Corona virus infection may last beyond 5 days: a new study – live | Corona virus pandemic news

A new British study said that about a third of people infected with the Corona virus may still be infectious after five days of quarantine.

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in England also found that up to 1 in 10 people may remain contagious after a 10-day quarantine. Scientists said that some people kept these levels for up to 68 days.

Elsewhere, the United States has revised its guidelines for Americans on wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, recommending the wearing of “protective masks you can use” while stopping short of calling for the use of N95 respirators nationwide.

In a statement posted on its website, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said “people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns about a short supply of N95s.”

Here are the latest updates for Saturday:

Palermo nurse caught fake vaccines

A nurse in Palermo has been arrested for pretending to vaccinate a couple, and to receive a fake vaccine from a colleague, according to Italian police.

The woman, who worked at the vaccination center “Fiera del Mediterraneo” in Sicily, was placed under house arrest on charges of issuing false certificates and wasting public goods.

This followed an investigation that in December led to the detention of another nurse at the same vaccination centre. Investigation continues into whether other nurses are releasing fake vaccines.

Saturday’s arrest came just days after a nurse was arrested in the Italian town of Ancona, accused of pretending to inject vaccines to at least 50 people in exchange for a bribe.

A healthcare worker at ASL Roma 1 holds a syringe with a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine [File: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters]

Philippines confirms community transmission to Omicron

The Philippine Department of Health has confirmed the local spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant around Manila, where infections hit a record high for the third consecutive day.

“We are seeing community transmission of the Omicron variant in the metropolitan area,” Undersecretary of Health Maria Rosario Verger said at a public briefing.

The ministry reported 39,004 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, while active cases also set a record, at 280,813.

Novel coronavirus infection may last more than five days: study

After a five-day quarantine, about a third of those infected with the coronavirus may still be contagious, according to new data.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests detect virus particles but cannot tell if they are infectious or just inactive residues.

“At five days, 30 per cent of people still showed clinically relevant levels of potentially active virus,” said study leader Lorna Harris of the University of Exeter Medical School in England.

After 10 days of quarantine, 1 in 10 may be infected. Some people maintained these levels for up to 68 days, the researchers said.

E-cigarette users are experiencing more symptoms from COVID

A new study shows that e-cigarette users infected with the coronavirus may be more likely than non-coronavirus users to experience symptoms of COVID-19.

The researchers compared 289 electronic papers with 1,445 people of the same age and sex who neither smoked nor smoked tobacco, all of whom tested positive for the coronavirus in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

Compared with affected non-vapers and after accounting for participants’ other risk factors, affected vapers experienced higher rates of chest pain or tightness, chills, body aches, headache, problems with smell and taste, nausea, diarrhea, and light-headedness. The study was published in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.

Djokovic returns to detention as he fights Australia’s deportation

Novak Djokovic is back in custody in Australia, after authorities tore up his visa for a second time and declared the unvaccinated tennis star a threat to the public.

The world’s top-ranked tennis player surrendered to officials in Melbourne for an interview around 8am local time on Saturday (21:00 GMT Friday), following an injunction issued Friday night.

Read more here.

Two men in a car being photographedDjokovic sits in the back of a car as he arrives at an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne [Channel 9 via AP]

Anti-vaccination protesters gather in central Sydney

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in central Sydney as part of a rally against COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Demonstrators waved flags and carried banners as they walked through the city’s streets.

Some were adorned with Serbian flags, apparently in support of beleaguered tennis star Novak Djokovic, who is threatened with deportation from the country as he seeks to compete in the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Mexico sees fake versions of COVID-19 drug

Mexico is reported to be seeing on the black market or counterfeit copies of molnopiravir circulating for sale, just one week after authorities approved the drug to treat people at high risk of contracting the severe COVID-19 virus, according to the Associated Press.

This news comes at a time when the country recorded a new daily record of 44,293 new cases.

According to official health data, 301,107 people have died from COVID-19 in Mexico.

woman wearing a face maskA nurse pulls out a new N95 mask as indentations remain from one she had just removed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle [Elaine Thompson/AP]

Omicron spreads to south China city bordering Macau

The southern Chinese city of Zhuhai has suspended public bus routes after announcing that it had detected at least seven cases of the highly transmissible Omicron virus there and warning residents not to leave the city.

The port city, which borders Macau’s gambling hub, said late Friday that one person with a mild illness and six asymptomatic patients were detected after mass testing for a case in a nearby city.

China is battling a string of coronavirus outbreaks, including several Omicron variants, forcing millions of people to impose a strict lockdown as the country ramps up vigils against the virus ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month.

Omicron wave drives health worker shortage in Brazil

Health centers in Brazil are facing a major staff shortage amid the recent wave of coronavirus cases due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

In São João de Merite, outside Rio de Janeiro, authorities have to adjust with up to 40 percent of medical workers on furlough due to COVID-19.

Late Friday, Brazil reported 112,286 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 251 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 23 million and the number of deaths to 620,796 over least since the beginning of the period. pandemic.

You can read all the updates from January 14 here.

Nurse bending over a hospital bedA nurse tends to a patient with coronavirus in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle [Elaine Thompson/AP]


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