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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 [...]

US sees most single-day deaths in pandemic: 4,000+

By |2021-01-14T00:47:12+00:00January 14th, 2021|

Yesterday 4,085 Americans died of COVID-19, a bleak record in the year-long pandemic. In total, the US reported 274,403 new cases, an uptick from the 200,000 daily average seen through the beginning of the month, and one that likely represents a holiday-related increase. According to the dashboard maintained by Johns Hopkins University, the country has 21,776,072 cases and 367,635 [...]

Nations facing drug shortages use registries, other steps

By |2021-01-14T00:47:11+00:00January 14th, 2021|

Drug supply chain vulnerabilities have achieved greater visibility with the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have increasingly plagued countries in the past few years. A survey published in Health Policy‘s December issue found that 20 of 24 countries used drug registries to combat them, 20 simplified regulatory procedures during shortages, 18 regularly talked with stakeholders, and 15 [...]

Candida auris Outbreak in a COVID-19 Specialty Care Unit — Florida, July–August 2020

By |2021-01-14T00:47:09+00:00January 14th, 2021|

In July 2020, the Florida Department of Health was alerted to three Candida auris bloodstream infections and one urinary tract infection in four patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who received care in the same dedicated COVID-19 unit of an acute care hospital (hospital A). C. auris is a multidrug-resistant yeast that can cause invasive infection. Its ability to [...]

Three studies highlight low COVID risk of in-person school

By |2021-01-14T00:47:05+00:00January 14th, 2021|

A trio of new studies demonstrate low risk of COVID-19 infection and spread in schools, including limited in-school COVID-19 transmission in North Carolina, few cases of the coronavirus-associated multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in Swedish schools, and minimal spread of the virus from primary school students in Norway. Infection-control policies, transparency In the first study, published today [...]