Health Highlights: July 8 2020
11 Dengue Fever Cases Confirmed in Florida Keys Employers Can Refuse to Provide Birth Control Coverage: U.S Supreme Court U.S. Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign Two Lysol Products Can Kill Coronavirus: EPA Brazil's President Diagnosed With COVID-19
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
11 Dengue Fever Cases Confirmed in Florida Keys
Confirmation of an 11th case of dengue fever in the Florida Keys was announced Tuesday by state health officials.
They said all 11 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been in Key Largo, including eight cases in the last week of June, CBS News reported.
The latest patient has received treatment and is expected to fully recover, according to Florida Keys spokeswoman Alison Kerr.
The Miami Herald said that health officials believe all 11 cases were locally acquired, CBS News reported.
Employers Can Refuse to Provide Birth Control Coverage: U.S Supreme Court
More than 70,000 U.S. women could be left without cost-free birth control after the Supreme Court upheld a Trump administration policy change that permits some employers to refuse to provide contraceptive coverage on religious or moral grounds.
Lower courts had previously blocked the administration's changes to a requirement in the Affordable Care Act, but the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 7-2 in favor of the administration, the Associated Press reported.
"We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption. We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for a majority of the court.
U.S. Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign
A national campaign to prevent suicide has been launched by the U.S. government.
The REACH campaign urges people to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and to acknowledge daily stress in people's lives, the Associated Press reported.
It's the main component of a $53 million, two-year program to reduce high suicide rates, particularly among veterans.
On Wednesday, the campaign will introduce internet ads emphasizing that suicide is preventable, and that collective action can eliminate the stigma of talking about mental health, help people understand suicide risk factors, stay connected with others and talk openly about problems, the AP reported.
Two Lysol Products Can Kill Coronavirus: EPA
Two Lysol products are the first to be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as able to kill the new coronavirus on hard, non-porous surfaces.
The EPA said laboratory tests found that Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist destroy the virus two minutes after contact, CNN reported.
The agency says there are 420 disinfectant products that are effective against "harder-to-kill" viruses than the new coronavirus, but the two Lysol are products are the first to be tested directly against the virus and be able to kill it.
A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey found that Americans said they were cleaning more often because of the coronavirus pandemic, but only about half said they actually knew how to clean and disinfect their home safely, CNN reported.
Brazil's President Diagnosed With COVID-19
After months of downplaying the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for COVID-19.
He was tested on Monday and announced the result on TV Tuesday, CNN reported.
"Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me," he said.
On Monday, CNN Brasil reported that Bolsonaro had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including a fever, but Bolsonaro's office told the news outlet on Tuesday that his temperature was normal.