Global North America 

Four out of five COVID-19 deaths have been linked to seniors homes. That says a lot about how Canada regards its elders

What went wrong? What can Canada do to fix it before the next wave hits? This look at the tragedy in Canada’s long term care homes and the emergency measures to protect the most vulnerable is part of the Post’s ongoing Lessons from a Pandemic series. From the first COVID-19 outbreak in British Columbia to the devastation in Ontario and Quebec, seniors in long term care have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. The causes for this are not only demographic and epidemiological. They also reveal the weak points…

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Africa Asia Australasia Europe Global North America South America 

The Coronavirus Shows Why We Have to Tackle the Obesity Crisis

Every critical care specialist attending COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit where I have been filling in as an intensive care physician for the past two weeks makes the same observation: Our patients seem almost universally obese, while most ill but stable patients elsewhere in the hospital have lower body masses. Critical care doctors in other parts of the country, as well as my colleagues in Europe, report seeing the same thing. New research backs up the anecdotal observations. Data from my institution, NYU Langone, shows that body mass…

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Global North America 

Mass testing won’t happen in Mexico. That’s the way the government wants it

“I don’t think testing is a must,” Lopez-Gatell said when asked if the country could re-open safely without more tests. “This doesn’t mean we’re resistant to testing, we will use testing but in a carefully planned manner.” As of May 11, Mexico had only conducted 89 tests per 100,000 people, according to health ministry data. By contrast, the US tested at a rate nearly 32 times higher than that, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The government strategy is to mainly test only those with severe symptoms of the virus…

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Botox Doc Busted in COVID-19 Scam Peddling Trumps Favorite Drug

A California Botox doctor is charged with fraud after his spa sold a magic bullet coronavirus treatmentwhich included Xanax and antimalarial drugs touted by President Trumpto an undercover FBI agent last week. Jennings Ryan Staley, 44, faces one count of mail fraud for allegedly peddling a COVID-19 Treatment Pack that included chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which Trump has advanced as a cure for the coronavirus. (The drugs are undergoing clinical trials for COVID-19, though one Brazilian study ground to a halt after patients developed heart problems.) If convicted, Staley could be…

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Global North America 

Cuba and Jamaica Could be the First Countries to end Their National COVID-19 Outbreaks

Jamaica and Cuba are two Caribbean countries that are close to ending their respective national COVID-19 outbreaks. The International volunteer coalition, End Covid-19 listed the two countries recently. End Covid-19 compiled data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and John Hopkins University, before they listed the Caribbean islands among the 32 countries that seem to have done exceptionally well to control the spread of the covid-19, as they are close to a gradual flattening of the infection curve. To completely control the virus, new cases per day must be at zero.…

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