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The impacts of COVID-19 around the world, as told by statistics

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: World Economic Forum

The Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) has released a new report which seeks to describe the economic and social impact of COVID-19 in different areas of the world. According to this report, the aviation industry is facing its worst-ever crisis, with 90% of the global fleet grounded […]

Here’s How Wuhan Tested 6.5 Million for Coronavirus in Days

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: The New York Times

At the 2-week mark of an unprecedented campaign to screen virtually all 11 million residents of Wuhan, nearly 6.5 million residents have been tested so far, which represents 90% of residents. Their outreach strategy includes sending medical workers to construction sites and markets to look for itinerant workers, making house-calls to reach older residents and people with disabilities […]

COVID-19 not very infectious 8 days after symptoms occur, Winnipeg study suggests

Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: CBC

Researchers from the National Microbiology Laboratory, Cadham Provincial Laboratory, and the University of Manitoba concluded in a recent study that COVID-19 is infectious only for the first 8 days after symptom-onset. The study looked at nasal or throat samples from 90 people in Manitoba who tested positive for COVID-19 […]

Latest Scientific Updates

Does the presence of cardiovascular disease impact patients with COVID-19?

Bottom Line: Patients with underlying cardiovascular disease were at an increased likelihood of developing abnormalities of liver function, certain laboratory tests, and more critical illness. Reference: Zhang, J. et al. Do Underlying Cardiovascular Diseases Have Any Impact on Hospitalised Patients With COVID-19?. Heart (2020). DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2020-316909 Date Published: 25 May 2020 Synopsis: This study found that […]

Can we use serologic testing to find out the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a population?

Bottom Line: Serologic testing estimates that at the time of the study, about 367,000 adults in Los Angeles County may have had antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, despite only having 8,430 confirmed cases in the area. Reference: Sood, N. et al. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2–Specific Antibodies Among Adults in Los Angeles County, California, on April 10-11, 2020. JAMA (2020). […]

Is previous radiation to the lungs a risk factor for death due to COVID-19?

Bottom Line: This study found that a history of lung irradiation increases mortality risk in COVID-19 patients. Reference: Kabarriti, R. et al. Extent of prior lung irradiation and mortality in COVID-19 patients with a cancer history. Advances in Radiation Oncology (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adro.2020.04.028 Date Published: 20 May 2020 Synopsis: The study gathered 107 patients who tested positive […]