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Mayo Clinic Research Uses Web Search Analytics to Predict COVID Hotspots

Mayo Clinic Research Uses Web Search Analytics to Predict COVID Hotspots

Web-based analytics have demonstrated their value in predicting the spread of infectious disease, and a new study from Mayo Clinic indicates the value of analyzing…

Emerging Infections Network – Managing Travelers Who Acquire Disease Abroad

Emerging Infections Network – Managing Travelers Who Acquire Disease Abroad

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY CDC research activities regarding international travelers at multiple sites are limited. Proposals are now being accepted under a new effort focused on determining…

Study Identifies 4 Metabolites of Importance to COVID-19 Disease Detection

Study Identifies 4 Metabolites of Importance to COVID-19 Disease Detection

A new study suggests that SARS-CoV-2 affects the human body’s blood concentration levels of specific metabolites – small molecules broken down in the human body…

SARS-CoV-2 Isn’t Spread Very Well By the Small Droplets That Linger Longest

SARS-CoV-2 Isn’t Spread Very Well By the Small Droplets That Linger Longest

Aerosol microdroplets, the tiny particles that linger in the air longest after we talk, cough, or sneeze, do not appear to be extremely efficient at…

New Study Casts Doubt on Benefit of Tocilizumab for Worsening Cases of COVID-19

New Study Casts Doubt on Benefit of Tocilizumab for Worsening Cases of COVID-19

The drug tocilizumab (Actemra) does not reduce the need for breathing assistance with mechanical ventilation or prevent death in moderately ill hospitalized patients with COVID-19,…

Keep Focus on Emerging Infections, Disease X: Analysts

Keep Focus on Emerging Infections, Disease X: Analysts

Research funding for emerging infectious diseases rarely reaches the countries where such diseases do the most harm, according to new data analysis that highlights how…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Interview with a Virus-Hunter

Interview with a Virus-Hunter

Dr. Staples is a CDC epidemiologist who led the response to the tick-borne Heartland virus and created a tracking registry that has documented 50 infections…

Biodefense Headlines – 25 October 2020

Biodefense Headlines – 25 October 2020

News highlights on health security threats and countermeasures curated by Global Biodefense This week’s selections include rural biosurveillance for pandemic preparedness, high hopes (and hurdles)…

Operation Warp Speed’s Big Vaccine Contracts Could Stay Secret

Operation Warp Speed’s Big Vaccine Contracts Could Stay Secret

Instead of entering into contracts directly with vaccine makers, more than $6 billion in Operation Warp Speed funding has been routed through a defense contract…

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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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JOURNAL HUBS

“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

The Lancet 2019-nCoV Resource Center

Springer Nature Novel Coronavirus Articles

The BMJ Coronavirus Free Online Resources

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

BioRxiv Preprint Server *(Caution: information not yet peer-reviewed)

ASM Journal Network Coronavirus Articles American Society for Microbiology

RSTMH Coronavirus Collection


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INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE

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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STATE RESOURCES

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Arkansas Department of Health

Arkansas Public Health Laboratory

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Kentucky Division of Laboratory Service

State Health Officials Actively Monitoring for 2019 Novel Coronavirus 1/29 DPH

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