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February 2021
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Healthcare workers’ COVID-19 infections largely associated with community, home exposure

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, finds that out-of-hospital (community and home) exposure to COVID-19 had the largest association with seropositive status of healthcare workers. Of 6,150 healthcare workers analyzed, nurses, medical assistants, and support services workers were at highest risk for…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 10, 2020
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ASA, APSF issue guidance on surgery, anesthesia for COVID-19 patients who have recovered

Editor's Note The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) issued a joint statement December 8 on performing elective surgery and anesthesia on COVID-19 patients who have recovered from the virus. The statement notes that: In general, all non-urgent procedures should be delayed until the patient…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 10, 2020
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FDA confirms efficacy of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, on cusp of EUA

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on December 8, released documents that confirmed the safety and efficacy of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the Associated Press reports. The vaccine was co-developed with BioNTech. FDA regulators posted their analysis online, as the UK began administering doses of the vaccine to its…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 8, 2020
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Large US study confirms COVID-19 complications

Editor's Note This large US study of patients who contracted COVID-19 confirms and provides risk estimates for numerous complications of the disease. Using US health claims data of 70,288 patients who had a COVID-19-related healthcare visit between March 1 and April 30, 2020, researchers found that 53.4% were admitted to…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 8, 2020
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CDC: Implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies in child care settings

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that implementing and monitoring adherence to recommended COVID-19 mitigation strategies can reduce the risk for transmission in child care settings. In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 8, 2020
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AHA, AMA, ANA affirm their support for vaccines

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA) on December 5 announced that the AHA, American Medical Association (AMA), and American Nurses Association (ANA) released an open letter to the American public on December 1, affirming their support for vaccines as a critical means for protecting individuals and communities from COVID-19.…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2020
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CDC shortens quarantine days for COVID-19

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on December 2 changed its recommended quarantine period for people who have come in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals. Instead of the standard 14 days, the CDC now allows individuals who have come in contact with someone infected with the…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2020
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Durablity of response to COVID-19 mRNA-1273 vaccination

Editor's Note This study led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland, finds that vaccinations with mRNA-1273 (Moderna) have the potential to provide durable humoral immunity. This report describes immunogenicity data for mRNA-1273 at 119 days after the first vaccination and 90 days after the second…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2020
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CDC recommends healthcare workers, nursing homes receive COVID-19 vaccines first

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, on December 1, recommended prioritizing healthcare workers and residents and workers in long-term-care facilities to be the first recipients of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines. If CDC director Robert Redfield, MD, approves the recommendations, and the…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2020
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CMS releases final PFS for 2021, surgeons say rule jeopardizes care

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 1 released its 2021 final rule for the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS), which expands telehealth services and increases payments for primary care and chronic disease management. The rule also reduces payments for surgeons, emergency physicians, and other…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2020
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