Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Coronavirus: VA Stops Use of Hydroxychloroquine; Remdesivir Use Increases Globally

The VA department has stopped using hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 among veterans, as it did not offer any benefit. Instead, the VA started using remdesivir. A global survey has found that many doctors have been using remdesivir to treat patients with coronavirus.

French Study Says 1 In 10 COVID-19 Patients with Diabetes Die Within a Week

A new study has found that one in 10 diabetic patients contracting coronavirus died within a week of hospitalization and one in five required a ventilator to breathe. The death risk was particularly high among older people with poorly controlled diabetes or with advanced diabetic complications.

US Will Terminate Association With WHO Over Coronavirus Response, Says Trump

President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States will end all ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) over the coronavirus response, stating that the organization had been China-centric. He said China has total control over the WHO. Trump said his administration would stop WHO funding.

US COVID-19 Death Toll Crosses 103,000, Experts Predict More Deaths by August

The United States COVID-19 death toll crossed 103,000 so far, promoting experts to impose more restrictions. Some experts have predicted that the US coronavirus death toll will reach up to 132,000 by August. Officials have blamed the federal government for not taking prompt action in January.

Prescriptions of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine Surged During COVID-19 Pandemic

A new study conducted by the researcher of Brigham and Women’s Hospital has found that there was a significant change in prescription patterns of antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in mid-March. This led to shortages of drugs for patients who need them for other conditions.

Wearing Facemasks At Home Greatly Reduces COVID-19 Risk, Claims Study

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.

African-American COVID-19 Victims Had Lungs Filled With Blood Clots

A detailed autopsy of 10 African-American patients with COVID-19 has revealed that their lungs were filled with blood clots. Researchers said genetics and certain factors could play a key role in making black people susceptible to cytokine storm and blood clots due to COVID-19.