A newly formed United World Antiviral Research Network, or UWARN, will be bringing together researchers from institutions in several countries to spot and confront emerging pandemic viruses.
How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us (quotes Brandon Guthrie/COVID Lit. Rep.)
So far, countries that reopened schools after reducing infection levels — and imposed requirements like physical distancing and limits on class sizes — have not seen a surge in coronavirus cases.
People Probably Caught Coronavirus from Minks. A Wake-up Call to Study Infections in Animals (Washington Post, Quotes Peter Rabinowitz)
The minks on Dutch fur farms first got sick in mid-April, showing symptoms ranging from runny noses to severe respiratory distress.
The UW Department of Global Health and MetaCenter for Pandemic Disease Preparedness and Global Health Security are partnering with Kenyatta National Hospital to host a webinar series, "Washington and Kenya: Opportunities for joint learning on the COVID-19 epidemic". The series, developed by Keshet Ronen and John Kinuthia in response to requests from our long-time partners in Kenya, seeks to share lessons learned from Washington’s early experience of the pandemic, and engage with clinicians, public health practitioners and policymakers in Kenya as they develop Kenya’s response.
3 Steps to Help Prevent Another Animal-to-Human Virus Pandemic (Seattle Times, co-written by Peter Rabinowitz)
By Peter Rabinowitz and Greg Gray
Governments and individuals are taking unprecedented, often very austere actions to control the ongoing spread of the pandemic coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). However, they are neglecting an extremely important question that could cause the loss of millions of more lives — how do we prevent the next zoonotic respiratory virus pandemic?
We have not yet identified the source of this virus. What if a new version emerges from the original animal source to cause a second wave of this pandemic?
The first U.S. case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was diagnosed here in Washington State – bringing home, quite literally, the fact that pathogens know no borders, and highlighting the importance of local public health expertise and coordinated response.
Following are the speakers who took part in the Coronavirus and Pandemic Disease Preparedness: What We Know and the Way Forward event on February 19, 5:30-7:30, in UW Seattle, and the event agenda. For a video of the event click here.