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Tag Archives: Infectious diseases

« L’épidémie avance et notre marge de manœuvre se réduit »

Si les mesures de distanciation et les gestes barrières sont massivement appliqués, on peut espérer infléchir la trajectoire de l’épidémie (photo prise sur un quai de tramway à Bordeaux, le 20 juillet 2020). Philippe Lopez / AFP Pascal Crépey, École des hautes études en santé publique (EHESP) Pouvait-on s’attendre à l’aggravation de l’épidémie de Covid-19 ? Avec une telle dynamique, comment …

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WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases

Peter Gluckman and Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato The World Health Organization (WHO) has come in for its share of criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some faults are the responsibility of the WHO, others were caused by member states, which did not always act as quickly as they should have. In our opinion, the fundamental problem …

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How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA Katherine Xue, University of Washington and Jesse Bloom, University of Washington Evolution is usually very slow, a process of change that takes thousands or millions of years to see. But for influenza, evolution is fast – and deadly. …

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