North Korea Claims No Coronavirus Cases. Can It Be Trusted?

Decades of isolation and international sanctions have ravaged North Korea ’s public health system, raising fears about its ability to confront an outbreak.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) North Korea Epidemics Kim Jong-un Humanitarian Aid American Red Cross Daily NK Kim Seung-eun Source Type: news

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In conclusion, all people are susceptible to COVID-19, and older males and those with comorbid conditions are more likely to become severe cases. Even though COVID-19 is highly contagious, control measures have proven to be very effective, particularly wearing masks, which could prevent most infections.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
Conclusions SARS-CoV-2 can be rapidly transmitted from person to person, regardless of whether they have symptoms, in both hospital settings and social activities, based on the short period of incubation and COSI. The public health service should take practical measures to curb the spread, including isolation of cases, tracing close contacts, and containment of severe epidemic areas. Besides this, healthcare workers should be alert during the epidemic and self-quarantine if self-suspected of infection.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Articles: Infectious disease Source Type: research
This article provides a Bayesian methodology to estimate outbreak size from one or more surveillance systems such as virologic testing of pneumonia cases or samples from a network of general practitioners.
Source: Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Tags: Infectious diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionsCOOPERA is the first real-time system being used to monitor trends in COVID-19 in Japan, and provides useful insights to assist political decisions to tackle the epidemic. PMID: 32475884 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Tags: J Epidemiol Source Type: research
Authors: Gorry C Abstract Meningitis, neuropathy, HIV, dengue-since the 1960s, Cuba has faced its share of epidemics. More recently, Cuban health pro-fessionals tackled domestic outbreaks of H1N1 (2009) and Zika (2016), and worked alongside colleagues from around the world to stem Ebola in West Africa; all three were categorized by WHO as public health emergencies of international concern. In December 2019, China reported its fi rst cluster of pneumo-nia cases, later identifi ed as the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. In January 2020, Cuban authorities convened a multi-sector working group coordinated by the Min...
Source: MEDICC Review - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: MEDICC Rev Source Type: research
Early identifying signature features of an outbreak can provide policy- and decision-makers with timely information to implement effective interventions (Viboud et al., 2016; Chowell et al., 2016). Recently, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has occurred in Wuhan, Hubei, China, and has spread out to neighboring countries (Cohen and Normile, 2020; Lu et al., 2020; Parry, 2020).
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
ua Yang Virus outbreaks are threats to humanity, and coronaviruses are the latest of many epidemics in the last few decades in the world. SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Associated Coronavirus) is a member of the coronavirus family, so its study is useful for relevant virus data research. In this work, we conduct a proposed approach that is non-medical/clinical, generate graphs from five features of the SARS outbreak data in five countries and regions, and offer insights from a visual analysis perspective. The results show that prevention measures such as quarantine are the most common control policies u...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
We have read with great interest a recent study of Prof. Jin regarding the clinical features and outcomes of pregnant women suspected of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)1, especially the significance of pulmonary CT scan plus blood routine examination for screening COVID-19. Due to the worldwide outbreak of infection in the past few months, there were quite a number of urgent hospital admissions for delivery, many effective measures have been taken to reduce the incidence of nosocomial infection and the expansion of the epidemic.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
Prof Neil Ferguson tells Lords committee cases will remain steady until SeptemberCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus infections in hospitals and care homes are spilling into the community and sustaining the outbreak to the point that cases will remain steady until September, a leading scientist has warned.Prof Neil Ferguson, the head of the outbreak modelling group at Imperial College London, said he was shocked at how poorly care homes had been protected from the virus and that infections in UK care homes and hospitals were now feeding into the epidemic in the wider community.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Health Medical research UK news Health policy Social care Hospitals Microbiology Politics Society Source Type: news
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus SARS-COV-2 has led to a worldwide pandemic (Cucinotta and Vanelli, 2020) with substantial social, health and economic costs (UN News, 2020). The epidemic spread quickly from Wuhan to the neighbouring cities and then to the rest of China (Wu et al., 2020), possibly exacerbated by the ‘travel rush’ for the Lunar New Year. On 23rd January 2020, the Chinese government initiated an unprecedented move of introducing a ‘metropolitan-wide quarantine’ of the city of Wuhan, by terminating all public transportation in the city and intercity links (Chen et al., 2020, Zhang Lei et a l., 2020).
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
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