Global South America 

Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s largest city near collapse amid huge spike in cases, mayor says

The healthcare system in Brazil’s largest city is on the verge of collapse due to coronavirus, its mayor has said. Bruno Covas, mayor of Sao Paulo, said public hospitals in the city of 12 million people had already reached 90 per cent capacity, and could run out of space within two weeks. “It is hard to believe that some prefer the population to be subjected to Russian roulette. Indifference in the face of death is unseemly,” he said of those flouting social distancing measures, which includes the country’s far-right president,…

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Africa Global 

Why Africa is least affected by deaths from COVID-19’Nigeria

The predictions were sombre and the statistics scary. A calamity of immense proportion would hit the continent, leaving it worse off than other regions of the world. But months since COVID-19 struck, Africa with its notorious poor health infrastructure has recorded the least deaths. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) had in April predicted: “Anywhere between 300,000 and 3.3 million African people could lose their lives as a direct result of COVID-19.” The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned African countries to “prepare for the worst”, while Melinda Gates,…

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Global South America 

Brazil passes Spain and Italy for confirmed Covid-19 cases

Brazil’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus now exceed those of Spain and Italy, which was once the epicentre of the pandemic, making Brazil’s outbreak the fourth largest in the world, according to official figures. A mother and son wear special masks for the hearing impaired made to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Brazil’s Health Ministry registered 14,919 new confirmed cases in the prior 24 hours, taking the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom. Brazil has done just…

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Global North America 

Covid-19 Stalls Clinical Trials for Everything but Covid-19

Doctors cut out part of her lung. They delivered radiation, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. But Rose Fraenza’s stage 4 lung cancer proved to be stubborn. In search of a new treatment, her doctors’ testing zeroed in on ulixertinib, an experimental drug designed to strike at genetic changes in her tumor. She volunteered for a clinical trial at Smilow Cancer Hospital, the clinical arm of Yale Cancer Center, to try ulixertinib. In March, doctors planned to enroll Fraenza. Then came Covid-19. The pandemic put the study on hold, with no timeline in…

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Global 

Should COVID-19 Patients Avoid Taking Ibuprofen?

Adding to the extant confusion swirling about the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic in March 2020, the French government, including Health Minister Olivier Véran, issued warnings advising that infected persons should avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen: Serious adverse events related to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been reported in patients with COVID19, possible or confirmed cases. We remind you that the treatment of a poorly tolerated fever or pain in the context of COVID19 or any other respiratory virosis is based on paracetamol, without…

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