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What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, October 22

  • A: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its definition of a close contact with a Covid-19 patient to include multiple, brief exposures, director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday.
  • But a sharp increase in infections among older people in recent weeks can be seen in almost all European countries where data is available.
  • A volunteer in Brazil's trial of AstraZeneca's experimental coronavirus vaccine has died, the Brazilian health agency Anvisa announced on Wednesday, but organizers said there was no reason to stop the trial -- an indication that the death is not linked to the vaccine.
  • Tocilizumab, a repurposed rheumatoid arthritis drug once considered a promising treatment for hospitalized patients with Covid-19, generally did not increase patients' chances of survival or help them recover faster, according to three trials published this week.

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Faulty US Covid-19 response meant 130,000 to 210,000 avoidable deaths, report finds

  • Insufficient testing, a lack of national mask mandates or guidance, a delayed overall response and outright mocking of basic public health practices by the administration has put the United States at the top of the global coronavirus death toll, the report from Columbia University Earth Institute's National Center for Disaster Preparedness finds.
  • When measured by deaths per 100,000 population, the report calculates that the US mortality rate is 50 times higher than Japan's, and more than twice as high as Canada's.
  • "Although both the U.S. and South Korea confirmed their first case of coronavirus on January 20th, South Korea was able to institute an aggressive diagnostic testing strategy and isolate infected patients, leading to a proportional mortality rate today that is 78 times smaller than that of the United States," the report reads.
  • Following Japan's policies would have led to as few as 4,315 deaths in the US, the Columbia team calculated.

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Gilead receives US FDA approval of remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment - Business Insider

  • The Food and Drug Administration approved Gilead Sciences' antiviral remdesivir drug to treat coronavirus patients, the company said.
  • The FDA had granted emergency use of the drug back in May. Remdesivir is the only antiviral drug approved to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Gilead has said remdesivir helped hospitalized patients with more moderate forms of COVID-19 recover more quickly when receiving the treatment intravenously for 5 days.
  • President Donald Trump received the drug after testing positive for the coronavirus.
  • A study from The World Health Organization found remdesivir did not stop patients from dying or shorten hospital stays in 2,750 COVID-19 patients.
  • Another recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients on a 10-day course of remdesivir didn't improve more than patients who didn't get the drug.
  • This is a developing story.
  • Please email [email protected] and tell us your story.

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Gilead receives US FDA approval of remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment - Business Insider

  • The Food and Drug Administration approved Gilead Sciences' antiviral remdesivir drug to treat coronavirus patients, the company said.
  • The FDA had granted emergency use of the drug back in May. Remdesivir is the only antiviral drug approved to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Gilead has said remdesivir helped hospitalized patients with more moderate forms of COVID-19 recover more quickly when receiving the treatment intravenously for 5 days.
  • President Donald Trump received the drug after testing positive for the coronavirus.
  • A study from The World Health Organization found remdesivir did not stop patients from dying or shorten hospital stays in 2,750 COVID-19 patients.
  • Another recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients on a 10-day course of remdesivir didn't improve more than patients who didn't get the drug.
  • This is a developing story.
  • Please email [email protected] and tell us your story.

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Covid-19 news: England tracing system hits new low for contacts traced

  • People from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups in England are at an increased risk of getting infected with the coronavirus and dying from covid-19, and part of this excess risk remains unexplained, according to a report released today by the UK government’s Race Disparity Unit.
  • “The number of people with covid in our hospitals has doubled over the last ten days, with no signs this will relent over the coming weeks,” Sheffield city region mayor Dan Jarvis said in a statement today.
  • Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the government had not offered enough money to “protect the poorest people in our communities.” UK prime minister Boris Johnson said at a televised briefing today that the region would receive £22 million in extra financial support.

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Black Americans see a health-care system infected by racism, new poll shows

  • A new nationwide poll by The Undefeated and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that 7 in 10 African Americans believe that people are treated unfairly based on race or ethnicity when they seek medical care.
  • As demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country to protest police violence and systemic racism, the nation’s attention has been directed to the stark disparities that continue to separate Black and white people in nearly every walk of American life.
  • Black Americans were more likely than white people to cite specific negative encounters with the health care system, including feeling that providers didn’t believe they were telling the truth, being refused a treatment or test they thought was necessary, and being denied pain medication.
  • In 2002, the Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, found higher rates of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and HIV, among Black and other people of color.

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The future of the office has been put on hold

  • Instead, to goad workers back into offices, employers have enacted a raft of minor precautions to make their offices safer — or to give the appearance of safety — but most have put off major, expensive alterations to their office space until there’s more certainty about a coronavirus vaccine, and, in turn, more certainty about the future of the office.
  • And since the majority of people are choosing to work from home most of the time, that frees up space in the offices for those who want or need to come in to have adequate social distancing.
  • However, it’s not yet clear whether these changes are stem from work-from-home policies or are simply reflective of being in a recession, which always results in a real estate contraction, according to Whelan from CBRE.

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US weekly jobless claims fall to 787,000, below economist estimates - Business Insider

  • The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits declined more than expected last week as the nation's labor market continued to show signs of recovery.
  • New US weekly jobless claims totaled an unadjusted 787,000 for the week that ended on Saturday, the Labor Department said Thursday morning.
  • The reading came in below the median economist estimate of 870,000 compiled by Bloomberg and reflects a marked decrease from the prior week's revised total.
  • Continuing claims, which track the aggregate total of Americans receiving unemployment benefits, fell to 8.4 million for the week that ended on October 10.
  • Still, the reading is the lowest seen since the coronavirus crisis began and marks the first time unadjusted claims stood below 800,000.
  • Jobless claims unexpectedly jumped last week after steadily declining, suggesting the labor market's rebound had run out of steam.

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US weekly jobless claims fall to 787,000, below economist estimates - Business Insider

  • The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits declined more than expected last week as the nation's labor market continued to show signs of recovery.
  • New US weekly jobless claims totaled an unadjusted 787,000 for the week that ended on Saturday, the Labor Department said Thursday morning.
  • The reading came in below the median economist estimate of 870,000 compiled by Bloomberg and reflects a marked decrease from the prior week's revised total.
  • Continuing claims, which track the aggregate total of Americans receiving unemployment benefits, fell to 8.4 million for the week that ended on October 10.
  • Still, the reading is the lowest seen since the coronavirus crisis began and marks the first time unadjusted claims stood below 800,000.
  • Jobless claims unexpectedly jumped last week after steadily declining, suggesting the labor market's rebound had run out of steam.

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How to prepare for coronavirus winter, new wave: epidemiologist - Business Insider

  • This insidious rise in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is occurring amid a precarious mix of factors that will further increase the risk of viral spread.
  • A social bubble is non-household contact(s) that can freely interact with one another indoors without social distancing or wearing a mask.
  • Staying informed about current events — including the rate of COVID-19 spread in your area and local public health guidance — will help you and your loved ones make informed decisions.
  • If there's high levels of community transmission occurring in your area, it's best t-o limit contact with non-household members and choose activities with a lower risk of COVID19 transmission.
  • But it's also important to note that the risk of a severe outcome from COVID-19 is not uniform, and while older adults and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk for developing more serious complications, illness and hospitalization, no one is immune.

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