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Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of

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Opinion | If healthcare workers wear surgical masks, there is good evidence that it limits the spread of respiratory viral infections in hospitals. But there is no clear evidence that surgical masks protect members of the public from getting or passing on these sorts of infections—most likely because of incorrect use. For cloth masks worn by the […]

Federal Bill Proposes COVID–19 Testing, Tracing and Quarantine of Americans

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July 4, 2020 marks the 244th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. With much of the country still shut down, large gatherings banned and “non-essential” businesses closed with required masking indoors and outdoors in some states, it is hard to imagine firework displays, neighborhood barbeques and other annual Independence Day traditions being […]

Genetically Engineered Cow Plasma Therapy for COVID-19 Will Be Tested on Humans

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Story Highlights Human trials for a new COVID-19 immunotherapy candidate (SAB-185) that is derived from genetically engineered cow plasma will begin in July 2020. The cows have been genetically engineered to produce human antibodies to fight off COVID-19. Plasma from the cows is expected to assist COVID-19 patients overcome the infection. SAb Biotherapeutics (SAB), a […]

Rapid Tests for Coronavirus Raise Concerns Over Accuracy

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On Mar. 27, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to pharmaceutical and medical devices company Abbott Laboratories, Inc. of Abbott Park, Illinois for a rapid diagnostic test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as ID NOW.1 2 3 “We know how important it is to get point-of-care tests out […]

WHO Says COVID-19 Asymptomatic Transmission Is ‘Very Rare’

WHO Says COVID-19 Asymptomatic Transmission Is ‘Very Rare’

From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual. … We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases, they’re following contacts and they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It is very […]

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