Nearly 1,400 frontline healthcare workers in the United States have apparently died from COVID-19, according to a joint investigation by British newspaper The Guardian and Kaiser Health News. One-third of healthcare workers who died were nurses, according to the study.
Many health workers, according to the report, are struggling with illness, trauma and exhaustion.
FILE – An NHS worker is pictured outside Aintree University Hospital ahead of the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Liverpool, Britain April 23, 2020.
A surgical nurse told The Guardian that in the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic, he wrapped more people in body bags than he had done in the previous 25 years of his career. Jim Gentile said: Many of us have PTSD.
More than 58 million people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, the Johns Hopkins Resource Center reported Sunday morning.
The United States continues to dominate the world in infections with over 12 million cases, followed by India with 9 million infections and Brazil with 6 million.
FILE – Ventilation tubes are attached to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, November 19, 2020.
The virus has killed more than 1.3 million people. Over a quarter of a million of these deaths have been in the United States
Even though coronavirus disease is on the rise, not everyone is eager to be vaccinated against it, according to a recent Ipsos poll. While 73% of those polled globally said they would be vaccinated, that number was four points higher this summer.
The study found that vaccination intention declined in 10 of the 15 countries included in the survey. Intention fell the most in China, Australia, Spain and Brazil.
FILE – Test kits for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination study are seen at research centers in America, Hollywood, Fla., September 24, 2020.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared the emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody treatment that President Donald Trump says has helped him recover from illness caused by the coronavirus.
The FDA approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. therapy consists of the monoclonal antibodies, casirivimab and imdevimab. They should be taken together to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults, including people 65 years of age and older with certain chronic conditions, and children at high risk for more serious cases.
The company expects to have enough treatment ready for about 200,000 patients by the first week of January.
U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said on Friday that they had filed for emergency clearance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use their COVID-19 vaccine, claiming they were about to begin distribution within hours of approval.
The request comes after the companies said testing showed the vaccine had a 95% effectiveness rate, with no serious safety concerns seen to date.
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Friday that the FDA may decide on emergency use of the candidate vaccine within weeks.
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