Author Archives: Antigone Barton

What we’re reading: This World TB Day an ancient pandemic meets the latest global health threat

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As a New Pandemic Spreads, World TB Day Reminds us of Unfinished Business – Efforts to fight the latest global health threat can come at the expense of ongoing infectious disease responses, but pathogens don’t exist in a vacuum, notes this World TB Day release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America — which produces […]

COVID-19 is a pandemic, WHO says

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Citing a 15-fold increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide and three-fold increase in the number of countries reporting cases in the last two weeks, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today that the international spread of the coronavirus disease is a pandemic. It is a word that WHO officials have avoided using, and one […]

CROI 2020: COVID-19 session explores how we got here, and where we’re going

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On the opening night of this conference, a discussion of “how we got here” recounted a week of discussions and swiftly escalating events surrounding the spread of COVID-19 that got us here, at the first online version of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Today that discussion took a longer view, across a history […]

CROI 2020: The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections goes virtual amid COVID-19 spread

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A day and a half before the start of CROI 2020 was set to bring scientists and clinical researchers together for a week of presentations and discussions on HIV challenges and advances, an email landed in the inboxes of would be attendees — stay where you are, it said, and if you’re on the way, […]

COVID 19: Worsening PPE shortages threaten responses to outbreaks, WHO warns

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Shortages of masks, goggles, gloves and other gear needed to protect health workers from infection are threatening responses of to the spread of COVID-19 globally amid what World Health Organization Director-General today called “severe and increasing disruption” to global supplies of the medical equipment. Increased demand, as well as unneeded use, and panic hoarding personal […]

COVID-19: Groups urge Congress to provide emergency funding needed for domestic, global coronavirus responses

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A coalition of medical, health care, health policy and other groups are calling on the United States Congress to swiftly and meaningfully fund emergency multifaceted domestic and international responses to contain the novel coronavirus that now has spread to 61 countries and led to more than 3,000 deaths worldwide. In a letter to House and […]

COVID-19: Washington state sees first U.S. death, first health worker infection, and the spread of infection in long-term care facility

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A week that has seen a rapid acceleration of alarming developments in the spread of COVID-19 globally culminates today in a tragic turn and signs that community transmission of the virus has eluded efforts to contain it in the state that saw the first diagnosis of the disease in the United States. Centers for Disease […]

COVID-19: In Amb. Birx, the White House gets a scientist, physician, public health expert and global health realist as response coordinator

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If the criteria for the selection announced Wednesday night of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 seemed less than obvious to public health experts, another appointment announced today may bring a measure of reassurance. Mr. Pence faced criticism in his most prominent previous role in a […]

COVID-19: As spread outside China rises, CDC warns community transmission in U.S. is likely

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Message marks significant escalation in tone, as WHO China mission team leader describes scope, impacts of country’s response, calls for global “shift in mindsets” Federal officials expect to see community spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the United States, and are preparing for the potential need to launch measures that could include […]

COVID-19: WHO mission chief says China’s measures likely averted hundreds of thousands of coronavirus cases

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Citing on-the-ground evidence that new cases of COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV — have declined in China by 80% in recent weeks, the leader of a World Health Organization-appointed team of international experts that traveled there in search of answers on the virus, its impacts and resources needed to contain […]