Monthly Archives: December 2020

COVID-19 “Nigeria variant”: NO cause for alarm from initial data

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA The following five reasons support why there is no cause for alarm regarding the “Nigeria variant” announced Thursday (Dec. 24). In contrast with the two different virus variants linked separately with increasing cases in the UK and South Africa, the variant in Nigeria has: NOT been linked with […]

COVID-19: Why did the UK implement strong measures after finding only two patients with the South African variant?

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA On Wednesday  (yesterday), United Kingdom Health Minister Matt Hancock announced that two persons in the UK had been diagnosed with the South African variant virus and as a result immediate actions were taken, including strict “quarantine” of anyone who has been in South Africa or even been a […]

COVID-19: South African variant may be worse than UK variant

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A template is needed for the variants to come By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Overshadowed by reporting about the UK variant virus “B.1.1.7,”  a separate but similar variant SARS-CoV-2 virus in South Africa “501.V2” is under appreciated and deserves more international attention. Both variant viruses containing multiple mutations in the spike (S) protein, […]

COVID-19: UK virus may be more contagious, triggers European travel bans

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Impact on vaccines and monoclonals remains unknown By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today at least 10 European nations announced some new travel restrictions with regard to the United Kingdom due to a SARS-CoV-2 mutated variant that UK officials announced could be 70% more transmissible. See details below in two publications posted today including […]

COVID-19: Sweden advises new restrictions and masks on public transport

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The King says “I think we have failed” By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA As new COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths rise in Sweden, today the government posted new restrictions including for the first time use of face masks on public transport. This action follows the Dec.15 release of a 318-page interim […]

It’s a puzzle, it’s an algorithm, it’s deduplication

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The following is a guest post by Richard Ngethe, MBA,  and Jonathan Friedman, MS According to a study by UNAIDS of Brazil, of an estimated 140 million records in the national user database—including all health records—only 100 million unique patients were represented. The number of patients, therefore, was overstated by 40%.[1] This is the kind […]

COVID 19: Health workers from around the world call for recognition of, response to pandemic’s frontline toll

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More than 250 healthcare professionals from 60 countries have signed a letter sent to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today calling for nations to contribute comprehensive data on the numbers of health workers worldwide infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. As safe and effective vaccines become available, the data would highlight […]

Four recommendations can move Indonesia toward achieving HIV epidemic control

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The following is a guest post by Cathy Cantelmo, Rebecca Ross, Shree Prabhakaran and Arin Dutta Indonesia has not yet achieved UNAIDS 90-90-90 HIV treatment targets or epidemic control. Of the people living with HIV as of June 2020, only 63 percent knew their status, just a quarter were on antiretroviral therapy, and a mere […]

Representing a quarter of Denver’s population, Latinx residents bear the brunt of COVID-19 with more than half of all sicknesses, deaths

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From March 6, when the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in Denver, Colorado was confirmed, to October 6, more than 10,000 adults living outside of detention, long-term care, or shelter settings were diagnosed with the disease. More than a thousand were hospitalized, and 165 people died as a result of the disease. Of all of the […]

World AIDS Day reminds us that the toll of the world’s longest pandemic continues throughout the year

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Inboxes fill fast on commemorative days like these with reminders of a challenge that has tragic impacts throughout the year. Often these days can seem to serve as a pass for remembering, discussing, pressing for solutions to the challenge on all the other days. In a year when a new pandemic has both dominated our […]