Wuhan health officials raise death toll linked to COVID-19 by 50%

At least 50 per cent more people died in China's virus epicentre of Wuhan than previously counted, with state media on Friday attributing the initial undercount to how overwhelmed the health system was coping with thousands of sick patients.Wuhan, the...

Ventilators are being overused on COVID-19 patients, world-renowned critical care specialist says

As emergency and intensive care doctors around the globe work frantically to save the lives of people gravely ill with COVID-19, one of the world's foremost critical care experts is warning against what he calls the misuse and overuse of mechanical...

U.S. grapples with how to drastically ramp up COVID-19 contact tracing

Before Washington state lifts its stay-at-home order, public health workers in Seattle's King County want to be ready to douse any new sparks of infection.That task, they say, requires at least 20 more investigators to call people who test positive...

The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, but society does — and the results in the U.S. are deadly

On the day nearly 800 people died of COVID-19 in New York state, Levan Bryant showed up as usual to supervise the night shift collecting garbage from grocery stores and hospitals. "I'm just grateful to be working still, and making money,...

Trump suspends funding to WHO pending review over handling of coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump says he has directed a halt to U.S. payments to the World Health Organization (WHO) pending a review of its warnings about the coronavirus and China.Trump said at a White House news conference on Tuesday the outbreak...

117 million children risk missing measles vaccines due to COVID-19 pandemic

The UN health agency is warning that more than 117 million children in more than three dozen countries could miss out on measles vaccines as nations suspend immunizations and other services to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The World Health Organization says 24...

NYC hospitals could run out of COVID-19 test swabs, city health department memo says

New York City is in danger of running out of swabs for COVID-19 tests and is urging health-care providers to continue testing only patients who are gravely ill, the city health department said in a memo. "As the swab supply continues...

Coronavirus survivors may carry ‘superhero’ antibodies and hope they can help others

Julie Thaler throws a homemade yellow cape stenciled with the words Survivor Corps over her shoulders before striding, nearly skipping, into the New York Blood Center.Thaler, a kindergarten teacher from Westchester County, was part of the first nasty cluster of people...

‘Eerily quiet’: How California’s early action against COVID-19 delayed the surge at hospitals

Dr. Jahan Fahimi unzips the plastic inner entrance to a mobile isolated care unit set up in a hospital parking lot. If you live in San Francisco and come down with COVID-19, this is where you might end up.But look around the mobile unit,...

‘Mask wars’ risk setting back global fight against coronavirus

When the crisis is over, there will be tough questions to be answered and explanations to be sought over how so many leading countries found themselves short of masks and other life-saving protective equipment.For now, the Western world must contend...
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