Monthly Archives: May 2020

Community engagement, key to ending smallpox, will be essential now

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The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, MD, FACP, FIDSA, MBA The World Health Organization has released measures that should be in place before we ease lockdowns with the goal to prevent resurgence of outbreaks. They include ensuring that community transmission is very minimal and the community can quickly detect new cases. […]

COVID-19: Reported deaths in US (83,000) near reported cases in China (84,000)

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The following is a guest post by Daniel Lucey, M.D. MPH, FIDSA, FACP If current trajectories and reporting policies of the United States and China continue, then by May 15 the number of officially reported deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. will probably exceed the number of officially reported cases in China. According to […]

COVID-19: As the national emergency was recognized, child immunizations plummeted

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With COVID-19 spreading across all 50 states, public health systems facing unprecedented challenges and stay-at-home guidelines becoming orders, the chaos caused by the novel coronavirus by late March included steep drops in uptake of, and access to a spectrum of critical medical services. That has included administration of routine pediatric immunizations critical to protecting children […]

COVID-19: Could remdesivir be the game-changer? A physician at an epicenter looks at the need, and the hope

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The following is a guest post by Kwan Kew Lai, MD, DMD It was my last day of volunteering as a medical doctor at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens, New York, heeding the call of Gov. Cuomo to help my colleagues in desperate need of relief from their burden of caring for COVID-19 patients. I usually volunteer […]

Lockdowns due to COVID-19 projected to stall TB detection and treatment leading to increased incidence, deaths globally over next five years

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While stay-in-place and physical distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19 are projected to also slow the spread of other illnesses, lockdowns prompted by that pandemic will delay TB diagnoses and treatment efforts by much greater proportions, leading to rising rates of tuberculosis illness and deaths, an analysis released today shows. Focusing on impacts […]

Think epic to prevent an epidemic

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The following is a guest post by Shiv Sudhakar, M.D. Bugs versus drugs. Really germs versus drugs. That’s my life. I’m an infectious diseases specialist and I feel the world is really just divided into these two perennial enemies. The yin and yang of being a germ and trying to destroy them. We humans have […]

Make adolescent and youth reproductive health programs responsive to needs with better data

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The following is a guest post by Bridgit Adamou, MPH, MEASURE Evaluation Young people suffer disproportionately from negative reproductive health outcomes, including acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; unintended, unwanted, or mistimed pregnancies; unsafe abortion; and gender-based violence. As they are not, however, often included in reproductive health programs or outreach, they also can […]

COVID-19: What happened here? CDC says four factors fueled unchecked spread . . .

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But agency notes continued testing, knowledge gaps . . . In late February, the United States was home to just 53 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19. That month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had separated categories of COVID-19 case counts in a way the agency hoped would accurately reflect risks […]

COVID-19: Among patients hospitalized with coronavirus, a quarter of patients did not fit recognized high-risk categories

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With comparable outcomes, patients who were black made more than 80% of those hospitalized, disproportionate to numbers hospitalized overall One in four patients hospitalized because of COVID-19 did not fall into any of the categories recognized as putting people at higher risk for more severe illness, according to data on 305 patients admitted to eight […]