Tag: SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed.

The alarm system was ready. Scarred by the SARS epidemic that erupted in 2002, China had created an infectious disease reporting system that officials said was world-class: fast, thorough and, just as important, immune from meddling. Hospitals could input patients’ details into a computer and instantly notify government health authorities in Beijing, where officers are […]

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‘God Knows How Many People We Infected’: New Protocols Aim to Get Cruise Passengers Home

KEY WEST, Fla. — Days after a harrowing journey to escape a trans-Atlantic cruise where two passengers came down with fatal cases of Covid-19, Jim Nevis is back home in Arizona, fighting the virus in a hospital intensive care unit. A Canadian family evacuated from the same Italian ship, the Costa Luminosa, traveled through three […]

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Blood Plasma From Survivors Will Be Given to Coronavirus Patients

Can blood from coronavirus survivors help other people fight the illness? Doctors in New York will soon be testing the idea in hospitalized patients who are seriously ill. Blood from people who have recovered can be a rich source of antibodies, proteins made by the immune system to attack the virus. The part of the […]

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Significance of Pangolin Viruses in Human Pandemic Remains Murky

Pangolins, once suspected as the missing link from bats to humans in the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, may not have played that role, some scientists say, although the animals do host viruses that are similar to the new human coronavirus. Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, an organization that works on animal-to-human spillover […]

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You’ve Got Mail. Will You Get the Coronavirus?

Scientists agree that the main means by which the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumps from an infected person to its next host is by hitching a ride in the tiny droplets that are sprayed into the air with each cough or sneeze. But with deliveries now at holiday levels as locked-down Americans shop online rather than in […]

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The Hardest Questions Doctors May Face: Who Will Be Saved? Who Won’t?

The medical director of the intensive care unit had to choose which patients’ lives would be supported by ventilators and other equipment. Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on Bellevue Hospital in New York City in 2012, and the main generators were about to fail. Dr. Laura Evans would be left with only six power outlets […]

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As Coronavirus Looms, a Hospital Begins Sterilizing Masks for Reuse

Facing a dire shortage of protective face masks for health care workers, administrators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center decided they had no choice. Masks are certified for one-time use only. But on Thursday, the center began an experimental procedure to decontaminate its masks with ultraviolet light and reuse them. Administrators plan to use […]

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Photos From a Century of Epidemics

By Alan Cowell March 20, 2020 LONDON — There are times when the planet resets its course with a cruelty that seems as capricious as it is implacable. The coronavirus pandemic, spreading octopus tentacles into every crevice of society, is one of them, pitting the vanity of human assumptions against nature’s almost casual ability to […]

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Seven Important Things to Know About Coronaviruses

In the past two decades, coronaviruses have produced three deadly global epidemics: SARS, MERS and now Covid-19. If you’re wondering what it is about this family of viruses that makes it produce such deadly pathogens — and what about them might hinder their spread — here are a few things you should know. 1. They […]

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The Best-Case Outcome for the Coronavirus, and the Worst

Here’s the grimmest version of life a year from now: More than two million Americans have died from the new coronavirus, almost all mourned without funerals. Countless others have died because hospitals are too overwhelmed to deal adequately with heart attacks, asthma and diabetic crises. The economy has cratered into a depression, for fiscal and […]

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Tracking the Coronavirus: How Crowded Asian Cities Tackled an Epidemic

SINGAPORE — Two hours. That’s all the time medical teams in Singapore are given to uncover the first details of how patients contracted the coronavirus and which people they might infect. Did they travel abroad? Do they have a link to one of the five clusters of contagion identified across the city-state? Did they cough […]

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Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired

When news of a mysterious viral pneumonia linked to a seafood market in Wuhan, China, reached the outside world in early January, one of my first reactions was to order a modest supply of masks. Just a few weeks later, there wasn’t a mask to be bought in stores, or online for a reasonable price […]

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They’ve Contained the Coronavirus. Here’s How.

HONG KONG — While the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed in Europe and the United States, among other regions, the outbreaks in some countries in Asia seem to be under control. The epidemic in China appears to be slowing down after an explosion in cases followed by weeks of draconian control measures. And […]

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What Does the Coronavirus Do to the Body?

As cases of coronavirus infection proliferate around the world and governments take extraordinary measures to limit the spread, there is still a lot of confusion about what exactly the virus does to people’s bodies. The symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath — can signal any number of illnesses, from flu to strep to the […]

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What Pregnant Women Should Know About Coronavirus

Pregnant women are often particularly susceptible to respiratory infections and, once infected, can become seriously ill, with long-lasting consequences for both mother and baby. Is that true for the new coronavirus? The information available so far is thin, but it appears that pregnant women are no more likely than anyone else to have severe symptoms […]

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Outbreak Will Spread in City, Officials Warn

New York officials warned on Monday that the coronavirus was likely to spread in New York City, a day after confirming that a Manhattan woman had contracted the virus while traveling in Iran and was now isolated in her home. “Community spread is going to be real,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said at a news […]

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Stop Touching Your Face!

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We’ve Ignored the Warnings About Global Pandemics

Back in 2002, when the SARS virus made its fateful leap from bats to civet cats to humans, global health experts warned that the ensuing outbreak was a harbinger of things to come: Climate change and globalization were conspiring with an array of other forces to make it much easier for old animal diseases to […]

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They Recovered From the Coronavirus. Were They Infected Again?

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To Protect Global Health, Work With China

HONG KONG — China is making headway in the battle against the Covid-19 epidemic. The daily number of new confirmed cases is declining nationwide, including in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and other cities in the province of Hubei. Suspected infections are being diagnosed more quickly. As of Thursday, out of about 78,800 confirmed […]

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Welcome to the Age of Pandemics

In early 2018, during a meeting at the World Health Organization in Geneva, a group of experts I belong to (the R&D Blueprint) coined the term “Disease X”: We were referring to the next pandemic, which would be caused by an unknown, novel pathogen that hadn’t yet entered the human population. As the world stands […]

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Is the Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic Yet?

ImageA Christian church service in Seoul on Sunday. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea jumped in recent days.Credit…Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters On Tuesday, Feb. 18, no coronavirus cases had been reported in Iran. On Sunday, the government announced 43 cases and eight deaths. Some 152 cases (and at least three deaths) were confirmed in […]

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