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Today’s Covid News: Contagion rate in Costa Rica remains unchanged in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica in the last week did not change, a fact that is seen for the first time in the weekly analysis of the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH). However, the fact that it remains static, in this case,...

Could a simple pill beat COVID-19? Pfizer is giving it a go

While the focus has been largely on vaccines, you might have also heard Pfizer is trialling a pill to treat COVID-19. It almost sounds too good to be true. Indeed, the results are very preliminary — but it’s a promising approach. Where most antiviral agents we’ve...

Today’s Covid News: New covid cases and deaths continue high; contagion rate drops below 1

QCOSTARICA - While the number of new daily cases continues over 2,000, save for drops on weekends (typically Sundays and Mondays), the greater concern is the high level of hospitalizations, in particular patients requiring an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This past six days, from Saturday,...

CCSS will test anyone who has mild symptoms for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Feeling under the weather, have a cough or runny nose, fatigued, weak, nauseous, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing? Or suspect you may have covid? The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will now perform antigen tests on people with suspected covid-19 who have mild...

Demographer assures that Costa Rica reached peak of pandemic wave, but calls for caution

QCOSTARICA - Have we already reached the peak of this wave of covid-19? Demographer and public health worker Luis Rosero assures that it is. However, he cautions that this does not mean that the wave is over or that the trend cannot be reversed, because...

Today’s Covid-19 News: New infections continue over 2K daily, despite drop in R rate

QCOSTARICA - The Covid-19 infection rate in Costa Rica dropped, but not enough to reduce the rate of infection. While the indicator stands at 1.32, that is 100 people could infect 132, the concern of Health authorities is this number based on the Universidad Hispanoamericana...

What to watch for to be sure you get the vaccine

QCOSTARICA - The moment has arrived to get the vaccine. With the apparent "irregular" vaccination in the health area of the Tres Rios made public by a video that went viral on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, asked the Caja Costarricense de...

Costa Rica breaks record: 1,776 covid-19 cases in a single day

QCOSTARICA - Thursday, April 22, was a record breaking day for covid-19 cases in Costa Rica when the country registered the highest number of cases in a single day, 1,776. This is the highest number reported in a single day since the start of the...

Cause and Effect: Semana Santa and reduced restrictions taking its toll

QCOSTARICA - The relaxed restrictions of the month and in combination with Semana Santa has resulted in an increase in cases, almost double that of last month, increased hospitalizations and more people actively carrying the virus. The good news in all of this is a...

Health does not rule out containment measures due to the increase in COVID-19 cases

QCOSTARICA - In recent days an increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica has been reported. The average of under 400 new cases daily saw a sharp increase to over 500 and there is even talk of the third...

Costa Rica monitors five more cases of variants of the covid-19 virus

QCOSTARICA - The Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (Inciensa) - Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health - has identified 5 more cases of covid-19 associated with variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa and...

Costa Rica pays tribute to the deceased and survivors of the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Friday night, Costa Rica paid tribute to the memory of all the people who have lost their lives due to the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Specialized Center for the Care of Patients with COVID-19 (CEACO), was illuminated for the occasion,...

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...

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