The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. The variant of the new coronavirus identified in South Africa can resist, or "escape," antibodies that neutralize earlier versions of the virus, scientists have found. It "exhibits complete escape" from three classes of monoclonal antibodies manufactured for treating COVID-19 patients, and it shows "substantial or complete" resistance to neutralizing antibodies in blood donated by COVID-19 survivors, the scientists reported on Tuesday on bioRxiv ahead of peer review.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about half of the 31 million doses distributed to the states by the federal government have been administered so far. — President Joe Biden is signing a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.
President Trump’s White House tenure is over, but some members of the far-right media think there’s more of the now-former Commander-in-Chief’s story to tell. Several of the outlets, many of which have gained a reputation in media circles for promoting opinions based on falsehoods, spent part of a day devoted to the inauguration of a […]
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Fire crews rescued 46 sheep stranded by floodwater in the village of Llanfoist, Wales, on Wednesday, January 20, as Storm Christoph hit the UK with torrential rain and snow.Footage shared by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service shows a flock of sheep on a grassy patch surrounded by floodwater.“If you live near the River Usk, in Llanfoist – ‘ewe’ may have ‘herd’ our fire engines attending an incident earlier today involving the rescue of 46 sheep from floodwater,” officials joked on Facebook.“Crews from Gorsaf Dân ac Achub Y Fenni / Abergavenny Fire and Rescue Station and Ebbw Vale were able to rescue all sheep safely, so we thought we’d ‘shear’ this video with you!” the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service continued.Multiple flood alerts were in effect in the region, and the storm caused delays and closures of several roads, according to local news reports.The Met Office expected an increased chance of flooding and snow in the north of the UK on Wednesday evening. A yellow weather warning was also issued in areas of England and Wales as rain, snow, and ice was expected until Thursday. Credit: South Wales Fire and Rescue Service via Storyful
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration was almost star-studded enough to take place on the red carpet. So, it’s no surprise prominent Hollywood figures and celebrities took to social media to weigh in on the ceremony. The event, which began with fanfare prior to Wednesday morning, featured events and performances from a host of artists, […]
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Clemency Burton-Hill, the BBC radio presenter, has detailed her remarkable recovery from a brain haemorrhage and said she is sometimes unable to listen to music because it is a painful reminder of her former life. The former Radio 3 host spent 17 days in a coma after collapsing last January during a work meeting in New York. Her recovery has involved teaching herself how to speak again, and Burton-Hill called it a “miracle” that she is now able to hold a conversation. Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour if music had helped in her healing, the 39-year-old said listening to it is now bittersweet. “Music has been like my love of language - the most amazing and motivating factor in my recovery. So, yes, of course, I think there’s a sort of physical benefit of music. “But it’s actually sometimes just too painful and too raw. I’ve been someone who, my whole life, has relied on music, and not just classical music but all music. “There was my former life and now there’s this new reality. There was no pop song or soul ballad or classical Bach that could be more than this new reality.” Burton-Hill moved to New York with her husband and two young sons in 2018 to take up a job as creative director of a public radio station. During a work meeting exactly a year ago, she began slurring her words. She suffered a brain haemorrhage caused by a previously undiagnosed condition, an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Burton-Hill was discharged from hospital in April but it is only in the last few weeks that she has been able to form sentences. Doctors have been amazed by the speed at which she has picked up language again, and suggested that her her career as a speech broadcaster may have helped her. However, Burton-Hill said recovery continues to be difficult and “unbelievably sad” at times. Asked for her first memory after the haemorrhage, Burton-Hill said initially she believed she had woken from a “crazy nightmare”. She said there were no words to describe the horror of being able to understand what people around her were saying but not being able to make a sound. Burton-Hill also described a near-death experience when she was in a coma, in which she made the choice to live. She said: “I am someone who doesn’t have faith in terms of religious faith. But before I woke up out of my coma I had the most extraordinary experience. I can’t really explain, but I know absolutely that at that point I was given a choice: this way is going to be very hard, are you sure you want to go this way? Or if you go this one, it’s going to be very easy and it’s all going to be fine. “And the amazing thing was that I was given that choice. I remember it more clearly than anything I’ve ever had. It sounds so weird and crazy but it is what happened.” Burton-Hill is a violinist in addition to her broadcasting work, and has begun playing again with her friend, Nicola Benedetti, assisting with the bow. One effect of her brain injury is increased anxiety. Speaking about her children, Burton-Hill said: “It’s not their fault, they are little boys in the playground, but like every parent your radar is always, ‘Where are they? Is there obvious danger?’ You don’t even now that you’re doing it, you’re just scanning the horizon. “But my brain can’t filter those threats, so it’s all the time, everything’s at the same level.” Burton-Hill is married to James Roscoe, a diplomat at the United Nations. She praised him for his support during her recovery, saying: “He’s an extraordinary human. I always knew that, but now it’s on another level of his selflessness.”
After the events that propelled him into the presidency and those that marked the final weeks before his assuming office, it seemed something of a surprise that Pres. Joe Biden was quite so committed to an inauguration that looked relatively normal. After all, in acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s nominating convention this summer had been […]
Senior doctors at an NHS trust have been accused of avoiding menial work despite the hospital “exceeding” its ICU capacity. A letter sent to medical consultants at the University Hospitals Birmingham told staff the trusts’ priority was ICU patients “at the expense of dropping all activities”. “We cannot let patients die because we can’t admit them to ITU,” the letter, seen by the HSJ, said. It added that medical consultants’ time must be “accounted for” and all DCC (director clinical care time) and SPA (standard professional activity time) must be utilised. “Redeployment does not mean you are necessarily expected to do medical ITU but to form part of the bedside team to assist in tasks that we are all capable of delivering,” the letter, from the medical director of clinical care, said. It added the trust was “reaching the point” whereby consultants may have to provide proof of their work. The HSJ said the letter detailed “anecdotal” incidents of junior doctors covering for consultants after they had completed their rounds and said this cannot continue. Setting out the pressure the hospital was currently facing the letter said: “I don’t need to remind all about the COVID situation. “The headline is that we are continuing to ramp [up] and have exceeded our ITU capacity. To give you an idea, ITU beds are now four stacked in [a] space of two. Nursing staff are having to look after complex very demanding critically ill patients, with a ratio of 1:3 unlike the standard 1:1…” When approached for a response the trust said they would not comment “internal operational emails”.