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Survey: Home health workers stressed, overlooked amid COVID-19

By |2020-09-04T01:27:35+00:00September 4th, 2020|

A study of home healthcare workers (HCWs) in New York City published today in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges they already faced as a critical yet vulnerable and marginalized workforce at high risk for coronavirus infection.  Led by researchers at Cornell University in a partnership with the 1199 Service Employees International Union, [...]

CDC warns of possible acute flaccid myelitis spike in fall

By |2020-09-04T01:27:30+00:00September 4th, 2020|

As the nation continues to grapple with COVID-19, Robert Redfield, MD, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned US parents today that children will likely also be at increased risk this year for acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a mysterious, polio-like illness that seems to cause outbreaks in the United [...]

Those with milder COVID-19 may not shed live virus as long

By |2020-09-04T01:27:25+00:00September 4th, 2020|

Hong Kong researchers who tested 68 respiratory specimens from 35 COVID-19 patients, of whom 32 had mild illness, found that live virus and evidence of viral replication were rarely detectable beyond 8 days after symptom onset but that viral RNA was detectable for many weeks using RT-PCR. The study, published today in Emerging Infectious Diseases, involved isolating viable [...]

Detection of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Viral Material on Environmental Surfaces of an Ophthalmology Examination Room

By |2020-09-04T01:27:20+00:00September 4th, 2020|

Question  Do ophthalmologists run the risk of encountering individuals who are asymptomatically carrying severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) when maintaining elective examinations during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic? Finding  In this quality improvement study of samples from 1 examination room, slitlamp breath shield and phoropter surface samples were analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. [...]

Hong Kong third wave: growing Covid-19 clusters at two wet markets spark fears of wider outbreaks as city records 80 new cases and four deaths

By |2020-09-04T01:27:15+00:00September 4th, 2020|

Growing clusters of Covid-19  infections at two wet markets have sparked fears of wider outbreaks in Hong Kong similar to ones in Wuhan and Beijing, as the city reported another 80 coronavirus  cases on Tuesday and four more deaths. Health officials and an infectious disease expert made comparisons between fish stalls in Hung Hom and [...]

CONTROVERSIES IN HOSPITAL INFECTION PREVENTION

By |2020-09-04T01:27:12+00:00September 4th, 2020|

“Social Precluding via Broadly Using the Appropriate Simple Face Shields by the General Public” BRIEF: “Social Precluding (Social Barricading)”, via broadly using the appropriate simple face shields (even homemade) by the general public, can have a determining role in helping to preclude the severe infection and sepsis by New Coronavirus. It can also be useful [...]

Immune complement and coagulation dysfunction in adverse outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infection

By |2020-09-04T01:27:11+00:00September 4th, 2020|

Abstract Understanding the pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection is critical for therapeutic and public health strategies. Viral–host interactions can guide discovery of disease regulators, and protein structure function analysis points to several immune pathways, including complement and coagulation, as targets of coronaviruses. To determine whether conditions associated with dysregulated complement or coagulation systems impact disease, we [...]

Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

By |2020-09-04T01:27:01+00:00September 4th, 2020|

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran’s government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. The government’s own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry. The number of people known to be infected [...]

Hong Kong third wave: plans for at least two temporary coronavirus hospitals and expanded makeshift facilities will boost capacity by 2,400 beds

By |2020-09-02T01:07:28+00:00September 2nd, 2020|

Hong Kong will build at least two temporary hospitals for Covid-19  patients and expand existing makeshift facilities with the help of mainland Chinese experts deployed to the city, adding as many as 2,400 beds to capacity, the Post has learned. The plans, which include an up to tenfold rise in daily coronavirus testing, were revealed on [...]