Tag Archives: Covid-19

Dr. Fauci Speaks: Takeaways from a discussion on COVID-19

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National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci talked with Dr. Carlos del Rio for an Infectious Diseases Society of America podcast, released today, on challenges of, and answers to, the COVID-19 pandemic. The two physician scientists, both IDSA members, discussed the outlook for a safe and effective vaccine, testing strategies needed, […]

Racism, not race, is a risk factor for infectious diseases

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By Ayesha Khan, Ph.D. As the COVID-19 pandemic circles the world, every country that confronts it has unique challenges when it comes to their pandemic responses. The United States has some of the greatest structural challenges, and they run deep. America is combatting a pandemic — COVID-19 — in the context of a more than […]

COVID-19: Eight questions for the WHO team going to China next week to investigate pandemic origins

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA Today the South China Morning Post reported that on Monday the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Gehbreysus stated “We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started . . .We will be sending a team next week to […]

COVID-19: In Beijing a new outbreak linked with large market “Xinfadi” 

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By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA In a growing series of events in Beijing over the past 48 hours a new outbreak has been reported with an epidemiological link to the largest food market, called “Xinfadi”, in the city. The main China Center for Disease Control in Beijing, and the overarching China National Health […]

As the year to start ending HIV as an epidemic began, a pandemic changed everything

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A physician in one of America’s “hot spots” looks at challenges and opportunities The following is a guest post by Diana Finkel, D.O.  Dr. Finkel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She has been a community medical provider […]

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: House cats with SARS-CoV-2 are two first domestic animals in U.S. confirmed with the virus, highlighting further monitoring needs

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Cases in New York cats identified through laboratory’s “passive surveillance” of samples from household pets Findings indicate need to isolate animals sick with the virus, as well as people After a week of lethargy, sneezing and watery eyes, a 4-year-old domestic short hair cat on Long Island earned himself a trip to the veterinarian. There, […]

Some of those most impacted by COVID-19 are young – and living with HIV

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the board of directors of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. He answered questions from Science Speaks on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth living […]

COVID-19: Disproportionate impacts on Latinx populations highlight how structural discrimination allows disease to spread

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. He answered questions from Science Speaks on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latinx populations in the United States. Latinx […]

China CDC Director on COVID-19: “ . . . the market is just another victim. The virus existed before the infections happened in the market”

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The following is a guest post by Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA A crucial mile marker in the marathon to understand when and where the Covid-19 pandemic began has been crossed. The China Center for Disease Control Director, Dr. George Fu Gao (Gao Fu) was quoted in the South China Morning Post May 23 […]