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August 2020

Automated monitoring tool facilitates contact tracing of COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note The use of an automated web-based symptom monitoring tool as part of Maine's COVID-19 contact tracing program made the state's contact tracing and monitoring faster and more efficient. The tool was well received, with the majority of monitored contacts (96.4%) agreeing to the automated system. Contacts automatically received…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 4, 2020
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AI program can detect COVID-19 in 1 hour

Editor's Note The Curial AI test, an artificial intelligence (AI) program developed at the University of Oxford, UK, can identify COVID-19 within 1 hour of a patient arriving at an emergency department (ED), the July 31 Belfast Telegraph reports. The AI test analyzes patient data, such as blood tests and…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 4, 2020
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Risk of COVID-19 in front-line healthcare workers, general population

Editor's Note This study finds that front-line healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) had a three-fold increased risk of testing positive for COVID-19, compared to the general population. Those with inadequate PPE had a further increase in risk. The study also found that healthcare workers from Black, Asian,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2020
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J&J begins human safety trial for COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced July 30 that it has started its human safety trials to assess its COVID-19 vaccine, after reporting on details of its animal study. A single dose of the vaccine completely protected all six animals from lung disease and five of six from infection,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2020
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Association between school closure and COVID-19 incidence, mortality

Editor's Note This study found a temporal association between school closures statewide and lower COVID-19 incidence and mortality, but some of the reductions may have been related to other concurrent interventions. At the time of school closure, the incidence of COVID-19 ranged from 0 to 14.75 cases per 100,000 population.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2020
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Study finds there may be six types of COVID-19

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers from King’s College London, analyzed data on 1,600 patients who reported their symptoms daily into an app. They differentiated the patients into six groups from least to most severe symptoms: Headache, loss of smell, muscle pains, cough, sore throat, chest pain, no fever.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2020
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Impact of COVID-19 on HAI prevention efforts

Editor's Note This survey on the “Impact of COVID-19 on healthcare associated infections” provides a snapshot of how resource diversion for the COVID-19 is affecting the infection prevention community. Of 220 respondents, 79.1% said they were spending more than 75% of their time on COVID-19 response efforts and another 13.2%…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2020
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CT radiomics predicts COVID-19 outcomes better than radiologists

Editor's Note This study found that whole lung radiomics from non-contrast chest CT exams were better than radiologists’ assessments for predicting outcomes in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia. The findings also showed that combining radiomics with clinical variables and lab data were associated with better predictions of ICU admissions and mortality.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2020
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Variation in immune systems predicts patients with severe COVID-19

Editor's Note Differing immune system responses of patients with COVID-19 can predict who will experience moderate and severe outcomes of the disease, this study by Yale researchers finds. Of 113 patients analyzed, all shared common COVID-19 immune system activity early in the course of the disease. Patients with moderate symptoms had…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2020
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US News publishes 2020-2021 top hospitals list

Editor's Note US News & World Report on July 28 released its 2019-2020 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The top five are: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota Cleveland Clinic Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York City, and UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles (tie) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2020
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