Covid19 Europe 

In Ukraine, a priest brings God’s love to COVID-19 patients 

Grzegorz Draus is not an astronaut, although he may look like one, nor is he a pilot of a spaceship. He is wearing protective equipment that features no fewer than 13 different items. His aim: to care for COVID-19 patients in a special hospital in Lviv, Ukraine. Face mask, protective goggles, overalls, gloves, and boiler suit … all the doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff have to wear them. But Grzegorzhe wears an additional item that distinguishes him from the rest—his priestly stole. Father Grzegorz Draus is a Polish Catholic…

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Africa Covid19 

South Africa to start continent’s first coronavirus vaccine pilot

South Africa plans to roll out the continent’s first coronavirus vaccine trial this week, according to the university leading the pilot, as the country grapples with the highest number of coronavirus cases in Africa. The vaccine candidate, developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute in the United Kingdom, is already being evaluated there, where 4,000 participants have signed up for the trial. In South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) is collaborating with the University of Oxford and the Oxford Jenner Institute in the trial of the vaccine known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.…

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Covid19 South America 

Brazil Coronavirus Cases and Deaths: What To Know

Brazil could have the world’s highest Covid-19 death toll by July. Latin America became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in late May, largely driven by Brazil’s ballooning caseload, as the number of infections in the United States and Europe fell. In recent weeks, Brazil has reported upward of 1,000 new deaths a day from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, eclipsing the death toll in every country other than the United States. If the trend lines hold, some epidemiologists project the death toll of the epidemic in Brazil…

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Covid19 South America 

What Colombia’s Record Says About COVID-19 Testing

The view from Colombia as the coronavirus hobbled health systems in Italy, Spain and beyond was a frightening one. If developed economies could be brought to their knees by COVID-19, what would happen to us? But while the outbreak has indeed had tragic consequences – more than 1,800 Colombians have lost their lives to the virus so far – we have largely avoided the saturated hospital systems and skyrocketing mortality rates seen elsewhere in the region. By cases per million residents Colombia ranks as only the 71st most affected country…

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Asia Covid19 

Israel already using steroid said to save 1/3 of most severe COVID-19 cases

After UK researchers announced that a steroid drug has been found to significantly increase the chances of survival for those seriously ill as a result of the coronavirus, a report Wednesday revealed that some Israeli hospitals have for months been including it in the range of medicines they use to treat the disease. Doctors at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem had been giving dexamethasone to some patients since the outbreak began earlier this year, Channel 13 news reported.…

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