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Infectious diseases organization honors 5 faculty

Five faculty members at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been elected fellows of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). They are Ernie-Paul Barrette, MD, Jeffrey Henderson, MD, PhD, Stephen Liang, MD, and Hilary Reno, MD, PhD, all associate professors of medicine in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases; […]

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Millions of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Will Be Released in Florida to Stop the Spread of Several Infectious Viruses

Genetically engineered mosquitoes—750 million of them—will be released in the Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022. The pilot program, which was approved for “experimental use” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in May, will test to see if genetically engineered mosquitoes are a good pest control alternative to spraying insecticides. The specific target is the […]

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Is the New Coronavirus Getting Weaker? What to Know

Some doctors say people with COVID-19 don’t seem to be getting as sick, and that people recently tested are showing a lower viral load compared to those who tested positive for COVID-19 a few months ago. Health experts say it doesn’t look like the virus has mutated to be weaker. Rather, this observation is likely […]

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Pets and COVID-19: Answers to All Your Questions

Two cats and one dog in the United States have tested positive for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. Experts say it appears pets can contract the novel coronavirus from humans, although the transmission still seems to be rare. They add that there’s no evidence yet that pets can transmit the virus to […]

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COVID-19 Can Attack the Heart in Addition to the Lungs

Early evidence suggests that up to 1 in 5 patients with COVID-19 have signs of heart injury, regardless of whether or not they had respiratory symptoms. The high incidence of cardiac problems in patients who contract the coronavirus had perplexed medical experts. One of the key problems associated with COVID-19 is the amount of inflammation […]

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How to Clean and Kill COVID-19, But Avoid Harsh Chemicals

SARS-CoV-2 and other potentially life-threatening pathogens can invade your living spaces remarkably easily. A recent study found that SARS-CoV-2 can persist on plastic or stainless steel surfaces for 2 to 3 days. According to the American Lung Association, there are cleaning agents and household products that can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause health […]