Author Archives: Antigone Barton

COVID-19: Key points from S.Africa scientists regarding variant “501Y.V2” — not more severe, but convalescent sera may be less effective

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Jan. 18 an excellent online conference by scientists in South Africa and the Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize provided updates (below) on five key points regarding the virus variant “501Y.V2” that is spreading rapidly in South Africa. Between minutes 45:40 and 47:46 of this two-hour conference […]

COVID-19: As community rates rose, analysis shows impacts in nursing homes across the U.S.

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From the first recognized outbreak of the novel coronavirus in a Seattle-area long-term care facility in February, the tragic impacts that COVID-19 could have on the oldest most vulnerable people and on those who care for them were clear. They also were swiftly replicated in nursing homes across the country as illnesses among staff and […]

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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19: Data on health care worker infections, deaths from 37 countries highlight PPE, training, protocol gaps

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Authors call on WHO to track, post nation-by-nation numbers showing impacts on health personnel A paper published today in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases provides information for the first time on the toll of COVID-19 on health care workforces across 37 countries. The data, from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle Eastern nations […]

COVID-19: When will FDA convene an independent advisory committee for monoclonal antibody EUAs?  

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Rapidly evolving events regarding studies of monoclonal antibodies reemphasize the call first made here Oct. 19  that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration convene an outside expert advisory committee ASAP to advise on requests for Emergency Use Authorization for monoclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. On Oct. 7 Lilly announced […]

IDWeek 2020: Smallpox eradication offers lessons 40 years on, but they’re not easy

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Four decades after it was made official, the eradication of smallpox remains a unique achievement. It is an achievement that stands as proof that a disease meeting the right biological criteria can, with the right strategy, be wiped from the face of the earth. But while attempted, it has not been duplicated. Nor, on examination, […]

IDWeek: A talk examines micro-epidemics, and the elusive solutions they require

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At a conference dominated by discussion of a coronavirus pandemic that, circling the globe, has led to the infections of more than 41 million people and killed more than a million, Dr. Judith Feinberg this week came to talk about a smaller scale public health challenge in a talk titled “HIV Micro-Epidemics: When HIV Comes […]

IDWeek 2020: A look at HIV, COVID-19 in America highlights the role of racism as a vector of infectious diseases

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The 2020 Edward H. Kass Lecture: “All policy is health policy” When the disparate and damaging impacts of HIV and AIDS on Black Americans across the United States finally began to draw notice in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the recognition came with an assumption. Those most affected by the epidemic, common wisdom had […]