Infection Prevention

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August 2021
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Growing number of healthcare organizations mandating COVID-19 vaccinations

Editor's Note Since Houston Methodist announced March 31 that all managers had to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or get an exemption by April 15, and all employees had to be vaccinated by June 7, more than 60 healthcare organizations have announced vaccination mandates for their…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2021
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Psychological consequences of COVID-19 in HCWs, effect of health-promoting resources

Editor's Note This German study finds that social support and especially a higher sense of coherence were beneficial for the mental health of healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 4,324 HCWs from four professions (physicians, nurses, medical technical assistants, and pastoral workers) completed a survey on…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2021
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Analysis of COVID-19 infection in hospital HCWs

Editor's Note This study from two university hospitals in the Netherlands finds that healthcare workers (HCWs) on hospital COVID-19 wards are at increased risk for nosocomial COVID-19 infections and play an important role in HCW-to-HCW transmission. Of 801 hospital HCWs analyzed, 439 worked in patient care for those with COVID-19,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 28, 2021
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CDC revises indoor mask guidance for fully vaccinated

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 27 released new guidance recommending that “fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings” in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates. The CDC cited data showing that some vaccinated people who tested positive for the Delta variant…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 28, 2021
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COVID-19 as possible cause of orbital cellulitis

Editor's Note In this case study, craniofacial surgeons from Brazil describe their experience with a 28-year-old COVID-19-positive man who developed orbital cellulitis, requiring surgical intervention. A few weeks before, the man had a mild illness with fatigue and loss of smell and taste. He didn’t seek medical care until he…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 27, 2021
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ACS joins more than 50 organizations in call for COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare workers

Editor's Note In a July 26 press release, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced that it had joined more than 50 healthcare professional organizations in calling for healthcare employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for all healthcare workers. ACS executive director, David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, noted that: “The COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 27, 2021
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Safety of second dose of COVID-19 vaccines after first-dose allergic reactions

Editor's Note This multisite US study, led by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, supports the safety of administering a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in patients who experience allergic reactions to the first dose. Of 189 patients who participated in the study, 130 (69%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2021
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Cigna, Oscar Health to offer virtual-first primary care plan

Editor's Note Cigna and New York City-based Oscar Health will offer a virtual-first primary care plan next year in Georgia and Tennessee for small businesses, the July 22 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The model, which will be available on some of the insurers’ joint plans, offers unlimited primary care provider…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2021
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Study: Monoclonal antibodies help prevent hospitalization in high-risk COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note In this study by Mayo Clinic researchers, two monoclonal antibodies administered separately helped prevent hospitalization in high-risk COVID-19 patients. Included in the analysis were 2,747 patients who received bamlanivimab and 849 patients who received casirivimab-imdevimab from November 19, 2020, to February 11, 2021. After 28 days, all cause…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 22, 2021
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Relationship between age and neutralization of COVID-19 by Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Editor's Note In this study from the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, age was significantly, negatively correlated with the neutralizing antibody response to COVID-19 and the P.1 (Gamma-Brazil) variant. Of 50 individuals enrolled in the study, robust neutralizing responses were observed after 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 22, 2021
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