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Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Testing in the United States

By Emily Elmore | March 24, 2020

On February 29, less than one month ago, the US reported 16 cases of COVID-19. Today, the US has the third-highest number of cases in the world (behind China and Italy) topping 46,548 cases and at least 600 deaths, reflecting mass community spread and an uptick in testing capacities across the states. As daunting as… Read more about Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Testing in the United States

Coronavirus Update: Trump: Americans Should Work from Home/Case Fatality Rates, Flu vs COVID-19

By Emily Elmore | March 16, 2020

American life as we know it has changed drastically over the past week, and today President Trump asked all Americans to work from home if they can and to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. The NBA, NHL and PGA, college basketball and other US sports have all suspended play. Nearly 20 states have… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Trump: Americans Should Work from Home/Case Fatality Rates, Flu vs COVID-19

Coronavirus Update: WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic

By Emily Elmore | March 11, 2020

Today the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic. The novel virus which was discovered just three short months ago has taken over 4,300 lives and infected upwards of 120,000 people in 114 countries around the world. The exact definition of a pandemic is the “global spread of disease” (and not the severity) but… Read more about Coronavirus Update: WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic

Continued Catastrophe in Yemen: A War-Torn Country Plagued with Multiple Infectious Diseases

By Shannon Efird | March 11, 2020

While COVID-19 dominates global headlines, Yemen, a country located on the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East, has been experiencing years of multiple intense and extremely deadly disease outbreaks since 2015. The roots of Yemen’s health and humanitarian crises date back to the Arab Spring uprising in 2011, as Yemen, like many Middle Eastern countries,… Read more about Continued Catastrophe in Yemen: A War-Torn Country Plagued with Multiple Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus Update: Sixth Death Confirmed Today in Washington State as Local Communities and Corporations Prepare for More Outbreaks in the US

By Emily Elmore | March 2, 2020

The total number of global cases of COVID-19 are inching towards 90,000 with a death count of 3,000, as the cases domestically rise to 100 and 6 deaths – all fatalities from Washington state. Genetic analysis of two cases tested weeks apart in Washington state confirm that the illness was silently spreading for as long… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Sixth Death Confirmed Today in Washington State as Local Communities and Corporations Prepare for More Outbreaks in the US

Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

By Emily Elmore | February 26, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 are spreading rapidly and freely outside China for the first time. While the cases in China have declined since the beginning of February, the illness has erupted far from the point of origin in Wuhan. Hundreds of confirmed cases in pockets of South Korea, Italy and Iran have skyrocketed in a short… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

Coronavirus Update: First Two Deaths Outside Mainland China from 2019-nCoV

By Emily Elmore | February 4, 2020

The death toll in China from the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is now at 427, killing more people there in a matter of weeks than the 9-month severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002 and 2003. (SARS took 349 lives and infected 5,327 people in China.) As of issue, there have been 20,000 confirmed cases around… Read more about Coronavirus Update: First Two Deaths Outside Mainland China from 2019-nCoV

Coronavirus Update: WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

By Emily Elmore | January 30, 2020

The World Health Organization declared today the coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China, last month, is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO, stated that the main reason for the declaration was not necessarily because of the rising number of cases in China, but… Read more about Coronavirus Update: WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

By Emily Elmore | January 27, 2020

The death toll in China from the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has skyrocketed to 81, and the case count has jumped to 3,000. On the heels of the latest numbers, China’s Health Minister, Ma Xiaowei announced yesterday that the virus can be spread before a person shows symptoms, indicating that the virus is more contagious than originally… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

By Emily Elmore | January 23, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised the Travel Advisory Warning to Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) to Wuhan City, China, due to the ongoing outbreak of the novel respiratory coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As part of the Chinese Emergency Preparedness Plan, officials have closed transport in and out of Wuhan, including… Read more about Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

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