Linking Air Pollution To Higher Coronavirus Death Rates

recent Harvard analysis led by Professor Francesca Dominici along with Doctoral student Xiao Wu and Assistant Professor Rachel Nethery is the first nationwide study to show a statistical link between COVID-19 deaths and other diseases associated with long-term exposure to fine particulate matter. The paper has been submitted for peer review and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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COVID-vaccine results are on the way — and scientists’ concerns are growing

Researchers warn that vaccines could stumble on safety trials, be fast-tracked because of politics or fail to meet the public’s expectations.
A protester holds a placard that says 'Freedom No Lockdown Masks Tests Vaccine'.

Protesters call for an end to COVID-19-based restrictions in Sacramento, California.Credit: Stanton Sharpe/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty

Several ongoing coronavirus-vaccine trials could announce game-changing results next month. But as anticipation grows, concerns are growing about whether the vaccines will clear safety trials, what they will achieve if they do and the risk that the approval process will be influenced by politics, or at least seem to be. Tiếp tục đọc “COVID-vaccine results are on the way — and scientists’ concerns are growing”

Professors need to know What Students Want from online learning during the pandemic

In recent months there’s been no shortage of surveys in which students describe the challenges they faced during the pivot to remote education in the spring and summer. Many struggled to secure consistent Wi-Fi access and a quiet place to learn. They felt overwhelmed, not just by the pandemic, but in trying to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and communication with their professors. They missed the routines and relationships of campus life. Motivation was a real challenge.

So what do they want their professors to know, in order to make the experience better this fall? I put that question to a panel of experts — students and faculty members — this week in a Chronicle webinar. I encourage you to watch it here because they had many great ideas and insights. But if you’re short on time, here are a few key takeaways.

Connections are crucial to learning. To prime students to learn, ensure that they feel connected to you and to the class. That’s not easy to do online, but consistent outreach, regular office hours, and a wise use of synchronous class time will help.

One panelist in the webinar, Vikki Katz, an associate professor in Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, surveyed 3,000 undergraduates across the country about their remote-learning experiences last spring. A crucial factor in students’ developing a sense of confidence and competence in a remote-learning environment, she and her co-author found, was whether they felt faculty members were accessible to them. Tiếp tục đọc “Professors need to know What Students Want from online learning during the pandemic”

A drugmaker reports positive results for a potential treatment

New York Times coronavirus brief

The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly announced that a single infusion of its monoclonal antibody treatment was shown to drastically lower levels of the coronavirus in newly infected patients and lower the likelihood of requiring hospitalization.
It is the first potential treatment for patients with mild or moderate Covid-19. (The two other treatments that have proved helpful, the antiviral remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone, are only for the seriously ill.)
Scientists used blood plasma from Covid-19 survivors, isolating and testing their antibodies to find the most powerful ones. They then manufactured vats of antibodies to make the drug. In a trial of more than 450 newly diagnosed Covid-19 patients, Eli Lilly said, only about 1.7 percent of those who received the drug ended up in the hospital, compared with 6 percent who were given a placebo — a 72 percent risk reduction. Those treated with the drug reportedly also had fewer symptoms, and the levels of virus in their bodies plummeted.
Other companies are also working on treatments with monoclonal antibodies, but they are difficult and expensive to make. A single dose could cost thousands of dollars. They offer only a temporary solution, with the antibodies lasting about a month.
But without a vaccine — the only way to elicit a lasting immune response — the treatment could give doctors another weapon in an arsenal with few options.
The study will eventually enroll 800 patients in the U.S. of all ages and risk categories, including people in nursing homes. Eli Lilly has already started manufacturing 10,000 doses in hopes that these interim results, which have not yet been peer reviewed, will bear out.

The company plans to discuss the state of the trial with the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the possibility of emergency use authorization to market the drug.
Here’s our treatment tracker.

Báo cáo tác động của bùng phát dịch Covid-19 lần thứ 2 đối với Doanh nghiệp

Ngày 4/9 vừa qua, Ban Nghiên cứu Phát triển Kinh tế tư nhân đã công bố Báo cáo Tác động của Bùng phát dịch Covid-19 lần 2 đối với doanh nghiệp và Tổng hợp các kiến nghị chính sách doanh nghiệp, hiệp hội gửi Chính phủ, Thủ tướng Chính phủ; căn cứ trên kết quả cuộc khảo sát lần 3 về tình hình doanh nghiệp trong bối cảnh covid-19 bùng phát lần 2 tại Việt Nam với đối tượng là 15 hiệp hội doanh nghiệp Việt Nam (đại diện cho gần 15.000 doanh nghiệp thành viên và hơn 5000 cá nhân thành viên) và 349 doanh nghiệp trả lời khảo sát online bao gồm cả doanh nghiệp Việt Nam lẫn doanh nghiệp có vốn đầu tư nước ngoài.

Các doanh nghiệp Du lịch chiếm tỉ lệ cao nhất trong tổng số doanh nghiệp tham gia khảo sát, tới 28%, đây cũng đồng thời là nhóm chịu ảnh hưởng nặng nề nhất bởi đại dịch. Tiếp tục đọc “Báo cáo tác động của bùng phát dịch Covid-19 lần thứ 2 đối với Doanh nghiệp”

What will it take to achieve Vietnam’s long-term growth aspirations?


COVID-19 has interrupted the country’s journey to become a high-performing economy, but the right structural adjustments could help get it back on track.
This is the second of two articles in which McKinsey looks at COVID-19’s immediate impact on Vietnam’s economy and identifies the long-term challenges the country can address to realize its potential.With relatively few recorded COVID-19 cases and fatalities to date, Vietnam now has an opportunity—and an imperative—to consider its longer-term economic aspirations, even as the country responds to a resurgence of the virus. Enduring success will require Vietnam’s leaders to focus on issues and opportunities that long preceded the pandemic.
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Investor-state disputes arising from COVID-19: balancing public health and corporate wealth

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth | 27 August 2020

Investor-state disputes arising from COVID-19: balancing public health and corporate wealth

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments globally are engaging in a difficult balancing act of protecting public health, mitigating economic damage and avoiding interference with private rights.

Even during a global pandemic, however, States are likely to be challenged for implementing measures that interfere with an investor’s private rights. Governments the world over have introduced COVID-19 prevention measures such as hard border closures, city and regional lockdowns, suspension of construction, production and mining, nationalisation of private industries and import and export restrictions.

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Covid Lays Bare the Flaws in Asia’s Booming Megacities

August 19, 2020

Throughout modern history, pandemics—like wars, earthquakes, catastrophic fires, and other sweeping calamities—have fundamentally shaped and transformed cities. In the early 20th century, the Spanish Flu bore witness to the dangers of concentrating people in dense urban housing. In its aftermath, city governments in Europe and the Americas embraced new urban planning strategies to make cities healthier and more livable. Their efforts focused on creating more parkland and giving cities green “lungs.” More recently, the 1994 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Surat, India, led to the establishment of a citywide system to monitor public health, while the 2003 SARS outbreak prompted Singapore to improve its medical infrastructure. Tiếp tục đọc “Covid Lays Bare the Flaws in Asia’s Booming Megacities”

Vietnam’s COVID-19 count approaches 1,000

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 22:04 GMT+7 tuoitrenews

Vietnam’s COVID-19 count approaches 1,000
A health worker handles a piece of equipment at a hospital in Vietnam. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam recorded four new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with its total nearing 1,000, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The four patients include two in Da Nang, one in neighboring Quang Nam Province, and one in northern Hai Duong Province.

Patient No. 990 is a 25-year-old medical worker at Da Nang Family Hospital.

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Should violators who illegally take Covid-19 infected people into Vietnam receive the death penalty?

vietnamnet | 17/08/2020    12:50 GMT+7

“The death penalty could be considered for such act in accordance with the Penal Code. In this very urgent situation, when the whole country is trying hard to fight Covid-19, it is necessary to strictly punish such acts for deterrence.”
Có thể xử tử hình kẻ tiếp tay, đưa người nhiễm Covid-19 vào Việt Nam không?
Chinese people who illegally entered Vietnam are detected by traffic police on Noi Bai – Lao Cai expressway. (Photo: Lao Cai newspaper)

This is the opinion of National Assembly (NA) deputy Bui Van Phuong, member of the NA Economic Committee, vice head of the NA delegation of Ninh Binh province in response to the proposal of the HCM City Center for Disease Control (HCDC): “It is necessary to impose heavy sanctions against people who illegally enter the country, to consider imposing special criminal penalties on those who give a hand to illegal entry.”

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COVID-19: Vietnam reports 29 new cases, another fatality – Total 84 cases

Chia sẻ | FaceBookTwitter Email Copy LinkInterested009/08/2020    18:43 GMT+7

Vietnam has confirmed 29 new coronavirus cases and another fatality of the disease, all closely tied to Da Nang outbreak, the Ministry of Health said in its August 9 update at 18.00hrs.

19 cases aged 7 to 85 were registered in Da Nang City, the epicenter of the outbreak. They include 8 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients, 3 patients given treatment at Da Nang Hospital, three caregivers, a medical worker, a servant, along with three others.

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Vietnam reports second-largest daily hike in COVID-19 cases with 43 new patients – total 713 patients

Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 18:30 GMT+7 Tuoitre

Vietnam reports second-largest daily hike in COVID-19 cases with 43 new patients
A health worker disinfects an area visited by a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in Vietnam. Photo: Tr. T. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam documented a total of 43 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, including 42 local infections and one imported patient who was quarantined upon arrival, the second-largest single-day increase in cases since January.

Vietnam reported two new coronavirus patients on Wednesday morning, both registered in the central province of Quang Nam and traced to Da Nang, a neighboring city that is the country’s outbreak epicenter.

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Vietnam Says Early August ‘Decisive’ in Containing Coronavirus

By Reuters, Wire Service ContentAug. 3, 2020, at 1:21 a.m.

U.S. News & World Report

Vietnam Says Early August ‘Decisive’ in Containing Coronavirus


FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective mask as he drives past a banner promoting prevention against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hanoi, Vietnam July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File PhotoREUTERS


HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam is in the midst of a “decisive” fight against the novel coronavirus, the prime minister said on Monday, with the focus on Danang city where infections have appeared in four factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700 people.

Vietnam, widely praised for its mitigation efforts since the coronavirus appeared in late January, is battling several new clusters of infection linked to Danang after going more than three months without detecting any domestic transmission.

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Central Highlands’ Buon Ma Thuot City enters social distancing as virus spreads in Vietnam

Central Highlands’ Buon Ma Thuot City enters social distancing as virus spreads in Vietnam
A street is sealed off with barricade tape in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam, August 2, 2020. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Dak Lak Province in Vietnam’s Centra Highlands has reinstated enhanced social distancing rules across its entire capital city of Buon Ma Thuot from Monday after three COVID-19 patients were documented there.

The enhanced social distancing regulations have to be practiced from 0:00 Monday until the end of August 16 in accordance with the prime minister’s directive No. 16 issued on March 31.

Accordingly, citizens are requested to stay home and only go out under absolutely necessary circumstances, and maintain a minimum distance of two meters in social interaction. Tiếp tục đọc “Central Highlands’ Buon Ma Thuot City enters social distancing as virus spreads in Vietnam”

13 ca Covid-19 nguy kịch và nặng, Bộ Y tế tiếp tục chi viện bác sĩ – Cả nước có 621 ca bệnh

03/08/2020    11:28 GMT+7 vietnamnet

Đến sáng 3/8, cả nước có 10 bệnh nhân Covid-19 nguy kịch và 3 ca nặng. Bộ Y tế tiếp tục chi viện khẩn nhân lực cho Quảng Nam.

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Sáng 3/8, PGS.TS Lương Ngọc Khuê, Cục trưởng Cục quản lý Khám, chữa bệnh, Phó trưởng Tiểu ban Điều trị cho biết, Việt Nam đang điều trị cho 242 bệnh nhân Covid-19 trên tổng số 621 ca mắc.

Tuy nhiên diễn biến dịch Covid-19 đợt mới có nhiều bệnh nhân nặng, trong đó có 13 bệnh nhân đang nguy kịch (10 bệnh phải can thiệp ECMO và thở máy; 3 trường hợp đang phải thở oxy) và 21 trường hợp khác tiên lượng nặng.

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