More outbreak details emerge as COVID-19 cases top 70,000

By |2020-02-18T23:22:43+00:00February 18th, 2020|

As cases passed the 70,000 mark today, China published a detailed picture of its COVID-19 outbreak, which now shows signs of declining; however, officials warned cases could rebound as people return to work and school after the extended Lunar New Year break. In other developments, the number of infected people on the Diamond Princess cruise [...]

Comprehensive Profiling of Zika Virus Risk with Natural and Artificial Mitigating Strategies, United States

By |2020-02-18T23:18:44+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Abstract Zika virus is transitioning to become a long-term public health challenge, and countries should remain informed of the risk for emergence. We developed a stochastic epidemiologic model to profile risk for Zika virus emergence, including trimester-specific fetal risk across time, in all 3,208 counties in the United States, including Puerto Rico. Validation against known [...]

Japan issues guidelines to prevent rush on hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge

By |2020-02-18T23:14:38+00:00February 18th, 2020|

The health ministry on Monday released guidelines for people who fear they have been infected with COVID-19 as officials said 99 more aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, including 43 Japanese citizens, had tested positive. The newly identified people raised the total toll from the vessel to 454. A total of 3,711 passengers and crew [...]

Are European laboratories ready to detect COVID-19?

By |2020-02-18T23:04:37+00:00February 18th, 2020|

A first assessment looking at the preparedness of EU/EEA laboratories to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) demonstrates a fast implementation of molecular diagnostics by the European specialised laboratory networks. It also shows a good geographical coverage for testing. In January 2020, a survey among laboratories to assess the capacity and quality for SARS-CoV-2 (previously 2019-nCoV) diagnostics as [...]

Risk for Transportation of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease from Wuhan to Other Cities in China

By |2020-02-18T23:00:39+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Abstract On January 23, 2020, China quarantined Wuhan to contain 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We estimated the probability of transportation of COVID-19 from Wuhan to 369 other cities in China before the quarantine. Expected COVID-19 risk is >50% in 130 (95% CI 89–190) cities and >99% in the 4 largest metropolitan areas. Image [...]

The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2

By |2020-02-18T22:50:54+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Since the first reports of a novel pneumonia (COVID-19) in Wuhan city, Hubei province, China there has been considerable discussion and uncertainty over the origin of the causative virus, SARS-CoV-2. Infections with SARS-CoV-2 are now widespread in China, with cases in every province. As of 14 February 2020, 64,473 such cases have been confirmed, with [...]

Biologists rush to re-create the China coronavirus from its DNA code

By |2020-02-18T22:45:55+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized from scratch? The world is watching with alarm as China struggles to contain a dangerous new virus, now being called SARS-CoV-2. It has quarantined entire cities, and the US has put a blanket ban on [...]

E. coli prompts milk recall in Australian states

By |2020-02-18T22:41:38+00:00February 18th, 2020|

By News Desk on February 17, 2020 Milk has been recalled across two Australian states due to potential E. coli contamination. The issue was identified as a result of company testing. It is not clear what strain of E. coli is involved but there have been no reports of illness. 7-Eleven Pty Ltd recalled its own brand 2-liter [...]

Coronavirus: Bill Gates warns of 10 million deaths as virus spreads to Africa

By |2020-02-17T13:34:51+00:00February 17th, 2020|

The Microsoft founder spoke at the AAAS meeting in Seattle just hours before the first case was confirmed in Cairo, Egypt Bill Gates has warned that coronavirus in Africa could overwhelm health services and trigger a pandemic which could cause 10 million deaths.  The Microsoft founder and global health pioneer was speaking at the AAAS meeting [...]

As cruise ship COVID-19 numbers climb, nations evacuate passengers

By |2020-02-16T21:18:03+00:00February 16th, 2020|

The United States and other countries are evacuating their citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan where the number of infected people on the ship has risen to 355, as the number of local COVID-19 cases continues to grow in Singapore and Japan and as Hawaiian health officials investigate a connection to [...]