As medical professionals have been urging to donate facemask, gowns, and other protective equipment to fight the coronavirus, a Texas-based company has bought nearly 2 million N95 masks, at $6 per piece. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the mask cost $1 apiece.
Star Wars actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack died from coronavirus at the age of 76. He was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, a couple of days ago. Jack was not able to see his wife because she was under quarantine in Australia.
Two new studies have found that the N95 facemask could be sterilized and re-used during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The studies found that sterilizing N95 facemasks with hydrogen peroxide could eliminate the germs so one can reuse them with the same efficacy as the new one.
Biolidics, a Singapore-based medical technology company, is set to launch a 10-minute rapid test kit for detecting patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The rapid test kit enables an effective screening, with an accuracy of more than 95 percent.
Unemployed or underemployed in Texas due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak can get $600 a week to their unemployment benefits. All they need to do is go to ui.texasworkforce.org or call 1-800-939-6631 to apply for the benefits.
Johnson & Johnson said it will move its lead candidate vaccine for the coronavirus into human trial by September and would make it available by next year. The company has teamed up with the federal government to invest $1 billion to produce a vaccine.
Italy has been the worst-hit nation by the coronavirus, which has killed more than 60 doctors across the country. The National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists has compiled a list of doctors who died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.