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This report describes nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) that limited COVID-19 incidence among basic trainees in Texas. Substantial COVID-19 transmission has been documented in some congregate living settings. This report examines the first 7 weeks (March 1–April 18) of implementation of NPIs Read More
This modeling study explored different interventions (not involving medications/vaccines) influencing new cases and deaths related to COVID-19 and found that intermittent periods of more intensive lockdown-type measures may be necessary to prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed.  The model explored Read More
This case series found hospitalized pediatric patients infected with COVID-19 were significantly younger; more likely to have an underlying comorbidity or coinfection, and more likely to report fever and dyspnea, compared to non-hospitalized COVID-19 pediatric patients. Pediatric patients also likely Read More
This comment discusses the contribution of population movement to the spread of COVID-19, with a reference to the spread of SARS 17 years ago. The authors argue that the changing geography of migration, the diversification of jobs taken by migrants, Read More
Large gatherings pose a risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission. High transmission rates have been reported from hospitals, long-term care facilities, family gatherings, and a choir practice. This public health investigation focused on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among persons who attended church Read More
This retrospective study show age-dependent expression of ACE2 in nasal epithelium, the first point of contact for SARS-CoV-2 and the human body. This may shed light on why children only appear to account for a small proportion of COVID-19 cases.  Angiotensin-converting Read More
This small study collected samples from 2 quarantine rooms, where 2 pre-symptomatic SARS-CoV2 positive individuals had stayed, and found SARS-CoV-2 on multiple surfaces. 11 samples were taken in each room, 22 samples in total. Swabs were taken from the following Read More
Below is a roundup of some recent developments with law and ethics themes related to the enforcement of public health authority during the pandemic, vulnerable populations, and states reopening. The Americans with Disabilities Act & HIPAA do not bar businesses Read More
This retrospective study found inconsistent results of RT-PCR-testing using throat and anal swabs for monitoring SARS-CoV-2 infection. RT-PCR assay on throat and anal swabs were simultaneously tested in 212 of 2138 pediatric patients with suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection in Wuhan Children’s Read More
This cross-sectional study  found an increase in estimated rates of COVID-19 cases in the border counties in Iowa (no stay-at-home order) compared with the border counties in Illinois (implemented a stay-at-home order). In short, the results suggest that issuing a Read More

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