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COVID-19 SIP™: An Evolving Approach to Containing COVID-19

COVID-19 SIP™: An Evolving Approach to Containing COVID-19

In the complex, global health crisis brought about by COVID-19, it was basics such as surveillance, testing, quarantine, self-isolation, contact tracing, face covering, social distancing, and simple hand-washing that were preliminary tactics in the race against the spread of the virus. Because of COVID-19's high transmissibility, countries focused on containment and mitigation. With varying degrees of success, countries have adopted digital health technolog...
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Experts Weigh In on the Resurgence of COVID-19

Experts Weigh In on the Resurgence of COVID-19

First wave, second wave, or one big tsunami. The COVID-19 wave being confronted here and now is neither definitive nor conclusive. But what is certain is that it is still raging.  The issue about a second wave — what constitutes it, or if there really are even virus waves — has been a contentious one. However, virologists, epidemiologists, and other experts all agree on the resurgence of the novel coronavirus as seen in localized spikes in infection...
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Preparing for the “Second Wave” of COVID-19

Preparing for the “Second Wave” of COVID-19

As many countries begin reopening, the threat of a second wave of the novel coronavirus looms, indeed as, in some cases, the first wave hasn't even ended. Lessons learned and protocols in place should continue to be heeded and evaluated, and health systems need to be shockproof. In their efforts to contain COVID-19, many countries have enforced lockdowns and stricter restrictions to arrest the daily rise of fresh infections. Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd ha...
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Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

 If a return to normalcy depends on finding a cure for COVID-19, then there needs to be a fast-tracked vaccine development process, albeit one without shortcuts. Patient participation across the spectrum of clinical development is key to this. As of June 2, 2020, the World Health Organization’s draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines listed 10 in clinical evaluation (phases 1–3 ) and 123 more in preclinical evaluation. The gold standard for clinical tr...
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Telehealth Now, and From Now On

Telehealth Now, and From Now On

 The need to expeditiously address a public health emergency has never been as important as it is today. COVID-19 has mobilized practically everyone along its path to find solutions to stop it, flatten the curve, and provide care in whatever way possible. Telehealth has risen to the challenge faced by the American healthcare system to meet patients’ needs during a national emergency. Technologies have become a lifeline for patients with chronic and serious conditions to continue ...
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Securing Telehealth During a Pandemic

Securing Telehealth During a Pandemic

 The COVID-19 pandemic has enabled that huge leap into telehealth because of the urgency to provide care. The U.S. has waived certain regulatory requirements to enable flexibility to use telehealth as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with healthcare delivery moved online or to the “cloud,” as with any online activity there are security risks involved. Even with guidelines being relaxed to expedite care, the healthcare industry still must have a system...
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The New Normal After COVID-19

The New Normal After COVID-19

 Urgent measures to save lives at all costs have been the default response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health crisis introduces unprecedented and complex challenges to our health system’s collective capacity to respond. More than two months into the country’s outbreak, it looks now that the urgent and large-scale responses have worked against an envisaged doomsday scenario. "What’s next?" is the question that remains. There is certainly no goi...
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WANTED: Rapid, Scalable Population Outreach for COVID-19

WANTED: Rapid, Scalable Population Outreach for COVID-19

 An imminent emergency calls for urgent measures. It’s when actionable information needs to be real-time, continuous, and relevant. This means relentless communication anytime, anywhere, on any device, to engage patients wherever and however they want to be reached. In this COVID-19 pandemic, where health care systems are overwhelmed, health care workers are included among the vulnerable population and are at risk. Many individuals who are severely affected by the virus...
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Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

To our country still reeling from its ongoing opioid epidemic came the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health crises in the U.S. this time did not come one after the other but overlapped. One health crisis is already one too many. These twin battles need to be fought at the same time. It is possible with technology. And neither severity nor urgency will win the argument for which crisis should be a priority—because both are claiming lives.  COVID-19 has disrupted pra...
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