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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 […]

COVID-19: On initial autopsies and lung transplants

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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 the outbreak, now linked global epidemics of COVID-19. He continues to respond to and break down developments and data on the continued spread of the virus. He has just returned from a […]

COVID 19: Worsening PPE shortages threaten responses to outbreaks, WHO warns

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Shortages of masks, goggles, gloves and other gear needed to protect health workers from infection are threatening responses of to the spread of COVID-19 globally amid what World Health Organization Director-General today called “severe and increasing disruption” to global supplies of the medical equipment. Increased demand, as well as unneeded use, and panic hoarding personal […]

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 […]

COVID-19: In Amb. Birx, the White House gets a scientist, physician, public health expert and global health realist as response coordinator

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If the criteria for the selection announced Wednesday night of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 seemed less than obvious to public health experts, another appointment announced today may bring a measure of reassurance. Mr. Pence faced criticism in his most prominent previous role in a […]

Covid-19: As its toll surpasses 1000 lives, the new coronavirus outbreak gets a name

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Covid-19 is announced as China case count surges past 40,000, as 13th patient diagnosed in U.S. Dr. Tedros also notes that struggle to end DRC Ebola outbreak continues Unheard of, and across most of the world unrecognized until two months ago, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus that as of today has taken more […]

2019-nCoV: Spread of coronavirus highlights need for strengthened global health security

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The following is a guest post by Judith Wasserheit, M.D., M.P.H. FIDSA and Krutika Kuppalli, M.D. With the dawn of a new decade, the world is confronted with a new infectious disease challenge, in the spread of a novel coronavirus that has rapidly infected more than 24,000 people in 25 countries and resulted in more […]

2019 nCoV: Spread of novel coronavirus is a PHEIC, WHO says

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Decision moved by concerns about potential spread to countries with weaker health systems, Tedros says The epidemic in China of a novel coronavirus — 2019-nCoV — and its continued spread to a growing number of countries around the world, is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (a PHEIC), World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom […]

2019 nCoV: CDC reports first person-to-person spread in Illinois

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The first confirmed instance of person-to-person transmission of the new coronavirus — 2019-nCoV — to occur in the United States has been confirmed in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. The sixth person to be diagnosed with the virus here is the husband of the second confirmed patient, a Chicago […]

2019 nCoV: The need for readily available expertise has never been more critical

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The following is a guest post by Thomas File, Jr., MD, FIDSA Over recent weeks, United States Department of Health and Services officials have emphasized two points that should guide public health responses, as numbers of patients and countries affected by the novel coronavirus – 2019-nCoV – continues to climb: That the risk posed by […]