Covid-19 patients at this hospital are dying ‘at a rate we’ve never seen die before’ — and it’s taking a toll on health care workers

Covid-19 patients at this hospital are dying 'at a rate we've never seen die before' -- and it's taking a toll on health care workers

“I was really hoping that we’d (all) get vaccinated and things would be back to normal,” said Sefton, an assistant manager at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan.”We have more patients than we’ve ever had at any point, and we’re seeing more people die at a rate we’ve never seen die before,” said Jim Dover, president … Read more

Top UK health officials call for stricter Covid isolation and testing rules | Coronavirus

Senior health officials have drawn up advice saying the UK should bring back stricter isolation and testing rules for contacts of Covid cases, amid concerns that triggering plan B is not enough to stop the spread of Omicron.Top officials at the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) have given three different options to help contain … Read more

Growing use of home Covid-19 tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

Growing use of home Covid-19 tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

When fans of the band Phish started falling ill with Covid-19 all over the country after a Halloween concert weekend in Las Vegas, public health officials were largely in the dark about what appears to have been a superspreader event. In a Facebook post from mid-November with hundreds of responses, concertgoers compared symptoms and positive … Read more

How has COVID impacted mental health?

How has COVID impacted mental health?

Noah Baker and Heidi Ledford ask how the pandemic is affecting mental health Your browser does not support the audio element. Studying mental health in populations is not a simple task, but as the pandemic has continued, mounting concerns have mobilised researchers.Now, researchers have used data from helplines in 20 countries to assess the impacts … Read more

Study: Black, Asian Britons Have Higher COVID-19 Death Rates | Health News

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By JILL LAWLESS, Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Almost two years into the pandemic, Black and other ethnic minority people in Britain are still dying with the coronavirus at higher rates than white residents, likely because of lower vaccination rates, a government-commissioned report said Friday.The research found that vaccination has sharply reduced COVID-19 death rates for … Read more

NSW Omicron COVID-19 case numbers grow to seven, health authorities ‘concerned’ about flight transmission

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NSW’s seventh confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 strain arrived on a flight from Doha last week but had not spent time in southern Africa.Key points:NSW Health are concerned the person contracted the Omicron strain on the flightMantra Services Apartments in Chatswood has been identified as a possible exposure siteAustralia now has eight confirmed Omicron casesThe … Read more

Covid: two schools tested as health officials battle to contain Omicron variant | Coronavirus

At schools, a church and a branch of KFC, public health officials have been scrambling to track people infected by Omicron, in a stiff new test of the UK’s widely criticised £37bn test-and-trace programme.On Monday, new cases of the Covid “variant of concern” emerged in two London locations, bringing the running UK total to 11, … Read more

The pandemic in 60 seconds: animated maps show how Covid-19 spread across NSW and Victoria | Health

The coronavirus pandemic in Australia has caused almost 2,000 deaths and resulted in close to 200,000 cases.In the worst-hit states of New South Wales and Victoria, high vaccination rates have now reduced the rate of hospital admissions.Here we have used an experimental mapping method to show how the outbreak spread across the two states from … Read more

How mental health conditions can raise COVID risk : Shots

How mental health conditions can raise COVID risk : Shots

Digital generated image of cut out male head multi layered with covid-19 cells inside on blue background. Andriy Onufriyenko/Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andriy Onufriyenko/Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images Digital generated image of cut out male head multi layered with covid-19 cells inside on blue background. Andriy Onufriyenko/Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images Even before the federal government’s … Read more

Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases, health authorities to re-examine PCR testing ‘loophole’

Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken at a COVID-19 press conference

Queensland authorities will examine “a loophole” in the demand for COVID testing that could allow people to travel to hotspots and return to Queensland without being tested interstate.Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said the testing rules once the state’s borders open to COVID-19 hotspots would be reconsidered after he confirmed Queensland had recorded no new cases.Under … Read more

Doctors say the kids’ COVID-19 vaccine is a booster for mental health

Doctors say the kids' COVID-19 vaccine is a booster for mental health

Diana Grimaldos keeps getting the same questions from her kids.  “Is the virus gone? Has the virus gone away?” Her seven-year-old daughter, Katalina, has always been an anxious child — but it got much worse during the pandemic.  “She worries,” said Grimaldos, who lives in Toronto. Katalina’s anxiety was especially high during lockdown. Although seeing her parents get … Read more

Craig Kelly awarded Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon gong for spreading Covid misinformation | Health

This year’s award for “the proponent of the most preposterous piece of pseudoscientific or paranormal piffle” has been awarded to the United Australia party MP Craig Kelly.The Australian Skeptics gave Kelly the “undesirable” Bent Spoon gong for spreading misinformation about Covid and vaccinations.In January, Australia’s chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, rebuked Kelly for advocating for … Read more

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Health Ministry briefing on vaccines, pandemic response and hospitalisations

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Health Ministry briefing on vaccines, pandemic response and hospitalisations

Ministry of Health officials and public health experts on how high vaccination rates affect the response to Covid-19.Ministry of Health officials and public health experts will be hosting a briefing this morning on how high vaccination rates affect the response to Covid-19.The briefing, hosted by director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, will also cover how … Read more

S’pore reports 1,723 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths; weekly infection growth rate at 0.97, Health News & Top Stories

S'pore reports 1,723 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths; weekly infection growth rate at 0.97, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – There were 1,723 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Sunday (Nov 14), down from 2,304 a day earlier, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily report. The Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate dipped slightly to 0.97, from 0.98 on Saturday. The number refers to the ratio of community cases in the … Read more

Pfizer, Moderna Execs Explore COVID-19 Vaccines and CV Health at AHA

Pfizer, Moderna Execs Explore COVID-19 Vaccines and CV Health at AHA

Cases of myocarditis following a COVID-19 vaccine are rare, typically mild, and tend to resolve quickly—a far cry from myocarditis and other complications that stem from the virus itself, according to an expert taking part in a discussion on mRNA vaccines and cardiovascular (CV) health Saturday during the 2021 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions.Biykem … Read more

Young children unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID until 2022, Health Minister Greg Hunt says

Young children unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID until 2022, Health Minister Greg Hunt says

Australian children aged between five and 11 are unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before January, Health Minister Greg Hunt says.Key points:The TGA is still reviewing health and safety data for children aged between five and 11Greg Hunt says it is still unclear if Australians will need more than one booster shotThe federal government has announced the … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Parts of Miramichi health zone going into circuit breaker

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, some circuit breakers extended, others lifted

Thanks to a sharp increase in cases in the Miramichi area, most of Zone 7 will begin circuit breaker measures at 6 p.m. on Friday.  There are a couple of areas that are exempt from the restrictions — Black River Bridge and communities to the east;  Murray Settlement and areas south; and New Jersey and communities … Read more

Five reasons NSW Covid case numbers have stayed low since reopening | Health

When New South Wales exited lockdown in October, the premier, Dominic Perrottet, warned that with extra freedoms would likely come extra cases and hospitalisations. Modelling predicted up to 1,900 daily cases during the state’s first easing and a second, larger peak around Christmas. The Burnet Institute forecast hospitalisations would peak between 2,286 and 4,016 in … Read more

Covid-19 drove deaths up 16% in OECD countries, hit mental health, too, report finds

Covid-19 drove deaths up 16% in OECD countries, hit mental health, too, report finds

Life expectancy fell the most in Spain and the United States, the group said, with the United States losing 1.6 years of life per capita on average over the year and a half of the pandemic so far, and Spain losing 1.5 years, the OECD said.The report found little change in which countries enjoy the … Read more

Health workers in England must get COVID vaccine by April 1 -minister

Health workers in England must get COVID vaccine by April 1 -minister

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Health workers in England will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by April 1, health minister Sajid Javid said on Tuesday, making it a mandatory condition of employment for those on the frontline of the National Health Service (NHS).Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to navigate a difficult winter for … Read more

French health authority advises against Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for under 30s

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A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoPARIS, Nov 9 (Reuters) – France’s public health authority has recommended people under 30 be given … Read more

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Is Suing Van Morrison Over Covid Criticism

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Is Suing Van Morrison Over Covid Criticism

Northern Island’s health minister has sued Van Morrison, who has said the minister’s handling of Covid-19 restrictions was “very dangerous.”Paul Tweed, the lawyer for the health minister, Robin Swann, confirmed on Monday that a lawsuit had been filed.“Legal proceedings are now at an advanced stage, with an anticipated hearing date early in 2022,” Mr. Tweed … Read more

Covid-19 treatment facility for seniors, at F1 Pit Building, operational from Nov 9, Health News & Top Stories

Covid-19 treatment facility for seniors, at F1 Pit Building, operational from Nov 9, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – This Covid-19 treatment facility has a “five-star view” of Marina Bay, and is customised with seniors in mind – from well-lit wards to meals that are high in fibre and low in salt to toilets that have anti-slip mats and grab bars. Each ward has a communal area where patients can eat, watch … Read more

Premier Jason Kenney, health officials to provide COVID-19 update

Premier Jason Kenney, health officials to provide COVID-19 update

Premier Jason Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, will provide an update on the government’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Health Minister Jason Copping will also speak at Wednesday’s news conference at 3:30 p.m. MT. Watch it live here.  Active cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Alberta continue to decline and on … Read more

CVS Health sees 2022 profit meeting Street estimates as COVID-19 costs subside

CVS Health sees 2022 profit meeting Street estimates as COVID-19 costs subside

People walk by a CVS Pharmacy store in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoNov 3 (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) on Wednesday said its adjusted profit target for 2022 should largely meet Wall Street estimates, as it expects volatile medical costs in its health … Read more

S’pore reports 3,635 new Covid-19 cases; weekly infection growth rate down to 0.96, Health News & Top Stories

S'pore reports 3,635 new Covid-19 cases; weekly infection growth rate down to 0.96, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate was at 0.96 on Wednesday (Nov 3), down from 1.09 on Tuesday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). This refers to the ratio of community cases in the past week over the week before. A weekly infection growth rate that is more than one shows that the … Read more

Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases as Health Minister defends quarantine requirements for overseas arrivals

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath provides COVID-19 update at North Lakes Sports Club

Queensland’s Health Minister is standing firm on a decision to require hotel quarantine for returning overseas travellers after state borders open up to people from interstate COVID-19 hotspots next month.It comes as Queensland records another day of no new cases in the state, however new exposure site details have been listed for a Goondiwindi truck stop after a truck driver passed through on the … Read more

COVID updates: Queensland Health tracking down people who may have accidentally been given ultra-low Pfizer dose at pop-up vaccine clinic

COVID updates: Queensland Health tracking down people who may have accidentally been given ultra-low Pfizer dose at pop-up vaccine clinic

COVID vaccine developer refusing jab because he’s had his ownAAPAdelaide medical researcher Nikolai Petrovsky has developed and administered his own COVID-19 vaccine and says he is facing the sack because of his refusal to get one of the TGA-approved ones.The director of endocrinology at Flinders Medical Centre has developed a vaccine candidate, COVAX-19, which completed phase 1 trials in … Read more

Law group threatens to sue over Immensa Covid testing scandal | Health policy

The health secretary is facing legal action over the Immensa testing fiasco, in which about 43,000 people have been given false negative Covid results since September.The Good Law Project has sent a pre-action letter to Sajid Javid seeking answers over the scandal, which some experts believe has contributed to a rise in coronavirus cases in … Read more

Singapore reports 3,163 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths, Health News & Top Stories

Singapore reports 3,163 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Thirteen people aged between 57 and 89 have died of complications linked to Covid-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Sunday (Oct 31). Eleven had various underlying medical conditions, while two people were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who had no known medical conditions, said MOH in its daily virus update. … Read more

Geylang Serai Market to close for three days after detection of Covid-19 cases, Health News & Top Stories

Geylang Serai Market to close for three days after detection of Covid-19 cases, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The Geylang Serai Market will be closed for three days from Monday (Nov 1) till Wednesday, after Covid-19 cases were detected there over the past seven days.  Fliers posted at the market by the National Environment Agency (NEA) said the venue would be closed to facilitate deep cleaning and disinfection of the premises.  NEA … Read more

Doctors warn of Covid pressures on health service

Doctors warn of Covid pressures on health service

The prioritisation of Covid-19 booster vaccines for healthcare workers will “need to be considered”, a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine at St James’s Hospital, Dublin has said. Speaking on RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor, Professor Clíona Ní Cheallaigh said it will be “very hard” to keep the health service running with the current levels of … Read more

4,248 new Covid-19 cases; 16 people die of complications, including 44-year-old, Health News & Top Stories

4,248 new Covid-19 cases; 16 people die of complications, including 44-year-old, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Sixteen people aged 44 to 90 years old have died of complications linked to Covid-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (Oct 29). All had various underlying medical conditions, said MOH in its daily virus update. The 44-year-old had not been vaccinated against Covid-19, it added. It gave no further details … Read more

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Vital health workers can now ask for vaccine exemption

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Vital health workers can now ask for vaccine exemption

A order requiring health staff to get the Covid-19 vaccine has been issued. Photo / Getty The employers of key healthcare workers can now make a bid for them to be exempt from Covid-19 vaccine mandates under new rules issued by the Ministry of Health.It comes as the “no jab, no job” public health order, … Read more

COVID-19 cases will keep falling in Ontario with basic health measures in place, new models suggest

COVID-19 cases will keep falling in Ontario with basic health measures in place, new models suggest

The fourth wave of the pandemic in Ontario is receding, and keeping some health measures in place while vaccinating children will keep it under control, the province’s COVID-19 science advisory table said Friday. New data and modelling from the group shows that cases are declining in 26 of Ontario’s 34 public health units and that the … Read more

Covid may have killed up to 180,000 health workers globally, WHO says | Coronavirus

The World Health Organization says 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers may have been killed by Covid-19 up to May this year, insisting they must be prioritised for vaccination.A WHO paper on Thursday estimated that out of the world’s 135 million health staff, “between 80,000 to 180,000 health and care workers could have died from Covid-19 … Read more

US public health in crisis as Covid prompts curbs on officials’ powers | US healthcare

More than half of US states have introduced new laws to restrict public health actions, including policies requiring quarantine or isolation and mandating vaccines or masks. Between the new laws and the massive workforce departures during the pandemic, public health in America is now in crisis, experts say.The new restrictions and shortages not only affect … Read more

Victoria AMA says Covid-deniers and anti-vaxxers should opt out of public health system and ‘let nature run its course’ | Australia news

“Covid-deniers” and “anti-vaxxers” should opt out of care in the public health system if they catch the virus as Victoria reopens, says the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association.The AMA Victoria president, Dr Roderick McRae, said those who do not believe Covid-19 is real or a threat should update their advanced care directives and … Read more

Health authorities add new venues to Victoria’s list of COVID-19 exposure sites

A healthcare worker in PPE looks at a screen while conducting COVID tests.

Health authorities have added new tier 1 venues to Victoria’s list of COVID-19 exposure sites.The new tier 1 sites are:Paynesville Wine Bar at 85A Esplanade, Paynesville, between 3:30pm and 5:30pm on October 12, and between 3:30pm and 5:30pm on October 13McQuinns Gym at 14-18 High Street, Bendigo, between 2:30pm and 6:30pm on October 10, between 5:00am … Read more

NSW to spend $130 million on mental health as state records 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19, 10 deaths

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The NSW government has pledged $130 million in support for mental health in the wake of the pandemic, as the state recorded 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19.Another 10 people died in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday. The new cases were detected from 69,107 test results received yesterday.NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the announcement of funds for services, beds, … Read more

Charities say Covid booster rollout for immunosuppressed is ‘chaotic failure’ | Health

The programme of giving third Covid vaccinations to people with compromised immune systems has been a “chaotic failure”, charities have said, with fewer than half of those eligible contacted about a third jab before an NHS deadline this month.Surveys by Blood Cancer UK and Kidney Care UK found that for both groups of patients, between … Read more

Italy’s mandatory COVID health pass for work sees untroubled launch

Italy's mandatory COVID health pass for work sees untroubled launch

Port workers gather outside the entrance of the major port of Trieste to protest against the implementation of the COVID-19 health pass, the Green Pass, in the workplace, in Trieste, Italy, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Borut ZivulovicTRIESTE, Oct 15 (Reuters) – COVID-19 health passes became mandatory for all workers in Italy from Friday, with the measure … Read more

B.C. health officials provide update on COVID-19 in northern B.C.

B.C. health officials provide update on COVID-19 in northern B.C.

B.C.’s minister of health, along with the provincial health officer and Northern Health’s chief medical health officer are providing an update on the situation with COVID-19 in northern B.C. at 3:15 p.m. today. Adrian Dix, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Jong Kim are hosting an unscheduled briefing, as data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control … Read more

Watch: Health Minister Andrew Little on hospital preparedness for Covid-19

Watch: Health Minister Andrew Little on hospital preparedness for Covid-19

Health Minister Andrew Little says the hospital system is preparing to handle Covid-19 cases, along with progress in home isolation and therapeutic medicines. The minister, Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Connolly and GP Dr Jeff Lowe revealing the plan for how the health system could manage cases following the current vaccination drive. Watch Health Minister … Read more

Covid: UK start to pandemic worst public health failure ever, MPs say – BBC News

Covid: UK start to pandemic worst public health failure ever, MPs say - BBC News

Covid: UK start to pandemic worst public health failure ever, MPs say  BBC NewsCummings right about ‘false groupthink’, says Covid inquiry chair  The GuardianBritish government waited too long to implement COVID-19 lockdown, parliamentary report concludes  ABC NewsCovid response ‘one of UK’s worst ever public health failures’  The GuardianView Full coverage on Google News Source link

Victorian health authorities list more tier 1 COVID-19 exposure sites

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More venues in Melbourne and regional Victoria have been listed as tier 1 COVID-19 exposure sites.The new venues listed last night are:Woodend Primary School at 146 High Street, Woodend between 8:45am and 4:00pm on October 5 and 6Queen of Peace Parish Primary School at 62 Everingham Road, Altona Meadows between 8:30am and 4:00pm on October 5Virtual … Read more

Those unvaccinated against Covid-19 can no longer eat at hawker centres, enter malls, from Oct 13, Health News & Top Stories

Those unvaccinated against Covid-19 can no longer eat at hawker centres, enter malls, from Oct 13, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Unvaccinated individuals will no longer be able to dine in, go to shopping malls, hawker centres and coffee shops, or visit attractions from next Wednesday (Oct 13). However, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 can still do so. The Ministry of Health said on Saturday (Oct 9) that this is a move … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

Public Health has made it easier for New Brunswickers to access their proof of COVID-19 vaccination online. Instead of having to attend a regional health authority vaccination clinic to obtain a registration code to create a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information, people can simply type “IR,” followed by one of their vaccination dates for the … Read more

Ottawa Public Health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, hospitalizations increase

Ottawa Public Health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, hospitalizations increase

OTTAWA — Ottawa Public Health is reporting 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, the highest one-day increase in new cases in five days. Twenty-six of the 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa involve residents under the age of 20. No new deaths were reported in the capital. Since the first case … Read more

NSW warns businesses against letting in unvaccinated people as Victoria overhauls Covid contact tracing | Health

New South Wales businesses have been warned they will be fined if they provide services to unvaccinated people in the early reopening stages, while Victoria is overhauling contact tracing to keep up with growing case numbers.Victoria recorded 950 new cases of Covid on Wednesday, topping NSW for the second day, which reported 863 cases and … Read more