PARIS: The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 30,000 people in Europe, more than three-quarters of the deaths registered in Italy and Spain , according to an AFP tally on Wednesday using official figures .
A total of 30,063 deaths have been recorded in Europe out of 458,601 cases , making it the continent hit hardest by Covid-19.
The most deaths were recorded in Italy, with 12,428 fatalities, followed by Spain with 8,189 and France with 3,523.
The latest European figures come just a few hours after the United States announced its death toll had risen to 4,076, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University That is more than twice the 2,010 recorded late Saturday and higher than the death toll in China, where the disease first emerged late last year.The global death toll passed 40,000 on Tuesday.
Modelling studies in China and Japan, and testing of those on the Diamond Princess cruise ship suggest that a small number of people who are infected do not develop symptoms.
Technically speaking, “quarantine” restricts the movement of of people who may have been exposed to the virus but do not have symptoms.
The most important issue here is to avoid touching things that many other people have touched recently — elevator buttons, grocery carts, door knobs and hand rails — or to wash one’s hands right away or use an effective hand sanitizing solution such as Purell.
But a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine documented that some people with no or very mild symptoms can shed significant amount of virus.
Most studies done to date, often with small numbers of people, show that a person sheds more virus with the initial onset of symptoms — when they first start coughing (or sneezing), which can send the virus into the air in a fine spray.
In fact, because so much television is being watched during unconventional daytime hours — and streaming services offer viewers the ability to watch whenever they want — traditional “primetime” TV viewing is being completely altered.
A by streaming analytics company Conviva found that streaming TV viewing between the hours of 10am and 5pm is growing as people stay home to combat the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Traditionally, primetime television hours have been between 8pm and 11pm in the U.S. Networks have historically aired their biggest TV series and events during this timeframe as most people are home from work or school and sitting in front of the TV screen.
Now that these consumers are stuck at home, they’re shifting the hours where most people are watching TV.
Interestingly, the study found that the only time period to see a drop in viewership is what's traditionally considered the primetime TV hours of 8pm to 11pm, which saw a decrease of about 2 percent.
Australian scientists are using the largest particle accelerator in the southern hemisphere to help fast-track the hunt for a vaccine against COVID-19, researchers said Tuesday.
The Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne uses intense X-rays emitted by electrons coursing through the accelerator to examine key proteins in the virus, programme director Andrew Peele told AFP.
Acting as a kind of microscope, the accelerator lets the researchers construct atomic-level 3-D maps of the proteins so they can develop drugs that bind to the virus, potentially preventing or treating the disease.
Researchers from around the world have sent the Melbourne team dozens of sample of proteins which they think might bind with the COVID-19 virus in a way that could minimise or protect from the disease, Peele said.
"Using our technology, within five minutes you can understand why a drug does or doesn't work in attaching to a COVID-19 protein," Peele said, likening the process to completing a jigsaw puzzle.
In his note to all customers, he explained how the company is handling a lot happening at once: "A spike in demand combined with labor shortages in our delivery fleet and packing facilities caused a large cancellation of orders."
My favorite small business is Imperfect Foods, a produce and grocery delivery subscription based in San Francisco that sources expired, surplus, and "ugly" foods at a discount with the mission to cut back on food waste.
Online delivery for groceries, cat food, art supplies, shoes, clothes, and so much more didn't bother us too much before the coronavirus outbreak became a pandemic earlier this month.
If ordering delivery is potentially safer than risking it at the grocery store as COVID-19 (the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus) continues to spread globally, why does it feel almost wrong to sit in the comfort of your home and click on a screen so everything you want can be delivered to your front door?
"That's what keeps me energized..." Yuni Sameshima, CEO of Chicory, the company behind the “Get Ingredients” button you may notice at the bottom of over 1,000 of recipe websites, laid out his thoughts on grocery delivery as people across the U.S. grapple with the morals of their consumption decisions.
Line, which is a quite popular messaging app in Japan, surveyed the chat app's users in Tokyo and surrounding areas in collaboration with Japan's health ministry.
The survey concluded that 7.1% of the respondents residing in the country's capital reported experiencing at least one of the symptoms of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Reuters.
As per the official figures, there are currently 443 people diagnosed with the virus in Tokyo.
The survey, in which 63,843 people in Tokyo participated, found that 7.1% of the respondents reported at least one of the symptoms of the virus, including high fever or a bad cough, between March 27-30.
Although exhibiting these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean that one is infected with COVID-19, the survey estimates that people reporting the symptoms in Tokyo are around 4,500.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warehouse, delivery and retail gig workers in the United States went on strike on Monday to call attention to safety and wage concerns for people laboring through the coronavirus crisis.
Jordan Flowers holds a sign at Amazon building during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Staten Island borough of New York City, U.S., March 30, 2020.
REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Among the strikers were some of the roughly 200,000 workers at U.S. online grocery delivery company Instacart, according to strike organizer Gig Workers Collective, founded earlier this year by Instacart worker Vanessa Bain.
Fifteen workers at an Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) warehouse in Staten Island, New York, also walked off the job on Monday following reports of COVID-19 among the facility’s staff.
In statements on Monday, Amazon disputed comments from one of the striking Staten Island employees, Christian Smalls, who had accused the company of mishandling warehouse operations after a confirmed case of coronavirus.
Nearly a week before the World Health Organization first warned of a mysterious new respiratory disease in Wuhan, China, a team of Boston-based sleuths at the global disease monitoring system HealthMap captured digital clues about the outbreak from an online press report.
“There’s incredible amounts of data on social media blogs, chatrooms and local news reports that give us clues about disease outbreaks happening on a daily basis,” John Brownstein, the chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School recently told CNN Headline News.
So far at least, HealthMap still doesn’t rely heavily on social media; instead, it mostly tracks reports from online news sources and governments, while including some social media posts from public health professionals.
On March 17, CrowdTangle, a social media monitoring site recently purchased by Facebook, announced it had launched a new feature to let users, including news media organizations, public health officials and researchers, track social trends across sites including Facebook, Instagram and Reddit.
On March 25, Scripps Research Translational Institute epidemiologist Jennifer Radin, the lead author of a recent study on the potentially “vital” role of Fitbits in disease detection, called on US adult volunteers using any kind of smartwatch or activity tracker to share their health data with researchers by downloading the MyDataHelps mobile app.
“One of our employees at our Foundry fab in Giheung, Korea, has tested positive with COVID-19,” Samsung said in a statement, referring to the respiratory disease caused by the virus.
This is the first time a Samsung chip factory employee has tested positive for the virus, although several confirmed cases at the tech giant’s smartphone factory in South Korea’s southeastern city of Gumi resulted in a temporary suspension.
REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday that one of its chip factory workers in South Korea had tested positive for coronavirus, but its output has not been affected.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea January 7, 2019.
South Korea, which once posted the biggest outbreak outside China, has seen cases easing in recent weeks.
The Hanns Lilje senior care home in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.
Order Now BERLIN: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany has risen to 57,298 and 455 people have died of the disease here, statistics from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.Cases rose by 4,751 compared with the previous day while the death toll climbed by 66, the statistics showed.The highest number of cases, 13,989, are in the southern state of Bavaria, where the disease first appeared in Germany.
The organization is currently working on smart city deployments to ease the impact of social distancing due to the coronavirus through technologies that support seniors, students, and the public health community.
Location tracking, coronavirus and privacy China used a similar method to track a person's health status and to control movement in cities with high numbers of coronavirus cases.
SEE: Coronavirus: Critical IT policies and tools every business needs (TechRepublic Premium) David Heyman, founder and CEO of Smart City Works, said contact tracing is the bread and butter of public health when it comes to controlling infectious disease.
CEO of Smart City Works says location-tracking efforts like those used in South Korea, Singapore, and China may offer a solution, with privacy caveats.
Fridays Sign up today Also see The Ministry of Health in Singapore has built an app that uses Bluetooth so that everyone use the app can track who they have come in contact with, including people who have contracted the coronavirus.
For a majority of people, symptoms will look like the regular seasonal flu.
As more people become infected, it is increasingly important for people to be able to recognize the symptoms of the disease in themselves and others.
“Self-management at home for mild symptoms would be similar to other colds or the flu: rest, stay well hydrated, isolate away from other family members,” recommends Dr. Abraar Karan, a Harvard Medical School physician.
For individuals self-quarantining at home because they show symptoms, or isolating themselves because they’ve already tested positive, it’s important that they avoid as much contact as possible with the people they live with.
Roughly 20 percent of people with coronavirus will require hospitalization because of more dangerous symptoms.
The Pentagon on Monday announced it has confirmed 1,087 cases of coronavirus among active-duty military, civilians, dependents and contractors within the force.
The number of confirmed cases spiked over the weekend after totaling 652 on Friday.
Of the 1,087 total cases, 569 are active-duty military with 26 hospitalized and 34 recovered; 220 cases are civilians with 16 hospitalized and four recovered; 190 cases are dependents with 10 hospitalized and four recovered; and 64 cases are contractors with four hospitalized.
A military dependent and a contractor have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
While the Pentagon has not released information about the dependent, earlier this month the department confirmed a Virginia-based contractor who worked at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency died March 21 from the virus.
He and Chapagain acknowledged that there were no statistics available yet to prove mental health issues and suicides are increasing, but said the discussions they are having with health workers and others clearly point in that direction.
But they are also clearly increasing levels of stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
In an interview with AFP, he said he understood that providing mental health support “may not be very high on the agenda as we are trying to contain the virus,” but stressed that the issue is important and “impacts millions and millions of people.”
The Red Cross called Friday for increased psychological support to health workers and others fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, warning of rising suicides as a result of pressure and isolation.
Rocca spoke about the strain felt by health workers, and the Red Cross volunteers who sometimes assist them, when they cannot provide physical human contact to comfort patients and their families.
Grosser still, regulations for these mobile advertisers have yet to be clearly defined in existing privacy law, particularly since cellphone users often opt-in to these company’s tracking measures and the data shared with authorities contains no identifiable information.
In one case the Wall Street Journal cited, researchers contacted the police after determining via geolocation data that large groups of New Yorkers were still visiting Brooklyn’s Prospect Park despite warning notices.
Mobile advertising companies—as opposed to the cellphone carriers themselves—have been forwarding information from users “in certain areas of geographic interest” to federal authorities by way of the CDC, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has teamed up with state and local governments across America to track people’s cellphone location data and trace the novel coronavirus’s spread, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.
That may be because officials are seeking that same kind of information from other tech giants instead; the Washington Post recently reported that federal authorities were in “active talks” with Facebook, Google, and other tech companies about obtaining anonymized, aggregated data to monitor whether users are adhering to official health ordinances.
As some rushed to grab a quick, $47 blood test from a doctor in Little Saigon that can detect antibodies to the novel coronavirus in just minutes, the Orange County Health Care Agency issued a stern warning against them this week.
(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) “These non-approved tests can produce false results and lead to unintended negative consequences for the individual and the broader community,” Orange County Health Officer Nichole Quick said in a statement.
This type of test is used by public health officials to measure how widely a virus has actually spread — antibodies remain in the blood long after the virus is gone — but it’s frowned upon for individual diagnoses of the disease.
People should understand that there’s no guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to interpret or take public health action in response to a positive or negative COVID-19 serology result, that any company claiming FDA approval or authorization for a serology test is misleading the public, and that no COVID-19 serology test kits have been reviewed by the FDA or have received Emergency Use Authorization, she said.
While the PCR test can diagnose active virus in patients, the serology test allows public health officials to measure its spread in the wider community.
In Iran, one of the hardest-hit countries, more than 210 people died from drinking toxic alcohol after claims circulated online that it could treat or ward off COVID-19, the official Irna news agency reported.
Dangerous fake cures debunked by AFP include consuming volcanic ash and fighting infection with UV lamps or chlorine disinfectants, which health authorities say can harm the body if used incorrectly.
As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 20,000 people causes markets to crash and sets scientists scrambling for a solution, rumors and false claims are fueling confusion and deepening the economic misery.
From being duped into taking poisonous “cures” to watching businesses crumble and avoiding life-saving medication, people are suffering devastating real-world impacts of a deluge of online virus misinformation.
This has prompted health authorities across Europe and America to advise heart patients, already more at-risk for the disease, to continue taking their drugs.
So far nearly two million people have downloaded the COVIDradar app and started to track their daily health, and we hope that many more will join them.
As well as helping us understand more about the symptoms of coronavirus and the people who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill, this information will also reveal how fast the disease is spreading and identify geographical hotspots.
Rather than sending out thousands of online or paper questionnaires, we teamed up with health data science company ZOE to develop a simple symptom-monitoring app called COVIDradar.
While some patients who seek medical care or are hospitalised are being tested, there are many more people – possibly millions – with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms who are not.
One of the key pieces of information that we are lacking is a handle on how many people in the UK are infected with coronavirus and where they are living.