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Two to a Bed in Delhi Hospital as India’s COVID Crisis Spirals

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Gasping for air, two men wearing oxygen masks share a bed in a government hospital in India’s capital New Delhi, victims of the country’s growing COVID-19 crisis. From reporting under 10,000 new daily cases earlier this year, daily infections crossed 200,000 on Thursday, according to official data, the highest anywhere in […]

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Researchers assess SARS-CoV-2 transmission risk during air travel

A team of scientists from the United States recently conducted a meta-analysis to estimate the risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection during air travel. The findings reveal that even with SARS-CoV-2-infected persons onboard, the risk of viral transmission is low inside an aircraft. The study is currently available on the medRxiv* […]

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1 in 4 Parents Say Youth Sports Not Enforcing COVID Precautions

(Reuters Health) – Even though the majority of parents give youth sports leagues high marks for keeping them informed about COVID-19 safety protocols, more than one in four parents still think enforcement of these policies is inconsistent, a new U.S. poll suggests. Researchers from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health examined […]

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Next Winter May Be Rough: Models Predict ‘Considerable Surge’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. It’s likely the United States will see another surge of COVID-19 this winter, warned Christopher Murray, MD, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Speaking at the national conference of State of […]

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Small molecule inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 identified by screening

Even as the vaccine rollout continues against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), seeking to bring an end to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, new variants emerge that show immune escape capabilities. Effective and safe drugs thus remain essential to treat severe infections with this virus. A new preprint, released on the […]

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Study shows pandemic limitations on surgeries can impact patient care

One of the most serious consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic has been the postponement of non-essential surgeries—defined by the federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as “medical procedures that are not necessary to address an emergency or to preserve the health and safety of a patient.” When the CMS issued guidelines […]