Hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19, without heart-related side-effects, according to a new study published by Henry Ford Health System. The large study involved 25-hundred patients and found 13% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died compared with 26.4% not treated with hydroxychloroquine. The study was published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases. “The findings have been highly analyzed and peer-reviewed,” said Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of Infectious Disease for Henry Ford Health System, who co-authored the study with Henry Ford epidemiologist Samia Arshad. “We attribute our findings that differ from other studies to early treatment, and part of a combination of interventions that were done in supportive care of patients, including careful cardiac monitoring. Our dosing also differed from other studies not showing a benefit of the drug. And other studies are either not peer reviewed, have limited numbers of patients, different patient populations or other differences from our patients.”Zervos said the potential for a surge in the fall or sooner, and infections continuing worldwide, show an urgency to identifying inexpensive and effective therapies and preventions.“We’re glad to add to the scientific knowledge base on the role and how best to use therapies as we work around the world to provide insight,” he said. “Considered in the context of current studies on the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, our results suggest that the drug may have an important role to play in reducing COVID-19 mortality.”The study also found those treated with azithromycin alone or a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin also fared slightly better than those not treated with the drugs, according to the Henry Ford data. The analysis found 22.4% of those treated only with azithromycin died, and 20.1% treated with a combination of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine died, compared to 26.4% of patients dying who were not treated with either medication.“Our analysis shows that using hydroxychloroquine helped saves lives,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Kalkanis, CEO, Henry Ford Medical Group and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “As doctors and scientists, we look to the data for insight. And the data here is clear that there was benefit to using the drug as a treatment for sick, hospitalized patients.”
No games have been played in the Premier League for six weeks and the competition is not likely to resume until at least June due to the national lockdown and social distancing.Arsenal says the reduction in annual earnings by the players and coaches will take effect next month.The club says in a statement that “if we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger.”Arsenal has 10 games remaining and is eight points from fourth place with a game in hand on Chelsea as it chases Champions League qualification.___ ___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year. Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.” New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft. Purdue says the father of freshman men’s basketball player Brandon Newman has died of complications from the coronavirus.Chicago police say 59-year-old Officer Ronald Newman died early Friday. He was a decorated officer, with 137 awards in his 19 years on the force. Newman spent the bulk of his career in the department’s 4th District on the city’s South Side.In a statement, Purdue said athletic department officials were “deeply saddened” by the death and have reached out to the Newman family.___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, his coaches and players have agreed to a 12.5% pay cut for the next year to help the club deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus. April 20, 2020 Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Packers officials say $500,000 in grant money has been established for organizations supporting Milwaukee County residents dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Future grants through the fund will be announced later.The grants given so far are designed to address hunger concerns, human services, health and wellness plus assistance to domestic violence victims and help for the elderly and the homeless.The Packers relief fund is providing $1.5 million overall, and $1 million is being directed to Brown County organizations through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. A portion of those funds already has been distributed to 10 Brown County nonprofit groups for food and hygiene concerns, housing assistance, transportation, medication and other basic needs.___Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, J.J., have donated $150,000 to a local fund providing personal protective equipment for health care workers along with lab supplies to expand testing amid the coronavirus pandemic. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million. The Latest: Big Ten announces members of disease task force The NFL and the Players Coalition are donating more than $3 million to seven areas significantly affected by the new coronavirus.As part of the league’s Inspire Change program, a donation of $3.05 million will be sent to health systems, individual hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and impacted regions of Florida and Louisiana.“We know that during this difficult time, our minority and low-income communities are struggling disproportionately with the impact of COVID-19,” said Players Coalition co-founder and former NFL star Anquan Boldin. “Communities in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and more are getting hit hard right now, and we want to do our part in ensuring these areas have even the basic needs. We are glad we can partner with the NFL to support the organizations who are on the ground providing for these families.”___Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers are taking voluntary pay cuts to help the university cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Also taking the voluntary 10% pay cuts are women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, men’s lacrosse coach John Desko, and women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday morning to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.All new capital projects also have been placed on hold, except for the renovation of the Carrier Dome. The $118 million project includes a new permanent roof for the home of the school’s football, basketball, and lacrosse teams.___Regional government officials in Germany have discussed sports and the coronavirus pandemic on a conference call and say soccer could resume in mid-May. The Memphis Grizzlies are buying lunch each day this week for workers at a COVID-19 testing site.The Grizzlies are feeding approximately 50 workers each day through Saturday at the Tiger Lane testing facility outside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at the Memphis Fairgrounds.Coach Taylor Jenkins is providing lunch Thursday, and coaches for the Grizzlies and the G League Memphis Hustle have Tuesday. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has covered two days, while the Grizzlies are picking up the other two.___The Green Bay Packers have distributed the first round of Milwaukee grants to 16 nonprofit organizations as part of the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. A summary published by the city of Bremen says “continuing play in the soccer Bundesliga … is considered justifiable from the middle or end of May as per the current state of discussions.”Bremen senator Anja Stahmann chaired the call. She says resumption would require “the strictest hygienic and medical conditions.”The last top-level soccer game in Germany was played on March 11 but clubs have been pushing to resume the season in empty stadiums.Clubs are facing financial shortfalls without revenue from broadcast deals and sponsors.___ Associated Press University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has volunteered to reduce his salary by 5%. School president Mark S. Schlissel announced the cost-saving move as part of the institution’s plan to cut costs due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Schlissel says the school may have to endure losses as much as $1 billion through 2020.Manuel, who was hired four years ago, had a $990,000 salary in 2019. Schlissel says he decided to cut his salary as school president by 10% for the rest of the year, starting on May 1.___ Dalton, who has one year left on his contract with Cincinnati, told medical professionals in a video that “it’s a true honor for us to help support you all in this fight” by contributing to the University of Cincinnati Health Crisis Response Fund.Dr. Richard P. Lofgren, the president and CEO of UC Health, said the Daltons’ support “lets these health care heroes know that the community is behind them.”— Joe Kay reporting in Cincinnati___The company that makes Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats has closed its factory, furloughed 90 percent of its employees and shut its popular museum. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says it has continued to cover all health care benefits for its 171 furloughed workers. The remaining 10% of employees have taken 25 percent pay cuts.The wood bat factory closed on March 19, three days after the Louisville Slugger Museum shut. The 120-foot bat outside its headquarters now a banner across the barrel reading “Flatten the Curve.”The 165-year-old company produces about 2 million wood Louisville Slugger bats a year at its downtown Louisville plant, with around 50,000 going to Major League Baseball.H&B CEO John Hillerich IV told The Louisville Courier Journal that if the company doesn’t soon crank up its Pennsylvania mill — and MLB has no timetable to start its season — then some of the set to become bats might spoil.___ The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call. Chairing the group is Chris Kratochvil, the University of Nebraska medical center’s associate vice chancellor for clinical research and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics.The task force was initially formed March 7 at the request of Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. The group includes one representative from each of the Big Ten’s 14 member schools.The task force is designed to provide counsel and medical advice to ensure the safety of the Big Ten’s students, coaches administrators and fans.Among other members of the group are: Edith Parker, dean at Iowa’s college of public health; Boris Lushniak, dean of Maryland’s school of public health; Preeti Malani, Michigan chief health officer; and Susan Koletar, director of Ohio State’s division of infectious diseases. ___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big Ten has announced the membership of its task force for emerging infectious diseases. ___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.” ___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first.
“And that’s how our games were with them (during the regular season). So if they up it, then we have to up it. We have to respond the same way that they respond.”Other than their 17 turnovers, the Thunder were not all that bad Monday. It’s just that the Clippers put on a tremendous offensive display. They not only shot 54.9 percent from the field, they made 15 of 29 from 3-point range for a ridiculous 51.7 percent.Chances of that happening again are not high. Coach Doc Rivers knows it. He also knows there are other ways to win Game 2.“We can be a better defensive team,” Rivers said. “I thought we played good defense, I didn’t think we were great defensively.”Believe it or not, Rivers believes the offense can improve in another area.“I mean, we shot the ball; we’re not going to shoot that way every night,” Rivers said following practice Tuesday. “But there are things I thought we could do offensively a little better. We didn’t get in transition at all last night, for the most part, which is unusual. When you score that many points, you usually have a better transition game. … Last night, we just had a great offensive night.“It happens, and I’d like for it to happen more. But I know at the end of the day you’re going to win games because you defend and you rebound. Last night we didn’t have to rebound because we made a lot of shots, so we didn’t need any offensive rebounds.”Losing the first game of the series does not make this a dire scenario for Oklahoma City — a message coach Scott Brooks had for his players and, perhaps, the team’s fans.“It’s one game,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t play well, but it’s one game. It’s the first of four and we’ve said that many times. You’re going to hear that many more times. They’re up 1-0. We have to do a better job and make some adjustments.”Particularly on defense.“They were getting to the free-throw line, they were getting to the paint and they were making threes,” Brooks said. “We have to do a better job all the way around. We will get better. That’s not who we are.“We have to play better defense against this team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There was an emphasis on the Thunder not making the Clippers feel their presence. Sure, the Thunder outrebounded the Clippers 47-31, but that was by far the most misleading statistic of the game.Bottom line is, after OKC took an early 16-10 lead, the Clippers showed the Thunder who was boss. Especially Paul, who scored 32 points on 12 of 14 shooting from the field, eight of nine from 3-point range.“We do need to be a little more physical with them and make them feel us a little bit more,” Durant said. “We just have got to be better, we have got to move the ball a little and also make some shots on our end. We are confident.”As is the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.“Just play more physically ourselves,” said Griffin, when asked how the Clippers would counteract a tougher showing by OKC. “I mean, both teams dictate how the game goes. And you look at their series with Memphis, it was very physical. They were grind-it-out games. OKLAHOMA CITY — By the time Kevin Durant spoke to reporters late Monday night following his team’s 122-105 blowout loss to the Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Oklahoma City Thunder star might have already known he was going to be announced as regular-season MVP Tuesday.It must have been difficult for him to feel any joy at that moment because of what his team had just endured. The final margin of its loss in front of THE home fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena was 17 points. But the Thunder were down by 29 in the fourth quarter.“We came out aggressive and they hit shots,” said Durant, whose team will take on the Clippers in Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night. “That kind of loosened our defense up for us. When a guy (Chris Paul) hits five or six threes in a row, you don’t want to give him some more. And that is when they started to get some stuff in the paint.“The effort was there. We had good intentions, but they got hot. We have got to correct it. We have to make them miss next game and be a little bit more physical.”
Once again, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will deliver a State of the Nation Address before the 53rd National Legislature in fulfillment of Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution.Article 58 states: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income.”The Chief Executive will at 4pm today present the state of affairs of the Republic and provide her legislative agenda for the ensuing year.As Visitor to the Capitol Building on this occasion, the President has no seat in the Joint Chamber and therefore, she will be ushered into the Assembly hall by selected committee members headed by both committees of the Legislature on Executive.The President will then be escorted to the podium where she will speak to the almost four million Liberians at home and abroad, through their Representatives in the House and Senate.Before that proceeding, the Joint Legislature presided over by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler in keeping with Article 33 of the 1986 Constitution, will entertain a motion from his colleagues to invite the Chief Executive to execute the constitutional mandate of reporting to them on the state of the Republic.What to ExpectThe President’s report is expected to give prominence to the heavy blow with which the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) struck the nation and people and its adverse impact on all aspects of national life, as well as post-Ebola projections, security, peace and rule of law.Regarding the status of the economy, which has been severely weakened by the deadly Ebola virus, President Sirleaf is expected to provide an update on economic growth, the strength of the Liberian Dollar and Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Analysts believed that not much is expected in the direction of economic growth as slow progress will be attributed to the EVD outbreak, which led to many companies partially folding their operations as the epidemic intensified. In fact, before the Ebola outbreak, the economy was already struggling with Liberian dollar chasing the United States Dollar and other international currencies. Even before and during the Ebola period, a bulk of the country’s revenue was spent on personnel salaries, fuel and lubricants and vehicles for officials.Another major problem the President is expected to deal with in her speech is education and the exploding student population compared to an inadequate budgetary allotment to solve the problem of continuing poor academic performance caused by an undersized, poorly prepared and poorly paid teacher workforce lacking books and other basic tools, sufficient classroom space and basic amenities all desperately needed to improve student performance.This time around as the country returns to an abnormal academic but cardinal education period due to the Ebola crisis, her government needs to present a more reasonable, workable and public-interest based proactive approach to ensure that less-fortunate along with all other children enroll this year. In an already “messy educational” system as indicated by Madam Sirleaf, government focus and investment must now shift to delivering quality, standardized education that will turn the corner from mass failures at elementary to university level to higher numbers of positive exam results in the Liberian school system.Healthcare delivery remains a mountainous challenge for the Unity Party-led government evidenced by the Ebola virus’ exposure of how “weak and poor” the system is to care for the millions of its citizens. The nation’s weak health delivery system and prospects for its post-Ebola overhaul with the promised support of several foreign governments and international donors will likely claim a considerable portion of the President’s address.In that direction, praises will be bestowed on many friendly nations, individuals and organizations including the United States, China and African nations, who responded in personnel, cash and kind to help Liberia fight the deadly virus.However, the question of corruption definitely cannot be ruled out of the President’s address to the nation. Some of her officials were accused of miss-directing Ebola funds and other resources to their personal use during the height of the Ebola crisis. Many believe the President has not put forth the high level of forcefulness to stamp out corruption as she vowed to do during the inception of her incumbency. This lack luster approach has weakened her image and somewhat tarnished her credibility in that direction. It remains to be heard what her explanation is for the failure to stamp out corruption and how she intends to recover the will power to do so and prove to still have zero tolerance for this cancer eating away at all sectors of the Liberian society.Relative to human rights and the rule of law, President Sirleaf is expected to highlight the wave of rape cases around the country particularly those involving children. It will be disappointing to many, if not all, if the President falls short of providing an update on the West Point shooting that claimed the life of teenager Shakie Kamara.President Sirleaf will acknowledge the passing of former Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis and the many Liberians and several foreigners, who lost their lives to the Ebola virus and most likely devote a moment of silence in memory of these and other fallen Liberians.This national assembly will bring together officials from the three branches, doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps, international partners, Chiefs and Elders, Political, Religious and BusinessLeaders.The House Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, announced that Monday’s ceremony begins at 2pm with the arrival of invited guests. She noted that non-essential staffers are advised to stay home.According to a Joint Press Release from the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives only accredited journalists will be allowed in the Joint Chambers.Today’s State of the Nation address marks the 10th oration, to the Legislature since Madam Johnson Sirleaf ascended to the Presidency in 2006.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)