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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NIST Tool Could Help Hospitals Repurpose Rooms for Disinfecting N95 Masks

NIST Tool Could Help Hospitals Repurpose Rooms for Disinfecting N95 Masks

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals across the United States are disinfecting N95 masks by placing them in repurposed rooms or shipping containers injected…

Washington State Recalls 12,000 COVID-19 Test Kits Due to Possible Contamination

Washington State Recalls 12,000 COVID-19 Test Kits Due to Possible Contamination

On April 17, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health was alerted by UW Medicine to discontinue use of a recently-procured batch of COVID-19 specimen…

UW Medicine Virology Lab Will Test for Past Infections of New Coronavirus

UW Medicine Virology Lab Will Test for Past Infections of New Coronavirus

The tests are expected to improve medical understanding of the virus, including how long antibodies stay in the body and if they provide immunity. A…

USF Study: COVID-19 Possibly Striking More Children Than Expected

USF Study: COVID-19 Possibly Striking More Children Than Expected

The number of children infected with the coronavirus is far more extensive than what is currently reported — a hidden detail that could vastly underestimate…

Guide for Primary Care COVID-19 Remote Consultation

Guide for Primary Care COVID-19 Remote Consultation

Nanyang Technical University Singapore scientist & peers collaborate to develop new guide for physicians adapting to increased need for remote assessments during pandemic. Primary care…

Surface Plasmon Resonance: New COVID-19 Test Quickly and Accurately Detects Viral RNA

Surface Plasmon Resonance: New COVID-19 Test Quickly and Accurately Detects Viral RNA

Millions of people have been tested for the novel coronavirus, most using a kit that relies on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This sensitive method…

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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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