UConn, Yale, other local colleges plan ambitious COVID-19 testing programs for thousands of students. Experts wonder whether it’s enough.
With thousands of students arriving on college campuses across Connecticut within weeks, Yale and Wesleyan have announced an ambitious plan to test student for COVID-19 twice a week, while UConn and other schools have committed to lesser amounts of testing. In an email to students this week, Dr. Stephanie Spangler, Yale’s vice provost for health affairs and academic integrity, said the school would increase its planned testing from once to twice a week based on “an analysis of testing protocols that would be most likely to limit the rapid spread of the infection.”Source: Hartford Courant
'No one is safe until everyone is safe': Vaccine nationalism threatens global coronavirus effort
A deadly virus causes a global pandemic. A wealthy country signs a more than $100 million contract for vaccine with a manufacturer in a small nation. But when the vaccine becomes available, the small nation’s government balks, demanding enough for its entire population first before any can be exported.Source: Detroit Free Press
Testing Bottlenecks Keep States From Tamping Down Virus (1)
Testing plans released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday provide a window into efforts by states now seeing surging Covid-19 numbers to build up their infrastructure -- and show shortcomings that may well be playing out now as test-takers complain of long lines and delayed results.Source: Bloomberg Law
Trump undercuts health experts — again — even as US hospitalizations and COVID-19 deaths keep climbing
When the president convened a roundtable this week on how to safely reopen schools with coronavirus cases rising, the seats surrounding him were filled with parents, teachers and top White House officials, including the first and second ladies.Source: The Baltimore Sun
Connecticut Claims Lowest Rate Of COVID Transmission In The Country
Data shows Connecticut is succeeding in slowing the spread of COVID-19, even as cases of the virus spike in other states. Governor Ned Lamont tweeted data this week that shows the state with the lowest COVID-19 growth rate in the country by far.Source: WSHU public radio
US epidemic failure victimizes international students
The US government announced another "stupid policy," as what analysts said and students as well as universities complained about, that if foreign students only have online courses in the 2020 fall semester, they must leave the US or take alternative steps to maintain their nonimmigrant status.Source: Global Times
The Dangerous Race for the Covid Vaccine
In June, Germany paid a whopping sum for a large stake in German drugmaker CureVac, which was developing a Covid-19 vaccine. Piontek was shocked. “Why CureVac?” he thought. The company’s vaccine is based on promising but untried and untested technology and its manufacturing capacities are limited.Source: Politico
Interview: Global cooperation vitally important in COVID-19 fight as worldwide cases surpass 10 million
It is of vital importance to strengthen global cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 at a critical moment when confirmed cases worldwide have surpassed 10 million, a leading expert told Xinhua on Monday. Xi Chen, a professor at Yale School of Public Health and president of the China Health Policy and Management Society, said COVID-19 infections around the world are continuously rising since its outbreak, with countries including the United States seeing daily spikes recently.Source: Xinhua Net
Is it safe to attend a wedding now? 4 things to consider
Wedding season's already looking a little different this year. Many engaged couples have postponed their nuptials due to the coronavirus; others who don't want to wait are turning to Zoom. Some couples, however, are proceeding with their weddings during the pandemic, and if you're on the guest list, then you'll face a tough decision: Is it safe for you to go?Source: Today
COVID-19 Right Now - 5.7.2020
Live weekly from the Yale School of Public Health. James Hamblin, MD, MPH, Lecturer in Health Policy and Management, is joined by Marney White, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Jacob Tebes, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology.
Listen: Things Can Change in an Instant
The Atlantic On the latest episode of the Social Distance podcast, James Hamblin and Katherine Wells are joined by Gregg Gonsalves, a Yale epidemiologist and AIDS activist, who describes his experience fighting AIDS in the 1980s and ’90s and the implications for today.Source: The Atlantic
Should You Get an Antibody Test?
The Atlantic The road to ending social distancing is less contentious than it may seem. Many priorities are clear: Invest in comprehensive testing for the coronavirus, in effectively treating the disease, and in vaccine development and production. Invest in research to understand transmission of the virus, and precisely how to prevent it.Source: The Atlantic