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Data show ongoing COVID surge in Americas, new increase in Africa

By |2020-12-23T20:51:07+00:00December 23rd, 2020|

The latest weekly update from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the COVID-19 pandemic shows new infections continuing to rise, with stabilization in Europe and a reduction in cases in other regions of the world being offset by the ongoing surge in the Americas and a sharp increase in cases in Africa. Overall, there were more than [...]

Azithromycin in Hospitalised Patients with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial

By |2020-12-23T20:51:06+00:00December 23rd, 2020|

Background Azithromycin has been proposed as a treatment for COVID-19 on the basis of its immunomodulatory actions. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of azithromycin in hospitalised patients with COVID-19. Methods In this randomised, controlled, open-label, adaptive platform trial, several possible treatments were compared with usual care in patients hospitalised with COVID-19 in the UK. [...]

17 Healthy Grains You’ve Never Heard Of

By |2020-12-23T20:51:00+00:00December 23rd, 2020|

For many, whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Consuming at least three servings of whole grains per day (one serving is one-half cup of cooked grains like oatmeal or rice, or one slice of bread) can reduce the risk of some chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and certain cancers. One study also showed that [...]

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

By |2020-12-21T20:29:47+00:00December 21st, 2020|

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 |2020-12-21T20:29:46+00:00December 21st, 2020|

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, [...]

Evaluation of Cloth Masks and Modified Procedure Masks as Personal Protective Equipment for the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By |2020-12-21T20:29:46+00:00December 21st, 2020|

Question  What are the fitted filtration efficiencies (FFEs) of consumer-grade masks, improvised face coverings, and modified procedure masks commonly used during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic? Findings  In this comparative study of face covering FFEs, we observed that consumer-grade masks and improvised face coverings varied widely, ranging from 26.5% to 79.0% FFE. Modifications intended to [...]

FDA advisory panel endorses Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

By |2020-12-21T20:29:45+00:00December 21st, 2020|

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 [...]

Climate Change and Public Health Challenges in the Horn of Africa: The Need for Sustainable Leadership and Institutions

By |2020-12-21T20:29:44+00:00December 21st, 2020|

Abstract Accumulated indigenous knowledge and scientific data prove that climate change is real. In the Horn of Africa, climate change is unmistakably visible. Instead of rain coming seasonally, it comes more sporadically. Frequently, the region experiences either severe flooding or drought. Lakes, rivers, and ponds are drying out, and forest fires are becoming more prevalent and [...]

What is Christmas tree syndrome?

By |2020-12-21T20:29:39+00:00December 21st, 2020|

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 [...]

Christmas Tree Allergies: How to Deal With Them

By |2020-12-21T20:29:36+00:00December 21st, 2020|

The holiday season means family, food and festivities, but it can also bring about some unwelcome guests: allergies. Though known for colds and flu, December is sometimes associated with seasonal symptoms—uncontrollable sneezing fits, itchy watery eyes, sniffly runny noses—that seem to arise around Christmas trees or other greenery arrangements. You may have heard that “Christmas tree [...]