Were you born in an H1N1 year or an H3N2 year? The first type of influenza virus we are exposed to in early childhood dictates our ability to fight the flu for the rest of our lives, according to a new study from a team of infectious disease researchers at McMaster University and Université de Montréal.
The findings, published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, provide compelling new evidence to support the phenomenon known as ‘antigenic imprinting’, which suggests that early exposure to one of the two flu strains that circulate every year imprints itself on our immunity and disproportionately affects the body’s lifelong response to the flu. Continue reading
freaked out concerned about the coronavirus and what is being done to control it around the world. Here is what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had to say about it Friday morning.
Confirmed 2019 coronavirus as of 11:00 a.m. ET 7 Feb 2020
CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in parts of that country. Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. Some person-to-person spread of this virus outside China has been detected. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020…. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I have been totally freaked out over this new coronavirus. I cancelled my trip to Las Vegas at the end of this month because of it. So, I was most pleased to run across this Q and A from Rush University Medical Center.
An outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus has caused worry among people all around the world. While there are no confirmed cases of the novel virus at Rush University Medical Center, Rush is committed to preparing for any possible scenario and answering any questions patients might have concerning the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China.
So what is this virus? Should Americans be afraid of a possible outbreak? What can we do in terms from prevention?
Here, Michael Lin, MD, MPH, an infectious disease specialist, and Alexander Tomich, DNP, associate vice president of regulatory and clinical effectiveness, discuss the outbreak and what it means for the everyday American. You also can hear their conversation on the Medical Center’s podcast, “The Rush Cast.”
What is coronavirus?