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COVID-19 Fall Surge

In The Hills, Morgan Gstalter writes referring to a database from The New York Times that “US on Thursday reported at least 75,049 new coronavirus cases, the second-highest daily total across the country since the onset of the pandemic”. The CNN’s Betsy Klein wrote in the Oct 22 daily coronavirus updates that “White House coronavirus task […]

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CDC Redefines ‘Close Contact’

Until recently, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had defined Close Contact, with regards to the COVID-19 exposures, as “someone spending a solid 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for coronavirus”. Now, the recently updated guideline defines it as “someone who spent a cumulative 15 minutes or more within […]

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COVID-19 BinaxNOW Rapid Test

It’s recently reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Abbott’s BinaxNOW, a fast $5 COVID-19 test for emergency use. The test runs on a simple card that uses the same technology as a pregnancy test. It’s reported that the “Abbott is also launching an app that syncs up with the tests, and […]

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COVID-19 Challenge Trials

According to the Washington Post, British scientists will lunch the World’s first COVID-19 human challenge trial where “healthy volunteers will be deliberately infected with the coronavirus in hopes of further speeding the drive to a vaccine”. The Post’s reporters William Booth and Carolyn Y. Johnson write that the trial will be lead by scientists at Imperial […]

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COVID-19 Wake-up Call

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeremy Olson writes in the Star Tribune: “State health officials hope a sobering week of COVID-19 growth in Minnesota will shake people out of the ‘mitigation fatigue‘ that has some people ditching masks, gathering close for happy hour, and increasing their risk of viral transmission”. Health officials believe that while some increase […]

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Pandemic Fatigue

In the Star Tribune, Jeremy Olson writes: “State health officials hope a sobering week of COVID-19 growth in Minnesota will shake people out of the ‘mitigation fatigue’ that has some people ditching masks, gathering close for happy hour, and increasing their risk of viral transmission”. We are now at a crossroads of pandemic fatigue and […]

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‘Deeply worried’ by the Pandemic’s Path

“New Minnesota COVID-19 cases surged Friday to hit a record-setting 2,297 infections, 50% higher than the previous daily peak set just last Saturday” according to the Star Tribune. I am very saddened and frankly deeply worried about today’s number but I am not surprised. [..] It spreads when you don’t feel it. It spreads when […]

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COVID-19 ‘Herd Immunity’

It is recently reported that the Trump administration is considering disputed herd immunity strategy to manage COVID-19 pandemic in the US. This is occurring in the backdrop of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US has reached over 8 million and more than 217,000 Americans have already lost their lives to the virus. Herd Immunity The […]

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COVID-19 Antibody Trial at the U of M

The Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson writes “the University of Minnesota is coordinating a federally funded COVID-19 trial to find out whether purified virus-fighting antibodies from as many as 10 donors can effectively treat one severe case of the infectious disease”. The study treatment is called anti-coronavirus hyperimmune intravenous immunoglobulin, or hIVIG, and is being […]

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COVID-19 Community Saliva Testing

The Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson writes that Minnesota health officials are expanding COVID-19 testing capacity by opening of a processing facility that can analyze up to 30,000 saliva samples per day speeding up detection of hot spots. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently announced that 10 new COVID-19 saliva testing sites will open in the […]