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Date: 11/16/2020 - Is it time to replace your face mask? Here’s what you need to know
Date: 11/13/2020 - Why experts urge caution in using covid risk and tracking tools
Date: 10/22/2020 - Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit Annual Report
Date: 09/23/2020 - Johns Hopkins Researchers Publish COVID-19 ‘Prediction Model’
Date: 08/26/2020 - CDC Alters Coronavirus Testing Rules for Those with No Symptoms
Date: 06/24/2020 - The Steroid Dexamethasone Is the First Drug Shown to Reduce COVID-19 Deaths
Date: 05/03/2020 - Baltimore-area Hospital Workers Battle Emotions as Well as the Virus
Date: 04/14/2020 - In JHH Biocontainment Unit, Teamwork Is Contagious
Date: 04/07/2020 - Lessons from 40 COVID Patients in the ICU with Brian Garibaldi
Date: 03/28/2020 - What It’s Like to Treat Patients with COVID-19 – a Doctor’s Perspective
Date: 03/27/2020 - How the Coronavirus Attacks Your Body
Date: 03/26/2020 - Doctor Exposed to COVID-19 Joins Fight for Possible Treatment Drug
Date: 03/16/2020 - Hope Experimental Medicine Can Crack the Corona (Norwegian media)
Date: 03/13/2020 - A Look Inside the Biocontainment Unit at Johns Hopkins
Date: 02/04/2020 - Johns Hopkins Prepares for 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Ask the Expert
Date: 01/29/2020 - Coronavirus? Johns Hopkins Doctor Says You’re More Likely to Get the Flu
Date: 01/29/2020 - What Is Coronavirus and What Precautions Should People Be Taking?
Date: 01/29/2020 - Combating the Coronavirus in the Capital
Date: 01/26/2020 - New Coronavirus as Dangerous as SARS? No Clarity Yet
Date: 01/24/2020 - Too Soon to Tell if New Virus as Dangerous as SARS Cousin
Date: 01/24/2020 - How the Coronavirus Outbreak in China Impacts Lunar New Year Travel
Date: 02/19/2019 - The BCU team coauthored seven publications in the February 2019 issue of Health Security: https://www.liebertpub.com/toc/hs/17/1
Date: 02/04/2019 - Ebola Outbreak Reminds Us that We Need Pandemic Preparedness
Date: 08/23/2017 - The BCU participated in an ASPR/TRACIE webinar designed to enhance transportation capabilities for patients infected with high consequence pathogens. Brian Garibaldi and Shawn Brast shared the Hopkins experience transporting multiple patients and pediatrics patients as part of preparedness drills over the last 2 years. Link to the webinar can be found at: https://asprtracie.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/aspr-tracie-ebola-regional-transport-exercises-webinar-slides-508.pdf.
Date: 04/20/2017 - The BCU team and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) partnered together to develop and film a protocol for deceased patients with high consequence pathogens. Filmed on the BCU with BCU staff, the video will be shared with Maryland state partners to train clinical provider teams to safely manage a deceased patient. The video can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc9QciLVuv4&feature=youtu.be
Date: 02/03/2017 - The BCU has partnered with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to help form the Center for Bridging Infectious Disease, Genomics, and Society (BRIDGES). The center is funded through a Center of Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER) grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The goal of BRIDGES is ensure that the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of novel innovations in technology are considered when making clinical and public health decisions. The BCU will specifically focus on how new developments in host and pathogen genomics impact decision making in the context of high consequence pathogens such as Ebola.
Date: 12/21/2016 - A team of researchers from The Johns Hopkins Hospital Biocontainment Unit, including Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System, and Brian Garibaldi, M.D., the associate medical director for The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Biocontainment Unit, published a manuscript in December in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. In their research, they found that factory default settings on the steam sterilizer used to decontaminate patient waste from the hospital’s Biocontainment Unit are potentially ineffective. The lessons learned from this study could inform waste management protocols to ensure effective sterilization.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital was selected as the Ebola and Other Special Pathogens Center for Region 3 by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). This federal designation makes the BCU one of 10 national centers with the capacity to handle high consequence pathogens in a safe and controlled environment. Learn more.