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Publication Date:
3/19/2020
Post Date: 3/19/2020

Scientists are conducting clinical trials on several antivirals: chloroquine, arbidol, remdesivir, and favipiravir in China to test their efficacy and safety to treat COVID-19.  Some of the results from China are promising.  

 

 

Publication Date:
3/18/2020
Post Date: 3/18/2020

As of March 12, 2020, malaria-endemic regions in Africa have reported a few imported COVID-19 cases including in Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Africa needs to be prepared to deal with COVID-19, given the infectious potential of the disease and its capacity to undermine malaria control efforts.  There are lessons that can be learned from the 2014-2016 Ebola Outreak which undermined malaria control efforts in Africa. These lessons can be applied to the COVID -19 Outbreak.  

 

Publication Date:
3/18/2020
Post Date: 3/18/2020

This information is current as of 3/18/20 at 0900 hrs EDT.  A once in a generation pandemic is testing the world's population.  The pandemic has infected about 200,000 people and resulted in approximately 8,500 deaths in 164 nations. The global response triggered measures not seen since World War Two. 

Publication Date:
2/10/2020
Post Date: 2/10/2020

This information is current as of 0930hrs EST, 2 February 2020.  In China, the number of newly infected people has stabilized.  There have been 908 deaths in China with 40,171 infected people and 187,518 are under observation.  In Japan, 60 more people have tested positive on a cruise ship quarantined.  On the cruise ship, 130 out of 3,700 passengers are infected.  

Publication Date:
2/3/2020
Post Date: 2/3/2020

The Phase 2b/3 study, named HVTN 702 or Uhambo, began in 2016 and was taking place in South Africa.  The study was canceled because independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) found during an interim review that the regimen did not prevent HIV.  The board did not express any concern regarding participant safety.

Publication Date:
2/3/2020
Post Date: 2/3/2020

The death toll in China from the coronavirus rose to 361 as of Sunday.  The World Health Organization (WHO) last week declared the flu-like virus a global emergency and it has since spread to 23 other countries and regions, with the first death outside of China reported on Sunday. Multiple countries are enacting travel bans from China, despite the World Health Organization stating the outbreak should not interfere with international travel. 

Publication Date:
1/29/2020
Post Date: 1/29/2020

There are at least 5,974 confirmed cases of the virus in mainland China, including 132 deaths, according to China's National Health Commission (NHC).  There are 80 cases of the virus reported outside mainland China.  In the 2003 the SARS outbreak there were 5,327 confirmed cases of the disease in mainland China, with 349 deaths. 

Publication Date:
1/28/2020
Post Date: 1/28/2020

Globally there are over 2,800 cases reported and 106 deaths. Numerous countries have cases of coronavirus.  The outbreak is starting to have a negative impact on stock markets.  Foriegn nations are starting to evacuate their citizens from China.   

Publication Date:
1/27/2020
Post Date: 1/27/2020

After ten days, international scientists are collaborating to share data including the genetic sequence of the coronavirus in race to learn more about the virus.  This effort will assist with development treatment and potentially to identify a cure or vaccine.  The speed at which this collaborating is happening is brand new and made possible by technology. 

Publication Date:
1/27/2020
Post Date: 1/27/2020

China has confirmed more than 2,744 cases of coronavirus, with 81 deaths. 769 cases were reported in China in the last 24 hours.  Cases have been reported in the United States: 5, 2 in southern California and 1 each in Washington state, Chicago, and Arizona,  Thailand: 8, Australia: 5, South Korea: 4, Japan: 4,  Singapore: 4, Malaysia: 4, France: 3, Taiwan: 3, Vietnam: 2, Canada: 1, Nepal: 1, Cambodia: 1.