Dutch study does not find evidence of transmission of COVID-19 in hospitals

A consistent theme throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is assessing risk to healthcare workers. In a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, CEIRS investigators determined that Dutch healthcare workers who were infected in the early stages of the outbreak were likely infected through community spread and not in a hospital setting. Understanding risk of disease spread in hospitals, or nosocomoal transmission, is critical in mitigating future hazards to the population.

Dr. Gavin Smith’s Research Featured in Reuters

Dr. Gavin Smith, of St. Jude CEIRS, discussed his recent COVID-19 research at Duke-NUS in Singapore. His group identified a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes milder infections compared to the original virus. They found that patients infected with this variant had lower frequency of ICU admittance. Dr. Smith’s group also found that immune… Read more »

Dr. Sabra Klein Contributes to Scientific American Piece on COVID-19 Severity

Dr. Sabra Klein, a member of Johns Hopkins CEIRS, was recently interviewed for a piece published in Scientific American, exploring how and why COVID-19 is more likely to cause severe disease in some people compared to others. The article discusses the biological and social reasons why older people, men, people with chronic conditions, and people… Read more »

Dr. Aneesh Mehta Named Chief of Infectious Diseases at Emory University Hospital

Earlier this year, Dr. Aneesh Mehta, a Clinical Project Leader at Emory-UGA CEIRS, was named Chief of Infectious Diseases at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopedics and Spine Hospital. Dr. Mehta is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and contributes to many infectious disease centers and programs. As… Read more »

CEIRS Supports Reagent Development for COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study in Spain

The CEIRS Network’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes generation of resources, reagents, and information for both other members of CEIRS as well as the broader scientific community. Recently, reagents developed by Dr. Florian Krammer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, part of the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP), were… Read more »

Dr. Peter Palese Publishes Pre-print Showing Proof-of-concept NDV-based Vaccine for COVID-19

Dr. Peter Palese, Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and member of the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP), recently published a pre-print article describing a possible approach to developing a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. The authors describe a proof-of-concept study where they inserted the immunogenic spike protein from SARS-CoV-2 into… Read more »

JHCEIRS Investigators Discuss COVID-19 on Bloomberg TV

Investigators from John Hopkins CEIRS, Lauren Sauer and Dr. Andrew Pekosz both recently appeared on the Bloomberg TV show Bloomberg Surveillance to talk about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauren Sauer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, appeared on Bloomberg Surveillance on August 12, discussing the current status of… Read more »