‘Triple-demic’ of respiratory illnesses launches vaccination season. Have you gotten yours?

The letter below, written by GVN’s president, Dr. Sten Vermund, was originally published in The Baltimore Sun. We are amid the “triple-demic” of respiratory illnesses season that includes a significant increase in U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations alongside annual seasonal surges in respiratory viruses like influenza (“the flu”) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). For the flu and…

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Universal Access to New Vaccines in 2023: A Necessity for Public Health

A Joint Statement by the World Health Network and Global Virus Network Respiratory virus season in 2023-2024 is a significant challenge in the fight against COVID-19. We know that even mild cases of COVID-19 may affect people’s daily lives for several days or weeks, and we all have seen—even among previously healthy individuals—that the repercussions…

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Responding to Long COVID Responsibly

To effectively address the unique challenges presented by Long COVID, the Global Virus Network recommends a unified and integrated approach involving the public, policymakers, and those involved in the research enterprise and in healthcare systems to create and implement policy changes, support continuing research, foster awareness, and advocate for—and initiate—multi-specialty care. *       …

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Improving Ventilation and Filtration for Public Health

The Global Virus Network recommends public health agencies update and standardize their guidance regarding indoor air quality so that people can more easily follow that guidance. *             *             * Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance regarding ventilation in buildings, calling for five air changes per hour (1). That…

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Mpox (Monkeypox): We Must Not Let Our Guard Down

The Global Virus Network (GVN) recommends people and public health agencies continue taking precautions against the spread of Mpox, which is still spreading and evolving.  *             *             * This month, the World Health Organization declared an end to the Mpox emergency and urged a transition to a “robust, proactive and sustainable” response to Mpox. Although…

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On the Pandemic Potential for Influenza Currently Circulating Among Birds and Mammals

The Global Virus Network (GVN) recommends that people in close contact with birds and mammals (wild or farmed) use personal protective equipment and get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.  *             *             * It is nearly impossible to predict if the currently spreading avian influenza will become even better adapted to mammals and spill over to people.…

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U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Full Committee Hearing “U.S. Government Response: Fighting Ebola and Protecting America” Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Testimony submitted by: Global Virus Network (GVN)

Robert C. Gallo, MD, GVN Co-Founder and Scientific Director, and Director of GVN Center of Excellence at the Institute of Human Virology (IHV), University of Maryland School of Medicine; Stanley Plotkin, MD, GVN Senior Advisor, University of Pennsylvania; Diane Griffin, MD PhD, GVN Center of Excellence Director at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public…

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