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Coronavirus Central - Episode 11 - February 21, 2020: "Korea, Reinfection, and Treatments"

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Coronavirus Central - Episode 11 - February 21, 2020: "Korea, Reinfection, and Treatments"
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Episode 11 begins with a deeper look into South Korea's outbreak which has three clusters as cases have increased six fold in just two days.  We look into Iran which is now reporting four deaths amidst a growing case load, and the start of a cluster potentially near Milan in Italy.  A deeper look into the question of reinfection and contagiousness answers a listener question.  We offer US updates from Nebraska, Kansas, New York, and ask the question about why the CDC is looking so much at the flu but not testing for Covid-19 as vigorously.  This episode closes with emerging options for treatment including the progress toward a vaccine, HIV anti-virals like Remdeseivr, the observed impact of anti-malarial chloroquine, and blood plasma transfusions.

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 Outbreak in South Korea: https://time.com/5788511/south-korea-daegu-coronavirus-outbreak/

Potential cluster near Milan: http://www.ansa.it/english/news/2020/02/21/coronavirus-six-infected-in-italy_10bbd4fe-9e6d-4339-bf64-f740acd48145.html

Iran sees two new deaths and rising case count: https://twitter.com/BNODesk/status/1230831690496520192

Whistleblowers claim reinfection may be deadlier: https://nypost.com/2020/02/19/whistleblower-doctors-say-coronavirus-reinfection-even-deadlier/

Recovered patients may still be infectious: https://qz.com/1806050/chinese-coronavirus-expert-recovered-patients-may-still-be-infectious/

Cured patient tests positive again: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/coronavirus-patient-re-hospitalized-in-chinas-chengdu-after-testing-positive-again

Diamond Princess passengers asymptomatic, but test positive in Omaha: https://www.ketv.com/article/11-people-test-positive-for-coronavirus-at-unmc/31029795

Quarantine in Westchester County: https://nypost.com/2020/02/19/26-people-quarantined-in-westchester-after-returning-from-coronavirus-outbreak-areas/

Another "flu" death in New York: https://people.com/health/graduate-student-dies-of-flu-before-rescuers-find-him-following-garbled-911-call/

Kansas school shut down for "flu" decontamination after child dies from "flu related pneumonia": https://twitter.com/livecrisisnews/status/1230705840811720705?s=21

Vaccine tests in China in late April: https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1862624/china-coronavirus-vaccine-for-clinical-trials-late-april

Chloroquine proving helpful: https://www.clinicaltrialsarena.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-choroquine-data/

Background on chloroquine against a different coronavirus: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2715625/

Taiwan synthesizes antiviral drug Remdesivir: https://focustaiwan.tw/sci-tech/202002210006

WHO: Early trial results for treatments three weeks away: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/20/early-trial-results-for-potential-coronavirus-treatments-expected-in-three-weeks-who-says.html

China expands plasma treatments: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3051223/china-expand-plasma-treatments-coronavirus-patients


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