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New two-minute COVID-19 test approved for usage in US


April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON: A new two-minute test to diagnose COVID-19 has been approved for usage by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), international media outlets reported on Tuesday. According to Business Wire, the Los Angeles-based Bodysphere Inc announced that it was starting the distribution of its Two-Minute Testing Kit for diagnosis of the novel coronavirus after the FDA green-signaled it by way …

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If you are not sick or not caring for coronavirus patient, do not wear masks: WHO


March 31, 2020

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday reiterated its advice to people to not wear face masks if they were either not infected by the coronavirus or not caring for a COVID-19 patient. In a media briefing in the Swiss capital, WHO emergencies program executive director Dr Mike Ryan said there was “no specific evidence to suggest that the …

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Govt should immediately provide protective gear to doctors, medics: PMA


March 30, 2020

KARACHI: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Sunday demanded the government ensure the supply of protective gear for healthcare professionals throughout the country on an urgent basis. The government should provide all doctors and medical professionals protective gear during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the PMA said in its statement. The body added that due to an acute shortage at the …

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White House coronavirus task force member says pandemic could kill 200,000 Americans


March 30, 2020

The coronavirus could claim the lives of up to 200,000 people in the United States, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force claimed on Sunday. Dr Anthony Fauci — a senior scientist and leading expert on infectious diseases — issued the cautious prediction as state and local officials described increasingly desperate shortages in hard-pressed hospitals. And with stress, …

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US regulator gives anti-malaria drugs emergency approval to treat coronavirus


March 30, 2020

A limited emergency-use authorisation for two antimalarial drugs touted as game-changers by President Donald Trump has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat coronavirus patients. In a statement published Sunday, the US Department of Health and Human Services detailed recent donations of medicine to a national stockpile – including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, both being investigated as …

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Possible if you can run the coronavirus twice?


March 29, 2020

Almost ten percent of coronavirus patients who were declared completely cured of the pnuemonic disease were infected again, according to the South China Morning Post. This is not the first time that there have been reports of re-infection. Nevertheless, scientists say that it is unlikely that the virus is striking twice. Doctors in Wuhan are bemused. Healthcare workers in this …

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PIMA launches free of charge nationwide telemedicine facility amid coronavirus outbreak


March 26, 2020

KARACHI: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) on Wednesday launched a free of charge telemedicine project consisting of  42 volunteer medical consultants. In order to provide health and medical consultation to people at their homes, several General Practitioners (GPs) have also been hired by the association to provide telemedicine consultation to people in the country. “In collaboration with Al-Khidmat Welfare Organisation, …

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Coronavirus can become seasonal: top US scientist


March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON: There is a strong chance the new coronavirus could return in seasonal cycles, a senior US scientist said Wednesday, underscoring the urgent need to find a vaccine and effective treatments. Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told a briefing the virus was beginning to take root in the southern hemisphere, where …

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Spain overtakes China with 3,434 virus deaths


March 26, 2020

MADRID: Spain’s coronavirus toll overtook that of China on Wednesday, rising to 3,434 after another 738 people died as Madrid announced a multi-million-euro deal with Beijing for critical supplies. The spike in fatalities means that across the globe, only Italy now has a higher death toll than Spain. In China, where the virus emerged late last year, the Covid-19 epidemic …

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US could become next epicentre, warns WHO


March 25, 2020

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that the United States could become the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. “The coronavirus outbreak represents a major external shock to the macro outlook, akin to a large-scale natural disaster,” analysts at BlackRock Investment Institute said.In Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters there had been a “very large acceleration” in …

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