Early Antibody Tx Data; Dogs, Cats, and COVID; Who Believes Conspiracy Theories?


Regeneron’s antibody cocktail lowered viral levels and reduced symptoms faster than placebo in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients, early data indicated.

More than 3,000 Brigham and Women’s nurses called for improved safety measures as the Boston hospital’s cluster of nosocomial COVID-19 cases continues to grow. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

In a Washington Post op-ed, seven former FDA chiefs, including Scott Gottlieb, MD, said the Trump administration is undermining the FDA’s credibility: “At risk is the FDA’s ability to make the independent, science-based decisions that are key to combating the pandemic and so much more.”

As of 8:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, the estimated U.S. COVID-19 toll included 7,191,349 cases and 206,005 deaths. That’s up 41,232 and 914, respectively, from this time a day ago.

The number of new COVID-19 cases has risen for 2 weeks straight in 27 out of 50 states, a Reuters analysis showed.

Florida reported a spike in new coronavirus cases Tuesday, the highest total in nearly 2 weeks, days after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) allowed restaurants and bars to operate at full capacity. (Forbes)

An uptick in New York City’s positivity rate also prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to launch a mask crackdown. (ABC News)

Bypassing regulatory oversight and limiting public record access, Operation Warp Speed has issued billions of dollars’ worth of coronavirus vaccine contracts to companies through a defense contract management firm. (NPR)

Moderna’s mRNA vaccine showed similar results in a small sample of older adults, including people over 70, as it did in younger adults. (New England Journal of Medicine)

A potential COVID-19 outbreak caused two NFL teams to suspend in-person club activities for the week. (CBS Sports)

Dogs may shed more fur than cats, but cats shed more coronavirus. (PNAS)

In other news:

Last Updated September 30, 2020

  • Judy George covers neurology and neuroscience news for MedPage Today, writing about brain aging, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, rare diseases, epilepsy, autism, headache, stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS, concussion, CTE, sleep, pain, and more. Follow

Articles You May Like

Fauci says booster shots likely give cross protection against ‘wide range’ of Covid variants
Telemedicine, Triaging, Remote Monitoring Top List of COVID-Era Innovations in Oncology
Intent to Vaccinate Kids Higher Among Vaccinated Parents
Cancer and the Holidays
Biden Urges Action on Build Back Better Bill, Especially Drug Pricing Provisions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *