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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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…

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…

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WHO Asks for $675 Million in Q1 to Stop Coronavirus Epidemic

WHO Asks for $675 Million in Q1 to Stop Coronavirus Epidemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed to the international community for $675 million to boost international measures to counter the new…

Report on Asymptomatic Spread of Coronavirus Based on Faulty Information

Report on Asymptomatic Spread of Coronavirus Based on Faulty Information

A paper published on 30 January in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)  about the first four people in Germany infected with a novel coronavirus made many headlines…

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Threatens to Become Pandemic

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Threatens to Become Pandemic

New coronavirus has now reached more than 20 countries from China, where the epidemic or disease outbreak began over a month ago. Experts are worried…

Health Officials Confirm Second Case of Coronavirus in Bay Area

Health Officials Confirm Second Case of Coronavirus in Bay Area

The Santa Clara Public Health Department said today that a second case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Bay Area and the ninth in the…

Washington State Preparing for Possible Coronavirus Repatriation Flights

Washington State Preparing for Possible Coronavirus Repatriation Flights

Karina Shagren with Washington state’s Emergency Management Division says the state is assessing airfields, housing and resources that could accommodate Americans being repatriated from regions…

UK Chief Medical Officer Confirms Cases of Coronavirus in England

UK Chief Medical Officer Confirms Cases of Coronavirus in England

In a 31 January statement, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty confirmed two cases of novel coronavirus in England. “We can confirm that two patients…

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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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“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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JAMA Network 2019-nCoV

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Free Coronavirus Sequencing Kits for Researchers Offered by U-M Startup

As doctors, scientists and governments try to get a grip on COVID-19, the University of Michigan startup Arbor Biosciences is providing free kits to capture the genetic…

BD, BioGX Announce FDA EUA Submissions for New COVID-19 Diagnostics

BD and BioGX Inc today announced that the companies have submitted Emergency Use Authorization requests to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for new diagnostic tests…

Regeneron and Sanofi Begin Global Clinical Trial for Use of Sarilumab in Severe COVID-19 Patients

U.S. Phase 2/3 trial initiated and will begin enrolling patients immediately Regeneron is leading U.S. trials, Sanofi will lead upcoming ex-U.S. trials Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and announced on Mar. 16…

Moderna Announces First Participant Dosed in Phase 1 Study of mRNA Coronavirus Vaccine

Moderna, Inc. a clinical stage biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines today announced that the first participant has been dosed in the Phase 1…

CEPI Gets €140 Million Funding Boost From Germany While Expanding Coronavirus Vaccine Search

The German Government’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced on Mar. 11 an additional €140 million (US$157 million) to support the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations’…

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