This week in Clipboard Academy’s Nursing News round up …
British Government Pilots ‘No-Swab’ Test for Coronavirus
The British government is piloting a ‘no-swab’ test for coronavirus that uses a saliva swab to test if someone is positive instead of a nasopharyngeal swab done by a health care professional. If the pilot works, then it could lead to coronavirus tests available for at-home use, potentially speeding up the process of detecting positive cases.
Chinese Researchers Enter Phase-2 of Possible Coronavirus Vaccine
Researchers in China began the phase-2 human trials for one of six potential vaccines they are working on that are currently undergoing human testing. This phase is meant to determine the dosage per shot as well as continue phase-1 testing to see if the vaccine can trigger an immune response in a healthy human.
US Coins are the New Toilet Paper in Shortages
Many banks and businesses have found an unexpected shortage in coins as a side effect of the coronavirus lockdowns. Although the US Mint made fewer coins this past spring than usual due to the spread of infection risks, the shortage mostly came from people staying home and their usual means of circulating coins closing down.
Italy Finds Evidence of Coronavirus in Sewage Water from December
Italy announced last week that, when testing sewage water samples from mid-December 2019, its scientists discovered traces of the coronavirus. This could mean that the virus was within Italy’s borders at the end of last year instead of the beginning of 2020. Other European countries like Spain and France have begun tracing evidence of the coronavirus since December and January, long before their initial first confirmed cases.
Researchers continue to try to narrow down the timeline of the pandemic’s spread in order to understand more about it and its origins.