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COVID-19 Research News Update March 27

The Research Horizons science blog is sharing links to research-oriented news about the COVID-19 pandemic, especially information about how children are affected.

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While waiting for more robust vaccine development, testing has begun in New York to treat sick patients using an older technique called convalescent plasma treatment. This is one of several research news developments happening as the U.S. becomes the world leader in confirmed cases.

Nature: How blood from coronavirus survivors might save lives

US FDA: Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma – Emergency INDs

NOTE: A licensed physician must request the Emergency IND (eIND) and obtain the COVID-19 convalescent plasma from a blood center. FDA does not provide COVID-19 convalescent plasma for eINDs.

IHME: Forecasting COVID-19 impact on hospital bed-days, ICU-days, ventilator days and deaths by US state in the next 4 months

MedRxiv, from Harvard research teamSocial distancing strategies for curbing the COVID-19 epidemic

Using a mathematical model, we assessed that one-time interventions will be insufficient to maintain COVID-19 prevalence within the critical care capacity of the United States.

The Lancet: The effect of control strategies to reduce social mixing on outcomes of the COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan, China: a modelling study

Liver Transplantation: Coronaviruses and immunosuppressed patients. The facts during the third epidemic.

Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, Canada: COVID-Net could help scientists develop an AI tool that can pick up telltale signs.


Pandemic tracker from Worldometer

Pandemic tracking dashboard from Johns Hopkins University

Guidance for care providers from Cincinnati Children’s

A frequently updated collection of pediatric COVID-19 papers can be found here