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Vaccines for COVID-19 moving closer

By |2020-08-02T18:07:26+00:00August 2nd, 2020|

As the world reels from illnesses and deaths due to COVID-19, the race is on for a safe, effective, long-lasting vaccine to help the body block the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The three vaccine approaches discussed here are among the first to be tested clinically in the United States. How vaccines induce immunity: The starting line In [...]

Should Coronavirus Disease 2019–Associated Inflammatory Syndromes in Children Affect Social Reintegration?

By |2020-08-01T19:02:54+00:00August 1st, 2020|

Recent reports in several medical journals, including JAMA, and the general media have highlighted the emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–associated inflammatory syndromes in children.1–3 Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) appears to induce this new condition, which has been called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PIMS) or pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 (PIMS-TS) and described in detail [...]

As shutdowns loom, report says poor COVID-19 data hampered US response

By |2020-08-01T19:02:52+00:00August 1st, 2020|

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths rise across the country, several US cities are starting to tighten their restrictions on businesses, and some cities and counties are on the verge of returning to lockdowns. The US COVID-19 case total rose to 3,858,686 today, including 141,426 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker. Meanwhile, a report today [...]

New study shows link between animal operation and orchard contamination

By |2020-08-01T17:57:58+00:00August 1st, 2020|

One in every five air samples in almond orchards adjacent to a poultry operation tested positive for E. coli during a two-year study published recently. “Microorganisms Move a Short Distance into an Almond Orchard from an Adjacent Upwind Poultry Operation” comes as romaine growers continue to study the impact of a 100,000-head cattle feed lot adjacent [...]

African Swine Fever kept out of U.S. but pork remains threatened around the world

By |2020-08-01T17:57:58+00:00August 1st, 2020|

What if the coronavirus never made the leap from Asia to North America? COVID-19 would still be infecting millions in Europe, Africa, and  Asia, but not in the United States or Canada. North Americans would be watching COVID-19 fatalities only from afar. That’s what we are doing, only its with African Swine Fever, not COVID-19. North America isn’t [...]

Room to Breathe: Understanding severe asthma

By |2020-08-01T17:57:57+00:00August 1st, 2020|

Asthma is one of the world’s most common chronic conditions, impacting an estimated 339 million people worldwide. But, as prevalent as asthma is, it is also a complex disease comprising a spectrum of different phenotypes. While the challenge of asthma in all its forms remains significant, severe asthma continues to be largely misunderstood and is [...]

6 burning questions Congress could push Covid-19 vaccine makers to answer today

By |2020-08-01T17:57:54+00:00August 1st, 2020|

Some drug companies say we’ll have a coronavirus vaccine by the winter. Others say that’s an irresponsible prediction. Some promise to forgo profits on a vaccine, but others believe they’re entitled to their monetary due. Now, lawmakers can force the industry to get its story straight. On Tuesday, executives from five drug companies leading the vaccine [...]

Assessing the impact of coordinated COVID-19 exit strategies across Europe

By |2020-07-31T18:52:04+00:00July 31st, 2020|

Abstract As rates of new COVID-19 cases decline across Europe due to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing policies and lockdown measures, countries require guidance on how to ease restrictions while minimizing the risk of resurgent outbreaks. Here, we use mobility and case data to quantify how coordinated exit strategies could delay continental resurgence and limit [...]