The W.H.O. announced on Feb. 11 a new name for the disease caused by the current novel coronavirus epidemic: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). As for the virus itself, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses has decided on SARS-CoV-2, which “formally recognizes this virus as a sister to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses.” #COVID19 and #SARSCoV2 are the common social media signatures we are encouraging people use.

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NIAID-Led Study of COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Supports Advance to Phase 3 Human Trials

NIAID-Led Study of COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Supports Advance to Phase 3 Human Trials

Two doses of an experimental vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  induced robust immune responses and rapidly controlled the coronavirus in the upper and…

The Role Nuclear-Related Techniques Play in Fighting Zoonotic Diseases

The Role Nuclear-Related Techniques Play in Fighting Zoonotic Diseases

Nuclear-derived techniques, such as tests using real time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), are important tools in the detection and characterization of viruses. The IAEA…

Relief Funds Being Used to Pay Hospital Shareholders at the Expense of Frontline Health Care Workers

Relief Funds Being Used to Pay Hospital Shareholders at the Expense of Frontline Health Care Workers

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is raising questions for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about the use of funding appropriated by Congress to…

COVID-19 Mistakes in Texas: What Other States Can Learn as Younger People Get Sick

COVID-19 Mistakes in Texas: What Other States Can Learn as Younger People Get Sick

The July 4 holiday weekend usually means cookouts and big gatherings in Texas, but right now, the state is facing a public health catastrophe. Hospitals…

The U.S. Isn’t In a Second Wave of Coronavirus – the First Wave Never Ended

The U.S. Isn’t In a Second Wave of Coronavirus – the First Wave Never Ended

After sustained declines in the number of COVID-19 cases over recent months, restrictions are starting to ease across the United States. Numbers of new cases…

Coronavirus Can Cause Lasting Lung Damage – But the Effects May Ease Over Time

Coronavirus Can Cause Lasting Lung Damage – But the Effects May Ease Over Time

We know a lot about the symptoms of severe COVID-19, but relatively little about what happens after someone recovers. Could there be long-term effects? Let’s…

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CDC Coronavirus Test Kit Failure Due to Contamination

CDC Coronavirus Test Kit Failure Due to Contamination

Fallout from the agency’s failed rollout of national coronavirus kits two months ago continues to haunt U.S. efforts to combat the spread of the highly…

Health Care Workers Seek Legal Immunity During Pandemic Response

Health Care Workers Seek Legal Immunity During Pandemic Response

In both the US and UK, health care workers are being asked to make triage decisions based on supply shortages and work outside their expertise…

Hospitals Need Dialysis Equipment as Thousands of Coronavirus Patients Develop Kidney Problems

Hospitals Need Dialysis Equipment as Thousands of Coronavirus Patients Develop Kidney Problems

New reporting indicates approximately 20 percent of COVID-19 patients in intensive care need the kidney treatment, often for weeks, prompting federal officials to discuss the…

Nothing About NYC’s High Outbreak Numbers Was Inevitable

Nothing About NYC’s High Outbreak Numbers Was Inevitable

Research by the epidemiologists Britta and Nicholas Jewell suggests that 90 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented by enacting…

Disease Containment Policies Much Harder to Implement in Dense Communities That Lack Running Water

Disease Containment Policies Much Harder to Implement in Dense Communities That Lack Running Water

In high-income countries, massive debt-financed fiscal packages will help households and businesses “keep the lights on,” and to keep the economic infrastructure in place to…

Google Releases COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Google Releases COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Google Maps today published an early release of the company’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports to provide insights for public health officials into what has changed in response…

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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus — United States, January 2020

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) On January 17, CDC and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection began health screenings at U.S.…

Bats’ Fierce Immune Systems Drive Viruses To Higher Virulence, Making Them Deadlier in Humans

A new University of California, Berkeley, study finds that bats’ fierce immune response to viruses could drive viruses to replicate faster, so that when they jump to…

Steroids Could Do More Harm Than Good in Treating Coronavirus

Steroids should be avoided in the treatment of the current novel coronavirus, experts have advised. A commentary article published in The Lancet concludes that, based on evidence from previous…

A Pneumonia Outbreak Associated with a New Coronavirus of Probable Bat Origin

NOTE: The following paper (.pdf) is undergoing accelerated peer-review. Abstract follows: Since the SARS outbreak 18 years ago, a large number of severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronaviruses…

Coronavirus and Brexit: UK Must Act Quickly Before Being Shut out of Europe’s Health Protection System

The threat posed by 2019-nCoV and the fragmentation of existing health protection systems caused by Brexit call for urgent assessment of cross Europe cooperation, say Mark Flear…

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“We call on researchers, journals and funders to ensure that research findings and data relevant to this outbreak are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response and help save lives.” – Wellcome Trust

NEJM Novel Coronavirus

JAMA Network 2019-nCoV

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Springer Nature Novel Coronavirus Articles

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Novartis to Start Large, Randomized Trial of Hydroxychloroquine in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

Novartis has reached an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with a Phase III clinical trial with approximately 440 patients to evaluate…

IDEXX Makes Test for COVID-19 Available to Veterinarians Amid Rare Cases of Human-to-Pet Transmission

Understanding of COVID-19 and its effects on animal and human health is evolving rapidly. Leading health authorities and IDEXX veterinarians agree transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is…

Alexion to Initiate Phase 3 Study of Rare Blood-Disorder Drug in Severe COVID-19 Patients

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today it would start a late-stage study of its rare blood-disorder drug, Ultomiris, in COVID-19 patients hospitalized with severe pneumonia or acute respiratory…

BARDA and Hememics Collaborate to Develop Rapid Diagnostic to Identify SARS-CoV-2

BARDA is collaborating with Hememics Biotechnologies, Inc. on the development of a rapid, Bluetooth-connected SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test. The test is being designed to detect SARS-CoV-2 antigen from…

BARDA and Sanofi Prepare for Studies of COVID-19 Vaccine

BARDA and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines global business unit of Sanofi, are expanding their collaboration to develop a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. The previously announced research for a COVID-19…

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