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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire 16-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.

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Tips to Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Answers to common questions and ways to help you manage stress during the COVID-19 pandemic

– Nuvance Health

Telehealth can help ‘flatten the curve,’ serve critical role in COVID-19 response, says WVU health expert

West Virginia University is connecting patients, recently discharged from long-term care facilities, with medical professionals who can manage their healthcare remotely via technology. This telehealth approach may now prove to be a more versatile too...

– West Virginia University

COVID-19 pandemic poses risk of recession

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Associate Professor Alessandro Rebucci offers his interpretation of what COVID-19 means for the markets in the near term and long term.

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School


Infectious Disease Experts Recommend Using Antibodies From Covid-19 Survivors as Stopgap Measure to Treat Patients and Protect Health Care Workers

Countries fighting outbreaks of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 should consider using the antibodies of people who have recovered from infection to treat cases and provide short-term immunity—lasting weeks to months—to critical health care...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Journal of Clinical Investigation

COVID-19 Appears Less Severe in Children, Says Review in Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

As outbreaks of COVID-19 disease caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continue worldwide, there’s reassuring evidence that children have fewer symptoms and less severe disease. That’s among the insights...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

The Lancet: Study details first known person-to-person transmission of new coronavirus in the USA

Person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurred between two people with prolonged, unprotected exposure while the first patient was symptomatic. Despite active monitoring and testing of 372 contacts of both cases, no further transmission was det...

– Lancet

The Lancet

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Sanitizing Smartphones to Avoid COVID-19

Rutgers scholar Donald Schaffner is available to discuss how often, and with what chemicals, smartphone users should sanitize their devices amid fears of COVID-19.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New COVID-19 content from Annals of Internal Medicine

Below please find links to new coronavirus-related content published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. All coronavirus-related content published in Annals of Internal Medicine is free to the public.

– American College of Physicians (ACP)

Annals of Internal Medicine

The Best Ways to Kill Coronavirus In Your Home

Your kitchen cabinet may already be stocked with cleaning agents that can kill coronavirus. But not all chemicals will work, and none are as gentle on your skin as commercial hand sanitizers, according to Rutgers University experts. Siobain Duffy...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Cancer and COVID-19: What you should know

UCLA Oncologists Gary Schiller, MD, and Joshua Sasine, MD, PhD, help explain what cancer patients need to know about COVID-19.

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


Considerations about current evolution of SARS-nCOV-2 epidemic in Italy

In Italy, a COVID-19 epidemic is raging. This analysis, which might be useful also to forecast the next epidemic trends in the U.S., is briefly recapitulated in the following document.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Uninsured older adults more likely to be sicker and in need of inpatient care in China

A new study, published this week in the International Journal of Health Services, found that older adults without health insurance in China were 35% less likely to receive needed inpatient care compared to those with job-based health insurance.

– University of Toronto

International Journal of Health Services

What is “social distancing” and should we be doing it?

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, many are starting to consider scaling back exposure to people, a tactic called “social distancing” and a buzz phrase for people closely following the pandemic. Much to the delight of germophobes a...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Important Information About COVID-19 for Those with Asthma

COVID-19 is causing confusion and anxiety for many, including those with asthma. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology advises staying on your asthma medications to keep asthma under control.

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


LJI scientists identify potential targets for immune responses to novel coronavirus

Publishing in the March 16, 2020, online issue of Host, Cell and Microbe, a team of researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology, in collaboration with researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute, provides the first analysis of potential target...

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Host, Cell and Microbe; NIH; NIH; NIH


Knowing more about a virus threat may not satisfy you

People who rate themselves as highly knowledgeable about a new infectious disease threat could also be more likely to believe they don’t know enough, a new study suggests.

– Ohio State University

Risk Analysis

The Lancet: First study identifies risk factors associated with death in adults hospitalized with new coronavirus disease in Wuhan

Being of an older age, showing signs of sepsis, and having blood clotting issues when admitted to hospital are key risk factors associated with higher risk of death from the new coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a new observational study of 191 pa...

– Lancet

The Lancet

Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

The following are various story ideas regarding the COVID-19 illness. To interview experts in these tips or others at Johns Hopkins, contact

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

How Do You Wash Your Hands?

As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads throughout the United States, it’s important to refresh one’s memory on basic disease prevention techniques. Parents should be passing these techniques on to their children.

– Rush University Medical Center

COVID-19 poses risk to global supply chains

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School professors Goker Aydin and Tinglong Dai of Carey Business School discuss how COVID-19 is impacting business supply chains and operations.

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School


New Study on Covid-19 Estimates 5.1 Days for Incubation Period

An analysis of publicly available data on infections from the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 yielded an estimate of 5.1 days for the median disease incubation period, according to a new study led by research...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Annals of Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 09-Mar-2020 at 17:00 ET

UTSW researchers and international collaborators find human protein that potently inhibits coronavirus

A protein produced by the human immune system can potently inhibit several coronaviruses, including the one behind the current COVID-19 outbreak.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Understanding COVID-19 Origins First Step to Treating Cases, Stopping Spread

“The new virus originating from Wuhan is the third coronavirus that has made the ‘jump’ from animals to humans,” explains Enrico Bucci, Ph.D., professor and research scientist at the Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO), at Temple Unive...

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Individual response to COVID-19 'as important' as government action

How individuals respond to government advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be at least as important, if not more important, than government action, according to a new commentary from researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial Co...

– University of Oxford

The Lancet

SARS influencing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Singapore

n open-access American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) Collections article detailing how a tertiary hospital in Singapore responded to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) offers a thorough summary of ground operational considerati...

– American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)

American Journal of Roentgenology

Study Estimates COVID-19 May Have Infected Over 9,000 in U.S.

By March 1, more than 9000 people in the U.S. may have already been infected by COVID-19 (coronavirus), far more than the number that had been publicly reported, according to a new Cedars-Sinai study.

– Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai study

What does self-quarantine mean?

So, what does self-quarantine look like? Susan Wootton, MD, an infectious disease pediatrician at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, explains.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Wuhan CT scans reliable for coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis, limited for differentiation

n article by radiologists from Wuhan, China--published open-access and ahead-of-print in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)--concluded that chest CT had a low rate of misdiagnosis of COVID-19 (3.9%, 2/51) and could help standardize imaging f...

– American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)

American Journal of Roentgenology

GI symptoms and potential fecal transmission in coronavirus patients

The world is bracing for the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which has now spread to over 30 countries, infecting more than 80,000 people with over 2,600 deaths globally.

– American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)


GI symptoms and potential fecal transmission in coronavirus patients

The world is bracing for the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which has now spread to over 30 countries, infecting more than 80,000 people with over 2,600 deaths globally.

– American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)



Millions of US workers at risk of infections on the job, UW researchers calculate, emphasizing need to protect against COVID-19

A University of Washington researcher calculates that 14.4 million workers face exposure to infection once a week and 26.7 million at least once a month in the workplace, pointing to an important population needing protection as the novel coronavirus...

– University of Washington

MedRxiv; American Journal of Industrial Medicine

Thinking about cancelling your spring break plans? Ask yourself these questions.

A handy checklist to help you decide whether to travel for spring break, in light of COVID-19.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Coronavirus: concern and precaution ok, but panic and hysteria unjustified, says expert

COVID-19 is similar in symptoms to the seasonal flu, but to recognize it there is a different procedure and we have to act accordingly

Expert Available

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)


App, AI work together to provide rapid at-home assessment of coronavirus risk

A coronavirus app coupled with machine intelligence will soon enable an individual to get an at-home risk assessment based on how they feel and where they've been in about a minute, and direct those deemed at risk to the nearest definitive testing fa...

– Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

How to prepare your family for COVID-19

Professor shares what people can do now should the infection spread.

Expert Available

– University of Georgia

Policy and Public Affairs

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Would Prohibit Insurers from Paying for Some COVID-19 Tests

AACC greatly values the work that the U.S. House of Representatives has done to support American families in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak and is supportive of the goals of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. However, we a...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Association for Molecular Pathology Calls on Senate to Close Coverage Gaps for Clinical Laboratory Testing in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, molecular diagnostic professional society, today released a statement on H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on March 14,...

– Association for Molecular Pathology

“Families First Coronavirus Response Act” risks limited testing, surprise patient billing

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) represents swift action by the House of Representatives to bolster federal responses to the spread of coronavirus and aims to reduce the pandemic’s impacts on Americans’ safety and financial...

– Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

FSMB Statement on Supporting States in Verifying Licenses for Physicians Responding to COVID-19 Virus

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) released a statement offering the assistance of the FSMB to help provide essential information that can be used to verify licenses and credentials for physicians and other health care professionals wishin...

– Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

Education Management Solutions Releases Covid-19 Coronavirus Medical Education Guidelines

Newly released guidelines on the best practices for utilizing telemedicine to support uninterrupted healthcare education and simulation training during academic closures due to Covid-19 Coronavirus

– Education Management Solutions (EMS)

Now is the time to act on the coronavirus

I am the Director of the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia. My colleagues and I have been following COVID-19 since the middle of January. Our analysis of the data leads me to believe that serious action now i...

– University of Georgia

New Legislation Would Jeopardize Patient Access to Medical Tests Across the Board by Restricting Policy that Removed Barriers to Coronavirus Testing

On March 5, U.S. House and Senate lawmakers introduced the VALID Act, which would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new, expansive powers to regulate laboratory developed tests—tests that are already regulated by the Centers for Medicare ...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)


AIP Proactively Moves to Remote Work Due to Coronavirus; Business to Continue as Usual

In an abundance of caution, American Institute of Physics employees will be working remotely beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, to reduce potential exposure to the coronavirus. AIP will transition to remote work until further notice. AIP staff will be...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

‘This Is What Rush Was Built For'

Rush University Medical Center is officially operating in surge mode, as preparations for a potential sharp increase in patients with COVID-19 move into a new phase.

– Rush University Medical Center

Radio Observatories Closing in New Mexico, Virginia, West Virginia

Radio observatories closing facilities in response to COVID-19 outbreak and school closings in three states.

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Coriell Life Sciences to Provide Coronavirus COVID-19 Reporting to Laboratories

Coriell Life Sciences (CLS), a leading provider of molecular test interpretation and reporting, is offering its coronavirus analysis and reporting services to laboratories throughout the United States at no cost during this period of public health cr...

– Coriell Life Sciences

Keck Medicine of USC Takes Precautionary Measures to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the rising number of cases in California, Keck Medicine of USC has taken precautions to protect staff and patients and reduce the spread of the disease.

– Keck Medicine of USC

Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery and Innovation Launches Rapid Response Coronavirus Test

Health care network deploys diagnostic to faster respond to outbreaks as they happen

– Hackensack Meridian Health

CEL-SCI Initiates Development of Immunotherapy to TreatCOVID-19 Coronavirus Infection

Immunotherapy using LEAPS peptide technology may be able to reduce COVID-19 viral load and tissue damage resulting from infection in the lungs.

– Cel-Sci Corp

Endocrine Society cancels ENDO 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns

Today, following the latest reports from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health authorities in San Francisco, the Endocrine Society announced the necessary cancellation of ENDO...

– Endocrine Society

ENDO 2020, Mar-2020

AERA Announces 2020 Annual Meeting Change Due to Coronavirus

The American Educational Research Association has announced it will not hold a place-based Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, in April 2020 due to the coronavirus. Instead, AERA is shifting to a virtual meeting.

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Mount Sinai and Harbour BioMed Collaborate to Advance Novel Biotherapies for the Treatment of Cancer and Coronavirus COVID-19

Collaboration combines Harbour BioMed’s proprietary H2L2 Harbour Mice® platform for fully human monoclonal antibody generation with Mount Sinai’s translational medical research expertise.

– Mount Sinai Health System

FAU Emergency Medicine Resident Physicians Train for Coronavirus Contagion

With seven reported cases in Florida to-date, FAU emergency medicine resident physicians prepared for the threat of a coronavirus contagion using a simulated or “mock” disaster scenario at FORTS Medical. The simulation involved a cruise ship dock...

– Florida Atlantic University

Cleaning for Coronavirus: American Cleaning Institute Website Connects Consumers, Companies with Emerging Information

Knowing that hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting products are important tools in preventing the spread of infections, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) website now features a “Cleaning for Coronavirus” page with updated information for consume...

– American Cleaning Institute


Healthcare Communication Platform, Pulsara, Announces Release of FREE COVID-19 Management Package

Pulsara's COVID-19 package enables networked communication (including HIPAA-compliant live video and messaging) across organizations at no charge.

– Pulsara

Coronavirus Dehydration Concerns & Solutions Addresses by Board Certified Internist, Who Facilitates Donation Benefitting (Hydrating) Health Workers & Test-Positive Patients in Hard-Hit States

Amid escalating concerns about derivative health implications of COVID-19 and influenza illnesses in general—with dehydration paramount among the more ubiquitous health concerns as detailed in a multitude of reports—board-certified internist Dr. ...


Rapid Diagnosis Test for Coronavirus COVID-19 Now Available

Surgisphere Corporation announces the availability of a rapid diagnostic tool for novel coronavirus.

– Surgisphere Corporation

Expert Pitch

Covid-19 Underscores Flawed Eurozone Single Currency System

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

McLean Mental Health Experts Offer 5 Ways to Reduce Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak

– McLean Hospital

IU sociologist available to comment on how school closures, e-learning disproportionately impact low-income students

– Indiana University

Fed must elastically supply liquidity to ensure functioning of markets, sufficient cash for businesses

– University of Notre Dame

Online education experts available to discuss the pandemic's push into the virtual classroom

– California State University, Fullerton

Reduced feeling of security leads to instinctive self-preservation, which includes panic buying, expert says

– Indiana University

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss COVID-19 Election Impact

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss How COVID-19 Impacts Homeless

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Faculty Q&A: U. of Michigan economist Gabriel Ehrlich sees sharp, short-lived effects of coronavirus

– University of Michigan

Notre Dame expert available: Estimating unobserved infections of COVID-19 in the United States

– University of Notre Dame

Faculty Q&A: H. Luke Shaefer on how the coronavirus outbreak highlights inequities in health care, employment systems

– University of Michigan

Finance expert available to discuss current changes to financial markets, including stock markets, bond markets, interest rates and federal policy changes

– Indiana University

Coronavirus heightens risk of cybercrime in the workplace, expert warns to protect private data

– Virginia Tech

Business strategy and economic development expert can speak about possible recession as a result of COVID-19 behavioral changes from consumers and cancellations.

– Indiana University

Former US ambassador to Poland available to comment on diplomatic implications of US European travel ban

– Indiana University

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Mental Health During Coronavirus

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Mental Well-being During Social Distancing

– Tulane University

Disruption of sports has ‘substantial, uncertain’ impact on long-term broadcast rights, ticket sales, fan attendance, says WVU economist

– West Virginia University

Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 leading companies to move annual meetings online

– Indiana University

Coronavirus K-12 closures impact safety, stability for vulnerable NYC students

– Cornell University

Your teen may be secretly vaping; don’t ignore coronavirus signs

– Cornell University

DePaul University experts available to discuss coronavirus issues

– DePaul University

Notre Dame leader in unconventional classroom instruction available to comment on alternative learning methods during coronavirus university break

– University of Notre Dame

Saint Joseph's University Expert available to discuss how coronavirus could change the future of work

– Saint Joseph's University

Rutgers Expert Discusses How to Talk to Students About COVID-19

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss COVID-19 Impacts on Film, Theater, Television, Festivals

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Communications experts available to comment on corporate, government messaging on coronavirus

– Indiana University

What do we do with our germ-harboring smartphones in the midst of pandemic?

– Cornell University

Avoiding Chinese restaurants due to unfounded association with coronavirus is latest example of racist consumer behavior against Asians and Asian Americans

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Caring for Your Mental Health Despite the Coronavirus

– McLean Hospital

When the Doctors get Sick with Coronavirus - How Telemedicine Provides an Answer

– Thomas Jefferson University

Novel coronavirus: Experts in epidemics, economics, disease modeling, other fields available for interview

– Virginia Tech

UCLA OB/GYN expert offers tips for pregnant women amid COVID-19 outbreak

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

Market Turbulence from Covid-19, OPEC: Maryland Smith Finance Experts Available

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

Virginia Tech travel expert urges caution when planning summer vacation

– Virginia Tech

Economics Expert: Combination of Coronavirus Uncertainty, Oil Crash Could Be Severe

– Texas Tech University

FSU professors available to comment on economic impact of coronavirus

– Florida State University

Coronavirus and the Workplace: Rutgers Experts Available for Interview

– Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

@atscommunity #lung expert Dr. Michael Niederman weighs in on #COVID-19.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Rutgers expert available to discuss discrimination and elderly health risks due to Coronavirus

– Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

IU’s Clark explains link between conjunctivitis and COVID-19, with steps to protect eye-care professionals and patients

– Indiana University

Dr. Graham Carlos Available to Discuss #Pneumonia in the Context of #Coronavirus

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Public health, nursing expert: Coronavirus: Health care workers must protect themselves even if employers won’t

– University of Michigan

Coronavirus: What companies and the federal government should do to help: A Q&A with @MichiganRoss professor Ravi Anupindi

– University of Michigan


Care for Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA. Published online March 11, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3633





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