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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COVIDScholar: AI Tool Sifts Through Thousands of Papers to Guide Researchers

COVIDScholar: AI Tool Sifts Through Thousands of Papers to Guide Researchers

The scientific community worldwide has mobilized with unprecedented speed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, and the emerging research output is staggering. Every day, hundreds of…

How is Used PPE Disposed of During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

How is Used PPE Disposed of During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen more and more people admitted to hospital, where the high infection rate of the virus makes…

The Challenges of Developing a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine

The Challenges of Developing a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine

The goal of a vaccine is to trigger a response that safely protects against an infection and/or the burden of disease. While this is true…

Bug Zapper Uses UV-C Light to Enable Sterilization and Reuse of N95 Masks

Bug Zapper Uses UV-C Light to Enable Sterilization and Reuse of N95 Masks

Lehigh University team led by Nelson Tansu collaborates with local hospital St. Luke’s University Health Network on device to ensure sterile masks Right around the…

A Close Relative of SARS-Cov-2 Found in Bats Offers More Evidence It Evolved Naturally

A Close Relative of SARS-Cov-2 Found in Bats Offers More Evidence It Evolved Naturally

There is ongoing debate among policymakers and the general public about where SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, came from. While researchers consider bats the…

NAU Launches Testing Service Center to Evaluate COVID-19 Drug Candidates

NAU Launches Testing Service Center to Evaluate COVID-19 Drug Candidates

The Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at NAU is testing new drugs and decontamination agents against the SARS-CoV-2 virus to identify new therapies and protective procedures,…

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Novel Coronavirus R0 1.4-2.5 According to Preliminary Estimates

Novel Coronavirus R0 1.4-2.5 According to Preliminary Estimates

After the announcement of new containment measures in Wuhan on 22 January, the Director-General asked the Emergency Committee to reconvene on 23 January to study…

WHO Panel Puts Off Decision on Declaration of PHEIC

WHO Panel Puts Off Decision on Declaration of PHEIC

After two days of deliberations, the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Committee was divided on whether to declare a an official Public Health Emergency of…

Coronavirus Deaths Are So Far Mostly Older Men, Many With Previous Health Issues

Coronavirus Deaths Are So Far Mostly Older Men, Many With Previous Health Issues

China’s health commission today released the most complete details to date about the 17 confirmed deaths from the disease. An examination of the information provided…

Japan Confirms First Case of New China Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

Japan Confirms First Case of New China Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

Japan’s Health Ministry said in a statement on Jan. 15 that a Chinese man in his 30s tested positive for the novel pneumonia-like coronavirus (2019-nCoV).…

China Reports First Death From Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in Wuhan

China Reports First Death From Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in Wuhan

Chinese state media on Saturday reported the first known death from a new virus that has infected dozens of people in China and set off…

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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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Janssen Scientists Collaborate with BIDMC Virology Lab to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Johnson & Johnson today announced that its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies have entered a collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to support the development of…

FDA Issues EUA to Thermo Fisher Scientific for COVID-19 Diagnostic

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA)…

LabCorp Launches Test for COVID-19

LabCorp® is making its LabCorp 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAA test available today for ordering by physicians or other authorized healthcare providers anywhere in the U.S. The…

CureVac CEO Discusses Coronavirus Vaccine Development with White House Leadership

Daniel Menichella, CEO of biopharmaceutical company CureVac, was today invited to the White House to discuss strategies and opportunities for the rapid development and production of a…

Pfizer Provides Comment on COVID-19 White House Meeting

Pfizer Inc. announced that today Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer Mikael Dolsten participated in a meeting with other pharmaceutical companies about various ways to develop vaccines and therapeutics…

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