Coronavirus, infection and vaccine news


This 20 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Black Light Simulation Shows How Quickly COVID-19 Spreads in Restaurants | NowThis

This black light simulation demonstrates just how easily the coronavirus could spread in a restaurant.

In US news and current events today, the coronavirus pandemic has touched every aspect of life. Now this black light simulation shows how COVID-19 could spread in a restaurant.

CNN reporter Randi Kaye took part in a simulation at Florida Atlantic University. It demonstrated how germs like COVID19 can spread from person to person as they touch similar surfaces, like food menus and water jugs. Before walking into the makeshift restaurant, Kaye applied a petroleum jelly and a fluorescent solution mixture onto her hands.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Seven people seem to have contracted the coronavirus in a restaurant in the German town of Leer, just across the border from Groningen. It is the first case of contamination in an eatery since the restaurants in the state of Lower Saxony were allowed to reopen two weeks ago.

At least 50 people had to be quarantined after the infections were diagnosed at the restaurant.

Germany announced on April 20 that Länder [states] could relax certain corona measures. …

Promising first results of Chinese vaccine

A vaccine developed in China appears to be safe after an initial test and to protect people from the coronavirus, The New York Times reports. Researchers have published their results in the [British] medical journal The Lancet.

The vaccine has been tested on 108 people between the ages of 18 and 60. Those who received a dose of the vaccine produced T lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell needed for the specific defense against the virus, within two weeks. The antibodies that also provide immunity were built up within 28 days.

The test is a first step, especially to determine if it is safe. To really demonstrate its effectiveness, it still needs to be tested on thousands of other people. Experts also warn that the vaccine is not equally effective in everyone. …

Vaccines are also being worked on in other places in the world, including the Netherlands.

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