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US NJ patient doesn't have deadly coronavirus, hospital says

07:10  24 january  2020
07:10  24 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Hackensack University Medical Center said a patient was evaluated and is not infected with the coronavirus , which originated in Wuhan, China. “After an evaluation of the patient and consulting with the State Department of Health, experts have determined the patient does not have the Wuhan coronavirus ," Nancy Radwin, a hospital spokeswoman, said in a statement issued at 10:55 p.m. ET. The patient , a 25-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital Thursday evening by the Edgewater Emergency Medical Services, according to EMS sources.

“The rise in vaccinated patients in hospital is not a surprise as more and more people have been vaccinated,” said HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry. “Vaccines were never going to be 100 per cent effective against infection; their big contribution is in preventing serious illness.” “But for the vaccination programme, hospitals would have been overwhelmed,” Dr Henry said . “The impact is also clear in terms of reduced translation of numbers of cases into patients who require intensive care.”

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – A patient at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey who was evaluated Thursday night for possible infection with the coronavirus that has caused worldwide concern of a possible epidemic was determined not to have the disease, the hospital said.

“After an evaluation of the patient and consulting with the State Department of Health, experts have determined the patient does not have the Wuhan coronavirus," Nancy Radwin, a hospital spokeswoman, said in a statement issued at 10:55 p.m. ET.

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Tallia says his hospital is "managing, but just barely," at keeping up with the increased number of sick patients in the last three weeks. The hospital 's urgent-care centers have also been inundated, and its outpatient clinics have no appointments available. Obviously, no one suggested two years ago that the Today, areas that have low numbers of reported coronavirus cases (and many with NONE) have put their hospitals into 'Covid-19 emergency mode'. None of that helps the rest of the population, the 80+% who have mild-to-no symptoms but who nevertheless require medical services for their ongoing

A patient is treated for coronavirus in Wuhan Red Cross Hospital today. Sufferers have reportedly collapsed in the street due to the infection. For the Texas student, Brazos County Health District officials said the male had 'mild' symptoms that resembled the coronavirus and had traveled to Wuhan recently. Results of tests will be announced to the public if the patient tests positive for coronavirus . Officials said the patient is currently being kept isolated at home and that it is safe for student to attend classes.

The patient, a 25-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital Thursday evening by the Edgewater Emergency Medical Services, according to EMS sources. The hospital said it would provide no further information about her condition, to protect her privacy.

Guidelines issued by the state Department of Health on Wednesday said respiratory samples would be sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to test for the new coronavirus only with the approval of the department.

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To be tested, the patient must have a fever of 100.4 degrees or more, symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as a cough and shortness of breath, and a history of travel from Wuhan, China, within the previous two weeks or close contact with a person under investigation for infection with the virus while that person was ill.

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What Speigelhalter is saying here is that people may well be dying ‘because of’ Covid, or rather, because of the lockdown. Because they are not going to hospital to be treated for conditions other than Covid. We know that A&E attendances have fallen by over fifty percent since lockdown. Those supporting lockdown, and advising governments, can point to how deadly Covid was, and say we were right to do what we did. When it may have been that lockdown itself was just as deadly .

A coronavirus patient is discharged from a field module hospital after recovery in Wuhan. Photograph: Top Photo Corporation/REX/Shutterstock. The problems of officials trying to cover up scandals or mistakes are not unique to China. But without a free press, elections or much space for civil society, there are few The cost of trying to curb the coronavirus when it first emerged – high-profile moves to close the market where it originated, cull and destroy livestock, quarantine and compensate victims, cancel mass festivities for the new year – would have seemed a risky gamble for little reward.

During the period while information was being gathered about the patient, the hospital followed strict infection control measures as a precaution, a spokesman for the state Health Department said.

No information was available about whether the patient had traveled from China, or what her symptoms were.

The new type of virus has sickened more than 800 people in China, most in the central city of Wuhan. It causes respiratory illness, including pneumonia, and has spread to other cities in China as well as to Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other countries. Authorities said 25 deaths have been reported, most among people with underlying medical conditions.

On Wednesday, the CDC confirmed the first case in the United States, in a resident of Snohomish County, Washington, who had returned from a trip to Wuhan.

A student at Texas A&M University who had returned from a visit to Wuhan and complained of respiratory illness was reportedly being evaluated for coronavirus Thursday. The student had very mild symptoms and was being quarantined at home, a county health official said at an afternoon news conference.

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On Monday, the hospital said it was treating 155 Covid-19 patients and that each hour a person was being admitted with the infection. Former health secretary Alex Azar, who oversaw the Operation Warp Speed program to expedite the creation of a Covid-19 vaccine under Donald Trump’s administration, said the program had not predicted “the politicization of vaccines that has led so many Republicans to hold back” in a New York Times editorial on Tuesday.

In some patients - particularly the elderly and others with other chronic health conditions - these symptoms can develop into pneumonia, with chest tightness, chest pain, and shortness of breath. It seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week, it can lead to shortness of breath, with about 20% of patients requiring hospital treatment. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

New or novel viruses are of concern because humans lack immunity to them and there are no vaccines or specific treatments. The patients have been treated with supportive care.

The disease originated in a fish and animal market in Wuhan, and was believed to have been transmitted from animals to humans. The extent of human-to-human transmission is still unknown.

Screening of arriving passengers for possible infection with the virus started last week at five U.S. airports – John F. Kennedy International in New York, San Francisco International, Los Angeles International, Chicago O'Hare and Atlanta Hartsfield.

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