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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Convalescent Plasma Therapy: Johns Hopkins Releases Guidebook, Penn Medicine and UChicago Start Trials

Convalescent Plasma Therapy: Johns Hopkins Releases Guidebook, Penn Medicine and UChicago Start Trials

A team of Johns Hopkins experts has created a clinical guidebook to help hospitals and medical centers rapidly scale up their ability to deliver so-called…

NIST Tool Could Help Hospitals Repurpose Rooms for Disinfecting N95 Masks

NIST Tool Could Help Hospitals Repurpose Rooms for Disinfecting N95 Masks

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals across the United States are disinfecting N95 masks by placing them in repurposed rooms or shipping containers injected…

Washington State Recalls 12,000 COVID-19 Test Kits Due to Possible Contamination

Washington State Recalls 12,000 COVID-19 Test Kits Due to Possible Contamination

On April 17, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health was alerted by UW Medicine to discontinue use of a recently-procured batch of COVID-19 specimen…

UW Medicine Virology Lab Will Test for Past Infections of New Coronavirus

UW Medicine Virology Lab Will Test for Past Infections of New Coronavirus

The tests are expected to improve medical understanding of the virus, including how long antibodies stay in the body and if they provide immunity. A…

USF Study: COVID-19 Possibly Striking More Children Than Expected

USF Study: COVID-19 Possibly Striking More Children Than Expected

The number of children infected with the coronavirus is far more extensive than what is currently reported — a hidden detail that could vastly underestimate…

Antiviral Remdesivir Prevents Disease Progression in Monkeys with COVID-19

Antiviral Remdesivir Prevents Disease Progression in Monkeys with COVID-19

Early treatment with the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir significantly reduced clinical disease and damage to the lungs of rhesus macaques infected with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus…

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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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CEPI to Fund Development of Multiple Candidate Vaccines Against the Novel Coronavirus

CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, today announced the initiation of three programmes to develop vaccines against the novel coronavirus, nCoV-2019. The programmes will leverage rapid…

Inovio Selected by CEPI to Develop Vaccine Against New Coronavirus

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has awarded Inovio a grant of up to $9 million to develop a vaccine against…

Inovio Selected by CEPI to Develop Vaccine Against New Coronavirus

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has awarded Inovio a grant of up to $9 million to develop a vaccine against…

German Researchers Develop 1st Test for New Coronavirus

Researchers from the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have developed a new laboratory assay to detect the novel Chinese coronavirus. The assay protocol has now…

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