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For instance, experts believe that severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) first moved from bats to civet cats before infecting humans.Using larger datasets, the authors of the recent paper identified errors in the earlier analyses and concluded that “the pangolin [is] a missing link in the transmission of [SARS-CoV-2] from bats to human.” However, the authors also explain that we cannot yet rule out other intermediate hosts.Read more about COVID-19 research here.03/27/2020 09:03 GMT — Number of US cases surpasses ChinaAs of yesterday, the United States have registered more cases of COVID-19 than China. We asked about his past experiences with SARS and MERS, what individuals can do to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and how long he thinks the pandemic might last.We also asked whether he thought that the general public has a good understanding of the implications of the pandemic; he said:“People need to understand that they can prevent themselves from getting infected by washing hands and by maintaining a physical distance from each other and that they can protect others by wearing a mask if they’re coughing and sneezing.”Read the full interview here.03/26/2020 13:05 GMT — CDC report community spread of the virus in 41 US states and one territory03/26/2020 12:30 GMT — COVID-19 cases worldwide rise to over 487,00003/26/2020 08:55 GMT — Number of deaths in Spain surpasses that of ChinaTo date, Spain has registered more than 49,500 COVID-19 cases and over 3,600 related deaths, compared with China’s 81,700 cases and almost 3,300 deaths. The findings suggest that contracting SARS-CoV-2 could protect against repeat infection.Read more here.03/19/2020 12:12 GMT — US plans to close border with CanadaFollowing talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump has announced the closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada for all but essential travel.Read more here.03/19/2020 09:54 GMT — HIV drug combo fails as treatment for COVID-19A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine tested a combination of HIV drugs against COVID-19. The combination of lopinavir and ritonavir performed no better than standard care.Read more here.03/19/2020 09:27 GMT — Scientists investigate old ways to treat the new virusA recent article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation asks whether a decades-old technique might become “an option for prevention and treatment of COVID-19.”Read more here.03/18/2020 13:45 GMT — The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed 200,00003/18/2020 12:18 GMT — Confusion about taking ibuprofenMessages on social media have warned people to avoid using ibuprofen for treating the symptoms of COVID-19. The feature also asks what these details mean for those who are working to create treatments and vaccines.Read more here.03/17/2020 15:52 GMT — CDC report first employee with COVID-19According to a press release published by the CDC, laboratory testing has confirmed that one of their employees has been infected with SARS-CoV-2.They explain that “This individual was not involved in the COVID-19 response, has not been present in the CDC workplace since March 6, and was asymptomatic at that time. The individual in question, who lives in Nuuk, the country’s capital, is in home isolation.Greenland’s officials recommend that people avoid flying to or from Greenland.Read more here.03/16/2020 17:30 GMT — SARS-CoV-2 spreads fast, sometimes before symptoms appearA new study, led by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, calculated the “serial interval” of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Today, for the first time since the outbreak began, in January, South Korea has reported a higher number of recoveries than new infections.On Thursday, officials reported 114 new cases; today, they reported 110 new cases, while 177 patients were released from hospitals.Read more here.03/12/2020 16:01 GMT — New study confirms mean incubation periodA recent study featuring in the Annals of Internal Medicine investigates how long it takes for symptoms to appear once a person has contracted SARS-CoV-2.The mean incubation period, according to the authors, is 5.1 days, and about half of the affected people will develop symptoms at that point. From midnight on Friday, it will not be possible to travel from Europe to the U.S. However, this excludes those traveling from Britain and people who normally reside in the U.S. who have undergone “appropriate screenings.” He also laid out some other proposals designed to assist people in the U.S. affected by the outbreak, including sick pay, medical leave, and family leave.Read more here.03/11/2020 17:32 GMT — The WHO officially classify COVID-19 as a pandemic03/11/2020 16:19 GMT — In a healthcare setting, infection control does workA recent paper published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology has assessed infection control measures implemented by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.The authors describe how the hospitals proactively worked to reduce the risk of infection in the 6 weeks that followed the start of the outbreak. In total, 413 healthcare workers treated cases of COVID-19, and none contracted the infection.The authors conclude that “Appropriate hospital infection control measures can prevent healthcare-associated transmission of the coronavirus.”Read more here.03/11/2020 12:01 GMT — Comparing the US’ COVID-19 testing rates with those of other countries03/11/2020 11:44 GMT — Is Europe “the new China”?To date, Italy has registered more than 10,000 coronavirus infections and 631 deaths. Yesterday, President Xi Jinping visited the region for the first time since the outbreak began.Now, as the number of new COVID-19 cases in the region continues to fall, the people of Wuhan, China are returning to work.The Hubei provincial government’s website posted a notice advising that those who work on public transport and anyone involved in manufacturing medical supplies or daily necessities could go back to work.Read more here.03/11/2020 08:59 GMT — UK Health Minister has COVID-19Nadine Dorries, a U.K. Health Minister, is the first member of Parliament to test positive for SARS-CoV-19. However children are much less likely to develop symptoms.Although the authors explain that their study has numerous limitations, the results warrant further investigation.Read more here.03/09/2020 10:38 GMT — Yesterday, China reported the lowest number of daily cases since reporting beganFor 2 days running, there have been no new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 outside of Hubei province. More encouragingly, 55,753 people have recovered from COVID-19.The last 24 hours have seen the first death in both the U.K. and the Netherlands, as well as the first cases in Vatican City, Serbia, and Cameroon.Visit the Johns Hopkins interactive map here.03/06/2020 13:11 GMT — Busting coronavirus mythsA new article, published on Medical News Today, investigates a range of myths that surround the coronavirus. The Grand Princess is the sister ship of the Diamond Princess that was recently quarantined in Japan.Read more here.03/06/2020 11:33 GMT — Doctors discuss priorities for US health communityThree doctors from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security have recently published an article, in JAMA, outlining key measures that the U.S. government and healthcare sector should take to handle SARS-CoV-2.Drawing from experience with similar epidemics, they explain how hospitals, clinics, healthcare workers, and diagnostic companies need to respond in the coming days and weeks.The authors write, “Preparation will take time, so healthcare and public health systems need to move quickly forward in their efforts to be ready to confront this disease around the country.”Read more here. A 70-year-old woman, who was receiving treatment at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, has become the virus’ first fatality.The woman had not been overseas, and officials are tracking down anyone she may have been in contact with.Read more here.03/06/2020 08:53 GMT — What can you do to stay safe?Medical News Today recently published a practical guide outlining concrete steps people can take to prevent infection.03/06/2020 8:12 GMT — What is the mortality rate of coronavirus?The WHO recently reported a 3.4% mortality rate for COVID-19. The real driver of the outbreak is humans.”03/05/2020 09:22 — COVID-19 cases reported in 13 states The CDC have reported cases of COVID-19 in 13 states: Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.Read more here.03/05/2020 09:12 GMT — Iran releases 54,000 prisoners to curb coronavirus’ spreadTo date, Iran has reported 2,336 cases of COVID-19, including 290 involving members of parliament; there have been 77 deaths.In an effort to halt the spread of the virus in their prison system, the authorities have temporarily freed 54,000 prisoners.Read more here.03/04/2020 14:01 GMT — Why are people with underlying health conditions and the elderly at greater risk of COVID-19?Professor Jon Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases and previously Dean at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, in the U.K., explains why people with chronic health conditions and the elderly are at greater risk of COVID-19. “The elderly are known to have weaker immune systems but are also more likely to have other medical problems, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, type 2 diabetes, etc.”  “The main cause of severe morbidity and mortality due to the virus is pneumonitis leading to respiratory failure, so patients with chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD are not surprisingly at greater risk.”  “However, other conditions, such as chronic heart failure and kidney disease, are also associated with reduced reserve and less favorable outcomes to infection.”Read the full statements here.03/04/2020 13:20 GMT — Latest WHO report shows numbers in China are down but surpass 10,000 worldwide03/04/2020 10:00 GMT — WHO webinar outlines role of media in containing COVID-19 The WHO have held a roundtable, including Melinda Frost, technical officer for risk communication at the WHO, Genevieve Hutchinson, senior health adviser at the BBC, Ida Jooste, global health advisor at Internews, and Laura Ngo-Fontaine, senior communications officer at the IFRC.They warn that we are experiencing an infodemic, which involves widespread rumors and the public being bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information, making it difficult to find accurate answers to questions.In this context, the media forms part of the global health ecosystem, and its aim is to ensure that people have access to clear facts and to discourage stigmatization.Recommended resources include: WHO Information Network for Epidemics, Red Cross COVID-19 info hub, and WHO, UNICEF and IFRC guide to preventing and addressing social stigma.03/04/2020 08:43 GMT — Number of COVID-19 cases now exceeds 90,000 Globally, the number of coronavirus cases has exceeded 90,000, and there have been more than 3,000 deaths. Passengers and crew remained quarantined inside until February 19.By the time of their release, 17% of those onboard had contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus.A recent paper featuring in the Journal of Travel Medicine concludes that if the passengers had had permission to leave the cruise ship, there would have been fewer infections.Read more here.03/03/2020 11:15 GMT — New York City doctor concerned over lack of access to diagnostic toolsIn an interview with CNBC, Dr. Matt McCarthy, a New York-based doctor and author, voiced concerns that they do not have easy access to coronavirus testing kits. Read more here.03/02/2020 14:44 GMT — Washington state announces second coronavirus death in USOn Saturday night, a 70-year-old man with SARS-CoV-2 infection died in a care home near Seattle.Read more here.03/02/2020 12:38 GMT — Surgeon General urges people to stop buying face masksIn a tweet, U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, writes, “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”He continues: “The best way to protect yourself and your community is with everyday preventive actions, like staying home when you are sick and washing hands with soap and water, to help slow the spread of respiratory illness. The 61-year-old with the virus recently traveled to Italy, where there have been 324 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths.02/26/2020 15:17 GMT — There are now more than 80,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide02/26/2020 10:00 GMT — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that the United States must prepare for coronavirus spreadIn a telebriefing, the CDC advised people in the U.S. to begin preparing for the possibility that coronavirus might spread within communities.Read more about the recent briefing here.02/24/2020 18:28 GMT — Woman with no symptoms transmits virus to five family membersA report in the journal JAMA describes a woman with SARS-CoV-2 who displayed no symptoms.

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