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Resources for Businesses and Employers

Resources for Businesses and Employers
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Schools & Childcare: Guidance for School Settings

Schools & Childcare: Guidance for School Settings
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Cruise Ship Crew Member Disembarkations

Cruise Ship Crew Member Disembarkations
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Staffing Resources

Staffing Resources
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Testing in the U.S.

Testing in the U.S.
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COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
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Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Disease outbreak news - 28.05.2020
From 20 to 26 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1).

COVID-19 Forecasts: New Hospitalizations

COVID-19 Forecasts: New Hospitalizations
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Households Living in Close Quarters

This guidance is intended for people living together in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment, or for people who live in the same household with large or extended families.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families

Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

The World Health Organization, UN Foundation and Illumination partner on health messages

WHO news - 27.05.2020
WHO, the United Nations Foundation and Illumination have partnered to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that reinforces safe and healthy practices during these challenging times, featuring Illumination’s globally beloved Gru and the Minions.

What,-when,-where-mapping-gene-activity-in-a-2D-tissue

VIB research institute - 27.05.2020
Title: What, when, where: mapping gene activity in a 2D tissue Page Content Zone 1: Single cell technologies provide unprecedented insights into the dynamics of gene regulation of individual cells, but resolving spatiotemporal regulation networks has remained an experimental and computational challenge. A team of scientists lead by Stein Aerts (VIB-KU Leuven) came up with a new approach to map gene regulation in 2D tissues.
All the cells in our body share the same DNA, but only a fraction is put to use in a given cell. The identity of each individual cell is thus defined by which genes are active at any given time.  Aerts tries to decode the mechanisms underlying gene regulation, to better understand their role in health and disease. His team is one of many across the globe who have embraced single cell technology to study individual cells at unprecedented resolution. 
Chromatin access and gene expression “Single cell technologies provide new opportunities to study the mechanisms underlying cell identity. However, these techniques require the dissociation of the tissue, which means we lose information on the original location of individual cells in the tissue,” explains Aerts.  While new experimental techniques are arising that preserve spatial information when profiling single cells, they are mostly focused on transcriptomics, i.e. measuring gene expression in each cell. 
“One of the challenges in the field of single-cell regulatory genomics is how to integrate chromatin accessibility and transcriptome information,” says Aerts. “Chromatin accessibility serves as a readout of the DNA elements that control gene expression, while transcriptomics allows to measure gene expression itself in each cell. Our aim was to integrate both layers to infer spatial gene regulatory networks.” 
The developing fruit fly eye The team turned to the fruit fly, or Drosophila by its Latin name, a popular model organism for molecular biologists. More specifically, they studied the larval eye-antennal disc, which gives origin not only to the fly’s compound eyes but also to the head capsule and antennae. 
“The Drosophila eye-antennal disc provides an ideal biological system for the spatial modelling of gene regulation at single cell resolution: it comprises complex, dynamic, and spatially restricted cell populations in two dimensions,” explains Carmen Bravo González-Blas, PhD student in Aerts’ lab and first-author of the study.
She takes us through the newly developed approach: “First, we generated an epigenomic and a transcriptomic atlas of the eye-antennal disc. Taking advantage of the fact that the disc itself is a 2D tissue, we spatially map these single-cell profiles on a virtual eye-antennal disc. We use these virtual cells to derive links between enhancers and target genes using a new regression approach.”
The scientists investigated to what extent enhancers in a large space around the transcription start site of a gene can predict the expression of the gene. Bravo González-Blas: “We could conclude that genes are regulated by many enhancers, likely with a redundant function to ensure an accurate regulation of gene expression.”
A valuable resource The newly developed strategy to map transcriptomic and epigenomic information is also applicable to other tissues and organisms, and the software is freely available via GitHub. Currently, it is limited to 1D or 2D tissues and requires some a priori information about at least one landmark between the real and the virtual cells. Nevertheless, the spatial gene expression atlas Aerts and his team constructed accurately recapitulates known gene expression patterns, and allows to generate virtual gene expression profiles for any gene, at a good resolution. 
“We envision that our computational strategies and resources will be of value not only to the Drosophila research community, but also to the field of single-cell regulatory genomics in general,” says Aerts.
Publication Identification of genomic enhancers through spatial integration of single-cell transcriptomics and epigenomics, Bravo González-Blas et al. 2020
News Date: 26/05/2020

Women and children will pay for this pandemic – unless we act

By H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia; Rt Hon. Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; H.E. Jorge Alcocer Varela, Secretary of Health of Mexico; and Hon. Graça Machel, PMNCH former Board Chair and Founder of the Graça Machel Trust.

First published on news.trust.org here: https://news.trust.org/item/20200526130612-rofbs

Wherever COVID-19 strikes, it magnifies unfairness and inequality. In every nation and every community touched by the virus, hard-won progress for women, newborns and young people is being reversed.

Guidance for Direct Service Providers

CDC has published guidance to support Direct Service Providers (DSPs), including personal care attendants, direct support professionals, paraprofessionals, therapists, and others as they support people with disabilities for COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities

CDC has guidance for administrators of group homes (GHs) for people with disabilities. GH administrators may consider implementing several strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Community Mitigation Framework

Community Mitigation Framework
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Disinfecting your home if someone is sick

As part of your everyday prevention actions clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. For example: tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission Arriving in the United States

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health

Key Resources

Key Resources
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Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.), Health
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