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New drug shows promise for pneumonia caused by COVID-19, study finds

New drug shows promise for pneumonia caused by COVID-19, study finds

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April 6 (UPI) -- Researchers may have identified a new drug that can reduce the lung damage associated with COVID-19. The antiviral EIDD-2801 was effective in mice at preventing severe pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, which has likely been a key driver of serious disease and death in some of those infected, according to findings published Monday in the journal Science Translation Medicine. The drug has now finished testing in mice and will begin human clinical trials later this spring, the authors said. "This new drug not only has high potential for treating COVID-19 patients, but also appears effective for the treatment of other serious coronavirus infections," co-author Ralph Baric, professor of epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, said in s...
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

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There are faint glimmers of hope as deaths from the new coronavirus in New York appear to be leveling offBy The Associated PressApril 6, 2020, 9:56 PM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article There are faint glimmers of hope as deaths from the new coronavirus in New York appear to be leveling off. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that it's too early to relax restrictions on social distancing but said the apparent slowdown in deaths is a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., a trend that seems to be taking hold as well in hard-hit Italy and Spain. New York City remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., and New Orleans and Detroit still face worrying days ahead even as President Donald Trump an...
Coronavirus: Public urged to follow ‘mission-critical’ rules

Coronavirus: Public urged to follow ‘mission-critical’ rules

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Media playback is unsupported on your device It is "mission-critical" to follow social distancing rules to protect the NHS and slow the spread of coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said."The more people follow the rules then the faster we will all be through this," he said, after reports of packed public parks in London and elsewhere.This morning Mr Hancock said such behaviour was "quite unbelievable". At the daily Downing Street briefing, he said it could not go on. It comes as the UK death toll reaches 4,934.The Department of Health said on Sunday there had been 621 more coronavirus-related deaths in the UK in the past day.The latest deaths include 12 more in Wales, seven in Northern Ireland and two in Scotland.As of 09:00 BST on...
The Latest: Spain reports 6,023 new cases as rate slows

The Latest: Spain reports 6,023 new cases as rate slows

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The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Dutch military plane flies intensive care beds and other medical equipment to Sint Maarten — Queen Elizabeth II to use address to acknowledge the suffering many families have experienced — Pope Francis begins the first of several Holy Week ceremonies that will be held without the public ——— THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch military transport plane carrying a mobile field hospital made up of six intensive care beds is on its way to the Caribbean nation of Sint Maarten to help fight the coronavirus. The Dutch government says the C-17 plan