Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 9:24am EDT
China has reported that frozen chicken wings from Brazil have tested positive for the virus, which would explain the numerous outbreaks at meat packing facilities – the virus can survive in dead bodies and can likely survive/replicate on meat products as well.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 8:09pm EDT
Updated Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 11:03am EDT
Update: The outbreak in New Zealand was caused by a breach in the quarantine system.
Auckland, New Zealand has gone back into Level 3 lockdown after an outbreak in a family from an unknown source after 102 days of no cases; it has been discovered that the virus can survive in refrigerated environments. Australia now has $5,000 fines and New York City has implemented $10,000 fines. Jacinda Ardern will not open New Zealand to Australia due to Australia’s new outbreak.
The United States has purchased 100 million doses from Moderna at $15 per dose for a total of $1.5B. Canada has signed a deal with Pfizer for millions of doses of their vaccine. Navdeep Bains has provided an update on Canada’s vaccine strategy and the World Health Organization has released a ‘Draft Landscape of COVID-19 Candidate Vaccines’. Pfizer announced on July 22 that the U.S. is purchasing 100 million doses with an option for 500 million more. The U.S. has also signed a deal with Johnson & Johnson for 100 million doses. Novavax, based in Maryland, has announced positive results from their preliminary study. Russia is using a vaccine that was tested on 76 people – other countries should not use Russia’s vaccine until it is properly tested. A poll reveals 1 in 3 Americans would decline a vaccine (and 32% of Canadians) and the majority of Canadians are worried about the side effects of a vaccine. A study found only 60% of people produce antibodies; NIH has launched a clinical trial to test antibody treatments.
Americans are not happy with the state of the nation, with only 13% satisfied. 59% of Americans want a two-week stay at home order. The percentage of tests coming back positive is increasing. There have been outbreaks in camps and schools in Georgia and 97,000 children have tested positive in the last two weeks of July alone. Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, “forbade cities and counties from implementing face mask mandates in spite of public health guidance that supported such mandates”. A seven year old boy has reportedly drowned in the bathtub after having a seizure brought on by a high fever. Los Angeles’ Mayor says the city may shut off water and power at residences that host large gatherings. The White House is requiring staff to undergo random testing. Data from the U.S. is inaccurate since hospitals were ordered to bypass the CDC. Europe’s CDC is recommending new restrictions amongst a “true resurgence in cases”. Contact tracing in the U.S. has been insufficient. The U.S. Department of Defense has published their testing approach.
People in Ontario are not happy about the provincial government’s back to school plan and Toronto Public Health disapproves of the plan. Parents want kids to wear face masks in school but it’s only being mandated for higher grades. Doug Ford says social circles of 10 people will ‘likely last until 2021’. Toronto now has PPE vending machines in shopping centres. More than 180 workers at a bakery contracted COVID-19 in May and the public was not informed. There are still anti-mask protests in Montreal and Vancouver. Porter airlines is extending suspension of all flights until October 7, 2020. Indecency laws should be used to prosecute those who put the public at risk.
Children can get severe COVID-19 and Black and Hispanic children are most at risk.
Bandanas have been found to be the worst type of face mask, stopping only 50% of particles, but they are better than nothing. Proper ventilation can help prevent the spread of the virus indoors and mouthwash can reduce short-term viral load in people’s mouths.
Asymptomatic people are just as contagious. More people are reporting rashes and lesions. In severe cases, immune systems become ‘paralyzed’. The psychiatric effects of COVID-19 are becoming apparent. Long-term symptoms include hair loss, chronic fatigue, memory loss and cognitive decline. Embryos might be susceptible to the virus.
Knowledge is Power: Learning More About COVID-19 Can Reduce Your Pandemic Stress (NC State University)
Watch the Spread of COVID-19 (TheScientist)
How Our Exhalations Help Spread Pathogens Such as SARS-CoV-2 (TheScientist)
Simple New Experiment Reveals Which Face Masks Are Best at Blocking Droplets (Science Alert)
Interferon responses in viral pneumonias (Science)
Spike Structure Gives Insight into SARS-CoV-2 Evolution (TheScientist)
Silencing the SARS-CoV-2 Receptor With CRISPR and Epigenetic Modifications (Technology Networks)
Selective and cross-reactive SARS-CoV-2 T cell epitopes in unexposed humans (Science)
Potentially predictive humoral immune response markers in COVID-19 patients (Medical Xpress)
Emerging Testing Technologies Offer Potentially Significant Improvements for COVID-19
Screening Programs (Jones Day)
Johns Hopkins Receives $35 Million in Funding from Department of Defense for Covid-19 Blood Plasma Trials (Johns Hopkins)
Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues (Quanta Magazine)
Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada social media resources: COVID-19 (Canada)
Trudeau taps Carney for help in crafting COVID-19 recovery plan (Bloomberg)
Infographics: Deloitte Canada’s In-Depth Analysis of the Canadian Survey of Business Conditions (Canadian Business Resilience Network)
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