A Real Vaccine Before the Election? It’d Take a Miracle.

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A lab technician sorts blood samples for a COVID-19 vaccine study in Hollywood, Florida, on Aug. 13. Despite President Donald Trump’s promises of a vaccine next month and pundits’ speculation about how an “October surprise” could upend the presidential campaign, any … Read more

Public officials criticize Wasaga car rally

Premier Doug Ford and public health authorities are rebuking those who participated in a car rally at an Ontario beach town over the weekend Police had to close the town of Wasaga Beach to non-residents on Saturday after hundreds of car enthusiasts gathered over the weekend, breaking COVID-19 safety protocols. Ford says he’s disappointed in … Read more

N.L. Muskrat Falls costs jump by $435M

The Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill Project Soldiers Pond site is pictured on June 27, 2018. The costs to complete Newfoundland and Labrador’s beleaguered Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project have climbed by another $435 million. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Delays related to software problems and to the COVID-19 pandemic are pushing up the … Read more

Under pressure over virus, Trump to announce more tests for states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under pressure over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. President Donald Trump planned to announce on Monday that the government would distribute millions of rapid tests to states this week with an eye towards using them to reopen schools. Trump was set to announce the plan at a White House event … Read more

Body camera pilot project launches Oct. 1: St. Thomas police

St. Thomas police say a body camera pilot project announced earlier this year, will get underway Oct. 1. The project is in partnership with Axon and its subsidiary Axon Public Safety Canada, Inc., which the service already works with as Axon currently provides the service’s Taser conducted energy devices. The pilot will last 120 days, … Read more

Blood test may reveal coronavirus severity, death risk: study

A recent study suggests a standard component of routine blood tests may serve as a useful predictor of COVID-19 severity and risk of mortality. Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) measures the variation of red blood cell volumes, study authors wrote. An elevated RDW raises the risk of mortality from an onslaught of health issues, including heart … Read more

Dutch government announces new restrictions to rein in virus

The Dutch government has introduced new nationwide restrictions aimed at tackling the swift spread of coronavirus infections that is sweeping across the country By The Associated Press September 28, 2020, 6:29 PM • 2 min read THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government introduced new nationwide restrictions Monday aimed at tackling the swift spread of … Read more

About 80% of Asymptomatic People With COVID-19 Develop Symptoms

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Approximately 20% of asymptomatic people who test positive for COVID-19 will remain symptom-free over time, according to two studies published September 22 in different journals. The researchers propose, therefore, that most asymptomatic patients should be considered presymptomatic. “Only a minority of … Read more