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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Shutdown of PREDICT Infectious Disease Program Challenged by Senators Warren and King

Shutdown of PREDICT Infectious Disease Program Challenged by Senators Warren and King

United States Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today requesting information regarding…

Barragán Calls for FBI Investigation into Misinformation Intentionally Spread About Coronavirus

Barragán Calls for FBI Investigation into Misinformation Intentionally Spread About Coronavirus

Today, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán called for a full FBI investigation into those who intended to cause public panic by sending a fraudulent notice about…

BARDA Seeks Input from Suppliers on Potential SARS-CoV-2 Medical Countermeasures

BARDA Seeks Input from Suppliers on Potential SARS-CoV-2 Medical Countermeasures

To support U.S. government medical countermeasure research and development in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority (BARDA) is providing a…

Declaration of Public Health Emergency Clears Path for FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Rapid Diagnostic

Declaration of Public Health Emergency Clears Path for FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Rapid Diagnostic

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern…

Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in…

U.S. Senators Demand WHO Give Taiwan Critical Coronavirus Information

U.S. Senators Demand WHO Give Taiwan Critical Coronavirus Information

A group of Republican Senators, led by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), today sent a letter to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concerning Taiwan’s…

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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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