The burden of a positive COVID-19 test result has some people 'test shopping' for a negative
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — One morning, Amy Rosen woke up with body aches and a throbbing head. When she couldn’t shake the feeling, she went to urgent care to get swabbed for COVID-19 and paid $45 to get quick results. Two days later, her test result came back positive.In the next two weeks, Rosen got nasal and saliva tests another six times at drive-thrus, walk-ups and again at urgent care — all in a quest for a negative result to resume her normal life.As the virus infects Floridians at a record pace, wait times at test sites and long turnarounds for results have people like Rosen taking multi...
Mayo Clinic's plasma program shows first signs of COVID-19 benefit
MINNEAPOLIS — Preliminary research by Mayo Clinic shows that high-dose plasma therapy is correlated with fewer deaths in patients with severe COVID-19.A 10 percentage point difference in deaths was found when comparing hospitalized COVID-19 patients who received donor plasma with high concentrations of virus-fighting antibodies compared with those who received lower concentrations, Mayo reported.The findings are good news in the fight against a global pandemic with few proven treatments and an infectious disease that as of Wednesday had caused 57,779 known infections and 1,629 deaths in the st...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
At least 4 people have died after swallowing sanitizer during pandemic, CDC says
At least four people have died after swallowing hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.In a report, the CDC said more than a dozen adults have landed in hospitals in Arizona and New Mexico since May 1 after drinking disinfectants.“Alcohol-based hand sanitizer products should never be ingested,” the CDC said in the report.In addition to the four fatalities, which included a trio of people in their 30s, another three patients suffered visual impairment after swallowing sanitizer, according to health authorities.The cases invo...
New York Daily News
Central Illinois Republican US Rep. Rodney Davis says he's tested positive for COVID-19
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a central Illinois Republican locked in a tough battle for reelection, said he tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19 after holding recent in-district constituent events.Davis, 50, a four-term congressman from Taylorville, said he had been having his temperature checked twice daily. After his temperature was recorded at 99 degrees, he said he and his wife, Shannon, took coronavirus tests. He tested positive and his wife did not, he said.“Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine,” Davis said. He said that staff memb...
New York's coronavirus infection rate drops below 1% as deaths plummet, Cuomo says
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s coronavirus infection rate fell below 1% Wednesday as the state continues to stave off a second wave of the deadly respiratory illness.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said only 636, or 0.87%, of the more than 70,000 test results that came back Tuesday were positive as hospitalizations fell by four patients to 564 people statewide.“Our progress is thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers — even after two and a half months of reopening, the numbers have continued to go down,” the governor said in a statement.As other states see surging COVID-19 numbers, New York has reported steady dec...
New York Daily News
Yankees will not rush Aroldis Chapman's return from coronavirus
PHILADELPHIA — Aroldis Chapman is at least a week away from rejoining the Yankees. The closer was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday and live hitters were not yet on his radar.“I don’t expect (him to be pitching in a big league game) any time soon, but he is in a good spot and we’ll monitor how each (bullpen) goes, how his live BPs go and make the smart decision about when to bring him back. We will not rush him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.The Yankees have a solid, experienced closer to use with Chapman out. Zack Britton has four saves in four appearances in his absence. Chapman ...
New York Daily News
Could COVID-19 inspire the faithful? Scholars predict spirituality surge in our future
During the Black Death, which originated in Asia and terrorized Europe from 1347 to 1352, artists captured the macabre zeitgeist with depictions of mocking skeletons wielding scythes and leading townsfolk to their painful deaths.Between 25 million and 30 million people perished, and, historians say, the medieval mind blamed the plague’s boils and fevers on God’s failure to hear the prayers of the doomed — not, as it turned out, on fleas infected by rats. The devastation drained the faithful of faith.No such drama will follow the current pandemic, scholars predict. In fact, many believe we will...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dan Wiederer: Matt Nagy is finding long-term planning difficult at Bears training camp amid uncertainty
CHICAGO — When the news spread Monday that Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson had tested positive for COVID-19 and was heading for quarantine, Matt Nagy took a moment to gather himself. Nagy reached out to his friend and former colleague and was encouraged to learn Pederson was asymptomatic and feeling fine.“We’re all here for one another,” Nagy said.But for the Chicago Bears coach, it was yet another reminder. This 2020 football expedition promises to be tricky throughout and, at times, quite treacherous.Stay alert. Stay flexible.Be ready for anything.“We all have to go into these days l...
Report: Jon Gruden faked coronavirus to show Raiders it's serious
Jon Gruden has long been known to play up the drama, but he set a new standard in a recent meeting with his Raiders players.The team logged on for a video meeting last week expecting to see Gruden leading the call. Instead, NFL Network reports, they got special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, who had a somber message: Gruden had been hospitalized due to complications from the coronavirus.The players responded with an appropriate level of seriousness and concern for their coach.Unbeknownst to the Raiders players, Gruden was actually perfectly healthy: He had called upon Bisaccia for a little play-ac...
The Mercury News
Common cold viruses can spark response against coronavirus, scientists report
SAN DIEGO — Your chances of getting COVID-19 could depend in part on how your body reacted the last time you caught a cold, according to a study published this week by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may be the latest coronavirus, but it’s not the first. There are four other coronaviruses, which can cause the common cold. The new study shows that some people who have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 have immune responses to it because they have been exposed to what are essentially older cousins of the novel coronavirus.Scienti...
The San Diego Union-Tribune