Hong Kong hit by ‘third wave’ after city sees surge in cases

Hong Kong is reportedly entering its third wave after seeing a surge in coronavirus cases (Picture: Getty Images) Health officials have warned a ‘third wave’ of coronavirus cases has hit Hong Kong. The city has seen a surge in Covid-19 infections after recording 24 cases yesterday, and 100 new cases within the last week. But Hong Kong had only detected 21 cases in total for the whole of June, MailOnline reports. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable diseases branch of the Centre for Health Protection, said in a press briefing on Tuesday: ‘We are…

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Wearing a face mask decreases your risk of being infected with coronavirus risk by 65%

Wearing a face mask dramatically reduces your risk of falling ill with the novel coronavirus, scientists have found. A team from the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital has found that covering the nose and mouth decreased the risk of COVID-19 infection by 65 percent.  Previously, researchers believed that mask-wearing was only beneficial to prevent transmission of the virus to others. But, as more studies have found, the piece of cloth doesn’t just stop a sick person from spreading the virus, but also protects healthy people from falling ill   Wearing…

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Doctor photographs hospital’s critical care unit during the pandemic

Images from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough (Picture: PA) A frontline doctor in the battle against coronavirus has documented the work of his colleagues in the pandemic. Dr Matthew Jones photographed fellow doctors and nurses at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He decided to document what was happening in the critical care unit, having worked in South Sudan in 2018 where he used photography to understand the experience of working in an environment where things happened so quickly. The images from Middlesbrough depict the strain staff…

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Coronavirus: Putting hamsters on plane could test transmission

Placing hamsters on an aeroplane could be one way of examining whether coronavirus can be spread through airborne transmission, an infectious disease specialist has suggested. Epidemiologist Professor David Heymann said further ‘complex studies’ were needed to see if people could catch Covid-19 through air circulating on planes or through restaurant air conditioning systems. He said scientists could use animal studies to test for the potential spread of the illness, an approach previously used for tuberculosis research. Speaking at a Chatham House briefing on Wednesday, Prof Heymann argued that ‘epidemiological indicators’…

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‘Putting hamsters on an a plane could prove whether virus can be spread through the air’

Putting hamsters on a plane could reveal whether the coronavirus can be spread through airborne transmission, according to a top infectious diseases expert.    David Heymann, a professor of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that more research was needed to test whether the deadly virus could stay alive in air conditioning, or in a plane’s air circulation system.  Speaking at Chatham House, where he is chief of Global Health Security, Professor Heymann, said animal studies would be an effective way of testing whether the…

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Why are US coronavirus deaths NOT rising after alarming case spikes across the nation?

Between 40,000 and 50,000 Americans have tested positive for coronavirus on a daily basis since late-June, up from a seven-day rolling average of about 20,000 infections a day at the end of May. The rises have prompted weeks of escalating worry and anxious anticipation of hospitals becoming overwhelmed all over again and the death toll surging. But, up until now, they haven’t.  Deaths across the country have been trending downwards even as the number of infections surge to levels not seen throughout the pandemic.   Public health experts have continually reminded…

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Coronavirus: New York doctor still has symptoms 100 DAYS on

Dr Yochai Re’em (pictured), a third-year psychiatry resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, began experiencing a low-grade fever and leg pain on March 14 and was soon diagnosed with coronavirus A New York physician said he is still experiencing coronavirus symptoms more than than 100 days after he first caught the illness. Dr Yochai Re’em, a third-year psychiatry resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, began feeling sick on March 14. After a few days of a low-grade fever, loss of appetite and leg pain, he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused…

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UK death toll rises to 44,517 after another 126 lose lives to outbreak

UK official figures include deaths in all settings (Picture: PA) A further 126 people have died in the UK after being diagnosed with coronavirus, the Department for Health have announced. Today’s figures bring the country’s total death toll up to 44,517, covering fatalities in all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. A total of  286,979 people have been diagnosed with the disease in Britain since the start of the pandemic. NHS England recorded another 42 hospital deaths today. Four more deaths were announced in Wales, compared to…

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Coronavirus: Heartburn and indigestion drugs may increase risk

Popular indigestion and acid reflux medications may increase the risk of developing coronavirus, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people who take proton pump inhibitors, known by brand names such as Prilosec and Nexium, significantly increase their odds of a positive test compared to those who don’t take the medication.  What’s more, Americans who take the drugs twice daily, as opposed to once a day, are at even higher risk of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The team, led by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles,…

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Dad died of heart attack day he was meant to meet son after five years apart

Will, left, found out his dad Steve, right, had died just as he was putting his shoes on to go and meet him for the first time in five years (Picture: British Heart Foundation) A son will cycle 120 miles to where his dad’s ashes were scattered on the 10th anniversary of his sudden death. Will Neville, of Birmingham, was devastated when his dad Steve died after suffering a heart attack in 2010. But tragically, Steve’s death fell on the day he was going to be reunited with his son…

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