Vikings had smallpox and may have helped spread the world’s deadliest virus

Scientists have discovered extinct strains of smallpox in the teeth of Viking skeletons – proving for the first time that the killer disease plagued humanity

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus

Phone-based HIV support system repurposed for COVID-19 monitoring in Uganda

A cost-effective phone-based system developed by a Cambridge researcher and her Ugandan colleagues to support HIV patients has been rapidly adapted by the team

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: africa infectious-diseases public-health covid-19 pandemic uganda cambridge-africa-programme global-challenges

Tackling COVID-19: Professor Gordon Dougan

“In many parts of the world people still live with the daily threat of diseases like cholera, typhoid, and malaria. In reality COVID is just another

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Rapid genome sequencing and screening help hospital manage COVID-19 outbreaks

Cambridge researchers have shown how rapid genome sequencing of virus samples and enhanced testing of hospital staff can help to identify clusters of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 14, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: infectious-diseases hospital covid-19 coronavirus genome-sequencing

Long-term strategies to control COVID-19 pandemic must treat health and economy as equally important

Strategies for the safe reopening of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) from months of strict social distancing in response to the ongoing COVID-19

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 13, 2020 ~7 min

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Tackling COVID-19: Dr Estée Török

Long hours running COVID-19 vaccine and drugs trials have left little time for Estée Török to contemplate her postponed wedding. With over twenty years'

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

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What makes a 'wave' of disease? An epidemiologist explains

There's no scientific definition for a wave of disease – and no evidence that the original onslaught of coronavirus in the US has receded much at all.

Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: influenza infectious-diseases epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sars-cov-2 herd-immunity epidemics 1918-flu-pandemic iran seasonal-flu waves second-wave pandemic-flu seasonality coronaviruses

Human interactions with wild and farmed animals must change dramatically to reduce risk of another deadly pandemic

Compiled by a team of international wildlife and veterinary experts, a new study has identified seven routes by which pandemics could occur and 161 options for

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

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Tackling COVID-19: Dr Sharath Srinivasan

“Without trust, we don’t flatten the curve,” says Sharath Srinivasan, whose work in developing countries has given him an acute insight into how people’s

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

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Tackling COVID-19: Professor Ravi Gupta

“This virus is probably going to be circulating for years - it will take a long time to sort out.” In a building that has been largely empty for the past three

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

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