Covid-19 🦠 Newsbites

Covid-19 🦠 Newsbites
Covid-19 drug rationed in the US is plentiful in developing countries
A CNN investigation into remdesivir, the drug known to work against Covid-19, has found that doctors in several developing countries report ample supplies of the drug, while patients in the United States have faced shortages -- even if the drug is made by a US pharmaceutical company and was developed with the help of US taxpayer money.

2020 French Open tennis tournament to be played with fans
The French Tennis Federation announced Monday that the 2020 French Open will be open to fans when play begins later this month -- despite a rise in cases in the country. The Grand Slam event was originally scheduled for May but was postponed by the pandemic.

French officials have confirmed more than 367,000 cases and more than 30,000 deaths from Covid-19, the seventh-highest number of fatalities caused by coronavirus worldwide according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Yes, you can have Covid-19 and the flu at the same time. Here's what that could do to your body
As doctors worry about a coronavirus-and-flu "twin-demic" that could overwhelm the health care system, people must contend with another possibility: fighting both viruses at the same time. "You can certainly get both the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, which could be catastrophic to your immune system," said Dr. Adrian Burrowes, a family medicine physician in Florida.

Getting infected with one can make you more vulnerable to getting sick with the other, said epidemiologist Dr. Seema Yasmin. "Once you get infected with the flu and some other respiratory viruses, it weakens your body," said Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.

A top disease expert is warning of 'another 12 to 14 months of a really hard road ahead of us,' and says the US has no national plan to stop it
  • Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, warned of a potential spike in cases of novel coronavirus this fall and said the US has "another 12 to 14 months of a really hard road ahead."
  • sterholm, who made the comments Sunday on NBC News' "Meet The Press," said while a COVID-19 vaccine could become available, it wouldn't have a "meaningful" impact until 2021 at the earliest.
  • Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said Americans should expect to "hunker down" in the upcoming fall and winter months.

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