Yale Experts Address Latest Coronavirus Developments in Virtual Town Hall Video
A 90-minute video—Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic—featuring eight experts from Yale and the city of New Haven was released today (March 19) to inform the public and policymakers on the latest developments in the global public health emergency.
Yale Virtual Town Hall to Address the Latest on Pandemic: Email Q's Thru 4:30 pm on 3/18
A panel of seven experts from Yale and the City of New Haven will meet in a virtual town hall Wednesday (March 18) to inform the public and policymakers on the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic.
Infectious disease expert, J. McLeod “Mac” Griffiss, MD ’66, will talk about the Yale System at medical school’s Alumni Grand Rounds
Griffiss credits the school’s educational model, the Yale System, for allowing him to pivot and refocus throughout his career, and for encouraging him to follow his curiosity for a lifetime.
Sports bubbles are good places to study COVID-19
Sports are coming back in the United States, and as they do, professional leagues are creating conditions that researchers say are tailor-made to study COVID-19. They offer sizable groups of people who are regularly monitored by doctors. When leagues enter a pandemic isolation zone, like the National Basketball Association plans to at Disney World, the controlled environment offers even more opportunities to understand the virus.Source: The Verge
How ‘Silent Spreaders’ Make Coronavirus Hard to Beat
A lot of people infected with the coronavirus have very mild or even no symptoms, or ones that don’t match the usual markers of fever, dry cough or difficulty breathing. The discovery of larger numbers of so-called asymptomatic cases, initially thought to be rare, underscores a key challenge in stopping the pandemic: If people don’t know they’re infected, they’re probably not taking steps to prevent transmitting it.Source: The Washington Post
Study: ‘Silent’ Transmission the Top Driver of COVID Outbreaks
JUST OVER HALF OF NEW coronavirus infections are tied to people who don't have symptoms, according to a new study from infectious disease modelers. People sick with COVID-19 can be infectious before they start to show symptoms, while some don't show symptoms at all. The study, published this week in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that these presymptomatic and asymptomatic cases account for 48% and 3.4% of virus transmissions, respectively – meaning "silent disease transmission" can fuel outbreaks even if everyone who has symptoms is immediately isolated.Source: U.S.News
US epidemic failure victimizes international students
The US government announced another "stupid policy," as what analysts said and students as well as universities complained about, that if foreign students only have online courses in the 2020 fall semester, they must leave the US or take alternative steps to maintain their nonimmigrant status.Source: Global Times
Fighting the ‘Plandemic’ and Other Science Disinformation Campaigns
At the beginning of May, a 26-minute trailer for the movie Plandemic was posted to social media. The release of this trailer set off a firestorm regarding COVID-19 disinformation. In addition to inaccurate COVID-19 information, the video touched on other topics, including vaccines, the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the federal government’s role in disease control and prevention.Source: The Body
Dominant Coronavirus Strain Appears to Be a Mutated, More Virulent Version, Study Finds
The genetic variation of the novel coronavirus that dominates the world today infects human cells more readily than the original that emerged in China, according to a new study published in the journal Cell on Thursday.Source: Science alert
The Dangerous Race for the Covid Vaccine
In June, Germany paid a whopping sum for a large stake in German drugmaker CureVac, which was developing a Covid-19 vaccine. Piontek was shocked. “Why CureVac?” he thought. The company’s vaccine is based on promising but untried and untested technology and its manufacturing capacities are limited.Source: Politico
Coronavirus: Disease detectives track an invisible culprit
As a public-health director in Savannah, Georgia, Cristina Pasa Gibson spent her time in an office filled with calorie counters and yoga mats and the scent of jasmine tea. Then she started working on contact tracing, a no-holds-barred effort to stop the pandemic, and her office and her life were turned upside down. "I felt like I was in a Vegas casino," she says. "I didn't know what time it was, what day it was, who I was."Source: BBC
Why Hanging Out at a Bar During the Pandemic Is a Terrible Idea
As COVID-19 cases reach new daily records in many places, states like Texas and Arizona have closed bars in an effort to slow the spread. Why are they a hotbed for infection? Lack of physical distancing and mask-wearing are thought to have contributed to the spread of the virus to more than 100 people who visited an East Lansing, Michigan, bar in June.Source: healthline
Actual Number Of Coronavirus Deaths Is Likely Far Higher Than Official Tally, Studies Suggest
The number of confirmed deaths in the U.S. due to Covid-19 is significantly lower than the actual amount of fatalities, a number of recent studies indicate, and according to health experts, "fear of seeking care in hospitals overwhelmed by the pandemic may have caused thousands of deaths."Source: Forbes
We can't wait for a COVID-19 vaccine. Test everyone now to help end the pandemic.
Experts know testing is a cornerstone of our COVID-19 response. President Donald Trump knows this, too. That’s why everyone he sees in the White House is tested regularly. We can’t beat COVID without testing.Source: USA Today
Mexico City deaths spiked to three times normal during covid-19 outbreak, official says
The Mexican capital suffered about three times as many deaths as it normally would from March through May, according to the country's coronavirus czar — the clearest sign yet of the extraordinary toll that the pandemic has taken on the city.Source: The Washington Post
Paging Dr. Hamblin: Are Kids Really Spared From the Coronavirus?
I’m a college professor, but homeschooling my 6-year-old is proving to be one of the most challenging things I have ever done. I’m currently failing. Naturally, I have a lot of questions as schools are discussing reopening in the fall.Source: The Atlantic
‘We Are Not Even Beginning to Be Over This Pandemic’
Just this week, something startling occurred. We heard the unvarnished truth about Covid-19 in the United States from a major public health official, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s principal deputy director Anne Schuchat. She is not a political appointee, has been at the agency since 1988, occupied many leadership roles since then, and has been at the forefront of the US response to pandemics like SARS and H1N1 influenza.Source: The Nation