COVID-19: Eight key factual statements from Wuhan Institute of Virology’s Dr. Zhengli Shi

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA In response to a series of questions asked by Science magazine’s Jon Cohen, the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s internationally-renowned bat coronavirus researcher and collaborator (with scientists in the United States, Singapore, and elsewhere), Dr. Zhengli Shi provided key facts about her work. Among questions she addressed were ones […]

As environmental destruction accelerates the spread of emerging infections, we need to talk

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By Karen Carvajal, M.D. Over the course of human history we have come a long way in our fight against the threat of infectious diseases and, despite several close calls, we have survived. The 20th century featured a plethora of advancements in the field of infection control: Vaccine campaigns, improvements in sanitation and salubrity, and […]

COVID-19: HHS explains “Operation Warp Speed”

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA On Friday, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted a succinct 4-page document titled “Explaining Operation Warp Speed.” The summary begins by answering three questions: What is the goal [of OWS]? How will the goal will be accomplished? Who is working on OWS? It moves to […]

CDC urges physicians, parents to be on lookout for AFM, a polio-like illness seen predominately in children

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With 2018 data showing highest incidence acute flaccid myelitis since monitoring began, officials say awareness, recognition of rare life threatening condition will be crucial to early intervention As seasonal influenza gathers force this fall, and the spread of COVID-19 remains a central concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday called for readiness to […]

Racism, not race, is a risk factor for infectious diseases

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By Ayesha Khan, Ph.D. As the COVID-19 pandemic circles the world, every country that confronts it has unique challenges when it comes to their pandemic responses. The United States has some of the greatest structural challenges, and they run deep. America is combatting a pandemic — COVID-19 — in the context of a more than […]

COVID-19: FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a vaccine in the fall of 2020 means the time for public dialogue is August      

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA The only past U.S. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for any vaccine was in January 2005 for the licensed (since 1970) anthrax vaccine to be used in military personnel “for prevention of inhalation anthrax for individuals between 18 and 65 years of age who are deemed […]

First large-scale “real world” U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trial begins, with hopes for end-of-year results, mass distribution in 2021

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Phase III trial launch reached with unprecedented speed, no compromises, NIH leaders say With a shot administered to a volunteer in Savannah, Georgia, late-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against COVID-19 began this morning, with hopes for results that could see an effective preventive tool against the disease by the end of the […]

COVID-19: Mask policy appears to have controlled spread of virus at Missouri salon

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With two stylists confirmed to have the virus, 139 customers as well as colleagues were tracked. None showed signs of infection. Adhering to local ordinance on masks can make a difference, CDC says . . . By the time a hair stylist in Springfield, Missouri received her test results showing she had COVID-19, she had […]

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: 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 […]