Covid-19 alternative to ventilator” Six of six patient on ventilators died. Six of seven patients given high-flow oxygen recovered without use of ventilator.
* Retraction: Cardiovascular Disease, Drug Therapy, and Mortality in Covid-19 — and the original article is here.
3 June 2020
* BBC News: Coronavirus: Ibuprofen tested as a treatment
2 June 2020
* Russians claim to have an effective treatment for the coronavirus, which hospitals will start using this month – The data from molecular docking studies shows favipiravir to be a moderate to mild inhibitors of a few viral targets in SARS-CoV-2. I don’t know of any studies that would justify using this drug nationwide anywhere.
1 June 2020
* COVID-19 no longer infectious after 11 days, new study claims – shedding virus does not necessarily mean you are infectious. This was too small a study, though, to draw conclusions for millions of cases.
27 May 2020
* MedMastery Group Subscription “is now available to every institution that is, or will be, taking care of patients with COVID-19. Every department can apply for a group subscription, free-of-charge, which will give you and up to 20 of your colleagues access to all of our courses.” Good stuff.
* The CDC reports that for “the 62,344 cases of COVID-19 among healthcare personnel, death status was only available for 35,460 (56.9%).” A total 291 healthcare personnel are known to have died from Covid-19, which is 0.8% of the 35,460 cases of Covid in healthcare workers where death status is known.
25 May 2020
* The Lancet: CanSino’s Phase I Vaccine is reported to be successful in this published study.
* CNN: Easing of the Lockdown continues in many places around the nation and the world
21 May 2020
20 May 2020
* High COVID-19 Attack Rate Among Attendees at Events at a Church — Arkansas, March 2020
19 May 2020
18 May 2020
* CNN: Early results from Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial show participants developed antibodies against the virus
* CNN: CDC will alert doctors to look out for syndrome in children that could be related to coronavirus
* CNN: Why a positive Covid-19 antibody test doesn’t mean much of anything yet
* Globe News Wire: Identification and Characterization of a Potential Therapeutic COVID-19 Antibody by Vir Biotechnology Published in Nature
* Jerusalem Post: Israeli institute completes coronavirus vaccine tests on rodents
* Jerusalem Post: BCG vaccine doesn’t protect against COVID-19, Tel Aviv U researchers find
* Reuters: Special Report: ‘Death Sentence’ – the hidden coronavirus toll in U.S. jails and prisons