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Nearly 2,000 people are taking part in coronavirus clinical trials

Sir Patrick Vallance told today’s government press conference that the trials were taking place across 100 hospitals.Over 1,900 patients are taking …

Nearly 2,000 people are taking part in coronavirus clinical trials

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Netflix introduces new rules and features for parents

Parents will be able to monitor what their children have watched on Netflix. The streaming giant is introducing a number of new parental control …

Netflix introduces new rules and features for parents

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Number of new cases falls for second day in a row

The number of UK cases has dropped for the second dayThe number of new cases has fallen for the second day in a row, the government has confirmed. …

Number of new cases falls for second day in a row

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Coronavirus: at a glance | World news

Key developments in the global coronavirus epidemic today include: Global cases exceed 1.4 million and the death toll exceeds 82,000 There are …

Coronavirus: at a glance | World news

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Coronavirus: Stena Line cuts off ferry services to Belfast during the crisis

Copyright of the imageStena line Caption of the image Stena announced that it would have to lay off 600 employees and 150 layoffs in the UK and …

Coronavirus: Stena Line cuts off ferry services to Belfast during the crisis

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Marvel Releases Its Iconic Comics For Free To Entertain Self-Isolated Fans – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Image via Giannis Papanikos / Shutterstock.com Marvel fans who are stuck at home can find something new to do besides binge-watching shows on Disney+…

Marvel Releases Its Iconic Comics For Free To Entertain Self-Isolated Fans

Marvel Comics – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

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Gwyneth Paltrow Unveils Best Sex Toys To Spice Up Self-Love During Lockdown – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed a list of her top vibrators for individuals and couples to try during the …

Gwyneth Paltrow Unveils Best Sex Toys To Spice Up Self-Love During Lockdown

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Positive Coronavirus News as Queen Gives Rallying Speach…

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People in Leicester watch the Queen deliver her address

Image captionPeople across the UK gathered to watch the Queen’s address

There have been difficult royal speeches and addresses in the past – times when the wrong word or the wrong phrase could have undermined the message or let slip a critical opportunity.

The broadcast after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 for example, or the speech the Queen gave on her visit to Ireland in 2011.

The Palace could have played it safe, stressed unity and given thanks. It would have served. 

This was a different and much more ambitious broadcast, designed to reassure and to inspire.

But most of all to recast the coronavirus crisis as a defining moment for a nation which will forever remember its collective effort to save the lives of its vulnerable. 

Given the number of Second World War metaphors and comparisons that are around at the moment – a war the Queen remembers well – the temptation might have been to draw parallels to that conflict.

But the only direct reference was to her first ever radio broadcast, in 1940, when the Queen – then a young princess – and her sister Margaret, spoke to children who had been evacuated. 

The Queen:

Video captionThe Queen: “We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again”

It was a reminder, not just of the innocence of childhood and of the sacrifices of an earlier generation, but of her long perspective on Britain’s history.

Echoes of that struggle of the 1940s, which for so long defined Britain and its self-image, ran through the broadcast.

Winston Churchill said, after the fall of France in 1940, that even after a thousand years it would still be said of Britons that “this was their finest hour”.

Today the Queen spoke of how history would judge the nation – that “those that come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any”.

“The pride in who we are is not part of our past,” she said, “it defines our present and our future”.

The Queen did not revert to talk of Blitz spirit; instead she celebrated the communal feeling that exists today.

The applause for care and essential workers she said is “an expression of our national spirit” and “its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children”.

There was no talk of fighting, of struggle, of conflict. Instead she spoke of more peaceful national traits – “self-discipline”, “quiet, good-humoured resolve” and “fellow-feeling”.

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Prince Charles

Image captionThe Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, spent seven days in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

This was not a warrior-queen’s speech; it was about collective effort.

“Together we are tackling this disease,” she said. “If we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.”

“We will succeed,” she insisted, “and that success will belong to each and every one of us”.

There was time for some great-grandmotherly wisdom; she, who occupies an often lonely position, offered her thoughts to those who are now alone though self-isolation.

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Hard times, she acknowledged, but also perhaps an opportunity “to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation”.

And at the end, one more echo of the conflict that so often this crisis has been compared to. The defining song of the Second World War was for many Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again – a longing for better times to come.

“Better days will return,” said the Queen. “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the end of the lockdown is in sight (Picture: BBC/Splash News)Sweeping social distancing measures could …

Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

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Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

WAYNE Rooney was told off by police for breaking the coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker, we can reveal. The former Manchester …

Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

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Italian gran, 104, who survived Spanish flu pandemic becomes world’s oldest person to overcome coronavirus

A WOMAN of 104 has become the world’s oldest person to survive coronavirus. Italian Ada Zanusso is on the mend after fighting off the killer bug. …

Italian gran, 104, who survived Spanish flu pandemic becomes world’s oldest person to overcome coronavirus

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COVID-19’s oldest known survivor: A World War II veteran who also survived the 1918 flu – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

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COVID-19’s oldest known survivor: A World War II veteran who also survived the 1918 flu

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Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows

MILAN — Italy reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday as authorities began to look ahead to a second phase …

Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows

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Positive Coronavirus News from Harvard no less – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

In the midst of the fear, worry, and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, each day seems to bring news that’s worse than the day before.

The cause for concern is justified. But, as in most major disasters, tragedies, and public health threats, there are reasons for hope, and even optimism. They may be hard to see, even if you’re a “cup-half-full” or “it could always be worse” type of person. But they are there. Here are a few.

The good news about the coronavirus pandemic

  • Most people with COVID-19 recover.Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. Some people have no symptoms at all. And while thousands of people have died, the overall death rate is about 1% (or perhaps even lower), far less than MERS (about 34%), SARS(about 11%), or Ebola (90%), though higher than the average seasonal flu(0.1%).The loss of life related to this illness is terrible and far more cases are expected, but based on the fatality rates alone, it could be far worse.
  • Children seem to be infected less often and have milder disease. According to the CDC, the vast majority of infections so far have afflicted adults. And when kids are infected, they tend to have milder disease. For kids and their parents, that’s good news. However, it’s important to note that children can develop infection. A recent study from China early in the outbreak demonstrated that a small number of kids, especially infants and toddlers, can develop serious infection. As is true generally, it’s likely that kids can spread infection in the absence of symptoms, though how often this happens is unclear. It’s perplexing, though fortunate, that this new coronavirus does not behave the way so many other illnesses do, in which the elderly and the young are particularly vulnerable.
  • The number of new cases is falling where the outbreak began. During his speech declaring the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the director-general of the WHO pointed out that “China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining epidemics.” In fact, Wuhan province (site of the very first cases) has just reported no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began. The only new cases were “imported” from travelers arriving there. While actual numbers are hard to verify, and the methods these countries used to contain infection, such as aggressive diagnostic testing and strict isolation measures, are unlikely to be practical or acceptable everywhere, if the number of new cases in China is truly declining, that’s a good thing and suggests that efforts to contain the spread of this infection can be successful.
  • The internet exists. We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections. People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, “see” family and doctors virtually, and provide updates on their condition.
  • Our response to future pandemics should improve. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in healthcare systems throughout the world that provide an opportunity to improve them. For example, a faster global response, better and quicker distribution of testing kits, and more coordinated and coherent public messaging should be expected the next time around. (No guarantees, of course.)
  • Many people and organizations have stepped up to improve the situation. In the US, for example:
    • Some major health insurers have promised to cover care and testingrelated to COVID-19.
    • A number of celebrities and professional athletes have donated significant resources to help those taking a financial hit by the pandemic, such as the workers at the stadiums where athletes play.
    • Newly approved legislation provides paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave for some American workers, free testing for people without insurance, and added funding to states for Medicaid.
    • There are innumerable stories of people helping each other out — here’s one I particularly like.

The bottom line

Make no mistake: the new coronavirus epidemic is a big problem that’s expected to become bigger in the weeks and months to come. For those who are infected as well as those trying to avoid infection, these are trying times. But amid all the doom and gloom, there are some positive stories, positive messages and reasons to remain hopeful.

At a time when the citizenry of this country is so politically divided, we can also hope that this threat brings us together in ways that help us to better recognize commonalities: we’re all human, we get sick, and we worry about loved ones. As social creatures, we try to help one another when bad things happen. If that happens, it would be good news that could not have been foreseen before the pandemic.

Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling

For more on this see the full Harvard Publication Here –

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-good-but-the-news-is-not-all-bad-2020031919247

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

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Positive Coronavirus News from Harvard no less – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

In the midst of the fear, worry, and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, each day seems to bring news that’s worse than the day before.

The cause for concern is justified. But, as in most major disasters, tragedies, and public health threats, there are reasons for hope, and even optimism. They may be hard to see, even if you’re a “cup-half-full” or “it could always be worse” type of person. But they are there. Here are a few.

The good news about the coronavirus pandemic

  • Most people with COVID-19 recover.Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. Some people have no symptoms at all. And while thousands of people have died, the overall death rate is about 1% (or perhaps even lower), far less than MERS (about 34%), SARS(about 11%), or Ebola (90%), though higher than the average seasonal flu(0.1%).The loss of life related to this illness is terrible and far more cases are expected, but based on the fatality rates alone, it could be far worse.
  • Children seem to be infected less often and have milder disease. According to the CDC, the vast majority of infections so far have afflicted adults. And when kids are infected, they tend to have milder disease. For kids and their parents, that’s good news. However, it’s important to note that children can develop infection. A recent study from China early in the outbreak demonstrated that a small number of kids, especially infants and toddlers, can develop serious infection. As is true generally, it’s likely that kids can spread infection in the absence of symptoms, though how often this happens is unclear. It’s perplexing, though fortunate, that this new coronavirus does not behave the way so many other illnesses do, in which the elderly and the young are particularly vulnerable.
  • The number of new cases is falling where the outbreak began. During his speech declaring the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the director-general of the WHO pointed out that “China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining epidemics.” In fact, Wuhan province (site of the very first cases) has just reported no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began. The only new cases were “imported” from travelers arriving there. While actual numbers are hard to verify, and the methods these countries used to contain infection, such as aggressive diagnostic testing and strict isolation measures, are unlikely to be practical or acceptable everywhere, if the number of new cases in China is truly declining, that’s a good thing and suggests that efforts to contain the spread of this infection can be successful.
  • The internet exists. We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections. People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, “see” family and doctors virtually, and provide updates on their condition.
  • Our response to future pandemics should improve. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in healthcare systems throughout the world that provide an opportunity to improve them. For example, a faster global response, better and quicker distribution of testing kits, and more coordinated and coherent public messaging should be expected the next time around. (No guarantees, of course.)
  • Many people and organizations have stepped up to improve the situation. In the US, for example:
    • Some major health insurers have promised to cover care and testingrelated to COVID-19.
    • A number of celebrities and professional athletes have donated significant resources to help those taking a financial hit by the pandemic, such as the workers at the stadiums where athletes play.
    • Newly approved legislation provides paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave for some American workers, free testing for people without insurance, and added funding to states for Medicaid.
    • There are innumerable stories of people helping each other out — here’s one I particularly like.

The bottom line

Make no mistake: the new coronavirus epidemic is a big problem that’s expected to become bigger in the weeks and months to come. For those who are infected as well as those trying to avoid infection, these are trying times. But amid all the doom and gloom, there are some positive stories, positive messages and reasons to remain hopeful.

At a time when the citizenry of this country is so politically divided, we can also hope that this threat brings us together in ways that help us to better recognize commonalities: we’re all human, we get sick, and we worry about loved ones. As social creatures, we try to help one another when bad things happen. If that happens, it would be good news that could not have been foreseen before the pandemic.

Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling

For more on this see the full Harvard Publication Here –

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-not-good-but-the-news-is-not-all-bad-2020031919247

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Hardest day of lockdown yet with temperatures set to hit 20C

A police officer talks to a group of sunbathers on Brighton beach yesterday (Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP)Today could be the most challenging …

Hardest day of lockdown yet with temperatures set to hit 20C

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The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Latest Coronavirus News from the BBC

 

 
 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s pledge to ensure 100,000 people a day are tested for coronavirus by the end of the month might have sounded significant but it has raised questions about how the government will meet the target. Labour says details are scant. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth wants to know how many of the 100,000 would be blood tests, and what role testing would play in the government’s lockdown “exit strategy”.

Academics warn testing is not a “magic bullet” and caution against creating a “false sense of security” with talk of “immunity certificates” when the science is unproven. Health correspondent Nick Triggle assesses the government’s performance against its pledges on testing, protective equipment for NHS staff and provision of ventilators for seriously ill patients.

Meanwhile, the battle to preserve the health of the economy continues, with the government revamping its emergency loans scheme to make it easier for struggling businesses to access funds and bailing out the bus industry to keep routes open. 

For a second week, the nation honoured its key workers with applause on Thursday evening. One of them, Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary, writes for us about the pressure NHS staff feel now they are dealing with multiple patient deaths.

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

If you’re confused about the kind of shopping classed as “essential”, you’re not alone, as reporter Cherry Wilson discovers. In our latest explainers, we examine what it means – in practical terms – to be furloughed, and answer your questions about the outbreak, on subjects such as whether you can walk the dog or what policies exist on birthing partners.

Remember, there’s lots of information and advice on our dedicated page.

 
 

 
 

 

Russia’s latest gesture in the coronavirus crisis came in the form of medical supplies arriving in New York – part of an operation dubbed “from Russia with love” by the Kremlin. In late March a similar cargo was flown to Italy – the worst-hit country in the crisis – along with 100 Russian military medics.

Russian media speak of widespread gratitude for this generosity, but how much of that is fact, how much fiction? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the US had paid for the Russian supplies, and that “we have to work together to defeat #COVID19”. The Russian foreign ministry says the US paid for half of the supplies, and the other half was donated by Russia.

 
 
 

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Coronavirus testing continues to dominate front pages. Every NHS worker forced to self-isolate has been promised a test by the end of April, notes the Times. Mr Hancock has staked the government’s reputation on the commitment to test 100,000 people per day by then, which is four times more than health chiefs previously said was possible, according to the Daily Telegraph. However, the Guardian warns the so-called “immunity passports” and antibody tests the government is relying on remain unproven. And the Sun pictures an empty testing site in Surrey, while reporting that swabs are being sent to Germany for analysis. Things have gone from “bad to wurst”, suggests its headline.

 
 
   
   
 

 
 

Peer into the past via newly discovered “forbidden footage” of the UK’s World War Two codebreakers relaxing. Cameras were banned from the site of their secret operations in Buckinghamshire, and the film was anonymously donated to the Bletchley Park Trust. You can test your knowledge of events over the past seven days with our quiz of the week’s news  or – if sport is your thing – visit at 20:00 GMTto take part in the inaugural Quarantine Quiz. If you simply fancy wrapping yourself in the warm fuzz of nostalgia, delve into the BBC Archive to relive the time Blue Peter’s Shep the dog met R2D2, of Star Wars fame, 42 years ago today.

 
 
 

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Positive Coronavirus News as Virgin Orbit make. New bridge ventilator that can be mass produced #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Virgin Orbit has developed a new bridge ventilator that can be mass produced to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Virgin Orbit team has been consulting with the Bridge Ventilator Consortium (BVC), led by the University of California Irvine (UCI) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). The group came together to design, develop and build simple ventilators to aid in the current COVID-19 crisis.

Pending clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Virgin Orbit aims to start production at its Long Beach manufacturing facility in early April, sprinting to deliver units into the hands of first responders and healthcare professionals as soon as possible.

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens and the shortages of medical equipment has become more and more clear, the Virgin Orbit team has been motivated to try and help. On a normal day, the team is building rockets for space launch. While they are not medical doctors or manufacturers of medical devices, they do have a team of incredibly innovative and agile thinkers — experts in designing, fabricating, programming, testing — who are eager to lend a hand.

Virgin Orbit contacted Governor Gavin Newsom last week to see what they could do, and were directed by his office to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (CEMSA) and put in contact with the BVC.

The BVC is a team of brilliant doctors, medical device experts, and researchers at UCI and UT Austin who are working around the clock, sharing ideas across a broad national and international network to share best practices and design insights and to accelerate progress on solutions to this equipment shortage.

Today, complex, high-end, ICU-capable ventilators are sometimes the only option available for moderate cases — for people who don’t necessarily need intensive care or have partially recovered. By supplying “bridge” ventilators, Virgin Orbit’s device can free up those critical resources for the most ill.

“We are all heartbroken each night as we turn on the news and see the predicament facing doctors and nurses as they heroically work to save lives,” said Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart. “I have never seen our team working harder. Never seen ideas moving quicker from design to prototype. We are hopeful that this device can help as we all prepare for the challenges ahead.”

Virgin Orbit engineers have taken rapid scaling into account from the beginning of the design process, taking advantage of the most common and robust manufacturing and assembly processes. The company’s aim is to have a functioning, deployable bridge ventilator in production in early April. Virgin Orbit would continue on to rapidly scale up to mass production in its Long Beach facility, in addition to potentially activating other manufacturers as soon as the new device is reproducible and production-ready. 

“We face a slow-motion Dunkirk, and getting ventilators out there is very important to save lives,” said Dr Brian JF Wong, assistant chairman of otolaryngology at UCI. “The demand outstrips supply, so it is important the government, industry, academia, non-profits, and the community work together to identify solutions, and design and construct them as fast as possible.”

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Lots of recent Positive Coronavirus News – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

The NHS drove for volunteers have reached their target just two days after it was extended, the Royal Voluntary Service announced today. The recruitment drive has been such an overwhelming success that it has now been temporarily paused to allow the charity to process the torrent of applicants and work with the NHS to get the volunteer army up and running. Those who registered will be helping the health service perform ‘vital roles’ that will allow people to comply with strict government advice on self isolation and social distancing. Community response volunteers will collect and deliver shopping, medication or ‘other
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Battersea Dogs and Cats Home reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown. British scientists have developed a new ventilator for the NHS in just a week – they hope the simple design will make it easy for manufacturers to produce en masse. Families in America, Canada and some parts of Britain, have been decking their houses like it’s Christmas with fairy lights, decorations and inflatables. Millions of the world’s poorest people will receive over 20 million hygiene and cleaning
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Over half a million people have now signed up as NHS volunteers in order to help vulnerable people amid the coronavirus crisis. This has totally smashed the NHS target of 250,000. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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Tesla will reopen it’s New York factory ASAP to manufacture ventilators for Coronavirus patients. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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A mental health company called Unmind has made their online resources free for all NHS workers to combat the impact of pressure and demand on staff mental health caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ve already had 7,000 NHS staff members sign up. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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Millions of the world’s poorest people will receive over 20 million hygiene and cleaning products, including soap and bleach, from a new campaign by Unilever and the Department for International Development. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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Families in America, Canada and some parts of Britain, have been decking their houses like it’s Christmas with fairy lights, decorations and inflatables. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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British scientists have developed a new ventilator for the NHS in just a week – they hope the simple design will make it easy for manufacturers to produce en masse. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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We are better prepared now for future Pandemics… This pandemic caught the world by surprise, with even the top leaders not expecting this unprecedented pandemic. However, we will learn from our mistakes, making the next one easier to navigate. Dr Shmerling: “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in healthcare systems throughout the world that provide an opportunity to improve them. “For example, a faster global response, better and quicker distribution of testing kits, and more coordinated and coherent public messaging should be expected the next time around. (No guarantees, of course.)” Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports
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We have the internet to keep us connected… Before the internet, isolation would have been extremely lonely. But thanks to the advent of modern technology, it is easy to FaceTime & video call our loved ones and keep up with them on Social Media, making us feel much more connected then we otherwise would have. Dr Shmerling said: “We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections. “People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, ‘see’ family and doctors virtually and provide updates on their condition.” Business News Coronavirus
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Most people recover From Coronavirus… While it may be a small constellation, especially to those who have lost loved ones, most people do recover from COVID-19. When compared with other coronaviruses such as SARS – which had a death rate of 11 percent – and MERS (34 percent), the death rate for COVID-19 is small, at just one percent. Dr Shmerling wrote: “Estimates now suggest that 99% of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will recover. “The loss of life related to this illness is terrible and far more cases are expected, but based on the fatality rates
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Cases are falling in China COVID-19 first spread rapidly when it first emerged from Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. However, after three months, cases are slowly declining across China showing that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Robert Shmerling, MD, faculty editor for Harvard Publisher, wrote: “Wuhan province (site of the very first cases) has just reported no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began. The only new cases were ‘imported’ from travellers arriving there. “While actual numbers are hard to verify, and the methods these countries used to contain infection, such
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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal has raised almost £11 million since launching a week ago (Weds 18). The first £2.5 million is now being distributed to front-line charities, which will deliver food to isolated people, help people recover after leaving hospital, and protect vulnerable children now schools are closed. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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A 96-year-old woman is now the oldest South Korean to fully recover from the coronavirus. Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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Coronavirus: From clapping to kindness, five reasons to be hopeful Image copyrightEPAImage captionClapping events have become a common way to salute healthcare workers fighting the pandemic As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise worldwide, positivity is hard to come by. We are in the throes of a global health crisis that may last weeks, if not months.  And yet there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful. As the pandemic has deepened, the worst of the crisis has brought out the best out in humanity. 1. Healthcare workers are being applauded worldwide. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers
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Coronavirus: From clapping to kindness, five reasons to be hopeful: Image copyrightEPAImage captionClapping events have become a common way to salute healthcare workers fighting the pandemic As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise worldwide, positivity is hard to come by. We are in the throes of a global health crisis that may last weeks, if not months.  And yet there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful. As the pandemic has deepened, the worst of the crisis has brought out the best out in humanity. 1. Healthcare workers are being applauded worldwide. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers
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Had another great online business networking & business support event this morning with The Outstanding Network, hosted by Irish Business Coach & Entrepreneur, Pat Slattery on the Zoom platform. I had the pleasure of listing to two great talks from two inspirational and honest business people with a lot to say and teach… Lee Tunney-Ware First up was Lee Tunney-Ware, A Keynote Speaker and Coach who’s Dyslexia taught him to think differently to others and who will get you to think differently if you take some time to listen to what he has to say! You can find out more
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Dolly’s urging everyone to ‘keep the faith’ (Picture: DollyParton/Twitter)Dolly Parton has given her take on the coronavirus pandemic, explaining … … Dolly Parton says coronavirus will make us ‘better people’ as she urges: ‘Just keep the faith!’ Business News Coronavirus News Positive Coronavirus News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See https://mikearmstrong.me/news For Business Advice follow the link or visit one of our Blogs: Entrepreneur Zone | King of Marketing | The Voice of Social Media | Networking Grapevine | British Business News |
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Some rare coronavirus good news: equities are cheap We may have passed peak uncertainty and there is definitely a reason to start buying again — carefully A Deliveroo rider during the lockdown in central London. The company is part-owned by Amazon which remains a good bet for equity investment © Simon Dawson/Bloomberg     March 27, 2020 3:56 pm by Merryn Somerset Webb The writer is editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek Everyone in the global financial market wants the same thing. They want to find a bit of data they can absolutely believe to be accurate and they want to use it to cut the
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Whilst the current climate is happening I am looking to offer FREE SUPPORT for people who are self isolating or struggling in Business! Hi Fellow Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Home Workers or Self Isolator – I offer Business Growth, Business Optimisation and Sales & Marketing Strategy & Services to Business Owners and Entrepreneurs and I also used to be a corporate sales manager/director and am used to motivating and supporting a team. During these tough times I want to support as many of my contacts, LinkedIn connections and wider business community colleagues with any Help, Advice, Ideas, Support, Motivation or Problem
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What are you going to do today to help you to achieve your short, medium and long term goals. If your stuck at home self isolating then here’s some tips that can always help you to get better and work towards successfully achieving your goals! Upskill – Do Online Courses or watch some YouTube videos and learn some new skills. Educate yourself – Read Some Books or listen to some audio from others who have already achieved the goals that you are trying to achieve and get some advice! Exercise – What ever goals your trying to achieve, being fit
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The Gavin Henson gesture that sums him up brilliantly The former Wales rugby star has done his bit to keep spirits high in what are difficult times. Gavin Henson delivers pints of beer to a local: Gavin Henson recently hit the headlines after it was announced that he and his wife had opened up a new restaurant. The former Wales international and his partner Katie are the new proud owners of The Fox in St Brides Major in the Vale of Glamorgan. But as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, it is one of many thousands of businesses set to
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Yesterday I took part in my first Online / Virtual Webinar based Networking Event, where Introbiz Business Network, innovated and adapted to switch their cancelled real world business networking event online, after their networking event in Cardiff, was one of the many event victims pulled, due to Coronavirus. 30 members of the Introbiz Business Network attended this first online / virtual networking event and the majority seemed happy and positive with the event and the way it was conducted. The usual power networking format of everyone getting a few minutes to talk about their business was still followed online and
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Recruitment drive for NHS volunteers stopped now as levels reach 750,000…

The NHS drove for volunteers have reached their target just two days after it was extended, the Royal Voluntary Service announced today.

The recruitment drive has been such an overwhelming success that it has now been temporarily paused to allow the charity to process the torrent of applicants and work with the NHS to get the volunteer army up and running.

Those who registered will be helping the health service perform ‘vital roles’ that will allow people to comply with strict government advice on self isolation and social distancing.

Community response volunteers will collect and deliver shopping, medication or ‘other essential supplies’ for people under isolation.

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Positive Coronavirus News roundup… #PositiveCoronavirusNews

  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats and dogs last week. Pet shops were also cleared as people looked for a companion for the lockdown.
  • British scientists have developed a new ventilator for the NHS in just a week – they hope the simple design will make it easy for manufacturers to produce en masse.
  • Families in America, Canada and some parts of Britain, have been decking their houses like it’s Christmas with fairy lights, decorations and inflatables.
  • Millions of the world’s poorest people will receive over 20 million hygiene and cleaning products, including soap and bleach, from a new campaign by Unilever and the Department for International Development.
  • A mental health company called Unmind has made their online resources free for all NHS workers to combat the impact of pressure and demand on staff mental health caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ve already had 7,000 NHS staff members sign up.
  • A 96-year-old woman is now the oldest South Korean to fully recover from the coronavirus.
  • The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal has raised almost £11 million since launching a week ago (Weds 18). The first £2.5 million is now being distributed to front-line charities, which will deliver food to isolated people, help people recover after leaving hospital, and protect vulnerable children now schools are closed.

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#Coronavirus: 500,000 sign up to NHS volunteer army – #PositiveCoronavirusNews…

Over half a million people have now signed up as NHS volunteers in order to help vulnerable people amid the coronavirus crisis. This has totally smashed the NHS target of 250,000.

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New York field hospital under construction in Central Park to combat coronavirus crisis

Health workers have begun constructing a makeshift field hospital in Central Park. (Picture: MEGA)A field hospital is under construction in New …

New York field hospital under construction in Central Park to combat coronavirus crisis

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