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Costa Rica confirms presence of coronavirus variants emerged in UK and South Africa

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica already reports variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 that emerged in the United Kingdom and South Africa and that constitute "variants of concern" for science because they show a greater probability of infection or of reducing the efficacy...

569 people participate in a study to evaluate the body’s defenses against Covid-19

QCOSTARICA - 569 people from different communities in the country have been part of the study “Evaluación de la respuesta inmune al Covid-19 en Costa Rica" (RESPIRA) - Evaluation of the immune response to Covid-19 in Costa Rica. The research seeks to estimate the prevalence...

CCSS ready for second clinical trial of equine serum against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is ready to begin its second scientific trial with equine serum in hospitalized patients with covid-19. The institution announced Friday morning at a press conference that the protocol has already been approved by the ethical-scientific committee...

Specialist: unnecessary for Costa Ricans to use two masks at this time

QCOSTARICA - Masks have been a part of our daily lives since the middle of 2020. It's unheard of it today to go out or be around people without a mask. However, the best ways to use them to make them more effective remain...

Now in Costa Rica robot that promises to ‘destroy’ virus that causes covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A robot that, using ultraviolet (UV) light radiation, is capable of destroying SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 (and other viruses or bacteria) from any surface in a matter of minutes. That is the promise of Xenex, a robot designed by a San...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica remains low: Have we ‘flattened’ the curve?

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica registered a slight increase in the last week, but it remains at low levels. In the last seven days, the indicator of the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH) went from 0.81 to 0.84. This means that 100...

11,838 people have already received the two doses of the covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In Costa Rica, 11,838 people already have the complete vaccination scheme against covid-19, after having received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. A week ago, the data provided by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) spoke of 2,421 people having received...

Ten private laboratories can perform antigen tests to identify coronavirus

QCOSTARICA - As of this Friday, ten private laboratories can perform the antigen test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19. Previously, this test could only be used at the social security level, but this year the conditions changed. In compliance with the provisions...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica reaches its lowest level since the end of April

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate or R rate registered a new decrease that takes it to the lowest levels in the last nine months. However, it is not the time to lower our guard, as this indicator is very volatile and may rise again. Both...

Presence of ‘Tica variant’ of coronavirus doubled between September and November

QCOSTARICA - Last December, a group of Costa Rican scientists pointed out that there was a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19 that was very rare in the world, but very common in Costa Rica. Today, with more analyzes carried out, the scientists...

A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system that could help defeat COVID-19

You may not know it, but you have an army of microbes living inside of you that are essential for fighting off threats, including the virus that causes COVID-19. In the past two decades scientists have learned our bodies are home to more bacterial cells...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica drops to its lowest levels in three months: 0.89

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate, also called the R rate, of covid-19 in Costa Rica has dropped significantly from last week, 25.8%, and to the lowest levels since the week of October 20. This is pointed out by the analysis "Una pandemia en perspective" (a...

‘Inappropriate conduct’ in December influenced the increase in the contagion rate

QCOSTARICA - "We are in an increase in the pandemic in Costa Rica, caused, among other things, by inappropriate citizen behavior during the month of December," is now Ronald Evans, a doctor and epidemiologist who coordinates the Research Unit of the Hispano-American University, summarized...

9,751 people have already received their first dose of vaccine against covid-19 in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)reported Friday that 9,751 people had already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine. 83% were applied to officials of hospitals and clinics of the CCSS, 9.9% to seniors residing in long-stay homes, 2.4% to workers...

Costa Rican scientists find a common coronavirus variant in our country: neither more contagious, nor more aggressive nor more lethal

QCOSTARICA - A potentially more contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2 found in the United Kingdom caused the dynamics of European countries to change, resulting in suspended flights, requiring testing from travelers, limited ground transportation and greater restrictions. Different variants of the virus circulate in the world,...

Costa Rica Persons of the year: Health Minister Daniel Salas who longs for the end of the pandemic to hug his mother

QCOSTARICA - It was on March 9 that Dr. Daniel Salas Peraza celebrated his 43rd birthday. A Monday. Three days after Costa Rica registered its first cases of covid-19. That day he faced the country to say that there were now nine confirmed cases...

What does Salud say about a pill that would block COVID-19 in 24 hours?

QCOSTARICA - A study carried out by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Georgia State University, United States, indicated that the experimental antiviral Molnupiravir completely suppresses and in a period of only 24 hours the transmission of SARS- Cov 2. Given this, Costa Rica's Ministry...

Costa Rica investigates possible covid-19 reinfection in eight people

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is investigation eight suspected cases of reinfection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. Adriana Torres, from Health Surveillance, confirmed that there are four men and four women. One of the men has already passed away. In October, there were reports of...

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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