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Mar 24, 2020. 4 comments

Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

The World Health Organization is launching a multinational clinical trial in which four existing drugs will be used to treat patients with covid-19. The project currently includes 10 countries and will potentially involve thousands of patients currently battling the coronavirus-caused disease.

Vaccines to inoculate humans against covid-19 may not arrive for a year or more, but treatments to...

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Mar 13, 2020. 16 comments

White House Advisor Dr. Fauci Flip-Flops on Whether Travel Bans Work During Pandemics

White House Advisor Dr. Fauci Flip-Flops on Whether Travel Bans Work During Pandemics

President Donald Trump announced a travel ban on flights coming from 26 European countries on Wednesday , something that many public health experts believe is ineffective now that covid-19 is spreading quickly in the United States. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of President Trump’s top health experts, is defending the ban, despite saying just a few weeks ago that global travel restrictions would...

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Mar 12, 2020. 5 comments

WHO Officially Declares a Pandemic, Decries 'Alarming Levels of Inaction'

WHO Officially Declares a Pandemic, Decries 'Alarming Levels of Inaction'

COVID-19’s spread around the globe has passed the point of no return, according to the World Health Organization. On Wednesday, WHO officially declared the outbreak of disease caused by a novel coronavirus a pandemic, the second to have occurred in the 21st century. Meanwhile, the U.S. is scrambling to make screening tests for the virus more widely available.

As recently as Monday, WHO...

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Mar 10, 2020. 7 comments

Why Won't the WHO Call This a Pandemic?

Why Won't the WHO Call This a Pandemic?

This weekend, the coronavirus outbreak officially reached more than 100 countries, touching every continent but Antartica. China is no longer the only hotspot, with large epidemics currently affecting South Korea, Iran, and Italy, while other countries like the U.S. are almost certainly dealing with huge numbers of hidden cases.

Yet, while the World Health Organization continues to warn that...

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Mar 05, 2020. 21 comments

Remember This Photo

Remember This Photo

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz took to the House floor on Wednesday to vote for the $8.3 billion coronavirus appropriations bill while wearing a gas mask. Gaetz appeared to be making fun of the crisis, even tweeting out a photo of himself in the mask. Whatever you do, remember this photo. Because it’s absolutely vital that politicians like Gaetz be held accountable when this crisis subsides.

As of...

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Feb 29, 2020. 1 comments

The World Health Organization's Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

The World Health Organization's Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

On Friday the World Health Organization took the fight against online health misinformation to TikTok, the same day it elevated its coronavirus threat assessment to the organization’s highest possible level.

“We are on the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and in terms of impact,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, at a...

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Feb 27, 2020. 6 comments

20 Countries Report First Cases of Coronavirus This Week As Infections Skyrocket

20 Countries Report First Cases of Coronavirus This Week As Infections Skyrocket

Twenty countries have reported their first cases of the new coronavirus this week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 82,000 in 50 countries since the outbreak began in December. At least 2,800 people have died worldwide.

The number of COVID-19 cases is growing considerably outside of China, the origin of the outbreaks, with South Korea reporting 505 new cases in the last 24...

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Feb 18, 2020. 5 comments

China Enlists Tech Titans to Help It Track Coronavirus With Color-Based QR Codes: Report

China Enlists Tech Titans to Help It Track Coronavirus With Color-Based QR Codes: Report

In its latest dystopian stab at curbing the spread of COVID-19 , the Chinese government has employed two of the biggest tech giants in Asia to help it roll out a nationwide color-based tracking system to keep tabs on those suffering from coronavirus symptoms, according to a new Reuters report.

Companies enlisted for this real-life sci-fi movie endeavor to contain COVID-19—the World Health...

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Feb 12, 2020. 8 comments

Cruise Ship Previously Rejected by Five Countries Over Virus Fears Will Finally Be Allowed to Dock

Cruise Ship Previously Rejected by Five Countries Over Virus Fears Will Finally Be Allowed to Dock

The Westerdam cruise ship will be allowed to dock in Cambodia, according to a new statement from Holland America Line. The ship had previously been refused entry by five countries over concerns that passengers might have been infected with the new coronavirus that has killed 1,116 and sickened over 45,000 worldwide.

“Westerdam is now sailing for Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where the current...

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Feb 12, 2020. 11 comments

There's Now an Official Name for the Wuhan Coronavirus Illness

There's Now an Official Name for the Wuhan Coronavirus Illness

The World Health Organization has finally come up with a name for the illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that’s infected at least 40,000 people and killed over 1,000 worldwide. Meanwhile, scientists elsewhere have coined a new name for the virus itself.

At a press briefing held Tuesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus debuted the new disease name: COVID-19. COVID...

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Feb 10, 2020. 9 comments

Coronavirus Cases on Cruise Ship Skyrocket as China Records Highest Single-Day Death Toll

Coronavirus Cases on Cruise Ship Skyrocket as China Records Highest Single-Day Death Toll

The number of coronavirus cases on a cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan has dramatically risen by 65, bringing the total number of cases linked to the passenger vessel to 135, according to Japan’s NHK News.

The startling figure was announced Monday as the worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 910, and the number of confirmed cases skyrocketed to over 40,000....

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Feb 02, 2020. 10 comments

How Online Platforms Are Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation

How Online Platforms Are Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation

As the deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and around the world, several social media kingpins are fighting the outbreak on a different front: By curbing the spread of misinformation and fake claims online amid a public health emergency .

False information on the coronavirus has only been proliferating on certain platforms as more and more cases come to light. So far, 23...

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Jan 28, 2020. 20 comments

Germany, Japan, and Taiwan Report First Coronavirus Cases in People Who Haven't Visited China [Updated]

Germany, Japan, and Taiwan Report First Coronavirus Cases in People Who Haven't Visited China [Updated]

Germany, Japan, and Taiwan have all reported the first cases of a new SARS-like virus in people who haven’t recently visited China. The announcements, made on Tuesday, come as the number of confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV worldwide reached 4,587 and the death toll hit 106.

The first person to contract the virus in Germany reportedly got it from a “Chinese colleague” while the two were attending...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 23, 2020. 18 comments

20 Million on Lockdown As China Halts Travel From Three Cities Over Deadly Virus

20 Million on Lockdown As China Halts Travel From Three Cities Over Deadly Virus

Two more cities in China are being placed on lockdown in an attempt by Chinese authorities to control the spread of a deadly new virus called 2019-nCoV and avoid a global epidemic. The SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people and sickened more than 570, spreading to at least four countries outside China so far.

Huanggang, a city of 7.5 million people in central China, will suspend public...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 21, 2020. 19 comments

New Virus Kills Sixth Person After Human-to-Human Transmission Confirmed

New Virus Kills Sixth Person After Human-to-Human Transmission Confirmed

Health officials in China have confirmed that a mysterious new virus which originated in the city of Wuhan can be transmitted from human-to-human, not just from animals to humans. The news comes after a sixth person has died from the virus and at least 15 health care workers have been infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the novel...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 17, 2020. 11 comments

Deadly Mystery Virus Spreads Outside China to New Countries

Deadly Mystery Virus Spreads Outside China to New Countries

Health officials in Thailand and Japan have announced that a strange new virus, which has killed two people and sickened dozens of others in China, has appeared inside their borders this week. The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December and questions remain about how it spreads, according to the World Health Organization.

Officials in Thailand first...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 23, 2019. 1 comments

World Health Organization Says Tanzania Is Withholding Info on Suspected Ebola Cases

World Health Organization Says Tanzania Is Withholding Info on Suspected Ebola Cases

In a statement on Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) accused the government of Tanzania of deliberately withholding information about suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, the Washington Post reported. The allegation follows reports of multiple cases throughout the nation, beginning in the capital city of Dar es Salaam, after which WHO said it was shut out from blood tests and...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 18, 2019.

Ebola Outbreak Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

Ebola Outbreak Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week that it has elected to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a decision that comes nearly a year after the outbreak was first declared and after the infection of thousands of people.

The declaration was made following the fourth meeting of an emergency panel...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 12, 2019. 4 comments

5-Year-Old Child Dies in Uganda as Ebola Outbreak Officially Becomes an International Problem

5-Year-Old Child Dies in Uganda as Ebola Outbreak Officially Becomes an International Problem

The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has officially become an international problem, with three confirmed cases in neighboring Uganda confirmed as of today. Tragically, one of those confirmed cases includes a 5-year-old boy who died from the illness.

The infected 5-year-old traveled from the DRC with family members on June 10, according to a statement from...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak May 16, 2019. 8 comments

Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected

Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 1,720 and killed 1,136, giving the viral disease a whopping 66 percent fatality rate. And the situation is making public health experts on the ground increasingly nervous.

It’s the second worst Ebola outbreak in history, and while more than 110 cases were identified in the past week alone, the World Health...

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