Second Wave ‘Critical Stage’, Hospital Transmission Report



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Second Wave ‘Critical Stage’

Imperial’s REACT continuing community COVID-19 swab testing study estimates 96,000 people a day in England are becoming infected. The latest swabs were collected on Sunday and the data are published in a preprint.

  • Infections are doubling every 9 days with infections increasing across all age groups and areas of the country.

  • An estimated 128 people per 10,000 now has the virus compared to 60 in 10,000 as of 5 October.

  • R is estimated to have risen to 1.6.

The authors conclude: “The co-occurrence of high prevalence and rapid growth means that the second wave of the epidemic in England has now reached a critical stage. Whether via regional or national measures, it is now time-critical to control the virus and turn R below 1 if further hospital admissions and deaths from COVID-19 are to be avoided.”

Experts have commented via the Science Media Centre.

Professor Igor Rudan, joint director of the Centre for Global Health and WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Edinburgh, said: “This study should be considered very accurate and reliable scientific evidence that shows that a very large second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is underway.  It will inevitably lead to a very large number of infections, severe episodes and deaths in the coming weeks and months.  Efforts will be required to reduce the national reproduction number below 1.0 again.  The measures that were in place over the past 2 months across most of Europe were clearly insufficient to prevent the new large growth of infected cases and fast spread of the virus.” 

Paul Hunter, professor in medicine, UEA, said: “Although we do not know for certain what the prevalence of infection was at the April peak, it is likely that infection rates now are very similar to and maybe even higher than at the peak in April.”

Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, said: “We can expect this situation to continue to deteriorate if authorities remain slow to react.”

Nowcast and Forecast

Also published today is the Cambridge MRC Biostatistics Unit’s weekly Nowcast and Forecast.

It estimates:

  • 55,600 daily infections in England with cases “particularly high” in the North West, and the North East and Yorkshire

  • The number of daily deaths is likely to be between 237 and 422 by 5 November

  • London, followed by the North West, continues to have the highest attack rate

Lead researcher, Professor Daniela De Angelis, commented: “The estimated trends in R values and growth rates show signs that the epidemic is growing at a slower pace in most regions. However, the rising number of infections and the R values remaining above 1 clearly indicate continued transmission, leading to the prediction of a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 deaths.

“Curtailing this transmission will require sustained social distancing interventions.”

PHE Data

Meanwhile Public Health England’s weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports showed case rates increased in every age

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Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving focuses on safety at crash scenes and prevention of first responder critical incident stress

Anatomy of a Road Crash fact sheet

See link in press release to download CCDD Anatomy of a Road Crash
See link in press release to download CCDD Anatomy of a Road Crash
See link in press release to download CCDD Anatomy of a Road Crash

The Impact of Road Crashes on First Responders & Communities: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Critical Incident Stress fact sheet

See link in press release to download CCDD The Impact of Road Crashes on First Responders & Communities: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Critical Incident Stress
See link in press release to download CCDD The Impact of Road Crashes on First Responders & Communities: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Critical Incident Stress
See link in press release to download CCDD The Impact of Road Crashes on First Responders & Communities: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Critical Incident Stress

‘The Road’ © Kylee Bowman 2020

See link in press release to view ‘The Road’ © Kylee Bowman 2020
See link in press release to view ‘The Road’ © Kylee Bowman 2020
See link in press release to view ‘The Road’ © Kylee Bowman 2020

OTTAWA, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) released Anatomy of a Road Crash and The Impact of Road Crashes on First Responders & Communities: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Critical Incident Stress in acknowledgement of National First Responders Day. These fact sheets were produced by the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving (CCDD), an initiative of TIRF, Drop It And Drive® (DIAD) and The Co-operators.

Each year, collisions on Canadian roads have devastating consequences for communities across the country, and distracted driving is a contributing factor in one in four fatalities. Concern understandably centres on the victims, families and communities who are directly impacted. But the immediate and long-term consequences for first responders, including police, fire and paramedics, who attend crash scenes is not always recognized.

“Police services and first responders are committed to protecting the lives and safety of everyone on the roads, regardless of circumstances. These professionals willingly place themselves in harm’s way to enforce traffic laws and mitigate loss of life when crashes occur,” says Robyn Robertson, President & CEO, TIRF. “First responders attend far too many crash scenes throughout their career and carry with them the tragic outcomes every day. Their contribution to the CCDD National Action Plan on distracted driving was vital to prevent other Canadian families from experiencing such losses.”

Between 2013 and 2017, there were 8,573 fatal collisions which claimed 9,436 lives and 582,067 injury collisions resulting in serious and minor injuries among 793,684 individuals. These crashes are not just numbers. For all of those involved, including first responders, it is very personal.

“A moment’s inattention while driving is all it takes to become part of tragedy. Having supervised more than 1,000 crashes during my career, I can attest that sitting with a family trying to explain why someone is no longer coming home, or is forever changed because of a bad choice is something you don’t forget,”, says retired Ontario Provincial Police Inspector Mark Andrews. “It is simple, really, distraction kills people. If people accept that, and accept the responsibility that driving safely is everyone’s job, we can stop the tragedies.”

Results from a 2017 national study from the

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Covid cases, hospitalizations continue to surge as U.S. reaches ‘critical point’ in pandemic

  • Three dozen states reported that the average number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 rose by at least 5% over the past week.
  • “We are at another critical point in the pandemic response,” said Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health who leads the government’s testing effort.
  • Giroir went on to emphasize that “we can control the virus” by following public health measures like social distancing, mask wearing, avoiding crowded gatherings and the frequent washing of hands.



a group of people standing around a plane: Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) arrive with a correctional patient at North Shore Medical Center where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Miami, Florida, U.S. July 14, 2020.


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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) arrive with a correctional patient at North Shore Medical Center where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Miami, Florida, U.S. July 14, 2020.

The United States is reporting another record-high average number of new cases of the coronavirus as a top health official warned Wednesday that the country is at a “critical point.”

The U.S. reported 73,240 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the seven-day average of new cases up to about 71,832, a fresh record and an increase of more than 20% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Three dozen states reported that the average number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 rose by at least 5% over the past week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project, which tracks testing, hospitalization and other data on the outbreak. Cases are up by at least that amount in 45 states, according to Hopkins data.

“As the nation did after Memorial Day, we are at another critical point in the pandemic response,” Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health who leads the government’s testing effort, said Wednesday on the TODAY show. “Cases are going up in most states across the country. Hospitalizations are up, although we’re still tens of thousands of hospitalizations below where we were in July, but that is rising. And we are starting to see the increase in deaths.”



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Giroir acknowledged that increased testing alone cannot explain the surge in cases, even as President Donald Trump attributes the surge to testing alone and continues to downplay the outbreak.

Giroir went on to emphasize that “we can control the virus” by following public health measures like social distancing, mask wearing, avoiding crowded gatherings and the frequent washing of hands.

The surge in cases and hospitalizations is beginning to overwhelm some hospitals in parts of the country. The Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that the Utah Hospital Association is asking the governor to allow them to ration care. And in Texas, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego issued a curfew on Sunday to protect “overwhelmed and exhausted” hospitals and workers.

Public health specialists and epidemiologists have warned for months that the virus would likely surge as the weather turned colder in the fall and winter. That’s largely because people are more likely to stay indoors in colder weather and because some epidemiologists believe the virus can spread more easily through colder, drier air.

Dr. Bill

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Critical Care Equipment Market Forecast to 2027

The critical care equipment market was valued at US$ 21,682. 65 million in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 47,171. 42 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9. 5% during 2020–2027.

New York, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Critical Care Equipment Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Product, Application, and End User and Geography” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05978065/?utm_source=GNW

The growth of the market is mainly attributed to factors such growing research in biotechnology sector and increasing product launches. However, the disruption of supply chain and logistics due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 is among the factors hindering the growth of the market.

In the last few months, it has become clear that COVID-19 is a threat to global health.. The virus primarily attacks the healthy cells located in the lungs, resulting in respiratory problems. The virus reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of hemoglobin present in the blood and encounters breathing problems; in the most severe cases, a ventilator is used to push air, with increased oxygen levels, into the lungs.

The normal saturation level shows 95% oxygen level in the body, and the oxygen level can drop up to 50–60% in some of the COVID-19 patients.In such situation, there would be reduction in oxygen supply to different organs of the body, which leads to organ failures.

Ventilators are life-support machines, though they would not cure an illness, but can keep patients alive while suffering from an infection.Oxygen therapy in cases of severe COVID-19 saves the lives of patients.

According to an article published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, in June 2020, physicians could reduce more than 50% death rate among COVID-19 patients by using ventilators.

Based on product, the global critical care equipment market is segmented into patient monitor systems, ventilators, infusion pumps, and others.The patient monitor systems segment held a larger share of the market in 2019.

The ventilators segment is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period.Based on application, the market is segmented into cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, orthopedic, and others.

The cardiology segment held a larger share of the market in 2019, and the pulmonology segment is expected to register a higher CAGR during the forecast period.Based on end user, the global critical care equipment market is segmented into hospitals, ambulatory care centers, home care, and others.

The hospitals segment held a larger share of the market in 2019, and it is further expected to report a higher CAGR in the market during the forecast period.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, International Civil Aviation Organization, and European Medical Association are a few of the major secondary sources referred to while preparing this report.
Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05978065/?utm_source=GNW

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Newborn Baby Wrongly Declared Dead Found Alive Before Burial, In Critical State

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  • The baby was reportedly born after six and a half months of pregnancy
  • The newborn baby was declared dead and was taken for burial
  • Hospital has launched an investigation into the incident

A newborn baby girl, who was declared dead by a hospital, was found alive before her burial. The incident took place Friday in Bangladesh.

According to a local media report, the baby was pronounced dead at Dhaka Medical College Hospital after she was born prematurely. However, before her burial, the child came back to life and was rushed for treatment at the Neonatal Intensive Care unit at the hospital. The child currently remains in critical condition, The Daily Star reported.

“Her condition is very critical . . . We are trying our level best,” Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin, director of the hospital told local media, adding that a four-member team will be conducting an investigation into the incident. The probe will reportedly be led by Dr. Manisha Banerjee, head of the neonatology department.

“We will take action upon receiving the findings,” the director said.

Shahinur Akter gave birth to the child after six and a half months of pregnancy. A doctor declared the child dead and hospital staffers put the baby in an abandoned box of gloves. The staff later asked the family to take the child for burial, a source told local media.

The child had to be moved from one graveyard to another due to the high burial cost which the family could not afford. However, in the second burial ground, as the grave was being dug, the newborn started moving her limbs and showed signs of being alive, the baby’s father, Yeasin Mollah, claimed. The child was then taken back to the hospital.

The DMCH director told local media that the child was put under observation for a couple of hours after being born but was declared dead as there was no pulse.

Newborn In this photo, a premature newborn lies on a cot in the neo-natal ward of the Delafontaine hospital in Saint Denis near Paris, March 19, 2013. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

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