Category Archives: Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi posts

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: The world faces a common enemy

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The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, MD, FACP, FIDSA, MBA On February 28  I wrote a post on this blog about national preparedness plans and I drew an analogy between SARS-CoV-2 and a beast on the loose. The watchful eyes of the World Health Organization and all segments of our society […]

COVID-19: What to do about the global surge and why

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The following is a guest post by Bertha Serwa Ayi, MD, FACP, FIDSA, MBA America’s case load of more than 363,000 people confirmed sick with COVID-19 is about twice that of any other hard hit country such as Italy or Spain. We have seen more than 10,000 deaths. Spain has overtaken Italy as the most […]

COVID-19: A pandemic spells out needs for infectious diseases, global health security investments and leadership

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi It is 10 pm Eastern Standard Time, and an exhausted 79-year old man, who has managed to keep the façade of a 50-year-old man, with a sterling infectious disease career is on CNN fielding questions from a world thirsty for knowledge. The public and […]

Africa and COVID-19: Facts, figures, and myths

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi China has been courting African nations for years. Chinese investment and infrastructure include the $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as a glistening medical school nestled in greenery of the Volta Region of Ghana. With the volume of Chinese […]

COVID-19: A doctor explores preparedness in Ghana

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi A beast is on the loose. A disease named COVID-19. Wall Street has eyes on the beast and its potential to turn a bull market into a bear market. Like a beast with a fire-lit tail it is going from country to country lighting […]