The new coronavirus: What we do — and don’t — know

A rapidly evolving health story broke in late December when a novel illness originating in Wuhan, China made the news. Reports of the number of infected people swiftly rose, and isolated cases of this new coronavirus — dubbed 2019-nCoV by scientists — have appeared in several countries due to international travel. At this writing, almost 1,300 confirmed cases and over 40 deaths have occurred in China, according to an article in the New York Times. Fortunately, public health officials in many countries, including the US, have put measures in place to help prevent further spread of the virus. These measures include health screenings at major airports in the US for people traveling from Wuhan. In China, travel restrictions are in effect. With information changing so quickly and every news report about the virus seeming to raise the stakes, you may be wondering how worried you should be. Here’s a primer on what we do — and don’t — know about this virus and what it may mean for you. While there is much we don’t yet understand about the virus, public health officials, medical experts, and scientists are working in collaboration to learn more. What is a coronavirus? Coronaviruses are an extremely common cause of colds and other upper respiratory infections. These viruses are zoonoses, which means they can infect certain animals and spread from one animal to another. A coronavirus can potentially spread to humans, particularly if certain muta...
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Purpose of review This review attempts to give an update of epidemiological knowledge on head and neck cancers (HNC). Recent findings Worldwide, from 1990 to 2017, incidence rates for larynx and nasopharyngeal cancers decreased, whereas they increased for oro/hypopharyngeal cancers and lip/oral cavity cancers. They are still markedly higher among men than women. South Asia has the highest HNC incidence rate, followed by Europe, North America, and Australasia. Tobacco and alcohol remain the major risk factors. Rate of cancers attributable to human papillomavirus (HPV) among HNCs is highly depending on world region and...
Source: Current Opinion in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: HEAD AND NECK: Edited by Joël Guigay Source Type: research
Even as new and faster tests become available, lengthy delays to obtain results continue and test materials are running low, compounding the crises hospitals are facing.
Source: NYT - Category: American Health Authors: Tags: Tests (Medical) Shortages Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hospitals Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Health Insurance and Managed Care Laboratories and Scientific Equipment Abbott Laboratories Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CVS Caremark Corpo Source Type: news
Arkansas' governor on Tuesday opposed allowing cities to issue their own stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus outbreak while the state resists such a restriction.
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - Category: American Health Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 6 April 2020Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In PracticeAuthor(s): Dawn M. Angel, Robert S. Zeiger, Scott H. Sicherer, David A. Khan, Michael Schatz
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 3 April 2020Source: Autoimmunity ReviewsAuthor(s): Dennis McGonagle, Kassem Sharif, Anthony O'Regan, Charlie Bridgewood
Source: Autoimmunity Reviews - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
After planning for staffing and patient management at his institution, oncologist Don Dizon reflects on his personal risk in managing COVID-19-positive patients.Medscape Oncology
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news
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Source: Nuclear Medicine Communications - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Jeffrey Miron andErin PartinSome immigration opponents want lawmakers tocancel the H1B visa lottery, which admits 85,000 skilled immigrants per year. Their position may reflect a belief that high ‐​skilled immigration is especially dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic. If so, they have the analysis backwards.Not only do highly skilled immigrants help U.S. companies develop new technologies and innovations; many serve on the front lines of the medical response to COVID-19.Medical professionals make up roughly5 percent of H1B visa applicants out of the top 100 occupations. These doctors, nurses, and technicia...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
Purpose of review One of the defining trends of population movement in the last half century has been global urbanization. Depression is the most common mental disorder in the world, but it is unclear how urbanization and urban living affect depression outcomes. Grounded in a previously articulated conceptual framework, we systematically reviewed recently published studies on urbanization, urbanicity, and depression. Recent findings Eleven articles were included in this review. Four studies found that living in urban areas was associated with elevated odds or more symptoms of depression. Three studies – all done...
Source: Current Opinion in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: THE IMPACT OF URBANISATION ON MENTAL HEALTH: Edited by Jair Mari Source Type: research
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Source: Current Opinion in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: COMMENTARY Source Type: research
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