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Wednesday, August 5, 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.

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Parents Trust Colleges More than Students for COVID-19 Safety, New Survey by TimelyMD Finds

Parents of college students indicate many concerns about their students' return to the classroom (on campus or online), including their health, the quality of their education, and the likelihood of their following public health guidance when administ...

– TimelyMD


Embargo expired on 05-Aug-2020 at 00:05 ET

Study Reveals New Targets for Next-Generation COVID-19 Vaccines and Tests, Beyond Antibodies

This clinical trial increased an understanding of how T cells mount a response to COVID-19 infection. These findings pave the way for diagnostic tests that detect COVID immunity based on T cells instead of antibodies. Research demonstrates that gener...

– Atlantic Health System


UCI scientists get ‘initial hit’ in developing drug to treat COVID-19

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 5, 2020 – When the coronavirus pandemic hit, almost everyone at the University of California, Irvine – and colleges across the nation – had to abandon campus. But James Nowick, professor of chemistry, was not a part of that...

– University of California, Irvine


Helping protect medical professionals

A media comprised of a sandwich of materials, tested by Sandia National Laboratories, is being manufactured into N95-like respirators that could be used in local medical facilities. The project originated from the urgent need for personal protective ...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Massey scientist suggests COVID-19 should be treated as an acute inflammatory disease

The COVID-19 pandemic has had detrimental effects on global infrastructure sectors, including economic, political, health care, education and research systems, and there is still no definitive treatment strategy for the disease.

– Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Journal of Immunology

Fauci still considered No. 1 COVID-19 information source; reliance on Trump drops; public support of government response to the coronavirus declines, reports study by USC Center for the Digital Future

A growing number of Americans say federal, state, and local governments are doing a poor job of responding to COVID-19, and Anthony Fauci continues to be the nation’s most relied-upon source about COVID-19, reports a new study by the USC Center for...

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Big Opportunity for Telemedicine Emerges from COVID-19 Crisis

Phillip Phan, the Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, discusses promising developments in the field of telemedicine – developments that, ironically, may have been sped up...

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Ophthalmology Times

Brooklyn Heart Patient Saves Own Life Amid COVID-19

Ann Apasewicz was hesitant to seek care at the height of the pandemic, but consulting her NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn doctor saved her life

– NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

NIH harnesses AI for COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring

NIH has launched an ambitious effort to use artificial intelligence, computation, and medical imaging to enable early disease detection, inform successful treatment strategies, and predict individual disease outcomes of COVID-19.

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Imitation May Be a Sincere Form of Treatment

The National Institutes of Health will soon launch a phase II clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of potential new therapeutics for COVID-19, including the use of investigational synthetic monoclonal antibodies. Davey Smith of UC San D...

– University of California San Diego Health

EPA Approves Thirteen Surface Disinfectants Tested on SARS-CoV-2

The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) released the following statement today, attributed to Steve Caldeira, President & CEO, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that thirteen surface disinfectants from List...

– Household and Commercial Products Association

RSNA, ACR and AAPM Launch Massive Open-Source COVID-19 Medical Image Database via NIBIB contract with Univ. of Chicago

The nation’s largest medical imaging associations are developing the new Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), an open-source database with medical images from tens of thousands of COVID-19 patients. The MIDRC will help doctors better ...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)


Droplet Spread from Humans Doesn’t Always Follow Airflow

If aerosol transmission of COVID-19 is confirmed to be significant, as suspected, we will need to reconsider guidelines on social distancing, ventilation systems and shared spaces. Researchers in the U.K. believe a better understanding of different d...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Physics of Fluids

Embargo expired on 04-Aug-2020 at 11:00 ET

Exposure to common cold coronaviruses can teach the immune system to recognize SARS-CoV-2

A new study led by scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) shows that memory helper T cells that recognize common cold coronaviruses also recognize matching sites on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

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Researchers develop new mouse model for SARS-CoV-2

Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine have developed a new mouse model to study SARS-CoV-2 infection and disease and to accelerate testing of novel treatments and vaccines against the novel coronavirus. The study, published today in the J...

– The Rockefeller University Press

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COVID-19 study confirms low transmission in educational settings

The rate of COVID-19 transmission in New South Wales (NSW) educational settings was extremely limited during the first wave of COVID-19, research findings published today in The Lancet Journal of Child and Adolescent Health have shown.

– University of Sydney

The Lancet Journal of Child and Adolescent Health

Experts from Across the U.S. Issue Back-To-School Safety Guidelines for Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

As school districts look ahead to a very different school year, pediatric infectious disease experts from across the United States convened to outline back-to-school safety guidelines for solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. The group, led by Kev...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

How COVID-19 changed the way patients responded to a heart attack

The death rate for patients who experienced what is normally a lower-risk heart attack rose sharply during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in England, according to an analysis of NHS data.

– University of Leeds

European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes

Effective testing and contact tracing is essential for schools to safely open during COVID-19 pandemic, two studies show

Effective contact tracing and epidemic control measures are essential for safe opening of schools during COVID-19 pandemic, according to two studies published simultaneously in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal.

– Lancet

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

An NYU nurse practitioner’s advice for keeping school children and teachers safe this fall

With COVID-19 cases surging in parts of the country, NYU Meyers’ Donna Hallas outlines steps K-12 schools must take if they choose to reopen

– New York University

Contemporary Pediatrics

Lockdown study reports surge in health anxieties

New research into people's coping strategies faced with COVID-19 highlights the mental health toll for those shielding

– University of Bath

American Psychological Association

Story Tips: Pandemic impact, root studies, neutrons confirm, lab on a crystal and modeling fusion

ORNL Story Tips: Pandemic impact, root studies, neutrons confirm, lab on a crystal and modeling fusion

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Energy/Jul-2020; PNAS/Jul-2020; Science Advances/Jul-2020; Advanced Functional Materials/Jan-2020; Computer Physics Communications/

How Countries Are Reopening Schools During the Pandemic

Educators worldwide are facing the agonizing decision of whether to resume in-person instruction while there’s still no cure for the new coronavirus. Countries including Denmark, India, and Kenya are taking different approaches.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff, "How Countries Are Reopening Schools During the Pandemic", Backgrounder,, July 27, 2020.

Making the Switch

As higher education pivots to online instruction, the CSU leads the way in exploring and implementing innovative new approaches to teaching, learning and engagement ... all with an eye on student success.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Researchers support college in making data-driven decisions

Behind the scenes of some big decisions, a student-faculty research team is sifting through extensive amounts of COVID-19 data to provide insight to Cornell College campus leaders.

– Cornell College

Reporting on Local Health Systems

Susan Dentzer, health-care analyst, commentator, journalist, and senior policy fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, discusses local health systems, including how they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and best practices for repor...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

"Reporting on Local Health Systems", Webinar, CFR Local Journalists Initiative, July 23, 2020.

Tip Sheet: COVID-19 vaccines, COVID-19 and cancer patients, smoking cessation apps, structural racism in medicine – and more

Summaries of recent Fred Hutch research findings and other news with links for additional background and media contacts.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Atrium Health Tele-ICU Evolves to Meet COVID-19 Challenges

Atrium Health’s tele-ICU quickly adjusted its patient-centered focus to include supporting and protecting bedside nurses caring for patients in isolation, as part of the system’s planning and preparations for the pandemic.

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Critical Care Nurse, August 2020

Embargo expired on 03-Aug-2020 at 06:00 ET

The effects of COVID-19 on emergency visits, hospitalizations

COVID-19 swept into the U.S., hospitals across the country have reported that their emergency departments are emptying out. In a new study published Monday, Aug. 3, in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team of researchers from multiple institutions provides ...

– Mayo Clinic

JAMA Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 03-Aug-2020 at 11:00 ET

Evaluating the effectiveness of travel bans

A new study sheds light on how COVID-19 spreads regionally and between countries, as well as on how effective governmental measures to curb the spread of the pandemic have been to date.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences

UM Cardiology Researchers Studying How COVID-19 Affects the Heart

COVID-19 is shown to impact the heart and, in some cases, have long-lasting cardiac effects. To discover the extent to which COVID-19 affects the heart, cardiologists and researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have begun m...

– University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

New species of fungus sticking out of beetles named after the COVID-19 quarantine

A major comprehensive study on Herpomycetales and Laboulbeniales, two orders of unique ectoparasitic fungi associated with insects and other arthropods (class Laboulbeniomycetes) in Belgium and the Netherlands was published in the open-access, peer-r...

– Pensoft Publishers


Protocol needed to monitor COVID-19 disease course

Patients with underlying conditions such as asthma or other lung problems should be checked on regularly by pulmonologists or primary-care doctors for at least six months. Some will need to be monitored for one to three years, according to a new o...

– University of Washington School of Medicine and UW Medicine

The Lancet-Respiratory Medicine

Engineers developing no-touch, mail-in, fast-scan test for COVID-19, other outbreaks

Engineers are developing a no-touch, mail-in, fast-scan diagnostic sensing system that could be used to quickly test for COVID-19 or other outbreaks. The system would also produce a real-time outbreak map with demographic details.

– Iowa State University

NSF: PFI (RAPID) 2029532

Important Dementia Studies Continuing at UK Despite Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many things to a screeching halt and continues to impact our daily lives. However, important research at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is continuing under extreme caution and deep d...

– University of Kentucky

Consumer Behavior Has Shifted Significantly During Pandemic, Survey Reveals

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an increase in telework and online commerce, and a significant decrease in the number of personal trips people are making. Understanding the effects of these rapid changes on the economy, supply chains, and the...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Tackling the Bioethics Challenges Raised by COVID-19

The diverse situations experienced by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic often present serious ethical challenges. From the allocation of resources and triage protocols to health-care worker and patient rights and the management of clin...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

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Pandemic leads to higher depression, anxiety and fear, studies show

The COVID-19 pandemic led to higher levels of depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and psychological trauma among American adults during the early months of its spread, according to three new studies published by University of Arkansas sociologis...

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Study reveals COVID-19 transmission rate on trains

A study by scientists from the University of Southampton has examined the chances of catching COVID-19 in a train carriage carrying an infectious person.

– University of Southampton

Clinical Infectious Diseases

SARS-CoV-2 screening strategies for safe reopening of college campuses

What The Study Did: This study defines the screening performance standards for SARS-CoV-2 tests that would permit the safe return of students to U.S. residential college campuses this fall. Authors: A. David Paltiel, Ph.D., of the Yale School of P...

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Network Open

No racial disparities seen in response to remdesivir treatment of COVID-19

A new analysis by University of Chicago Medicine faculty, staff and collaborators around the world found remdesivir appears to be equally beneficial to patients regardless of race, supporting the need for early intervention and aggressive care for al...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Research Gate

Pooling strategy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: A solution for mass population screening of SARS-CoV-2

In a report in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier, researchers at Augusta University and PerkinElmer Genomics describe a cheaper, rapid, and accurate pooling strategy for the RT-PCR-based detection of SARS-CoV-2 in clinical s...

– Elsevier

Journal of Molecular Diagnostics

Looking up to the Joneses: Consequences of the perceptions of white wealth

Before the era of COVID-19, research suggested that premature deaths among white Americans were rising. Even before the era of COVID-19, these findings were surprising.

– Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Social Psychological and Personality Science

NIH delivering new COVID-19 testing technologies to meet U.S. demand

The National Institutes of Health is investing $248.7 million in new technologies to address challenges associated with COVID-19 testing (which detects SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus).

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

COVID-19: Should children skip back-to-school checkups and vaccinations this year?

Even if your child will be doing virtual learning in the fall, annual checkups and vaccinations he or she would normally get around back-to-school time should not be deferred.

– LifeBridge Health

Continuing online instruction could contribute to widening achievement gaps by family income or socioeconomic status

The latest research from Notre Dame's Chloe Gibbs explores how time spent in school affects children’s cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. This research finds that more instructional time in the early years has important benefits for children ove...

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– University of Notre Dame


New Research Defines Intrauterine Placental Transmission of COVID-19 From Pregnant Women to the Fetus

Pathologists examine whether mother-to-infant (vertical) transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurs and, if it does, whether it develops in the uterus prior to delivery, and how it happens in a new research article published in the Archives of Pathology & Lab...

– College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (ARCHIVES)

National Academies publishes guide to help public officials make sense of COVID-19 data

The National Academies has published a guide to help officials across the country interpret and understand different COVID-19 statistics and data sources as they make decisions about opening and closing schools, businesses and community facilities.

– University of Washington

The National Academies of Science Engineering Medicine

Implementation of social distancing policies correlates with significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 transmission

According to researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the implementation of social distancing policies corresponded with significant reductions in transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduced community mobility, both in...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


CHOP Researchers Identify Lab Profiles that Differentiate MIS-C from COVID-19 in Children

Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) report important data that differentiate MIS-C from severe COVID-19 in children and suggest that MIS-C is a post-infectious syndrome related to COVID-19 but distinct from KD. The findings ...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Journal of Clinical Investigation

Could prior exposure to common cold viruses affect the severity of SARS-CoV-2 symptoms?

A study led by Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) shows that some healthy individuals possess immune cells capable of recognizing the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

– Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin


US should consider 'stay-at-home' cooling options during pandemic

A new study from Australian scientists at the forefront of climate and health modelling suggests electric fans and water dousing could be a viable stay-at-home cooling strategy as the United States (US) anticipates extreme heat.

– University of Sydney

Science of the Total Environment

BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest – July 2020 Edition

The July 2020 Edition of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) Research & Health News Digest.

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Nature; Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery; mBio; Nature Medicine; Journal of General Internal Medicine; Journal of the American Geriatric Society; Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders...

New Research Investigates the Impact of COVID-19 on Terrorism

UAlbany researchers, who specialize in terrorist ideology, explore both the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis presents for terrorist organizations.

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Perspectives on Terrorism

Dermatologist Says Skip the ‘Maskne,’ Not the Mask

If you are noticing red, irritated skin or small pimples under your face mask, you are far from alone. Allison Truong, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, says she is now seeing many patients complaining of what's com...

– Cedars-Sinai

Physician Hosts Forum to Help Caregivers Share COVID-19 Feelings

Cedars-Sinai palliative care physician Erin Reeve, MD, will host a virtual "open mic night" for healthcare professionals who have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can share their stories and feelings in creative ways. ...

– Cedars-Sinai

The ECS Community Adapts and Advances

Elizabeth Biddinger Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, City College, The City University of New York (CUNY), shares how she and her CUNY community are adapting to—and planning to move beyond—the current situation.

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– The Electrochemical Society

The Battery Community Connects in New Ways

In our series, The ECS Community Adapts and Advances, Venkat Viswanathan shares stories of unexpected opportunities and inspiration. To help early career researchers make progress while labs are shuttered and new lab work isn’t possible, he is crea...

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– The Electrochemical Society

ECS Community on the Frontline of COVID-19 Research

In our series, The ECS Community Adapts and Advances, Netzahualcóyotl (Netz) Arroyo-Currás talks about his lab’s challenge as part of the pandemic response of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which is at the forefront of COVID-19 research. Soon after cl...

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– The Electrochemical Society

Coronavirus testing, immunity: What we know

Questions around coronavirus testing and immunity are top of mind as the pandemic continues to spread and potential vaccines undergo trials.

Expert Available

– University of Michigan


The University of Chicago is awarded a major federal contract to host a new COVID-19 medical imaging resource center

A new center hosted at the University of Chicago — co-led by the largest medical imaging professional organizations in the country — will help tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by curating a massive database of medical images to help better un...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

ACTG Announces Launch of Novel Clinical Trial Testing Multiple Therapeutics to Treat COVID-19

The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) has initiated the ACTIV-2 Outpatient Monoclonal Antibodies and Other Therapies Trial. ACTIV-2 includes both phase 2 and phase 3 evaluations of multiple promising investigational agents for treating early COVID-19...

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

American College of Radiology to Provide Image Coordination for National COVID-19 Observational Study

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Center for Research and Innovation™ (CRI) will serve as the imaging coordination center for the multicenter COVID-19 Observational Study (CORAL) led by Dr. Catherine "Terri" L. Hough of the Oregon Health ...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Neutrolis Announces Development Of First-In-Class Treatment Targeting Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) For Patients With Severe COVID-19

Novel Chromatinase™ platform could rapidly and systemically removes NETs associated with exacerbation of COVID-19

– Neutrolis

Clinical Reference Laboratory Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Best-in-Class Self-Collected COVID-19 Saliva Test

Today, Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL), one of the largest privately held clinical testing laboratories in the U.S., announced that it received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and is scaling up capacity for CRL Rapid Response™, a saliva-b...

– Clinical Reference Laboratory

COVID-19 Community Relief Funds raised more than $1 billion across U.S., research led by Lilly Family School of Philanthropy professor Laurie Paarlberg finds

COVID-19 relief funds at local United Ways and community foundations across the United States raised more than $1.05 billion and distributed at least $589 million to financially vulnerable individuals and nonprofits leading the pandemic response in t...

– Indiana University

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Ohio State Experts Offer Tips for Students Who Miss Normalcy of Sports, Activities

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Weighing the Risks vs. Benefits of Reopening Schools: @atscommunity Member Dr. Jeffrey Starke

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

U.S. COVID-19 Testing Too Slow, Survey Says

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Reading, Writing & Arithmeticin the age of COVID-19

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

Governors Still Ahead of President in Approval Ratings of COVID Management, Survey Says

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

.@UMiamiHealth pediatrician @LisaGwynn, incoming president of #Florida chapter of the @AmerAcadPeds helped issue new guidance on #reopeningschools calling for safety and science to drive decisions.

– University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine





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