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FDA changes course and allows China’s KN95 mask to be used in US

The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday changed its position on a sought-after type of respirator from China, the KN95, announcing that the agency will authorize the mask for use in healthcare settings if it meets certain criteria.In response to continued respirator shortages, the FDA issued new guidance, authorizing KN95 respirators if certain criteria areContinue reading “FDA changes course and allows China’s KN95 mask to be used in US”

COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 25 2020

Two new countries/territories/areas from the Western Pacific Region [1], andEastern Mediterranean Region [1] have reported cases of COVID-19. OpenWHO released its introductory video on COVID-19 in Indian signlanguage yesterday, which is the first sign language resource on the platform.The video already has nearly 900 enrolments. Courses in additional languagescan be found here. As the worldContinue reading “COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 25 2020”

US may become next centre of coronavirus pandemic, says WHO

Figures go against Trump talk of restarting economy, as other countries tighten controls The US could become the new centre of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Health Organization, which said case numbers were rising quickly there even asDonald Trump talked of reopening the country for business. “We are now seeing a veryContinue reading “US may become next centre of coronavirus pandemic, says WHO”

Older people would rather die than let Covid-19 harm US economy – Texas official

Lieutenant governor Dan Patrick tells Fox News: ‘Do we have to shut down the entire country for this? I think we can get back to work’ As Donald Trump pushed to re-open the US economy in weeks, rather than months, the lieutenant governor of Texas went on Fox News to argue that he would rather dieContinue reading “Older people would rather die than let Covid-19 harm US economy – Texas official”

WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments

A drug combo already used against HIV. A malaria treatment first tested during World War II. A new antiviral whose promise against Ebola fizzled last year. Could any of these drugs hold the key to saving COVID-19 patients from serious harm or death? On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large global trial,Continue reading “WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments”

COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 23 2020

Three new countries/territories/areas from the African Region [1], Region ofthe Americas [1], and Eastern Mediterranean Region [1], have reported casesof COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally. Data reported are based on information received from national authorities by10:00 AM CET, 23 March 2020. Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is critical to tracking the virus,Continue reading “COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 23 2020”

UK could face Italy-style lockdown, warns Boris Johnson

PM says government may consider move as No 10 criticised over mixed messages The public must stop congregating in public or face new coronavirus enforcement measures within 24 hours, Boris Johnson has said, amid growing concern that his previous attempts to encourage social distancing were being ignored. After a weekend of public alarm at pictures of groupsContinue reading “UK could face Italy-style lockdown, warns Boris Johnson”

COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 22 2020

Four new countries/territories/areas from the African Region have reportedcases of COVID-19. As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, many countries are requestingindividuals to stay at home in self-quarantine. WHO EURO has released a guideon how to stay physically active during self-quarantine. Information can befound here. There has been a rise in criminals disguising themselves as WHOContinue reading “COVID-19 Daily Updates – March 22 2020”

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