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COVID-19 Vaccine: Govts urged to make it free of charge to all once developed

A petition from global leaders has been initiated requesting governments across the world that when a successful COVID-19 vaccine is developed, it be made available free of charge to all. UNAIDS, the UN agency fighting against the deadly HIV/AIDS virus, has initiated the petition, according to the United Nations. Over 140 world leaders and figures signed the open letter requesting ...

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Shohoz Health: A health service through video consultation

Shohoz, the leading super app of the country, is launching ‘Shohoz Health’ the most comprehensive digital health solution with 100+ specialized doctors in the country in its bid to fight the current COVID-19 crisis and build a technology-empowered solution for our healthcare sector. This state-of-the-art digital healthcare app will allow users to access specialized doctors through video-based consultation from anywhere ...

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Zinc-hydroxychloroquine found effective in some COVID-19 patients: study

The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine has shown mixed results against the coronavirus in early studies, but a new paper out of New York suggests combining it with the dietary supplement zinc sulfate could create a more effective treatment. The research by the NYU Grossman School of Medicine was posted on a medical preprint site on Monday, meaning it hasn’t yet been ...

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Vitamin D deficiency may causes severe Covid-19 infection

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to more severe cases of COVID-19, two studies based on data from more than 20 countries found. If you’re looking for ways to protect yourself against the coronavirus, new research suggests that getting plenty of vitamin D might help. Two new studies linked vitamin D deficiency with coronavirus risks, suggesting that not having enough ...

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Lockdown helping cut risk of heart attack

Coronavirus or covid-19, which is causing huge loss of lives across the world every day, has emerged as a piece of good news for people as incidents of cardiac arrest and stroke have significantly fallen due to stay-at-home over the virus pandemic. Lockdown over the deadly corona pandemic has forced people to stay home and at the same time, it ...

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India sending medicines to over 25 African countries to fight COVID-19

India is dispatching packages of medicines to more than 25 countries in Africa in keeping with its traditionally strong bonds of friendship and solidarity with the continent, the External Affairs Ministry said today. Each package of medicines includes hydroxychloroquine, paracetamol and other drugs which are immediately required to fight the pandemic. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation ...

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Rats are infecting humans with hepatitis, and nobody knows how

In 2018, infectious disease experts at the University of Hong Kong came across an unusual patient. The 56-year-old man, who had undergone a liver transplant, was showing abnormal liver functions with no obvious cause. Tests found that his immune system was responding to hepatitis E — but they couldn’t actually find the human strain of the hepatitis E virus (HEV) ...

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No apparent harm or benefit from hydroxychloroquine: study

A study performed in New York hospitals found no evidence of either harm or benefit from giving the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to severely ill coronavirus patients. “The risk of intubation or death was not significantly higher or lower among patients who received hydroxychloroquine than among those who did not,” the authors of the study said. They said the study, published ...

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’10 Plain truths’ about the coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, laid out “10 plain truths” about Covid-19 on Wednesday as he spoke at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the pandemic response. “In my 30 years in global public health, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Frieden, who now serves as president and CEO of ...

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COVID-19 lockdown risks 1.4 mn extra TB deaths: study

The global lockdown caused by COVID-19 risks a “devastating” surge in tuberculosis cases, with nearly 1.4 million additional deaths from the world’s biggest infectious killer by 2025, new research showed Wednesday. TB, a bacterial infection that normally attacks patients’ lungs, is largely treatable yet still infects an estimated 10 million people every year. In 2018, it killed around 1.5 million ...

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