Italy launches antibody tests for virus immunity in hard-hit Lombardy

first_imgRisks remainImmunity to the virus is little understood and hopes about its efficacy possibly exaggerated. Lacking data, virologists and epidemiologists must extrapolate information from past coronaviruses to make predictions. Experts believe at least 60 to 70 percent of a population must be immune to the virus in order to gradually wipe it out. But recent studies, such as one conducted in March and April by France’s Institut Pasteur, have found that so-called “herd immunity” was harder to attain than believed. At a high school in the Oise department, site of one of the country’s first outbreaks, researchers found only 26 percent of students, teachers and their families carried antibodies. Moreover, it is not known for how long immunity to coronavirus lasts, meaning there is a risk those deemed “immune” may be re-infected and pass along the virus to others. In the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, those who had contracted the virus but recovered were immune for two to three years on average, according to Francois Balloux, director of the Genetics Institute at London’s University College.”One can certainly get reinfected but the question is, after how much time? We won’t know until retroactively,” Balloux told AFP.Even more risky, a person who has developed antibodies can still carry traces of the virus, and thus be contagious. Therefore, experts such as Italy’s Locatelli say antibody tests should be accompanied by swab testing.Immunologist Jean-Francois Delfraissy, who heads France’s scientific council formed to fight coronavirus, said many doubts remain. “We’re currently asking the question whether someone who has had COVID-19 … is as protected as we think,” said Delfraissy.Scientists must wait until more reliable data is available, said Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health.”It’s too premature,” Omer told AFP. “We should be able to get clearer data very quickly — in a couple of months — when there will be reliable antibody tests with sensitivity and specificity.” Although Germany has already started nation-wide antibody tests and countries such as Finland and Britain have announced plans to roll them out, many questions remain about how reliable data derived from the tests will be.Health authorities have said 20,000 tests would be performed every day in Lombardy. First to be tested are those in the worst-hit provinces: health workers, those under quarantine showing coronavirus symptoms and those they have been in contact with, as well as others with mild symptoms.Authorities hope to roll out the tests to the wider region after April 29. The head of Italy’s National Health Council, Franco Locatelli, said last month antibody tests would help authorities determine the spread of the coronavirus.  Data would also provide “very relevant information on herd immunity” which would useful in developing strategies to help restart the country, he said, such as who could be allowed to go back to work.The kits, made by Italian biotech firm DiaSorin, look for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Such antibodies indicate that the person has been exposed to the virus, pointing to some level of immunity. They differ from the more common swab tests, which test molecules from nasal secretions to determine whether a person currently has the virus. Lombardy’s swab testing has revealed that 24 percent of those tested have the virus. Italy began conducting antibody tests in one northern region on Thursday seeking information about coronavirus immunity to help guide authorities as they reopen the long locked-down country.Lombardy, the region hardest-hit by the coronavirus crisis in Europe’s worst-affected country, is betting that the science about “herd immunity” derived from the blood tests will help the prosperous industrial region return to work faster and safer. Nearly 13,000 people have already died of the virus in densely populated Lombardy, whose capital is Milan — or more than half of Italy’s total dead. Topics :last_img read more

Retirement living has taken a new direction – up

first_imgInside the master suite of the Birtinya Retirement Village display homeAn on site allied health professional will give residents access to health education sessions, exercise programs and a range of group fitness classes. Due for completion in mid-2018, Birtinya Retirement Village provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with views of Lake Kawana and the Glasshouse Mountains hinterland. The village is pet friendly, with a dog park to be constructed nearby.It is a short walk to Bokarina Beach, hospitals, the Ocean side Health Precinct and the future Birtinya Town Centre.Stockland recently announced it had received planning approvals for the town centre, which will include a shopping centre, service station, entertainment precinct, hotel, apartments, drive-through restaurants, a town square with green space, and a walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana. “Retirement Living has taken a new direction on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Barton said. Inside the living area of the Birtinya Retirement Village display homeThe first display apartments at Stockland’s $63 million vertical retirement village at Birtinya are now open. The display apartments feature open plan layouts with extensive natural light, eye-catching timber elements and spacious balconies to capture ocean breezes. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Stockland’s regional development manager for retirement living Pauline Barton said the apartments had been styled to demonstrate the latest trends in homewares and accessories. “Each apartment comes with all the mod-cons as quality brand appliances, airconditioning, and access to superfast broadband internet,” she said.Birtinya Retirement Village is an eight-storey vertical village in the heart of the Sunshine Coast’s fast-growing Ocean side Kawana precinct. The village includes secure undercover parking with each apartment, guest parking, manicured gardens and a two-storey clubhouse and wellness centre with a gym, yoga studio, hair salon, bar lounge, billiards room and resort pool.last_img read more

Lindsay Mitchell: Sole Parents and the Link to Child Poverty

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 30 May 2016A new report has identified a strong link between sole parent families and child poverty.The report author, Lindsay Mitchell helps explain what’s been called the ‘elephant in the room’.LISTEN HERE:  http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/wellington/tim-fookes-morning-show/audio/lindsay-mitchell-sole-parents-and-the-link-to-child-poverty/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img

La Liga names match referee for Real Madrid’s tie against Villarreal

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… Read Also: Eden Hazard struggles to bounce back at Real Madrid “I asked him if he has a personal problem with me.” While Real Madrid’s results with Hernandez Hernandez haven’t been positive, with just two victories in the last 10 matches with Hernandez Hernandez at the helm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez will be in charge of Real Madrid’s penultimate game of the LaLiga Santander season on Thursday against Villarreal at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The Technical Referees Committee released the list of the referees who will officiate the Matchday 37 games on Tuesday. Los Blancos were not happy about Hernandez Hernandez’s refereeing in some of their games in the past. In fact, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had previously expressed his displeasure about some of the Hernandez’s decisions after a 1-0 defeat to Levante earlier in the current campaign. “I’m annoyed with this referee,” Ramos said back in February.Advertisementlast_img read more

COVID positive tests occurring locally again

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 452additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  A total of 36,096 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 285,243 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 12.7% positive rate and 20 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,052 Hoosiers have died to date.Decatur County has a total of 231 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 116 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 108 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img

Borini hints at training return

first_img The 22-year-old Italian, whose first year at Anfield has been marred by injuries, was ruled out for the rest of the season after dislocating the joint and undergoing surgery in February. Borini, a £10.5million signing from Roma last summer, missed three months earlier in the campaign with a broken foot. Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is poised to return to full training as he steps up his recovery from a shoulder injury. Borini wrote on Twitter: “Who i should be and who I feel to be” today first full training after injury!!! #be #firstraining #back #happy.” Borini has scored just one goal in 16 appearances since joining the Reds. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea announce a loss of £23.1 million

first_img The Blues, who also won the Capital One Cup in 2014-15, revealed their annual financial results until June 30, 2015, and reported the deficit kept them within Financial Fair Play limits. The Blues, owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, announced revenues of £314.3m, marginally down on the 2013-14 high of £319.8m. Press Association Chelsea made a loss of £23.1 million in their Barclays Premier League-winning season, it has been announced. center_img The figures may lead to some concern, with Chelsea 15th in the Barclays Premier League and with an unprecedented run required to secure the riches which accompany Champions League football next term. Chelsea in November 2014 announced a profit of £18.4m, the largest surplus during Abramovich’s ownership. The first profit of Abramovich’s ownership, which began in 2003, came in the Champions League-winning year of 2012, when a £1.4m surplus was announced. The dip in revenues was attributed to Chelsea’s exit in the first knockout stage of the Champions League to Paris St-Germain, following their semi-final place the previous season. Chelsea anticipate their revenues to improve again after a reported £40m-a-season shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama. “Following our Premier League championship-winning season, we expect the current year to produce record revenues once again,” Chelsea said in a statement. “These will be powered by new commercial deals, including our record-breaking partnership with Yokohama, and revenues related to this season’s Champions League which improve due to entering as Premier League champions and an increase in TV revenue for English clubs.” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: “Chelsea Football Club has been consistent in our intention to comply with FFP and it was a primary aim in the past financial year to be one of the clubs with a continuous record of meeting the regulations, which we have achieved. “To record the second highest turnover figure in the club’s history despite the Champions League campaign ending at the earliest knockout round demonstrates our business is robust, and is testament to good work regarding our commercial activities, our growing fanbase around the world and the tremendous support the team received at home and away matches in 2014/15.” last_img read more

Police arrest gang suspects, ages 18-21, in connection to nearly 30 burglaries

first_imgPolice have arrested suspected gang members linked to nearly 30 residential burglaries in South Florida.Detectives reported going after a local criminal organization with several sources of revenue. They have seized weapons — an AK-47 pistol and a Smith & Wesson M&P handgun — blank checks, debit and credit cards, cell phones, iPads, jewelry, designer handbags, a stolen vehicle, and over $150,000 in cash, police said.Detectives linked the suspected gang members to nearly 30 residential burglaries in South Florida. To foil their operation, detectives simultaneously executed three arrest warrants and search warrants in Broward County, the Hollywood Police Department announced on Tuesday.According to Officer Christian Lata, a spokesman for the department, the investigation also involved the Attorney General’s Office, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Margate Police Department. Officers arrested three suspects.“These suspects committed these crimes while already on pre-trial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors,” Lata said.The three suspects, who are ages 18 to 21, are accused of belonging to the criminal organization that aside from armed burglaries was also linked to financial fraud.Lata identified the three suspects as 18-year-old Tremaine Raekwon Hill, 19-year-old Tyrek Davontae Williams and 21-year-old Zion Odain Denvor Hall. Deputies are holding them without bond.“This investigation is still ongoing and may lead to additional charges and arrests,” Lata said.last_img read more

Kone, Tymoczko Get Wins For Bucks

first_imgHAMPDEN — On Friday at Hampden Academy, the Bucksport Golden Bucks finished a close second to Class A Bangor, trailing the Rams by just five points.Dominic Kone and Vincent Tymoczko each had a pair of wins for the Golden Bucks and shared in a third.Kone placed first in the 100-meter dash in 11.57 seconds and won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 5.5 inches.Tymoczko won the 400-meter dash in 52.03 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 23.25 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe two combined with Jon Goodin and Nate Warren to win the four-by-100-meter relay in 45.97 seconds.Team scores were Bangor 136, Bucksport 131, Hampden Academy 97, John Bapst 72, Dexter 47, Penquis 29, George Stevens Academy 26, Piscataquis 24, Narraguagus 8 and Fort Kent 8. admin Bio Bangor dominated in the girls’ meet with 236 points, followed by John Bapst 122, Hampden Academy 103, Fort Kent 50, Bucksport 22, Dexter 21, Piscataquis 18, GSA 6 and Penquis 4. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Cricket News Asia Cup 2018 begins today; Know complete schedule, date, match details, timings and more

first_imgNew Delhi: Asia Cup 2018, a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament is set to start from September 15 in the United Arab Emirates. This is the third time UAE is hosting the multi-nation cricket extravaganza after hosting it in 1984 and 1995. India will come in as the defending champions in the 14th edition of the 2018 Asia Cup. The last edition of the Asia Cup was held in Bangladesh and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur hosted the final where India defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets.ALSO READ: Asia Cup: 15 Interesting Stats and Facts of Asia’s biggest cricketing eventA total of 13 ODI matches will be played in the Asia Cup 2018 with the final match scheduled on September 28, 2018 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Apart from it, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium is the other stadium that will host matches of Asia Cup.India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are the participating teams in the 2018 Asia Cup.ALSO READ: WATCH: Inzamam-ul-Haq attacks Indian fan for calling him ‘aloo’, ‘motuAsia Cup 2018 Full Schedule:Date        Match DetailsSep 15, Sat |  Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Match, Group B | Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiSep 16, Sun | Pakistan vs Hong Kong, 2nd Match, Group A | Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiSep 17, Mon | Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, 3rd Match, Group B | Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu DhabiSep 18, Tue | India vs Hong Kong, 4th Match, Group A | Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiSep 19, Wed | India vs Pakistan, 5th Match, Group A | Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiSep 20, Thu | Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 6th Match, Group B | Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu DhabiSep 21, Fri  | TBC vs TBC, Super Four, Match 1 | Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai TBC vs TBC, Super Four, Match 2 | Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu DhabiSep 23, Sun | TBC vs TBC, Super Four, Match 3 | Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai TBC vs TBC, Super Four, Match 4 | Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu DhabiSep 25, Tue | TBC vs TBC, Super Four, Match 5 | Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiSep 26, Wed | TBC vs TBC, Super Four, Match 6 | Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu DhabiSep 28, Fri | TBC vs TBC, Final| Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more