China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

In the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan , health workers fighting the explosive outbreak of a new coronavirus have been improvising for weeks, trying to provide whatever care they can for Covid-19 patients whose symptoms range from a cough and fever to severe pneumonia, septic shock, and organ failure.

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

So far, only a hint of super-spreading has surfaced amid the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China: a Chinese respiratory disease expert gave an early report that 14 hospital workers became ill from a single patient.

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

Almost thirty years ago, Philip Strong, the founder of the sociological study of epidemic infectious diseases, observed that any new infection prompted three epidemics: of fear, then moralization, then action.Whenever new infections emerged, the first response was invariably fear that they’d become an existential threat to humanity.

Downloads of a Pandemic-Themed Game Surge As Coronavirus News Spreads

Downloads of a Pandemic-Themed Game Surge As Coronavirus News Spreads

This is not the first time Plague Inc. has benefited from real-world epidemic news; Ndemic also issued a statement during the 2014 ebola outbreak, noting the game's contributions to global health charities, for example.

An AI Virus Warning System, Mac Malware, and More News

An AI Virus Warning System, Mac Malware, and More News

But a Canadian health monitoring platform sent news of the outbreak to its customers more than a week earlier , on December 31.

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

But a Canadian health monitoring platform had beaten them both to the punch, sending word of the outbreak to its customers on December 31.BlueDot uses an AI-driven algorithm that scours foreign-language news reports, animal and plant disease networks, and official proclamations to give its clients advance warning to avoid danger zones like Wuhan.

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it would quarantine the city of Wuhan, the center of an outbreak of a new viral disease that has (officially) killed 17 people and infected more than 500.

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

And all Ebola treatment units in the outbreak zone will now only administer the two most effective monoclonal antibody drugs, according to the WHO’s director of health emergencies, Mike Ryan.

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

Those of us who study non-human diseases are worried that mass mortality caused by multi-host pathogens is becoming a common and recurrent event, threatening biodiversity in both terrestrial and marine environments.

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us. The threat of bigger measles outbreaks is turning the political tides, making public health officials more willing to take draconian steps.

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

A case report written by a physician who treated him along with staff members at the state health department and published this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relates what happened next.

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

In the lead up to the O2 simulation, students participate in a two-week civics and science module on outbreak response, then take on roles as clinicians, epidemiologists, government officials, military, media, and the general population.

Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

A week into the new year, federal investigators announced that the latest outbreak of foodborne illness, from romaine lettuce, seemed to be over : There hadn’t been any cases of illness caused by a dangerous variety of E.

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

“We are working closely with the supplier to make sure that by the time we’re close to using most of the stockpile, the outbreak will be under control,” says Fall.John Wessels/AFP/Getty ImagesHealth care workers also worry that the upcoming Christian holiday, when many people travel to be with their families, will spread the infection to new areas.

The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

coli standards.That means full compliance with the safeguards wouldn’t come until 20 years after three people died from eating California spinach, 15 years after Congress signed the Food Safety Modernization Act and eight years after Whitt and more than 200 others were sickened by romaine lettuce.While the delay is just a proposal for now, the FDA has assured growers that it will not enforce the requirements in the meantime.FDA officials declined interview requests.

The Risk That Ebola Will Spread to Uganda Is Now ‘Very High’

The Risk That Ebola Will Spread to Uganda Is Now ‘Very High’

The current Ebola epidemic could be beyond control, he said, and may—for the first time since the deadly virus was first identified in 1976—become persistently entrenched in the population.The 329 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola infection reported so far have made it the largest outbreak in the nation’s history, with no signs yet of slowing down.