WHO emergencies chief says novel coronavirus may be here to stay
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(Associated Press) — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said it’s possible the new coronavirus may be here to stay, warning it’s impossible to predict when the pandemic might be controlled.

“This virus may never go away,” Dr. Michael Ryan said in a news briefing on Wednesday. He said  …

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What does ‘recovered from coronavirus’ mean?
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(Tom Duszynski/ The Conversation) — The coronavirus is certainly scary, but despite the constant reporting on total cases and a climbing death toll, the reality is that the vast majority of people who come down with COVID-19 survive it. Just as the number of cases grows, so does another number: those who have recovered.

In mid-March,  …

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Archaic paper records submitted by fax hold up real-time COVID-19 data
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(Laura Ossman/ Canadian Press) — The old-fashioned way Canada records deaths means the country could be missing out on data important to addressing the COVID-19 crisis.

The confirmed number of COVID-19 deaths – about 4,900 across Canada as of Monday afternoon – represents people who have tested positive for the viral disease.

Experts  …

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‘Plandemic’ video peddles falsehoods about COVID-19
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(Claire Savage, Agence France-Presse) — Plandemic — a slickly-edited, 26-minute interview with a discredited researcher — has been widely shared on social media. But the video, which YouTube and Facebook are working to remove for violating content standards, contains multiple false or misleading claims, including  …

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Could blood thinners be crucial for patients with COVID-19 related clots?
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(Lipi Roy, MD, MPH/ Forbes) — I will never forget my first night on call in the Duke cardiac care unit (CCU). A 49-year-old woman was urgently transferred from the medicine ward with severe shortness of breath, hypotension and tachycardia. It was only my second month as an intern and I was pretty nervous. But I remembered enough to know that  …

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Pandemic shows power of doctor’s phone call to provide care
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(CBC News) — It was intended as an interim measure to protect people during the pandemic, but now that doctors across Canada have embraced virtual care, some clinicians and patients would like to see it continue.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than $240 million in funding to expand the capacity for virtual  …

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New coronavirus strain more contagious, scientists say
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(HealthDay News) — A new, mutated strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has become dominant and appears to be more contagious than the strain that spread during the early stages of the pandemic, scientists report.

They said the new strain appeared in February in Europe, spread to the East Coast of the United States and has been  …

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Coronavirus quickly spread around the world starting late last year
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(Maggie Fox/ CNN) — A new genetic analysis of the virus that causes Covid-19 taken from more than 7,600 patients around the world shows it has been circulating in people since late last year, and must have spread extremely quickly after the first infection.

Researchers in Britain looked at mutations in the virus and found evidence of quick  …

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Common blood pressure drugs don’t increase Covid-19 risk: studies
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(AFP RelaxNews) — Commonly used blood pressure medicines do not heighten susceptibility to Covid-19 infection, or increase the risk of becoming seriously ill with the disease, three major studies said Friday, positive news for the millions of people who take them.

The research primarily concerned angiotensin-converting-enzyme  …

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No cough, no fever: Symptoms of some COVID-19 patients don’t line up with conventional wisdom
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(Caroline Barghout/ CBC News) — If Al and Martha Bradbury hadn’t been on a cruise ship where there were confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Winnipeg couple say they would never have associated their symptoms with the virus.

“We didn’t get the traditional [symptoms],” said Al. “There was nothing with a   …

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