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How the Covid-19 pandemic began

  • How the Covid-19 pandemic began


    Conspiracies have run wild about the origin of Coronavirus, but experts believe it is most likely that the virus originated from bats. SARS and Covid-19 are diseases that have crossed from other species into humans. This is not uncommon. However, with these particular diseases, the wet markets in China seem to have been the catalyst to this process.

    We decode how wet markets foster the conditions that promote the crossing of disease between species. Why has the Chinese government allowed these markets to flourish despite concerns about their safety? And how should the international community respond to this ongoing potential threat?

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    Prof David Heyman - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Headed the global response to the SARS outbreak at the WHO.
    Katherine Mason - Medical Anthropologist at Brown University
    Prof Dirk Pfeiffer - Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Chair of One Health at City University of Hong Kong
    Dr Amesh Adalja - Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Health Security. Expert on emerging infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, and biosecurity.
    Sophia Yan - China correspondent, The Telegraph

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  • Coronavirus outbreak: A timeline of how COVID-19 spread around world


    A timeline of some of the most significant moments during the novel coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, in late December and spread across the world, creating a COVID-19 pandemic in less than three months.

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  • How Coronavirus Became a Global Pandemic | WSJ


    On Dec. 1, 2019, a patient in Wuhan, China, started showing symptoms of what doctors determined was a new coronavirus. Since then, the virus has spread to infect more than 100,000 people. Here’s how the virus grew to a global pandemic. Photo illustration: Carter McCall/WSJ

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  • COVID-19 Timeline: How and when did the virus spillover to humans?


    The current timeline for the COVID-19 pandemic begins with a cluster of viral pneumonia cases that was discovered in Wuhan in late December 2019, and were reported to the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019. However, as scientists continue to check samples going back through the year, there has been evidence to suggest the virus was moving around as early as March 2019. In Barcelona, wastewater samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. What is the origin of the virus? How and when did it spillover to humans?

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  • **COVID-19** a visual summary of the new coronavirus pandemic


    Information to make this video was obtained and collated from the following resources: UpToDate, CDC, WHO and journal articles from the Lancet and NEJM.

    The World health organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. COVID 19 stands for coronavirus disease 2019 and is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals including cats and bats. Common human coronavirus typically causes an upper respiratory tract infection, like the common cold. Most people get infected with one or more of these viruses at some point in their lives. The human coronavirus infection typically resolves on its own with basic rest while feeling miserable.

    Rarely, the coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and become a new human coronavirus which then infect and spread between people. Important examples include severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus or SARS in 2003 and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus also known MERS in 2012

  • Whistleblowers silenced by China could have stopped global coronavirus spread | 60 Minutes Australia


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    Mid-November in Wuhan, China, and cases of a strange new flu start surfacing. In a sprawling city of 11 million people, the coronavirus, our invisible brutal enemy was born - festering at least a month and a half before the world was told. In January President Xi Jinping made a decision that would ultimately condemn the world: allowing 5 million people to leave the epicentre of the virus without being screened.

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  • Is China to blame for the COVID-19 pandemic?


    Is China to blame for the #COVID19 pandemic? Anti-China forces in the U.S. would like to believe so, as it is so much easier to find a scapegoat than to admit one’s own mistakes. A timeline of White House’s delayed response to the virus says it all.

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  • China reopens wet markets in Wuhan as COVID-19 pandemic sweeps world


    As the world attempts to battle the worst pandemic it has faced in 100 years, the question many people are asking is: Where did COVID-19 come from?

    The truth is that there is no definitive answer, however many have pointed to a food market in Wuhan, China. Wet markets, as they are known, exist globally. These markets sell exotic and wild animals in open-air environments and are particularly popular in China, where the food is seen as cheaper, fresher and may contain special healing benefits.

    How does this relate to the deadly coronavirus COVID-19?

    Viruses that jump from animals to humans become far more dangerous because these diseases have not built up immunity in humans, and we have no vaccine or medication available to fight it.

    Viruses that jump from one animal to another animal and then to a human being even more deadly.

    This is what can happen in these wet markets, where animals are stored in close proximity, with little sanitation or health procedures.

    Ebola likely came from bats, swine flu from pigs, bird flu from birds and the SARS virus from 2003 also came from animals. And although we don’t know how many viruses came from wet markets, it is highly likely according to scientists that these markets have caused serious outbreaks in the past, and may have caused the most recent pandemic in December last year.

    Despite this, instead of closing down these wet markets after the SARS outbreak 20 years ago, or even after the COVID-19 epidemic currently engulfing the world, China has started to reopen its wet markets in Wuhan after lockdown, the ground zero of the virus.

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  • The Coronavirus Pandemics Impact On Pollution And Climate Change | NBC News


    As cities and countries around the world enter lockdowns, a surprising side effect has emerged — air pollution is going down and cleaner air has arrived... for now.
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  • Coronavirus outbreak: Alberta begins Phase 1 of relaunch strategy during COVID-19 pandemic | FULL


    Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw addressed the media on Thursday, May 14 as Phase 1 of the province's plan to relaunch the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic began.

    Hinshaw clarified that the types of businesses not listed in either Phase 2 or Phase 3 are considered included in Phase 1, and added that business owners have flexibility in choosing the right time to open after the stage that your business is in begins.

    She stressed that just because some Alberta businesses are starting to reopen, “this does not mean it’s back to normal.”

    Hinshaw said that within seven days of opening, businesses must explain the health and safety precautions they’re implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Calgary and Brooks will take a more gradual relaunch timeline, as those two cities have about 75 per cent of Alberta’s cases.

    Hinshaw also reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Thursday, as well as one new death. More than 5,200 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases to 1,131.

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  • The Epidemic Within the Pandemic: Opioids and COVID-19


    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the opioid epidemic disappeared from headlines but not from reality. Dr. Josh Sharfstein talks to Dr. Yngvild Olsen, the medical director of an addiction treatment program in Baltimore and the Vice President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, about how her clinic had to pivot to stay open while protecting both patients and staff, how federal regulations have shifted, and what the status of the epidemic is and might be post-COVID-19. Disclosure: Medical school classmates, Dr. Sharfstein and Dr. Olsen are married.

  • Coronavirus outbreak: How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting climate change


    Catherine Abreu of Climate Action Network Canada talks about the positive environmental impact that has come as a result of global social distancing measures and strict lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We never want to see these kinds of environmental benefits coming along with such tremendous human suffering, Abreu says, but we are seeing significant emission reductions around the world.

    With less human traffic in the world, animals are coming back into spaces that usually are overpopulated, there is a reduction of air pollution and an acceleration of closure of holes in the ozone layer.

    What does the pandemic mean for climate change, and what lessons can we learn from it?

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  • Coronavirus Update: Epidemics in History


    Live Q&A, April 2 10:00 CST (GMT-5): Infectious epidemics have always driven change in human societies. Frank Snowden, Professor Emeritus of History of Medicine at Yale University and author of Epidemics and Society (2019), puts the #COVID19 pandemic in historical context. #Coronavirus #JAMALive

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    20:30 So even though it's the Spanish flu of 1918, it didn't end in 1918. Could you talk a little more about these waves?
    25:28 Are the data good enough to know the actual case-fatality rates from the Spanish flu?
    28:52 Are there lessons from other epidemics that may inform what we should do now?
    37:23 What's going on with wearing masks for the public in Italy?

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  • The Search For A Covid-19 Vaccine | Race Against Pandemic | Full Episode


    December 2019 in Wuhan, central China. The epicentre of a dangerous new viral outbreak – Covid-19. In a space of just three months, a global pandemic is declared. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed, economies are disrupted and governments impose lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus. Where did this novel coronavirus come from? In what way was it manifesting itself in humans? How was it being spread? We uncover the vital questions scientists ask as they grapple to understand this new virus, and its potential threat. We also speak to the scientists and experts leading the fight against this latest pandemic to develop vaccines and treatments in a bid to halt the coronavirus’ relentless spread


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  • Chinese Travelers Move Past Covid-19 Pandemic


    Hotel prices shot up, ride-hailing apps crashed, tickets to the Great Wall sold out: after more than nine long, housebound months, almost half a billion Chinese people are taking a vacation.

    With the Covid-19 pandemic largely under control in China, the Golden Week holiday is putting on display the country’s confidence in its economic rebound and its public health measures. Through the first four days of the week-long holiday that started Oct. 1, some 425 million people traveled domestically, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, nearly 80% of last year’s throngs.

    The surge of activity stands in stark contrast to the rest of the world -- the global tourism industry is expected to lose at least $1.2 trillion in 2020 -- and underscores the relative strength of China’s economic recovery. As of September, the OECD forecast a 1.8% expansion this year, putting China alone among the Group of 20 on pace to expand.

    That positive outlook assumes the country can avoid another wave of coronavirus and the aggressive lockdowns China’s used to quash it. As millions crisscross the country during the holiday that marks the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, no virus tests or quarantines required, the risks grow. Late last month, China opened its borders to foreign nationals holding valid residence permits.

    “There is undoubtedly a risk in allowing mass tourism to resume and, in some ways, this is an early exercise in what the rest of the world will have to go through as global travel restarts next year,” said Nicholas Thomas, associate professor in health security at the City University of Hong Kong.

    China hasn’t reported any local virus infections since Aug. 15, though it found two asymptomatic cases in late September, and the government has eased almost all of its peak-Covid travel restrictions. The ban on group tours was lifted in the middle of July, every district in every city has been designated ‘low-risk,’ and coronavirus test results are no longer required for cross-province travel.

    “We have gone at least six weeks without reporting a single confirmed case domestically, which means the environment accessible by ordinary people is virus free,” said Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention, at a briefing in Beijing last week. “The chance of you running into an asymptomatic person is very very low, almost negligible.”

    “I’m not worried about the virus,” said 35-year-old Zora Li, who plans to fly Beijing to the southern Chinese province of Guangxi with her two children and her parents, their first trip of 2020. “I don’t have a choice. The kids can only travel during vacation.”

    She wasn’t the only one ready for a change of scenery. Flight bookings for the holiday were up 11% compared with 2019, according to a report from travel data and analytics agency Cirium. Reservations for domestic hotels began rising near the end of August, and prices soared: As of Sept. 10, the average hotel booking cost around 20% more this year compared with last year, according to data released by travel booking site Inc.

    Other Chinese destinations saw an influx of domestic tourists who might have otherwise spent the week abroad. While foreign travel isn’t explicitly banned, the lack of flights and onerous quarantine and testing requirements for re-entry has discouraged most people. Tibet, Xinjiang and Ningxia were among regions where spending rose fastest on Oct. 1 and 2, based on China Unionpay data reported in Xinhua. Hotel spending in Tibet more than doubled from a year earlier, and food-and-beverage spending jumped 49%.

    The specter of Covid and the fragile recovery are still taking a toll. Even travelers may not be ready for a Golden Week spree. Through the first four days of the holiday, tourism revenue was 312 billion yuan, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, down 31% from the same period last year.

    And plenty of people are still staying home. Shirley Zhang, a 29-year-old auditor in Shenzhen, canceled her travel plans this year, including a long-planned trip to Japan.

    “This year is so difficult for everyone,” she said. “Some of my friends lost their jobs lately. For first time in my life, I feel I need to save some money for future uncertainties.”

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    COVID-19 is disrupting agriculture on many levels. The Trump administration recently announced it will spend $19 billion to help farmers. But they aren’t the only group in need of support -- undocumented immigrants are roughly half of American farmworkers, and they have been excluded from the federal aid. Stephanie Sy reports and talks to agriculture reporter Amy Mayer of Iowa Public Radio.

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  • Coronavirus: Kids and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic


    Explaining the COVID-19 novel coronavirus to children can be a challenge. Dr. Breanna Winder-Patel, a clinical psychologist at the world-renowned UC Davis MIND Institute, answers questions about guiding kids through this difficult situation, including those with neurodevelopmental differences, and explains how to understand and manage their stress and anxiety.

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  • Coronavirus Is Helping the Environment — for Now


    The pandemic closing factories and keeping cars off roads may be good for emissions, but all of those gains are short term. While millions of workers are spending days at home, the Trump administration hasn’t dropped its work to counteract environmental progress. Today, it’s set to announce one of the most sweeping and consequential regulatory rollbacks of Trump’s presidency: a reversal of vehicle emissions standards enacted by the Obama administration.

    The old rule forced auto-makers to increase fuel efficiency year-by-year at a rate of 5%, by taking mileage and emissions into account. Now car-makers will only have to increase efficiency by just 1.5% year-over-year. The rule was already in the works before the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the U.S., and it comes after the EPA announced it is no longer requiring companies to comply with a wide swath of environmental laws if they cite the pandemic.

    So while pollution may be down for the time being in a few big cities in the U.S., a trend that’s playing out in India and in Hubei province, where levels of nitrogen dioxide fell by 40% during a strict lockdown, government moves to boost withering economies could turn back that progress.

    As Hubei province opens back up, drivers are getting back behind the wheel, and auto-makers are back at work. Plans to reignite China’s economy could also reignite pollution—a report released by the NGO Global Energy Monitor found that China has approved plans for more coal-fired power capacity in the first three weeks of March than in all of 2019.

    In the U.S., the congressional bailout package is helping fuel-inefficient airlines, while shunning the sector responsible for two of the fastest-growing occupations in the country: solar and wind technicians.

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  • What will the world look like after the pandemic? | COVID-19 Special


    As the coronavirus pandemic rips through the world shattering national health systems and economies, a global response to help pick up the pieces has never been more essential. But international cooperation has sagged under the weight of the coronavirus. The United Nations, the World Health Organization and the G20 have all been unable to take the lead. Countries have closed themselves off, each locked into a contest to secure supplies of limited resources like face masks, protective clothing and medication. But how it is now, is not how it has to be. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a chance for countries to come together and create opportunity from crisis. So will they? How will the world look like after all this?


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  • Expect COVID-19 pandemic to change the way we live


    Major world events like war, terrorism or pandemics have sparked societal changes like income tax, increased security measures and outdoor spaces. Adrienne Arsenault talks to historian Margaret MacMillan about the past to wonder about the future.

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  • How the coronavirus pandemic fuels racism | COVID-19 Special


    The virus does not discriminate. - It's a line many have used to describe the fact that anyone can catch COVID-19. But when it comes to human behaviour, discrimination has reigned supreme in this pandemic. Around the world, various groups have been maligned and accused of spreading the virus.
    The coronavirus pandemic has even led to racist attacks against various minorities around the world. From Asians in Europe to Muslims in India and black people in the United States - fear over the pandemic is giving a boost to xenophobia and exclusion. Some say incendiary rhetoric from leaders is to blame for the behavior.

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  • Coronavirus outbreak: How many people can possibly get COVID-19?


    The World Health Organization has officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. What began as a handful of cases in Wuhan, China nearly two and a half months ago has evolved into a global outbreak, with the virus spreading to over 100 countries with over 100,000 cases and 4,000 deaths confirmed. But how many people could actually get infected by the novel coronavirus disease?

    Epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch from Harvard University made headlines after he projected 40 - 70% of the world’s adult population could be infected by COVID-19.

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remember a brief history of those that have rocked the world in the last century, from the H1N1 to HIV to the current Coronavirus.

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    In late December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause was reported by health authorities in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People's Republic of China. The initial cases mostly had links to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market and consequently, the virus is thought to have a zoonotic origin. The virus that caused the outbreak is known as SARS-CoV-2, a new virus which is closely related to bat coronaviruses, pangolin coronaviruses and SARS-CoV.

    The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing public health emergency of international concern involving coronavirus disease 2019. It was caused by SARS-CoV-2, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China. As of 5 March 2020, more than 96,000 cases have been confirmed, of which 7,100 were classified as serious. 87 countries and territories have been affected, with major outbreaks in Central China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. More than 3,300 people have died: just over 3,000 in mainland China and around 300 in other countries. More than 53,000 people have recovered.

    The virus primarily spreads between people in a similar way to influenza, via respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing.The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days, but may range from two to fourteen days. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment, though research is ongoing. Efforts are aimed at managing symptoms and supportive therapy. Recommended preventive measures include hand washing, maintaining distance from people who are sick, monitoring and self-isolation for fourteen days for people who suspect they are infected.
    Wider concerns about consequences of the outbreak include political and economic instability.They have also included xenophobia and racism against people of Chinese and East Asian descent, and the spread of misinformation about the virus, primarily online.

  • Coronavirus outbreak: Is a mental health pandemic coming after COVID-19?


    While countries around the world continue to mobilize to contain the spread of COVID-19, mental health experts say we can’t lose sight of an equally alarming issue:

    The long-term mental health impact the coronavirus pandemic is going to leave on society.

    Strict health measures put into place by countries to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus gave individuals little time to prepare for, or even process, all the consequences that this would lead to: job losses, economic collapse, and the complete uprooting of everyday life and relationships.

    Emanuela Campanella dives into why we should be paying attention to mental health and the impact it may have long after the pandemic is over.

    If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

    The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) also offer ways of getting help if you or someone you know may be suffering from mental health issues.

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  • Cuba sets example with successful COVID-19 strategy


    Cuba has been able to send thousands of doctors and nurses overseas to help other countries fight COVID-19.
    That is because the island nation has had huge success containing the virus domestically, with a rigorous active screening campaign and strict restrictions.
    Since the pandemic began, the country has recorded just over 2, 400 cases and fewer than 100 deaths.

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  • Coronavirus: Russia approves 2nd COVID-19 vaccine


    Russia announced Wednesday it had approved a second COVID-19 vaccine, as the country recorded a large daily increase in cases and switched to online classes for secondary school in the capital, Moscow.

    The new vaccine completed early-stage trials in September and was developed by Siberia's Vector Institute. The country approved its first vaccine in August. Currently, neither vaccine is in general circulation.

    Russia's coronavirus task force said it had recorded 14,231 new cases Wednesday, the most since the pandemic began, and 239 deaths. More than 4,500 of the new cases were in Moscow.

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    Over the last 24 hours, Illinois saw its deadliest day since the coronavirus pandemic began.


  • Where did the coronavirus come from? | COVID-19 Special


    Most scientists say the novel coronavirus came from nature. But there remain gaps in our knowledge about its precise origin. Some have chosen to fill those gaps with conspiracy theories, even calling Covid-19 a man-made disease. In many ways, what we don't know about the coronavirus may be hurting our efforts to contain it. As the death toll reaches over 284,000 across the globe, the world is still waiting for the full story. So where did Coronavirus actually come from? Scientists haven't reached a conclusive answer on that. And that's one reason why conspiracy theories and misinformation have been able to run rampant.


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  • Florida tops 300,000 COVID-19 cases since pandemic began


    Wednesday's report from the Department of Health showed the state recorded another 10,181 cases of coronavirus on July 14.

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    Some federal ministers are in Parliament today to participate in question period for the first time since the pandemic began.

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  • Portugal records highest number of virus cases since pandemic began


    (11 Oct 2020) Portugal reported more than 1,646 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, its highest daily count since the start of the pandemic.
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    The 115 cases per 100,000 inhabitants accumulated over 14 days are still significantly lower than neighboring Spain (308) and France (267).
    The country has reached a total of 86,664 confirmed cases and 2,080 deaths.
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  • Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau says world has questions particularly for China on COVID-19 origin


    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be questions “particularly” for China about how the coronavirus pandemic began and its handling of the early days of the crisis.

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  • COVID-19 pandemic: UK economy contracts by 20.4%


    The head of the Bank of England has said it is ready to take action, after the UK suffered a record economic collapse amid the coronavirus lockdown.

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  • What Doctors And Nurses Wish They Knew At The Start Of The COVID-19 Pandemic | NBC News


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  • New Covid-19 Cluster in Wuhan Sparks Citywide Testing


    Authorities in Wuhan, China, ordered all residents to be tested for COVID-19 after a cluster of new cases was discovered in the city where the coronavirus pandemic began.

    A 10-day citywide testing blitz was ordered by the Wuhan COVID-19 Epidemic Prevention Headquarters on May 11, after six confirmed cases were found in a residential area over the weekend, the South China Morning Post reported.

    It was the first cluster detected since the city’s lockdown was lifted, according to the World Health Organisation. A Communist Party official for the area had been sacked on May 11 for “failure to control the disease”, the government’s China Daily reported.

    Footage shared on May 14 shows residents being tested at a makeshift facility as part of the operation.

    COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan in late December, 2019. The city was placed under a strict lockdown from January 23; the order was lifted 76 days later, on April 8.

    Chinese health authorities reported there had been 82,929 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 4,633 deaths in the country from the pandemic by May 14.

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  • NY sees lowest COVID hospitalizations, deaths since start of pandemic


    Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York State saw the lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and the lowest death toll since the pandemic began.

    Governor Cuomo said 49 new deaths were reported to the state Tuesday. The state has now seen 24,072 deaths due to the coronavirus.

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  • Coronavirus outbreak: The toll the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on our mental health


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  • Preventing the Flu and COVID-19 — What You Need to Know


    As the world continues to cope with the #COVID19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 #flu season has arrived. Lisa Maragakis, senior director of infection prevention at the Johns Hopkins Health System and infectious diseases physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Aaron Milstone, associate hospital epidemiologist and pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, answer questions about the #flu and #COVID19 during a Facebook Live. Learn more

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  • U.S. records biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases


    The U.S. has recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, and there are fears the July 4 weekend will make things worse.

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  • Florida tops 300,000 COVID-19 cases since pandemic began


    Florida's 14-day moving average for newly-confirmed coronavirus cases continues to trend upward as the state reopens.

    The Florida Department of Health receives lab test results each day. On Wednesday, it reported another 10,181 new positive cases for July 14, pushing the state's overall total to 301,810 since the pandemic began.

    Of the 80,389 test results reported to the state on July 14, 13.59 percent were positive.

    The 15,300 cases confirmed on July 11 marked the highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported by any state in a single day. The previous high was 12,274 in New York on April 4, the Miami Herald reported. New York has a population of 19.4 million and Florida has 21.4 million.

    Florida has now had more confirmed cases than Germany and France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. Germany has 83.02 million residents, which is more than 3.86 times the population of Florida. France has nearly 67 million residents -- more than three times Florida's population.

    It's been more than two weeks since the state recorded any new daily total below 5,000 new cases. So far in July, the state has yet to report a day where the number of new cases was fewer than 6,000.

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  • Reopening schools in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic


    On May 21, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings hosted a webinar that addressed how the United States should approach reopening schools in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • South Korea sees record election turnout amid COVID-19 pandemic


    South Korea's ruling party is projected to win a majority in the country's 300-seat parliament. Voters appear to have backed President Moon Jae-in's strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19. There has been a surge in turn-out, with more than 66% of eligible voters casting their ballots. South Korea is among the first countries to hold a national election since the global pandemic began. Mr Moon's party currently has 121 seats in parliament, and the lack of a simple majority has hampered his reform agenda in the first-half of his single-term presidency.

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  • Infectious Disease & Microbiome Program Meeting: Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic


    Infectious Disease & Microbiome Program Meeting: Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic: from life raft to dry land

    Dr. Yonatan Grad, MD. Ph.D.
    Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, HSPH
    Associate Member, Broad Institute

    Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic: from life raft to dry land

    The COVID-19 epidemics in Wuhan, Lombardy, and elsewhere clearly forecast the gravity of the disease and its impact on healthcare infrastructure and society. But our path forward from here is not at all clear, as it is contingent on decisions we make now and in the near future. What are the possible trajectories for this pandemic? What kinds of data and tools do we need to guide our decision making? In this talk, I’ll discuss some recent and ongoing research on these questions.

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