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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Association of Public Health Laboratories Urges White House to Bolster Coronavirus Response Funding

Association of Public Health Laboratories Urges White House to Bolster Coronavirus Response Funding

In a letter to the White House and Congress, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and partners today requested supplemental appropriations to expand and strengthen public…

University of Queensland COVID-19 Vaccine Goes Into Test Production

University of Queensland COVID-19 Vaccine Goes Into Test Production

A University of Queensland team has met a key milestone in their fast-tracked research to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus, COVID-19. In just three…

Tulane National Primate Research Center Launches Coronavirus Research Program

Tulane National Primate Research Center Launches Coronavirus Research Program

From working to develop one of the first nonhuman primate models for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to designing new therapeutic strategies and nanotechnology-based…

Permanent Funding Mechanism for Public Health Emergencies Introduced in New Legislation

Permanent Funding Mechanism for Public Health Emergencies Introduced in New Legislation

A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators have introduced the Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act to create a permanent funding mechanism to ensure quick and…

Senators Call on Trump Administration to Immediately Fill Global Health Security Position

Senators Call on Trump Administration to Immediately Fill Global Health Security Position

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and 26 of his Senate colleagues called on National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien in a Feb. 18 letter to appoint…

Why It’s Important to Study Coronaviruses in African Bats

Why It’s Important to Study Coronaviruses in African Bats

The current outbreak of a new coronavirus disease, named COVID-19, raises the question of where diseases like this come from and where the risks lie.…

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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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