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Tuesday, May 19, 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.

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

Media Invited to Ask Qs - COVID-19 Update, May 21, 2020

A Panel of Experts will discuss: what's changing about the healthcare system to adapt, what areas are under strain, the mental health of healthcare workforce, closures and job losses, adoption of telehealth and how to safely restore routine healthcare services

More information on the experts here

Where: Newswise Live event space on Zoom - https://newswiselive.zoom.us/j/7459578068

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.


19-May-2020


Mount Sinai First in U.S. to Use Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patients

Mount Sinai researchers are the first in the country to use artificial intelligence (AI) combined with imaging, and clinical data to analyze patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Medicine

Embargo expired on 19-May-2020 at 06:00 ET


Modified Clinical Trial Protocol Created in Response to Urgency of COVID-19 Pandemic

A new paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society describes a nimble, pragmatic and rigorous multicenter clinical trial design to meet urgent community needs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society


X-ray Experiments Zero in on COVID-19 Antibodies

An antibody derived from a SARS survivor in 2003 appears to effectively neutralize the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, opening the door for speedy development of a targeted treatment.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature


Children Not Immune to Coronavirus; New Study from Pandemic Epicenter Describes Severe COVID-19 Response in Children

While most children infected with the novel coronavirus have mild symptoms, a subset requires hospitalization and a small number require intensive care. A new report from pediatric anesthesiologists, infectious disease specialists and pediatricians a...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Journal of Pediatrics


Cooperation Can Be Contagious Particularly When People See the Benefit for

Seeing someone do something good for someone else motivates witnesses to perform their own helpful acts, an insight that could help drive cooperative behavior in communities navigating through the health crisis.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

APA PsycNet


Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19

It seems like there will never be enough “thank you’s” for the incredible doctors, nurses technicians and support staff members who are working around the clock to help patients with this dangerous disease. It is their dedication, determinatio...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine


A low-power, low-cost wearable to monitor COVID-19 patients

Engineers at the University of California San Diego are developing low-cost, low-power wearable sensors that can measure temperature and respiration--key vital signs used to monitor COVID-19. The devices would transmit data wirelessly to a smartphone...

– University of California San Diego


Why having a national health information technology infrastructure could help save lives

Real-time data about health and health care during the COVID-19 pandemic can help contain the virus but has been difficult to obtain. A new paper published in JAMA explores the concept of a national health information technology (IT) infrastructure t...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

JAMA


Signs of Child Abuse During COVID-19 Pandemic

With the pandemic keeping families inside their homes, and no access to school, faith institutions, or daycare, signs of child abuse may be easier to miss. Melissa Peters, MD, discusses how the potential increase in child abuse can be addressed, incl...

Expert Available

– Children's of Alabama


COVID-19 Antibody Testing Needn’t be Perfect to Guide Public Health and Policy Decisions

While it’s too soon to use COVID-19 antibody testing to issue “immunity passports”, antibody tests that are available today are good enough to inform decisions about public health and relaxing social distancing interventions, says an internati...

Expert Available

– University of Utah Health

Science Immunology


Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis: Global Summit on Reactivating Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs

This special worldwide STS webinar focused on the recovery of cardiothoracic surgery in the post-COVID era. STS President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, was joined by cardiothoracic surgeon leaders from around the world.


Expert Available

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

18-May-2020


Cancer Research Institute and IQVIA Uncover the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Oncology Clinical Trials

New study reveals impact of COVID-19 pandemic on cancer clinical trials, published in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery

– Cancer Research Institute

Nature Reviews Drug Discovery May 15, 2020.


COVID-19: UW study reports ‘staggering’ death rate in US among those infected who show symptoms

The new UW study found the national rate of death among people infected with the novel coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2 — that causes COVID-19 and who show symptoms is 1.3%, the study found. The comparable rate of death for the seasonal flu is 0.1%.

– University of Washington

Health Affairs


New study sheds light on IBD patients with COVID

In an upcoming study to be published in Gastroenterology, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine report on the clinical course of COVID-19 and risk factors for adverse outcom...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Gastroenterology


LightStrike Robots Proven to Deactivate SARS-CoV-2 on Surfaces in 2 Minutes

A new study published on medRxiv reports the effectiveness of a broad spectrum, pulsed xenon ultraviolet (PX-UV) disinfection system in quickly deactivating SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces, and the implications for reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission e...

– Xenex Disinfection Services

medRxiv


Three approved drugs can curb COVID-19 virus replication

Three drugs that are already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other international agencies can block the production of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in human cells, according to computational and pharmaceutical studi...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

ChemRxiv


Global Survey of COVID Health Care Workers Launched

WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2020)—Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) recently launched a global survey of health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic with the hope of learning more about exposure and finding soluti...

– George Washington University


‘Like looking for a needle in a haystack’: theglobal hunt to find key molecule to block COVID-19

A molecular biologist from the University of South Australia is working with a world leader in artificial intelligence-based drug discovery to help find a molecule that could prevent the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain causing COVID-19 from infecting h...

– University of South Australia


Researchers work to quantify the human immune response to COVID-19

Notre Dame's Merlin Bruening and a team of scientists have begun research to develop point-of-care antibody tests that would help public health officials to better understand how an individual’s immunity to COVID-19 lasts over time.

– University of Notre Dame


AACC Issues Recommendations on the Use of COVID-19 Antibody Tests

To ensure the proper use of antibody testing for the novel coronavirus, AACC today issued a public statement detailing the role these tests should play in the management of COVID-19 patients and in the development of public health policy. In particul...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)


CSU-trained Journalists: Vital to California

California citizens need reputable news and trusted information today more than ever, and the CSU is preparing the future workforce of truth-seeking journalists.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


UNH Hospitality Expert Comments on Restaurants Reopening & Reinventing Themselves Due to COVID-19

Expert Available

– University of New Hampshire


Expert available to comment on COVID-19 risk perception and summer vacations

Becky Liu-Lastres, assistant professor in the Department of Tourism, Event, and Sport Management at IUPUI is available to talk about COVID-19’s potential impact on vacations this summer, particularly how tourists will make travel decisions based on...

Expert Available

– Indiana University


Insights for reopening economies

Alessandro Rebucci, an economist and associate professor at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, has analyzed the impact of current health interventions to stop COVID-19 as well as lessons learned from previous economic crises. He offers important in...

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

15-May-2020


VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Newswise Live Expert Panel for May 14, 2020: Vaccine and Treatment Leaders for COVID-19

Drug trials and the latest on remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine studies, reports of possible vaccine progress, treating COVID in the ICU, public health policy and research on how the pandemic is progressing, can we safely “re-open,” what interven...

– Newswise


New Algorithm Analyzes the Genetic Building Blocks of Immunity

Scientists with UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and the Qualcomm Institute have developed a new gene prediction algorithm, called MINING-D, that could help researchers investigate the genetic clues behind the variation of symptoms shown...

– University of California San Diego

PLOS Computational Biology


New Study Suggests U.S. COVID-19 Cases Could Have Been 35 Times Higher Without These Measures

The authors found the closing of entertainment businesses — such as restaurants, movie theaters and gyms — and shelter-in-place orders — such as Gov. Andy Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” initiative — resulted in a dramatic reduction in COVI...

– University of Kentucky

Health Affairs


Heart attacks, heart failure, stroke: COVID-19’s dangerous cardiovascular complications

A new guide from emergency medicine doctors details the potentially deadly cardiovascular complications COVID-19 can cause.

– University of Virginia Health System

American Journal of Emergency Medicine


Treatment with interferon-α2b speeds up recovery of COVID-19 patients in exploratory study

Treatment with antivirals such as interferons may significantly improve virus clearance and reduce levels of inflammatory proteins in COVID-19 patients, according to a new study in Frontiers in Immunology.

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Immunology


Blood clotting abnormalities reveal COVID-19 patients at risk for thrombotic events

When researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, used a combination of two specific blood-clotting tests, they found critically ill patients infected with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) who were at high risk for ...

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons


Model of critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities

An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding -- a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Kansas State University

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications


COVID-19 raises risk for women who are obese and pregnant

Study findings suggest that women who contract the virus face a higher incidence of a severe pneumonia, which could lead to preterm birth.

– University of Washington School of Medicine and UW Medicine

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (AI133976, AI145890, AI144938, AI143265, AI120793); Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Lowering Testosterone May Reduce Severity of COVID-19

Lowering testosterone may prevent the new coronavirus from entering lung cells and lessen COVID-19 severity, new Columbia University research suggests. A trial has now begun in three VA hospitals.

– Columbia University Irving Medical Center

TMPRSS2 Transcriptional Inhibition as a Therapeutic Strategy for COVID-19


Asthma Is Associated With Longer Time on Ventilators for Younger COVID-19 Patients

Patients with COVID-19 between the ages of 20 and 59 years old who also had asthma needed a ventilator to assist with breathing for five days more on average than non-asthmatic patients with COVID-19, according to researchers at Rush University Medic...

– Rush University Medical Center

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice


Masks On, Ready to Work: Meet the People Supporting COVID-19 Science

David Richardson’s job is literally to make sure the light stays on. But it’s not just any light – it’s a very special X-ray light that could play a crucial role in an eventual treatment for COVID-19. Richardson is an operator at Lawrence Ber...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


UCI and County of Orange partner on large-scale COVID-19 infection survey

Irvine, Calif., May 15, 2020 — It’s almost certain that The University of California, Irvine is partnering with the Orange County Health Care Agency to participate in a rigorous, large-scale, population-based study that will generate a more accur...

– University of California, Irvine


Teens pay it forward, use 3D printers built at Sandia to make face shields

Teens who built 3D printers during a weeklong robotics camp at Sandia National Laboratories last year have used them to make more than 3,000 face shields that have been donated to medical professionals and first responders in New Mexico.

– Sandia National Laboratories


NIH Begins Clinical Trial of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin to Treat COVID-19

The NIH has launched a major clinical trial to assess the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic azithromycin as a treatment for COVID-19. The trial will recruit 2,000 participants at 30 sites. A Q&A with the trial’s team leader: Davey Smit...

– University of California San Diego Health


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

In response to the severe, widespread shortage of hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wayward Sons Craft-Distillery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, reconfigured its operations to produce a hand sanitizer they named Elbow Bump, and worked with Sandi...

– Sandia National Laboratories


UCLA launches clinical trial to help reduce severity of COVID-19 illness in men

UCLA researchers have launched a new clinical trial that uses a hormone suppresser commonly used to treat men with prostate cancer to help improve clinical outcomes for men infected with COVID-19.

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


Scheduling appointments during COVID-19

The Stay Home, Work Safe order has been lifted across the state, but with so much uncertainty still lingering around COVID-19, many patients may be wary of attending their much-needed appointments, potentially putting themselves at risk for worsening...

Expert Available

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

14-May-2020


First detailed analysis of immune response to SARS-CoV-2 bodes well for COVID-19 vaccine development

A study by researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology documents a robust antiviral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 in a group of 20 adults who had recovered from COVID-19. The findings show that the body’s immune system is able to recognize SAR...

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Cell; AI42742; AI135078; AI007036; AI007384; 75N9301900065; U19 AI118626


Can COVID-19 spread through fecal matter?

Early studies show evidence of COVID-19 genetic material in fecal matter, but more work is needed to determine if the virus can be spread through stool, according to a new review paper from a Rice University epidemiologist.

– Rice University

International Journal of Infectious Diseases


Arthritis drug may improve respiratory function in some patients with severe COVID-19

A small study in Greece found that the clinically approved anti-inflammatory drug anakinra, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, improved respiratory function in patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

– Cell Press

Cell Host & Microbe


Assessment of deaths from COVID-19, seasonal influenza

Publicly available data were used to analyze the number of deaths from seasonal influenza deaths compared with deaths from COVID-19.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Internal Medicine


Two New Devices Protect Health Care Workers, Help Patients During COVID-19

Clinicians and researchers from the University of Michigan have published two proof-of-concept papers on new negative pressure environment devices that protect health care workers while treating patients with COVID-19.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease; International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease


Praying together over Zoom: How religion sounds during a pandemic

Researchers at the American Religious Sounds Project, led by The Ohio State University and Michigan State University, are collecting and cataloging those sounds in an attempt to understand how the pandemic is changing religion around the United State...

– Ohio State University


ACTG Launches Clinical Trial Testing Treatment for COVID-19

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) has initiated a clinical trial to evaluate whether the drug combination hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

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


Research takes aim at social tool for fighting COVID-19

The social distancing of COVID-19 might have its own long-term effects; a Bowling Green State University team of sociologists — Drs. Peggy Giordano, Monica Longmore and Wendy Manning — received a National Science Foundation grant to conduct resea...

– Bowling Green State University


Emory and Georgia Tech Create Barrier Protection Devices for Use During COVID-19

Two Atlanta universities have created barrier protection devices designed to contain droplet spray and aerosol created during certain medical procedures with a goal of reducing the risk of disease transmission.

– Georgia Institute of Technology


Combating COVID-19

From conducting research to providing resources and equipment, here’s how the CSU is doing its part to support its communities during the current pandemic.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


Health Economics and Outcomes Research in the Era of COVID-19

ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) held a virtual plenary session today, “HEOR in the Era of COVID-19,” that featured a panel discussing the global COVID-19 crisis.

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

ISPOR 2020, May-2020


Sculptor designs, builds ‘interactive contraptions’ from everyday materials to simulate human connections

Even in isolation, Stacey Holloway can hold a hand, receive a swift kiss on the cheek or give a high-five. She can offer a nose rub, just like the ones she shares with her mother. She just does them all alone — that is, if you don’t count the kin...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Policy and Public Affairs


APS Issues Rare Resolution to Congress

For the first time in more than 60 years, the American Philosophical Society (APS), founded by Benjamin Franklin and the nation’s oldest learned society, has issued a public resolution calling on Congress to enact a National Defense Education Act f...

– The American Philosophical Society


Announcements


How Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Is Keeping Families Safe During COVID-19How Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Is Keeping Families Safe During COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has launched extensive protective measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and keep patients, families and team members safe. With these measures firmly in pl...

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles


New Research Will Explore Language Biases in COVID-19 Information Searches on the Internet

Rutgers School of Public Health assistant professor, Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, and Rutgers School of Communication and Information assistant professor, Vivek Singh, PhD, have received a National Science Foundation grant to analyze the differences in C...

– Rutgers School of Public Health


LLNL makes COVID-19 research public through new searchable data portal

To help accelerate discovery of therapeutic antibodies or antiviral drugs for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has launched a searchable data portal to share its COVID-19 research with scientists worl...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Johns Hopkins Researchers to Use Machine Learning to Predict Heart Damage in COVID-19 Victims

Johns Hopkins researchers recently received a $195,000 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to, using machine learning, identify which COVID-19 patients are at risk of adverse cardiac events such as heart failure, sustai...

– Johns Hopkins University


Creating a Vaccine against COVID-19

David Peabody, PhD, and Bryce Chackerian, PhD, are creating vaccines from particles that are the opposite of Trojan Horses: they look deadly on the outside but are harmless on the inside. Their virus-like particles may rouse the immune system into co...

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

P30CA118100-15S5


APHA welcomes essential public health funding, support in COVID-19 bill

New COVID-19 emergency legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives May 15 is being praised by the American Public Health Association for key provisions that will help protect and rebuild the health of the nation in the wake of the ongoing...

– American Public Health Association (APHA)


Global study to test malaria drug to protect health workers from COVID-19

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are helming a global study of an estimated 30,000 health-care workers to establish whether the antimalaria drug chloroquine might prevent or reduce the severity of COVID-19 infe...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Newswise Live Event for May 21, 2020: Healthcare After COVID

Healthcare After COVID: what's changing about the healthcare system to adapt, what areas are under strain, the mental health of healthcare workforce, closures and job losses, adoption of telehealth and how to safely restore routine healthcare service...

– Newswise


Augustana Announces Viking Flex Plan for Fall Semester 2020

​Augustana announced today its Viking Flex Plan for Fall Semester 2020, with classes set to begin on campus in late August. The university plans to proceed with a hybrid/flexible approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual components...

– Augustana University, South Dakota


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Convocation: Class of 2020 Graduates at Historic Moment for Public Health

As the world grapples with the greatest public health crisis in more than a century, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will hold a virtual convocation to recognize the graduating Class of 2020 on Tuesday, May 19.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Nurse Anesthetists Responding to COVID-19 in Rural America

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) stand at the ready as the threat of COVID-19 threatens the nation’s rural communities. CRNAs are the primary provider of anesthesia care in rural America. The AANA has partnered with the National Rura...

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)


Higher Education Events


University Awards Degree to Student Who Died from Covid-19

“Robert was someone who just kept working and working, taking a class or two even as he held a full-time job,” said the university’s president. “He truly embodied the work ethic and the dedication to learning that many of our students represe...

– Academy Communications


Expert Pitch


Quarantine, stress from COVID-19 pandemic may lead to increased intimate partner violence

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


COVID-19 pandemic highlights need for strategies to identify and report child abuse

– Penn State Health


Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss How to Reduce Risk on Vacation During COVID-19 Pandemic

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


University of Washington dean of public health gives advice on where and how (and how not) to wear masks

– University of Washington


Following ethical principles in times of wealth and social tranquility is easy. But take the same ethical principles and drop them into a time of scarcity and panic, and the world looks very different, says University of Redlands professor.

– University of Redlands


Behind the mask with a WVU doctor: What to wear and whether face coverings should be mandated

– West Virginia University


WVU Extension provides general workplace safety guidance as businesses begin to reopen

– West Virginia University


Why have nursing homes been hit harder by the coronavirus, and should you remove your relative?

– University of Michigan


Expert available to speak about legal response to fraudulent COVID-19 cures and treatments

– Florida State University


Paul Fleming & William Lopez: Why Hispanics are at higher risk to suffer health, economic consequences

– University of Michigan


Virginia Tech’s Wornie Reed helps lead nationwide outreach effort, Coronavirus Urban Report

– Virginia Tech


Success Tips for Telework Newcomers from Maryland Smith Experts

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


Miscellaneous


Larger study to test combination treatment for COVID-19

A study is now enrolling participants to determine whether a treatment combining a low dose of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent hospitalization and death in people with COVID-19. Dr. Ann Collier, professor of medicine, Division of A...

– University of Washington School of Medicine


Miscellaneous


New remdesivir trial at UIC tests drug in combination with baricitinib

– University of Illinois at Chicago

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