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Johns Hopkins University: The Corona Experts

Harvard, Yale - Johns Hopkins? The first two institutions are famous around the world and are considered to be the US elite universities par excellence. But in times of the coronavirus, experts at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland are at the forefront when it comes to educating the public and researching the virus. The official numbers, which show how many people have died from the coronavirus in a given country, or a measure of how quickly the virus spreads, come from Johns Hopkins University the fastest.

On the interactive map created by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at the renowned University in Maryland, you can see exactly where and how many corona cases are. The German public learned on Monday that the Federal Republic had exceeded the threshold of 100,000 infections on Sunday evening.

If you zoom in closer to the USA on the map, you can even get detailed information down to the county. As of Wednesday noon, for example, there have been 25 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Outagamie County in the northern state of Wisconsin, including one death. The macro overview shows that the USA now has by far the most corona cases, ahead of countries like Spain, Italy and Germany.

User-friendly corona information

In order to offer such a comprehensive and at the same time detailed overview, JHU scientists collect figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), regional and national health ministries and local media reports. The JHU Center for Systems Science and Engineering presented the interactive map with its results to the public for the first time on January 22nd.

There is no vaccine yet - scientists at Johns Hopkins University are researching in many directions

The portal "was developed to provide researchers, state health authorities and the public with a user-friendly tool with which the (coronavirus) outbreak can be followed in real time," said Lauren Gardner, engineer and health expert at JHU, all in one Blog entry.

Other JHU researchers are working flat out to find out more about the virus. Peter Thielen and Thomas Mehoke, molecular biologists at JHU, are in the process of deciphering the genome of SARS-CoV-2, as the new coronavirus is called. This can provide them with valuable information. "From the genomes we see (here in Maryland), we can guess an approximate number of positive cases in the state," Mehoke said in an interview for a JHU website. "That gives us a better understanding of the size of the problem. And that's especially important because some places have a limited number of tests."

First class medical treatment and research

JHU doctors are now testing a new treatment method against the virus. They have built a network of hospitals across the country where plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is isolated and screened. The hope: that an infusion of plasma from people who survived the virus could "treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients and strengthen the immune system of medical staff and emergency responders," the university said.

Corona emergency responders are particularly vulnerable - JHU researchers are testing treatment methods

Those who are treated at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is affiliated to the university, have met well. The hospital is one of the best in the United States. For 2019/2020 it took third place in the nationwide hospital ranking of the "U.S. News & World Report", as it has done in the past three years. The geriatrics department of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, responsible for the treatment of elderly people, a coronavirus risk group, even took first place in the current ranking, making it the best special department of its kind in the USA.

And in the health research area, too, JHU scores excellently. In recent years, the university has repeatedly taken first place in the "U.S. News & World" ranking for its master's degree in Public Health. To date, the university has produced 18 Nobel Prize winners in medicine, most recently two JHU researchers winning the 2019 prize.

So it's no wonder that JHU researchers and experts are at the forefront in the fight against the coronavirus.