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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...

March 10, 2020
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One-quarter of the world may not get a Covid-19 vaccine until 2022, experts warn

One-quarter of the world may not get a Covid-19 vaccine until 2022, experts warn

s wealthy governments race to lock in supplies of Covid-19 vaccines, nearly a quarter of the world’s population — mostly in low and middle-income countries — will not have access to a shot until 2022, according to a new analysis.As of mid-November, high income countries, including the European Union bloc, reserved 51% of nearly 7.5 billion doses of different Covid-19 vaccines, although these countries comprise just 14% of the world’s population. Meanwhile, only six of the 13 manufacturers working on Covid-19 vaccine candidates have reached agreements to sell their shots to low and...

December 15, 2020
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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...

April 8, 2020
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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...

March 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...

March 31, 2020
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How Nancy Pelosi almost killed drug pricing reform — a gamble that expanded Democrats’ final deal

How Nancy Pelosi almost killed drug pricing reform — a gamble that expanded Democrats’ final deal

ASHINGTON —  The White House stunned health care experts last month when it declared it was abandoning its efforts to reform drug pricing in the major domestic spending package moving through Congress, a seeming death knell for what had long been a major priority for Democrats.But unlike earlier in the negotiations, moderate Democrats weren’t the holdouts.This time, it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi who dealt the blow, late the night before, to the latest deal on offer, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. It was her behind-the-scenes opposition, which has not been...

Nov 9
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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

April 16, 2020
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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...

April 17, 2020
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Gene-editing find could point to cures for mitochondrial diseases - STAT

Gene-editing find could point to cures for mitochondrial diseases - STAT

iologist David Liu was in the middle of his morning commute to the Broad Institute two summers ago when he opened the email. We just discovered a new toxin made by bacteria, explained the note from a researcher Liu had never spoken to, and it “might be useful for something you guys do.”Intrigued, Liu phoned the sender, biologist Joseph Mougous of the University of Washington, and it quickly became clear that the bacterial toxin had a talent that was indeed useful for what Liu does: invent ways to edit genes. On Wednesday, they and their colleagues reported in Nature that they had turned the...

July 8, 2020
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