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NIH Researchers Identify Key Genomic Features That Could Differentiate SARS-CoV-2 From Other Coronaviruses That Cause Less Severe Disease
A team of researchers from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, identified genomic features of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and other high-fatality coronaviruses that distinguish them from other members of the coronavirus family. This research could be a crucial step in helping scientists develop approaches to predict, by genome analysis alone, the severity of future coronavirus disease outbreaks and detect animal coronaviruses that have the potential to infect humans. The findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(link is external).
COVID-19, an unprecedented public health emergency, has now claimed more than 380,000 lives worldwide. This crisis prompts an urgent need to understand the evolutionary history and genomic features that contribute to the rampant spread of SARS-CoV-2.
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New Munters Whitepaper Explores How Humidity Affects Viral Infectivity and Longevity
There is a demonstratable link between humidity and the infectivity and longevity of a variety of viruses, such as influenza and coronaviruses, according to a new whitepaper by Munters, a global leader in energy-efficient and sustainable air treatment solutions. Titled “How Humidity Control Can Reduce Viral Infectivity and Longevity,” the scientific report addresses how it is possible to reduce the transmission and longevity of harmful viruses by controlling indoor Relative Humidity (RH) levels.
The paper is based on gathered research, including studies on the efficiency of respiratory droplet transmission at humidity and temperature, virus survival and transmission at absolute humidity levels, and the effect of environmental parameters on the survival of airborne infectious agents. Among the most notable and timely findings, the research demonstrates that at RH levels between 40 and 5
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Mental Health and Emergency Medical Experts Encourage Support for Clinicians Health During Pandemic
In a joint statement, emergency medicine and other leading medical associations, academics and psychiatry experts outline steps to support the mental health of emergency physicians and other health professionals currently risking their lives to treat patients during this pandemic.
“A physician’s choice to address his or her mental health should be encouraged, not penalized,” said William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “Efforts to preserve and protect the mental health of emergency care teams should be prioritized now and in the aftermath of this pandemic.”
Optimal physical and mental health of physicians and other medical clinicians is conducive to the optimal health and safety of patients, the joint statement reads. Physicians and other health care professionals should feel comfortable seeking treatment for psychiatric symptoms, j
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Get Covid Compliant with COVID SAFE
VideoForU, a professional full-service video production company, announced the launch of: COVID SAFE, a four minute training video that carefully explains the safety measures office personnel can take to prevent the spread of Covid-19. All the current U.S. C.D.C. standards and subsequent changes to public health policies are described in this affordable and easy to download video.
As businesses reopen in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, office managers and company owners have a greater responsibility in keeping team members safe and fully aware of the dangers of Covid-19. One of the benefits of COVID SAFE is the video reduces the amount of time and costs spent on training staff about the current health crisis. In addition, the most current preventative steps to help reduce the spread of the disease are thoroughly covered.
“COVID SAFE is a low cost high quality video product that