Number of COVID-19 tests crosses the 2 crore mark in India. 2,02,02,858 tests have been conducted till August 2. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 3,81,027 tests were conducted on August 2. Along with this, India reported single day spike of 52,972 COVID positive cases in the last 24 hours. India's COVID-19 tally has risen to 18,03,696 including 5,79,357active cases. Over 1 crore people have been cured from the virus so far, toll reaches 1,186,203.
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe disease from a viral infection, according to a review of the literature performed by a team of researchers from St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, both in Memphis. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of at least 3 co-occurring conditions that raise the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). These conditions include excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, excess blood sugar, abnormalities of lipids (including excess triglycerides and cholesterol), insulin resistance and a proinflammatory state. Multiple studies have shown that obesity is associated with increased severity of influenza A, higher viral titers in exhaled breath and prolonged transmission of the virus, according to the report. Changes in the viral population may abet the emergence of more pathogenic influenza variants, according to the report. Despite the fact that influenza vaccines generate robust antibody titers in obese subjects, obesity doubles the likelihood of developing influenza. As with influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized obesity as a risk factor for severe illness caused by SARS-CoV-2.
Jharkhand government is concerned over the movement of people from Bihar in Jharkhand despite the lockdown. Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on July 16, "The movement of people still not stopped, Bihar government need to think on this matter." It is noted that, the Bihar government has enforced lockdown in the state from July 16 to July 31 in view of rising Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, to tackle the spread of SARS-CoV-2, Jharkhand government is setting up a control room in the state, "There is very little role of doctors in this infection, this need nursing and hygienic environment," Soren added.
A two-person team from the World Health Organization is traveling to China to address the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to Science Magazine, the epidemiologist and animal health expert are unlikely to come home with answers. The mystery of the virus’ origins has become a political powder keg and the subject of countless conspiracy theories. Chinese officials have reported conducting tests for SARS-CoV-2 at the Wuhan seafood market but what they found remains sketchy.
Janelle Monae is slated to star in the horror film, 'Antebellum'. Due to COVID-19, 'Antebellum''s release date has been moved. The movie was originally slated for an April 24th release, but that, naturally, didn’t happen. Gizmodo reports the film was pushed back to August 21st. According to Deadline, the plan is to schedule the film if Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' is able to manage a successful Labor Day weekend release.
Georgia is facing a massive COVID-19 outbreak at an overnight summer camp this past June. Hundreds of children of all ages and teenage staff members have tested positive. The overnight camp opened on June 17, following the state’s easing of restrictions on May 31. 200 staff members and more than 300 children in total attended the camp, says Gizmodo. Two days into the camp, a staff member was sent home after feeling chills a day earlier.
President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Friday evening that he plans to ban TikTok. The popular music and dance app is one of many owned by Chinese companies. According to Gizmodo, the Trump administration believes the app is funneling user data to the Chinese government. The allegation has not been substantiated. Despite increasing federal scrutiny, Microsoft is in talks to buy the app, purportedly valued at $100 billion.
Actor Mandy Pantinkin is making the most of laying low during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Gizmodo, the Broadway and 'Homeland' star posted a brief video to Twitter showing the world what he's getting up to. File this activity under "Oddly Satisfying": Pantinkin has made a project of deleting his wife's roughly 38,000 unread emails. According to Gizmodo, Patinkin confirmed the enjoyment he receives from the activity, colloquially referred to as achieving inbox zero.
The novel coronavirus pandemic produced an unprecedented and urgent demand for hospital ventilators. Now, House Democrats say the White House got duped into overpaying Philips Respirionics for ventilators by half a billion dollars in the first few months of the pandemic. Gizmodo reports House Democrats made the allegation in an oversight subcommittee report released Friday. The US negotiator was Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro, one of the architects of the administration’s trade war with China. The report says Navarro simply signed off on the company’s opening offer of $644 million dollars.