Author Archives: Guest Writer

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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19: 100,000 deaths likely by Memorial Day in the United States

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The following is a guest post by Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA As of May 20, 2020 more than 93,000 deaths in people laboratory-confirmed to have COVID-19 have been reported in the United States and more than 1.5 million persons have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.  All 50 states have now begun partially reopening. It […]

COVID-19 Chameleon: Has Kawasaki syndrome been linked to a viral illness all this while?

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On Saturday, the World Health Organization released a scientific brief on the multisystem inflammatory syndrome seen in  children and adolescents with COVID-19. Today in Science Speaks two guest posts respond to findings around the syndrome. The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, MBA During a World Health Organization briefing, […]

COVID-19: Lessons from the past can point the way forward

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“You have to know the past to understand the future” Carl Sagan, astronomer, science communicator (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, MBA A good look into the rear view mirror at the Spanish Influenza pandemic that began in 1918 will offer […]

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: 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 […]