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This study of coronavirus infections that covered almost everyone in the quarantined north Italian town of Vò found that 40% of cases showed no symptoms – suggesting that asymptomatic cases are important in the spread of the pandemic. On February Read More
This cross-sectional study found a substantial proportion of mental health issues in healthcare workers (HCWs) during the pandemic, particularly among women and front-line healthcare workers.  Cross-sectional, web-based study collected data between March 27 and March 31, 2020 (days immediately preceding Read More
A link between SARS-CoV-2 infection and air pollution is plausible and may impact infection and mortality. This study analyzed the relationship between the concentration of air pollutants (PM 2.5 and NO2) and the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy in terms of Read More
This commentary argues that an informed and empowered public is more likely to engage in recommended preventive behaviors and offers suggestions for empowering community members. Population-empowering communication is necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health officials must tailor their communication Read More
This editorial discusses a new hypothesis that links the dramatic impact of COVID-19 outbreak in Northern Italy with the high concentrations of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) that characterize this area, along with its well-known specific climatic conditions. The presence Read More
This editorial compares approaches in several European nations to triage of scarce critical care resources, such as ventilators. Specifically, it summarizes and contrasts provisions from plans adopted in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Belgium across a set Read More
This article discusses the city’s Strade Aperte pilot plan, which will temporarily expand sidewalks, bicycle lanes and reduce speeds in a significant share of the city’s downtown in an effort to maintain social distancing and reduced pollution levels seen during Read More
This editorial describes the recommendations and ethical approach of the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) in response to scarcity of critical care resources in Italy during COVID-19 response. Italy suffered one of the earliest and Read More
This paper employed a segmented Poisson model to analyze the available daily new cases data of the COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK and USA. Their model predicts that the USA will have the most confirmed cases in Read More
This article demonstrated the power of Twitter for world leaders to rapidly and directly communicate public health information about COVID-19 to citizens. By analyzing tweets from Group of Seven (G7) world leaders, researchers concluded that Twitter can be a powerful Read More

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