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COVID-19: Will high-tide waves and low-tide waves continue across America? Over 20,000 new cases and 800 deaths since yesterday

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH FIDSA As the number of reported people confirmed with COVID-19 in the United States crosses 2 million and the number of deaths crosses 113,000 (reference: Johns Hopkins University), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website reports 20,486 new cases and 834 deaths since yesterday.  What will tomorrow, […]

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: What happened here? CDC says four factors fueled unchecked spread . . .

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But agency notes continued testing, knowledge gaps . . . In late February, the United States was home to just 53 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19. That month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had separated categories of COVID-19 case counts in a way the agency hoped would accurately reflect risks […]

COVID-19: Among patients hospitalized with coronavirus, a quarter of patients did not fit recognized high-risk categories

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With comparable outcomes, patients who were black made more than 80% of those hospitalized, disproportionate to numbers hospitalized overall One in four patients hospitalized because of COVID-19 did not fall into any of the categories recognized as putting people at higher risk for more severe illness, according to data on 305 patients admitted to eight […]

COVID-19: As awareness of coronavirus grew, exposure to cleaners and disinfectants marked rising calls to poison control centers

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A preschooler with a blood alcohol level more than three times the level most states consider too drunk to drive had fallen and hit her head when she was taken to the hospital. On the way there, she vomited and on arrival was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. A 64-ounce bottle of ethanol-based […]

Now, more than ever, U.S. policies should reflect the value of flu vaccines

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The following is a guest post by Erin Keizur, Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH While the devastating impacts of COVID-19 to individuals, to our most vulnerable populations, to our lives, our infrastructures and our economies have highlighted the harms that an efficiently transmitted respiratory viral illnesses can bring, the current pandemic also has demonstrated the […]

Covid-19: CDC reports issue with reagent used in PCR test sent to states and overseas — a Q&A

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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 an epidemic of 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan China, since Jan. 7. He continues to respond to and break down developments and data on the outbreak here. […]

U.S. drug costs lead to lapsed treatment adherence, less viral suppression, more ER, hospital visits for people with HIV, study finds

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From 2016 to 2017, 14% of people living with HIV in the United States did something to save money on the out-of-pocket costs of their prescription medicine. Some asked their provider for a lower-priced medicine. Some bought their medicine from another country. Some used an alternative therapy. About half of them — 7 % of […]

IDWeek 2019: When violent DRC conflict sidelines Ebola responders, a relentless epidemic, and innovation follow

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WASHINGTON, DC – It was August of 2018 when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deployed public health officer Dr. Mary Choi to Beni as part of a small group responding to the outbreak of Ebola that had been recognized in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the beginning of the month. […]

With data on largest AFM outbreak yet, CDC urges readiness to recognize, report cases

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With a report showing that 2018 yielded the highest case numbers seen so far of a paralyzing condition largely among children who had been sick with a respiratory virus, U.S. health officials today urged physicians to be ready to quickly test for and report acute flaccid myelitis as the season in which is its likeliest […]