Wednesday, October 20, 2021

British company develops saliva-based COVID test

A British company says it has developed an easy-to-administer, saliva-based test that can detect whether a person is contagious enough to pass along the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. causes.

The company Vatic said in a statement that its test is “extremely accurate” and has not returned a single false positive result in its test group. “This is very important for life to return to normal,” the company said.

Vatic said its “mission was to create a test that people would not mind using several times a week.”

Test results are available in 15 minutes, the company said.

The test is not yet available to the public as it undergoes more tests but Vatic is seeking approval for its sale directly to the public.

A report by The Economist said that in 2020, COVID has suddenly stopped the steady increase in the rate of life expectancy.

impact on life expectancy

Researchers in Britain, Denmark and Germany said life expectancy declined in two of the 28 countries surveyed between 2019 and 2020.

Life expectancy increased for women in Denmark and Norway, and in Finland. Meanwhile, male life expectancy fell by more than a year in Italy, Poland and Spain and by more than two years in the United States.

another report economist says that the death rate from COVID in the US is “about eight times higher in the US than in the rest of the wealthy world” due to vaccine hesitancy and other factors.

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“America’s apathy towards vaccines and continued resistance to other interventions, especially among Republicans, is worrying,” the report said. A YouGov poll indicates that, among those who voted, [former U.S. President] Donald Trump in 2020, 31% say he will not get vaccinated, 71% strongly disapprove of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate and almost 40% never wear a face mask. It remains a deadly combination. ”

“The pandemic has destabilized societies, economies and governments. It has shown that there is no global security without global health security,” said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a recent address to ambassadors and representatives of the EU Political and Security Committee regarding COVID-19 .

“The fastest and best way to end this pandemic is through genuine global cooperation on vaccine supply and access,” Tedros said. “The longer vaccine disparity persists, the longer the social and economic upheaval will continue, and the more opportunity for the virus to spread and transform into more dangerous forms. What we need is a global realization that no country can find a way out of this pandemic by being isolated from the rest of the world.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported on Sunday that it has recorded 234.6 million global COVID infections and nearly 5 million deaths.

Protests in Romania

Thousands marched on Saturday in Bucharest, Romania, to protest restrictions that began on Sunday to counter a surge in coronavirus infections.

Protesters attend a rally against new restrictions imposed by the government following a rise in COVID-19 cases, in Bucharest, October 2, 2021.

The European nation of 19 million is seeing a startling rise in the daily number of coronavirus cases. A month ago, the number was around 1,000 new cases a day. On Saturday, Romania reported more than 12,500 new cases, its highest number since the pandemic began in March last year.

According to Reuters, protesters, mostly masked, gathered outside government offices, chanting “freedom, freedom without certificates,” and “down with the government”. A sign read: “Green Certificate = Dictatorship,” The Associated Press reported.

The demonstration was organized by Romania’s right-wing AUR party, the AP said.

Rising cases have strained the nation’s hospitals – intensive care beds are nearly full – and the protests angered some medical workers.

“The situation in hospitals is critical,” Beatrice Mahler, hospital manager at Bucharest’s Marius Nasta Institute of Pneumology, told the Associated Press. “We have patients hospitalized in beds in the hallway – all with extremely severe forms of COVID-19.”

Restrictions that take effect on Sunday include a requirement to wear masks in public, and that shops close at 10 p.m. local time.

Public places such as restaurants, theaters and gyms can remain open – some only at partial capacity – to customers who have had COVID-19, meaning they have been fully vaccinated, or evidence shows that He has a disease caused by the coronavirus.

Romania has the lowest vaccination rate in the European Union, with 33.5% of all adults being fully vaccinated, second only to Bulgaria.

Reuters said there is a weekend curfew for unvaccinated Romanians, and plans to make vaccinations mandatory for health care workers.

Since the pandemic began, Romania has recorded nearly 1.25 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 37,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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