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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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Using the Internet of Things To Fight Virus Outbreaks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an automated solution that can scale quickly to match the speed of a growing epidemic. In the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak being declared a pandemic, we take a look at how the IoT is being employed here.
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More Knowledge About a Virus Threat May Not Satisfy You

People who rate themselves as highly knowledgeable about a new infectious disease threat could also be more likely to believe they don’t know enough, a new study suggests.
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Incubation Period for COVID-19 Now Estimated at 5.1 Days

Analysis of publicly available data on infections with the new coronavirus yielded an estimate of 5.1 days for the median disease incubation period, suggesting that the 14-day quarantine period is reasonable.
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World Bank Group Announces Up to $12 Billion Support for COVID-19 Response

As COVID-19 reaches more than 60 countries, the World Bank Group is making available an initial package of up to $12 billion in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the global outbreak.
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Complete Genome Sequence for Coronavirus in Brazil Published

Researchers have published the complete genome sequence for the novel coronavirus, which they call severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
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Structural Biology Helps Drive Coronavirus Vaccine Development

The NIH has provided an overview of how structural biology is paving the way towards a vaccine for COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).
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Novel Coronavirus Imaging Shows “Significant Overlap” With SARS and MERS

Although the imaging features of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are variable and nonspecific, findings reported thus far show that there is “significant overlap” with those of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
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Quarantine on Cruise Ship Resulted in More Coronavirus Patients, Study Suggests

The cruise ship Diamond Princess was quarantined for over two weeks resulting in more coronavirus infected passengers than if they would have disembarked immediately. Rather the opposite to what was intended. This is according to a study conducted at Umeå University in Sweden.
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FDA Issues New Policy To Help Expedite Availability of Coronavirus Diagnostics

The FDA has issued a new policy for certain laboratories seeking to develop diagnostic tests for coronavirus in order to achieve more rapid testing capacity in the U.S.

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CT Provides Best Diagnosis for Coronavirus

In a study of more than 1,000 patients, chest CT outperformed lab testing in the diagnosis of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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