As the pandemic enters its fourth year, the medical historian whose team’s work on the 1918 flu influenced the “flatten the curve” approach in 2020 reflects on what lessons for the future can be drawn by studying recent pandemic history.
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Mount Sinai Researchers Awarded $16 Million to Develop Antivirals Against Viruses With Pandemic Potential
Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have been awarded an initial $16 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discover and develop globally accessible and affordable novel oral antivirals to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics.
1918 influenza signals warning for potential future pandemic reemergence
As we struggle to vaccinate faster than COVID variants spread, new research from Michigan State University used health data following the initial 1918 influenza spike to provide insights to what “pandemic reemergence” will look like for our future.
Arizona State University releases first comprehensive survey on how companies are protecting their employees from COVID-19
A new global business survey conducted by the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, finds that less than 20% of employers report testing their workers for COVID-19, and 35% have permanently reduced their workforce. The survey, which was completed by 1,125 employers from 29 countries with the majority over a period of six weeks, September to October, found that for companies with employees onsite at the workplace, many are taking some steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Nearly three-fourths (74%) of these companies report they require masks for their employees, and nearly 80% make masks and hand sanitizer available.
Georgetown Global Health Center Issues Pandemic Preparedness Report and COVID-19 Lessons
In a new report commissioned by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), Georgetown global health experts say the success of any effort to redress pandemic preparedness failures demonstrated by COVID-19 requires a re-centering of governance that would include greater accountability, transparency, equity, participation and the rule of law.
Nursing Homes Prepared for Pandemics, but COVID-19 Reveals Gaps
New data suggests that Michigan nursing homes that responded to a survey were far better prepared for this pandemic than they were for the last one. The study includes responses from 130 nursing homes to a survey performed during the week the state announced its first documented case of COVID-19.
COVID-19 big picture: For many years, Pinar Keskinocak has studied how society and the nation handle pandemics.
For many years, Pinar Keskinocak has studied how pandemics spread through the nation, how they overburden health care systems, and how they diminish the supply of medications, thus worsening the pandemic. All this also spins off additional medical crises. She…
Coronavirus – study finds methods for preventing global disease spread through airports
As coronavirus spreads across the globe via infected air travelers, authorities are looking for ways to contain the outbreak and avoid a pandemic. This study, published in Risk Analysis, analyzes the impact of implementing disease mitigation strategies at airports across the globe. The study finds that increasing traveler engagement with proper hand-hygiene at all airports has the potential to reduce the risk of a potential pandemic by 24-69 percent. The researchers also identify ten critical airports, central to the air-transportation network. If hand-washing mitigation strategies are implemented in just these ten locations, the pandemic risk can drop by up to 37 percent.
Inaugural Global Health Security Index Finds Significant Gaps in Preparedness for Epidemics and Pandemics
A new Global Health Security Index released today, the first comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across 195 countries, suggests that not a single country in the world is fully prepared to handle an epidemic or pandemic. The GHS Index is a joint project of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), with research by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Center for Health Security is a part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.