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COVID 19: Over five days, gatherings at one church led to at least 61 infections, four deaths

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Over five days in the beginning of March, a series of events brought at least 94 people to an Arkansas church. On the sixth day, with the pastor, his wife and some of the congregants showing symptoms of COVID-19, the church closed. In the time in between, at least 35 people were exposed to and […]

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: The virus arrives in war-torn Yemen where health care is challenged and hand-washing is hard to achieve

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The following is a guest post by Kwan Kew Lai, MD, DMD Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries has been devastated by civil war. It has the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million people in need, and about 10 million of them are on the brink of starvation, especially in the Houthis controlled […]

COVID-19: In Maryland and across America, disparate outcomes show impacts of inequities

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Allison Agwu, M.D., ScM is an associate professor of Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She cares for patients across the age spectrum, in both the pediatric and adult Ryan-White funded HIV clinics at Johns Hopkins, as the founder and medical director of the Accessing Care […]

COVID-19: Rembrandt’s Belshazzar’s Feast in a time of chiaroscuro 2020

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Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on what is now the COVID-19 pandemic in Science Speaks posts since Jan. 6, first published Jan. 7. This is his 21st update on questions raised by the continued spread of, and responses […]

COVID-19: The HIV research advocacy movement offers lessons

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What we have learned from HIV can guide responses to COVID-19 that are innovative, effective and inclusive, and can help end the pandemic faster The following is a guest post by Stacey Hannah of AVAC In biomedical research, there is a “before HIV” era, and the world we live in now. Before HIV, most responses […]

COVID-19: Role of superinfections in novel coronavirus deaths highlights urgent need for sustainable development of new antibiotics

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The following is a guest post by Cornelius (Neil) J. Clancy, M.D. To date, there are limited data on superinfections associated with COVID-19, the pandemic disease caused by the novel coronavirus SAR-CoV-2. A handful of published reports, however, largely from China, suggest that bacterial and fungal superinfections may occur in a significant percentage of patients […]

COVID-19: A Los Angeles-based physician discusses challenges now, and ahead

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” . . . these are conversations we wish we all had yesterday, or three months ago . . .” The following is a guest post by Jennifer Jiwen Chang, M.D., AAHIVS Dr.Jennifer Chang is a family medicine physician and an HIV specialist, working in the infectious disease department at Kaiser Permanente, at the Los […]

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 […]