Monthly Archives: April 2020

With evidence against the origin of COVID-19 being the seafood market in December, a call to share and discuss all data at the 73rd World Health Assembly in May

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The following is a guest post by Daniel Lucey, M.D. MPH, FIDSA, FACP,  and Kristen Kent, MPhil The origin of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic is still not publicly known.  It was initially proposed that the virus spilled over to humans from an animal in December 2019 in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, then explosively spread […]

HIV: Best practices lead to a practical guide for lowering mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Sutherland, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation The Partnership for HIV-Free Survival was an innovative project designed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in six sub-Saharan African countries: Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. An evaluation of these programs, conducted in 2018, revealed several best practices that […]

COVID-19: As awareness of coronavirus grew, exposure to cleaners and disinfectants marked rising calls to poison control centers

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A preschooler with a blood alcohol level more than three times the level most states consider too drunk to drive had fallen and hit her head when she was taken to the hospital. On the way there, she vomited and on arrival was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. A 64-ounce bottle of ethanol-based […]

COVID 19: Report documents exposures of U.S. health worker infections

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Duration of time with patient, presence during aerosol-generating procedures more common among infected health workers One of the patients who was examined and subsequently admitted to a Solano County, California hospital on Feb. 15 would later be thought to be the first to have contracted the virus causing COVID-19 without a known source of exposure. […]

Now, more than ever, U.S. policies should reflect the value of flu vaccines

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The following is a guest post by Erin Keizur, Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH While the devastating impacts of COVID-19 to individuals, to our most vulnerable populations, to our lives, our infrastructures and our economies have highlighted the harms that an efficiently transmitted respiratory viral illnesses can bring, the current pandemic also has demonstrated the […]

COVID-19: The world faces a common enemy

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The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, MD, FACP, FIDSA, MBA On February 28  I wrote a post on this blog about national preparedness plans and I drew an analogy between SARS-CoV-2 and a beast on the loose. The watchful eyes of the World Health Organization and all segments of our society […]

COVID-19: The virus arrives in war-torn Yemen where health care is challenged and hand-washing is hard to achieve

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The following is a guest post by Kwan Kew Lai, MD, DMD Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries has been devastated by civil war. It has the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million people in need, and about 10 million of them are on the brink of starvation, especially in the Houthis controlled […]

COVID 19: Reporting by clinical stages is needed for effective planning and response

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The following is a guest post by Michael S. Ascher, M.D., FIDSA, FACP, Haynes W. Sheppard, Ph.D. Current clinical staging for the SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 pandemic can be divided into the six presentations below. All six require the presence of viral nucleic acid detected in respiratory secretions, but in China and soon in the United States and […]

COVID-19: This pandemic offers a lesson we must learn before the next

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The following is a guest post by Manish Kumar, MPH, MS, and Jim Thomas of MEASURE Evaluation, and Bobby Jefferson of DAI Global Health When the sickness and deaths subside, when ventilators and face masks are back in storerooms, when health workers don’t fear for their lives as they work, and when families and friends […]

COVID-19: In Maryland and across America, disparate outcomes show impacts of inequities

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Allison Agwu, M.D., ScM is an associate professor of Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She cares for patients across the age spectrum, in both the pediatric and adult Ryan-White funded HIV clinics at Johns Hopkins, as the founder and medical director of the Accessing Care […]