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Science publications about COVID-19

“The volume is so great that what’s being published on COVID is equal to all the other research that is usually being put on infectious disease as a whole,” says Uri Blackman, CEO of GIDEON Informatics, which has put out medical databases since 1992.

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If You Gotta Go, Are Public Restrooms Safe On A Road Trip?

“Lavatories are, unfortunately, ideal for the transmission of COVID-19. They are closed and poorly ventilated,” says Stephen Berger, M.D., an infectious disease expert and co-founder of GIDEON, the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network.

“Urinals and sinks are crowded together, and partitions rarely extend upward to shield someone’s face. Although toilet stalls are isolated, droplets and aerosols will continue to linger there, several minutes after the last user has left,” he says.

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Countries and Territories That Have Not Yet Reported COVID-19 Cases

“According to the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network (GIDEON), as at 19 April there are 24 countries/territories that have not reported any cases of COVID-19. These are mostly small Pacific Island Nations, however also includes two countries in Europe – Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.”

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From social distancing to ‘social permission’: Protests upend efforts to contain coronavirus

“During the recent wave of protest gatherings, we’ve witnessed total abandonment of social distancing,” said Stephen Berger, an infectious disease expert and co-founder of the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network (GIDEON).

“The center of a large crowd is no different than a sealed off, unventilated room filled with potentially infected individuals – many holding large signs which will block the flow of clean air,” Berger told Yahoo Finance.

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Hot Weather May Make It Harder for the Coronavirus to Survive on Surfaces

Experts say it’s possible we may see an increase in cases if people are unable or unwilling to physically distance.

“The center of a large crowd is no different than a sealed off, unventilated room filled with potentially infected individuals — many holding large signs which will block the flow of clean air,” said Dr. Stephen Berger, an infectious disease expert and co-founder of GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network).

“If even one carrier of COVID-19 was present at these gatherings, we can expect to see a wave of cases appearing during the next 2 to 14 days. Most will begin to experience symptoms 5 to 6 days after the event,” he said.

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Do Plastic Face Shields Actually Do Anything?

But you may be able to get COVID-19 through your eyes, as well. “Theoretically, the virus of COVID-19 could arrive to the eyes and travel down through our tear ducts into the nose and throat,” explains Stephen Berger, M.D., a double board-certified infectious disease specialist and microbiologist, and founder of GIDEON, the Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Online Network. This route of infection hasn’t been proven, but is suspected to be how some people get the virus.

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Wearing Gloves to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 May Do More Harm Than Good

But do gloves protect you from COVID-19?

“There is no evidence that gloves can protect us from acquiring COVID-19,” says Stephen Berger, M.D, a board certified infectious disease and microbiology physician, and founder of GIDEON, the Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Online Network. “The modern version of surgical gloves was invented to prevent healthcare workers from passing infection to the patient,” he adds. So gloves are probably more effective at preventing you from passing the virus to others than they are at protecting you from it — similar to fabric face masks.

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Restaurants and COVID-19: How to Dine Safely at Your Favorite Place

Dr. Stephen Berger, an infectious disease expert and co-founder of the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network (GIDEON), also stressed the importance of 6-foot spacing.

He said a “large, open, and ventilated” space is preferred — outdoors, if possible.

“Before dining in a restaurant, the big question to ask is, simply, ‘Do they adhere to social distancing?’” Berger told Healthline. “Before sitting down and asking for a menu, check to confirm that the restaurant staff is wearing masks, and that these masks cover their noses and mouths.”

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Predicting the Next Pandemic?

To estimate this risk, we must start by drawing maps: where are these species and how much are they in contact with human populations? This is the study project that Timothy Poisot initiates by combining mathematical models, artificial intelligence and ecology.

To better understand these zoonoses—diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans—researchers drew data from the large epidemiological inventory of human diseases identified, the GIDEON database.

(Translated from French by Google)

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Your Gym May Be Reopening — but Is It Actually Safe to Go Back?

“Almost by definition, an exercise gym is swarming with objects and surfaces [that may] have been contaminated by other humans,” says Stephen Berger, MD, board certified in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. “Repeated contact with workout machines, weights, etc., can transfer an invisible layer of bacteria, viruses and even parasites to our own skin and clothing.”

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The difference between antibody and antigen tests for the coronavirus: Who should get them and what do they do?

“Pathogens can be seen directly in specimens from the patient, often using a microscope, or grown in the laboratory over a period of days to weeks,” Stephen Berger, founder of the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network, said.

“In most viral infections, specific antibodies can be detected for months to years following infection — and in many cases well into old age,” says Berger.

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New Zealand Has Only 20 COVID-19 Deaths. Vietnam Has Zero. How They Succeeded

“All three countries have a coordinated, nationwide, centrally planned response as well as travel restrictions, both domestic and international,” said Dr. Stephen Berger, a double board certified expert in infectious diseases and microbiology and the founder of GIDEON, the Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Online Network.

In addition, Berger told Healthline that “both Vietnam and South Africa have been strictly enforcing their chosen policies with police and military involvement. New Zealand and South Africa have employed nationwide lockdowns.”

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