Helen Branswell

Helen Branswell


Sr writer, infectious diseases & global health, @statnews. I block: rude + locked accounts. Nieman ‘11. #flu #Ebola, #polio, #AMR #measles. ??

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@RhinecanthusA  @drJoshSI  @cpillerf  there is nothing, you try something. Many SARS patients got ribavirin; it did not work. Many Ebola patients in West Africa got favipiravir; it did not work. Before the world embarks on widescale use of a drug other people (lupus patients) need, be good to know if it works.

The bots are really out in force today!

Like this story about veterinary hospitals making badly need ventilators available. The way we get through this, folks, is by working together. #Covid19 

Unbelievable! Today @CDCgov  was cleared by the WH to post a "Do not travel" notice, urging Americans not to travel abroad. posted similar on @StateDepth '>Mar @StateDepth  19. Eight days ago.

@brianrstill  @CDCgovA  @StateDeptgreed . So many countries have Level 3 (CDC's top) travel alerts it seems like the line has been crossed already. But having agreed to issue "don't travel internationally " advisories, one would have thought the USG would have had its agencies say it simultaneously.

Got #Covid19  questions? @sxbegle , @DrewQJoseph  & I are going to attempt a live chat on April 1. You can register here and even submit Qs in advance. (please do)

Getting through #Covid19  is going to take international cooperation, @holdenWU , editor of Science writes in an editorial today in which he recounts a conversation with former di @CDCgovector  Bill Roper. Worth your time.

Wondering if you should seek care for suspected #Covid19 ? @CDCgov  & @Apple had released an App. The decision tool is also available here:

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South Korea's success at battling back #Covid19  is extraordinary. Only 76 cases on March 14. Look at this curve. Amazing. Don't focus on the blue line. Look at the green bars.

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Amazing! What South Korea is doing is really bending their #Covid19  epidemic curve. Only 131 new cases today, versus 909 on Feb. 29. It's not just China. This clearly can be done.

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If you have elderly people in your family or your acquaintance, teaching them how to Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp call — if they don't know how to already — would probably be a good thing. Social distancing is going to be very hard on the elderly.

1. This is an important study: German researchers looked at how long #Covid19  patients shed "viable virus" — ie how long they may be infectious. They could not isolate virus from the throat swabs/sputum samples of mild patients post day 8.

I think it's been 9 days since @CDCgov  had a #Covid19  briefing. That is an extraordinary length of time in a public health crisis like this. I cannot believe this is by choice.

The first real dissection of data from U.S. #Covid19  cases contains some sobering numbers, @sxbegle  reports. One-fifth of young-to-midde-aged adults (20-44yrs) who tested positive ended up in hospital & 2%-4% needed ICU care.

Do not do what we did, Italian doctors from that country's ravaged north warn others about #Covid19 . Treat more patients at home, they urge.

1. Children & #Covid19 : Timely study published online by Pediatrics, the AAP's journal. It reports a single death of a child in 2,143 pediatric cases of Covid-19. The child was a 14 yo boy. It has been previously known that a teen had died; no word if he had other illnesses.

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