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October 15, 2020

Healthcare Workers with Mild Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection Show T Cell Responses and Neutralising Antibodies after the First Wave

[Pre-print, not peer reviewed] A cohort study of 136 healthcare workers in the UK found that 90% of the 76 workers with mild or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection had detectable neutralizing antibodies at the beginning of the lockdown and 66% of the same workers had them after 16-18 weeks. T-cell responses tended to be lower among…


October 7, 2020

Efficacy of Face Masks Neck Gaiters and Face Shields for Reducing the Expulsion of Simulated Cough-Generated Aerosols

[Pre-print, not peer-reviewed] Face coverings were found to be more effective than face shields at blocking the small aerosol particles propelled by a cough aerosol simulator. The efficacy of blocking aerosols was 99% with an N95 respirator, 59% with a procedure mask, 51% with a 3-ply cloth face mask, 47% with a polyester neck gaiter…


October 2, 2020

Sequelae of COVID-19 in Hospitalized Children

A study of 28 hospitalized pediatric patients with COVID-19 in Turin, Italy found that all participants had nasal swabs negative for SARS-CoV-2 by PCR one month after discharge. Lung ultrasound findings had normalized within 5 weeks from hospital discharge in the majority of patients. 20 out of 24 patients developed anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG at the follow-up…


October 1, 2020

Mental Health of Undocumented College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic

[Preprint, not peer-reviewed] An online survey in Delaware found significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression among undocumented college students (n=109) compared to the expected proportion based on a large national survey of mental health among college students in US during the COVID-19 pandemic (47% vs. 31% for anxiety; 63% vs 41% for depression, respectively)….


September 28, 2020

Suffering from COVID-19 science overload? This UW team wades through the deluge so you don’t have to

Subscribe for daily reports delivered to your inbox here. By Sandi Doughton Seattle Times staff reporter Remember early spring, when it felt like we were all plunged into a crash course in epidemiology, heads spinning with terms like “R-naught,” “flatten the curve” and “herd immunity?” Every new nugget of data and scientific insight about the novel coronavirus was…


September 15, 2020

UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness Changes Name to UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness to Reflect an Inclusive Approach

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness, a collaboration of scientific experts from 11 UW organizations, has announced today that the initiative will change its name and will be known as the UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness, effective immediately. The renaming reflects the evolution of the initiative and its vision for the future. Co-Director…


September 1, 2020

COVID-19 Literature Situation Report Sept. 1, 2020

Key Takeaways: An outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in China was linked to riding on a bus without outdoor air recirculation.


August 20, 2020

RNA-Based COVID-19 Vaccine BNT162b2 Selected for a Pivotal Efficacy Study

• [Preprint, not peer-reviewed] Walsh et al. report Phase 1 results of an ongoing dose-escalation clinical trial of two RNA vaccine candidates for SARS-CoV-2 (BNT162b1 and BNT162b2) among 195 healthy adults randomized into 13 groups based on age (18-55 or 65-85 years), vaccine type and vaccine dose. Participants received two injections of either vaccine or…