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Flu News Friday, 4/1/2022

Read the latest on influenza vaccines and upcoming funding opportunities in this week’s roundup.

March 2022

As Covid-19 cases fall and mask come off, flu cases are rising

Howard, J. (2022, March 25). As covid-19 cases fall and masks come off, flu cases are rising. CNN. Retrieved March 31, 2022.

Influenza infection and hospitalization rates are steadily rising. Still, rates are significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels, likely due to viral interference or preventative actions such as mask wearing and social distancing. Read expert reactions to influenza’s resurgence and prevalent influenza strains here.

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March 2022

Pandemic Preparedness: ESWI Interview with Ab Osterhaus

Considering the ongoing threat of influenza and other zoonotic diseases, Professor Ab Osterhaus regards pandemic preparedness as a form of necessary insurance. Arguing for continued support towards broadly protective vaccines and a focus on One Health early warning systems, Professor Osterhaus urges scientists and policymakers to avoid the all too familiar cycle of panic and neglect towards pandemic threats. Listen to the ESWI Airborne podcast pilot episode here.

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March 2022

SARS-CoV-2 co-infection with influenza viruses, respiratory syncytial virus, or adenoviruses

As influenza rates rise, better understanding of the effects COVID-19 and influenza co-infection is needed. In a recently published study, COVID-19 patients observed over an 18-month period had a significantly increased odds of requiring invasive mechanical ventilation (OR 4.14, p=0.0001) or of dying in-hospital (OR 2.35, p=0.031) when experiencing influenza co-infection. While testing for co-infection may have occurred more often for severely ill patients, this study provides useful information as the largest examination of COVID-19 patients tested for other endemic respiratory viruses. Read the study here.

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March 2022

‘Haven’t we learned anything?’: Experts warn of disastrous consequences if pandemic funding dries up

Cohrs , R. (2022, March 11). ‘haven’t we learned anything?’: Experts warn of disastrous consequences if pandemic funding dries up. STAT. Retrieved March 31, 2022.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, experts Michael Osterholm, Eric Topol and others call on the United States Congress to approve necessary pandemic funding. This funding would ensure continued free testing and treatments, replenish the supply of antibody treatments and antivirals (both in danger of running out before the end of 2022), and more. As cases caused by the Omicron variant decline, the country is presented with “an opportunity to finally get ahead of the next surge”—so long as policymakers are willing to take it. Read more here.

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Funding Opportunities & Announcements

  •  Mid-Career Advancement (Link) [Grant]                                                     National Science Foundation / October 20, 2020 / February 6, 2023

  • New Venture Fellowships (Link) [Fellowship]                                                  EMBO / Now Open / May 2, 2022

  • Installation Grants (Link) [Grant]                                                                         EMBO / Now Open / April 15, 2022

  • Apply for Mini-Funds to Encourage Open Science Practices in Influenza Research [Link] [Grants]                                                                           Center for Open Science and Flu Lab / Open