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COVID-19 incidence, secondary transmission in schools

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, finds that in the first 9 weeks of in-person classes in North Carolina schools, there was extremely limited within-school secondary transmissions of COVID-19. The researchers examined 11 school districts with more than 90,000 students…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2021
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CDC expands requirement for negative COVID-19 test to all airline passengers entering US

Editor's Note Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, on January 12, signed an order to expand the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all airline passengers entering the US. The order, which will become effective January 26, requires that: Airline passengers get a…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2021
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CDC: COVID-19 trends in individuals aged 0-24 years

Editor's Note This study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that COVID-19 cases in children, adolescents, and young adults increased during the review period (March 1-December 12), with spikes in early summer, followed by a decline, and then a steep increase from October through…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2021
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Protective immunity against COVID-19 could last 8 months or more

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, La Jolla, California, finds that response to COVID-19 by the immune system can last for at least 8 months after the onset of symptoms. The researchers measured antibodies, memory…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2021
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CDC clarifies guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 8 updated its guidance to clarify that overlapping may occur in phases of vaccinating priority groups, Reuters reports. The CDC reiterated that priority recipients of the COVID-19 vaccines are still healthcare workers, nursing home residents, those aged 75…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2021
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Factors influencing patient decisions to participate in telepsychiatric care during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study examines factors influencing patients’ decisions to accept or decline telepsychiatry care after stay-at-home orders were initiated in Michigan. Researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, surveyed 244 patients whose in-person appointments were scheduled within the first 3 weeks of stay-at-home orders. The majority (202, 82.8%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2021
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Healthcare adds 38,800 jobs in December

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US rose in December to a seasonally adjusted 16,005,200 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 8. That’s 31,000 more workers than in November and the largest monthly increase since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The overall unemployment rate is 6.7%.

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2021
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COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic individuals

Editor's Note This decision analytical model from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that transmission of COVID-19 by asymptomatic individuals accounts for more than half of all transmissions. Combining baseline assumptions that peak infectiousness occurs at the median of symptom onset and that 30% never develop…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 11, 2021
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HHS renews COVID-19 public health emergency

Editor's Note Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on January 8 announced the renewal of the COVID-19 national public health emergency declaration, the American Hospital Association reports. The renewal is effective January 21 and will last 90 days. The declaration provides hospitals, health systems, and healthcare workers…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 11, 2021
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Ofstead & Associates offering free access to webinars until January 21

Editor's Note Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, President and CEO of Ofstead & Associates, has announced that Ofstead & Associates is offering all of their webinars for free until January 21. The CE-eligible webinars include: Uncovering device adverse events to improve safety for patients and personnel Respiratory protection: Unmasked. A selection…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 11, 2021
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