Coronavirus Vaccine: Where are we and what's next? (video)
(American Chemical Society) You might have heard that COVID-19 vaccine trials are underway in Seattle. What exactly is being tested? How much longer will these tests take? And when can we expect a vaccine against the novel coronavirus? We chat with Benjamin Neuman, Ph.D., one of the world's experts on coronavirus, and Daniel Wrapp, one of the scientists who mapped the structure of the protein that the coronavirus uses to infect your cells, to help us answer these questions: https://youtu.be/gDY8pH6OWBc. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
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Case study: Treating COVID-19 in a patient with multiple myeloma
(American Society of Hematology) A case study of a patient in Wuhan, China, suggests that the immunosuppressant tocilizumab may be an effective COVID-19 treatment for very ill patients who also have multiple myeloma and other blood cancers. The report, published in Blood Advances, also suggests that blood cancer patients may have atypical COVID-19 symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
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Dilemma of COVID-19, aging and cardiovascular disease
(JAMA Network) Whether individuals should continue to take angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers in the context of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is discussed in this article. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
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COVID-19 infection and renin angiotensin system blockers
Discussion of   recommendations for angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and angiotensin receptor blocker use in patients with or at risk of contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
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Coronavirus: Wuhan residents told to stay inside and be vigilant
China announces day of mourning for ‘martyrs’ as city at centre of outbreak seeks to avoid second wave before travel bans liftCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageResidents of Wuhan have been warned to stay indoors and strengthen protection measures, a few days before travel restrictions on the city at the centre of the pandemic are scheduled to be lifted.The city ’s top official urged vigilance as authorities sought to ward off a second wave of infection from incoming travellers,while also easing some of itsstringent containment measures.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson Tags: Coronavirus outbreak China Infectious diseases Science World news Asia Pacific Medical research US news Source Type: news

Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases Provides Rapid Response to Government on Whether COVID-19 Could Also Be Spread by Conversation
The recently formed National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, assembled at the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been providing rapid expert consultations on several topics, such as social distancing and severe illness in young adults. (Source: News from the National Academies)
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COVID-19 Daily: Critical Drug Shortages, In Memoriam COVID-19 Daily: Critical Drug Shortages, In Memoriam
These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Clinicians Are'Sent Into War With Pool Noodles,' ICU Doc Says Clinicians Are'Sent Into War With Pool Noodles,' ICU Doc Says
' Usually in our clinical practice, you feel confident about a lot of the therapies that you're considering,'Angela Rogers, MD, said. But everything in the ICU is different with COVID-19.Medscape (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Internal Medicine Expert Interview Source Type: news

What happens to people's lungs when they get coronavirus?
Respiratory physician John Wilson explains the range of Covid-19 impacts, from no symptoms to severe illness featuring pneumoniaCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat became known as Covid-19, or the coronavirus, started in late 2019 as a cluster of pneumonia cases with an unknown cause. The cause of the pneumonia was found to be a new virus – severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or Sars-CoV-2. The illness caused by the virus is Covid-19.Now declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the majority of people who contract Covid-19 suffer only mild, c...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Graham Readfearn Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research World news Source Type: news

The biopharmaceutical industry ’s unique role in responding to COVID-19
As the outbreak of COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, evolves in the United States and around the globe, both the private and public sectors are working around the clock to find solutions. America ’s biopharmaceutical companies areworking tirelessly to develop ways to diagnose, prevent and treat those with coronavirus.  (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - April 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Richard Moscicki, M.D. Tags: Research and Development PhRMA Member Company Clinical Trials Infectious Diseases Coronavirus Source Type: news

US navy fires commander who raised alarm about coronavirus on ship
Captain Brett Crozier relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after letter he wrote appealing for help was leakedThe US navy has dismissed the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, who had raised the alarm about an outbreak of coronavirus on his ship.Related:Coronavirus US live: Trump again tests negative for illness, White House saysContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Julian Borger in Washington Tags: US military Coronavirus outbreak US news World news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Confirmed cases pass 1 million – as it happened
This blog is now closedFollow thelatest global coronavirus live blog hereSee all of our coronavirus coverage12.32amBSTWe are about to wrap up our coverage on this blog for the day, but you can follow all developments on ournew global live blog here. In the interim, you can catch up on all the day ’s latest news here, on our latest At a Glance:Related:Coronavirus latest: at a glance11.55pmBSTJust dipping back into theTrump press conference at the White House, and the president has blame states for lack of supplies.“By the way, the states should have been building their stockpiles,” Trump said, reiterating ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alison Rourke (now), Kevin Rawlinson Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping , Aamna Mohdin and Helen Sullivan(earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news World news Science Infectious diseases Middle East and North Africa South Africa Russia China Japan Asia Pacific Europe Medical research Microbiology Source Type: news

COVID-19 expert answers questions about the do's and don'ts of social distancing
Countries, states and cities are encouraging people to stay home and practice social distancing by implementing various restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Some areas have implemented certain restrictions, such as stay-at-home orders. The rules vary in different areas, which is why Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, an infectious diseases expert, says it's important that [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
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Ohio's coronavirus surge projected at 210,000 cases – unless social distancing curbs it even more
Ohio State University's model that informs daily briefings on the coronavirus pandemic projects a cumulative 210,000 infections in the state when the surge hits in the second or third week of April – unless social distancing measures can lower it more than they appear to already have done. The estimate includes not only cases confirmed by test results but those who aren't tested at all, said Michael Oglesbee, director of Ohio State University’s Infectious Diseases Institute. Deaths could range… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Chinese Scientists Seeking Potential COVID-19 Treatment Find'Effective' Antibodies Chinese Scientists Seeking Potential COVID-19 Treatment Find'Effective' Antibodies
A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are"extremely effective" at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

1.5 Million Israelis Using Voluntary Coronavirus Monitoring App 1.5 Million Israelis Using Voluntary Coronavirus Monitoring App
Around 1.5 million Israelis have downloaded a mobile app in the past week that alerts users who have crossed paths with a coronavirus patient, according to the Health Ministry, helping to improve tracking of the pandemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 50,000
Spain death toll passes 10,000; Italy reports 760 new deaths, taking total to 13,915, but a slower growth rate in infections; Thailand imposes national curfewLatest developments: at a glanceTop European teaching hospitals running out of coronavirus drugsSpies and export bans: the global battle for equipmentUS coronavirus – latest updatesSee all of our coronavirus coverage7.51pmBSTAfter the widespread participation in last week ’s “clap for carers” event – in which isolated people all over the UK applauded from windows, gardens and balconies in honour of National Health Service workers – ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Kevin Rawlinson (now), Damien Gayle, Alexandra Topping , Aamna Mohdin and Helen Sullivan(earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news World news Science Infectious diseases Middle East and North Africa South Africa Russia China Japan Asia Pacific Europe Medical research Microbiology Source Type: news

Coronavirus on Fabric: What You Should Know Coronavirus on Fabric: What You Should Know
Experts know this: At this point, transmission happens through close contact, not from touching clothing. But if the garment has hard surfaces like buttons or zippers, the virus could linger on them.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Oral Anticoagulants Often Inappropriately Prescribed for HIV Patients on ART Oral Anticoagulants Often Inappropriately Prescribed for HIV Patients on ART
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are frequently prescribed for individuals on antiretroviral boosters, despite the risk of drug-drug interactions, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Italy Appears to be Flattening the Curve. What Did the Country Do Right?
The growth rate of total COVID-19 cases in Italy has been slowing since March 8, according to the Italian Civil Protection Department, and, in the past few days, the total new daily cases have finally started to shrink, suggesting Italy is ‘flattening the curve,’ meaning that it is slowing the spread of the virus. ( function() { var func = function() { var iframe = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-f4e2651acf29c05a66aa00b4d79343a3') if ( iframe ) { iframe.onload = function() { iframe.contentWindow.postMessage( { 'msg_type': 'poll_size', 'frame_id': 'wpcom-iframe-f...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mélissa Godin Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer Londontime Source Type: news

Teledentistry Leader MouthWatch Appoints TeleDent ™ COVID-19 Advisory Board
Advisors Will Provide Guidance on Teledentistry-Delivered Urgent Careand Expanding Teledentistry Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic  Metuchen, NJ – April 2, 2020 – MouthWatch, LLC recently announced the formation of a TeleDent COVID-19 Advisory Board. This group of teledentistry thought leaders will help MouthWatch develop best practice protocols for implementing teledentistry in the new reality of urgent care only. The team will also ass ist the company with creating very timely teledentistry-focused education and training materials. Topics covered will include the following:Establishing Oral Triage Pro...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - April 2, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Print this so you don't bring coronavirus home
With the help of physicians and infectious disease experts, we built a tip sheet to make sure you don't bring the virus back with you. Here are printable versions in English, Spanish and Chinese. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors and nurses are dying for lack of equipment. Is Johnson up to this? | Gaby Hinsliff
In 1915 a shortage of shells for soldiers brought down the government. A century on, the prime minister faces a similar challenge•Coronavirus latest updates•See all our coronavirus coverageThomas Harvey was a family man, a father of seven, but in his last moments he was forced apart from them.The57-year-old nurse, who had been self-isolating at home with coronavirus symptoms, was found by paramedics who broke down a bathroom door to reach him, but sadly he could not be saved. It is impossible to know where exactly he was infected. But Harvey, the fifth NHS worker to die during this outbreak, reportedly told his w...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Gaby Hinsliff Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science UK news NHS Nursing Doctors Health Hospitals Society Source Type: news

You Probably Read About an Uninsured Teen Who Died of COVID-19. The Truth Is More Complicated
Last week, a story about a teenager in Lancaster, California, who appeared to have died from COVID-19 after an urgent care clinic denied him treatment because he didn’t have health insurance, ripped through social media. The story was covered by dozens of news outlets, earned thousands of anguished tweets, and quickly became a symbol of Americans’ fears and the failures of the U.S. health care system. But the truth, it turns out, is more complicated. When Los Angeles County Public Health Officials initially announced the 17-year-old’s death on March 24, he was believed to be the first teenager in the cou...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Virus spreads through South Dakota family's close ties
Infectious disease experts say that while the coronavirus spreads fast in cities, rural communities are also vulnerable because of strong family ties (Source: ABC News: Health)
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The Doc Leading San Diego County's'Decisive' COVID-19 Response The Doc Leading San Diego County's'Decisive' COVID-19 Response
Dr George Yphantides knows first-hand the grim effects of a pandemic, having lost his father to the H1N1 swine flu onset in 2009. Now, the San Diego County CMO is tackling coronavirus head-on.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Preparing for Ebola, Then Coronavirus
By Katherine Seaton, Editorial OfficerApril 02, 2020Midwife Ester (pictured below, screening a client for COVID-19) is used to waking up every morning and going to work at the Rwamagana Provincial Hospital in Rwanda to care for mothers and babies there. But in the last few weeks, circumstances have changed her daily work routine. Now, she identifies and investigates suspected COVID-19 cases, conducting screenings for everyone who enters the hospital.“I’m not scared of COVID-19,” she says.“I am just happy I am contributing to saving lives.’’ Rwanda declared its first case of corona...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Infectious Diseases Health Workers Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

Most COVID-19 Patients Can Be Managed Remotely Most COVID-19 Patients Can Be Managed Remotely
Most patients with COVID-19 infection can be managed by phone or video chat, according to a new report providing step-by-step guidance on remote consultations.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Diabetes, Lung, and Heart Disease Common in U.S. Coronavirus Patients - CDC Diabetes, Lung, and Heart Disease Common in U.S. Coronavirus Patients - CDC
Diabetes, heart disease and long-term lung problems are the most common underlying conditions among Americans hospitalized with the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but more than one in five people requiring intensive care had no such health issues, according to a report issued on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Clear Messages About Quarantine Are Key to Success, Research Finds Clear Messages About Quarantine Are Key to Success, Research Finds
Clear and consistent messaging about lockdown measures, why they are needed, and about the practicalities of social distancing such as food and finances, are crucial to their potential for slowing outbreaks of disease, researchers said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Fauci reacts to reports he needs security detail after threats
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease doctor, joined "CBS This Morning" after reports that he now requires personal security detail. Fauci, the face of the national coronavirus response, has received threats to his safety amid splitting with President Trump during several task force press briefings. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
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Was I wrong about coronavirus? Even the world's best scientists can't tell me | Simon Jenkins
I can ’t tell if my optimism is misguided when experts disagree on everything from mortality rates to preventive measures•Coronavirus latest updates•See all our coronavirus coverageI was wrong. Or I think I was. I heard Boris Johnson on 3 March leap into war mode and publish 28 pages ofemergency plans, should coronavirus take hold in Britain. There were reports that “half a million could die”. I wassceptical.I noted that in 1999 it had beensaid that BSE “could kill” half a million. Sars in 2003 had a “25%chance of killing tens of millions ”. In 2009, the British governmen...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Simon Jenkins Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Science Health Society UK news World news Politics Source Type: news

CT Severity Scores Can Determine COVID-19 Extent
Percentage of lung opacities can be used to rate the severity of disease. (Source: Diagnostic Imaging)
Source: Diagnostic Imaging - April 2, 2020 Category: Radiology Authors: Whitney J. Palmer Tags: Infectious Diseases & Conditions/COVID-19 Source Type: news

The UK will change after coronavirus. But we have to fight to make it a change for the better | Owen Jones
Change is coming to the UK, when this crisis is over. Unless progressives have a plan, they will lose out like they did in 2008It can take a grave national crisis to fire a flare, revealing the ugliest features of a society defined by injustices that the wealthy and powerful would rather forget. It took the second world war to achieve what the Jarrow hunger marches of the 1930s struggled for: to illustrate the national shame that millions of people who were called upon to make grand sacrifices were afflicted by poverty and malnourishment. As child evacuees with hungry bellies arrived on the doorsteps of the relatively well...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Owen Jones Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science World news Labour Conservatives Boris Johnson Austerity Business Economics Politics Economic policy UK news Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?
Human trials will begin imminently – but even if they go well and a cure is found, there are many barriers before global immunisation is feasibleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEven at their most effective – and draconian – containment strategies have only slowed the spread of the respiratory disease Covid-19. With the World Health Organization finally declaring a pandemic, all eyes have turned to the prospect of a vaccine, because only a vaccine can prevent people from getting sick.About 35 companies and academic institutions are racing to create such a vaccine, at least...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Laura Spinney Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Vaccines and immunisation Medical research Microbiology Science World news Health Society Source Type: news

The race to find a coronavirus treatment has one major obstacle: big pharma | Ara Darzi
AI companies and scientists are cooperating, but they desperately need access to pharmaceutical companies ’ dataProf Ara Darzi is a surgeon and director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few weeks have revealed the worst and the best in human responses to the coronavirus crisis – from the supermarket hoarders clearing the shelves to the neighbourhood groups organising help for elderly and vulnerable people.When it comes to the pharmaceutical companies, how should we judge their response? They, after a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ara Darzi Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Pharmaceuticals industry Health Business Infectious diseases Medical research Science Society World news Epidemics Source Type: news

South Africa: 'Her Passing Leaves Us Poorer' - Zweli Mkhize Pays Tribute to HIV Scientist Prof Gita Ramjee
[News24Wire] Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has praised globally lauded HIV/Aids scientist Professor Gita Ramjee for her work in the industry. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Free Sanitary Products for the Namibian Girl Child
[New Era] Is Namibia ready to have a conversation about providing the girl child with free sanitary products? While reading the news that Scotland is posed to be the first country to make period products free, I started to wonder where Namibia is at in terms of providing free sanitary products. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Loss to Follow-up: A Significant Barrier With DAA Therapies Loss to Follow-up: A Significant Barrier With DAA Therapies
How does loss to follow-up impact treatment effectiveness of DAA regimens for hepatitis C? Which individuals might be at a higher risk of treatment failure due to LTF?Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: global cases near million mark as US federal stockpile of medical equipment dwindles
Trump says personal protective gear has nearly run out; Florida, Georgia, Mississippi ordered to shelter in place; record daily fatalities in UK. Follow the latest updates.At a glance: summary of key eventsWimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus crisisAustralia coronavirus – latest updatesSee all of our coronavirus coverage5.54amBSTThe Chinese city of Shenzhen has banned the eating of dogs and cats as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the emergence of the new coronavirus, Reuters reports.Scientists suspect the coronavirus passed to humans from animals. Some of the earliest infections were found in ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news World news Science Infectious diseases Middle East and North Africa South Africa Russia China Japan Asia Pacific Europe Medical research Microbiology Source Type: news

Global coronavirus infections near million mark after 'near exponential growth'
Grim milestone approaches as WHO chief says he is ‘deeply concerned’ about spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 infections are nearing the one million mark after “near exponential growth” saw global cases more than double in the past week.The World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned of the approaching milestone as new cases reached almost every country and territory across the world.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alison Rourke Tags: Coronavirus outbreak US news Infectious diseases Science World news Europe Source Type: news

Covid-19: how does it affect pregnancy? – podcast
Sarah Boseley speaks toProf Sonja Rasmussen about how the virus might affect mothers who are expecting and their unborn childContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Sarah Boseley and produced by Madeleine Finlay Tags: Science Coronavirus outbreak Pregnancy Parents and parenting Infectious diseases Biology Medical research Childbirth Source Type: news

Letter of Authorization: SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test; Infectious Disease Diagnostics Laboratory, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Children ’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 4/2/2020. This one-page letter authorizes the emergency use of the Infectious Disease Diagnostics Laboratory, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Children ’s Hospital of Philadelphia SARS-CoV-2 PCR Test, which is eligible for authorization under the March 31, 2020, Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Molecular-based Laboratory Developed Tests for Detection of Nucleic Acid from SARS-CoV-2 (Molecular LDT COVID-19 Authorized Test). (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Closing in on a COVID-19 vaccine
(Flinders University) South Australian researchers working with Oracle Cloud technology and vaccine technology developed by local company Vaxine Pty Ltd are testing a vaccine candidate against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is headed by Nikolai Petrovsky, Flinders University Professor and Research Director at Vaxine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows promise in first peer-reviewed research
(University of Pittsburgh) A potential COVID-19 vaccine, delivered by microscopic needles, produces antibodies specific to the virus when tested in mice. This is the first peer-reviewed paper describing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The next step is a human clinical trial. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Trial drug may block early stages of COVID-19, study in human cells shows
(Karolinska Institutet) A drug already tested against lung disease could potentially inhibit COVID-19 by reducing the coronavirus load that enters the lungs and other organs. That is according to a study in human cell cultures and organoids by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, published in the journal Cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues
(University of British Columbia) An international team led by University of British Columbia researcher Dr. Josef Penninger has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drugs considered for COVID-19 can raise risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms
(Oregon Health& Science University) As some consider treating coronavirus patients with a combination of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, cardiologists are advising caution because both medications can increase the risk for dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, which can in turn lead to cardiac arrest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Designing face shields to protect medical staff
(McGill University) The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital staff. A team of Montreal medical experts has partnered with a 3D printing company to design and distribute face shields to protect healthcare workers as they treat patients with this life-threatening disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence to predict corona-patients' risk of needing ventilators
(University of Copenhagen) Experts at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, have begun using artificial intelligence to create computer models that calculate the risk of a corona patient's needing intensive care or a ventilator. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news