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Thursday, June 25, 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, we're hosting two virtual events, back-to-back this week!

1. Summer of COVID, The 2nd Wave, BLM, the Economy, and Politics: Newswise Live Event for June 25, 2PM EDT

Topic:  It’s the summer of COVID and experts will discuss four major news stories converging together during the global pandemic. First, what’s the latest on infection rates and the likelihood of a ‘2nd wave’? Then, how is the pandemic affecting the economy, Black Lives Matter protests, and the looming 2020 election? More info here

2. Docs Join Fight Against COVID: Newswise Live Event for June 25, 3PM EDT

Topic: Cancer researchers are turning their talents to the fight against COVID, using strategies that have lead to breakthroughs in cancer therapies for years, such as precision medicine, immunotherapy, biomarkers, and more. More info here

When: June 25, 2020, 2PM AND 3PM EDT

Where: Newswise Live event space on Zoom

Registration for media, as well as colleagues from participating Newswise member institutions for event 1

Registration for media, as well as colleagues from participating Newswise member institutions for event 2 


Less ACE2, Better Immune Function May Protect Children from Severe COVID-19

A new perspective piece suggests differences in lung physiology and immune function as possible reasons why children are often spared from severe illness associated with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Are you a hugger? It might be hereditary

A new study of twins finds that genetics play a significant role in how affectionate women are, but the same can't be said for men.

– University of Arizona

Communication Monographs

Experts identify steps to expand and improve antibody tests in COVID-19 response

More than 300 scientists and clinicians from the federal government, industry and academia published a report of their conclusions and recommendations on COVID-19 serology studies online in Immunity.

– NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)


Human interactions with wild and farmed animals must change dramatically to reduce risk of another deadly pandemic

Humans interact with animals in a huge variety of ways, including wildlife trade, livestock farming and keeping pets

– University of Cambridge

Post COVID-19: a solution scan of options for preventing future zoonotic epidemics

Study is first to identify potential therapeutic targets for COVID-19

A team from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are the first in the world to profile the body's immune response to COVID-19.

– Lawson Health Research Institute

Critical Care Explorations

Comedy Can Help Change the World, Rutgers Researcher Says

Comedy can play an important role in challenging people to address critical social issues, says Lauren Feldman, associate professor at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice

Acute acral lesions in a case series of kids, teens during COVID-19 pandemic

This case series describes 20 children and adolescents who presented with new-onset acral inflammatory lesions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Dermatology

Reusable, foldable and sterilisable ‘shield’ developed by NUS-NUH team provides additional protection for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients

A research team from the National University of Singapore and the National University Hospital has developed a reusable protective barrier which lowers the risk of frontline healthcare workers being exposed to COVID-19 via droplets and aerosols when ...

– National University of Singapore

The Medical Minute: Don’t get lax with the mask

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we learn, work and socialize. Now, as nearly all of Pennsylvania is in the green phase of reopening, it is essential for people to remain vigilant by wearing face masks when unable to maintain pr...

– Penn State Health

Weight stigma can be harmful to many, including marginalized identities

Weight-inclusive care prioritizes well-being over weight and having access to non-stigmatizing health care.

– University of Georgia

High-Accuracy COVID-19 Antibody Testing Begins in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has developed and begun using high-accuracy antibody testing to determine the magnitude of COVID-19 infection in Arkansas and inform the decisions of policymakers.

– University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Lawrence Livermore’s Innovation and Partnerships Office assists effort to combat the SARS-CoV2 virus on several fronts

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) technology transfer team has opened up multiple fronts to aid the nation’s efforts against the virus that causes COVID-19.

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Countries with Early Adoption of Face Masks Showed Modest COVID-19 Infection Rates

Regions with an early interest in face masks had milder COVID-19 epidemics, according to a new letter-to-the-editor published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

College Students’ Mental Health Continues to Suffer from COVID-19, New Survey by TimelyMD Finds

According to a new survey by TimelyMD, a telehealth company that specializes in higher education, an overwhelming majority (85%) of college students say they continue to experience increased stress and/or anxiety as a result of COVID-19, with women r...

– Timely.MD

TimelyMD Survey

Researchers develop a "quick and easy" Covid-19 test for population screening with simple means

Scientists from the Vienna BioCenter have pushed SARS-CoV-2 detection to a new level. Their approach is as sensitive and robust, yet cheaper, simpler and faster to implement than conventional tests. 'bead-LAMP' and 'HomeDip-LAMP' could be game-change...

– IMP - Research Institute of Molecular Pathology


Bacterial predator could help reduce COVID-19 deaths

A type of virus that preys on bacteria could be harnessed to combat bacterial infections in patients whose immune systems have been weakened by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, according to an expert at the University of Birming...

– University of Birmingham

PHAGE: Therapy, Applications, and Research

Study confirms "classic" symptoms of COVID-19

A persistent cough and fever have been confirmed as the most prevalent symptoms associated with COVID-19, according to a major review of the scientific literature.

– University of Leeds


MSK Researchers Find that Common Cancer Treatments Don’t Worsen Coronavirus Infection

A team of researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) reported on the epidemiology of COVID-19 illness experienced at an NCI-designated cancer center during the height of pandemic in New York City.

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nature Medicine

Twitter posts reveal polarization in Congress on COVID-19

The rapid politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen in messages members of the U.S. Congress sent about the issue on the social media site Twitter, a new analysis found.

– Ohio State University

Science Advances

School Nurses Key to Safe School Reopening

Sudden school closures in the United States were undertaken to reduce COVID-19 transmission this spring. Those closures were not typical, and how and when schools reopen will create a set of new norms, with unique stressors for students, families, sc...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

The Journal of School Nursing

NRAO Science Continues Despite the Virus

Something done routinely for decades -- move VLA antennas -- suddenly became challenging because of COVID-19. With careful planning and teamwork, the NRAO staff got the job done to keep the scientific research going.

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

LifeBridge Health & Fitness to Reopen June 25 with New Safety Procedures

LifeBridge Health & Fitness is ready and energized to reopen its doors, following Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement allowing health clubs around Maryland to resume operations at modified capacity following the COVID-19 shutdown.

– LifeBridge Health

HSS Sees Huge Increase in Participation in Virtual Health and Fitness Offerings

At Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), participation in virtual health and wellness offerings has increased almost 500 percent since March. The webinars, which are open to the public, have garnered interest nationwide. They run from an hour-long disc...

– Hospital for Special Surgery


Herd immunity threshold could be lower according to new study

Herd immunity to Covid-19 could be achieved with less people being infected than previously estimated according to new research.

– University of Nottingham


Does Bedtime Media Use Harm Children’s Sleep? Only if They Struggle to Self-Regulate Behavior

New research reveals that media use before bedtime translates to less sleep for children who generally struggle to self-regulate their behavior.

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science, June-2020

Decline in green energy spending might offset COVID-era emissions benefits

The short-term environmental benefits of the COVID-19 crisis, including declines in carbon emissions and local air pollution, have been documented since the early days of the crisis.

– Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


Defining Paths to Possible Mother to Child Coronavirus Transmission

UC Davis Health physicians defined the conditions of coronavirus transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy and delivery.

– UC Davis Health

American Journal of Perinatology

COVID-19 lockdown reveals human impact on wildlife

In an article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution today (22 June), the leaders of a new global initiative explain how research during this devastating health crisis can inspire innovative strategies for sharing space on this increasingly crowded ...

– Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Nature Ecology & Evolution


Greater testing is not driving coronavirus case load

From PolitiFact: While the number of coronavirus tests being conducted is rising over time, the positivity rate — which is the percentage of tests that come up positive for the virus — has also been rising since early June. And that undermines Tr...

– Newswise

Policy and Public Affairs

AANA Supports CMS Action to Cut Red Tape for Providers

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are encouraged by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement on the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics in an effort to “cut red tap...

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)


Researchers Design COVID-19 Knowledge Base and Risk Assessment Tool Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Researchers are creating a knowledge base that includes information for modeling outbreak and mutation of COVID-19, which will serve as a benchmark for better understanding the spread of the virus. They also are developing a multi-source deep neural ...

– Florida Atlantic University

Dry Eye Awareness Month 2020 Focuses On How Lifestyle Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Affect Vision

On July 8, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) in conjunction with the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) will host the Fifth Annual Dry Eye Awareness Month Congressional Briefing entitled How Lifestyle Changes During the COVID-19...

– Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)


UIC to make ACT/SAT exams optional for 2021-22 school year due to COVID

Along with many other universities in the nation, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will not require standardized tests for the '21-'22 school year.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

$2.3 Million Grant Will Support Development of Virtual Operating Room Team Training

A new $2.3 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health will support a research effort led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop a virtual operating room team trainin...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Expert Pitch

Houston Methodist oncologist available to comment on NCI model predicting 10,000 additional breast/colorectal cancer deaths due to COVID-19

– Houston Methodist

Wall Street Bracing for a Democrat Sweep

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

June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day: Know the Symptoms and Risk Factors for acute stress and PTSD During COVID-19

– Loyola Medicine





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