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Thursday, May 7, 2020

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Newswise Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Wire 07-May-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, May 7, 2020

A Panel of Experts will discuss: Food Security, Supply Chains, Meat Shortages, and nutrition during the pandemic, the environmental impact of meat production, agriculture industry issues during the pandemic.

More information on the experts here

Where: Newswise Live event space on Zoom -

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.


Survey: Half of Americans Concerned About New Moms and Babies Being in Public Places

There are a lot of health concerns that come with pregnancy, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional fears about risks for both mom and baby. A new national survey conducted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center confirms these...

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Survey

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Portable, Reusable Test for COVID-19

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Massood Tabib-Azar is developing a portable, reusable sensor for COVID-19 that works with a cellphone. It can detect the presence of the virus in about a minute and just requires a drop...

– University of Utah

Columbia Projections Suggest Potential Late May Rebound in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths as States Reopen

The latest data modeling projections by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health scientists estimate that, nationally, new COVID-19 cases and deaths will rebound in late May, as states ease stay-at-home orders and social contacts increase....

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Shaman’s Columbia

Student team designs smart mask that monitors vital signs

The team’s VitalMask, made of 3D-printed resin, places sensors near the wearer’s earlobes, nose and mouth to monitor body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels and respiratory rate. “These vital signs are transferred in real time to a mo...

– Cornell University

Repurposing existing drugs for COVID-19 a more rapid alternative to a vaccine, say researchers

Repurposing existing medicines focused on known drug targets is likely to offer a more rapid hope of tackling COVID-19 than developing and manufacturing a vaccine, argue an international team of scientists in the British Journal of Pharmacology today...

– University of Cambridge

British Journal of Pharmacology

Plasma medicine research highlights antibacterial effects and potential uses

As interest in the application of plasma medicine — the use of low-temperature plasma (LTP) created by an electrical discharge to address medical problems — continues to grow, so does the need for research advancements proving its capabilities an...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Scientific Reports

Study Finds Breathing and Talking Contribute to COVID-19 Spread

Current knowledge about the role of aerosols in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 warrants urgent attention. Current guidance and public health information has slowly shifted focus towards aerosols as a transmission pathway - predominantly associated wi...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Risk Analysis

New Tool Will Help Public Health Officials Estimate the Need for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

WASHINGTON, DC (May 7, 2020) –A novel workforce tool created by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) estimates that the nation will need a total of 184,000 COVID-19 contact...

– George Washington University

Schools turn to Cornell College’s block plan during pandemic

As one of only a few colleges in the country teaching on a block plan, Iowa’s Cornell College is acting as a resource for other schools as they struggle to adapt to unpredictable scenarios during a pandemic.

– Cornell College

Food Expert Offers Meal Planning, Grocery Shopping Tips During Covid-19

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips for planning, preparing and storing healthful meals while under quarantine during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert Available

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Glacial ice will likely hold records of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say

Ice from glaciers around the world, undisturbed for centuries, show changes in how societies functioned throughout history – and will likely hold a record of the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations.

Expert Available

– Ohio State University

Frontiers in Microbiology

Pharmacist clears up confusion about new COVID-19 drug

Remdesivir might shorten duration of symptoms in severely ill patients

Expert Available

– University of Georgia

Sandia tests distillery’s hand sanitizer developed to address severe shortage

Distillery-developed hand sanitizer is leaving a New Mexico warehouse as quickly as it disappeared from grocery stores after Sandia National Laboratories helped confirm the product meets all federal requirements for distribution.

Expert Available

– Sandia National Laboratories


Ultraviolet Light Exposes Contagion Spread from Improper PPE Use

Despite PPE use, reports show that many health care workers contracted COVID-19. A novel training technique reinforces the importance of using proper procedures to put on and take off PPE when caring for patients during the pandemic. Researchers vivi...

– Florida Atlantic University

Medical Education

It’s Not Me—It’s You: We Believe We’re Less Likely than Others Are to Fall for Online Scams

We believe we are less likely than others are to fall for phishing scams, thereby underestimating our own exposure to risk, a new cybersecurity study has found.

– New York University

Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology

New ACR Guidance Can Help Radiology Facilities Resume Non-Urgent Care

New American College of Radiology® (ACR®) guidelines can help radiology practices, as safely as possible, resume offering mammograms, oncologic and orthopedic imaging, image-guided biopsies, and other non-urgent care previously postponed due to the...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR)

Intel from an Outpatient COVID-19 Clinic

A new report offers insights that can help clinicians distinguish between patients with COVID-19 infections and those with other conditions that may mimic COVID-19 symptoms.

– Harvard Medical School

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Transforming surgery in the aftermath of COVID-19

To restart surgeries cancelled because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Canada needs to adopt single-entry models (SEMs) with team-based care, argues a commentary

– Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Sewage poses potential COVID-19 transmission risk, experts warn

Environmental biologists at the University of Stirling have warned that the potential spread of COVID-19 via sewage "must not be neglected" in the battle to protect human health.

– University of Stirling

Environmental International

Could hotel service robots help the hospitality industry after COVID-19?

Lead author Dr Tracy Xu, Lecturer in Hospitality at The University of Surrey's world-renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has had her paper published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

– University of Surrey

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

SINK COVID-19 study: Can common drugs offer 2-step approach to combat deadly virus?

Researchers at Beaumont Health have begun enrolling patients in a new clinical study aimed at treating COVID-19 patients with two common drugs.

– Beaumont Health

Identifier: NCT04365985

Video Diary: On the COVID-19 Front Lines With Nurses During Nurses Week

When Marlon Bustamante, RN, meets a COVID-19 patient in Cedars-Sinai's Emergency Department, he doesn't know how long their illness will last or what path it may take. In this downloadable video diary, he and ICU Nurse, Melissa Rue, RN, share their p...

– Cedars-Sinai

Loneliness in Times of Isolation

Social isolation can change our brain and our lives. What are signs loneliness is affecting us, and how do combat it?

– Thomas Jefferson University


UCLA Health #TeamLA Campaign Unites Los Angeles

UCLA Health initiative to unite Los Angeles with four key goals: raise the collective civic spirit, encourage responsible behaviors like maintaining good health, acknowledge the hardships that COVID-19 has presented and show gratitude to local MVPs a...

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

Workers happy despite crisis and uncertainty

In general, workers in Switzerland and Germany are coping well with the Covid-19 crisis and the associated social disruption.

– University of Zurich

The Medical Minute: The heightened risk of child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

Reports of suspected child abuse have declined in Pennsylvania since the onset of social distancing guidelines. But experts in the Penn State Center for the Protection of Children say this does not correlate with an actual decline in abuse cases.

– Penn State Health

Pivoting for success: Building more resilient UK manufacturing supply chains

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how manufacturing supply chains are critical to the process of delivering products and services essential to life. Whilst a series of ‘lifeboat’ projects are needed to protect manufacturing capability in the ...

Expert Available

– University of Warwick

Cardiothoracic Surgeons Offer Compassion, Perseverance, and Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Vinod H. Thourani describes how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting cardiothoracic surgeons and their patients and how the specialty is uniquely equipped to handle the high-intensity work of actively managing COVID-19 patients.

Expert Available

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons


UCLA Fielding School of Public Health research investigates COVID-19 case rates and pandemic protection

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health research investigates COVID-19 case rates and pandemic protection: A metric for decisions to implement, continue, or relax measures.

– UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Introducing the UC San Diego Return to Learn Program

Program makes COVID-19 testing available to thousands of students in effort to track the novel coronavirus and better position the campus to resume in-person activities in the fall.

– University of California San Diego Health

Policy and Public Affairs

Physician Anesthesiologists Urge VA to Reverse Directive Jeopardizing Veterans’ Lives

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges Americans to protect our nation’s Veterans by asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its memorandum that dismantles the successful anesthesia care team, removes physici...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)


Evelo Biosciences, Rutgers University, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Announce Submission of IND for a Phase 2 Study of EDP1815 in COVID-19 Patients

Evelo Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:EVLO), Rutgers University, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital today announced the submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for an Evelo-sponsored Phase 2 clinical study evaluating the safety...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

University Hospitals Launches “UH Healthy Restart Playbook” to Help Businesses Restart

Announcement of University Hospitals "UH Healthy Restart Playbook" -- a comprehensive toolkit to help businesses emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

RNA Scientist Receives NSF Funding for Rapid Coronavirus Testing

A biomedical engineer is leading new research that could soon deliver coronavirus test results much faster and at much lower cost.

– University at Albany, State University of New York

COVID-19 Trials Opening at Accelerated Rate

New clinical trial opened at Jefferson for novel COVID-19 treatment in 10 days.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Team to design 3D-printable mask inspired by animal noses

A multi-institution team, including a Cornell researcher, has received a National Science Foundation grant to design an open-source, 3D-printable medical mask inspired by the nasal structures of animals.

– Cornell University

10 thousand Utahns will be tested for COVID-19 under Utah HERO

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and University of Utah Health announce the start of Utah HERO (Health & Economic Recovery Outreach), a massive undertaking that will begin with the testing of 10,000 Utahns across four cou...

– University of Utah Health

UTEP Researcher Earns NSF Grant for COVID Study

The National Science Foundation has approved a $114,000 RAPID award to The University of Texas at El Paso's April Gile Thomas, Ph.D., assistant professor psychology, to conduct research related to COVID-19. The study began May 1 and will involve 105 ...

– University of Texas at El Paso

Expert Pitch

Media Invited to COVID-19 Expert Panel for May 7, 2020: food security, supply chains, workers safety concerns

– Newswise

Trump is not fighting science, he is stealing its authority

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Turbulent times like COVID-19 can build team resilience, researcher says

– University of Delaware

UCLA Health experts available to speak on the spike of eating disorders during COVID-19

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

Leaders must adapt to virtual workplace to effectively support employees

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

‘Extraordinary uncertainty’ for Brazil as Senate mulls aid package

– Cornell University

Unemployment numbers to show economy on life support

– Cornell University

Pandemic-driven digital fiat currencies to sound Bitcoin’s ‘death knell’

– Cornell University

Notre Dame Supreme Court expert available to comment on Court's online transition

– University of Notre Dame

UW experts on understanding ‘quarantine fatigue’ and protecting workers

– University of Washington

Breaking through communication barriers during COVID-19. @UWMedicine expert available.

– University of Washington School of Medicine

Researcher discusses at-risk communities during COVID-19 and how to help them

– University of Delaware

Health Care Workers Must Take Care of Themselves, Tulane Dean Says

– Tulane University

Coronavirus Knowledge Needs to Be Shared Freely, Not Kept Secret by Governments, Corporations

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


Penn State cancer research center joins pandemic fight

– Penn State College of Engineering

Seed-Funded COVID-19 Projects





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