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Arrival of the vaccine against covid-19 will not replace other measures against contagion

QCOSTARICA - The pace with which COVID-19 vaccines are being developed worries some people, who fear they are not safe products. Both Leandra Abarca, coordinator of the Expanded Immunization System of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), and Pedro González, vice minister of Health,...

Team of 200 prepare vaccination of three million Ticos against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The exact date is not known, but the plan has already been drawn up and about 200 people work daily to organize the first national vaccination campaign against covid-19.   Three million Costa Ricans would be immunized against this new virus tentatively starting in...

COVID-19 in Costa Rica: 6,392 new cases the last seven days

QCOSTARICA - After a few days of r&r, I am back with my daily reports of COVID-19 in Costa Rica. In the last seven days (November 1 to 7), the country registered 6,392 new cases, ending the week with a total of 116,363 cases since...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica continues to decline

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 continues to decline in Costa Rica, going from 0.97 a week ago to 0.94, according to the School of Medicine of the Universidad Hispanoamericana. Over at the Centro Centroamericano de Poblacion of the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR),...

Roche to launch new COVID-19 antigen test with results in 18 minutes

QCOSTARICA - Roche announced Tuesday that it intends to launch a high-volume Antigen test as an aid in the diagnosis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said the new antigen test will be carried out in machines called...

First 16 patients who received equine serum are now at home; 6 died

QCOSTARICA - The first 16 patients who received equine serum as an experimental treatment for the effects of COVID-19 have already returned home and are under surveillance, as part of the clinical trial protocol. Six others died. "Many were very complicated, with an average age...

Contagion rate in Costa Rica continues to decline

QCOSTARICA - The COVID-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica has been on the decline, falling again this week, to 0.96, its lowest point since last April. The rate is published every Wednesday by the Central American Population Center of the University of Costa Rica (CCP-UCR),...

Five laboratories endorsed to test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

(QCOSTARICA) Five laboratories have received the endorsement for the acquisition of antibody tests, complying with the provisions of the guidelines for the use of serological tests to identify antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Laboratorios Echandi, Hospital Clínica Bíblica, Hospital la Católica, Hospital Cima and Laboratorio Labin have...

A pandemic without measures: Costa Rica would have had 80,000 sick, 800 dead

(QCOSTARICA) "As of June 8, 4,628 new cases of COVID-19 are registered, for a total of 79,951 and 800 deaths are reported. There are 33,578 people recovered and 45,563 active cases. In addition, there are 3,958 people hospitalized, of which 792 require intensive care”. This...

What are the early symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Once a person has contracted coronavirus, it can take 2–14 days for symptoms to appear. The average incubation period appears to be roughly 5–6 days. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms of coronavirus can be mild and come on gradually. According to The...

Coronavirus: What you should know about tests

More and more tests for the novel coronavirus are coming onto the market. By the end of April, there were already more than 150 different products worldwide. These can essentially be divided into two main groups: tests that prove that someone is carrying the...

Coronavirus genome in Costa Rica: came from the USA, Germany and Brazil

The new coronavirus that circulates in Costa Rica does not have the same genome as that found in China, the country where it originated. Its composition indicates rather that it comes from the United States and other clusters that have fallen in other countries,...

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