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Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire


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

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Most Women Treated in New York City for Gynecologic Cancers Are Not at Increased Risk of Death From COVID-19

Women receiving standard treatment in New York City for ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers are not at increased risk of being hospitalized for or dying from COVID-19 due to their cancer, a new study shows.

– NYU Langone Health


Embargo expired on 30-Jul-2020 at 00:00 ET

Young Kids Could Spread COVID-19 As Much As Older Children and Adults

A study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago discovered that children younger than 5 years with mild to moderate COVID-19 have much higher levels of genetic material for the virus in the nose compared to older children and adul...

– Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

JAMA Pediatrics, July 2020

Embargo expired on 30-Jul-2020 at 11:00 ET

Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine protects non-human primates

A leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center creates the groundwork for a newly launched COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Study Highlights Mental Health Risks Facing Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

A new study finds U.S. healthcare workers are struggling with a suite of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– North Carolina State University

Frontiers in Psychology, Jul-2020

COVID-19 dogs could be sniffing out cases in months

University of Adelaide researchers are working with international partners to train sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 infection.

– University of Adelaide


COVID-19 may cause deadly blood clots

COVID-19 may increase the risk of blot cots in women who are pregnant or taking estrogen with birth control or hormone replacement therapy, according to a new manuscript published in the Endocrine Society’s journal, Endocrinology.

– Endocrine Society


Embargo expired on 29-Jul-2020 at 09:00 ET

Reviews find children not major source of COVID-19, but family stress is high

The review found among children who were infected, transmission was traced back to community and home settings or adults, rather than amongst children within daycares or schools even in jurisdictions where schools remained open or have since reopened...

– McMaster University

Rapid Review: What is the specific role of daycares and schools in COVID-19 transmission?, The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

Ready to Join the Fight Against COVID-19

UPTON, NY—On July 29, 2020 the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory opened a new cryo-electron microscopy center, the Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure (LBMS), with an initial focus on COVID-19-related research. This...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

DE-SC0012704; DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research

Anti-Asian racism during COVID-19 has historical ties in United States

Anti-Asian hate crimes during health crises are unfortunately not new, according to a new academic paper examining the history of this phenomenon. The research team, including an Iowa State University criminal justice researcher, looked at how anti-A...

– Iowa State University

American Journal of Criminal Justice

Utah’s young population contributes to relatively low COVID-19 death rate

Research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute shows Utah’s relatively young population is contributing to a lower COVID-19 death rate than the nation as a whole.

– Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Social distancing varies by income in US

Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.

– University of California, Davis

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine

Below please find a summary and link(s) of new coronavirus-related content published today in Annals of Internal Medicine.

– American College of Physicians (ACP)

Annals of Internal Medicine

In HEPA we trust: making the indoors safer during COVID

As schools prepare to reopen and more people are heading back to their offices and shared work spaces, Syracuse University Professor Jianshun "Jensen" Zhang offers a three-step plan to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and help prevent the spread of C...

– Syracuse University

Science and Technology for the Built Environment

Report Sees ‘Tough Challenges’ to Building Up Transportation Ridership in New York City

Subway usage has dropped from 5.5 million on an average weekday to less than 500,000 a day, according to the report.

– New York University

Cancer Care in the Time of COVID

The medical community is urgently trying to tell the public that seeking health care is still essential, particularly in cancer care, where early detection is key

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

COVID-19 and sports activity: How the heart could be affected and what athletes should do

From inflammation to heart failure, the effects the new coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on your heart are alarming, particularly as it relates to vigorous-intensity exercise, training and sporting activities.

– LifeBridge Health

Virtual lecture series finale connects interns to ongoing COVID-19 research

Students attending the last 2020 Office of Science Summer Internship Virtual Lecture Series seminar learned about how national laboratories are coming together to fight COVID-19.

– Argonne National Laboratory


What’s the best way to estimate and track COVID-19 mortality?

When used correctly, the symptomatic case fatality ratio (sCFR) and the infection fatality ratio (IFR) are better measures by which to monitor COVID-19 epidemics than the commonly reported case fatality ratio (CFR), according to a new study published...


PLOS Medicine

Embargo expired on 28-Jul-2020 at 14:00 ET

Acute depression, stress, anxiety higher during peak of COVID-19 pandemic

Rates of elevated psychological distress, including depression and anxiety symptoms, were found among Australian adults during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, according to a new study published July 28, 2020 in the open-access journal...



Embargo expired on 28-Jul-2020 at 14:00 ET

New Study Finds Racial Disparities in COVID-19-related Deaths Exist Beyond Income Differences in 10 Large U.S. Cities

New analyses by a team of researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine examine the interplay between race/ethnicity and income on COVID-19 cases and related deaths in 10 major U.S. cities. The researchers found that non-white counties had higher c...

– NYU Langone Health

JAMA Network Open

Embargo expired on 28-Jul-2020 at 11:00 ET

New study explores how coronavirus travels indoors

A new study from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering analyzes how the coronavirus spreads indoors—information that could help businesses and schools take precautions to reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission as they r...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering


Computational gene study suggests new pathway for COVID-19 inflammatory response

A team led by Dan Jacobson of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the Summit supercomputer at ORNL to analyze genes from cells in the lung fluid of nine COVID-19 patients compared with 40 control patients.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

It seems there will never be enough “thank-yous” for the incredible doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff members who are working around the clock to help patients who have COVID-19, the dangerous coronavirus disease. Their dedication, d...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

JAMA Otolaryngology, July-2020

Back to School This Year Is Far from Back to Normal For Kids with Allergies and Asthma

Kids with allergies and asthma may have to take extra precautions as they head back to school this year.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

STEM camps embrace format change to support social distancing

The Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduates in Research and Education (NATURE) program is a long-standing signature program for ND EPSCoR. It is a means to grow and diversify the STEM pathway. American Indian students are significantly underrepresen...

– North Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR)

Labs Still Do Not Have Supplies for COVID-19 Testing, AACC Survey Finds

A new survey of U.S. clinical laboratories conducted by AACC has found that nearly half of all responding labs still do not have the supplies they need to run COVID-19 tests. AACC presented these findings to the White House Coronavirus Task Force tod...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Startup’s contact tracing tech tracks workplace distancing

A Cornell University-based startup has expanded the features of its platform’s technology to fit the times in which we live, ensuring social distancing in the workplace and enabling companies to bring employees back to work safely amid COVID-19.

– Cornell University

Psychology of Masking: Why Some People Don’t Cover Up

Although discomfort, confusion and even political affiliation are often cited as reasons that make people less likely to wear a mask in public, the psychological traits that shape a person’s behavioral choices may also factor into the decision.

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

Virologist Shares What We Know About COVID-19

University of Kentucky virologist Rebecca Dutch answers key questions about SARS-CoV-2 and the coronavirus pandemic.

Expert Available

– University of Kentucky


Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Have Low Risk of Stroke

New research from Penn Medicine shows a low risk of stroke in patients hospitalized for COVID-19. Notably, the majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These findings provide more clarity abo...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Stroke, July-2020

Men are more likely than women to endorse COVID-19 conspiracy theories

In a new study, men were more likely than women to endorse conspiracy theories connected to COVID-19. This important research will help debunk potentially dangerous falsehoods regarding the pandemic and enhance public health practices.

– University of Delaware

Cambridge University Press

Nationwide Trends Show Fewer Cancer Patients Seeking Care Since Start of Pandemic

Researchers observe significant decreases nationwide in the number of patients being seen for cancer-related care as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed during the few first months of 2020.

– Thomas Jefferson University

JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics

New Hampshire Anesthesiologists Lead Tele-Intensive Care Unit Innovation for COVID-19 Patients in Rural Areas during Public Health Crisis

Physician anesthesiologists have been on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients throughout the country, but in New Hampshire physicians have innovated with a Tele-Intensive Care Unit (TeleICU) hub to collaborate with physicians in rural hospital...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Testing millions for coronavirus quickly

Health care entrepreneur Bobby Brooke Herrera, a New Mexico native who grew up just south of Las Cruces, may hold the key to testing millions of Americans to see if they are infected and spreading the coronavirus. His company, E25Bio, is currently pu...

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Cancer Care Can’t Wait

Further delaying your preventative cancer care may cause more harm than good. Expert from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey explains how most colorectal cancers can be prevented through regular screenings, and it is safe to get your screenings, ...

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Existing Evidence Suggests Face Coverings Do Not Lead to False Sense of Security

Existing limited evidence suggests that wearing face coverings to protect against COVID-19 does not lead to a false sense of security and is unlikely to increase the risk of infection through wearers foregoing other behaviours such as good hand hygie...

– University of Cambridge

BMJ Analysis

Embargo expired on 26-Jul-2020 at 19:05 ET


Nature study identifies 21 existing drugs that could treat COVID-19

A Nature study authored by a global team of scientists and led by Sumit Chanda, Ph.D., professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, has identified 21 existing drugs that stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes CO...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

HR0011-19-2-0020; Nature; U19AI118610; U19AI135972; HHSN272201700060C; GM132024; HHSN272201400008C; U19AI142733; W81XWH-20-1-0270; COVID190121...

In Cell Studies, Seaweed Extract Outperforms Remdesivir in Blocking COVID-19 Virus

In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the disease. The research is the latest example of a dec...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Cell Discovery

America’s Preschoolers Lose Important Learning Opportunities Due to Pandemic, Raising Concerns for the Future

America’s preschools schools failed to provide students adequate support after shutting down in-person instruction in March due to the coronavirus pandemic according to a nationwide survey by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIE...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

Another mRNA-based vaccine candidate protects animals against SARS-CoV-2

An experimental messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) elicits protective immune responses in mice and non-human primates, researchers report on July 23rd in the journal Cell.

– Cell Press


Why is obesity so common in COVID-19 patients?

A hormone that connects the body's metabolism and immune response system may explain why COVID-19 is so dangerous for people with obesity.

– Pennington Biomedical Research Center

International Journal of Obesity

COVID-19 Is Transforming Commercial Use of Digital Technology

Joël Le Bon, a Johns Hopkins Carey Business School associate professor and co-founder of the school’s Science of Digital Business Development Initiative, looks at the immense impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the world of digital business.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

National Clinical Trial Launches, Will Test Promising Vaccine Against Novel Coronavirus

UC San Diego Health and the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute will be sites for an accelerated national clinical trial to assess the efficacy and immunogenicity of a vaccine intended to protect against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus t...

– University of California San Diego Health

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute Expands Efforts in the Fight Against COVID-19

As the global response to the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 approaches 200 days, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the research and development arm of Baylor Scott & White Health, is accelerating its pace of bringing clinical trials on...

– Baylor Scott and White Health


Humanizing hotel brands during COVID-19 could encourage tourists to return

Hotels should build an emotional attachment with tourists when communicating during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic if they are to encourage them to return, according to new research.

– University of East Anglia

Annals of Tourism Research

Lung ultrasound shows duration, severity of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

According to an open-access article published in ARRS' American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), lung ultrasound (US) was highly sensitive for detecting abnormalities in patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with B-lines, a thickened pleural l...

– American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)

American Journal of Roentgenology

Supply chain works better if you previously worked, studied together

While most of the business world builds success from existing relationships, four scientists including Xiumin Martin from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis crunched 12 years' worth of data to find that personal connection...

– Washington University in St. Louis

The Review of Accounting Studies

Study Finds Significant Decline in Emergent Medical, Surgical and Obstetric Hospitalizations During Early Phase of COVID-19

Researchers from BIDMC report on the decline of emergent medical, surgical and obstetric hospitalizations at the medical center during the six-week period following the week of the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency in Boston in mid-...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Journal of General Internal Medicine

UNC Charlotte's Childress Klein Center for Real Estate Issues State of Housing in Charlotte Update

After seeing a drop in April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, single-family home sales in the Charlotte region are surging back, according to an update from UNC Charlotte’s Childress Klein Center for Real Estate (CKCRE), part of the Belk Colle...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Cancer Clinical Trials Tested, Continue During COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health continues to offer potentially lifesaving treatment through cancer clinical trials.

– University of California San Diego Health

NYU School of Global Public Health to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Transit Workers

NYU School of Global Public Health is embarking on a series of studies to evaluate the risks and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on one of the city’s essential workforces: transit workers. This research will be conducted in coordination with the T...

– New York University


Johns Hopkins Receives $35 Million in Funding from Department of Defense for Covid-19 Blood Plasma Trials

Johns Hopkins researchers have received $35 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND), on behalf of the Defense Health Agency, f...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

S&T Releases Solicitation to Address Emerging Covid-19 Response Needs and Mitigation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS S&T is seeking groundbreaking solutions to address current and future operational needs.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Virtual Signature Social Raises Nearly $90,000 for Programs and Services at Southern Ocean Medical Center

The annual Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Virtual Signature Social, held on July 24, raised nearly $90,000 for the greatest needs at Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center. In lieu of the planned in-person cel...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

NYU School of Global Public Health Creates COVID-19 Safety Training for Rideshare Drivers

New York University’s School of Global Public Health is teaming up with the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) to increase the safety of rideshare drivers and passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– New York University

Arizona State University and World Economic Forum, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, announce COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons to help companies get back to work

To help companies safely move their employees back to the workplace, Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and the World Economic Forum, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, announced today the COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Offers New Online Course for Public Health Program Managers and Developers on Maximizing Effectiveness of COVID-19 Contact Tracing

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the country, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with Bloomberg Philanthropies, today announced a free new online course to help public health officials implement strong contact tracing programs...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

George Washington University to Conduct Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Experimental Vaccine

The George Washington University will participate in a clinical trial for an investigational COVID-19 vaccine.

– George Washington University

Global Consulting Program for Maryland Businesses Application Deadline Approaching

August 1 is the preferred deadline for Maryland businesses to apply for a Maryland Smith-coordinated program designed to increase expertise in international expansion and global business strategies.

– University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

CEL-SCI Announces Early Results with COVID 19 LEAPS Vaccine/Treatment

Recent animal experiments showed that LEAPS COVID 19 conjugates induced faster and much higher than expected antibody responses against a non-mutating region of the virus that causes COVID 19, after only one injection.

– Cel-Sci Corp

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In authorizing strikes, AFT stands up for workplace safety

– Cornell University

Rutgers Economist Available to Discuss Reopening of Casinos in New Jersey

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


How Do Serology Tests Work for Covid-19?

Dr. Grenache addresses the growing push for COVID-19 antibody testing, bringing much-needed clarity to the question of what these tests can—and can’t—do.

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Antibodies and COVID-19: Explained

AACC President-Elect Dr. David Grenache discusses what we know so far about the body’s immune response to COVID-19, and why the presence of antibodies to the novel coronavirus doesn’t yet tell us whether or not a person is immune.

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

What Is PCR Testing for Covid-19?

Dr. Wiley gives an overview of PCR testing, which is the most common type of test for COVID-19 and the one that patients are currently most likely to encounter.

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)


Hydroxychloroquine could be useful treatment of COVID-19, but more clinical studies needed

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Physiological Society-Function,

Sense of normalcy bounces back faster than we might think

– University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Journal of Applied Psychology





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