Democratic senators ask White House to prepare for a double dose of flu and coronavirus in fall

The White House should be getting the nation ready now for the double threat of influenza and coronavirus in the fall, a group of Democratic senators said Thursday.
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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Politics UK news Science Boris Johnson Source Type: news
The global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2, the cause of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has been associated with worse outcomes in several patient populations, including the elderly and those with chronic comorbidities. Data from previous pandemics and seasonal influenza suggest that pregnant women may be at increased risk for infection-associated morbidity and mortality. Physiological changes in normal pregnancy and metabolic and vascular changes of high-risk pregnancies may affect pathogenesis or exacerbate the clinical presentation of COVID-19.
Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: There is a need to improve respiratory infectious disease procedures in our study hospitals, especially in outpatient and emergency departments. PMID: 32459978 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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(Northwestern University) As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn't scary enough, the flu season is not far away. How severe will the flu season be as it converges with the COVID-19 outbreak? What can we do to prepare? Dr. Benjamin Singer, a Northwestern Medicine pulmonologist who treats COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, outlines the best defense against influenza, which also may protect against coronavirus.
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
InspectIR Systems has launched a clinical trial focused on using a mobile device for the detection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Frisco, TX-based company began the trial on Wednesday and said it will test the InspectIR portable breathalyzer. "As most of us have experienced, the world has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We challenged our development teams with a simple question: 'Can we help?' We quickly realized our devices could identify COVID-19 in the breath and help with the unique circumstances facing the U.S. and the world right now," InspectIR CEO Tim Wing, said in a release. "It p...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: COVID-19 IVD Source Type: news
COVID-19 is caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (Cov)-2, an enveloped virus with a positive-polarity, single-stranded RNA genome. The initial outbreak of the pandemic began in December 2019, and it is affecting the human health of the global community. In common with previous pandemics (Influenza H1N1 and SARS-CoV) and the epidemics of Middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS)-CoV, CoVs target bronchial and alveolar epithelial cells. Virus protein ligands (e.g., haemagglutinin or trimeric spike glycoprotein for Influenza and CoV, respectively) interact with cellular receptors, such as (dependin...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
We read with the interest the recent paper by Chen et al. who described the clinical progression of 249 patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).1 As the author mentioned, some factors, such as age and CD4 T cell counts, would be associated with intensive care units (ICU) admission. In addition, the application of host-directed therapy and early control of viral replication might be crucial for improving the prognosis of COVID-19. We are interested in investigating the potential risk factors associated with the progression and prognosis of COVID-19.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
In this Journal, Tang et al. have report the symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection appear very similar to influenza (1). We would like to share our findings for co-infection of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus. In December, 2019, a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) caused Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China (2, 3). The epidemic of SARS-CoV-2 has rapidly spread worldwide and affected more than 4 million patients with more than 300  000 deaths in more than 230 countries (4).
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a microfluidic test that can detect antibodies against a viral infection. So far, the test has been optimized to detect avian flu, but could be adapted to detect antibodies against the virus ...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Diagnostics Materials Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs
By ANISH MEHTA, MD My practice received its first question about coronavirus from a patient on January 28, 2020. Though there were over 200 deaths reported in China by that time, no one could have imagined how drastically this would come to disrupt our lives at home. Thankfully, I had a head start. As a doctor at an integrated telemedicine and primary care practice in New York City, nearly two out of every three of my medical encounters that month was already virtual. I spent much of January caring for patients who had contracted seasonal viruses, like influenza or norovirus (i.e. the stomach flu). My patients ...
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