Century-old BCG vaccine used to eradicate tuberculosis DOES ‘reduce the chance of death from Covid-19’, study confirms

Professor Ben Neuman, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Reading, say that while there is a clear benefit to using BCG to protect against TB, ‘it is questionable whether a tuberculosis vaccine would be seen as a viable form of long-term immune system modification for use against Covid-19’. 

Does a common tuberculosis vaccine work against COVID-19? Study of 55 countries offers new clues

Does this mean that the BCG vaccine protects against COVID-19? Nope. The data shows a correlation, not causation. These results essentially wave a huge green flag that says study this further. Currently research trials are underway in the Netherlands and Australia to directly test whether people who receive a BCG vaccination display protection against COVID-19.

Coronavirus: US biker rally responsible for more than 260,000 cases of COVID-19, study suggests

This was combined with figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which recorded infection rates in Meade County where the rally took place, neighbouring districts and areas across the country from which the largest numbers of people had attended.

Coronavirus Patients Twice As Likely To Have Eaten In Restaurants Before Getting Ill: CDC Study

Although similar numbers reported always wearing a mask or face covering when in public places (71 percent of positive cases compared to 74 percent of negative cases), the CDC study found that that those who tested positive were twice as likely to have eaten at a restaurant in the two weeks before testing positive. The […]

How Superspreaders – People and Places – Drive COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – A wedding reception in Maine led to nearly 160 COVID-19 cases.  A motorcycle rally in South Dakota spread the coronavirus to more than 230 people and perhaps as many as 250,000, according to one estimate. Meanwhile, house parties and bar nights in college towns across the country are sparking outbreaks that make public health officials wince.  

COVID-19 May Have Spread Silently in Los Angeles in December, Study Says

Researchers at UCLA and their colleagues at the University of Washington noticed a surge in patients seeking treatment at UCLA medical facilities for coughs starting the week of December 22. The uptick continued through the end of February. Some of the patients were treated in outpatient centers, while others were admitted to hospitals operated by […]

Germany supports textile workers in Vietnam affected by COVID-19

The German Development Ministry (BMZ) is supporting over two million workers in textile factories in seven nations, including Viet Nam, as part of its Emergency COVID-19 Support Program. The project is being implemented in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam, Ethiopia and Madagascar. In consultation with the German Labor Ministry, the International Labor Organization (ILO) […]

Pharmaceutical Giant AstraZeneca Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

The company did not disclose the nature of the participant’s illness, but The New York Times reports the volunteer, based in Britain, was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and is often sparked by viral infections.  But the Times says it is unknown whether it is directly linked to […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Development Will Follow Scientific Process, US Experts Vow

“We have done that by carrying out steps in parallel that are traditionally done in sequence. We’ve eliminated downtime by moving into new phases before data from the previous phase is completely analyzed,” Collins told lawmakers. “We have started to manufacture doses of all these vaccines before we know if they work, understanding that we […]

Medical Journal: Masks an Important Tool to Fight COVID-19

Dr. Monica Gandhi, one of the authors of the article, who is an infectious disease physician at the University of California, San Francisco, told the British newspaper The Telegraph, “It is true that the proportion of asymptomatic infection being increased by masking might increase the proportion of the population who achieve at least short-term immunity […]