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Nosocomial COVID spread by variants: A Berlin hospital stops admissions and put staff under “shuttle quarantine”

By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA For the past three days the Vivantes Humboldt-Klinikum hospital in Berlin, Germany announced that due to nosocomial spread to patients and staff of the variant virus B.1.1.7, it would not accept new patient admissions and would place all roughly 1,700 employees on “shuttle quarantine” between home and hospital. […]

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UK data on a “realistic probability” of increased risk of death due to variant B.1.1.7

By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Friday (Jan.22) the United Kingdom government website posted a paper by Peter Horby and eight co-authors from the “New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG)” concluding for the first time that “there is a realistic probability that infection with VOC B.1.1.7 is associated with an […]

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If the next pandemic has already begun today, how would WHO recognize it?

By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA One year ago today the World Health Organization convened the first meeting of its emergency committee to advise on whether or not to declare the outbreak first reported in Wuhan a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)” under the International Health Regulations. Only the WHO director general […]

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COVID-19: FDA advisory committee needed before more EUAs for monoclonals

Press release claims benefit in nursing home COVID prevention study By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA  In a press release today Lilly reported that its “neutralizing antibody bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555) prevented COVID-19 at nursing homes in the BLAZE-2 trial, reducing risk by up to 80% for residents”.  The release states that the intravenous dose used […]

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How do I know which adolescent girls are at greatest risk for HIV?

Innovative approaches can help find vulnerable young women in need of HIV prevention services The following is a guest post by Michelle Li, MS, and Quinn […]

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Cost of pandemic includes setbacks to South Africa tuberculosis testing, diagnoses

In the six weeks before South Africa responded its first diagnoses of COVID-19 with the start of physical distancing measures, more than 47,000 people on average […]

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CDC urges physicians, parents to be on lookout for AFM, a polio-like illness seen predominately in children

With 2018 data showing highest incidence acute flaccid myelitis since monitoring began, officials say awareness, recognition of rare life threatening condition will be crucial to early […]

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As environmental destruction accelerates the spread of emerging infections, we need to talk

By Karen Carvajal, M.D. Over the course of human history we have come a long way in our fight against the threat of infectious diseases and, […]