Category Archives: COVID-19 Member Posts

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 […]

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 […]

2019 nCoV: With quarantines, novel coronavirus brings new and existing public health preparedness needs to the forefront

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The following is a guest post by Jeffrey Duchin, MD, FIDSA The quarantine and travel restrictions announced by the US federal government in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak may delay the onset of widespread transmission in the U.S., giving our public health systems and health care facilities more time to put mitigation plans in […]

UPDATED 1/12/20: Pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan City, China — FAQ

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Wuhan  City  in  the  Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China is on the Yangtze River and is the most populous city in central China. A major transportation hub, it is where a cluster of pneumonia cases began in December, with the first patient reported on Dec. 12. Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded […]

An ID physician addresses questions on pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan City, China

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Q & A: Pneumonia Outbreak in Wuhan City, China Daniel Lucey M.D. MPH, is an infectious diseases physician and adjunct professor of infectious diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center, a senior scholar at the Georgetown University O’Neil Institute, Anthropology Research Associate, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of […]