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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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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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New COVID-19 test uses blood, saliva, urine samples

Editor's Note A new COVID-19 test that uses blood, saliva, and urine samples and can deliver results within 30 to 45 minutes without expensive lab equipment has been developed by researchers at Beaumont Research Institute, Royal Oak, Michigan. The test can be used at the point of risk, such as…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2020
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Investigation of COVID-19 nosocomial infections identifies close contact, not airborne transmission as cause

Editor's Note This investigation, by researchers at the University of California-Davis Medical Center, of the pattern of transmission of COVID-19 during two nosocomial outbreaks finds that close contact between patients and healthcare workers (HCWs) not airborne transmission was the cause of the outbreak. Two separate patients were admitted in February…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 7, 2020
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National COVID-19 survey finds significant mental health effects

Editor's Note In a nationwide survey that assessed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the emotional wellbeing of adults, 90% of respondents reported experiencing emotional distress. The survey of 1,500 adults found that: 80% were frustrated with not being able to do what they normally enjoy doing 80% were…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 7, 2020
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Study: Hydroxychloroquine lowers COVID-19 death rate

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from Henry Ford Health System in Michigan found that hydroxychloroquine alone decreased the mortality hazard ratio of COVID-19 by 66%, and hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin decreased the ratio by 71%, compared to neither treatment. The vast majority of the 2,541 COVID-19 patients included in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2020
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Late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trials to start this summer

Editor's Note The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci says COVID-19 vaccine candidates will start moving into late-stage clinical trials by the end of July, continuing through the summer and into fall, the July 2 Reuters reports. The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2020
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AHA: COVID-19 to cost hospitals $323 billion

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association on June 30 released a report on the financial strain facing hospitals and health systems because of COVID-19, with total losses expected to be at least $323 billion in 2020. The total included $120.5 billion in financial losses that hospitals are predicted to see…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 1, 2020
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Surgical mortality, complications in COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note Surgical mortality and complications were higher in patients with COVID-19, compared with those without COVID-19, this Italian study finds. In this cohort study of 41 surgical patients with COVID-19 and 82 matched control patients without COVID-19: 30-day mortality was significantly higher in COVID-19 patients (19.51% of COVID-19 patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 30, 2020
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