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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire 05-Mar-2020

This special edition of the Newswise Wires provides up-to-date news and experts on the developing coronavirus outbreak known as COVID-19.

For more updates and resources on the coronavirus outbreak, see our Coronavirus Channel here.

Travel history should become routine in medical assessments to slow pandemics’ spread

Integrating travel history information into routine medical assessments could help stem the rapidly widening COVID-19 epidemic, as well as future pandemics, infectious disease specialists recommend in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Annals of Internal Medicine

U.S. Workers Need Paid Sick Leave to Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

One-third of Americans do not have access to paid sick leave. Only the U.S. and Japan do not mandate a national sick leave benefit. Currently, seven states in the U.S. mandate that employers provide paid sick leave benefits. Given the latest informat...

– Florida Atlantic University

Biophysical Society Statement on COVID-19

.ROCKVILLE, MD – As concern continues to grow concerning the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, so does the opportunity for misinformation to spread as the public searches for reliable information on infection and means of protection.

– Biophysical Society

Wayne State University team receives $1.98 million NIH award to develop diagnostic tests for sarcoidosis

With the help of a $1.98 million award from the NIH, Wayne State University researchers are working to develop biomarker technology for identification of biomarkers of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease of unknown causes that affects multiple orga...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

National Institutes of Health - HL150474

New Coronavirus Protein Reveals Drug Target

A potential drug target has been identified in a newly mapped protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The structure was solved by a team including the University of Chicago (U of C), the U.S. Department of En...

– Argonne National Laboratory

RSCB Protein Data Bank

How Does COVID-19 Appear in the Lungs?

While COVID-19, previously known as the novel coronavirus, was first reported in China, it was recently declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. Because most cases have been in China, clinicians elsewhere may be unfamiliar...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging

BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest

A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Potential impact of coronavirus on travel, hospitality industries

– University of Delaware

AJR: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) imaging features overlap with SARS and MERS

Although the imaging features of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are variable and nonspecific, the findings reported thus far do show "significant overlap" with those of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory s...

– American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)

American Journal of Roentgenology

COVID-19 a reminder of the challenge of emerging infectious diseases

The emergence and rapid increase in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, pose complex challenges to the global public health, research and medical communities, write federal scientists fro...

– NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

New England Journal of Medicine

New JACEP Open analyses explore coronavirus risk factors and public health concerns

Emergency physician-led teams are on the frontlines of coronavirus treatment, prevention and response.

– American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open

First-ever pathology of the early phase of lung infection with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

An international team of clinicians and researchers for the first time have described the pathology of the SARS-CoV-2, or coronavirus, and published their findings in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the journal of the International Association for ...

– International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)

Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Study reveals how drug meant for Ebola may also work against coronaviruses

A group of University of Alberta researchers who have discovered why the drug remdesivir is effective in treating the coronaviruses that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) expect it might also b...

– University of Alberta

Journal of Biological Chemistry

Cast your ballot, not your germs

Polling locations across the country employ different methods of casting ballots, like using pens, felt-tip markers or touch screens — all hotbeds for germs.

Expert Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

AACC Statement on New FDA Guidance That Allows Certified Labs to Perform Coronavirus Testing

AACC thanks the FDA for being responsive to the concerns of the clinical laboratory community and amending the coronavirus guidance to allow CMS-certified labs to develop and implement new tests for coronavirus prior to FDA approval.

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

COVID-19 Webcast with Johns Hopkins Experts Today Monday March 2 at 11:30 am ET

With COVID-19 now spreading via community transmission in the U.S. and the World Health Organization raising its risk assessment to “very high,” the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will host a 30-minute webcast featuring some of t...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Russian biologist explains recent findings regarding coronavirus structure

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Coronavirus to disrupt grocery supply chains, price stability

– Cornell University

What does coronavirus mean for the American workforce?

– Cornell University

Notre Dame experts on coronavirus: limitations of WHO, cultural implications and similarities to polio

– University of Notre Dame

National airline quality expert comments on potential impact of COVID-19 on air travel

– Wichita State University

Katherine Foss: author of the forthcoming book Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media & Collective Memory. University of Massachusetts Press.

– Middle Tennessee State University

Lessons learned from addressing myths about Zika and yellow fever outbreaks in Brazil

When disease epidemics and outbreaks occur, conspiracy theories often emerge that compete with the information provided by public health officials.

– Dartmouth College

Science Advances

McMaster develops tool for coronavirus battle

Technology can be used to track how the virus evolves over time, how it transmits between people, how well it survives outside the body, and to find answers to other questions.

– McMaster University

Coronavirus: Human strain causes fear, but domestic livestock strains are routine

Many people are hearing about coronavirus for the first time as the China strain, COVID-19, affecting humans causes concern all across the world. But coronaviruses are not new to livestock and poultry producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife vete...

– Texas A&M AgriLife

As U.S. Struggles to Get Coronavirus Testing Up and Running, AACC Calls on FDA to Allow Clinical Labs to Develop Their Own Tests for the Virus

In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), AACC is urging the agency to allow clinical laboratories to develop coronavirus tests without going through FDA review. Lifting this regulatory requirement is key to ensuring that all patients ha...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

White House health communications & ethics expert - COVID-19 response

– George Washington University

Expert who studies history of epidemics: ‘Panic may be the worst possible response’

– Virginia Tech

UCLA expert is available to discuss how fear of the coronavirus (COVID-19) may lead to increased worry and anxiety.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

New systemic approach needed to tackle global challenges

Putting systemic thinking at the centre of policymaking will be essential to address global issues in an era of rapid and disruptive change, according to a new joint report by IIASA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD...

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Systemic Thinking for Policy Making: The Potential of Systems Analysis for Addressing Global Policy Challenges in the 21st Century, New Approaches to Economic Challenges

Study sheds light on how a drug being tested in COVID-19 patients works

As hospitalized COVID-19 patients undergo experimental therapy, research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry explains how the drug, remdesivir, stops replication in coronaviruses.

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Biological Chemistry

Survey results show Coronavirus impact spreading in the Midwest economy

Early results of the Mid America Business Conditions Index, a monthly survey of manufacturing supply managers conducted by Creighton University in nine mid-American states, including Nebraska and Iowa, shows that coronavirus is influencing business....

– Creighton University

How to prepare in the event of a pandemic

UAB experts provide tips for you to prepare yourself in the event of the spread of COVID-19.

Expert Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Expert: Coronavirus fears have caused stocks to plunge, but investors shouldn’t be concerned

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

‘Stuck’ at sea: Coronavirus challenges cruise industry

– Cornell University

As businesses prepare for a coronavirus outbreak, they must consider the dos and don’ts of telecommuting

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Expert analysis by Thunderbird's Doug Guthrie: Potential Impacts of Coronavirus (covid19) and the Cost of Doing Business in Xi's China

– Thunderbird School of Global Management

VP as Coronavirus Point Person Unprecedented, Dangerous

– University of Delaware

UCLA pulmonary expert discusses the efficacy of masks as protection against Coronavirus

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Mount Sinai Physicians the First in U.S. Analyzing Lung Disease in Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patients from China

Findings from CT scans provide new insight that could lead to quicker diagnosis

– Mount Sinai Health System


Coronavirus disrupts global supply chain and production of U.S. consumer goods, says expert

– Virginia Tech

WashU Expert: Ingredients for a virus to become a pandemic

– Washington University in St. Louis

When coronavirus is not alone

Interacting contagious diseases like influenza and pneumonia—and perhaps coronavirus too—follow the same complex spreading patterns as social trends, like the adoption of new slang or technologies. This new finding, published in Nature Physics, c...

– University of Vermont

Nature Physics

Embargo expired on 24-Feb-2020 at 11:00 ET

Harvard scientists, Chinese colleagues to collaborate on coronavirus research

Harvard University scientists will collaborate with Chinese colleagues to elucidate the basic biology of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and the resulting disease, toward new diagnostic tools, vaccine development and antiviral therapies. The collab...

– Harvard Medical School

Thinking about a cruise in light of the novel coronavirus? Here are health tips from experts at University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Fears of coronavirus outbreaks have caused the Dow to plunge 1,000 points, but experts say investors shouldn’t be concerned

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Tulane University launches new coronavirus research program to develop a vaccine and advanced diagnostics

From working to develop one of the first nonhuman primate models for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to designing new nanotechnology-based tests to rapidly diagnose infections, researchers at Tulane University are responding across disc...

– Tulane University

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health faculty experts available for media covering novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Tulane math professor leads effort to map spread of coronavirus

Professor James “Mac” Hyman's goal is to help the public health community better understand and predict the spread of the COVID-19 and to quantify the effectiveness of various efforts to stop it.

– Tulane University

Infectious Disease Modeling; Journal of Clinical Medicine

UAB experts involved with COVID-19 vaccine research available to comment on outbreak, what's being reported, where concerns lie

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Data scientists ID potential vulnerabilities in the COVID-19 virus

Data scientists analyzing genetic sequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus have identified potential vulnerabilities that could help in vaccine development and further study of the infectious disease now spreading worldwide.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


FSU expert available to comment on effectiveness of flu vaccine

– Florida State University

China delays political meetings, signals coronavirus disruption

– Cornell University

Using Social Media to Understand the Vaccine Debate in China

– George Washington University






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