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There is still no official confirmation from where SARS-CoV-2 (the pathogen that causes the COVID-19 infection) came from, but there still may be hope yet.
The World Health Organization believes that they can get to the bottom of the mystery, and a plan has been set in place to get them there. The WHO spoke to National Geographic earlier this month and said that its investigation will come in two phases; the first is not having a WHO research team on the ground in China, but instead reviewing all of the data that Chinese researchers provide them. The second phase details weren't mentioned.
The WHO team tasked with working with Chinese scientists on uncovering the source of the coronavirus will be reviewing numerous types of data and samples. These include things such as blood samples collected from Wuhan hospitals, urine samples, feces samples from animals such as bats, pangolins, civet cats, and any other mammals in the area. On top of that, the WHO team will also have to study surrounding countries for similar traces of the pathogen's origin.
Unfortunately, there are still many people out there who don't believe that coronavirus is dangerous or that it's even real.
While that might sound shocking to someone who has been correctly preparing for the virus by abiding by all of the health recommendations, it's sadly a fact, and leading public health experts are worried that these people are influencing the overall response to the virus. In a recent interview with USA Today, Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked if the time of each state and city to be issuing its own safety guidelines has passed, and more nation-level unified approach should be taken.
The infectious disease expert replied by saying, "There are obviously going to be some differences, because we have such a large, diverse country. But the differences shouldn't be fundamental. There should be really some common denominators that everyone follows. We've got to say, 'OK, folks, enough is enough with this political divisiveness, with this claiming that people are making things up. Get rid of these ridiculous conspiracy theories and realize this is a public health crisis.' ..."
New coronavirus cases aren't slowing down across the United States. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that the public grab these eight essential items are cases continue to rise.
If you have been paying any kind of attention to the coronavirus data, you would have seen that cases across the US are heading in the wrong direction. On Friday last week, data from the Johns Hopkins University indicated showed that there were 195,542 new coronavirus cases recorded.
That massive number stands as an example of how the coronavirus situation in the US is unfolding, and as cases continue to grow, people need to think about purchasing the essential items that will allow them to continue to contribute to lessening the community spread of the virus.
The governor of one US state has imported half a million coronavirus tests from South Korea and has discovered that they are all flawed.
According to a report from The Washington Post this past Friday, the Maryland Governor Larry Hogan spent $9.46 million back in April to buy half a million coronavirus tests from South Korea. The Post said that these tests turned out to be flawed, and the state of Maryland ended up "quietly" paying the same South Korean company an additional $2.5 million for 500,000 replacement tests.
It was reported that a University of Maryland laboratory decided not to use the replacement tests after a large number of suspected false-positive test results. The Post also said that a private lab continues to use the replacement tests and that Governor Hogan declined to comment on this matter. For more information on this story, check out this link here. To track the coronavirus for yourself, visit this link here.
Coronavirus cases in the United States are surging, and now one state in the US has officially passed 300,000 COVID-19 cases.
According to a report from the State of Michigan, another 7,528 cases of coronavirus have been added to the state's grand total of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Additionally, the state also reports that another 101 deaths linked to the virus have happened. The state confirms that the tally for confirmed COVID-19 cases since the first case was detected back in March has now reached 329,021.
As for deaths, the tally is indicating that there have been 8,478 COVID-19 deaths. On a more positive wave, 152,267 people are considered to be recovered from the virus as of Friday. On top of that, Michigan has carried out 88,526 samples for the virus, which is now the new record for most COVID-19 tests carried out in a single day. Of those 88,526 tests, 10,007 came back positive, which is a rate of 11.3%.
A study out of the United Kingdom has identified one common household item that has the ability to kill the coronavirus in 30 seconds or less.
Researchers from Cardiff University have conducted a study and have found that common mouthwash has the ability to kill the coronavirus in 30 seconds or less. The study found that mouthwashes that are purchasable over-the-counter and have 0.07 percent cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) show "promising signs" of being able to kill coronavirus.
So, how did the researchers discover this? The scientists mimicked the environment of the human nasal cavity and oral passage in a test tube. The researchers then added the common mouthwashes such as Dentyl and Listerine to the test tube and observed the results. Below you will find comments from Dr. Nick Claydon, a specialist periodontologist, who spoke to the BBC.
A new study being pushed by China suggests that the origin of the now rampant coronavirus wasn't China, but actually another country.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been firmly believed by numerous countries around the world that the origin of the coronavirus was Wuhan, China. Now, Chinese officials in Beijing are pushing a new study that suggests that the coronavirus pathogen may have been spreading in Italy as early as September 2019, which is three months before the first official reports coming out of Wuhan, China.
Chinese media outlets are now pushing the study by the National Cancer Institute, suggesting to the public that the contagion most likely started in Italy and not China. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, "This once again shows that tracing the virus's source is a complex scientific question that should be left to scientists. [It] is a developing process that can involve multiple countries."
Researchers have developed a new nasal spray that can provide effective protection against coronavirus.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham developed the new nasal spray, and the materials used to create the nasal spray have already been cleared for use in humans. The fact that the nasal spray is comprised of materials that have already been cleared for use in humans is a big deal because this means that the elongated procedure to get regulatory approval for a new medical product isn't needed - the product can come straight to market.
The spray has two polysaccharide polymers, the first is an antiviral agent called carrageenan, and the second is a solution called gellan. The gellan, when sprayed in the nasal cavity sticks to the fine contaminated droplets inside the nasal cavity, preventing the virus from potentially being transmitted to a new host via a sneeze or cough. The user can then remove the contaminated particles by blowing their nose or swallowing.
It has been confirmed that Donald Trump Jr. has officially tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
On Friday, a spokesperson for Donald Trump Jr. confirmed that Donald Trump Jr. is the latest person connected to the White House to test positive for COVID-19. The spokesperson said that Trump Jr. isn't showing any symptoms and is following all the recommended COVID-19 medical guidelines.
The spokesperson also said that Trump Jr. has been self-isolating in his cabin since he received the test results earlier this week. So far, at least 45 people connected to the White House have tested positive for COVID-19, with many falling positive after attending the Rose Garden celebration of Justice Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court in September. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
The United States has broken its record for the most new coronavirus cases recorded in a single day.
According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, the United States has topped its last record for most new coronavirus cases recorded in a 24 hour period. The last record the US had was 177,224 new COVID-19 in a day, and now on November 19th, the tracker is indicating that the record has been broken with 187,833 new COVID-19 cases.
On top of breaking the record for new daily COVID-19 cases, the US has recorded the most deaths in 24 hours since May, with 2,015 deaths on Thursday, November 19th. According to the COVID Tracking Project, the US has recorded the most hospitalizations this month since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 80,000 people hospitalized. If you are interested in reading more about this story, check out this link here.