Tag Archives: Novel Coronavirus

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: 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: This pandemic offers a lesson we must learn before the next

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The following is a guest post by Manish Kumar, MPH, MS, and Jim Thomas of MEASURE Evaluation, and Bobby Jefferson of DAI Global Health When the sickness and deaths subside, when ventilators and face masks are back in storerooms, when health workers don’t fear for their lives as they work, and when families and friends […]

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: As spread outside China rises, CDC warns community transmission in U.S. is likely

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Message marks significant escalation in tone, as WHO China mission team leader describes scope, impacts of country’s response, calls for global “shift in mindsets” Federal officials expect to see community spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the United States, and are preparing for the potential need to launch measures that could include […]

COVID-19: WHO mission chief says China’s measures likely averted hundreds of thousands of coronavirus cases

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Citing on-the-ground evidence that new cases of COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV — have declined in China by 80% in recent weeks, the leader of a World Health Organization-appointed team of international experts that traveled there in search of answers on the virus, its impacts and resources needed to contain […]

COVID-19: We’re reading about the spread of the virus and what needs to happen now

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A weekend after noting that the “window of opportunity” that he alludes to daily appears to be “narrowing,” World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that sudden case increases in Italy, Iran and South Korea counted in the latest WHO reports are “deeply concerning.” While a steady decline in China cases should indicate […]

Covid-19: As State Department recommends travelers “reconsider” Asia cruise ship travel, CDC separate case count of “repatriated”

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Moves come as WHO DG Tedros warns amid sluggish international funding response that “the window of opportunity” to control coronavirus spread is “narrowing” Reflecting rising concerns of community spread in countries outside of China, and a more than doubling of U.S. cases with the return of Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was […]

China discloses 1,716 healthcare workers with Covid-19: Feb. 14, 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 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. […]