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Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire 09-Apr-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.

Media Invited to Ask Qs - COVID-19 Update, April 9, 2020

A Panel of Experts will discuss: emergency preparedness, economic relief bill, healthcare workers safety, preventative measures

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Registration for media, as well as colleagues from participating Newswise member institutions

This live event will also be recorded and transcribed for use by media and communicators after it is concluded.


NYU Langone Scientists Tracking Genetic Evolution of Coronavirus in New York City

As of April 9, NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers had determined the genetic code for COVID-19 virus taken from 91 New York City patients during the current pandemic, the researchers say.

– NYU Langone Health

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MTU Engineers Build Mobile Unit to Clean COVID-19 PPE

A refrigerated shipping container. Commercial-grade baking sheets. A modified oven. These are the off-the-shelf parts of a prototype that uses heat to sanitize personal protection equipment (PPE).

– Michigan Technological University

UPMC Leads Global Effort to Fast Track Testing of Hydroxychloroquine and other COVID-19 Therapies with ‘Learning While Doing’ Clinical Trial

Novel 'learning while doing' clinical trial approach called REMAP helps doctors find the optimal trade-off between quickly adopting new therapies during a pandemic, such as the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, and waiting until they are tested ...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Annals of the American Thoracic Society; FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION-1 (602525); APP1101719 ; 16/631; 158584; no numbers; no numbers

Mount Sinai Study Finds First Cases of COVID-19 in New York City are Primarily from European and US Sources

First definitive molecular epidemiology study of SARS-CoV-2 in New York City to describe the route by which the virus arrived

– Mount Sinai Health System


COVID lockdown, seasonal changes affect California’s emissions

California’s nitrous oxide (NO₂) air pollution has been reduced by a combination of the state’s COVID-19 lockdown and naturally occurring effects, according to an atmospheric scientist at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Clinical trial launches to evaluate antimalarial drugs for COVID-19 treatment

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is launching a clinical trial for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The trial will investigate the effectiveness of different combinations of the antimalarial drugs ch...

– Washington University in St. Louis


UofL researchers seek new drugs to fight coronavirus using computers in schools across Kentucky

Researchers are using the computing power of thousands of computers in classrooms across Kentucky to identify drugs to treat COVID-19. The desktop computers are part of the DataseamGrid, a network of computers housed in classrooms of 48 Kentucky scho...

– University of Louisville Health Science Center

UTEP School of Pharmacy Developing COVID-19 Vaccine, Drug Treatments Using Supercomputing

Research is underway at The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Pharmacy to develop vaccines and antiviral drugs to combat the novel coronavirus within 15 months to two years.

– University of Texas at El Paso


St. Jude experimental anti-malarial drug shows promise in first clinical trial

Malaria is a leading killer of children worldwide, and new drugs are needed. New research reports encouraging early clinical results with a new compound.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Lancet Infectious Diseases

Repurposing Existing Drugs Could Offer Faster Path to COVID-19 Treatment

A map of interactions between the novel coronavirus and human proteins is helping scientists identify drugs that might work as therapeutics.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)


Researchers map areas of major Texas cities where residents are most likely to need hospitalization, ICU care for COVID-19

Areas within Texas’ major metropolitan cities where residents are at the greatest risk for hospitalization and critical care due to COVID-19 have been mapped for the first time by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Hous...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Full Report

OADN Applauds State Of The World’s Nursing 2020: Investing In Education, Jobs And Leadership Report

OADN applauds the recommendations of the World Health Organization’s State of the World’s Nursing 2020: Investing in Education, Jobs and Leadership report.

– Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

State of the World’s Nursing 2020: Investing in Education, Jobs and Leadership Report

SDSC’s Comet Supercomputer, TSCC Available for COVID-19 Research

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego is providing priority access to its high-performance computer systems and other resources to researchers advancing our understanding of the virus and efforts to develop an e...

– University of California San Diego

Journal of Proteome

First study on the health conditions of adults one month into COVID-19 lockdown

Restrictive measures to contain COVID-19 disrupt people’s normal work and life, which in turn may impact their health and wellbeing.

– University of Sydney

Psychiatry Research

Texas A&M researchers design 3D-printed diffuser to treat COVID-19 patients

Texas A&M University, through its unique Engineering Medicine (EnMed) partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital, is stepping up to help the health care system keep up with the demand for medical supplies brought on by the increasing number of confi...

– Texas A&M University

Engineering student builds ventilator prototype in campus residence over weekend using Walmart parts

To help during the COVID-19 pandemic, a mechanical engineering student at Binghamton University, State University of New York, made a ventilator over a weekend mainly using items he bought at Walmart.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

FAU Finds Simple Solution to Make Thousands of Face Shields for Baptist Health South Florida

A disposable face shield developed by FAU only requires clear polyester plastic, elastic fabric bands, and a laser cutter. Unlike 3D printed solutions, this process is simple and quick. FAU re-tooled their facilities to leverage the opportunity to ma...

– Florida Atlantic University

Singapore Spacer: Mapping concentrations of people in campus buildings

Singapore Spacer, a tool developed jointly by a team from NUS, SMU, Aviation Virtual and ESRI, enables administrators to identify places on campus where people concentrations are high, so that policy decisions can be taken to reduce the likelihood of...

– National University of Singapore

Key to COVID-19 therapeutics could be grown in…tobacco?

A decade ago, when the National Institutes of Health needed to place a high-security biocontainment laboratory in Kentucky, capable of safely studying dangerous and emerging infectious diseases, they turned to the University of Louisville.

– University of Louisville Health Science Center

McMaster researchers rally to help Canadian company expedite new mask to meet urgent COVID-19 demand

Engineering and medical researchers at McMaster University have been racing to assist Woodbridge Foam Corporation in getting a new made-in-Canada mask designed, tested and certified, as supplies of existing medical masks become less certain.

– McMaster University

STS Develops Resource Utilization Tool for Cardiac Surgery During COVID-19

To assist health care providers in triaging adult cardiac surgery cases, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed an interactive resource utilization prediction tool.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Researchers study COVID’s effect on relationships

Researchers are determining the psychological effects of pandemic isolation

– University of Georgia

Live public street cams are tracking social distancing

With advanced computer vision models and live public street cam video, a University of Michigan startup is tracking social distancing behaviors in real time at some of the most visited places in the world.

– University of Michigan

COVID-19 Testing: What Parents Need to Know

Who should be tested for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19? And what do the different types of tests actually measure? Jeffrey Bender, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, gives the latest updat...

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Six Things Your Ophthalmologist Wants You to Know About Coronavirus

The American Academy of Ophthalmology shares eye health tips and advice to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

How to encourage healthy eating for the body and mind during stay-at-home orders

Planning a constant pipeline of healthy meals and snacks can feel overwhelming. A chef and dietitian shares some tips that can help.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

National Registry Quickly Set Up to Help Doctors Understand Risks COVID-19 Poses to Pregnant Women and Newborns

A new national registry has been launched by specialists in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCLA Health and the University of California, San Francisco, to determine COVID-19’s possible effects on pregnant women and newborns.

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


Artificial Intelligence Enables Rapid COVID-19 Lung Imaging Analysis at UC San Diego Health

With support from Amazon Web Services, UC San Diego Health physicians are using AI in a clinical research study aimed at speeding the detection of pneumonia, a condition associated with severe COVID-19.

– University of California San Diego Health

Journal of Thoracic Imaging

Six Self-Care Strategies to Combat Clinician Burnout

A study published in Critical Care Nurse identifies six self-care strategies to combat clinician burnout. Based on interviews conducted in 2017 and 2018, the research may offer guidance for healthcare teams responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Critical Care Nurse, April 2020

Study Demonstrates the Need for Immediate ICU Care for Severe COVID-19 Pneumonia, Describes Patient Characteristics

Researchers have identified the most common clinical characteristics of 109 patients with COVID-19 related pneumonia who died in Wuhan, China in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study published online in the Annals of ...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Seeking COVID cures: Scientists find promising first step in antiviral treatment

Researchers from Cornell University have identified a possible target for antiviral treatment for COVID-19.

– Cornell University

Antiviral Research

Engineered virus might be able to block coronavirus infections, mouse study shows

No vaccines exist that protect people against infections by coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, or the ones that cause SARS and MERS. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, many labs around the world have developed a laser-like...

– American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


UW Medicine recruiting for app to predict next outbreak

UW Medicine is recruiting 25,000 people nationwide to test out a smartphone app that's intended to predict outbreaks of infections such as cold, flu, or other virus outbreaks. The app is a project funded by the Defense Department’s Defense Advan...

– University of Washington School of Medicine

Loyola Medicine Pediatrician Offers Advice on Protectingand Caring for Children During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for children and parents. However, Bridget Boyd, MD, a Loyola Medicine pediatrician, says there are ways that parents can communicate, and actions that they can take, to protect children and ...

– Loyola Medicine

COVID-19’s Impacts on the Human-Dog Relationship

Animal behaviorist Dr. Christy Hoffman describes how having the entire family and dog home under one roof may be beneficial to human-dog relationships and identifies reasons why this new situation also requires thoughtful consideration.

– Canisius College

Cornell Law School offers legal services for New Yorkers during pandemic

Faculty, students and staff at Cornell Law School are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by giving businesses and workers in central New York legal assistance.

– Cornell University

UAB among first in the U.S. to offer clinical trial for the treatment of patients with severe COVID-19 using nitric oxide

iNO has been used for the treatment of failing lungs, but it was also found to have antiviral properties against coronaviruses.The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been selected to begin enrolling patients in an international study assessing t...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

UCLA web app will enlist public’s help in slowing the spread of COVID-19

UCLA researchers have launched an app called Stop COVID-19 Together, which is designed to predict the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community and to assess the effectiveness of current measures in that community, including physical distancing. Th...

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

Be proactive about mental health duringCOVID isolation, clinical psychologist says

Seeking out good news is a great way to keep mentally balanced during the long period of social isolation imposed by the COVID-19 battle, says a clinical psychologist who is an associate professor of psychology at The University of Alabama in Huntsvi...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Policy and Public Affairs

JNCCN: Improving COVID-19 Safety for Cancer Patients and Healthcare Providers

NCCN Best Practices Committee publishes peer-reviewed feature in JNCCN presenting latest insights on how to keep oncology patients and healthcare workers safe during COVID-19 pandemic. Visit for continually-updated resources for pat...

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)


University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare Launch Two COVID-19 Clinical Trials to Test Effectiveness of Drugs

Researchers from Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City have launched two vital clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of two drugs –hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin – to treat patients wit...

– University of Utah Health

Vanderbilt nursing students experience social distancing … and provide virtual clinical patient care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has found innovative ways to allow their nursing pre-specialty students continue with their clinical education while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Vanderbilt University

HSS Urgent Ortho Care Opens in NYC, Long Island, NJ and CT

Hospital for Special Surgery has opened HSS Urgent Ortho Care at two locations in Manhattan, and at sites on Long Island, in Stamford, Connecticut, and in Paramus, New Jersey. HSS seeks to take some of the load off overwhelmed hospitals by treating o...

– Hospital for Special Surgery

HARC Research Analyzes Effects of COVID-19 and Stay-at-Home Orders

HARC (Houston Advanced Research Center) announces a research analysis to study effects of COVID-19 and associated stay-at-home through data sets assessing mobility, air quality, and energy usage.

– Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to Hold COVID-19 Expert Media Briefing

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is launching the first in a series of press briefings at 2:30–3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 9.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Expert Pitch

Media Invited to Attend and Ask Questions at Next COVID-19 Expert Panel on April 9, 2PM ET. Nurses and Healthcare Professional Challenges, Economic Impact, Emergency Preparedness

– Newswise

Hungry for a Fresh Start to Stay Healthy and Calm in Anxious Times? Experts Share Insights in Webinar Series

– Monday Campaigns

COVID-19: Social distancing works — just ask these animals

– Virginia Tech

Telemedicine is changing the way healthcare will be done in the future

– Virginia Tech

University of Redlands Professor Marcia McFee says though we can't gather, we can still celebrate Easter, Passover, or Ramadan. "In fact, it is perhaps essential to do so, in this moment, this year."

– University of Redlands

Ohio scientist sheltering in place in Italy

– Case Western Reserve University

Faculty Expert: Who gets a ventilator? Why people with disabilities fear medical rationing

– University at Buffalo

Best Practices for Faith-Based Organizations Amidst Holy Holidays, Rutgers Expert Available

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Expert Q&A: Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health

– Cedars-Sinai

Domestic Violence Victims at Risk as Japan Announces State of Emergency

– Cornell University

FSU researcher available to comment on unintended environmental impacts of COVID-19

– Florida State University

Chicago public health expert on disparities of coronavirus and African Americans

– DePaul University

FSU expert available to comment on coronavirus impact on UK government

– Florida State University

Epidemiology expert: Strive for diversity in COVID-19 vaccine/drug clinical trials

– Clinical Research Pathways

How Should Remote Workers Cope with Isolation?

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

On the front lines of the coronavirus fight, health professionals show ‘compassion to its fullest’

– University of Notre Dame

UCLA pediatrician advises on how to manage children's screen time during COVID-19

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

Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss Gardening During COVID-19 Crisis

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

COVID-19 disparities reflect persistent race and class segregation

– Cornell University

Disaster, recovery researcher on the safest way for kids to interact during pandemic and school closures

– University of Washington

Disaster, epidemic researcher on what prisons and jails should consider during the COVID-19 pandemic

– University of Washington

Add movement to your stay-at-home plans, advises WVU physical activity expert

– West Virginia University





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