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No New Coronavirus Deaths in Hungary for First Time in 2 Months

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The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Hungary has risen by two to 4,081 in the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday morning, adding that the number of deaths was unchanged at 568.

This was the first time in two months that Hungary did see no new coronavirus-related deaths.

Fully 2,581 patients have made a full recovery, while there are 932 active infections and 192 patients being treated in hospital, 15 of whom are on ventilators. Altogether, 6,310 are in official home quarantine. The number of tests carried out stands at 249,391.

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Dexamethasone is first life-saving coronavirus drug

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A cheap and widely available drug called dexamethasone can help save the lives of patients who are seriously ill with coronavirus.

UK experts say the low-dose steroid treatment is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus.

It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.

The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.

Researchers estimate that if the drug had been available in the UK from the start of the coronavirus pandemic up to 5,000 lives could have been saved. Because it is cheap, it could also be of huge benefit in poor countries struggling with high numbers of Covid-19 patients.

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Ibuprofen tested as a treatment

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Scientists are running a trial to see if ibuprofen can help hospital patients who are sick with coronavirus.

The team from London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital and King’s College believe the drug, which is an anti-inflammatory as well as a painkiller, could treat breathing difficulties.

They hope the low-cost treatment can keep patients off ventilators.

In the trial, called Liberate, half of the patients will receive ibuprofen in addition to usual care.

The trial will use a special formulation of ibuprofen rather than the regular tablets that people might usually buy. Some people already take this lipid capsule form of the drug for conditions like arthritis.

Studies in animals suggest it might treat acute respiratory distress syndrome – one of the complications of severe coronavirus.

Prof Mitul Mehta, one of the team at King’s College London, said: “We need to do a trial to show that the evidence actually matches what we expect to happen.”

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UK daily death toll at its lowest since the start of coronavirus lockdown

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Britain’s daily death toll has fallen to its lowest level since the lockdown was imposed, with half of hospitals reporting no deaths from Covid-19 in the past 48 hours.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said that there had been “significant progress” in addressing the number of deaths and hospital admissions, and those needing ventilators, as he defended the decision to ease the lockdown. “We’re getting this virus under control. This is why we can make the cautious small positive steps that we’ve been able to make,” he said at the daily briefing yesterday.

No 10 insisted that allowing schools to reopen and more people to meet outdoors would not lead to a new surge of cases, as long as people observed social-distancing rules.

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Scientists and Researchers in Senegal have developed a $1 testing kit for COVID-19 and is exporting them by the millions to other African countries.

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​Without much of a health budget, Senegal is being championed for controlling the novel coronavirus. From early-detection mobile kits to 3D-printed ventilators, the West African nation is demonstrating a possible model in curbing COVID-19, relying on their experience of managing the Ebola outbreak.

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N.J. patients who got experimental plasma treatment making ‘remarkable’ recovery, hospital says

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The first two coronavirus patients in New Jersey to receive an experimental plasma treatment are both making “remarkable” recoveries, according to the hospital system treating them.

Virtua Health said both Renee Bannister, a 63-year-old teacher from Gloucester County, and Andy Fei, a 61-year-old opera singer from Mount Laurel, have been taken off of ventilators and moved out of intensive care beds at Virtua Voorhees Hospital.

“We are incredibly excited about these remarkable recoveries,” Dr. Eric Sztejman, a medical director for Virtua Health, said in a release Tuesday. “We performed the transfusions just days after the clinical trial was announced, so it is gratifying to be among the first in nation to explore this promising approach to combating the coronavirus.”

Virtua is part of a group of health care organizations and companies, led by the Mayo Clinic, that is evaluating the safety and efficacy of the treatment. So far, approximately 600 patients nationwide have received a transfusion of convalescent plasma, donated by someone who has recently recovered from coronavirus and thus has protective antibodies, with a goal of helping the sick person’s immune system fight off the virus.

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General Motors first ventilators are ready for delivery

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On Tuesday, General Motors revealed that its first ventilators are ready for delivery. The automaker has a contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services to license-build 30,000 Ventec Life Systems V+ Pro critical care ventilators, following criticism by President Donald Trump in March when he accused the company of “wasting time.” These ventilators are designed to treat the most critically ill patients, who need invasive intubation (tubes inserted into the lungs) as opposed to non-invasive machines like CPAP or BiPAP devices, which are also often referred to as ventilators.

GM says that it will ship the first 600 ventilators by the end of April, with “almost half the order” ready by the end of June and the full 30,000 by the end of August. The company has the capacity to produce more if needed. The automaker has leveraged its logistics chain and worked with suppliers to source parts and assemblies, and it has worked closely with Ventec to make these urgently needed medical devices.

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UK team devises life-saving breathing aid for the NHS in 100 hours

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A breathing aid that can help keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care, adapted by mechanical engineers at University College London and clinicians at UCLH working with Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, has been approved for use in the UK’s National Health Service.

The breathing aid, known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), has been used extensively in hospitals in Italy and China to help Covid-19 patients with serious lung infections to breathe more easily, when oxygen alone is insufficient. A significant component of the device is an optical oxygen monitor developed in just five days by UK manufacturer Oxford Optronix.

Reports from Italy indicate that approximately 50% of patients given CPAP have avoided the need for invasive mechanical ventilation. However, such devices are in short supply in UK hospitals. UCLH critical care consultant Professor Mervyn Singer said, “These devices will help to save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the most severely ill. While they will be tested at UCLH first, we hope they will make a real difference to hospitals across the UK by reducing demand on intensive care staff and beds, as well as helping patients recover without the need for more invasive ventilation.”

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Plasma from coronavirus survivors found to help severely ill patients

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Doctors have found tentative evidence that seriously ill coronavirus patients can benefit from infusions of blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from the disease.

Two teams of medics working at separate hospitals in China gave antibody-rich plasma to 15 severely ill patients and recorded striking improvements in many of them.

In one pilot study, doctors in Wuhan gave “convalescent plasma” to 10 severely ill patients and found that virus levels in their bodies dropped rapidly. Within three days, the doctors saw improvements in the patients’ symptoms, ranging from shortness of breath and chest pains to fever and coughs.

Another team of doctors led by Lei Liu, from Shenzhen Third People’s hospital, gave convalescent plasma to five critically ill patients. All showed improved symptoms after the infusions and within 10 days, three patients were able to come off the ventilators that had been keeping them alive, according to a preliminary report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings raise hopes that donated blood from recently recovered patients could be used to boost the immune systems of more vulnerable people and help them fight the infection. 

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Some hospitals breathing easier after Musk makes good on ventilator promise

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Tesla is starting to distribute the promised ventilators and medical supplies to hospitals that need them to treat coronavirus patients. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on March 25 that he would redirect Tesla to start making much-needed hospital supplies like face masks and ventilators. Hospitals in the UCLA Health network and the NYC Health and Hospitals Network have so far received donations from Tesla. 

It seems like Musk is prioritizing New York hospitals as the city has the highest numbers of confirmed coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, in the country. Musk tweeted on Tuesday, March 31 that Tesla will ship the FDA-approved ventilators completely for free within the company’s delivery regions near their factories.

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