Despite years of discussions between politicians and doctors, the Quebec government couldn't find a way to pay its general practitioners for phone and video consultations with patients.
Dr. Louis Godin, president of Quebec's federation of general practitioners, said the pandemic has done what years of talk failed to accomplish.
"Often there are positive things that happen during crises," he said in a recent interview. "It allows us, sometimes, to develop things much faster than we would have otherwise done."
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu told a Senate committee last week that the "uptick" in virtual care in Quebec and across Canada -- which includes screening for COVID-19 -- will leave "an amazing legacy in terms of our ability to access physicians in the 21st century."
"If there's any silver lining to this crisis whatsoever," she continued, "it's the rapidity at which I see provinces and territories moving toward innovation and the delivery of health care."
The Food and Drug Administration issued emergency approval to a two-minute test for coronavirus, its maker, Bodysphere Inc., said Tuesday.
The move could help increase the U.S. testing capability, which has been improving but is still not where it needs to be, according to governors. “Results are delivered on site in as fast as two minutes,” Bodysphere said in a press release. “This is a game changer as today in the United States, most COVID-19 testing results take between two to seven days.”
Worldwide, thousands of people are tested daily for possible corona infections. German researchers now want to significantly increase capacities again. In the global fight against the pandemic, their findings should be available to everyone.
In Germany, the number of daily corona tests could increase massively in the future. The background is a process developed by researchers in Frankfurt am Main. The Hessian Ministry of Science announced that the number of tests could be increased from around 40,000 per day to between 200,000 and 400,000 examinations. There was no loss of quality associated with the increase. The new method is based on testing several samples for the virus at the same time.
The procedure was developed by a joint team of the blood donation service of the German Red Cross (DRK) and the Institute for Medical Virology at the University Hospital Frankfurt. This is a "great discovery that is optimistic to have many more people tested in the future," said Hesse's Minister of Science, Angela Dorn. One of the important goals in the corona pandemic is to increase test capacities. This is the only way to identify and isolate infected people at an early stage.
Our world has changed immensely in the last few weeks but amid the upheaval and distress, there are reasons to believe we can emerge from the crisis with some human qualities enhanced, writes Matthew Syed.
Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday the company has extra FDA-approved ventilators to be shipped free of cost to hospitals within regions where the electric carmaker delivers.
"Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know," Musk said in a tweet
The head of Italy's national institutes of health says the country has hit the "plateau" in its coronavirus infection rate, three weeks into a national lockdown, and should start to see a decline in new cases.
Dr. Silvio Brusaferro stressed Tuesday that it would be folly to relax Italy's productivity shutdown and stay-at-home restrictions now, even though the rate of new virus infections is slowing.
But he said, "The curve suggests we are at the plateau. We have to confirm it, because arriving at the plateau doesn't mean we have conquered the peak and we're done. It means now we should start to see the decline if we continue to place maximum attention on what we do every day."
A hospital in Zuid-Holland today had a moment to celebrate an uplifting story in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic when it authorized the discharge of a 101-year-old woman who recovered from the respiratory illness Covid-19. The woman was kept in isolation at Ijsselland Ziekenhuis for about the past ten days after she entered the medical center complaining of a shortness of breath.
Once at the Capelle aan den IJssel hospital she tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus that causes Covid-19. But on Tuesday the woman, who resides in her own home at an assisted-living facility, was allowed to return.
There have been just nine new cases of coronavirus recorded in Western Australia over the past 24 hours.
The new cases bring the state's total to 364.
WA's death toll remains at two.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook labelled the new numbers "incredibly encouraging", but said it was no time for the state to let its guard down.
"To have single digits at any point in time in terms of the corona pandemic is amazing. To have them at this point in the cycle … is particularly encouraging," he said.
In the fight against the corona pandemic, Frankfurt researchers have now developed a new test to better identify infections. The new method should enable fast and large-scale analyzes. And these are urgently needed.
The method saves test kits in the laboratory that are currently in short supply, Ciesek emphasizes. The research group is currently investigating the maximum number of samples that could be brought together. "This makes it possible to implement the extension of testing to other population groups, which is required by all scientists and politicians, even with the limited test kit resources earlier than was previously assumed," says Seifried.
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