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Experts envision two scenarios if new coronavirus isn't contained

Experts envision two scenarios if new coronavirus isn't contained

With the new coronavirus spreading from person to person (possibly including from people without symptoms), reaching four continents, and traveling faster than SARS, driving it out of existence is looking increasingly unlikely. It’s still possible that quarantines and travel bans will first halt the outbreak and then eradicate the microbe, and the world will never see 2019-nCoV again, as epidemiologist Dr. Mike Ryan, head of health emergencies at the World Health Organization, told STAT on Saturday. That’s what happened with SARS in 2003. Many experts, however, view that happy outcome as...

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Mar 10, 2020
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A radical approach to preventing Covid-19 infection in the homeless - STAT

A radical approach to preventing Covid-19 infection in the homeless - STAT

here is only a small window of time in which we can prevent widespread transmission of Covid-19 among people who are living on the streets or in shelters. Once the disease begins to spread in these groups, it will likely accelerate rapidly and be uncontainable, creating a crisis for the homeless and the entire community. This will undermine all efforts to slow the pace of the epidemic and will increase the disastrous consequences of Covid-19.We offer a radical solution: Use suddenly empty and available living spaces — empty dorm and hotel rooms, abandoned offices — to provide safe, private...

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Mar 31, 2020
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Many states short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for reopening - STAT

Many states short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for reopening - STAT

ore than half of U.S. states will have to significantly step up their Covid-19 testing to even consider starting to relax stay-at-home orders after May 1, according to a new analysis by Harvard researchers and STAT.The analysis shows that as the U.S. tries to move beyond its months-long coronavirus testing debacle — faulty tests, shortages of tests, and guidelines that excluded many people who should have been tested to mitigate the outbreak — it is at risk of fumbling the next challenge: testing enough people to determine which cities and states can safely reopen and stay open. Doing so...

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Apr 27
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Gilead data suggests coronavirus patients are responding to treatment

Gilead data suggests coronavirus patients are responding to treatment

Chicago hospital treating severe patients with Gilead Sciences’ antiviral medicine remdesivir in a closely watched clinical trial is seeing rapid recoveries in fever and respiratory symptoms, with nearly all patients discharged in less than a week, STAT has learned.advertisementadvertisementTrendingRecommendedadvertisement

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Influential Covid-19 model shouldn't guide U.S. policies, critics say - STAT

Influential Covid-19 model shouldn't guide U.S. policies, critics say - STAT

widely followed model for projecting Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. is producing results that have been bouncing up and down like an unpredictable fever, and now epidemiologists are criticizing it as flawed and misleading for both the public and policy makers. In particular, they warn against relying on it as the basis for government decision-making, including on “re-opening America.”“It’s not a model that most of us in the infectious disease epidemiology field think is well suited” to projecting Covid-19 deaths, epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health...

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Apr 17
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NIH: Critical study of Covid-19 drug shows patients respond to treatment

NIH: Critical study of Covid-19 drug shows patients respond to treatment

government-run study of Gilead’s , perhaps the most closely watched experimental drug to treat the novel coronavirus, showed that the medicine is effective against Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.The finding — although difficult to fully characterize without full, detailed data for the study — would represent the first treatment shown to improve outcomes in patients infected with the virus that put the global economy in a standstill and killed at least 218,000 people worldwide.advertisementDuring an appearance alongside President Trump in the Oval Office, Anthony Fauci, the...

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Apr 29
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Will we give up privacy for security after Covid-19? - STAT

Will we give up privacy for security after Covid-19? - STAT

n a span of weeks, the novel coronavirus has turned the nation’s roiling health privacy debate on its head. Concerns about what Google and Facebook might be doing with patients’ sensitive health information have receded, and instead, Americans are being asked to allow surveillance of their daily movements and contacts, and even their temperature and other physiological changes.By tapping into people’s phones and medical records, researchers and public health authorities are hoping to more swiftly identify and isolate potentially infected patients and corral a pandemic that is outrunning...

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Apr 8, 2020
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Could the porn industry offer a model for reopening amid Covid-19? - STAT

Could the porn industry offer a model for reopening amid Covid-19? - STAT

OS ANGELES — As states and employers furiously develop plans to safely reopen workplaces in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re grappling with what seems like an endless list of questions: where to test, who to test, and how often to test for the virus? Further complicating matters are issues of workers’ privacy, geography, politics, science, and cost. It’s a difficult mandate. But there is one place to look for guidance — the adult film industry.Since the late 1990s, when an outbreak of HIV infections threatened to shutter the multibillion-dollar industry, the mainstream porn...

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Research sheds light on sex imbalances in schizophrenia, lupus

Research sheds light on sex imbalances in schizophrenia, lupus

here’s a clear sex bias in many diseases. Lupus, for instance, affects women nine times more often than it does men. Schizophrenia tends to be far more severe in males.advertisementadvertisementTrendingRecommendedadvertisement

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May 11
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How face-touching can spread viruses — and why you can't help yourself

How face-touching can spread viruses — and why you can't help yourself

ith the outbreak of Covid-19, health care professionals are urging people to regularly refrain from touching their face. Is that too much to ask?There’s no question it’s easier said than done.According to a 2015 in the American Journal of Infection Control, people touch their faces more than 20 times an hour on average. About 44 percent of the time, it involves contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.advertisementFrom picking up objects to turning doorknobs, we’re constantly touching surfaces contaminated with pathogens. These pathogens can be picked up by our hands and get into the body...

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