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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Engineers Design UV Stations to Aid Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Engineers Design UV Stations to Aid Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into its second month across the U.S., supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks and face shields…

A New Optical Biosensor for the COVID-19 Virus

A New Optical Biosensor for the COVID-19 Virus

Jing Wang and his team at Empa and ETH Zurich usually work on measuring, analyzing and reducing airborne pollutants such as aerosols and artificially produced…

Health Security Today – 21 April 2020

Health Security Today – 21 April 2020

Contents FEATUREDInside the Effort to Repurpose a Manufacturing Platform to Produce COVID-19 VaccinesWVU Center for Inhalation Toxicology Unmasks Effective N95 AlternativesNew COVID-19 Data Tools Coming…

Isolation Chamber Invented by Army Doctors Protects Staff from Pathogens

Isolation Chamber Invented by Army Doctors Protects Staff from Pathogens

Army doctors working at hospitals within the Defense Health Agency have prototyped an isolation chamber that can be placed over the head and chest of…

WashU Researchers Granted Federal Funding for Plasmonic-Fluor Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Test

WashU Researchers Granted Federal Funding for Plasmonic-Fluor Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Test

Engineers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have received federal funding for a rapid COVID-19 test using a newly…

New COVID-19 Data Tools Coming Online to Help Tackle Pandemic

New COVID-19 Data Tools Coming Online to Help Tackle Pandemic

Thousands of researchers across the globe have been working tirelessly to study the new coronavirus, generating enormous amounts of information. Here we highlight some recently…

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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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Inovio, Beijing Advaccine Collaborate to Advance INO-4800 Vaccine

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it is collaborating with Beijing Advaccine Biotechnology Co. to advance the development in China of INO-4800, Inovio’s vaccine against the recently…

AbCellera is Mobilizing a Response to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak as Part of its DARPA P3 Program

AbCellera confirms that it is mobilizing its pandemic response platform against the ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating in Wuhan, China. Since 2018, under the…

UNICEF Ships 6 Metric Tons of Supplies to Support China’s Response to Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

On 28 January 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark, protective equipment is loaded on a truck at UNICEF’s global supply hub in Copenhagen to go to the airport where…

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Commits $10 Million to Global Response to 2019-nCoV

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that it is immediately committing $10 million in emergency funds and corresponding technical support to help frontline responders in…

Sirnaomics Advances RNAi-Based Prophylactics and Therapeutics to Battle SARI Caused by 2019-nCoV

Sirnaomics Inc., a leading biopharmaceutical company in discovery and development of novel RNAi therapeutics, announced today that it has mobilized its research teams both in USA and…

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