Estimating the True Case-Fatality Rate of COVID-19
For several months, we have been inundated by reports summarizing incidence and mortality data for COVID-19, on both the national and global level. In a previous ProMED post I cautioned that “reported cases” cannot be equated with “total cases” without inclusion of individuals with asymptomatic of sub-clinical infection that do not seek medical care. [1] If a large segment of the population is found to be seropositive, we might conclude that the true case-fatality ratio of COVID-19 is lower than official data might suggest. A seroprevalence study reported this week seems to provide solid evidence th...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 17, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Epidemiology News Outbreaks ProMED Source Type: blogs

Can Cell Phones Carry COVID-19?
It’s long been known that cell phones can carry a multitude of germs, bacteria, and different forms of fungi. With the arrival of the COVID-19 virus, it begs the question if it too can live on the surface of a phone and subsequently be transmitted to another person.  A compilation of studies from across 24 countries over the past 13 years indicates that it is a very likely possibility.  Although COVID-19 was not included in any of these original studies, the rapid rate at which it has spread throughout the world, and the increased and ever-growing physical attachment that people have to their cell phones, l...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 14, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: News Press Source Type: blogs

Why Some Countries Have Fared Better in Fighting COVID-19
There are more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States right now with nearly 80,000 related deaths on record. This number is greater than a quarter of the total deaths suffered worldwide.  What has America gotten wrong in its response to the deadly virus, and what have other countries done right?   New Zealand, South Africa, and Vietnam—even sharing a border with China where the virus originated —all have experienced relatively few cases and minimal deaths from COVID-19.  Our co-founder and infectious disease expert, Dr. Stephen Berger shared his thoughts ...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 12, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: News Press Source Type: blogs

Antibody vs antigen testing
Our co-founder and infectious disease expert, Dr. Stephen Berger, recently explained the differences between diagnostic, antibody, and antigen testing for the virus in Business Insider.  Diagnostic test: conducted via a nasal or throat swab; best suited for someone with severe symptoms; results may take several days or even weeks to become available.  Antibody test: taken via a blood sample; confirms if you had a previous infection of the virus, but may not detect if it is still in your system as it generally takes 14 days following symptoms for antibodies to appear; does not determine if you will...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 11, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: News Press Tips Source Type: blogs

Is it Safe to Go Back to the Gym? Dr. Berger talks to Shape.com
Many states are relaxing their stay-at-home guidelines, which includes opening up fitness facilities to the public again.  Most must operate under a limited capacity, enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices, and use signs and floor markers to ensure social distancing. But the big question is whether it’s safe to go back? Experts warn social distancing may not be so easy at a gym. “A gym is just another venue in which disease can be passed from person to person, and the risk of contracting COVID-19 might increase there, where group sports and games require close personal contact,” our co-founder an...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 6, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Outbreaks Press Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 and Fame
Ask anybody on the planet, “What do Tom Hanks, Boris Johnson, and Prince Charles have in common?” and they will instantly shout – “Corona.” Ask these same people, “Who were the three Prime Ministers that died of Coronavirus last month?” Few will respond, “Well…there was Nur Hassan Husein from Somalia, Mahmoud Jabril from Libya and Joachim Yhombi-Opango from Congo – who died (respectively) in London, Cairo, and Paris.” As of May 4, no fewer than eleven movie stars had contracted COVID-19, nine with fatal results. Other victims include retired Commanders of ...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 4, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Cases Events VIPatients Source Type: blogs

PEOPLE shares Dr. Berger ’s advice about how to correctly and safely wear a face mask
Wearing face masks is now a part of our everyday life. In early April, the CDC made the official recommendation that everyone should wear one to help slow the spread of COVID-19 after near research showed that 50% of people who get it don’t show symptoms. So they will likely be around for quite some time, but unfortunately, many people aren’t wearing them correctly and could be exposing themselves unnecessarily.  Our founder, Dr. Stephen Berger, who is double board-certified in infectious disease and microbiology, provided important tips to People. “Masks should be as closely fitted to the skin as po...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 2, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Press Tips Source Type: blogs

LA Times: Dr. Berger Answers Questions About Food and COVID-19
LA Times Cooking Editor, Genevieve Ko, turned to GIDEON founder, Dr. Stephen Berger, to get an expert opinion about COVID-19 and food transmission. Dr. Berger provided answers to some common questions people are asking such as: Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food? If so, how? Dr. Berger: There have been no cases of COVID-19 associated with the ingestion of food, but the question is well-founded. COVID-19 is, after all, caused by a virus that enters the body through the nose or mouth. Food items are, after all, objects which may be contaminated with the virus and placed in the mouth — but like many other viruse...
Source: GIDEON blog - May 1, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Press Tips Source Type: blogs

HealthDay talks to Dr. Berger about ‘best practices’ for disinfecting
If you are one of those people who think you need to scrub down everything after an outing, here’s some good news…you can save some of that disinfectant. GIDEON’s co-founder Dr. Stephen Berger provided practical advice about what items should be disinfected in your home. [Spoiler alert: It’s not your keys, money, or credit cards!]  Here’s what Dr. Berger had to say to HealthDay:  “We are all swimming through an invisible swamp of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Those bookshelves and those pictures on the wall are teeming with ugly microbes. Not to mention your ce...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 24, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Press Source Type: blogs

What ’ s The Difference Between a Face Mask and a Condom?
Cloth surgical masks were first used in the late 19th century and were replaced by modern masks during the 1960s. Surgeons do not wear masks to protect themselves from the patient, but to protect the patient from their own oral and nasal bacteria.  In any case, masks do protect the users themselves. A variety of masks are currently marketed in a wide range of design, material, filtering specifications, and prices. Both cloth and paper masks will offer protection against COVID-19…. but not one-hundred-percent protection. For this reason, we must observe additional precautions such as social distancing, hand...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 22, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology Outbreaks Tips Source Type: blogs

GIDEON ’ s Dr. Stephen Berger offers up important coronavirus safety tips in Parade.com article
Besides consistent hand washing, self-quarantining, and social distancing, people want to know the best ways to remain healthy and reduce their risk of getting COVID-19.  Parade.com wrote about ‘14 Ways to Stay Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic’, which included everything from maintaining good support systems to consistent exercise to covering your face and how that can and can’t protect you. GIDEON co-founder Dr. Stephen Berger discussed important information to remember when it comes to wearing face masks. Here’s what was covered in the article: Realize that covering up your face is not an...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 21, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Outbreaks Press Source Type: blogs

… But There Are No Cases in Turkmenistan
written by Dr. Stephen A. Berger If you search the Internet for countries which have reported COVID-19, an endless variety of sources will describe the status of this disease in 207 countries and their dependencies. Few if any of these sites mention countries where this disease does not exist! As of April 19, GIDEON lists twenty-four countries (10.4% of the global total) that had not yet encountered a single case. Ironically, at this point, these countries enjoy a form of “medical isolation” – thanks to the disease itself! The chance that a traveler – let alone an infected trave...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 19, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology Outbreaks Source Type: blogs

Neglected Diseases – Neglected Once Again
written by Dr. Stephen A. Berger For several years, the World Health Organization has been following a group of twenty-or-so Neglected Tropical Diseases. In the Developed World, these conditions are largely unknown to the general public, and even to physicians working in fields outside of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. In only three months, the list of neglected diseases has grown to include more than 360 infectious conditions – all because of a single new viral disease called COVID-19. As of this morning, 287 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) resulting in 23 d...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 17, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Diagnosis Epidemiology Outbreaks Source Type: blogs

Dr. Stephen Berger on why COVID-19 is different for men than women in Healthline article
GIDEON founder, Dr. Stephen Berger was recently interviewed about gender disparities and COVID-19. Experts have been watching the data in Europe and have found that 68% of the COVID-19 deaths have been among men. And in New York City, men have been dying at twice the rate of women, according to the city’s health department. Dr. Berger says genetics, preexisting conditions, and bad habits may be to blame. “Some of the underlying reasons why COVID-19 may be more deadly for men than women may include the fact that heart disease is more common in elderly men than in elderly women,” Dr. Berger told Healthline....
Source: GIDEON blog - April 16, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Press Source Type: blogs

Dr. Stephen Berger on why COVID-19 is different for men than women
GIDEON founder, Dr. Stephen Berger was recently interviewed about gender disparities and COVID-19. Experts have been watching the data in Europe and have found that 68% of the COVID-19 deaths have been among men. And in New York City, men have been dying at twice the rate of women, according to the city’s health department. Dr. Berger says genetics, preexisting conditions, and bad habits may be to blame. “Some of the underlying reasons why COVID-19 may be more deadly for men than women may include the fact that heart disease is more common in elderly men than in elderly women,” Dr. Berger told Healthline....
Source: GIDEON blog - April 16, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Press Source Type: blogs

Dr. Stephen Berger discusses why COVID-19 is different for men than women in Healthline article
GIDEON founder, Dr. Stephen Berger was recently interviewed about gender disparities and COVID-19. Experts have been watching the data in Europe and have found that 68% of the COVID-19 deaths have been among men. And in New York City, men have been dying at twice the rate of women, according to the city’s health department. Dr. Berger says genetics, preexisting conditions, and bad habits may be to blame. “Some of the underlying reasons why COVID-19 may be more deadly for men than women may include the fact that heart disease is more common in elderly men than in elderly women,” Dr. Berger told Healthline....
Source: GIDEON blog - April 16, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Press Source Type: blogs

Drugs for COVID-19: A Publishing Epidemic
As of April 9, PubMed listed 2,868 scientific publications which incorporate the word “COVID”.   323 of these (11.3%) were related to drugs under study for treatment of the disease. No fewer than thirty-one such drugs had been proposed since this pandemic first appeared on the planet four months earlier.    Graph 1 depicts the cumulative numbers of COVID-19 infection (per 100,000 global population) and introductions of relevant drugs into the Literature during February 14 to April 3. Note that both increased by a factor of approximately 16-fold during this perio...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 12, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Uri Blackman Tags: Epidemiology Graphs Source Type: blogs

Don ’ t panic. Prepare
Dr.Tracey McNamara on West Nile Fever and COVID-19   As interviewed by Edward Borton, GIDEON What was the experience of discovering a new virus outbreak on your doorstep? When New York City announced that people were dying of unusual encephalitis, I was struck by the timing and proximity between this event and an outbreak of crow deaths. Upon ruling out all known viruses that cause inflammation of the brain in birds, in the United States: exotic Newcastle, avian influenza, and Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE), I knew this was something new. It wasn’t until I picked up the phone and called the U.S. Army and sai...
Source: GIDEON blog - April 8, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology Events Outbreaks Tips Source Type: blogs

Is COVID-19 the new plague?
written by Dr. Stephen A. Berger A frightening pandemic arises from animals in Asia and spreads westward, killing thousands in Italy, France, Spain, and many other countries. The more severe infections are characterized by cough and fever, leading to progressive pneumonia. There is no specific treatment available, and entire cultures live in fear and uncertainty.   And so, during 541-542 C.E. Yersinia pestis the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, spread out from China into the Byzantine Empire. Few were spared, and an estimated 25 to 100 million Europeans went on to die during repeated waves of infec...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 27, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Events Outbreaks Source Type: blogs

Ebola, forgotten but not gone
The recent WHO decision to declare the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), while both appropriate and hardly surprising, offers the opportunity to reflect on the previous PHEIC which was declared, namely the Ebola epidemic in Kivu region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). And you should really say the ongoing Ebola epidemic, as during the time since the declaration in July 2019 through to the present day (March 2020), a total of 3,453 cases have been reported [1]. The nCoV-2019 outbreak is still ballooning; as of today, over 400,000 confirmed cases worldwide with no ...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 25, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Outbreaks Source Type: blogs

GIDEON API is in beta!
How do you get ‘customer’ data if you are a hospital or a research institute? You could build a dedicated team for conducting surveys and crawling research papers, even develop your own IT system for storing and accessing this data. How often would you need to revise this data? Monthly? Quarterly? How comprehensive do you think it would be?  If you are one of the many medical professionals pressed for time and/or money, the above may not be an easy solution to maintain, and when people’s lives are at stake there is no room for failure. Imagine your organization had access to infectious diseases data ...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 17, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Update: March 16, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 15 to March 16, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (22 updates) 22 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (33 updates) 12 Diseases21 Country notesMap Microbiology – Mycobacteria (1 updates) 1 Mycobacteria The post Update: March 16, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: March 15, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 14 to March 15, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (22 updates) 22 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (60 updates) 11 Clinical notes15 Diseases33 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap The post Update: March 15, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: March 14, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 13 to March 14, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (22 updates) 22 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (79 updates) 4 Clinical notes24 Diseases51 Country notesMap The post Update: March 14, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: March 13, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 12 to March 13, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (21 updates) 21 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (131 updates) 8 Clinical notes49 Diseases74 Country notesMap The post Update: March 13, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
Source: GIDEON blog - March 13, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs

Death By Corona: What Are the Numbers?
   This morning, we learned that actor Tom Hanks and his wife have contracted COVID-19 infection. Indeed, 43 famous persons have already been affected by the disease, including six Iranian leaders and four European soccer players. We might speculate that this reflects a single exposure event in Iran…or the fact that European athletes travel frequently in a high-incidence environment. Perhaps similar reasoning can be used to explain the striking variation in coronavirus death rates between countries. As of March 12, 126,258 cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide; and 4,368 died of the disease –...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 12, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology Events General Source Type: blogs

Update: March 12, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 11 to March 12, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (21 updates) 21 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (95 updates) 6 Clinical notes32 Diseases57 Country notesMap Microbiology – Bacteria (1 updates) 1 Bacteria The post Update: March 12, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: March 11, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 10 to March 11, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (21 updates) 21 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (40 updates) 6 Clinical notes12 Diseases22 Country notesMap The post Update: March 11, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: March 10, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 2 to March 10, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (21 updates) 21 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (68 updates) 4 Clinical notes23 Diseases41 Country notesMap The post Update: March 10, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: March 2, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: March 1 to March 2, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (21 updates) 21 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (132 updates) 2 Clinical notes60 Diseases70 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (1 updates) 1 Susceptibility database – New The post Update: March 2, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: March 1, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 29 to March 1, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (21 updates) 21 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (46 updates) 1 Clinical note14 Diseases31 Country notesMap Microbiology – Bacteria (3 updates) 1 New Bacteria Added1 New Bacteria Synonyms Added1 Microbes – New The post Update: March 1, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 29, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 28 to February 29, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (21 updates) 21 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (169 updates) 12 Clinical notes59 Diseases97 Country notes1 New Agents AddedMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (1 updates) 1 Drug The post Update: February 29, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 28, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 27 to February 28, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (20 updates) 20 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (95 updates) 1 Clinical note37 Diseases57 Country notesMap The post Update: February 28, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 27, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 26 to February 27, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (18 updates) 18 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (136 updates) 4 Clinical notes48 Diseases83 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap The post Update: February 27, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 26, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 25 to February 26, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (18 updates) 18 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (168 updates) 4 Clinical notes72 Diseases90 Country notes2 New Disease Synonyms AddedMap The post Update: February 26, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 25, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 24 to February 25, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (17 updates) 17 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (85 updates) 32 Diseases50 Country notes3 New Disease Synonyms AddedMap Microbiology – Bacteria (1 updates) 1 Bacteria Microbiology – Mycobacteria (1 updates) 1 Mycobacteria The post Update: February 25, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 24, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 23 to February 24, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (17 updates) 17 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (99 updates) 37 Diseases60 Country notes2 New Disease Synonyms AddedMap The post Update: February 24, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 23, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 22 to February 23, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (17 updates) 17 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (25 updates) 8 Diseases17 Country notesMap The post Update: February 23, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Birds, Pigs and Silent VIP ’s
It has become a tragic fact that every year the flu season brings an immense burden on health care services and now has dozens of subtypes cataloged, from ‘swine flu’ to ‘bird flu’ to ‘Asian flu’ and beyond. Typically, between late Fall and early Spring, over the last ten years, the United States alone has suffered hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths across all ages [1]. But shortly after the turn of the century the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918 to 1920 was different in the extreme, and like every disease or virus did not discrimina...
Source: GIDEON blog - March 4, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: General Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: What is the Denominator
Since the 1st cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2 were reported in China, we have all been confronted by death and case-fatality statistics, which are both misleading and inaccurate. As of this morning, 2837 from a total of 83 774 reported cases of COVID-19 were fatal. Public Health professionals, the lay public, and politicians will conclude that this disease carries a “mortality rate” of 3.4%. Relatively few realize that “only” 1.4% of patients treated outside of Mainland China have died of COVID-19: 0.7% of passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 0.5% of patients in South Korea, etc. One exp...
Source: GIDEON blog - February 29, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Epidemiology ProMED Source Type: blogs

Update: February 5, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 4 to February 5, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (8 updates) 3 Diseases5 Country notesMap The post Update: February 5, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 4, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 4 to February 4, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (10 updates) 3 Diseases7 Country notesMap The post Update: February 4, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 4, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 3 to February 4, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (9 updates) 3 Diseases6 Country notesMap The post Update: February 4, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 3, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 2 to February 3, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (46 updates) 5 Clinical notes18 Diseases23 Country notesMap Microbiology – Bacteria (10 updates) 5 New Bacteria Added5 Microbes – New The post Update: February 3, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 2, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 1 to February 2, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (58 updates) 5 Clinical notes21 Diseases30 Country notes2 New Disease Synonyms AddedMap The post Update: February 2, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 1, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 1 to February 1, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (195 updates) 76 Diseases119 Country notesMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (2 updates) 1 Drug1 Susceptibility database – New Microbiology – Bacteria (2 updates) 1 Bacteria1 New Bacteria Synonyms Added The post Update: February 1, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: February 1, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 31 to February 1, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (12 updates) 4 Diseases8 Country notesMap The post Update: February 1, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: January 31, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 30 to January 31, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (179 updates) 3 Clinical notes80 Diseases96 Country notesMap The post Update: January 31, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: January 30, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 30 to January 30, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (57 updates) 1 Clinical note25 Diseases31 Country notesMap The post Update: January 30, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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Update: January 30, 2020
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 29 to January 30, 2020 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (7 updates) 7 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (83 updates) 1 Clinical note36 Diseases46 Country notesMap The post Update: January 30, 2020 appeared first on GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network. (Source: GIDEON blog)
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