Chart to follow new cases, recoveries and fatalities from COVID-19 in Europe

Italy sees continued exponential growth of new cases

On March 9th Italy recorded 1797 new cases and overtook South Korea for most SARS-CoV-2 infections outside China. Italy now has 152 cases per 1 million population (152 ppm) and the situations looks very grim indeed. South Korea infection rate is similar at 146 ppm, but is on a different trajectory with daily new cases […]

South Korea may have passed peak infection, Italy not so much

UPDATED WITH LATEST DATA. Over the last week or so the trend seem to have been a decline in daily new cases of COVID-19 in South Korea, which was also reinforced when data for March 9th came in at 164 new cases. Could this indicate that the containment efforts are effective? Italy is a different […]

Genetic detectives reveal the origins of the european outbreak

In a story from MIT technology review we get clues to how SARS-CoV-2 are spreading throughout the world, and how transmission chains are not always what they seem to be. By tracking random mutations in the virus’ DNA sequence, as documented in the open source effort Nextstrain, it is possible for scientists to follow the […]

US biotech company will enter clinical vaccine trials in April

Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Pennsylvania, US, had created a vaccine candidate only three hours after gaining acces to the SARS-CoV-2 DNA in January. The vaccine is called INO-4800, and the secret to its rapid synthesis lies in the concept; instead of using inactivated virus’ for the vaccine, Inovio sythesize a proteine based on the […]

Could inoculation with SARS-CoV-2 reduce severity of COVID-19 illness?

Before modern medicine and before vaccinations, smallpox was a feared disease that killed a third of its victims and crippled many of the survivors. At some point it was discovered that if nasal cotton swabs or other bodily fluids from an infected person was introduced as a powder through the nostrils or pressed against a […]

Lymphocyte rates predict severity and outcome in COVID-19 illness

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is a rapidly escalating epidemic caused by SARS-CoV-2. Identification of a simple and effective indicator to assess disease severity and outcome is urgently needed.  This study retrospectively analyzed dynamic changes of lymphocyte percentage (LYM%) in 15 death cases, 15 severe cases as well as 40 moderate cases of COVID-19 patients. Next, prognostic […]

Wearing face mask may decrease the risk of severe illness from COVID-19

A recent peer-reviewed paper appreared in the Journal of Medical Virology where the authors examine the infection routes of the SARS-CoV-2. The researchers points out the fact that signs of viral activity in the brain, where mainly neurons are being infected. Clinical signs of this includes nausea, headache and vomiting, but also the loss of […]

14 days quarantine and contact tracing can be ineffective to contain the virus

In a newly released pre-print individually documented case descriptions of COVID-19 from China was used to estimate the distributions of the generation time, incubation period, and periods from symptom onset to isolation and to diagnosis. Resarchers found that 14-day quarantine period may lead to a 6.7% failure rate for quarantine. Instead they recommend a 22-day […]

Swedish authorities escalate measures to prevent epidemic outbreak

On monday authorities in Sweden revoked traffic permission for direct flights from Iran, which affects Air Iran effective immediately.  Furthermore, the public health authorities elevate the risk assessment levels for imported cases to the highest level (very high risk), and the risk for community transmission from low to moderate. Sentinel testing will also be implemented, […]