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COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among HCWs

Editor's Note This study by researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago finds that about 3 in 20 healthcare workers (HCWs) surveyed reported being hesitant about getting COVID-19 vaccinations. The study also finds that HCW vaccine decisions were influenced by their colleagues. The survey included 1,974 respondents from three Chicago…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2021
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Patient preferences for telehealth in post-COVID-19 healthcare

Editor's Note This survey study by the RAND Corporation finds that participants were willing to use telehealth for visits but preferred in-person care, and those who preferred telehealth were more sensitive to out-of-pocket costs. Of 2,080 survey participants, 66.5% preferred at least some telehealth visits in the future, but 53%…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2021
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HHS: Telehealth use grew more than 6,000% during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on December 3 that Medicare telehealth flexibilities led to a 63-fold (ie, from approximately 840,000 to 52.7 million) increase in use from 2019 to 2020. The report also notes that telehealth services were accessed more in urban than…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2021
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Effect of wind speed on COVID-19 spread

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Stony Brook University in New York finds that low wind speeds and warm stale air are associated with a higher incidence of contracting COVID-19 virus when people socialize outside. Overall, the analysis showed that days with temperatures ranging from 61º to 82º F…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2021
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CDC confirms first US case of Omicron COVID-19 variant

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on December 1, issued a statement that the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 in an individual in California was caused by the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529). The individual, who has mild…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2021
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New survey finds a significant impact of COVID-19 on the future of nursing

Editor's Note A new nationwide survey of nurses by Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, conducted in partnership with Cross Country Healthcare, Inc, finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced long-lasting negative perceptions of their future careers. Of 570 respondents: 37% said they were burned…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2021
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Odds of testing positive for COVID-19 after receiving 3 vs 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Editor's Note The findings of this study by Israeli and Yale University researchers suggest that the waning of vaccine-induced protection against COVID-19 is counteracted in the short-term by a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. In this case-controlled analysis of 306,710 Israeli adults 40 years and older, there was a…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2021
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Federal judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for HCWs nationwide

Editor's Note A Louisiana federal judge, on November 30, blocked the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers (HCWs) at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid nationwide, the November 30 Axios reports. In his ruling, the judge says the executive branch does not have the authority to bypass Congress in enforcing…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2021
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Injurious HCW experiences, emotions before COVID-19 vaccine availability

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, finds that healthcare workers (HCWs) had significant changes in their personal and professional lives during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, before the availability of vaccines. Findings from this analysis of 1,344 HCWs (ie, nurses,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine mandate for HCWs blocked in 10 states

Editor's Note A federal judge, on November 29, blocked a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers (HCWs) in facilities participating in CMS programs in 10 states, the November 29 Bloomberg Law reports. In his ruling, the judge says the CMS mandate requires…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2021
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