Most of us are flunking handwashing. That’s an important public health message at any time, but especially during the height of the winter influenza season — one complicated by the emergence of COVID-19, the name given to the coronavirus that got its start in Wuhan, China, and has since spread across the world. While researchers put the rush on developing treatments for this new pathogen, it’s good to remember how powerful low-tech, individual interventions like handwashing can be in combating disease. But doing it properly is key. That’s why it’s worth revisiting a Mayo Clinic doctor’s 2016 appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! late-night talk show. The video is now on YouTube and Mayo’s web site. Dr. Greg Poland, an infectious disease and vaccine specialist, flew to Los Angeles to do a handwashing tutorial for Kimmel, his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez and the show’s viewers.
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Reuters, South Korea city deserted after coronavirus church 'super-spreader' by Hyonshee Shin — In at least in one case, the virus was present even though the patient had no symptoms, suggesting symptom-free patients could spread the disease, they wrote in preliminary findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “If confirmed, this is very important,” said Dr Gregory Poland, a vaccine researcher with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved with the study. Additional coverage: CNBC, CNA, WKZ-Radio, New York Times
NBC News, Reported COVID-19 cases spiked in 1 day in China. Here's what the numbers really mean. by Erika Edwards — "You can only say, 'We think it's COVID-19 because it's compatible with the virus that's circulating, and there's an epidemic here," Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, told NBC News. He said the cases are likely to be confirmed later by lab tests.
NBC News, Coronavirus may be detectable before symptoms start, report suggests by Erika Edwards — …But testing positive for the infection doesn't necessarily mean a person is contagious. It only means the "virus is alive, capable of dividing and infecting cells," Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, told NBC News. It does not tell you whether that person carries enough virus to be able to infect others, Poland added. Additional coverage: WMGT NBC 41
NBC News, Thousands of Americans voluntarily self-quarantine after returning from China by Erika Edwards — Infectious disease experts say that while quarantines can help slow the spread of a virus, they can't necessarily stop it from spreading entirely. "It's like Swiss cheese," said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota.
Seattle Times, Novel coronavirus has an official name: Covid-19 — “There’s been one report of possible transmission from mother to child, during pregnancy,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. “There’s also some evidence aligning with this virus being a SARS-like virus, and possibly mutating (diverging) into different genotypes.” Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic, reminds the public that there are still several unknowns about Covid-19 and that it’s reasonable to continue asking questions.
KTTC, Myths, risks and prevention: Mayo Clinic doctor details what we now know in novel coronavirus outbreak by Nicole Valinote — According to Dr. Gregory Poland, the director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, the virus is comparable to the 2002 SARS outbreak in China, which also jumped a species barrier to infect humans. However, Poland also said SARS had a far higher rate of fatality. He said the novel coronavirus is reproduced at about the same rate as SARS: for every one person infected, three more would then catch it…One unique aspect of the novel coronavirus, Dr. Poland said, is most of the people infected have been older adults. “A curious thing is that we have not been getting reports of large-scale disease in children,” he said “No one particularly knows why that is.”
KROC-Radio, Mayo Clinic expert – what you need to know about the coronavirus by Andy Brownell — The fast spread of the new coronavirus in China has health agencies worldwide on alert, but should the average American be overly concerned? Mayo Clinic Dr. Gregory Poland heads The Vaccine Research Group and is considered one of the world's top experts on combatting infectious diseases. He joined Andy Brownell for the Rochester Today Show on News-Talk 1340 KROC-AM and 96.9 FM to share what is known about the coronavirus and the threat it poses to the average person living in the Rochester area or other parts of the midwest.
Context: Gregory Poland, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert. Dr. Poland and his team within the Vaccine Research Group aim to improve the health of individuals across the world by pursuing challenges posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism through clinical, laboratory and epidemiologic vaccine research.
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