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1035 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Michigan | Covid-19

1035 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Michigan | Covid-19

Coronavirus Michigan Cases

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Michingan topped 1,035 on as the death toll rose to 8.

The state reported 249 new cases in 18 counties as public & private labs continue to expand their capacity to test for COVID-19. But the state still has nowhere near enough tests for every suspected case, so health officials emphasize that the number of cases is likely much higher.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Since the first positive cases were confirmed on March 10, Whitmer has closed K-12 schools, limited gatherings to no more than 50 people and shuttered restaurants and bars — all in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

“With this positive, we know that COVID-19 is in our community,” said Angelique Joynes, an Allegan County Health Officer.”The community has done a great job of applying social distancing & personal hygiene habits. Please continue to be diligent so we can slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Stay At Home Order Michigan

Michigan business leaders advising Whitmer on orderly stay-at-home order”.Stay at home if you’re not absolutely needed to be outside of your home,” Whitmer said. “And if you do go outside, keep that 6 foot distance from others.We all have to play our part to mitigate the spread and to save our health care system.”

What Is Remdesivir? | Treating Corona Virus With Remdesivir

What Is Remdesivir? | Treating Corona Virus With Remdesivir

Remdesivir is a nucleoside analog, one of the oldest classes of antiviral drugs. It works by blocking the RNA polymerase that coronaviruses and related RNA viruses need to replicate their genomes and proliferate in the host body.Remdesivir, in the spotlight as scientists and governments scramble to find a treatment for the disease, took a circuitous route to center stage. Born as a general antiviral candidate, researchers threw it at an array of viruses and saw where it stuck. It bounced along from Gilead’s labs to academic centers, nudged by both federal taxpayer dollars and support from the company. It kept turning up whiffs of potential in cells and animals infected by other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS, but these bugs weren’t causing sustained global crises. For years, Gilead was primarily focused on ushering remdesivir into trials and toward approval for a different kind of infection: Ebola.

The first COVID-19 patient diagnosed in the United States—a young man in Snohomish County, Washington—was given remdesivir when his condition worsened; he improved the next day, according to a case report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). A Californian patient who received remdesivir—and who doctors thought might not survive—recovered as well.

Remdesivir could be promising drug candidate to treat coronavirus

WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments.

Laboratory studies found remdesivir might work against SARS, a close cousin to the virus that has caused the current COVID-19 pandemic. Because of its promise, governments around the world acted quickly to set up formal studies to answer the question: Does remdesivir help patients with COVID-19 get better faster?

In early February, the Chinese government launched a randomized-controlled trial — considered the gold standard for research. Later that month, another randomized controlled trial sponsored by the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, began at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Dr. James Town, director of the medical intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattl said: “There are trials going on for some of these things in some areas. All are rapidly enrolling, but their data won’t be back in time for a lot of places to make these decisions.”

The University of Minnesota is conducting three studies, including one on remdesivir for seriously ill patients. A second study will give hydroxychloroquine to people who have been exposed to the coronavirus, because they live in the same household as patients, to see if the drug can prevent them from becoming infected.

The third study will use an old, safe drug called losartan, normally given to treat high blood pressure, to find out whether it can prevent mild coronavirus infections from turning more serious. The drug blocks the receptor that the virus uses to get into cells, so researchers think it might stop or slow the illness.

“We’re trying to ask the question in the midst of the confusion and everything that’s going on, ‘Do these drugs help? Yes or no?’” Dr. Schacker said. “If no, let’s move on.”

Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting Corona Virus | Lorenzo Sanz

Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting Corona Virus | Lorenzo Sanz

Lorenzo Sanz dies at 76

Madrid, died Saturday after contracting coronavirus, according to multiple reports. He was 76 years old.

Sanz’s son, Lorenzo Sans Duran, confirmed the death on Twitter saying in Spanish, “My father has just died. He didn’t deserve this ending and in this way. One of the best, bravest, hardest-working people I’ve ever known leaves us. His family and Real Madrid were his passion. My mother and my siblings enjoyed all of his moments with pride. RIP.”

A former director, Sanz became president of Real Madrid in 1995 and served until 2000. He signed players such as Davor Suker, Pedrag Mijatovic, Roberto Carlos and Clarence Seedorf for the club, as well as Steve McManaman and Nicolas Anelka, making the Frenchman the most expensive player in the world at the time when he joined for £22.3m from Arsenal in 1999.

In 1998, Madrid finally won the European Cup for the first time since 1966, beating Juventus 1-0 in the final in Amsterdam thanks to a goal from Mijatovic. The séptima or “seventh”, always referred without needing to mention the competition itself, sparked the biggest sporting celebrations the city had ever seen with an estimated half a million people on the streets. Two years later Madrid were European champions again but that same summer Sanz lost presidential elections to Florentino Pérez. Sanz also presided over one league title, a Spanish Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.

A drug designed to treat Ebola has helped multiple people, including a 79-year-old man in Italy, recover from Corona Virus

A drug designed to treat Ebola has helped multiple people, including a 79-year-old man in Italy, recover from Corona Virus

A 79-year-old Italian man made a full recovery after treatment with antiviral drug remdesivir. Drug now being tested, production increased.

The Italian man given remdesivir was hospitalised on March 7 with the coronavirus, according to local newspaper Genova Today. 

Doctors at San Martino Hospital in Genoa, where he was being treated, made the decision to give him the drug.

Professor Matteo Bassetti, director of the infectious disease clinic at the hospital, said remdesivir ‘seems to work’.

In a joint press conference with the president of Liguria, they announced the man would be allowed to go home because he no longer has the virus.

Professor Bassetti also revealed that other patients in the region had been given remdesivir, local journalists reported. 

Meanwhile, the first clinical trial for a vaccine effective against coronavirus has begun in the US, after skipping the usual preliminary animal trials.

Canada To Turn Back Asylum Seekers In Effort To Stop Coronavirus Spread | Corona Updates

Canada To Turn Back Asylum Seekers In Effort To Stop Coronavirus Spread | Corona Updates

Trudeau announces plan to turn back asylum seekers crossing border from US

Canada will now turn back asylum-seekers attempting to enter the country outside of official border points, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday — part of a set of extreme new measures meant to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Asylum seekers were already barred from entering Canada at official border points under the Safe Third Country Agreement, but migrants have continued to arrive by foot at Roxham Road in Quebec in a steady flow due to an exception for non-official crossings under the agreement.

Another agreement to close the Canada-U.S. border to all but essential travel, trade and commerce will kick in at midnight.

The largest number of migrants are from Nigeria. Once in Canada, they are eligible to apply for asylum.

“The claimants get automatic access to health care,” Stephanie Levitz, a journalist in Ottawa with The Canadian Press says in an email to NPR. “It’s called the Interim Federal Health Program that kicks in as soon as you make a claim.”

Early this week, adds Levitz, about 80 people were still crossing per day and Canadian officials declared Roxham Rd. would remain open — but asylum seekers would have to go into quarantine for 14 days.

Essential cross-border workers like health-care professionals, air crews and supply chains will be permitted to cross. However, anyone attempting to cross the border for tourism or recreational reasons will be turned away.

The measure will be in place for 30 days.

Risk to Canadians
There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

aged 65 and over
with compromised immune systems
with underlying medical conditions
There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

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