Tag: COVID-19

More than 3,600 US HCWs dead from COVID-19

Editor's Note A 12-month investigation by The Guardian and Kaiser Health News finds that more than 3,600 US healthcare workers (HCWs) died from COVID-19 during the pandemic’s first year, the April 8 Kaiser Health News reports. Key findings include: People of color accounted for two-thirds of deaths. Risk of death…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 12, 2021
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Financial impact of canceled elective surgeries estimated at $22.3 billion

Editor's Note This study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, estimates the national revenue loss because of cessation of major elective surgeries during COVID-19 to be $22.3 billion. Sensitivity analysis finds that the recovery time to market equilibrium once elective surgeries fully resume is…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 12, 2021
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Better masks, ventilation needed to curb spread of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces

Editor's Note Findings in this study, by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, show the need for new mask designs that reduce side and bottom droplet leakage and good ventilation systems that take into account the aerosolized particle leakage that occurs with breathing and normal conversation as a…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 8, 2021
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Symptoms, functional impairment in HCWs after COVID-19 infection

Editor's Note In this Swedish study, a considerable portion of healthcare workers (HCWs) who had mild infections of COVID-19 reported long-term symptoms that disrupted work, social, and home life. Of 2,149 HCWs enrolled in the study, 323 were seropositive for COVID-19. More than a fourth (26%) of seropositive HCWs reported…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 8, 2021
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Aspirin use linked to improved outcomes in COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note This multicenter retrospective study led by researchers from George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, found that aspirin use by COVID-19 patients was associated with improved outcomes. Of 412 COVID-19 patients included in the study, 314 (76.3%) did not receive aspirin, and 98 (23.7%) received aspirin within…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 7, 2021
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Healthcare employment up in March

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in March to a seasonally adjusted 15,935,300 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on April 2. That’s up 11,500 jobs since February and down 462,100 jobs compared to a year ago. Hospital employment was still down 600 jobs, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 7, 2021
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Survey: 21% of health system’s faculty, staff, trainees considered quitting during COVID-19

Editor's Note This survey finds that 21% of faculty, staff, and trainees at University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, have considered quitting their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 30% considered reducing hours because of COVID-19-related stress. Other findings of the survey (5,030 respondents), which looked at childcare, career…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2021
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CDC: Risk of getting COVID-19 from surfaces is low

Editor's Note In a science brief based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) analysis of the latest available data, the agency says the risk of getting COVID-19 from surfaces “is generally considered to be low.” The CDC noted that: The risk of COVID-19 infection via surface transmission…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2021
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Use of telehealth by surgical specialties before, during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, finds that early in the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a substantial increase in telehealth use across all surgical specialties, with a slow decline after June 2020. Of 4,405 surgeons included in the study, 2,588 (58.8%) used telehealth in…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 5, 2021
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CDC: Fully vaccinated people are safe for domestic travel

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on April 2, updated its information for travelers to say people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the US. The update notes that fully vaccinated travelers do not have to be tested before or after travel unless required…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 5, 2021
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