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New low-cost test can diagnose Covid-19 in just 20 minutes

MELBOURNE Scientists have developed a new low-cost nasal swab test which can accurately diagnose the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 in just 20 minutes. The findings, published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, show the test called N1-STOP-LAMP, is 100 per cent accurate in diagnosing samples containing SARS-CoV-2 at high loads. The rapid […]

2 in 5 schools around the world lacked basic handwashing facilities prior to COVID-19

As schools worldwide struggle with reopening,the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reveal that 43 per cent of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019 – a key condition for schools to be able to operate safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

COVID-19 Emergency Committee highlights need for response efforts over long term

The Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth meeting on 31 July. In its statement following the meeting, published today, it expressed “appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, and highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the […]

Myth Busters

Studies show hydroxychloroquine does not have clinical benefits in treating COVID-19. People should NOT wear masks while exercising. The likelihood of shoes spreading COVID-19 is very low. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus, NOT by bacteria. The prolonged use of medical masks* when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen […]

Healthy at Home – Mental Health

As countries introduce measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected with COVID-19, more and more of us are making huge changes to our daily routines. The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends […]

Healthy at Home – Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections. While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems. Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood […]

Healthy at Home – Physical Activity

The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and sitting down more than we usually do. It’s hard for a lot of us to do the sort of exercise we normally do. It’s even harder for people who don’t usually do a lot of physical exercise. But at a time like […]

Economic Injury Disaster Loan – (New York)

The loans offer up to $2 million in assistance to applicants experiencing a temporary loss of income due to COVID-19. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that are unable to be paid due to COVID-19. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations. […]

Paycheck Protection Program – (New York)

The loans offer up to $10 million in assistance per applicant; loan amounts are determined by incurred payroll costs. Can be used for: payroll costs, group health care benefits, salaries and commissions, interest on mortgage loans, rent, utilities, and interest on other debt obligations incurred before February 15, 2020. The maximum interest rate is 4% […]

Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders

Community- and faith-based organizations are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in their communities. Use this checklist to protect the health of those you serve and staff in your care. Also, view a handout from HHS that includes recommended preventative practices and FAQs for faith-based and community leaders […]

Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

Close off areas used by the sick person. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. Wait 24 hours (or as long as possible) before you clean or disinfect. Clean and disinfect all areas used by the sick person, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch […]

Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Community- and faith-based organizations (CFBOs), working together with schools, businesses, healthcare systems, and state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases, especially among high risk populations. Guidance for CFBOs is organized into three categories based on the level of community transmission: 1) when there is no […]

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

• Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and protecting vulnerable students and staff, to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. • Guidance for childcare programs and schools is organized into three categories based on the level of community transmission: 1) when […]

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Pregnant Women What is the risk to pregnant women of getting COVID-19? Is it easier for pregnant women to become ill with the disease? If they become infected, will they be more sick than other people? We do not currently know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the […]

People with Asthma and COVID-19

This information is based on what we currently know about the spread and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Risk of Getting COVID-19 People with asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.  COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia […]

COVID-19: What people with HIV should know

Although the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 for people with HIV is not known, people with HIV may have concerns and questions related to their risk. Are people with HIV at higher risk for COVID-19 than other people? At the present time, we have no specific information about the risk of COVID-19 in people […]

Get Ready for COVID-19

Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. Stock up on […]

People who are at higher risk for severe illness

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based upon available information to date, those at […]

Travel guidance

On March 19, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory urging Americans to avoid all international travel. Information for undergraduate students All university-sponsored or organized undergraduate student travel (including travel sponsored or organized by student organizations, regardless of funding source) is suspended. Information for faculty, staff, graduate students, and trainees All nonessential […]

Preventing the spread of illness

Your health and the health of our community is our primary concern. Employees should follow the university sick leave policy and notify your manager if you are sick. Students who are feeling ill are asked to call the health center or health services, Anyone who has illness accompanied by fever—regardless of their travels and/or contacts—is […]

COVID-19’s Stop-Gap Solution Until Vaccines and Antivirals Are Ready

As novel coronavirus cases continue to mount globally, humanity can’t turn to its go-to infectious disease fixes: vaccines and drugs. At least not yet. A new vaccine might be at least 12 to 18 months away though new drug treatments will likely come sooner.  Arturo Casadevall, chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology […]

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Purpose This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but the virus continues to spread internationally and in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update […]

WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HOW CAN IT SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?

To slow the spread of COVID-19 through U.S. communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged Americans to practice “social distancing” measures. But what is social distancing, and how is it practiced? For more information on the latest guidance, the Hub compiled information from the CDC and from Johns Hopkins experts Caitlin Rivers, […]

HOW LONG CAN THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19 LIVE ON SURFACES?

According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can live in the air and on surfaces between several hours and several days. The study found that the virus is viable for up to 72 hours on plastics, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on […]