A new study has found that wearing facemasks at home significantly reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The study conducted in China looked at 335 families and found that using facemasks in the house curbed transmission rate; however, they did not help after the symptoms started.
Autopsy details of seven COVID-19 patients who died from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) have shown extensive lung damage and eventually vascular damage. The lung damage caused by the new coronavirus is much more than lung damage caused by severe influenza.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that it has temporarily halted a trial on hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns. WHO Director-General said the drug has harmful effects on health, including the cardiovascular system, prompting the WHO to suspend the trial.
A team of researchers is testing whether remdesivir and baricitinib could help treat COVID-19, the infection caused by the novel coronavirus. The researchers believe that remdesivir and baricitinib could prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the intense reaction between the immune system and the virus.
Tech companies, Apple and Google, have launched a digital contract tracing technology called application programming interface (API), which can be used by public health agencies to track COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
On Monday, President Donald Trump said that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. He said many frontline health workers, including doctors and nurses, have been taking the drug to prevent coronavirus.