The threat of introduction of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States with the potential for community transmission prompted U.S. federal officials in February 2020 ...
Josh MichaudA recent MMWR article from CDC/CA health officials contains this statement:
"Airport entry screening and quarantine and monitoring of travelers can be an effective tool for preventing and slowing importation of some diseases into the United States".
Sweden should have done more to combat the coronavirus and prevent a much higher national COVID-19 death rate than in neighbouring countries, the man behind the Public Health Agency's pandemic strategy said on Wednesday.
Targeting interventions to sex partner meeting places may effectively complement traditional syphilis control tools and find previously unidentified syphilis cases in high-morbidity areas.
Josh Michaud@kakape Now that I think about it, it's not far off from the contact tracing approach we took when I worked on syphilis control in Baltimore two decades ago. We tracked sex partner meeting places, to identify prevention points.
In our study, 20 percent of Covid-19 cases accounted for 80 percent of transmissions.
Josh MichaudAppreciate importance of superspreading events in Covid-19, but how does "just stop the superspreading" differ from stopping transmission generally? Advice here seems to be avoid the 3 "C's": crowds, closed spaces, and close contact, good advice overall.
Adm. Brett Giroir says he will be "demobilized" from his role overseeing coronavirus testing at FEMA in mid-June and going back to his regular job at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Josh MichaudThe White House appears to be scaling down its direct engagement on coronavirus response. Adm Brett Giroir said he will be "demobilized" from his role overseeing federal efforts on coronavirus testing in a few weeks.
A random sampling of thousands found that one in 10 had antibodies for the coronavirus, an alarming glimpse at what could be runaway transmission.
Josh Michaud"The disaster is still coming,” said Dr. Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist who led the University of Indonesia’s modeling effort. “Even after many months, we still have leaders who believe in miracles rather than science." Seems to be going around.
Some communities considered community antibody testing as a way out of lockdown. But they’ve pulled back as they realized antibody testing is the Wild West in an oversight vacuum.
Josh Michaud"Once hailed as a solution, the current crop of [antibody] tests, which have not been thoroughly vetted by any regulatory agency, now seem more likely to add chaos and uncertainty to a situation already fraught with anxiety."
As many countries begin to lift some of the restrictions to contain COVID-19 spread, lack of evidence of transmission in the school setting remains. We examined Irish notifications of SARS-CoV2 in the school setting before school closures on 12...
Scientist who oversaw the response to Sars says country has failed the vulnerable
Josh MichaudSweden's state epidemiologist from 2005-2013, who oversaw the response to swine flu and Sars, announced she changed her mind and now believes authorities in the country should have used tougher restrictions earlier to bring the virus under control
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — As the white van approached Perfect Love Street, one by one chatting neighbors fell silent, covered their mouths and noses and scattered. Men in full body suits carried...
Josh MichaudManaus' first virus fatality came on Mar 25 and deaths have surged since then. "But due to a lack of testing, just 5% of the more than 4,300 burials performed in April and May were confirmed cases of COVID-19"