BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Testing remains a key factor in reaching the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, what happens if you test positive for the virus? For many, it’s a waiting game and an unsettling experience in finding out the possible range of symptoms That’s an issue one Maryland-based biotech company is hoping to solve. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.5K New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Down IES Life Sciences and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore are teaming up to determine how severe a COVID-19 case could become and even what type of symptoms a patient could have. “I hope that it will eliminate the fear that is associated with getting a positive [COVID] test,” Dr. Robert Figliozzi, Director of Research and Development at IES Life Sciences, said. Here’s how it works. Once a patient tests positive, another test would be given using nasal swabs. The results would then measure the immune response to COVID-19 in patients. “So it’s a new way to … [Read more...] about Test Created By Maryland Biotech Company Aims To Determine Severity Of Individual COVID Cases
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The state of Michigan was locked down for months, and then in March it started opening up in the midst of a new surge of coronavirus cases. Michigan's experience, and other outbreaks across the country involving new foreign strains, once more raise questions and debates about whether we should close our borders to travelers from some countries, impose new restrictions in some areas, or both. But more on those questions in a minute. Unfortunately, when you suddenly give people their treasured freedom back, they are more likely to take fewer precautions than if you reopened gradually. On top of this, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky Rochelle Walensky Overnight Health Care: White House rebuffs call to send more vaccine doses to certain states | White House warns states to expect low weekly J&J vaccine shipments Watch live: White House COVID-19 response team briefing CDC data shows rise in Brazil variant detected in US … [Read more...] about Would closing the borders limit deadly foreign strains of COVID-19?
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - Analysts say Russia is increasing arms sales to Myanmar’s military and steadfastly standing by Myanmar’s coup leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, an alliance they say will further Moscow’s foreign policy ambitions across Southeast Asia through future weapons sales. Meanwhile, leaders of at least 10 of ethnic rebel groups have declared their support for the country’s anti-coup movement. Anthony Davis, a security analyst with the Jane’s Group in Bangkok, said Moscow “very clearly” wants to further its ties with Myanmar’s military, known as Tatmadaw, through sales, primarily to its air force and, to a lesser extent, its army, while wanting to foster ties with Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, a regional economic union. “Russia has established a strong beachhead not just in Myanmar but in Southeast Asia via Myanmar more generally,” he said, adding he was not surprised Russia and China were backing a proposed ASEAN summit on the crisis. “ASEAN is a … [Read more...] about Russia Seen Advancing SE Asian Ambitions Through Myanmar Generals
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — It’s been more than a year of masking up, sheltering in place and working from home. We’ve avoided public transportation, hugs and handshakes. We’ve been distant by design and now millions of workers are being called back. “It’s just eerie, you know, to see the city like this. I’m really looking forward to seeing people back here,” said Dr. Jonathan Horowitz, clinical psychologist and founder of the San Francisco Stress and Anxiety Center, upon seeing his Market Street office for the first time since the start of the pandemic. READ MORE: 'A Slippery Slope': Acting Mayor Janey Urges Caution Before Implementing Vaccine 'Passports' “It’s been a banner year for stress and anxiety,” Horowitz said. He saw a boom in business because of COVID-19 and now he’s seeing the stressors of returning to so-called “normal” show up in therapy sessions. “There’s this arc of the pandemic, where at the beginning it was all ‘how do we take it offline? How do we move home? … [Read more...] about Mental Health Professionals Advise Hybrid Approach When Returning to Work After Pandemic
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s been a long wait to become eligible to get the shot but Dena Lumbang says she’s doing her part to stop the spread, anxious to get her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. “The more people that are doing it and there’s herd immunity, then we have a better chance at not having this run our lives,” she said. READ MORE: Stockton Couple Identified As Major Drug Suppliers In Amador County, Sheriff Says But just as vaccine eligibility is set to expand to those 16 and up, more cases of variants are popping up including the more contagious UK and South African variants found in surrounding counties. Since Sacramento County doesn’t have a virus sequencing lab, positive tests are sent to the state lab for if someone fully vaccinated gets sick with COVID, has severe illness or comes down with COVID for a second time. “It’s not very often at this point,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. So far, they’ve found 15 variants total, 8 … [Read more...] about Concern Sparks Over New COVID Variants As Vaccine Eligibility Opens Up In Sacramento Region