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Why the window of America’s chance to defeat Covid-19 is closing

The good news: The United States has a window of opportunity to defeat Covid-19 before getting much, much worse. The bad news: That window closes quickly. And the country seems unwilling or unwilling to seize the moment. Winter is coming. Winter means cold and flu, all but surely the task of figuring out who has Covid-19 disease and who is …

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Coronavirus: Are there any cells that your body recognizes and fights with?

T-lymphocytes (T-cells) in some human bodies may be able to recognize COVID-19, despite being a new virus, according to researchers in Singapore. Their findings suggest exposure to the types of coronaviruses in the past could produce “memory T-cells” in the blood of some people, perhaps helping them fight the novel coronavirus. Researchers of a small study published in Nature also …

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Child tested positive for West Nile virus in OC, marked 1st county case of 2020

A child in Orange County has been diagnosed with the West Nile virus, which became the first confirmed human case of mosquito-borne infection this year, health officials announced Monday. Authorities did not disclose any other information about the patient, who recovered after being hospitalized with the virus, according to the Orange County Health Care agency. The diagnosis was confirmed last …

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Blood tests can determine the severity of coronavirus patients, risk of death: studies

How serious a case of coronavirus that develops in a person may depend on five indicators found in the blood called biomarkers, according to researchers at George Washington University. Biomarkers are associated with an increased likelihood of deterioration from COVID-19 and death, according to a news release from the university. The authors of the study, published in Future Medicine, said …

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Wisconsin passed 1 million negative tests on COVID-19

MADISON, Wis .. The state received 8,167 test results in the past 24-hour period, continuing a trend of fewer than 10,000 test results on Sunday and Monday. Of those, 6.21% were positive, the second straight day the percentage dropped. Health officials want to see the percentage below 5% – and ideally below 3% – as an indicator that the spread …

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Florida reported the number of COVID-19 hospitals

Florida broke its record for weekly hospitalization, making it one of the largest coronavirus hot spots in the country. Some 3,355 people were admitted to hospitals in Florida from Sunday, August 2, to Monday, the state of the COVID-19 dashboard showed. On Wednesday alone, 621 people were admitted to hospitals, The Orlando Sentinel reported. In total, 30,785 people have been …

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LDH announces 4th MIS-C-related death associated with COVID-19

The Louisiana Department of Health reports a fourth death related to Multisystem Inflamothing Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. MIS-C is a serious health condition in adolescents under 21 years of age in which various organs of the body can become swollen and fail, according to LDH. These include the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. …

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