COVID-19: More than 90,000 infections, 500 deaths in U.S. health care personnel

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By Daniel Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA Today, more somber statistics on the pandemic posted on the U.S. Centers Disease Control COVID-19 website: Since the previous day, 54,357 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were documented (of the total 2,679, 230 US cases in 2020, accordingly to the CDC). Not surprisingly, as the number of hospitalizations is […]

COVID-19: COVID: Eight questions for the WHO team going to China next week to investigate pandemic origins

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today the South China Morning Post reported that on Monday the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Gehbreysus stated “We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started . . .We will be sending a team next week to […]

COVID-19: China approves vaccine for use by military only without phase III study

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today China approved a Covid-19 vaccine, for use only by its military. Importantly, however, this approval occurred despite the vaccine not having undergone a phase III efficacy study. As reported by Josephine Ma in the South China Morning Post, this vaccine was developed by the company CanSino Biologics […]

COVID-19: In Beijing a new outbreak linked with large market “Xinfadi” 

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA In a growing series of events in Beijing over the past 48 hours a new outbreak has been reported with an epidemiological link to the largest food market, called “Xinfadi”, in the city. The main China Center for Disease Control in Beijing, and the overarching China National Health […]

As the year to start ending HIV as an epidemic began, a pandemic changed everything

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A physician in one of America’s “hot spots” looks at challenges and opportunities The following is a guest post by Diana Finkel, D.O.  Dr. Finkel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She has been a community medical provider […]

COVID-19: Will high-tide waves and low-tide waves continue across America? Over 20,000 new cases and 800 deaths since yesterday

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH FIDSA As the number of reported people confirmed with COVID-19 in the United States crosses 2 million and the number of deaths crosses 113,000 (reference: Johns Hopkins University), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website reports 20,486 new cases and 834 deaths since yesterday.  What will tomorrow, […]

COVID-19: House cats with SARS-CoV-2 are two first domestic animals in U.S. confirmed with the virus, highlighting further monitoring needs

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Cases in New York cats identified through laboratory’s “passive surveillance” of samples from household pets Findings indicate need to isolate animals sick with the virus, as well as people After a week of lethargy, sneezing and watery eyes, a 4-year-old domestic short hair cat on Long Island earned himself a trip to the veterinarian. There, […]

Some of those most impacted by COVID-19 are young – and living with HIV

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the board of directors of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. He answered questions from Science Speaks on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth living […]

The World Health Organization and the U.S.: A brief history of collaboration

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The following is a guest post by Kenneth G. Castro, MD, FIDSA Since its formation in 1948, WHO has relied heavily on the U.S. for collaborations and technical expertise. Dating back to 1902, the U.S. was a founding and member state of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (now PAHO). Also, in 1946, the U.S. was […]

COVID-19: Disproportionate impacts on Latinx populations highlight how structural discrimination allows disease to spread

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. He answered questions from Science Speaks on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latinx populations in the United States. Latinx […]