Covid-19 is spreading around the globe but Australia has not yet had a case of community transmission. That is likely to change With novel coronavirus (Covid-19) spreading with astonishing speed, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that many health systems are not prepared to control infections if the disease hits. To mitigate the risk of outbreaks, WHO warned that countries need to have proactive surveillance, rapid diagnosis and immediate quarantine, plus an education campaign so the public knows proper hygiene and what to do if they become sick.Australia reported its first Covid-19-related death on Sunday – 78-year-old James Kwan from Perth, a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. To date 29 cases have been reported in Australia and of those, 15 have recovered. There is no community transmission, meaning no one has yet caught the disease without travelling to an infection zone or without direct contact with one of the few infected people. But some health experts and researchers have said community spread is inevitable in Australia, and questions are being asked about how many people might need treatment in hospital and how many might become critically ill – and whether resources will cope. Continue reading...
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A new study finds that people who are dying from coronavirus potentially lose at least 10 years of their lives
A recent study conducted by the University of Glasgow's researchers found that COVID-19 patients might have...A recent study conducted by the University of Glasgow's researchers found that COVID-19 patients might have lasting health impacts. In fact, an average male can lose about 13 years of his life, and a female 11 years, the study noted. Researchers leveraged data provided by the World Health Organization and calculated the average time a person would have lived if they didn't die from a health event like the coronavirus diagnosis. This study is still awaiting peer review, and it's still unknown whether the novel coronavirus could trigger long-term health conditions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Researchers have found that a COVID-19 diagnosis might have more detrimental consequences than one might expect. On average, those who died from the novel coronavirus lost more than a decade of their life to the disease, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Glasgow in Scotland. "COVID-19 is not killing people who are already near death, rather it's claiming the lives of many people more than a decade before their time," ABC News reported. In fact, the average male who died from COVID-19 lost about 13 years, and female 11 years, according to the study. As of May 1, the coronavirus has killed more than 213,000 people and infected more than 3.1 million worldwide, but there is very little information around whether this virus has long-lasting health impacts. In fact, there are still many mysteries surrounding the origins, transmission, and outcomes of the illness. University of Glasgow's experts used a statistical measurement called "years of potential life lost," or the average time a person would have lived if they didn't die from a health event like the COVID-19 pandemic, the study noted. They leveraged healthcare and WHO data, and they also accounted for age, sex, and underlying health conditions when making their estimates, ABC News reported. Dr. David McAllister, a senior clinical lecturer and lead researcher of the University of Glasgow's coronavirus study, previously told ABC News that his findings suggested coronavirus has similar long-term impacts as coronary heart disease, in which your life expectancy rate would also decrease. Notably, the study is currently awaiting peer review, in which other experts working in the same field would evaluate and verify the accuracy of its findings. Though no one really knows if coronavirus has lasting health damage, some early cases in China noted reduced lung function among recovered patients, Business Insider previously reported. Additionally, people who have blood clots or preexisting medical conditions also face a higher risk for long term damage. SEE ALSO: We're repeating one of the worst mistakes of the Ebola outbreak in the hunt for a coronavirus cure Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
Semi-autonomous city followed WHO advice and moved swiftly to stem contagion without rigid curbs on movementCoronavirus...Semi-autonomous city followed WHO advice and moved swiftly to stem contagion without rigid curbs on movementCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments in Europe and the US can learn from Hong Kong, which has kept infections and deaths from Covid-19 low without resorting to the socially and economically damaging lockdown that the UK and other countries have imposed, scientists say.Hong Kong, with a population of nearly 7.5 million, has had just 715 confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection, including 94 asymptomatic infections, and four deaths. Continue reading...
Elimination: what New Zealand's coronavirus response can teach the world | Michael Baker and Nick Wilson
New Zealand’s drive against Covid-19 is showing promise and it is not too late for other...New Zealand’s drive against Covid-19 is showing promise and it is not too late for other countries to followEpidemiologists love to evoke the memory of John Snow, who famously advocated removing the handle from the Broad Street pump in London, an action that helped to end a severe outbreak of cholera. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic we need to take the same kind of decisive action, yet western countries have appeared remarkably slow to do so, despite the advantages of immense scientific knowledge and modern tools of pandemic control.New Zealand now appears to be the only “western” nation following an articulated elimination strategy with the goal of completely ending transmission of Covid-19 within its borders. The strategy appears to be working, with new case numbers falling. Most cases are now returning travellers, who are safely quarantined at the borders, and the few remaining case clusters in the community are being traced and further spread stamped out. But it is far too soon to claim victory, and the country is remaining under an intense lockdown to support the elimination effort. Continue reading...