Coronavirus Update: Serological Testing

Serological testing, also known as antibody testing, is a critical element of discussion when determining how and when the country will reopen. The process requires a blood sample to detect the presence of neutralizing antibodies (IgM, IgG) against a microorganism. Serological antibody tests are … Read more about Coronavirus Update: Serological Testing

Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Modeling & General-Use Face Masks

COVID-19 Modeling & Projections One of the only constants of the COVID-19 pandemic is how often data and projections are changing. This is frustrating for our society, as there is a collective overwhelming desire to know when the US will hit its peak of cases, and when life can resume … Read more about Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Modeling & General-Use Face Masks

Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Testing in the United States

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Testing in the United States

Coronavirus Update: WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic

Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: Spread to the US is “Inevitable”

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

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: Fifth Confirmed Case in the US

Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

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 … Read more about Coronavirus Update: Travel Advisory Warnings in China

China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that Chinese authorities have made an initial identification of a new coronavirus connected to recent cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China. On Saturday, the first death linked to the disease was reported by Chinese officials. … Read more about China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

The leaves have fallen, and we finally have a reprieve from the sweltering summer temperatures. Turkey, stuffing, and time with family are all just around the corner as we enter into the 2019 holiday season. Though visiting family and eating delicious home-cooked meals are staple holiday traditions, … Read more about World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

Ophidiophobia is the term to describe one’s abnormal fear of snakes. Researchers believe that the fear has evolutionary traces, developed by early humans as a survival tactic. Although the exact number of individuals suffering from Ophidiophobia is unknown, snake fears are relatively common. … Read more about Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

From the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, we’re bringing you a roundup of the major global health stories of 2018. Reemergence of Measles Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. During the 1950s, in stark contrast to the present day, almost every … Read more about 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year