Today's Topline - 4/23/20
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Source: MedTech Association
Good Thursday morning:
Today’s headlines grapple with the stark struggle governments face as they try to strike the right balance between pandemic-fighting shutdowns and efforts to restart the economy. As veteran reporter and analyst Peter Baker notes, “until there is a vaccine or a cure for the coronavirus, the macabre truth is that any plan to begin restoring public life invariably means trading away some lives. The question is how far will leaders go to keep it to a minimum.” This much is clear: significantly increased research and testing is necessary to inform these decisions.
MedTech members across New York are refocusing their efforts to respond to the coronavirus challenge. The University at Buffalo and Upstate Medical University have both joined the National COVID-19 Convalescent Project, allowing those who have recovered from the disease to help the region’s sickest patients. The University of Rochester Medical Center has launched a new study to understand how the body’s immune system responds to COVID-19. The findings could have significant implications for the public health response to the pandemic, the development of COVID-19 vaccines, and decisions related to re-opening the economy and society. A doctor at Cornell University has created an epidemic modeling tool to guide government leaders as they make decisions that could affect the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, companies like Clarity Clinical Research and Quadrant Biosciences have found novel ways to retool their efforts to respond to the virus and the challenges it presents. Our hats go off to these MedTech members – and others – who have responded to the pandemic in innovative ways.
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