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Vaccines


Background

The Associated Press addresses style questions.

Columbia Journalism Review on "How to name a coronavirus"

CJR report on "The new coronavirus and racist tropes"

For ongoing and up-to-date coverage of the novel coronavirus outbreak, check out this Twitter list curated by Bara Vaida, AHCJ’s core topic leader on infectious diseases. The list includes 32 people who are regularly and responsibly tweeting about the outbreak and includes the World Health Organization’s director-general, journalists who have been covering infectious disease topics for years, infectious disease scientists and doctors, President Obama’s former Ebola czar, a National Institutes of Health special assistant for scientific projects, infectious disease bloggers and others.

The National Association of Science Writers is creating a list serve for journalists to share questions and seek support for one another. Are you a reporter looking for the mutual support of colleagues and community during these stressful times? The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) invites any reporter covering the COVID-19 pandemic — especially those for whom science or health is a new beat — to join a new list for sharing resources, sources, and information. This new NASW COVID-19 discussion board aims to create a space for connecting journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter the angle or geographic market. Seasoned science and health writers can offer advice on navigating research processes, jargon, and other facets of reporting — while reporters who cover government, business, lifestyle, and other areas can share tips from their beat, such as best practices for interviewing elected officials or on-the-street reporting. To join the list, send an email to nasw-COVID19mods@nasw.org. Include your name, email address and the name of your news organization if you are staff or if you are a freelancer.

Cochrane Library
The Special Collection on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care has now published in the Cochrane Library. This Special Collection will be updated to ensure it remains applicable as the situation changes, and as WHO guidance evolves, and will also draw on the knowledge of Cochrane groups in affected regions. If you’d like a copy of one of the reviews, or any other systematic review from the Cochrane Library, to speak with a Cochrane expert, or to be added to the media list to receive information on future reviews, please contact Dawn Peters at dpeters@wiley.com.

Case report: the First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States: (Jan, 31, New England Journal of Medicine. A detailed medical report on the first patient to be diagnosed with the virus.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Recent articles in JAMA reviewed new technologies for rapid vaccine development for emerging viral diseases, effectiveness of various types of masks for preventing infections in healthcare settings, global preparedness for healthcare emergencies, and more.


Clinical trials

More than two dozen vaccines are under development, and dozens of trials are underway to investigate whether any experimental or existing medications, such as hydroxychloroquine, can be repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients.

This April 4 Medscape article, for example, features a table of more than 50 clinical trials for COVID-19. But that’s only a selection of trials and undoubtedly will become dated quickly. But several online trackers can make it at least a little easier to keep tabs on the big picture.

The sites below each have trackers for clinical trials related to COVID-19. It can be unclear in some cases a study is complete, and some trials may have inadvertent bias depending on who is collecting the information and how. But monitoring all of them may make it easier not to miss a trial:

Dentistry

COVID-19 and Dentistry: Challenges and Opportunities for Providing Safe Care: The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) effectively shut down approximately 198,000 active dental practitioners in the USA. As individual states begin to resume dental care, discussion has centered on how to provide safe oral health care, given the nature of the virus and how easily it may be dispersed during common dental procedures. The widespread transmission of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) places dental teams at high risk for becoming infected and falling ill with COVID-19, as well as transmitting the virus to other patients, due to the unique nature of dental care interventions. This primer, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, summarizes best practices for infection control and prevention in the dental office setting, reviews Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) guidance on treating dental patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, discusses access issues for patients needing oral healthcare, and offers various Federal and professional resources to support the reconfiguration of dental practice, the implementation of teledentistry, and the prioritization of dental care needs after practices reopen. This primer concludes with key policy and research priorities to support safe and effective dental care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


Emergency health preparedness

Resolve to Save Lives, a nonprofit led by Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has created an infographic tool to spotlight gaps in global preparedness for outbreaks. The site, called PreventEpidemics.org, provides an individual score to countries using a color code to rank countries by preparedness. Looking at the map provides a good way for journalists to see which country might be the next hot spot for an outbreak. The scoring is calculated by using data from the Joint External Evaluation, an international effort developed by the World Health Organization, to help countries bolster their health systems to prepare for emergencies. Gaps in preparedness include lack of monitoring system that can spot unusual health reports or lack of trained epidemiologists who can be deployed if there is a health threat.

Guidance on the release of information concerning deaths, epidemics or emerging diseases
This set of recommendations emerged from a meeting of public health officials, health care journalists and public health information officers, co-sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of Health Care Journalists in October 2010.

CIDRAP COVID-19 Resource Center
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota has launched an online CIDRAP COVID-19 Resource Center that provides a wealth of information for public health experts, business preparedness leaders, government officials and the public regarding the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Business and workplace guidance
The Center for Disease Control and Preventions’ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health launched a website for businesses to provide guidance in preparation for the potential sustained transmission of COVID-19.


Fact checking

Excellent Q & A on COVID-19, published on March 17 by the Poynter Institute, with fact-check data and information. It answers the latest questions regarding testing and defines the meaning of martial law and whether our current status with businesses shut down is considered "martial law."

For fact checking of hoaxes: Check this Twitter hashtag and this hashtag. These hashtags are run by 90 fact-checkers from 39 countries under the coordination of the International Fact-Checking Network, which has identified a series of falsehoods with this profile.

Another curated Twitter list, to check out with trusted sources. It was put together by Ellie Murray, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Health


HIPAA

Journalists’ guide to HIPAA during COVID-19: Reporters and news organizations seeking information related to the COVID-19 pandemic have frequently been told by government agencies and officials, as well as private entities in the health care system (such as nursing homes), that HIPAA prevents them from releasing certain information. But HIPAA’s applicability and scope are often misunderstood, resulting in the public being deprived of important information about the pandemic, including state and local governments’ preparedness and responses. This guide from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is intended to help journalists better understand what the federal health privacy law does and does not cover, given that many exceptions to the law do allow for (or in some cases require) the release of information related to COVID-19.


Media ethics in covering outbreaks


Mental health

Carter Center mental health journalism fellows have been reporting on the mental health impact of COVID-19. You’ll find here their reporting, mental health resources for journalists covering the pandemic and for the general public impacted by the virus. It includes a number of mental health resources for journalists who are covering COVID-19 and may be affected emotionally. It also includes reporting on the trauma of COVID-19, the effects of isolation, anxiety and more.

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is launching Reporting and Covid-19: Conversations for Journalists, a Zoom-based webinar / discussion series about  the challenges of reporting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Topics include:

  • Information Security and Covid-19

  • Covering Covid-19 on a State and Local Level

  • The Day the Pandemic Arrived: Reporting Lessons from America’s first hotspot

  • Learning from Past Pandemics: Bridging the Science Gap

  • Learning from Past Pandemics: Covering Ebola

  • Watchdog Reporting on the Pandemic

  • Documenting Death: Obituaries in the time of Coronavirus

  • Self-Care and Peer Support

  • Photojournalism and Covid-19: Ethics, Craft and Safety

  • Filmmaking and Covid-19: Ethics, Craft and Safety

William Wan, a national health reporter at The Washington Post, compiled tips from fellow journalists about coping with stress and anxiety while covering this pandemic.

RTDNA newsroom guidance to keep journalists safe

The Working Mind: A training course to help leaders identify people struggling with mental health issues at work.

Working from Hamra: A journalist shares how working from a war zone prepared him to cover the pandemic.

Mental health tips and resources for journalists: The International Journalists' Network offers tips for reporters and for newsroom leaders.

How journalists can fight stress from covering COVID-19: Al Tompkins of Poynter and Sidney Tompkins, a licensed psychotherapist, have been working with newsrooms to help journalists manage traumatic stress. Now, with nonstop coverage of the coronavirus spread, self-quarantines and economic fallout, journalists are facing an unprecedented amount of stress. Hosted by IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix.

How Journalists Can Deal With Trauma While Reporting on COVID-19: The Global Investigative Journalism Network shares tips from the Dart Center.

Confronting the emotional toll of covering COVID-19: The GroundTruth Project offers specific things we can do to ground ourselves and manage pandemic anxiety.


Newsletters

Tulane Outbreak Daily is a round up of coronavirus news, clinical considerations, the latest counts of cases, survellance headlines, international stories, published and not-yet-published research (clearly labeled as "pre-pub") and more. Sign up here

BuzzFeed's Quarantine Today keeps it lighter for a younger audience, while their Outbreak Today is more news-heavy.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Coronavirus Updates drills down their most important stories in a "What You Need to Know" section

Each issue of WBUR's Coronavirus Coverage begins with a letter to the reader

In addition to recent coverage, The Washington Post is answering reader-submitted questions in their Coronavirus Updates

The Los Angeles Times' Coronavirus Today is organized by city, state and national news

(Thanks to the Online News Association for compiling the list above.)

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing about journalism and coronavirus, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins.

The New York Times has the latest developments in its Coronavirus Briefing.

EurekAlert! launched a COVID-19 Online Newsroom where you can find the latest news releases, multimedia and other resources to support your reporting needs in one place. Visit the newsroom at www.eurekalert.org/covidor by clicking on “COVID-19” on the homepage navigation bar.

CNN offers the Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction Newsletter with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

USA Today publishes the Coronavirus Watch.

The Washington Post coronavirus newsletter delivers briefs of pertinent news items to your inbox each morning.

BuzzFeed's coronavirus newsletter will land in your inbox every week.


News reports

General news

No Race or Religion Can Prevent Coronavirus  - Don’t Fall for these Hoaxes. (The Poynter Institute, Feb. 27)

From a Scare in Shanghai to a Quarantine in Georgia:  March 4, Georgia Health News: (Example of a local angle on the outbreak)

Your Pets Unlikely to Get or Give Coronavirus: March 3, WebMD

Mystery deepens over animal source of coronavirus : Feb. 26, Nature.com

US Hospitals Say they are Ready for Coronavirus. Their Infection Control Violations Say Otherwise. ProPublica (March 3, 2020)

Stat News Coronavirus coverage

Sign up for the Washington Post’s new free daily email “To your Health: coronavirus:”

Sign up for Politico Nightly: Coronavirus Special Edition

I Lived Through SARS and Reported on Ebola. These Are the Questions We Should Be Asking About Coronavirus. — ProPublica

News about testing

University of Washington gets emergency green light to test for coronavirus
Scientists at the University of Washington's Virology Lab were given emergency approval to begin testing for COVID-19. The lab has the capacity to test 1,000 specimens a day and is working to increase that number to 4,000 or 5,000 specimens as the epidemic worsens.

Private Labs Are Fueling a New Coronavirus Testing Crisis, Alexis C. Madrigal, Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, March 31

Test makers are moving fast, but the coronavirus may be moving faster, Matthew Herper, Stat, March 31.

Medical Companies Win Approval for Rapid Coronavirus Tests. Brianna Abbot, Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, March 31.

The Numbers Are Staggering." Why New York Doctors See No End In Sight, Julia Ioffe, GQ, March 29

Testing blunders crippled US response as coronavirus spread, Michael Biesecker, Mike Stobbe, Matthew Perrone, AP, March 23.

How the CDC’s Restrictive Testing Guidelines Hid the Coronavirus Epidemic, Jessica Wang, Lindsay Huth, Taylor Umlauf, Wall Street Journal, March 22.

Coronavirus Testing Chaos Across America, Dan Frosch, Ian Lovett, Deanna Paul, Wall Street Journal, March 19.

Special Report: How Korea trounced U.S. in race to test people for coronavirus, Chad Terhune, Dan Levine, Hyunjoo Jin, Jane Lanhee Lee, Reuters, March 18.

U.S. Lags in Coronavirus Testing After Slow Response to Outbreak, Larry Buchanan, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Allison McCann, NY Times, March 17

Everything You Need to Know About Coronavirus Testing, Megan Molteni, Adam Rogers, Wired, March 16.

Diagnostic Testing for the Novel Coronavirus, Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD; Scott J. Becker, MS; Michelle M. Mello, JD, PhD, JAMA Viewpoint, March 9.

Organizations and experts

Yale New Haven Health has launched Media Briefs, an editorial page providing journalists with health care news and insights through patient stories and interviews with leading medical experts.

Media Briefs delivers expert-reviewed articles and connects members of the media with background information, data and sources in every area of medicine the health system offers.Recent topics that tap into timely health issues include:

Media Briefs was launched as an extension of Yale New Haven Health’s dedication to transparency and the communication of health care advances. The health system is committed to promoting health information featuring doctors, nurses, caregivers and patients driving medical innovations within our institution and at large. Sources, quotes and images featured in Media Briefs are available to members of the media and interviews can be arranged upon request.

Click here and hit send to receive alerts when new briefs are published.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science created SciLine  to help reporters quickly connect with experts who have been trained to talk to the media, including more than a dozen infectious disease experts.

U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued memos on March 4 regarding infection control at hospitals and COVID-19. They also announced that state inspection agencies of hospitals should focus their work on infection control practices. See the memo to state inspection agencies, to hospitals and to nursing homes.

The Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with NIH and Operation Warp Speed, launched Combat COVID. This website serves as a central resource targeting members of the public and physicians looking to find information about different stages of COVID-19 illness, clinical trials and much more. The website provides clear and easy-to-understand information for:

The CDC's emergency preparedness site for health care providers

Transcript of CDC call with reporters on March 3, which has information about diagnostic testing of the virus.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy: Recent news, research and literature on 2019-nCoV

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 2019-nCoV Situation Summary

World Health Organization: The United Nation's global health arm. Media contacts to talk about the coronavirus. Leticia Linn: 202-974 3440 | 202-701-4005 | linnl@paho.org; Sebastian Oliel: 202-974-3459 | 202-316-5679 | oliels@paho.org; Ashley Baldwin: 202-974-3872 | 202-340-4025 | baldwinash@paho.org

U.S Food & Drug Administration: FDA is working with U.S. government partners and international partners to closely monitor an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

U.S. Health and Human Resources's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response: This office is charged with overseeing public health emergencies, and manages the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs, vaccines and medical products and supplies. For media inquiries click here.

ECRI: The Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center has resources for hospitals and health care providers.

The Administration for Community Living Coronavirus resource page has a wealth of evidence-based information for older adults with links to state health department websites. It also includes program information for the aging and disability network, including program-specific information, HCBS Waivers, and an emergency planning toolkit. 

Council on Foreign Relations: The global public policy think tank has created a page on its site with global health resources for journalists covering the outbreak, analysis and background on the growing threat of the outbreak.

American Chemical Society: The nonprofit research organization chartered by Congress, offers a collection of articles on coronaviruses and the chemicals that will be needed for vaccines and therapies to treat it.

The Journal for the American Medical Association: JAMA, the journal for one of the nation's leading physician organizations, has created a page for clinicians and the public on up-to-date information and research about the coronavirus.

University of Michigan: The university is offering experts to speak to the media on politics, engineering, epidemiology, medical history, medicine, environmental engineering, health policy, business strategy, microbiology and infectious disease to discuss the coronavirus.

Oregon State University has a number of faculty and staff with expertise related to the COVID-19 global pandemic who are willing to speak with journalists.  Their specific expertise, and contact information, is listed on this page.

Leana Wen, M.D., emergency physician, adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, and former Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Twitter: @DrLeanaWen

Kathleen M. Neuzil, M.D., M.P.H., F.I.D.S.A., professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is co director of the lnfectious Disease Consortium for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious, which is supporting research for a vaccine and treatments for COVID-19. Contact info: kneuzil@som.umaryland.edu, 410-706-4946

Association of Public Health Laboratories - (APHL.org) They represent all the public health labs [which means labs that are supported by the CDC and the state] in the country that have been charged with COVID-19 testing.

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO.org) represents local health officials.

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE.org) which represents public health epidemiologists who are working to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO.org) which represent public health leaders. Call Theresa Spinner: tspinner@naccho.org 202-783-5551

Big Cities Health Coalition: Media contact: Mark Miller, miller@debeaumont.org, 301-802-6783


Preparedness

Allocation of Commercially Available Remdesivir by Jurisdiction: HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response oversees the allocation and distribution of commercially available remdesivir. This table details the number of cases of remdesivir allocated to states, territories and identified agencies. To learn more about the allocation of commercially available remdesivir, see the fact sheet, Remdesivir for the Commercial Marketplace.

Disaster Preparedness in a Pandemic: How will preparedness plans for the hurricanes, heat waves, and wildfires that come with warmer summer weather survive the new reality of COVID-19? Read highlights from a recent National Academies webinar on extreme events and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Preprints

NewsRx, a journalism and research technology company, offers an RSS feed dedicated to COVID-19 preprints. The feed is updated every hour and sources primarily from OSF.io, bioRxiv, and medRxiv. We encourage you to read the following if you are considering reporting on preprints:


Reopening America

How to Reopen America Safely: As states begin to reopen, school, work, and everyday life will look different, and people will need guidance on how to protect their health. At a recent webinar convened by the NAM and the American Public Health Association, experts discussed what Americans will need to know to reopen the nation safely. Read the highlights here.

COVID-19 and Dentistry: Challenges and Opportunities for Providing Safe Care: The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) effectively shut down approximately 198,000 active dental practitioners in the USA. As individual states begin to resume dental care, discussion has centered on how to provide safe oral health care, given the nature of the virus and how easily it may be dispersed during common dental procedures. The widespread transmission of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) places dental teams at high risk for becoming infected and falling ill with COVID-19, as well as transmitting the virus to other patients, due to the unique nature of dental care interventions. This primer, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, summarizes best practices for infection control and prevention in the dental office setting, reviews Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) guidance on treating dental patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, discusses access issues for patients needing oral healthcare, and offers various Federal and professional resources to support the reconfiguration of dental practice, the implementation of teledentistry, and the prioritization of dental care needs after practices reopen. This primer concludes with key policy and research priorities to support safe and effective dental care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


Research reports

LexisNexis COVID-19 Quick Searches: COVID-19 has been dominating global news, financial reporting, legislation, patent filings and everything in between. To help you sift through this deluge of information, the company has created a series of tips and search strings about everything from supply chain disruptions, nonprofit donations, real estate market challenges, price gouging, sports markets, free meals and more. A webinar helps show you how to use these tools.

Health Affairs COVID-19 Resource Center: The publication has gathered blogs and journal articles - along with relevant content from our archives - into a COVID-19 Resource Center. Journal articles highlight lessons from previous pandemics, including school closures during the Spanish flu; public health preparedness; and communicating risk.

Active Monitoring of Persons Exposed to Patients with Confirmed COVID-19: CDC’s weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report. This March 3 report has some details about how the virus is transmitted and its virulence. It suggests that this virus transmits easily between close contacts.

Cryptic transmission of novel coronavirus revealed by genomic epidemiology: How the COVID-19 Virus Spread in Washington State: An excellent and clear explanation of how scientists know what they know about the spread of the COVID-19 cases in the state. March 2, Bedford Lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center  

Structural basis for the recognition of the SARS-CoV-2 by full-length human ACE2, March 4, Science News. How the virus causes illness.

Novel coronavirus structure reveals target for vaccines and treatments. NIH, March 3


Rural response

The Rural Information Hub has information about activities underway to address COVID-19, including an Emergency Preparedness guide for communication planning tools to reach rural communities.

Spanish-language resources

Johns Hopkins Medicine has launched a Spanish-language COVID-19 resources portal. This one-stop shop for information in Spanish offers COVID-19 testing sites, information about telemedicine and communicating with health care providers, social distancing tips and resources for children, among other helpful links. The mobile-friendly portal serves community members, patients, faculty and staff members as well as students who need COVID-19 resources and information in Spanish.

This initiative is part of Juntos Contra COVID-19 (Together Against COVID-19), a wider public health campaign to educate the Latino community about the impact and seriousness of COVID-19, encourage prevention, provide information about testing and treatment, and provide guidance for employers on steps to take if employees test positive. The campaign provides educational materials ready to print or to share on social media channels.

Vaccines

Supporting an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines: Key Themes, Strategies, and Challenges Across State and Territorial COVID-19 Vaccination Plans (Dec. 9, 2020): To assist governors and state leaders in leading ongoing vaccine planning efforts, the National Governors Association, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, and COVID Collaborative have partnered to release a new report analyzing all publicly available state and territorial COVID-19 vaccination plans, with the aim identifying key issues and sharing promising practices across the country.  The paper highlights strategies and critical issues confronting states as they prepare to distribute FDA-approved vaccines, including equity, data infrastructure, effective public communication strategies, and determinations for allocation to critical populations and phasing of vaccine delivery across population groups.