Monthly Archives: February 2020

COVID-19: Washington state sees first U.S. death, first health worker infection, and the spread of infection in long-term care facility

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A week that has seen a rapid acceleration of alarming developments in the spread of COVID-19 globally culminates today in a tragic turn and signs that community transmission of the virus has eluded efforts to contain it in the state that saw the first diagnosis of the disease in the United States. Centers for Disease […]

COVID-19: A doctor explores preparedness in Ghana

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi A beast is on the loose. A disease named COVID-19. Wall Street has eyes on the beast and its potential to turn a bull market into a bear market. Like a beast with a fire-lit tail it is going from country to country lighting […]

COVID-19: In Amb. Birx, the White House gets a scientist, physician, public health expert and global health realist as response coordinator

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If the criteria for the selection announced Wednesday night of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 seemed less than obvious to public health experts, another appointment announced today may bring a measure of reassurance. Mr. Pence faced criticism in his most prominent previous role in a […]

COVID-19: As spread outside China rises, CDC warns community transmission in U.S. is likely

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Message marks significant escalation in tone, as WHO China mission team leader describes scope, impacts of country’s response, calls for global “shift in mindsets” Federal officials expect to see community spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the United States, and are preparing for the potential need to launch measures that could include […]

COVID-19: WHO mission chief says China’s measures likely averted hundreds of thousands of coronavirus cases

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Citing on-the-ground evidence that new cases of COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV — have declined in China by 80% in recent weeks, the leader of a World Health Organization-appointed team of international experts that traveled there in search of answers on the virus, its impacts and resources needed to contain […]

COVID-19: We’re reading about the spread of the virus and what needs to happen now

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A weekend after noting that the “window of opportunity” that he alludes to daily appears to be “narrowing,” World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that sudden case increases in Italy, Iran and South Korea counted in the latest WHO reports are “deeply concerning.” While a steady decline in China cases should indicate […]

Covid-19: As State Department recommends travelers “reconsider” Asia cruise ship travel, CDC separate case count of “repatriated”

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Moves come as WHO DG Tedros warns amid sluggish international funding response that “the window of opportunity” to control coronavirus spread is “narrowing” Reflecting rising concerns of community spread in countries outside of China, and a more than doubling of U.S. cases with the return of Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was […]

Mass TB screening with point-of-care test is cost-effective, Brazil prison study shows

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Suppose you have a large group of people, confined together, considered likely to pose a threat to people outside their walls, but without the ready means to determine if they pose a threat to each other? If the space wasn’t built to contain the spread of an airborne infectious diseases, a public health disaster could […]

China discloses 1,716 healthcare workers with Covid-19: Feb. 14, 2020

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Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on the outbreak, now an epidemic of 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan China, since Jan. 7. He continues to respond to and break down developments and data on the outbreak here. […]

Covid-19: CDC reports issue with reagent used in PCR test sent to states and overseas — a Q&A

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Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on the outbreak, now an epidemic of 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan China, since Jan. 7. He continues to respond to and break down developments and data on the outbreak here. […]