Health

Sex differences in COVID-19 case fatality rates

Male corona virus danger

Global data indicate higher COVID-19 case fatality rates among men than women. Most countries with available data indicate a male to female case fatality ratio higher than 1·0, ranging up to 3·5 in some cases (appendix). (1) However, the COVID-19 case fatality rate is higher in women than men in a few countries, such as India, which is one of …

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A fair allocation of a vaccine COVID-19 in South Africa

Covid test tube vaccine

What will a fair allocation of a COVID-19 vaccine look like in South Africa? An efficacious COVID-19 vaccine would undoubtedly be a global public good that, in the context of a pandemic, is urgently and synchronously required by the global community. These unique features make allocation of an approved COVID-19 vaccine challenging both globally and nationally. There is nothing new …

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Herd (Immunity) Today, Gone Tomorrow

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay By ALEX WELTE As of the time of writing (mid-October 2020), there is much talk in South Africa about a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19. In Europe, it is much more than talk, with COVID-19 diagnoses, hospital admissions, and deaths, not to mention ‘restrictions’, all on the rise. Studies looking for antibodies in community surveys …

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Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world

Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world

Almost 18 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally, and 685,000 have now died. Nearly 300,000 people were reported infected in the past 24 hours and 6400 dead. Here are the latest developments from around the world. Europe Ireland Ireland's chief medical officer on Saturday described a recent spike…

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COVID-19 linked to heart damage in healthy people, small study suggests

COVID-19 linked to heart damage in healthy people, small study suggests

Home News (Image: © Shutterstock) People who recover from COVID-19 may have lingering heart damage and inflammation months after their initial infection, even if they were not hospitalized, a small new study suggests.The study, published Monday (July 27) in the journal JAMA Cardiology, involved 100 adults ages 45 to 53 in Germany who had recently…

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Vaccinate or Terminate – Mandatory Vaccination As Workplace Policy

Vaccinate or Terminate – Mandatory Vaccination As Workplace Policy

The discovery, testing and mass deployment of a COVID-19 vaccine are welcome developments in potentially ending the Coronavirus pandemic. A safe and widely available vaccine will also allow employees to return to the physical workplace. The benefits of an inoculated (and presumably safe and healthy) workforce are obvious. Employees immune from COVID-19 will experience fewer…

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Ottawa parents pull children out of daycare after outbreaks

Ottawa parents pull children out of daycare after outbreaks

Some parents in Ottawa have decided not to send their children to daycare amid rising cases of COVID-19 cases and a rash of outbreaks at child-care facilities over the past week.Stella Yuen with her daughter Kayden, son Maxwell and husband Jeff. Yuen says she hopes to send her children to school and daycare in the fall.…

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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. This Thursday marks six months since WHO declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern. This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe. Almost 16 million cases have now been reported…

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