World's Fastest Supercomputer Identifies Small Molecules Which Bind To SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) Potentially Disrupt Host Virus Interaction

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory using the world's fastest supercomputer Summit, identified 77 drug compounds that might stop the virus from infecting host cells.  

Coronavirus Outbreak Update

This information is current as of 19 March 2020 at 0900 hrs EDT.  Currently, approximately 219,000 cases of coronavirus reported worldwide,  There are approximately  8,900 deaths from COVID 19.  Over 20,000 cases were reported in the past 24 hours - a record high in daily new cases and over 5,000 more than China reported during the peak of the virus in Wuhan.

 

Preparedness is Essential for Malaria-Endemic Regions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.  

 

Coronavirus Outbreak Update

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. 

Coronavirus Outbreak Update

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.  

Coronavirus Outbreak Update 02/03/2020

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. 

Number of Wuhan Coronavirus Cases Inside Mainland China Overtakes SARS

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. 

Coronavirus Outbreak 1/28/20

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.   

Scientists are Unraveling the Chinese Coronavirus with Unprecedented Speed and Openness

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. 

Coronavirus Outbreak Update 1/27/20

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.