On January 10, 2020, VIGILINT first reported a new strain of a coronavirus connected to a cluster of pneumonia cases linked to Wuhan, China. No one could have predicted the year that would follow. As of publishing, worldwide cases have reached 104 million with 2.27 million deaths. VIGILINT looks back at the critical events that… Read more about COVID-19 ONE YEAR LATER, Part I: The Best and Worst Handlings of the COVID-19 Crisis
There is some risk of COVID-19 transmission from surfaces, but the primary disease transfer mode is airborne transmission. Several studies have analyzed the detection of COVID-19 on various surfaces. One such study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2020, largely shaped the discussion around SARS-COV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19 disease) transmissions… Read more about COVID-19 Transmission: Surfaces
The Trump administration is reversing its COVID-19 vaccination strategy by authorizing the release of Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna’s federally stockpiled vaccines. The previous policy withheld half the purchased doses to ensure the supply necessary for second doses, and states could only receive vaccines based on their adult population size. The new distribution strategy unveiled yesterday is intended… Read more about COVID-19 Update: Vaccine Distribution
COVID-19 TESTING FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES 14 January 2021
The Situation in Los Angeles Yesterday was the single deadliest day of the pandemic with 4,000 deaths, and nowhere is harder hit than Los Angeles County. Cases have spiked drastically since December, with 809,052 cases and 10,739 deaths. Deaths were occurring every 8 minutes yesterday. The California Department of Health rates LA county as Tier 1:… Read more about COVID-19 Update: On the Single Deadliest Day of the Pandemic – LA County is Hardest Hit
The World Health Organization (WHO) became aware of the disease known as COVID-19 on December 31, 2019. Since then, there have been 86 million confirmed cases, over 1.8 million deaths, and 355,000 deaths in the U.S. alone. After months of effort and billions of dollars spent, distribution of the first COVID-19 vaccines is underway. A… Read more about COVID-19 Vaccines: What are the Side Effects?
Since the COVID-19 virus entered the world stage one year ago, it has been a consistent point of interest in the daily news. This notoriety can make it easy to forget the virus that used to dominate the news: Influenza. The Northern Hemisphere is experiencing unusually low flu activity for this time of year. And… Read more about COVID-19 Restrictions Contributes to a Light Flu Season
New SARS-CoV-2 Strain Found in Northern Europe’s Mink Population On November 5, 2020, Denmark reported 12 human cases of COVID-19 caused by a mutated SARS-CoV-2 strain carried by minks. Minks are a semi-aquatic mammal closely related to the weasel, otter, and ferret. Six other countries have reported outbreaks at mink farms including the Netherlands, Spain,… Read more about COVID-19 Update: Mutated Strain Found in Minks
As of September 17, 2020, there are over 29.9 million COVID-19 cases and 941,000 deaths worldwide. The United States leads the count with over 6.65 million cases and 197,000 deaths. The influential model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects there could be approximately 415,000 COVID-19 deaths by January 1, 2021 in the… Read more about Flu Season & the Pandemic: Twindemic or a Manageable Crisis?