FDA approves Gilead’s remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus patients

BREAKING NEWS: Gilead’s remdesivir gets FULL FDA approval as a treatment for coronavirus patients On Thursday, the FDA gave full approval for  the antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatment for the novel coronavirus Previously, it was the only medication approved in the US to treat COVID-19 patients by emergency use  A recent NIH study found remdesivir shortened coronavirus … Read more FDA approves Gilead’s remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus patients

Coronavirus: First Nightingale hospital in England reopens in Manchester for Covid-19 patients

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Manchester will reopen in the next week as the city heads into a local lockdown. A local NHS boss today announced the temporary hospital, set up in the Manchester Central Conference Centre, will be brought back into use before the end of next week. It will become the first one … Read more Coronavirus: First Nightingale hospital in England reopens in Manchester for Covid-19 patients

Liverpool’s hospitals are now treating more coronavirus patients now than in April

Liverpool’s hospitals are treating more coronavirus patients now than they were at  the peak of the crisis, it was claimed today. The medical director of the biggest NHS trust in the city said beds occupied by Covid-19 patients had already surpassed levels in April and that they were ‘continuing to rise’. Dr Tristan Cope, of … Read more Liverpool’s hospitals are now treating more coronavirus patients now than in April

Prince William laments the ‘unimaginable challenges’ faced by cancer patients

Prince William spoke yesterday of the ‘unimaginable challenges’ faced by cancer patients as a result of the virus. The Duke of Cambridge said the ‘knock-on effects’ of the crisis had been particularly acute for those who faced delayed treatments. It comes just days after the prince warned of a ‘mental health catastrophe’ if lockdowns prevented … Read more Prince William laments the ‘unimaginable challenges’ faced by cancer patients

Algorithm could help ‘share the load’ of ICU beds and support up to 1,000 Covid-19 patients

A new algorithm could be used in the NHS to help hospitals ‘share the load’ and ensure Covid-19 patients get access to an ICU bed when needed, a study has found.  Queen Mary University of London researchers, proposes a load balancing system that would see critical ICU patients transferred between hospitals as needed. This would involve an algorithm … Read more Algorithm could help ‘share the load’ of ICU beds and support up to 1,000 Covid-19 patients

NHS hospital in Bradford becomes latest to cancel operations amid spike in Covid-19 patients 

NHS hospitals in Bradford have become the latest to start cancelling operations after seeing a spike in admissions of Covid-19 patients. Bradford Teaching Hospitals said in a statement it will suspend some non-urgent surgery and outpatient appointments for two weeks from Tuesday, October 20. It runs the Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s hospital and … Read more NHS hospital in Bradford becomes latest to cancel operations amid spike in Covid-19 patients 

Black coronavirus patients nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized as whites, new study finds

African-Americans are more likely to test positive for – and be hospitalized with – the novel coronavirus than white people, a new study suggests. Researchers found that black adults in the US were three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, compared to white adults. Additionally, black coronavirus … Read more Black coronavirus patients nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized as whites, new study finds

Failing to quarantine infected patients is to blame for second Covid-19 wave, warns the WHO

A failure to quarantine enough coronavirus patients is to blame for the second wave rolling across Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. WHO emergencies director Dr Michael Ryan linked soaring transmission rates on the continent to failing contact tracing systems that were not catching and isolating enough close contacts of infected people. Dr Ryan … Read more Failing to quarantine infected patients is to blame for second Covid-19 wave, warns the WHO

Coronavirus UK: Rush to put patients on ventilators during first wave may have RAISED death rate

The rush to put Covid-19 patients on mechanical ventilators at the start of the pandemic may have raised the death rate, a senior medic has said.   At the start of the pandemic, just 66 per cent of people in hospital with coronavirus survived, compared to 84 per cent in August. Dr Alison Pittard, dean of … Read more Coronavirus UK: Rush to put patients on ventilators during first wave may have RAISED death rate

Nearly two-thirds of hospitalised Covid-19 patients still have lung damage

Nearly two-thirds of coronavirus hospital patients are still suffering organ damage months after being discharged, a small study has warned. Oxford University experts found 60 per cent of patients had scarring or inflammation in their lungs three months after beating the virus. MRI scans showed 30 per cent had lasting damage to their kidney, 26 … Read more Nearly two-thirds of hospitalised Covid-19 patients still have lung damage