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How an Ebola Drug Might Fight COVID-19

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News Picture: How an Ebola Drug Might Fight COVID-19

THURSDAY, March 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An Ebola drug that’s proven effective against some coronaviruses may also work against the new COVID-19 coronavirus, scientists say.

Remdesivir was developed by Gilead Sciences in response to the 2014 West African Ebola virus epidemic.

“We know the drug works against different coronaviruses, like MERS [Middle East respiratory syndrome] and SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome], and we know the novel coronavirus is very similar to SARS,” said virologist Matthias Götte, of the University of Alberta in Canada. “So I would say I’m cautiously optimistic that the results

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Health Behavior

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Reach 149, With 11 Deaths Reported

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News Picture: U.S. Coronavirus Cases Reach 149, With 11 Deaths ReportedBy E.J. Mundell and Robin Foster
HealthDay Reporters

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Coronavirus continued its march across America on Wednesday, with more than 149 cases and 11 deaths now reported — a 10th in Washington state and one in California.

The California death involved an elderly woman from Placer County who had underlying health conditions and had traveled on a cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico in February, CNN reported. It is the first U.S. coronavirus death reported outside Washington state.

A total of 149 U.S. coronavirus cases have now

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Health Fact

Caffeine: How much is too much?

Caffeine: How much is too much?

Caffeine has its perks, but it can pose problems too. Find out how much is too much and if you need to curb your consumption.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you rely on caffeine to wake you up and keep you going, you aren’t alone. Millions of people rely on caffeine every day to stay alert and improve concentration.

How much is too much?

Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10

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Health Analyst

The Power of Hand-Washing to Prevent Coronavirus

March 6, 2020 — The single most important piece of advice health experts can give to help us stay safe from COVID-19 is this one: Wash your hands.

“In the final analysis, it’s the hands. The hands are the connecting piece,” says Elizabeth Scott, PhD. Scott co-directs the Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community at Simmons University in Boston.

“You can’t necessarily control what you touch. You can’t control who else touched it. But you can look after your own hands,” she says.


Hand-washing — with soap and water — is a

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