Tag Archives: SARS COV-2

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 […]

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 […]

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: The virus arrives in war-torn Yemen where health care is challenged and hand-washing is hard to achieve

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The following is a guest post by Kwan Kew Lai, MD, DMD Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries has been devastated by civil war. It has the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million people in need, and about 10 million of them are on the brink of starvation, especially in the Houthis controlled […]

COVID-19: In Maryland and across America, disparate outcomes show impacts of inequities

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Allison Agwu, M.D., ScM is an associate professor of Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She cares for patients across the age spectrum, in both the pediatric and adult Ryan-White funded HIV clinics at Johns Hopkins, as the founder and medical director of the Accessing Care […]

COVID-19: Day 100 since the Wuhan market closed — where are the animals and their virus test results?  

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The following is a guest post by Daniel Lucey, M.D. MPH, FIDSA, FACP Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, has provided a series of updates and analysis on what is now the COVID-19 pandemic in Science Speaks posts since Jan. 6, first published Jan. 7. This is […]

COVID-19: A pandemic spells out needs for infectious diseases, global health security investments and leadership

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi It is 10 pm Eastern Standard Time, and an exhausted 79-year old man, who has managed to keep the façade of a 50-year-old man, with a sterling infectious disease career is on CNN fielding questions from a world thirsty for knowledge. The public and […]

Africa and COVID-19: Facts, figures, and myths

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The following is a guest post by Dr. Bertha Serwa Ayi China has been courting African nations for years. Chinese investment and infrastructure include the $200 million African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as a glistening medical school nestled in greenery of the Volta Region of Ghana. With the volume of Chinese […]

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 […]