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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Researchers Identify Multiple Molecules that Shut Down SARS-Cov-2 Polymerase Reaction

Researchers Identify Multiple Molecules that Shut Down SARS-Cov-2 Polymerase Reaction

A library of molecules with unique structural and chemical features inhibit the novel coronavirus polymerase, a key drug target for COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus causing…

Whole-Town Study Reveals Large Percentage of Asymptomatic COVID-19 Cases

Whole-Town Study Reveals Large Percentage of Asymptomatic COVID-19 Cases

A study of COVID-19 in the quarantined Italian town of Vò, where most of the population was tested, reveals the importance of asymptomatic cases. The…

COVID-19 Causes Blood-Clotting Cells to Go Into Overdrive

COVID-19 Causes Blood-Clotting Cells to Go Into Overdrive

Changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious complications in some patients who have…

NDAA Amendment Proposes Further Scale Up of PPE and Diagnostic Supplies

NDAA Amendment Proposes Further Scale Up of PPE and Diagnostic Supplies

“We need more testing supplies, more testing, and more personal protective equipment for workers on the frontlines of this pandemic.” U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)…

Lessons for COVID-19 Pandemic from the Massive Public Health Effort to Eradicate Smallpox

Lessons for COVID-19 Pandemic from the Massive Public Health Effort to Eradicate Smallpox

Smallpox was a terrible scourge on humanity, killing hundreds of millions of people over the centuries. But its origin remains obscure. Egyptian mummies from 3,000…

5 Ways the World is Better Off Dealing With a Pandemic Now Than in 1918

5 Ways the World is Better Off Dealing With a Pandemic Now Than in 1918

Near the end of the First World War, a deadly flu raced across the globe. The influenza pandemic became the most severe pandemic in recent…

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The U.S. Government Efforts to Build Low-Cost Ventilators Hit Industry Resistance Over Past Decade

The U.S. Government Efforts to Build Low-Cost Ventilators Hit Industry Resistance Over Past Decade

Thirteen years ago, a group of U.S. public health officials came up with a plan to address what they regarded as one of the medical…

Coronavirus Pandemic Bond Payouts Likely to Be Held Up By Fine Print

Coronavirus Pandemic Bond Payouts Likely to Be Held Up By Fine Print

Investors are looking at big losses in two “pandemic bonds,” issued by the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) in 2017, which were…

USAMRIID: America’s Key Lab for Fighting Infectious Diseases Has Become a Pentagon Backwater

USAMRIID: America’s Key Lab for Fighting Infectious Diseases Has Become a Pentagon Backwater

At the White House briefing Wednesday on efforts to combat COVID-19, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he had just visited the U.S. Army Medical…

How Did Florida Hire 100 Epidemiologists in a Weekend?

How Did Florida Hire 100 Epidemiologists in a Weekend?

Last week, Florida health officials found themselves overwhelmed. The state’s disease experts were working around the clock to trace the rapidly spreading coronavirus, and the…

US Authorities Failing to Conduct Contact Tracing, a Cornerstone of Outbreak Response

US Authorities Failing to Conduct Contact Tracing, a Cornerstone of Outbreak Response

If the US forgoes contact tracing in favour of aggressive social-distancing measures alone, the country risks the outbreak worsening, and lockdown measures such as school…

NASA Enacts Stage 2 Pandemic Response Posture

NASA Enacts Stage 2 Pandemic Response Posture

NASA leadership announced on Mar. 14 enactment of Stage 2 of the agency’s Response Framework for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In Stage 2, telework…

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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

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Abbott Launches Laboratory-Based Antibody Blood Test with Manufacturing Scaling Targets

Abbott announced today the launch of its third COVID-19 test, a lab-based serology blood test for the detection of the antibody, IgG, that identifies if a person…

BARDA Facilitates Development of Immunotherapies for COVID-19 Patients

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will collaborate with multiple non-government organizations on the development of convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin immunotherapies. These treatments…

BARDA and Vela Diagnostics partner to develop rapid diagnostic test for the COVID-19

BARDA and Vela Diagnostics USA, Inc. are entering into a partnership to develop a rapid diagnostic test for use on two instrument platforms to aid in the…

Ridgeback Receives UK Clearance to Begin Human Testing of Antiviral for COVID-19

Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced clearance by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for an orally available antiviral compound, EIDD-2801, to begin human testing.  This action…

BARDA Supports DiaSorin to Develop a Fully Automated Serology Test to Detect COVID-19 Infections

BARDA is collaborating with DiaSorin to develop a clinical laboratory test to identify people who have been infected with the SARS-COV-2 virus but have recovered. Known as…

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