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“Super-Spreaders” and Person-to-Person Transmission of Andes Virus in Argentina

By |2021-01-16T01:11:09+00:00January 16th, 2021|

Abstract BACKGROUND From November 2018 through February 2019, person-to-person transmission of Andes virus (ANDV) hantavirus pulmonary syndrome occurred in Chubut Province, Argentina, and resulted in 34 confirmed infections and 11 deaths. Understanding the genomic, epidemiologic, and clinical characteristics of person-to-person transmission of ANDV is crucial to designing effective interventions.     Credit: CDC Read more… The post [...]

CDC advisory panel’s lone dissenter on why long-term care residents shouldn’t receive Covid-19 vaccine first

By |2021-01-16T01:11:08+00:00January 16th, 2021|

When a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend residents of long-term care facilities should be at the front of the line — with health care providers — for Covid-19 vaccines, the lone dissenting voice came from a researcher who studies vaccines in older adults. Helen Keipp Talbot — who is known [...]

HHS, DoD buy up 650,000 more doses of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody therapeutic

By |2021-01-16T01:10:55+00:00January 16th, 2021|

In preparation for rising cases of COVID-19, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense (DoD) have purchased an additional 650,000 doses of Eli Lilly and Company’s investigational monoclonal antibody therapeutic, bamlanivimab. This puts the total number of treatment courses at 950,000 purchased, with the current 300,000 doses in the process of [...]

COVID-19 Mortality Among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons — 14 States, January–June 2020

By |2021-01-16T01:10:49+00:00January 16th, 2021|

What is already known about this topic? COVID-19 incidence is higher among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) than among non-Hispanic Whites. In 2009, AI/ANs experienced disproportionately high pandemic influenza A(H1N1)–associated mortality. What is added by this report? Based on data from 14 participating states, age-adjusted COVID-19–associated mortality among AI/ANs was 1.8 times that among non-Hispanic Whites. Among AI/ANs, mortality [...]

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Parental Attitudes and Concerns About School Reopening During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, July 2020

By |2021-01-16T01:10:47+00:00January 16th, 2021|

What is already known about this topic? Families and school districts face challenges balancing COVID-19 mitigation and school reopening. What is added by this report? Among parents of school-aged children who participated in an Internet panel survey, racial and ethnic minority parents were more concerned about some aspects of school reopening, such as compliance with mitigation measures, safety, [...]

FDA advisory panel endorses Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

By |2021-01-16T01:10:45+00:00January 16th, 2021|

Apanel of outside experts on Thursday recommended the Food and Drug Administration issue an emergency use authorization to the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a vaccine that appeared to be highly efficacious in a Phase 3 clinical trial. The 17-4 vote came after a long day in which members of the Vaccines and [...]

3 lessons from Stanford’s Covid-19 vaccine algorithm debacle

By |2021-01-16T01:10:40+00:00January 16th, 2021|

Stanford found itself in hot water last week after deploying a faulty Covid-19 vaccine distribution algorithm. But the fiasco offers a cautionary tale that extends far beyond Stanford’s own doors — and holds crucial lessons as the country prepares to confront complex decisions about who gets the vaccine, when, and why. At the center of the [...]

There’s a better hand sanitizer for COVID-19. Why aren’t we using it?

By |2021-01-16T01:10:36+00:00January 16th, 2021|

Alcohol, 60% concentration. That’s what your hand sanitizer needs to reliably kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the CDC. But new research out of BYU, published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, challenges this notion. It found that three commercial disinfectants—used in many hand sanitizers and surface wipes as alternatives to alcohol—kill the virus effectively. Most crucially, [...]

What is Christmas tree syndrome?

By |2021-01-16T01:10:29+00:00January 16th, 2021|

Itchy, red bumps when you string lights on your real Christmas tree. A stuffy nose when you bring pine inside your home in December. More frequent use of an asthma inhaler over the holidays. People who notice their allergies worsening this time of year might experience what’s sometimes called Christmas tree syndrome, or Christmas tree dermatitis if you [...]