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COVID-19 breakthrough infections in HCWs vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

  Editor's Note This Israeli study finds that in healthcare workers (HCWs) vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine who had breakthrough infections, the suspected source was an unvaccinated person. Among 11,453 fully vaccinated HCWs, 1,497 had RT-PCR testing during the study period. Of the tested HCWs, 39 breakthrough cases were found.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, access among Blacks, Latinxs

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, identifies three themes centered on trust and addressing barriers to COVID-19 vaccine access in Black and Latinx communities in the US. The study involved 72 participants—56 women, 16 men, 36 Black, 28 Latinx, and 8…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 14, 2021
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Survey: COVID-19 seropositivity among high-risk HCWs

Editor's Note This survey of high-risk healthcare workers (HCWs) at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego County finds a relatively small proportion who were seropositive for COVID-19. Of 1,770 participants, 39 (2.2%) had a positive antibody test. Among 22 who reported a history of presumptive or confirmed COVID-19, 14 were antibody…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2021
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Back table UV light decreases environmental contamination

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from Colorado Joint Replacement, Denver, find that a back table ultraviolet light (UV) decreases environmental contamination near the operative field, which may lead to a decrease in joint infections. Either a back table germicidal UV light-emitting diode or a sham device was used during…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2021
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Association of physical activity, screen time with children’s mental health during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington finds that more physical activity and less screen time were associated with better mental health for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey was conducted from October 22 to November 2, 2020, of 547 parents of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2021
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Occupational exposures, secondary cases of COVID-19 in HCWs

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, find that more healthcare workers (HCWs) were exposed to COVID-19 by coworkers than patients, and lapses in infection prevention practices increased transmission risk. Between June and December 2020, 2,357 HCWs were involved in occupational…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 4, 2021
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CDC: Safety monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine booster dose

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that adverse reactions after the third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine were similar to those after the second dose. Of 12,591 participants who completed a survey after all three doses: 79.4% and 74.1% reported local…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 1, 2021
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Outdoor daylight exposure, longer sleep promote wellbeing during COVID-19 restrictions

Editor's Note This study by Israeli researchers finds that restrictions implemented during COVID-19 dramatically altered daily routines and limited time spent outdoors, which resulted in deteriorating personal wellbeing. The analysis of 7,517 adults from 40 countries who were surveyed during the 2020 COVID-19 restrictions found that social restrictions impaired all…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 23, 2021
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FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters for certain populations

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 22 amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to allow for use of a single booster to be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series in those: 65 years of age and older…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 23, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccination requirements result in HCW terminations, resignations

Editor's Note COVID-19 vaccination requirements have caused some organizations to fire healthcare workers (HCWs) for noncompliance, and HCWs have quit over the policies, the September 17 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Healthcare systems announcing resignations and terminations include the following: Morehead, Kentucky-based St Claire HealthCare has fired 23 HCWs for noncompliance…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2021
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