Category Archives: IDWeek 2020

IDWeek 2020: Smallpox eradication offers lessons 40 years on, but they’re not easy

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Four decades after it was made official, the eradication of smallpox remains a unique achievement. It is an achievement that stands as proof that a disease meeting the right biological criteria can, with the right strategy, be wiped from the face of the earth. But while attempted, it has not been duplicated. Nor, on examination, […]

IDWeek: A talk examines micro-epidemics, and the elusive solutions they require

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At a conference dominated by discussion of a coronavirus pandemic that, circling the globe, has led to the infections of more than 41 million people and killed more than a million, Dr. Judith Feinberg this week came to talk about a smaller scale public health challenge in a talk titled “HIV Micro-Epidemics: When HIV Comes […]

IDWeek 2020: A look at HIV, COVID-19 in America highlights the role of racism as a vector of infectious diseases

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The 2020 Edward H. Kass Lecture: “All policy is health policy” When the disparate and damaging impacts of HIV and AIDS on Black Americans across the United States finally began to draw notice in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the recognition came with an assumption. Those most affected by the epidemic, common wisdom had […]

IDWeek 2020: Dr. Frieden, WHO’s Dr. Ryan wrap up “Chasing the Sun” with a look at COVID-19 as a long term public health threat

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Get to know this new coronavirus well. “”We’re not halfway through it,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said, in the concluding session of “Chasing the Sun,” a 24-hour global view of the pandemic that opened IDWeek 2020’s virtual gathering of infectious diseases specialists worldwide. Calling the […]

IDWeek 2020: Dr. Fauci opens “Chasing the Sun” with a view of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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“His advice is honest and rooted in sound science,” former President George W. Bush “He’s the guy I’ve gone to since 1993 . . . and still do,” National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins “Thank you for what you do and who you are,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus The former President […]