Virus more contagious by mutation in second wave

Corona mutation increases the risk of infection

A study by the Houston Methodist Hospital is the first to compare samples of the coronavirus at two different times. With the result that samples taken later – during the second corona wave in the US city of Houston in July – more cells were infected than before. The researchers examined the genes of 5,085 patients and found that almost all of the DNA strands from the second wave had a mutation called D614G. This change ensures that the virus develops further “peaks”. And it is precisely these tips that the virus uses to attach itself to healthy cells. Which is why it is now considered more infectious than the first wave virus.

Patients would have significantly higher amounts of the virus

In patients of the second wave, a significantly higher amount of the virus was found in the samples. The mutation does not make the virus more deadly. How severe the Covid-19 disease is in the patient would be more related to the medical conditions and genes of the patient. However, the researchers also found that some parts of the spiky protein of the coronavirus had different mutations – and it is precisely this protein that most researchers focus on when looking for a vaccine. This may be an indicator that the virus is changing to evade the body’s immune response. Several studies had already found that the coronavirus mutated in order to adapt to its human host. So that could also mean the virus is one step ahead of vaccine developers.

Im Video: Chef-Virologe Prof. Hendrick Streeck

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Corona mutation: In the second wave, the virus was more contagious than before

Corona mutation increases the risk of infection

A study by the Houston Methodist Hospital is the first to compare samples of the corona virus at two different times. With the result that samples taken later – during the second corona wave in the US city of Houston in July – more cells were infected than before. The researchers examined the genes of 5,085 patients and found that almost all of the DNA strands from the second wave had a mutation called D614G. This change ensures that the virus develops further “peaks”. And it is precisely these tips that the virus uses to attach itself to healthy cells. Which is why it is now considered more infectious than the first wave virus.

Patients would have significantly higher amounts of the virus

In patients of the second wave, a significantly higher amount of the virus was found in the samples. The mutation does not make the virus more deadly. How severe the Covid-19 disease is in the patient would be more related to the medical conditions and genes of the patient. However, the researchers also found that some parts of the spiked protein of the corona virus had different mutations – and it is precisely on this protein that most researchers focus when looking for a vaccine. Perhaps this is an indicator that the virus is changing to evade the body’s immune response. Several studies had already found that the coronavirus mutated in order to adapt to its human host. So that could also mean that the virus is one step ahead of vaccine developers.

Im Video: Chef-Virologe Prof. Hendrick Streeck

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COVID Update: CDC removes airborne transmission statement, cites error

The Centers for Disease Control updated a document Friday without fanfare that states the agency’s position on how the coronavirus spreads, then removed the new guidance Monday saying it was posted in error.

The document said person-to-person and coughing/sneezing/breathing are the primary ways the virus is transmitted through droplets, but the agency then said there is growing evidence that airborne droplets after a sneeze or cough — droplets that linger in the air — are of concern.

“There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” the document said. “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”

But on Monday, the agency removed the mention of airborne transmission from their website with the following explanation.

“A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website,” it reads. “CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”

In a Zoom conference call on Monday, a senior CDC official explained that the online post that suggested the virus that causes COVID-19 is airborne was an early draft still undergoing scientific review and was posted by mistake.

John Brooks, the chief medical officer for CDC’s COVID-19 response, apologized.

“I just want to let you know that this early draft of a document that’s presently undergoing scientific review wasn’t intended to be posted,” he said. “That was an error on behalf of our agency, and I apologize on behalf of CDC for that. We weren’t ready to put it up.”

Brooks said that it remains unclear if the virus is airborne.

“We’re looking at possibility of COVID being transmitted as sort of an opportunistic airborne condition,” he said. “That means that…it can possibly be transmitted through the airborne route, but that this is not the main mode of transmission. The main mode of transmission remains close exposure within that six foot circumference of a person is effective.”

Brooks also defended what he called a “rigorous scientific review process” by the CDC of its scientific studies “to ensure timely, accurate, reliable, the most important trustworthy public health information and recommendations.”

“CDC as an agency stands by the scientific integrity (of) the more than hundred — now over one hundred — COVID-19 reports that the MWWR war has published to date,” he said.

Read the updated document here.

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What can i do? What is safe The fact check with RTL travel expert Ralf Benkö

29. August 2020 – 12:06 Clock

RTL travel expert Ralf Benkö answers the most important questions

After Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal about the corona crisis Many citizens are unsure of what the haunting message actually means for their travel plans. Is the appeal a travel ban or a travel warning? How safe is the holiday in risk areas and what happens to those who return to travel? RTL travel expert Ralf Benkö did the Corona travel fact check and answered the most important questions.

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Can I still fly now?

Corona travel warning extended to more than 160 countries

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Yes, of course you can still travel and take air travel. You should just be clear beforehand what effects this can have so that you are not surprised later by a quarantine, for example. You should consider very carefully whether you should book a holiday for a risk area now. Because after the appeal of the federal government to refrain from doing this, it is foreseeable that this will soon be connected with even stricter, more sensitive requirements.

That is why it is becoming more and more important to choose a package tour when booking. Because if my destination is declared a risk area before departure, my organizer would have to cancel me free of charge according to the current legal situation. As a rule, a travel warning is then issued. Should I nevertheless start such a trip to a risk area, if I were to be quarantined in Germany at a later date, I might no longer be paid compensation for a loss of income. The government has announced that it will change laws in this regard in the short term, nationwide. Summarized again: none of this is a travel ban. But every holidaymaker should now be very aware of his responsibility when booking and know the possible consequences.

Is flying safe or unsafe now?

According to various tests, the Corona safety level when flying is still reasonably acceptable if all regulations are adhered to – especially with regard to wearing a mask, but also ventilation of the cabin. According to the European Aviation Safety Agency, you should be careful to wear medical masks on board, because these offer more effective protection than everyday masks in view of the narrow seat spacing. It can help to activate the air jet above your head on board and to restrict eating and drinking on board because you have to take off your mask during this time. If you actively pay attention to such things, as well as hand disinfection and keeping your distance in the terminal and during boarding, you can probably keep the corona risk on flights quite low. If you meet a lot of people, a certain risk of infection cannot be ruled out.

Do I have to have my employer approve a travel booking?

I would strongly advise you to coordinate your travel booking with your employer beforehand. Because in many companies there are now certain rules for those returning to travel. Above all, foreseeable quarantine times should be taken into account.

Is the risk of contracting the coronavirus really greater while on vacation?

Mallorca is a risk area due to high corona numbers.

Mallorca is a risk area due to high corona numbers.

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Opinions are currently divided. The federal government and the federal states currently see a risk here, otherwise they would not get these new requirements off the ground. On the other hand, the tourism industry criticizes the fact that many previous infections of travelers were more likely to be traced back to family visits abroad, rather less to package holidaymakers. That may have been the case at the beginning, but there are always infections among classic holidaymakers too. The problem is that the number of infections in different regions often changes quickly, so that as a holidaymaker you should keep an eye on this shortly before traveling. Because of course a higher risk of infection is to be expected in risk areas. But there are also regions abroad that are only slightly affected by Corona. Generally important: don’t get careless on vacation. Who also protects properly there, can also go on vacation quite safely, depending on the vacation spot.

What happens if I test positive in the risk area?

Here, too, package tours offer better protection in many cases because, depending on the provider, corona insurance is included for additional costs on site. Often, however, holiday countries also take on the provision and the costs of quarantine accommodation. Individual travelers in particular should find out exactly what applies to their respective holiday destination in advance. Because in some cases vacationers had to take care of quarantine accommodations themselves. You should be prepared for that.

Is it really possible to lump all those returning home with the same brush?

In Mallorca, the corona sources are proven to be large family gatherings of locals, on Split, for example, the parties on the beach. This just shows that the risk of infection can exist in different areas depending on the holiday destination. Particularly noticeable, however, are parties, gatherings of people in connection with alcohol, even on vacation. Here every traveler has the responsibility to pay attention to possible risks and to adhere to the appropriate rules, even if one wants to relax on vacation. At the moment, you can’t approach the whole thing carelessly, regardless of the risk area.

After the holidays, the five-day quarantine for returnees from risk areas should come. Do I have to take a vacation for this?

Specialists in labor law will surely have to clarify that in detail, but if I am planning a trip to a risk area for October, for example, as a vacationer, I have to know that according to the current status, I will still be in quarantine at least five days after my return . If I know that now, it would be grossly negligent not to report this to my employer. So if I plan not to work for a longer period of time, I would normally also have to plan vacation for this time, or just expect not to receive any money for this time later if the federal government has already changed the relevant law by then.

Is it checked whether I adhere to the quarantine obligation?

Tests that we have carried out have shown that the information to the health authorities about the returnees who are obliged to quarantine has so far only been given incomplete information. But that is about to change. The federal government officially states: “The federal states will ensure that the control of quarantine obligations is carried out intensively on site and that sensitive fines are imposed for breaches of duty.” We are currently working on a digital recording of return travelers, which should close previous surveillance gaps.

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Large law firms have begun to investigate

The largest Czech and Slovak law firm Havel & Partners did not avoid austerity steps. It employs 220 lawyers and tax advisors, 150 lawyers and 500 associates. “Since April, we have started a temporary reduction in wages, where we nevertheless take into account the principle of solidarity, but also performance,” said Jaroslav Havel, the company’s managing partner.

With the exception of employees with the lowest wage level and part-time maternity leave lawyers, the wages of other workers were temporarily reduced by ten to twenty percent. “However, for all those who meet certain incentive performance criteria, their salary will be partially or fully matched at the end of each month. The reduction will therefore reach five to ten percent, “Havel added.

Sources close to the market state that the Czech branches of multinational law firms also have problems. However, for example, Deloitte Legal, which employs dozens of lawyers and advocates, did not respond to questions from the E15 daily.

The head of the Czech Bar Association, Vladimír Jirousek, does not refute the problems. “Based on the information of a number of colleagues from Prague in particular, I only know in general that during April to June there was a temporary reduction in flat fees, especially for large offices and large clients,” he said. .

“On behalf of my Ostrava law firm, I can say with fourteen employees that there has been no reduction in salaries and fees this year. With regard to the type of our agenda, we did not notice a decline in client interest, “said Jirousek.

On the contrary, AK Císař, Češka, Smutný have already felt the recession. “Not only the management of our office, but also all its employees do everything to ensure that there is no reduction in salaries and bonuses. Certain austerity measures are necessary in such a difficult and unpredictable time, but so far we have managed to implement them in other budget chapters, “said Jan Sůra, the partner of the office.

Avoiding redundancies is a priority for Havel & Partners. “That is why we agreed with some colleagues to move to another position or temporarily change the scope of work or focus. This applies to both back office employees and lawyers, “said Jaroslav Havel.

Law firms are now preparing for the effects of the crisis in the second half of the year. In addition to increasing the share of the variable remuneration component, discounts are negotiated with suppliers and lessors. They also adapt their marketing activities to the situation.

“But that doesn’t mean we’re just saving. We have accelerated some projects as part of our digital strategy or in the field of information technology, so that we are able to react immediately to any further restrictions adopted due to the second wave of the epidemic, “added Havel.

Current data from the Confederation of Industry and Transport, which also collects data from the services sector, show that the coronary crisis has so far affected a third of 4.5 million employees in the Czech Republic. More than a fifth of companies recorded a drop in the number of orders by more than a fifth.

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Large law firms have begun to investigate

The largest Czech and Slovak law firm Havel & Partners did not avoid austerity steps. It employs 220 lawyers and tax advisors, 150 lawyers and 500 associates. “Since April, we have started a temporary reduction in wages, where we nevertheless take into account the principle of solidarity, but also performance,” said Jaroslav Havel, the company’s managing partner.

With the exception of employees with the lowest wage level and part-time maternity leave lawyers, the wages of other workers were temporarily reduced by ten to twenty percent. “However, for all those who meet certain incentive performance criteria, their salary will be partially or fully matched at the end of each month. The reduction will therefore reach five to ten percent, “Havel added.

Sources close to the market state that the Czech branches of multinational law firms also have problems. However, for example, Deloitte Legal, which employs dozens of lawyers and advocates, did not respond to questions from the E15 daily.

The head of the Czech Bar Association, Vladimír Jirousek, does not refute the problems. “Based on the information of a number of colleagues from Prague in particular, I only know in general that during April to June there was a temporary reduction in flat fees, especially for large offices and large clients,” he said. .

“On behalf of my Ostrava law firm, I can say with fourteen employees that there has been no reduction in salaries and fees this year. With regard to the type of our agenda, we did not notice a decline in client interest, “said Jirousek.

On the contrary, AK Císař, Češka, Smutný have already felt the recession. “Not only the management of our office, but also all its employees do everything to ensure that there is no reduction in salaries and bonuses. Certain austerity measures are necessary in such a difficult and unpredictable time, but so far we have managed to implement them in other budget chapters, “said Jan Sůra, the partner of the office.

Avoiding redundancies is a priority for Havel & Partners. “That is why we agreed with some colleagues to move to another position or temporarily change the scope of work or focus. This applies to both back office employees and lawyers, “said Jaroslav Havel.

Law firms are now preparing for the effects of the crisis in the second half of the year. In addition to increasing the share of the variable remuneration component, discounts are negotiated with suppliers and lessors. They also adapt their marketing activities to the situation.

“But that doesn’t mean we’re just saving. We have accelerated some projects as part of our digital strategy or in the field of information technology, so that we are able to react immediately to any further restrictions adopted due to the second wave of the epidemic, “added Havel.

Current data from the Confederation of Industry and Transport, which also collects data from the services sector, show that the coronary crisis has so far affected a third of 4.5 million employees in the Czech Republic. More than a fifth of companies recorded a drop in the number of orders by more than a fifth.

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Study reveals which are the masks that do not work against the coronavirus (N95, surgical masks, masks, where to compare masks)

Study reveals what are the mask that do not work against the coronavirus.

Since April it began to be done mandatory the use of face masks in the country, according to MinHealth.

Although at first it was not a priority, today it is a mandatory accessory for everyone.

This has led many to the task of manufacturing them and developing new models.

Models that adapt to fashion have always left a halo of whether they work or not.

For a study of the Duke university revealed which ones masks are effective and which ones are not.

Which are the mask that do not work against the coronavirus: the cloth, cotton, clinical, the N95?

Well, we tell you that with a sophisticated study with a black box that filters laser light, they managed to know the effectiveness.

The idea is to closely record the particles that are thrown through the mask, depending on the material.

What they found is that the collars used by cyclists or athletes are useless.

They also found that scarves or neckerchiefs only provide half the protection.

As for knitted fabrics, only 65% ​​are effective

This is the list of the mask that do not serve against coronavirus:

  • Collars 0 %
  • Bandanas and scarves 50 %
  • Knitting 65 %
  • Two-layer cotton 70 %
  • One layer cotton 70 %
  • Surgical Masks Max-AT single layer 80%
  • Olson cotton 85 %
  • N95 with filter 85%
  • Two layer cottons with folds (homemade) 90%
  • Polypropylene with 95% cotton
  • Polypropylene simple 95 %
  • Surgical mask conventional multi-layer 99.5%
  • N95 without valves 99.9%

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Symptoms of a coronavirus – An ambulance doctor told how a coronavirus “quietly kills” the lungs of patients – News – UNIAN

Covid pneumonia can develop for some time without noticeable disorders, so it is often diagnosed too late.

The doctor told why coronavirus kills patients / Illustration by REUTERS

The doctor told why coronavirus kills patients / Illustration by REUTERS

The pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is often atypical and develops unnoticed by patients, which is why they seek medical help too late when their lungs have already received critical injuries.

Read alsoDoctors say coronavirus can cause sudden strokes in young people

As reported TSN, the American ambulance doctor and lecturer in airway treatment courses, Richard Levitan, told The New York Times. After the outbreak, he worked in a hospital in Bellevue for 10 days and shared his observations with reporters.

The doctor admitted that they are not diagnosing deadly pneumonia caused by coronavirus fast enough. It is detected even in those infected without complaints of breathing problems.

“We did an X-ray of a patient who received a blow in the shoulder because we were worried that he had a lung collapse, and he had Covid pneumonia. In patients with injuries in the event of falls, to which we did a CT scan, we accidentally discovered Covid pneumonia. In elderly patients who lost consciousness for unknown reasons, and in a number of patients with diabetes, it was also detected, ”the doctor said.

The doctors were surprised that the patients did not report any sensation of breathing problems, although their chest X-ray showed diffuse pneumonia and the oxygen was below normal.

“We are just beginning to realize that Covid pneumonia initially causes a form of oxygen deprivation, which we call“ silent hypoxia ”-“ silent ”because of its insidious nature, which is difficult to detect,” the doctor explains.

Levitan explains that pneumonia is an infection of the lungs in which air sacs are filled with fluid or pus. Patients usually develop chest discomfort, pain during breathing, and other breathing problems. But when Covid pneumonia first appears, patients do not experience shortness of breath, even if their oxygen drops.

By the time patients begin to suspect something, they already have alarmingly low levels of oxygen and moderate to severe pneumonia. Normal oxygen saturation for most people is between 94 and 100%. In patients with Covid pneumonia, oxygen saturation is 50%.

Most of the patients the doctor came across said they had been sick for a week or so with fever, cough, upset stomach and fatigue, but they only stopped breathing when they arrived at the hospital. In such patients, pneumonia clearly continued for several days, but by the time they realized what they needed in the hospital, they were already in critical condition.

The physician notes that patients came to him with indicators that are incompatible with life. However, they were able to use their smartphones while monitors were installed. Although they breathed quickly, they had a relatively minimal overt disorder, despite the dangerously low levels of oxygen and terrible pneumonia on a chest x-ray.

“We are just beginning to understand why this is so. Coronavirus attacks lung cells that produce surfactant. This substance helps the air sacs in the lungs to remain open between breaths and is critical for normal lung function.

When inflammation from Covid pneumonia begins, it causes the destruction of air sacs and a decrease in oxygen levels. However, the lungs at first remain “malleable,” not yet frozen and not heavy with fluid. This means that patients can emit carbon dioxide from them – and without the accumulation of carbon dioxide, patients do not experience shortness of breath, ”the doctor explains.

Patients compensate for the low level of oxygen in the blood, breathing faster and deeper – and this happens even subconsciously. This physiological response of the patient causes even more inflammation and destruction of the air sacs, and pneumonia intensifies until the oxygen level drops. As a result, patients damage their lungs, breathing harder and harder.

Thus, 20% of patients with Covid pneumonia go into the second and more dangerous phase of lung damage. Fluid builds up, the lungs become hard, carbon dioxide levels increase, and patients develop acute respiratory failure.

According to the doctor, silent hypoxia, which quickly progresses to respiratory failure, explains the cases of sudden death of patients with Covid-19 after respiratory arrest.

Since many patients do not go to the hospital until their pneumonia develops well enough, many have ventilator fans, which leads to a shortage of machines themselves. And even after the transfer to the devices, many of them die.

At the same time, Levitan claims that there is a way to detect Covid pneumonia earlier and treat it more effectively – and this would not require waiting for a coronavirus test in a hospital or doctor’s office. It is necessary to identify “silent” hypoxia at an early stage using a conventional medical device, which can be purchased without a prescription in most pharmacies: a pulse oximeter.

This small device is very easy to use. It is placed on the finger, and after a few seconds two numbers appear: oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Pulse oximeters are extremely reliable in detecting problems with oxygenation and an increase in heart rate.

According to the doctor, all patients who have found a positive result for coronavirus should do pulse oximetric monitoring for two weeks. All people with cough, fatigue, and fever should also monitor with a pulse oximeter.

“We must direct resources to identifying and treating the initial phase of Covid pneumonia at an earlier stage by screening for latent hypoxia,” concluded the physician.

Earlier, the Washington Post wrote that in the US, people started die from coronavirus much earlier than thought.

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LIVE-TICKER Coronavirus – Daimler reports extreme drop in profits

April 23, 2020 – 7:50 a.m.

In the video: These are the changes to the corona measures

How important are caregivers? Very much – the corona crisis shows this once again. Politicians now want to make this clear in their money bags too. And why wearing face masks can really mean stress. In the live ticker you will find all important information and developments.

Here you will find an overview of the changed measures of the federal states and everything from A to Z you need to know about the corona virus.

TVNOW documentary: Zero Hour – Race with the Virus

How do we defeat Corona? See the TVNOW document: “Zero Hour – Race with the Corona Virus” (part 2)

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7:45 am – Almost a fifth of German companies are planning to cut jobs

According to the ifo Institute, almost a fifth of German companies are planning to cut jobs in the wake of the crisis. 18 percent of the companies wanted to fire employees or not to extend fixed-term contracts, the institute said, citing its April survey. 46 percent of the companies wanted to postpone investments, almost 50 percent would do short-time work.

7:35 a.m. – Daimler reports extreme drop in profits

  DEU Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, April 19, 2020 - After four weeks of standstill due to the corona pandemic in large parts of the production, the car manufacturer Daimler is starting up its plants again on Monday. Here is the Möhringen branch. *** DEU

When it comes to profits, the Corona crisis has slowed the company down considerably.

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The corona crisis led to a slump in profits for the automaker Daimler in the first quarter and makes it impossible to make a precise forecast for the year as a whole. From January to March, earnings before interest and taxes dropped 78 percent to 617 million euros, the Dax group announced in a mandatory announcement on Thursday night.

There were already deep signs of a brake on the Corona crisis when it came to sales: the passenger car subsidiary Mercedes-Benz sold 15 percent less worldwide in the first quarter, while sales in the truck business dropped 20 percent. Production at Daimler only started slowly again this week in Europe after a four-week break. The car dealerships opened. In China, production has already returned to normal.

07:20 – UN Secretary General: “The threat is the virus, not the people”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned of respect for human rights in the fight against the corona virus. Combating corona should not be an excuse for repression. In some societies, hate speech would increase and minorities would become the target of aggression. “We have seen the virus itself not discriminate but its effects – by uncovering deep weaknesses in public services and structural inequalities that hinder access to them,” Guterres said in a video message Thursday. Human rights should therefore be at the center of the response to the pandemic. “Let us never forget – the threat is the virus, not the people.”

07:00 a.m. – Current figures from Germany and the world

country Infected dead
Worldwide 2,628,916 183,441
USA 842.376 46,784
Spain 208,389 21,717
Italy 187.327 25,085
France 157.135 21,340
Germany 150,648 5,315
Great Britain 134,638 18,100
Turkey 98,674 2,376

Source: Johns Hopkins University

6:30 a.m. – More short-time work allowance, less catering VAT

After a marathon session, the grand coalition agreed on new billion-dollar aid for employees, restaurants, businesses and schools at night. Short-time work benefits are to be increased in order to compensate for loss of income, especially for low-wage earners. The catering industry, which is particularly hard hit by the crisis, will receive tax relief. At the same time, the duration of the unemployment benefit is extended. An overview of the decisions.

11:00 p.m. – Current figures from Germany and the world

country Infected Deaths
USA 839.836 46,399
Spain 208,389 21,717
Italy 187.327 25.985
France 159,315 21,373
Germany 149,771 5,211
Great Britain 134,637 18,151
Worldwide 2,623,231 182,740

Source: Johns Hopkins University

10:25 p.m. – Denmark allows foreign family members to enter again

The Danish government eased entry requirements on Wednesday due to the corona pandemic. Foreign spouses and life partners as well as children and parents of Danes can now return to the country even if they do not have a residence permit. Denmark was one of the first countries in Europe to close almost the passenger border on March 14th due to the Corona crisis. Only foreigners who had an important reason were allowed to enter. “However, people with symptoms continue to be rejected at the border,” Foreign and Integration Minister Mattias Tesfaye said in parliament.

9:30 p.m. – Ramelow with everyday mask on the asparagus field

April 22, 2020, Thuringia, Kutzleben: Bodo Ramelow (Die Linke), Prime Minister of Thuringia, presents an asparagus spear in a field of the Spargelhof Kutzleben. The company in the Unstrut-Hainich district is one of the largest asparagus growers in Thuringia

Asparagus harvest at the Kutzleben asparagus farm

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Black suit, blue tie – and a cloth over your mouth and nose: Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) set a good example on Wednesday with the asparagus pricking. The red and green cloth with which the head of government protected large parts of his face was, according to the imprint, a remnant from older times. It promoted the German Hiking Day three years ago – and “Luther 2017”.

8:55 pm – Virus detected for the first time in US pets

ARCHIVE - The two-month-old cat Delayla is sitting in the cat room of the animal shelter in Mainz on June 27th, 2008. While some enjoy their summer vacation in a relaxed manner, others have to toil: Animal shelters and pensions are always on during their long vacations

An infected person actually lived in just one household. (Icon image)

© dpa, Fredrik von Erichsen

In the USA, the novel corona virus has been detected in pets for the first time. Two domestic cats in the state of New York were tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the US health agency CDC said on Wednesday. Both animals that lived in different locations in the state had had respiratory problems. In one case, the cat’s owner had previously tested positive for the virus. In the other case, no infection is known in the affected household.

The agency said there is currently no evidence that pets have played a role in the spread of the corona virus. There is therefore no reason for measures against pets. The health authority advised that pets outside of their own household should not be allowed to come into contact with other animals or people. Sick people should stay away from their pets and other animals.

8:30 p.m. – British virologist: little chance of vaccine in 2021

England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty sees little chance of an effective remedy for the disease in the coming year. In the long term, there are two things you can get out of the current situation, he says: Either “through a highly effective vaccine and / or a very effective medication”. However, the probability that they will be available in the coming year is “incredibly low”. You have to see this realistically.

8:00 p.m. – Google is fishing dozens of hacker groups

Google claims to have identified more than a dozen government-sponsored hacker groups that are trying to use the pandemic for cyber attacks. The US company reports in its company blog that 18 million corresponding emails are intercepted.

6:55 pm – Drosten podcast nominated for the Grimme Online Award

The podcast “The Corona Virus Update” with the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten has been nominated for the Grimme Online Award. It has developed into an “instance” for listeners, the jury explained. He gave the virologist Drosten enough space to talk about current studies, symptoms or possible countermeasures – “and to correct himself due to new developments”. The podcast was still very often proposed for the award after the deadline.

“The need for information is very high, as the offers show, the selection of the nomination committee shows,” said Grimme Director Frauke Gerlach. It is particularly high when you live in times of crisis – like now in the Corona crisis.

6:45 pm – WHO: Most outbreaks in Europe are stable or decreasing

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most outbreaks in Europe are now stable or are weakening. However, there are worrying increases in Central Europe, Africa and Central and South America, says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

6:16 p.m. – Hamburg court considers corona closure of large stores to be inadmissible

The Hamburg Administrative Court has declared the closure of stores with more than 800 square meters of retail space maintained by the Senate to curb the corona pandemic to be inadmissible. With a decision published on Wednesday, the court granted an urgent request from a sports shop in downtown Hamburg, a spokesman said. However, the Senate had already lodged an appeal against this with the Hamburg Higher Administrative Court and requested that the rules should remain pending a decision.

In the opinion of the administrative court, the loosening of the shop opening that has been in effect since Monday violates the right to freedom of occupation. Because the distinction made in the regulation between shops with a sales area of ​​less than 800 square meters, which are allowed to open, and larger ones, which are only allowed to open with a reduced area, “is, according to the administrative court, unsuitable to serve the purpose of infection protection pursued by the legal regulation “the court announced. Rather, this protection can be achieved in large stores “as well as or even better than in smaller facilities”.

You can read here what the previous easing measures in public space in the various federal states look like.

5:44 p.m. – Online music festival with big stars planned

In the corona crisis, the music label Warner Music, together with the World Health Organization (WHO), is organizing an online festival with excerpts from previous concerts by stars such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. The “Play On Fest” with performances by more than 65 musicians and bands should be on the Internet from April 24th to 26th, the US record company announced on Wednesday. All proceeds – such as donations or the purchase of merchandise – should go to the WHO in the fight against the corona pandemic.

5:36 p.m. – UKE fears second wave of corona in autumn

The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) has warned of a second wave of corona infections at the end of summer. “I am afraid that we are actually facing a second wave, which could only start after the summer months, in August, and maybe not until the end of August (…),” said UKE CEO Prof. Burkhard Göke in Hamburg on Wednesday. “We are very concerned about the logistics of diagnostics.” If there are then many cold patients in the central emergency room, the UKE will be required to take a smear on everyone, possibly again at intervals. The UKE has already exhausted its diagnostic possibilities “to the limit of availability”, warned Göke.

He is also worried about the wave of influenza that will set in in autumn. The idea that the influenza A infection, which in itself can be very stressful and dangerous, would also pair with a Covid infection, gives him a headache, said the medical director of the UKE. With regard to intensive care, he said there is currently no capacity overload. “We are unsure about autumn.”

5:13 p.m. – Zoos in need: State of North Rhine-Westphalia helps with around 12 million euros

31.03.2020, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne: Lions lie in the outside enclosure in the deserted zoo and sunbathe. The zoos closed due to the corona crisis sound the alarm: they lack the revenue. (to dpa

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NRW Finance Minister Lutz Lienenkämper (CDU) wants to help the zoos and zoos in the country with 11.825 million euros to deal with the consequences of the corona crisis. The zoos had “no significant financial reserves”. Lienenkämper wrote in a submission to the finance committee of the state parliament that this would endanger an adequate supply of animals and especially endangered animal species. The money should serve to compensate for the loss of revenue, secure liquidity and avert impending closures. The NRW zoos have been closed since March 18 and are therefore no longer paying entry fees. A zoo had published that there would be an emergency slaughter plan if feed was no longer available.

5:03 p.m. – Söder praises nationwide mask requirement

CSU chief Markus Söder has praised the announcements for a nationwide mask requirement due to the corona pandemic. “Good news: now there is a mask requirement in all 16 federal states. It is clear that the relief will be accompanied by protective measures,” wrote the Bavarian Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, reports the dpa.

Before that, Bremen was the last federal state to announce the requirement to wear mouth-nose covers to protect against infection. The obligation applies in most countries – including Bavaria – from next week and mostly refers to buses and trains as well as shopping in shops. You can read about the regulations in your state here. You can read here how exactly the mask requirement should look in your state.

4:45 p.m. – Virologist Drosten: Germany may be wasting an important corona lead

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Christian Drosten, Director at the Institute for Virology at Charite Berlin, taken as part of a press course

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Virologist Christian Drosten sees the danger that Germany may lose previous successes in corona containment and the situation may slip away. He currently regrets “seeing so much that we are just about to lose this advantage here completely,” said the head of Virology at the Charité on Wednesday in the NDR podcast. In international comparison, Germany is one of the most successful countries in combating pandemics because the outbreak was recognized very early on.

It would not surprise him if one suddenly came into a situation over May and June that “we cannot control if we are not careful”, emphasized Drosten. There would then be many more starting points for the virus than at the beginning of the epidemic. Germany is currently in a very fragile area, said Drosten, referring to the number of reproductions recently estimated by the Robert Koch Institute at 0.9. This means that on average almost every infected person infects a different person.

4:24 p.m. – Estimate: number of British corona deaths twice as specified

In the UK, according to a Financial Times report, twice as many people may have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic than previously thought. This is based on extrapolations by the newspaper based on figures from the British statistical office ONS. According to this, 41,000 people could have died in the wake of the pandemic. That is far more than the official figures suggest so far: According to the Ministry of Health, around 17,300 people have been shown to die of Monday from lung disease in hospitals in the country. This does not include deaths in nursing homes and private households.

The basis for the calculation of the “Financial Times” is the over-mortality rate in Great Britain, which the statistics office gave for the week up to April 10th with about 8000. That means that within a week, 8,000 more people died in the country than the average of previous years.

4:09 pm – Steinmeier: Can we work our way out of the economic valley again

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier prepared citizens for difficult economic times in the face of the Corona crisis, but was optimistic about an upswing afterwards. In his new video message, he called for solidarity in the economy and warned against underestimating the risks of the crisis.

“Time will not pass us by without a trace. We will give up some of the prosperity we have developed together,” said Steinmeier. “But we are and we will remain a strong economy – with millions of people who want to continue to tackle or get going again. Just as we will defeat the virus together, we will work our way out of the economic valley with diligence and prudence.”

3:59 p.m. – German airports expect trough in second quarter

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Impact of Corona Airport Munich In the picture Access Security Control Terminal 2 opened green. Munich Airport Mü

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In view of the fact that air traffic is hardly taking place anymore, German airports expect the low point in passenger numbers in the current second quarter. In the Corona crisis, traffic had dropped to around 5 percent of the previous level by the end of March, as the airport association ADV reported again on Wednesday. Last week (April 13-19, 2019), the number of passengers fell to just 1.2 percent.

For March, the figures showed a 63 percent decrease compared to the same month in the previous year to 7.1 million passengers, which corresponds approximately to the volume of the 1990s. There was particularly little traffic on the domestic routes.

The airline Walter had already filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday.

News from April 22nd

You can read all developments from April 22nd here.

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Coronavirus 2020 – Scientists have found a new focus of COVID-19 in the human body – coronavirus news

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Coronavirus may cause conjunctivitis / Photo pixabay.com

As you learn new coronavirus COVID-19 scientists are learning more and more about the disease. In particular, it turned out that even after removing the virus from the human respiratory tract, the infection can persist for a long time in the eyes.

Researchers studied cases of infection in China and Spain and found that after successful treatment, particles of coronavirus infection were found in patients in the eyes, DailyTimes reports. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 virus RNA was isolated in eye smears a few days after analyzes showed its absence in samples from the nose.

At the same time, it is clarified that there is very little evidence supporting the ability of coronavirus infection to spread through the eyes.

How can I catch coronavirus through my eyes?

  • If an infected person sneezes or coughs next to a healthy person, and drops of moisture fall on his eyes. The virus then travels through the airways to the lungs.
  • If a person touches a contaminated surface, then rubs his eyes with dirty hands.

“We have yet to learn about the effect of the virus on the eyes, however, some studies have already shown that it can cause conjunctivitis,” the authors concluded.

Read alsoAn unusual method of transmission of coronavirus was named

Recall earlier it turned out that hand disinfection with an antiseptic not a panacea for coronavirus infection. Moreover, excessive or improper use of antiseptics can lead to bacterial resistance to antiviral drugs and even COVID-19 mutations.

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