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Is a nightly curfew an effective intervention strategy for limiting the spread of an infectious disease?

The governing bodies of several geographic areas hit by disease outbreaks will sometimes impose a nightly curfew on their citizens, restricting or limiting the ability of their citizens from going ...
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What clinical presentations are you seeing in Covid-19?

Many of us have yet to see a case. What is your personal experience?
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What are the epidemiological basis (bases) of ceasing containment measures once an outbreak becomes an epidemic/pandemic?

A previous question on SE has asked about whether testing, a part of the strategy of containment, can help reduce transmission enough such that it reduces the need for aspects of mitigation (Could ...
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Viruses evolving in less dangerous forms

My question could be naive, but I was not able to find an answer. I have read at several places that viruses tend to evolve to less dangerous forms (HIV for example), se they do not run out of hosts, ...
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Publication on the virulence of diseases which are likely transfered by used needles from addicts

There are many (work)places, where one could get pricked accidentally by a used needle which was thrown away by a careless drug addict. Which diseases are typically present on used needles is ...
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Did the emergence of H1N1 flu in 2009 significantly increase overall spread of influenza in humans for future years?

According to the quick info on this search link: https://www.google.com/search?q=does+H1N1+flu+always+start+in+pigs&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1 H1N1 (swine) flu started with ...
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What is the significance of “patients zero” in infectious disease beyond epidemiology?

A common focus of press releases following outbreak of a "new" infectious disease is the "patient zero", or first individual to show infection. Why? I can understand how epidemiologically it would be ...
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How often are people vaccinated in the unlikely event of biological-germ-warfare (ex: anthrax and ricin)?

How often are people vaccinated in the unlikely event of biological-germ-warfare (Example: anthrax and ricin)? A few years ago, a few letters laced with anthrax and ricin were sent via mail to ...
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Why are lower respiratory infections so prevalent in undeveloped countries?

As you can see here, lower respiratory infections are a major cause of death in undeveloped and developing countries, especially in central Africa. What are the primary causes of lower respiratory ...
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Is drinking salt water to induce vomiting safe?

A couple of years ago I was on an expedition in Honduras, and was one of many in our team who succumbed to an unknown water borne infection that caused repetitive vomiting and other unpleasant ...
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Infectious disease in Tanzanian lowlands

people moving from the Tanzanian highlands, e.g. Usambara mountains, Kilimandjaro region, to the plains are quite often affected by a disease with the following symptoms: onset similar to malaria, ...
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Do parasitic infections increase pregnancy rates?

A new study suggests that certain intestinal worms increase the number of babies born to women which is mentioned here and here. Are parasitic worm infections associated with a statistically ...
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What happened to Solidarity?

Solidarity is a large clinical trial of treatment candidates for COVID–19, organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The relevant page on the WHO website—last updated on July 6, 2020—says: The ...
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What's the probability of catching COVID-19 more than once?

In this YouTube video Can you catch coronavirus more than once? l GMA Digital the doctor says that "we don't really know yet". Assuming that the answer could be yes, what's the probability ...
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Is it less likely to get infected by a second virus while fighting first?

By and large, when a person gets ill with eg. flu, it is sort of assumed at least by many people with no medical background in my vicinity, that the person won't get infected by another virus meantime....
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Pandemic: what is the term for the phenomenon of diffusion of tests and the spreading of the virus itself?

Context: from the "discovery" of the virus to its spreading Before the discovery of sars-2 people died from sars-1, flu or pneumonia. On the one hand, we have a new, previously unknown virus that is ...