The captain of a Coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier would not have written a formal letter to his chain of command pleading for his sailors to be quarantined unless he felt he had exhausted all other options, according to a retired Navy officer who knows the captain well. In an extraordinary letter that was first reported Tuesday by the San Francisco Chronicle, Capt. Brett Crozier says that while his ship, the Theodore Roosevelt, remains ready to “fight and beat any adversary that dares challenge the US or our allies,” doing so would involve taking “certain risks that are not acceptable in peacetime.” The letter amounts to a desperate appeal to his chain of command to get most of his sailors off the ship, where the virus is spreading out of control, and into individual quarantine lodgings that are based on federal guidelines.
Every August, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh plays host to some of the funniest and most talented — not to forget strangest — performers from the U.K. and the wider world. Organizers canceled the city's collection of late summer festivals Wednesday as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision marks the first cancellation since the Edinburgh International Festival launched in 1947 in the aftermath of World War II as an attempt to reconcile people and nations through the performing arts.
French drugmaker Sanofi SA's Zantac and some generic versions of the treatment, also known as ranitidine, have been recalled over the last year due to possible contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The FDA said it had determined that NDMA in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures, resulting in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of the impurity. "We didn't observe unacceptable levels of NDMA in many of the samples that we tested," said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery over the age of a landmark skull found in 1921 in Zambia - the first fossil of an extinct human species discovered in Africa - in research with big implications for deciphering the origin of our own species. The study published on Wednesday involved the so-called Broken Hill skull, also called the Kabwe skull in recognition of a nearby town, discovered by a Swiss miner working in the Broken Hill lead and zinc mine in what was then Northern Rhodesia. This indicates the species represented by the skull was unlikely to have been a direct ancestor of Homo sapiens as some had thought.
Laboratories across Europe can now access control material to enable them to avoid mistakenly telling people they are free of the coronavirus when in fact they are infected, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The material was developed by the Commission's Joint Research Centre in Italy to fill a gap in the market. A German biotech company has now made enough to spot false negative results in up to 60 million coronavirus tests.
A Swiss distillery has converted its production of pear schnapps to make disinfectant hand gel for use against the coronavirus. Morand Distillery, a family-run business founded in 1889 in Martigny in the Valais canton, is using up its stocks of "Poire Williams", a colorless spirit made from pears grown in orchards below the snow-capped mountains. In normal times, it is a favorite apres-ski tipple, but restrictions on travel and gatherings have hit demand, and now, like many distilleries around the world, Morand has lent their supplies to help stem the Alpine nation's rush for sanitizer.
For the past several years, every Saturday, Janie Kasse has gone to the assisted living facility where her mom lives and has taken her mom out for a day of eating and shopping. Kasse, 44, of New Albany, Indiana, also visits her mom Carol Chesser, 65, several times during the week at Windsor Ridge Assisted Living in nearby Jeffersonville, Indiana.