Study: The best and worst face masks for preventing COVID-19 spread

(Adam Uren/BringMeTheNews) — A study at Duke University has determined which face masks are the most of effective at preventing the spread of droplets emitted by people when talking, a crucial aspect of limiting exposure … Read More

Antibody tests don’t mean a ton right now … but that could change soon
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(Alice Park/ Time) — In the largest study to date looking at the antibodies produced by people who have recovered from COVID-19, researchers uncovered a few surprises that could have implications for not only how useful antibody-based treatments might be, but also what the results from an individual’s antibody test actually means.  …

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Dexamethasone shows promise as a Covid-19 treatment
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(Umair Irfan/ Vox) —Scientists at Oxford University in the United Kingdom this week reported that a trial of the drug dexamethasone shows it may be the first treatment demonstrated to save the lives of Covid-19 patients.

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid typically used to treat inflammation. It’s cheap, as little as $1 per dose. It’s  …

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‘Super-potent’ antibodies may offer Covid-19 therapy
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(Vanessa Chalmers/ Daily Mail) — Experts discovered extremely strong antibodies which prevented hamsters getting severely unwell with the disease, when exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Academics at Scripps Research, in San Diego, say the antibodies can be cloned in the lab and be mass-produced, if they are proven to fight the virus.  …

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A second shutdown over coronavirus could be worse than the first
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(Holly Yan/ CNN) — It’s an outcome no one wants, but could become a “harsh reality”: a second wave of shutdowns.

Weeks after lifting stay-at-home orders, some states are seeing record numbers of hospitalizations from Covid-19 as thousands more Americans get infected every day.

“We’re going to have  …

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Hairstylists with COVID-19 didn’t infect any clients. Face masks may be why
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(Nicoletta Lanese/ LiveScience) — Two hair stylists in Missouri interacted with a total of 140 clients and six coworkers before learning they both had COVID-19 — thankfully, the stylists didn’t pass the virus on to any of these contacts, according to a statement from the local health department.

The stylists work at a Great Clips  …

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Health professionals call on Quebec to make wearing masks mandatory
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(CBC News) — A group of epidemiologists and other health professionals are calling on the government to make the wearing of masks mandatory in Quebec.

At a news conference Thursday morning, epidemiologist Nima Machouf said masks and other face-coverings are a “low-cost, risk-free” way to limit the spread of the COVID-19  …

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Face masks could reduce coronavirus R number and prevent 2nd wave, scientists say
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(Kashmira Gander/ Newsweek) — Wearing face masks in public all the time could help epidemics of the COVID-19-causing coronavirus to die out and prevent future waves, according to a study.

The authors of the paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A used existing data on how the coronavirus spreads, and the effectiveness  …

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Blood pressure meds help the frail elderly live longer
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(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay News) — Blood pressure drugs help even the most frail elderly live longer, and older people who are healthier get the biggest benefit, Italian researchers say.

“We knew that high blood pressure medication was protective in general among older people, however, we focused on whether it is also  …

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Many Canadians used virtual medical care during COVID-19, poll suggests
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(Amina Zafar/ CBC News) —Canadians embraced virtual health-care options like phone or video appointments during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new poll released by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

The survey released on Monday suggested 47 per cent of Canadians have used “virtual care” such as calls, email  …

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