Speed and scopeAnd testing capacity differs hugely, even among rich nations. Cecile Viboud, an epidemiologist at the US National Institutes of Health, singled out South Korea for praise. After a surge in cases in February, Korean authorities boosted testing capacity and implemented stringent measures to prevent further transmission.”A real turning point was the strong increase in testing that they did,” she told AFP. “You need to know where you are in the epidemic to be able to do something about it. And to do that, you need to test.”World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus echoed the sentiment on Monday with a simple message for all countries: “test, test, test”.”If they test positive, isolate them & find out who they have been in close contact with up to 2 days before they developed symptoms & test those people too,” he said on Twitter.Sharon Lewin, head of the world-leading Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, said another good example of testing and then tracing contacts of patients occurred in Singapore.”Very early on they did aggressive testing and chased down cases through contact tracing, and very aggressively quarantining contacts,” she told AFP. “They did some social distancing measures, but not as extreme. They closed schools for a while, but only for two or three weeks. They banned meetings, but people still went to work.”But there is only a small window of opportunity to shut down an outbreak once a cluster of cases emerges.These seem to have caught authorities in Italy and Spain — the two European countries worst hit by the pandemic — off guard. As of Wednesday Italy had carried out 165,000 tests, compared with roughly 42,000 in France.Ultimately, the true impact of the disease worldwide cannot be known until tests for COVID-19 antibodies — for example those patients who had it and recovered — are established.There are several currently in development. The lack of available tests for COVID-19 means the world is effectively fighting the pandemic blind and may not know the true extent of infection for months if not years, experts said Thursday. Because COVID-19 is so infectious — roughly 2.5 times that of the common cold — but not everyone presents symptoms, the figure of more than 200,000 confirmed cases tells only a fraction of the story. Jerry Shaman, a diseases expert at the University of Columbia, told AFP it was “likely” that developed nations are identifying between one in five and one in 10 true infections. Shaman said there was a variety of reasons, including “test availability, capacity, ignorance [not taking the issue seriously], arrogance [national pride].”On Tuesday the British government conceded it was likely there were already more than 55,000 COVID-19 infections in the country, far lower than the more than 2,600 confirmed cases so far.While the number of undetected or non-symptomatic cases likely mean the virus is less deadly than initially feared, low detection rates are a huge problem for governments looking to slow the spread and reduce the strain on health systems.”Many of these infections are mild but still contagious. So they go about their normal routine — go to work, use public transportation, go shopping — and spread the virus in the broader community,” said Shaman. “They unwittingly take the virus to new places by auto, train or plane.”While it is generally accepted that patients showing symptoms are more contagious than those exhibiting no sign of infection, the idea of millions of infected people mixing with vulnerable groups will not comfort governments. Topics :
“The larger family of UGM are mourning over Iwan’s passing today since he was one of the best pharmacology experts in Indonesia,” said UGM rector Panut Mulyono during the funeral on Tuesday.Panut said that Iwan had always encouraged fellow medical experts to refer to scientific evidence to improve the quality of public health in the country. His concern, Panut added, stemmed from the fact that many people consumed drugs and medication outside of doctors’ recommendations.“This happens because medical professionals in developing countries fail to keep up with the latest pharmacology information. As a result, many pharmaceutical corporations have exploited the situation by giving doctors false information regarding their drugs or medicines,” Panut said, noting that this message had also been conveyed by Iwan during his professorial inauguration on Jan. 7, 2008.“However, God has called him before he could see medical professionals not being deceived by pharmaceutical companies anymore,” he added.Iwan was rushed to the hospital on March 15 and later confirmed as the second COVID-19 case in the province.According to administration data, there are currently five COVID-19 patients in the province while 86 others have been tested. (glh)Topics : Iwan Dwiprahasto, a pharmacology professor at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) medical school, Yogyakarta, passed away at around 12 a.m. on Tuesday after battling with COVID-19 at the Dr. Sardjito General Hospital.Several medical officers wearing protective suits later placed Iwan in his final resting place at the UGM burial ground in Sawit Sari, Yogyakarta, at around 9 a.m. The officers sprayed disinfectant on the soil surrounding his grave when the funeral was over.The university also held a funeral service in honor of the 58-year-old professor’s dedication to medical science development in Indonesia, which was attended by dozens of people wearing masks and also broadcast live via the university’s official Instagram account.
“We watched that in film this morning and everybody had a good laugh over it,” Vogel said. “Great play by JaVale. … There’s a lot of ways to get open in this league, right? That’s a new one.”McGee emphasized that he didn’t fake his limp after bumping against Green – he felt real pain. But he also couldn’t keep himself from laughing either as he talked about what he called “a cool play.”“I didn’t fake it,” he said. “I just want everybody to know that. I really did hit my knee. But I sucked it up like the real man I am.”DAVIS, JAMES TO SIT OUT PRESEASON FINALEThe Lakers feel comfortable enough with their stars to wrap them up until the regular season begins.Vogel said after Thursday’s practice that LeBron James and Anthony Davis will sit out Friday’s last preseason game against Golden State at Chase Center. It wraps up a relatively impressive four-game performance by the Lakers duo, who both played more than 25 minutes on Wednesday.“I was prepared to play those guys four quarters if needed,” Vogel said. “We came out in the second half with the mindset that … we’re going to use this game as a conditioner and really look to push our wind, and I gave those guys an extra quarter to get some work in.”James finished the preseason averaging 14.8 points, 6.3 assists and four rebounds in just under 20 minutes in his four appearances. Davis averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in just under 21 minutes per game.Vogel said he might rest other players for Friday’s game, but that he had not yet decided.LAKERS EXERCISE TEAM OPTION ON KUZMAKyle Kuzma is officially under contract with the Lakers through the 2020-21 season as the team exercised its fourth-year option for the 24-year-old forward. The decision will net Kuzma $3.6 million next season, before he’s eligible for an extension to his rookie deal.The second-leading scorer among the Lakers returning from last season, Kuzma has still not played in the preseason. Since being cleared for non-contact work on Monday, he’s been spotted after practice and before games doing one-on-one work with assistant Phil Handy.“He’s just doing a lot of one-on-0 shooting with a coach … increasing his load and the intensity of his minutes potentially, just trying to work on progression,” Vogel said. “But it’s all still a no-contact thing.” EL SEGUNDO — Leave it to JaVale McGee to innovate head-scratching highlights.The 31-year-old Lakers center of “Shaqtin’ A Fool” fame got another clip added to his collection Wednesday night as he got open for a dunk via an unconventional method: limping near the baseline.McGee bumped knees with his former teammate Draymond Green, and staggered out of bounds briefly. But when he saw Green move over to double-team Anthony Davis, he could smell an opportunity.“I was like, ‘Forget the pain. I’m going to go get these buckets,’” McGee said, recapping the play after Thursday’s practice. “So I just ran back in and got a dunk.” It was one of the six baskets McGee got in a 12-point night against the Warriors, who he’s thoroughly annihilated throughout the preseason. The possible favorite to start at center next week, McGee received three assists from Davis, who he said he’s built chemistry with throughout the preseason.Even within the Lakers organization, though, what Coach Frank Vogel called McGee’s “possum” play got special attention. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers