The Fda Granted Emergency Authorization Of The Coronavirus Antibody Treatment Given To President Trump
The F.D.A. granted emergency authorization for the experimental antibody treatment, made by biotech company Regeneron and consisting of a cocktail of two powerful antibodies, given to President Trump shortly after he tested positive for the coronavirus. The approval gave doctors another option to treat patients as cases across the country continued to rise.
Key Findings From The Wall Street Journals Investigation Into How The Global Pandemic Began
It is among the world’s most consequential mysteries: Where did the coronavirus that killed millions of people and shattered the global economy come from?
The Wall Street Journal has covered the global quest for answers, tracking the World Health Organization, doctors and scientists in China and around the world, the U.S. intelligence community and the vast network of disease specialists, all struggling to piece together a puzzling set of disparate clues. Here are some of the key findings:
1. A WHO-led inquiry into the origins of the virus was stymied from the start.
A Journal investigation found China resisted international pressure for an investigation it saw as an attempt to assign blame, delayed the probe for months, secured veto rights over participants and insisted its scope encompass other countries as well. The WHO-led team that traveled to China in early 2021 to investigate the origins of the virus struggled to get a clear picture of what research China was conducting beforehand, faced constraints during its monthlong visit and had little power to conduct thorough, impartial research without the blessing of China’s government. In their final report, the investigators said insufficient evidence meant they couldn’t yet resolve when, where and how the virus began spreading.
2. China withheld data on potential early cases and delayed sharing information on animals sold at a market where the first cluster was found.
The Coronavirus Reached France In December Doctors Said Rewriting The Epidemics Timeline
French doctors said that they had discovered that a patient treated for pneumonia in late December had the coronavirus. If the diagnosis is verified, it would suggest that the virus appeared in Europe nearly a month earlier than previously understood and days before Chinese authorities first reported the new illness to the World Health Organization. The first report of an infection in Europe was on Jan. 24 in France.
How Did Coronavirus Start And Where Did It Come From Was It Really Wuhans Animal Market
It’s likely Covid-19 originated in bats, scientists say. But did it then spread to pangolins and humans?
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In the public mind, the origin story of coronavirus seems well fixed: in late 2019 someone at the now world-famous Huanan seafood market in Wuhan was infected with a virus from an animal.
The rest is part of an awful history still in the making, with Covid-19 spreading from that first cluster in the capital of China’s Hubei province to a pandemic that has killed about 211,000 people so far.
Stock footage of pangolins – a scaly mammal that looks like an anteater – have made it on to news bulletins, suggesting this animal was the staging post for the virus before it spread to humans.
But there is uncertainty about several aspects of the Covid-19 origin story that scientists are trying hard to unravel, including which species passed it to a human. They’re trying hard because knowing how a pandemic starts is a key to stopping the next one.
Prof Stephen Turner, head of the department of microbiology at Melbourne’s Monash University, says what’s most likely is that virus originated in bats.
But that’s where his certainty ends, he says.
On the hypothesis that the virus emerged at the Wuhan live animal market from an interaction between an animal and a human, Turner says: “I don’t think it’s conclusive by any means.”
This might be another reason to doubt the established story.
This Statement Is No Longer Maintained An Updated Version Was Published On 29 June 2020
31 Dec 2019Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.1 January 2020WHO had set up the IMST across the three levels of the organization: headquarters, regional headquarters and country level, putting the organization on an emergency footing for dealing with the outbreak.4 January 2020WHO reported on social media that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province. 5 January 2020WHO published our first Disease Outbreak News on the new virus. This is a flagship technical publication to the scientific and public health community as well as global media. It contained a risk assessment and advice, and reported on what China had told the organization about the status of patients and the public health response on the cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan.
10 January 2020WHO issued a comprehensive package of technical guidance online with advice to all countries on how to detect, test and manage potential cases, based on what was known about the virus at the time. This guidance was shared with WHO’s regional emergency directors to share with WHO representatives in countries.
12 January 2020China publicly the genetic sequence of COVID-19.
13 January 2020
Officials confirm a case of COVID-19 in Thailand, the first recorded case outside of China.
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A Study In South Korea Found That Older Children Spread The Virus Comparably To Adults
While school districts around the United States struggle with reopening plans, a study from South Korea offered a note of caution. It found that children between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do, suggesting that middle and high schools in particular may seed new clusters of infection. Children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often, according to the study, although the risk is not zero.
The Cdc Said Childrens Visits To The Emergency Room For Mental Health Had Risen
As states locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and schools turned to remote learning, the number of emergency room visits for mental health reasons rose 31 percent among children ages 12 to 17, from March through October, compared with the same period last year, according to a C.D.C. study.
The European Union Pressured By China Watered Down A Report On Disinformation
The E.U. appeared to succumb to pressure from Beijing and softened criticism of China in a report on disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. While the initial report was not particularly harsh, European officials delayed and then rewrote the document to dilute the focus on China, a vital trading partner.
Wuhan A City Of More Than 11 Million Was Cut Off By The Chinese Authorities
The Chinese authorities closed off Wuhan by canceling planes and trains leaving the city, and suspending buses, subways and ferries within it. At this point, at least 17 people had died and more than 570 others had been infected, including in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the United States.
What Are The Best Practices For Someone Who Must Take Public Transportation
Traveling on public transportation or in other group settings is absolutely a risk because you’re in a confined location with other people who may be sick. Many public transportation authorities have increased the frequency of cleaning buses and trains, but they can only do so much cleaning. Hand hygiene and not touching your face until after you’ve washed your hands are important ways you can prevent spread. It’s also a good idea to wear a fabric mask. These can help protect you if someone else is sick, they keep your hands off your face, and they can keep you from unknowingly spreading germs too. Lastly, keep your distance from others as best you can. While fewer people are riding buses and trains these days, it can still be worth it to wait for an even less crowded vehicle if you can.Also, this is another reason why social distancing is so important. Some people have to take the bus and the train in order to get to work, including many healthcare providers. Those who don’t need to take public transit should not use it, so that people who have to take the train or bus can spread out inside and reduce their risk. Our behavior can really affect what happens to everybody else in society, and it’s a time for us to realize just how interconnected we really are. This is just one more way you can show your support and save the world a little bit by staying home.
What Can I Do To Keep My Food Safe From Coronavirus Is It Okay To Get Take
We have not seen any evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through eating food. It may be possible to get the coronavirus by touching food or another surface that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes or by eating food that someone sneezed or coughed on. However, SARS-CoV2 does not survive well in hot conditions so hot food should be pretty safe. In an abundance of caution, be sure to take the proper precautions — washing your hands with soap and water while unpacking and preparing food.
Japan And Germany Two Of The Worlds Largest Economies Entered Recessions
Japan, the world’s third-largest economy after the United States and China, fell into a recession for the first time since 2015. Its economy shrank by an annualized rate of 3.4 percent in the first three months of the year.
Germany, Europe’s largest economy, also fell into a recession. Its economy suffered its worst contraction since the 2008 global financial crisis, shrinking by 2.2 percent in the January-March period from the previous quarter.
Judge Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $344 Million In Pelvic Mesh Suit
A California judge ruled that Johnson & Johnson should pay $344 million in damages for deceptively marketing transvaginal pelvic mesh implants to tens of thousands of women in the state, The New York Timesreports. Arguing they have complied with federal regulations, the company said it intends to appeal the ruling, which was framed as a civic penalty. Years of personal injury litigation filed by women who used the products to treat organ prolapse have plagued the company. Billions of dollars in payouts have already been issued, and last year the FDA stopped the sale of pelvic mesh to treat organ prolapse.
Officials Discovered Earlier Known Us Coronavirus Deaths In California
Officials in Santa Clara County, Calif., announced that two residents there died of the coronavirus on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17, making them the earliest known victims of the pandemic in the United States. The new information, gained from autopsies of the residents, moved the timeline of the virus’s spread in country weeks earlier than previously understood. .
India Reached A Million Coronavirus Cases And Lockdowns Were Reimposed
India on July 17 surpassed one million confirmed infections and 25,000 deaths. The milestones came as several states and cities had reimposed total and partial lockdowns and as the country ranked third in the world in infections behind the United States and Brazil. While India’s caseloads continued to climb, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimated that by the end of next year, India would have the worst outbreak in the world.
Was The Virus Spreading In People Outside China Before December 2019
Answering this question is also key to establishing the timeline of the first COVID-19 cases. Previously, researchers in Europe have reported,, finding antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in samples taken at blood banks from November 2019 onwards.
Ben Embarek says this doesn’t necessarily suggest the virus originated in Europe, but supports the idea that it was spreading in Wuhan before the first known cases. “Wuhan at that time was a very well-connected international city with direct flights to the entire planet on a daily basis. So if it was circulating in Wuhan, it could easily have been brought to other parts of the world through travellers, and circulating again, undetected, in different regions,” he says.
Still, he recommends that the blood samples from Europe be retested to confirm that they indicate cases of COVID-19. Some of them, from Italy and France, are already being reanalysed, he says.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta Is Over Did It Contribute To Spread Of Covid
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The fourth wave of COVID-19 has caught many off-guard. Many southern states like Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are seeing their biggest surges during the pandemic.
In California, the fourth wave is 38% bigger than the second wave and just a third as big as the third wave. The seven-day new case average for the state is about 13,000. This time last year it was about 9,400. And at its peak in December it was about 44,600.
August is already Santa Barbara County’s third biggest month for cases. Public Health officials state there have been 1,857 new cases this month. The county is on pace for 3,386 cases, 64 shy of February’s total.
Santa Maria has seen the most cases in August, 447. While Lompoc has seen the highest case rate of 65.5 new cases per 10,000 people. The cities east of Santa Barbara, Montecito to Carpinteria, have had the lowest case rate at 21.5 per 10,000 people.
At the start of August, there were concerns that Old Spanish Days, Fiesta, could become a super spreader event. Fiesta canceled many staple events or canceled them to the public, such as the parades, downtown mercado and pequeña.
Many locals commented throughout the five-day event that noticeably fewer people came out to Fiesta this year.
KEYT will talk with Santa Barbara County Public Health officials about what they saw. And did Fiesta help spread COVID-19. Or is this uptick in cases due to the unvaccinated and the more contagious Delta variant.
The Us Saw July Cases More Than Double The Total Of Any Other Month
The United States recorded more than 1.9 million new infections in July, nearly 42 percent of the more than 4.5 million cases reported nationwide since the pandemic began and more than double the number documented in any other month, according to data compiled by The New York Times. The previous monthly high to this point came in April, when more than 880,000 new cases were recorded.
The Cdc Began Developing A Plan To Distribute A Coronavirus Vaccine
The C.D.C. began consulting with California, Florida, Minnesota and North Dakota as well as Philadelphia to develop plans for distributing a coronavirus vaccine. The agency chose the communities for a pilot program because they represent different kinds of challenges as the U.S. government prepared to begin the largest such campaign ever undertaken.
Coronavirus: How Did It Start What Are The Symptoms And Other Faqs
With lots in the news every day about the coronavirus, it can be difficult to keep up with it all.
It can also be confusing to know who to listen to and where to go to find out more.
Well we’ve checked the official advice and spoken to a number of experts.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and the disease it causes, called Covid-19.
House Of Representatives Attempts To Extend Ban On Fentanyl Look
The House of Representatives passed a bill to temporarily extend the Drug Enforcement Administration’s class-wide ban on all variants of fentanyl, Reutersreports. The bill is identical to a version previously approved in the Senate earlier in January and is now poised to reach President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. The Justice Department previously lobbied to make the class-wide ban permanent, meaning that all fentanyl analogues would be listed in the same legal category as heroin and cocaine, according to the article. The DEA’s temporary powers on fentanyl analogues expire on February 6.
The Cdc Recommended No Gatherings Of 50 Or More People In The Us
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised no gatherings of 50 or more people in the United States over the next eight weeks. The recommendation included weddings, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events and conferences. The following day, Mr. Trump advised citizens to avoid groups of more than 10. New York City’s public schools system, the nation’s largest with 1.1 million students, announced that it would close.
Can You Recommend Some Coping Strategies While We All Stay Apart
It’s very important to practice self-care during a time when so many other things are uncertain out of your control. Eat healthy. Exercise at home or take socially distant walks with family or friends. Take a break from the news about the virus. Get plenty of rest – a good night’s sleep can boost your immune system, which puts you in a better position for fighting the virus.
We’re regularly posting new coronavirus information, including tips on how to cope during the outbreak.
Was The Virus Circulating In Wuhan Before The First Known Cases
To trace the virus’s origin, it’s crucial to pin down exactly when the first cases occurred in people. The WHO team established that the first person known to have COVID-19 was an office worker in Wuhan with no recent travel history, who began showing symptoms on 8 December 2019, says Peter Ben Embarek, a food-safety scientist at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, who led the investigation. But the virus was probably spreading in the city before that, because it was well-established by later that month, he says.
Yet evidence of earlier spread has proved elusive. Researchers in China conducted an extensive survey of patient reports from hospitals in Wuhan made between October and December 2019, and identified fewer than 100 people who had symptoms of COVID-19. They then tested the blood of 67 of those people for antibodies generated by past infection with SARS-CoV-2, but found none. This suggests there wasn’t a large cluster of infections before December, or an unusual spike in deaths in the surrounding province of Hubei.
‘Major stones unturned’: COVID origin search must continue after WHO report, say scientists
But Ben Embarek says the analysis should be repeated using less restrictive symptom criteria, to make sure that researchers spot all potential COVID-19 cases.
Fact Check: Trump Spreads Distorted Claim On Wuhan Lab Funding
Thus, while lab accidents do occur — and Boni said the possibility should be investigated — it “doesn’t really compare to the scale of human-animal contact that you have in a province like Hubei where there’s 60 million people and on an average day 5 million of those people could have been in contact with an animal at a market.”
Lacking more information, Boni said he thought a natural spillover for SARS-CoV-2 was “a thousand times, a million times more likely” than a lab leak.
The Coronavirus Didn’t Really Start At That Wuhan ‘wet Market’
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Early reports blamed a market where live animals were sold, but evidence now shows they were wrong.
The first case of SARS-CoV-2 didn’t emerge from a Wuhan wet market, according to experts at the Wuhan Institute of Virology .
Instead, the live animal market may have been the site of a superspreader event, where one person spread the virus to many other people, one US-based expert told Live Science.
Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, reports have suggested that SARS-CoV-2 jumped from animals to humans in Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Now, experts at the WIV have said publicly that the theory was wrong, and that the virus must have originated elsewhere, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
“I haven’t seen anything that makes me feel, as a researcher who studies zoonotic disease, that this market is a likely option,” said Colin Carlson, a professor at Georgetown University who studies the spread of such zoonotic viruses, which transmit between animals and humans. Carlson does not work for the WIV.
“None of the animals tested positive. So since January, this has not actually been particularly conclusive. But this has developed into a narrative,” he said.
“It took that long to go through caves, to go through samples, and build an evidence base where we could confidently say: ‘This was the sort of bat, in this cave, at this time,” Carlson said.
The Virus Surged At Us Colleges Totaling More Than 51000 Cases
More than 51,000 cases of the coronavirus had been identified at American colleges and universities over the course of the pandemic, including thousands that had recently emerged as students returned to campus for the fall. The New York Times surveyed more than 1,500 colleges, and found that over two-thirds had reported at least one case.
Can I Get Infected From Delivery Food Packages Or Groceries
It’s highly unlikely that you’ll catch COVID-19 from packages, groceries, or food. The important thing is to limit your contact with other people. If you do your own shopping, try to keep at least 6 feet away from others in the store. That might not be possible all the time, so wear a face mask, too. If you use a delivery service, have them leave groceries, food, or packages outside your front door if you can.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after bringing things into your home. If you want, you can wipe down plastic, metal, or glass packaging with soap and water. Then clean and disinfect countertops and anything else you or your bags have touched.
Universities That Reopened Soon Began Moving Classes Online
The University of Notre Dame announced that it would move to online instruction for at least two weeks in an attempt curb a growing coronavirus outbreak. The day before, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill became the first large university in the country to shut down classes after students had returned. Ithaca College in upstate New York extended remote learning through the fall semester and Michigan State told undergraduate students who had planned to live in campus housing to stay home.
Biden Said He Will Ask Americans To Wear Masks For 100 Days
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said that on his first day as president, he would ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days. “Just 100 days to mask,” Mr. Biden said in an interview on CNN. “Not forever. 100 days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction.”
The first person to receive a coronavirus vaccination in the U.K. was Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old former jewelry shop assistant, followed by an 81-year-old man, William Shakespeare.
What Is A Cytokine Storm And Why Do Some People With Covid
One of the leading theories as to why some healthy people get sick enough from COVID-19 to need intensive care is because their immune systems are overly responsive and go too far in helping fight the virus. Researchers have described this complication — called a cytokine storm — in other serious infections and there are some early indications that it can happen with COVID-19. Basically, when some people get COVID-19, their immune systems get very revved up and send out chemical messengers, called cytokines, to mobilize other parts of the immune system to help fight the virus. These cytokines also affect other organs and this can be overwhelming, especially in the lungs.
What Kind Of Medical Care Is Given To Patients With Covid
About 20% of COVID-19 patients need to be hospitalized for their pneumonia-like illnesses. Some of them will require critical care and ventilators — special machines that help them breathe. And some need to stay on ventilators for weeks at a time. It’s this portion of patients who continue to be most concerning. Many of them will be able to recover with lots of time and support. Still, a high level of critically ill patients can overwhelm the healthcare systems across our nation pretty quickly. Some parts of the US have already been experiencing this. Without social distancing, it could be much worse. We need to make sure we slow the spread of COVID so there are enough hospital beds and ventilators for everyone who needs one.