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Day: July 2, 2020

Early Trial Results Keep Pfizer Vaccine Dev. on Track for Possible 2020 Distribution   

Early Trial Results Keep Pfizer Vaccine Dev. on Track for Possible 2020 Distribution  

Coronavirus, NEWS
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, new hope may be emerging in the race to develop a vaccine. Pfizer, one of companies racing to develop a vaccine, reported promising new data Wednesday from its early stages of trials Phil Dormitzer, a vaccine developer at Pfizer, spoke to ABC News about the new data from the company's vaccine, which he called "tremendously exciting," and shared more about a potential release timeline and the vaccine's efficacy. "What we're presenting today is preliminary interim data from the United States trial for the first of those vaccine candidates," he said in an interview with "World News Tonight." "Our first vaccine candidate is eliciting antibody levels to neutralize the virus that is equivalent to or better than what ...
Health Workers Threaten Strike over Hazard Allowance

Health Workers Threaten Strike over Hazard Allowance

Coronavirus, NEWS
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) said it would be left with no other option but to embark on a nationwide industrial action if the government fails to amend what it described as “gross discrimination” against its members in the implementation of the newly approved inducement and hazard allowances for medical workers. The association is also protesting among other issues, the alleged withheld salaries of its members. JOHESU’s threat comes on the heels of suspension of strike barely a week ago by National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) In an emergency press briefing Tuesday by the leadership of the association in Abuja, JOHESU national president, Josiah Biobelemoye, said the union did not agree with the arrangement of some of its members receiving 10 per cen
COVID-19: Stroke Most Common Brain Side Effect

COVID-19: Stroke Most Common Brain Side Effect

Coronavirus, NEWS
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that having a stroke is the most common neurological side-effect of COVID-19. They also identified other neuological and psychological problems that may be linked to the virus. For the research, they analysed medical records from 153 patients treated in UK hospitals for COVID-19 between April 2nd and April 26th. As patients in the study were selected for inclusion by their doctors, they likely include the most severe cases of the virus. The study published in the Lancet included 114 people who tested positive for COVID-19 via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Meanwhile, the others were suspected of having the infection from chest X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and general symptom analysis. The researchers found that the ...
WHO Warns Against Use of Facemask during Exercise

WHO Warns Against Use of Facemask during Exercise

NEWS
The World Health Organisation has warned people against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. WHO gave the warning on Wednesday in an update of its COVID-19 advice for the public: Myth busters. The global health body said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which made it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms. “The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain a physical distance of at least one metre from others,” it said. The health agency said that the prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn did not cause Carbon dioxide intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. It, however, noted that the prolonged use of medical masks could be uncomfortable. “While w