(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus right now:
The results of the Oxford vaccine trial are due this year
Oxford University hopes to present end-of-stage test results for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate this year although their leading scientific investigator warns that it will still take a while. time to return to normal life.
“I am optimistic we can get that point before the end of the year,” Oxford Vaccine Trial Chief Investigator Andrew Pollard told UK lawmakers as he presented the results of the test this year.
Pollard said finding out if the vaccine is effective is likely to arrive this year, after which the data will have to be carefully reviewed by regulators and then a political decision will be made about who should get vaccinated.
Lung damage may elucidate ̵6;long COVID’
A study of the lungs of people who have died from COVID-19 found that the damage was persistent and widespread in most cases and could help doctors understand what is behind a so-called syndrome. Long-term COVID, in which the patient has suffered persistent symptoms for many months.
The scientists leading the study said they also found some specific characteristics of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, which may explain why it can be as harmful as so.
Mauro Giacca, a professor at King University, said: “The findings indicate that COVID-19 is not simply a disease caused by the death of infected cells, but most likely a posterity. the results of these abnormal cells persist for a long time inside the lungs. London, co-lead the work.
Hospital admissions in the US reached their highest level in three months
Coronavirus patients in US hospitals broke 50,000 on Tuesday, the highest level in nearly three months, due to the rise of infections that threaten to push the nation’s healthcare system. to the brink of possibility.
Texas reports the highest number of hospitalized patients today with 5,936, followed by Illinois with 3,594 and California with 3,270 patients, according to Reuters. While California has a population three times that of Illinois, new cases are the highest per capita in the Midwest.
Nationwide, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized increased more than 64% from October 1 to 50,176 on Tuesday, the highest since August 7. This is still low from the record 58,370 cases. Hospital admissions were set on July 22, according to a Reuters inventory.
Poland reported a record increase in daily cases
Prime Minister Michal Dworczyk’s chief of staff said Poland would announce more restrictions on Wednesday to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as daily infections and deaths have hit new records.
The country reported 24,692 COVID-19 cases and 373 deaths on Wednesday and is out of bed, ventilator, oxygen and medical.
Dworczyk said these measures would limit movements and the amount of social connections but reiterated that the government wants to avoid a complete shutdown.
(Compiled by Linda Noakes; Edited by Nick Macfie)