Harvard expert says coronavirus likely now ‘gathering steam’

Harvard’s Marc Lipsitch said evidence indicates that the international cordon keeping coronavirus cases bottled up in China is a leaky one, and it’s likely that the relative handful of global cases reported so far are undercounted. If true, that will lead to widespread illness internationally, including in the U.S.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 11, 2020 | harvard
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As confirmed cases of coronavirus surge, path grows uncertain

Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina said as many as 100,000 people are likely already infected with the new coronavirus, with many more likely to come.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 3, 2020 | harvard
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New drug-detecting tool could help save lives

The landscape of the illegal drug trade changes constantly, particularly amid the current opioid crisis. Law-enforcement officers regularly find or confiscate pills, powders, and other substances and need to know their composition as quickly as possible to determine legal charges and sometimes to issue lifesaving warnings. Carfentanil is a case in point. This cousin to […]

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Nov. 13, 2019 | harvard
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Harvard’s Barry Bloom and Juliette Kayyem discuss measles outbreak

Harvard public health and public safety experts recommended public education, elimination of nonmedical vaccination exemptions for schoolkids, and potentially more severe penalties as a way to get parents to comply with measles vaccination guidelines.

Alvin Powell | June 11, 2019 | harvard
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Harvard-Michigan opioid summit explores addiction, policy

A University of Michigan-Harvard University summit brought experts from the two universities as well as outside organizations to consider ways to address the opioid epidemic.

Alvin Powell | May 13, 2019 | harvard
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Harvard researchers explore correlation between trust in leaders and combating Ebola

A new survey by Harvard researchers shows that trust in leaders and institutions are at a low ebb in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, highlighting the importance of gaining trust as part of the response to the growing Ebola epidemic there.

Alvin Powell | April 5, 2019 | harvard
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