The Daily Dose: Public health officials working on a blueprint to fight the novel coronavirus

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The World Health Organization has convened a meeting with public health officials from around the globe. Together, they hope to set guidance for COVID-19 research as well as agreeing on priorities moving forward. According to WHO, “The meeting, hosted in collaboration with GloPID-R (the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness) brought together major research funders and over 300 scientists and researchers from a large variety of disciplines. They discussed all aspects of the outbreak and ways to control it including:

  • the natural history of the virus, its transmission and diagnosis;
  • animal and environmental research on the origin of the virus, including management measures at the human-animal interface; epidemiological studies;
  • clinical characterization and management of disease caused by the virus;
  • infection prevention and control, including best ways to protect health care workers;
  • research and development for candidate therapeutics and vaccines;
    ethical considerations for research;
  • and integration of social sciences into the outbreak response.

Scientists have discovered a new virus, called the yaravirus, that contains no recognizable genes. Science tells the story of its discovery. “Abrahão made his discovery while hunting down giant viruses. These microbes—some the size of bacteria—were first discovered in amoebae in 2003. In a local artificial lake, he and his colleagues found not only new giant viruses, but also a virus that—because of its small size—was unlike most that infect in amoebae. They named it Yaravirus. (Yara is the “mother of waters” according to Indigenous Tupi-Guarani mythology.)”

Researchers have made environmental projections forecasting the amount of damage to the Earth using criteria set by in the Paris Agreement. Their data indicates rising seas of up to 1 meter are in order. That’s more, “We also find that 26 cm (12 cm) of the projected sea-level-rise commitment in 2300 can be attributed to emissions from the top 5 emitting countries (China, United States of America, European Union, India, and Russia) over the 1991–2030 (2016–2030) period. Our findings demonstrate that global and individual country emissions over the first decades of the 21st century alone will cause substantial long-term sea-level rise.”

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