Experts in Italy, Asia share COVID-19 ICU experience, warnings

A study published yesterday in JAMA of 1,591 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs) of 72 hospitals Lombardy, Italy, has found that 99% required respiratory support with high levels of oxygen, 82% were male, 68% had at least one underlying illness, and 26% died. Also, yesterday in […]

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The coronavirus pandemic Developing and deploying tests for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial

Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today , our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here . “WE HAVE A simple message to all countries.” So said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head […]

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Gladstone scientists identify new human genes controlling HIV infection

IMAGE: Gladstone Staff Scientist David Gordon and Senior Investigator Nevan Krogan have developed a new approach to uncover human genes that control HIV infection. view more Credit: Lauren Bayless, Gladstone Institutes SAN FRANCISCO, CA February 20, 2020–Viruses are parasites. The only way they can grow is by hijacking their […]

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Gilead’s remdesivir enters China phase III trial to fight coronavirus

BEIJING – China will kickstart a phase III trial Feb. 3 to determine whether patients with 2019-nCoV can be treated with Gilead Sciences Inc. ’s NUC inhibitor, remdesivir , which was originally developed for Ebola, four days after a U.S. patient was said to have recovered by using the […]

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Nations step up screening and await word on China’s pneumonia outbreak

As the world waits for more information about what triggered an unexplained pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China’s tenth-largest city, reaction to the event continues to reverberate across Asia and beyond. For example, Hong Kong continues to flag more sick travelers, though there’s no sign any of the patients are […]

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