Europe Global Healthcare 

New coronavirus data shows London ethnic breakdown

New NHS data has revealed ethnic breakdowns among the patients in London hospitals who have died with coronavirus. Black people account for 13% of the city’s population but 16% of deaths. Epidemiologist Dr Shikta Das said there was a high rate of ethnic minority people among front line workers, who were exposed to greater risk. But Dr Das said it was difficult to draw conclusions as data needed to be more specific to areas of London. London has seen nearly 5,000 deaths linked to the virus. NHS data, obtained by…

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Global South America 

35% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic

DETECTING cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease could be harder than expected, as a number of persons are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show signs of the disease. Public health authorities reported that confirmed cases of COVID-19 moved from 113 to 116 over the past 24 hours, but over 35 per cent or over 40 persons are asymptomatic. “You should note that over 35 per cent of our COVID-19 cases were actually asymptomatic – had no typical signs or symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath etc…, so…

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Europe Global 

Germany Says No to Greek Orthodox Holy Communion due to Coronavirus

The German government has decided to ban Holy Communion in the form it is given to Orthodox Christians in fear that it is conducive to the spread of coronavirus and endangers public health. Even though the Divine Liturgy in Orthodox churches can recommence as of Saturday,  German Metropolitan Augustine sent a circular to priests, informing them that the faithful can not receive the Holy Communion. “In view of the opening of the holy churches in German territory, legislative decrees were issued which, in addition to the other security measures that…

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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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