A Statement from ENT UK at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, the association of ear, nose and throat physicians in the United Kingdom says a growing body of data from COVID-19 patients in several countries strongly suggests that “significant numbers” of those patients experienced the complete loss of smell known as anosmia as one of the disease’s symptoms.
Link to PDF: Loss of sense of smell as marker of COVID.pdf
This paper finds that Inadequate risk assessment regarding the urgency of the situation, and limited reporting on the virus within China has, in part, led to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Compared with SARS and MERS, COVID-19 has spread more rapidly, due in part to increased globalization and the focus of the epidemic. The conclusion is that we did not learn from the two prior epidemics of coronavirus and were ill-prepared to deal with the challenges the COVID-19 epidemic has posed. Future research should attempt to address the uses and implications of the internet of things (IoT) technologies for mapping the spread of infection.
Link to paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32086938
This research proposes a possible explanation for the severe lung complications being seen in older people diagnosed with COVID-19 and also why young children seem protected against the disease.
Link to text: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200323101354.htm
In this pre-print researchers analyzed the timing of control measures and of community spread of COVID-19 in the Chinese cities of Wuhan and Guangzhou from January 10 to February 29, 2020. Early intervention resulted in Guangzhou having “lower epidemic sizes and peaks” than Wuhan in the first wave of the outbreak.
Link to paper: https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/42599304
These findings explain the rapid geographic spread of SARS-CoV2 and indicate containment of this virus will be particularly challenging.
Link to article: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/03/13/science.abb3221.full
New research “clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus”
The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0820-9
Preliminary results of how air temperature and humidity influence the transmission of COVID-19.
PDF: High Temperature and High Humidity Reduce the Transmission of COVID-19
Paper on an online interactive dashboard, hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, to visualise and track reported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in real-time.
Link to text: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30120-1/fulltext
PDF: An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time
Describes the successful combination of measures taken by Singapore to contain COVID-19 and share some early lessons learnt from the experience
Link to paper: https://academic.oup.com/jtm/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jtm/taaa039/5804843
The Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus sechellarum was once one of the most threatened birds in the world, but was downgraded from Critically Endangered to Endangered after a long-term recovery programme was successfully implemented. Comprehensive long-term monitoring of this species was conducted on the islands of Cousin and Cousine over an 18-year period. We report here on the species longevity and annual survival at these two sites.
Julie Gane and April Burt Longevity and survival of the Endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus sechellarum