FDA gives emergency authorization to most precise coronavirus-antibody test yet
NEW YORK — A new, next-level coronavirus-antibody test that measures not just antibodies’ presence but also how much protection they afford are on the way.The test, which on Wednesday received emergency-use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, measures the number of neutralizing antibodies that the body’s immune system has produced after exposure, reported CNBC. While previous tests have measured antibody levels, this one zeroes in on the antibodies that attack two specific aspects of the novel coronavirus.This “new generation” of test, the COVID-SeroKlir, was developed by...
New York Daily News
Michigan reports 4,273 new COVID-19 cases, 73 deaths
DETROIT — Michigan reported 4,273 new cases of COVID-19 and 73 new deaths Wednesday, according to an update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.The state now has 8,761 confirmed deaths and 324,779 confirmed cases since March.Michigan had a positivity rate of 13.42% Tuesday, reporting that 8,087 out of 60,252 diagnostic test results returned were positive.Michigan has a fatality rate of 2.7% among known cases.The state has reported 409 probable COVID-19 deaths and 27,654 probable cases.The probable cases combined with the confirmed cases make for a cumulative total of 9,17...
Detroit Free Press
Florida reports more than 8,500 new cases of COVID-19 and 73 new deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported 8,555 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, continuing an upward trend in the spread of the virus this month ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.The state also reported 73 new deaths on Tuesday.Since the pandemic began, 953,300 Florida residents and non-residents have been infected with COVID-19. The death toll, including non-residents, stands at 18,383.As cases have trended higher in recent weeks, so have hospitalizations. The spike indicates South Florida is likely experiencing the same surge that is occurring across the nation.Statewide, 3,780 patients wer...
Michigan adds 6,290 COVID-19 cases, 145 more deaths
DETROIT — Michigan added 6,290 cases and 145 more deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday as cases continue to surge across the state.Of the Tuesday deaths, 51 were identified during a delayed records review, the state said.The latest additions bring the state’s total of confirmed cases to 320,506 and deaths to 8,688 since the virus was first detected in Michigan in March, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.Michigan finished last week with a record of 50,892 cases, the sixth consecutive record week for confirmed infections, surpassing last week’s total of 44,019 new case...
The Detroit News
Millions of kids are skipping vaccines this year, Blue Cross study finds. 'The US is on the precipice of a severe immunization crisis.'
Millions of American children are skipping vaccines that protect against potentially deadly or disabling illnesses due to concerns about COVID-19, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield Association analysis of millions of medical claims.Children are on track to miss an estimated 9 million vaccine doses in 2020, a decrease of 26% for measles compared with 2019, and a decrease of 16% for polio, according to the analysis.That leaves an estimated 88% vaccination rate for measles, less than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention herd immunity requirement of 93%.“The U.S. is on the precip...
You should probably replace some of your fabric face masks
If your masks are beginning to feel as old as this pandemic, it’s probably time to get yourself some new ones.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises using masks that have at least two layers of tightly woven, washable, breathable fabric, such as cotton. When you wash your masks regularly, which you’re supposed to do, the fabric, as well as the fit, can begin to deteriorate. As this happens, your masks become less effective.“A newer, fresher mask is likely to have tighter fibers, and so it’s likely better at keeping out other particles and keeping your particles in,” says Krys J...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
CDC advisory committee discusses who should get first vaccine doses
A key committee that will advise the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on who should get the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine agreed Monday on initial priorities and an ethical framework. But the hourslong meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) demonstrated just how complicated it will be to get the vaccine into the arms of millions of people.First off, the different vaccines in development have different attributes, such as how they work and can be distributed, and it isn’t yet known which products will be approved first by the Food and Drug Admi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The CDC upgrades cruise ship COVID-19 infection risk to highest level possible
MIAMI — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upgraded the cruise ship travel risk to a level 4, the federal agency’s highest risk level possible for contracting COVID-19.Amid reports of widespread outbreaks in cruises earlier this year, CDC recommends for travelers to avoid cruise ships, including river cruises, around the world, given the “very high” risk of becoming infected or spreading the novel coronavirus.If passengers decide to go on cruises, they should get tested three to five days after the trip. Even if they test negative after a trip, cruise ship travelers should sta...
More than 1 million people traveled on planes in US on a single day ahead of Thanksgiving amid coronavirus pandemic
The turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic didn’t deter more than 1 million people in the United States from traveling aboard planes on a single day ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.A whopping 1,019,836 people went on U.S. flights on Friday, data [released](That’s the second-highest number of single-day travelers since mid-March, when the outbreak of COVID-19 began to cause shutdowns throughout the U.S. and devastated the air-travel industry.The only day since then that’s seen more people travel by plane than last Friday was Oct. 18, when 1,031,505 passengers boarded U.S. flights.Frida...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Heed CDC on holidays. Not the radiologist
In the three months since President Donald Trump made Dr. Scott Atlas — a radiologist, not an epidemiologist or specialist in infectious diseases — his favorite source of ideas on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the United States has been racked with a record-setting third surge of virus cases, with record daily deaths expected in coming days. The president, his wife and youngest son have all been infected, as well as his eldest son, who lives elsewhere. The president had to be hospitalized. And White House gatherings became “superspreader” events. It is hardly a coincidence the pa...
The San Diego Union-Tribune