COVID-19 patients

  • Lessons learned from COVID frontline: A Paris hospital refines ICU treatment
    PARIS, September 16 (Reuters): Doctor Alexandre Avenel has four COVID-19 patients in his intensive care ward, all with depleted blood oxygenation levels but none under intubation. That might not have been the case six months ago. As a second wave of coronavirus sweeps across France, and the number of seriously ill patients climbs, intensive care medics say the lessons learned from early in the pandemic are leading to changes in how they treat the sick. Avenel and his colleag
  • 20,000 paper birds help fund COVID-19 units at Belgium hospital
    BRUSSELS, August 10 (Reuters): A flock of 20,000 multicoloured origami birds has been installed in a cathedral in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a fundraising artwork that has paid for two COVID-19 units at a local hospital. Suspended from the ceiling of the medieval Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula by thin wires, the paper creations have come from as far afield as Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo, after Belgian designer Charles Kaisin asked people to send in home-made birds,
  • Shun hostilities and come out for political solution, Biren Singh appeals armed groups
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 31 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday appealed "armed groups to shun hostilities and come out for political solution." The Manipur CM made this appeal while paying last respects to the three Assam Rifles personnel who were killed in a militant attack at Khongtal village in Chandel district of Manipur on July 29. He attended a wreath laying ceremony organised in their honour at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal
  • 'I cannot save everybody': Houston doctor fights newest COVID-19 surge
    HOUSTON, July 29 (Reuters): The scene inside United Memorial Medical Center in Houston has become all too familiar: overwhelmed medical staff fighting to curb the wave of COVID-19 patients that come through the hospital’s doors every day. While in earlier pandemic hot spots like New York the medical emergency has subsided, Texas is among the many U.S. states battling a resurgence of the virus that is straining their healthcare systems. Dr. Joseph Varon, the chief medic
  • Corona backlash: Maha villagers defy Covid-19 tests
    RAIGAD, July 22 (IANS): Hundreds of angry Bodni villagers, including at least 2 Covid-19 patients, trooped out on the road to defy the government, police and medical teams coaxing them to undergo Covid-19 tests, officials said on Wednesday. The ire of the villagers was such that one of them allegedly attempted to spit on a PPE-clad medico, ostensibly to prove that nothing was wrong with them and they didn't require Covid tests. The ruckus was witnessed in the small coastal fi
  • Philippines to use police in house-to-house searches for COVID-19 cases
    MANILA, July 14 (Reuters): Philippine authorities and police will carry out house-to-house searches for COVID-19 patients to prevent wider transmission, a minister said on Tuesday, amid soaring death and infection numbers and some areas returning to a stricter lockdown.   Interior Minister Eduardo Año urged the public to report cases in their neighbourhoods, warning that anyone infected who refused to cooperate faced imprisonment.   The tough approach
  • High blood sugar ups Covid-19 death risk: Study
    Beijing, July 11 (IANS) Covid-19 patients with abnormally high blood sugar are at an increased risk of severe complications and more than twice as likely to face death, warn researchers.   Previous studies have established that hyperglycaemia (abnormally high blood sugar) is associated with an elevated risk of mortality in community-acquired pneumonia, stroke, heart attacks, trauma and surgery, among other conditions.   However, a direct correlation between fastin
  • EU reaches deals with Roche, Merck for supply of COVID-19 drugs - source
    BRUSSELS, July 8 (Reuters): The European Commission has reached agreements with pharmaceutical companies Roche and Merck KGaA  to supply experimental drugs that can be used to treat COVID-19 patients, a commission source told Reuters on Wednesday.   The EU executive agreed to the deal to source Roche's RoActemra and Merck's Rebif for supply to any 27 EU members states willing to buy them, the source who is familiar with the issue told Reuters. The pers
  • WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks
    GENEVA/LONDON, July 3 (Reuters): The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.   "Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial," he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the U.N. agency is conducting.   "We e
  • COVID-19 more serious for people having poor lifestyle
    New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) COVID-19 is more serious for people having a bad lifestyle, and the viral infection aggravates if people stop taking prescribed regular medicine for hypertension, cholesterol, sugar, etc., said Sandeep Datta, consultant chest specialist at Jeevan Jyoti Clinic Nursing Home.   Datta has been handling COVID-19 patients for more than a month. Detailing his experience with people having the corona symptoms, Datta said, "This viral infection is like
  • Gilead's remdesivir set to become Europe's first COVID-19 therapy
    Reuters   Doctors in Europe will soon be able to treat COVID-19 patients with Gilead's antiviral drug, remdesivir, after the healthcare regulator's endorsement put it on track to become the first therapy for the disease on the continent.   The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Thursday its human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended conditionally approving the drug for adults and adolescents from 12 years of age who are also suffering from pneumonia
  • Rare chance to say goodbye: Chilean hospital invites in COVID patients' families
    SANTIAGO, June 23 (Reuters): Her hand clad in a blue latex glove, her face masked by a perspex shield, the woman lovingly stroked her father's gray curls, cradled his head and pressed her mouth as close to his cheek as she could manage.   Doctors in the Chilean capital of Santiago fought for weeks to save 76-year-old Don Jaime from the clutches of the coronavirus pandemic, but last week recognized they would lose the battle and invited his family into the hospital t
  • Fearing second COVID-19 wave, Europe aims to train 'army' of medics
    BRUSSELS, June 22 (Reuters): Europeans are enjoying the gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, but in hospitals they are already preparing for the next wave of infections.   Some intensive care specialists are trying to hire more permanent staff. Others want to create a reservist "army" of medical professionals ready to be deployed wherever needed to work in wards with seriously ill patients.   European countries have been giving medics cr