The United States of America has now reached the highest numbers of infected globally, with a total number of 85,991 confirmed cases (updated from 27th March)1. Of these, The State of New York counts for 39,140 cases.

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused deaths across many countries. However, one country stands out in terms of confirmed cases and a high fatality rate: Italy.

Quarantine, isolation and social distancing have become global preventive measures for reducing the spread of the current infectious disease COVID-19. Even though these means are known to be greatly effective in the battle against outbreaks of contagious disease, quarantine is often associated with a wide range of mental health concerns.

According to The European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO), patients under immunosuppressive/immunomodulatory treatment are not in a significant increased risk of catching COVID-19.

This COVID-19 perspective was produced by Professor Jens D. Lundgren - one of the world’s leading infectious disease specialists. Jens. D. Lundgren is currently leading a clinical trial of investigational vaccine designed to protect against COVID-19. Jens D. Lundgren is also the founder and member of the steering committee of the HIV in Europe Initiative and in 2015 he was awarded the EACS Award for Excellence in HIV Medicine.     Monday 23th. March 2020  Am I Part of the Cure or Am I Part of the Disease? A colleague of mine Christian Rose from the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University, has written about, how health care workers are experiencing social stigma during the current outbreak of COVID-19.( https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2004768?query=featured_home )1 I believe that many health care workers in our health care system are having the same considerations during this period: We need to share and address these thoughts…

Studies have shown a higher prevalence of severe disease progression with COVID-19 among men - especially Asian men - than in women and in patients of other ethnicities. Furthermore, smokers seem generally more prone to the serious complications of COVID-19 infection, but there is not strong evidence.

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