Remdesivir, HCQ have little or no effect
The World Health Organisation's (WHO) global clinical trial has found that the popular anti-viral drug remdesivir has no substantial impact on either mortality, initiation of ventilation or even duration of hospital stay. The results of the Solidarity Trial conducted on 11,266 hospitalised Covid-19 patients across 30 countries found that remdesivir along with other repurposed drug hydroxychloroquine (rheumatoid arthritis drug), lopinavir/ritonavir (used is leprosy) and interferon have little or no effect on overall mortality, initiation of ventilation and duration of hospital stay.
Five-minute rapid coronavirus antigen test
Scientists from Britain’s University of Oxford have developed a rapid Covid-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, researchers said, adding it could be used in mass testing at airports and businesses.
Speedy recovery can add $9 trn to global income
Speeding up the recovery from the coronavirus recession can add $9 trillion in global income by 2025, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said, adding that this depended on strong international cooperation, including on vaccines.
Vaccine in next few months in India
India is expected to have a Covid-19 vaccine in a few months and the country should be in the process of delivering it to people in the next six months, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. He said this potent social vaccine can stop the disease and it also forms the foundation of the 'Jan Andolan' against Covid-19.
Immunity may last for several months
Immunity against Covid-19 may persist for at least five months after being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a study led by an Indian-origin researcher in the US. The researchers from the University of Arizona studied the production of antibodies from a sample of nearly 6,000 people infected with the novel coronavirus.
IMF growth projection
The IMF has predicted a deep global recession this year and the world growth to be - 4.4 per cent, asserting that the global economic crisis is far from over mainly due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In its latest World Economic Outlook report, the International Monetary Fund also said the swift recovery in China has surprised on the upside while the global economy's long ascent back to pre-pandemic levels of activity remains prone to setbacks.
Coronavirus can survive for 28 days on banknotes, mobile screens
A latest study has now found that the virus can survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces including banknotes and glass such as mobile phone screens and stainless steel. The study conducted by researchers at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) also found that the virus survived longer at lower temperatures and on non-porous or smooth surfaces compared to porous, complex surfaces such as cotton.
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