Monthly Archives: May 2020

COVID-19: More than 62,000 cases and 294 deaths in US health care personnel

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The following is a guest post by Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH FIDSA Updated yesterday, May 27 the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that of the 285,282 persons officially reportedin the U.S. with COVID-19 for whom health care status was available, a total of  62, 690 were infected “health care personnel.” […]

China CDC Director on COVID-19: “ . . . the market is just another victim. The virus existed before the infections happened in the market”

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The following is a guest post by Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA A crucial mile marker in the marathon to understand when and where the Covid-19 pandemic began has been crossed. The China Center for Disease Control Director, Dr. George Fu Gao (Gao Fu) was quoted in the South China Morning Post May 23 […]

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

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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 there were tested for tuberculosis with the rapid and reliable Xpert diagnostic tool each week. An average of more than 3,700 of those tests identified active tuberculosis in people […]

COVID 19: Over five days, gatherings at one church led to at least 61 infections, four deaths

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Over five days in the beginning of March, a series of events brought at least 94 people to an Arkansas church. On the sixth day, with the pastor, his wife and some of the congregants showing symptoms of COVID-19, the church closed. In the time in between, at least 35 people were exposed to and […]

COVID-19: 100,000 deaths likely by Memorial Day in the United States

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The following is a guest post by Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA As of May 20, 2020 more than 93,000 deaths in people laboratory-confirmed to have COVID-19 have been reported in the United States and more than 1.5 million persons have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.  All 50 states have now begun partially reopening. It […]

COVID-19: Does the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children have  implications for vaccines?  

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On Saturday, the World Health Organization released a scientific brief on the multisystem inflammatory syndrome seen in  children and adolescents with COVID-19. Today in Science Speaks two guest posts respond to findings around the syndrome. The following is a guest post Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH and Kristen R. Kent, MPhil. Since April 26 England, […]

COVID-19 Chameleon: Has Kawasaki syndrome been linked to a viral illness all this while?

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On Saturday, the World Health Organization released a scientific brief on the multisystem inflammatory syndrome seen in  children and adolescents with COVID-19. Today in Science Speaks two guest posts respond to findings around the syndrome. The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, MBA During a World Health Organization briefing, […]

Long-acting injected HIV prevention effective and safe, HPTN 083 trial data shows

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Amid unprecedented challenges to routine healthcare access, trial results mark a first for a critically needed HIV prevention measure  An investigational drug administered by injection every eight weeks has been found to be effective and safe in preventing HIV infection among men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men, […]

COVID-19: Will the tens of thousands of infected health care workers be recognized at the May 18-19 World Health Assembly?

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The following is a guest post by Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH and Katherine R. McAleese, M.D. The initial wave of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic includes tens of thousands of health care workers in less than five months. Reports of health care worker infections began in China in January and spread globally elsewhere in Asia, Europe, […]

COVID-19: Lessons from the past can point the way forward

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“You have to know the past to understand the future” Carl Sagan, astronomer, science communicator (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, MBA A good look into the rear view mirror at the Spanish Influenza pandemic that began in 1918 will offer […]