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July 2020

Children rarely transmit COVID-19

Editor's Note A commentary published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that children rarely transmit COVID-19 to each other or to adults, and that schools can and should reopen in the fall, if safety guidelines are followed and community transmission is low. The commentary,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 15, 2020
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Pfizer could have COVID-19 vaccine by October

Editor's Note Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could happen in October, the July 12 Time reports. The company was granted FDA Fast Track designation for the vaccine. Pfizer’s vaccine, being developed with its German biotech partner BioNTech, uses a messenger-RNA, genetics-based approach. Pfizer CEO Albert…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 15, 2020
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COVID-19 pathophysiology, transmission, diagnosis, treatment

Editor's Note In this review article, researchers from the US, UK, Netherlands, and Australia discuss current evidence on the pathophysiology, transmission, diagnosis, and management of COVID-19. Among their findings: COVID-19 is spread primarily via respiratory droplets during close face-to-face contact. Infection can be spread by asymptomatic, presymptomatic and symptomatic carriers.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2020
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CDC: Absenteeism increased in essential workers during March, April of COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on July 10 reported that health-related workplace absenteeism rates were significantly higher than expected in March and April for some occupational groups in essential critical infrastructure categories. The following significantly exceeded their epidemic thresholds: personal care and services, including childcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2020
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Drug that calms ‘cytokine storm’ in COVID-19 patients linked to 45% lower risk of dying

Editor's Note Critically ill COVID-19 patients who received a single IV dose of tocilizumab, a drug that calms an overreacting immune system, were 45% less likely to die and more likely to leave the hospital or be off ventilator within a month, finds this new study from the University of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2020
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CDC: Characteristics of patients who died with COVID-19, February 12-May 18

Editor's Note This July 10 report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides detailed demographic and clinical information on a subset of 10,647 people who died with COVID-19 (ie, decedents) in 16 US public health jurisdictions between February 12 and May 18. The researchers found that: 60.6%…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2020
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Role of lifestyle, social connections in contracting COVID-19

Editor's Note Current research shows that unhealthy lifestyle choices, including smoking and lack of exercise, along with emotional stressors like social isolation and interpersonal conflicts are important risk factors for developing upper respiratory infections, and it is possible these same factors increase the risk of contracting COVID-19, researchers from Carnegie…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2020
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Cleveland Clinic researchers see rise in stress cardiomyopathy during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note Cleveland Clinic researchers have found a significant increase in patients with stress cardiomyopathy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the study, cardiologists examined 1,914 patients coming to the Cleveland Clinic with heart symptoms between March 1 and April 30 and compared them with patients in four time periods before…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2020
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Joint Commission places hold on public reporting of perinatal care measures

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 8 announced that because of extended data submission timelines and optional reporting for fourth quarter 2019 data due to COVID-19, the planned July 2020 display of two ORYX Perinatal Care measures on Quality Check has been placed on hold. The measures are: PC-02…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2020
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Potential effect of contaminated bronchoscopes on COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note In this Letter to the Editor, epidemiologist and researcher Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and colleagues caution that because of high bronchoscope contamination rates found during routine use in previous studies, the possibility of bronchoscopy-associated transmission of COVID-19 or other pathogens must be considered. Though high-level disinfection should eliminate…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2020
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