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Effect of asthma and asthma medication on the prognosis of patients with COVID-19

By |2021-03-24T14:01:15+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Background Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread worldwide rapidly. However, the effects of asthma, asthma medication and asthma severity on the clinical outcomes of COVID-19 have not yet been established. Methods The study included 7590 de-identified patients, who were confirmed to have COVID-19 using the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA-PCR tests conducted up to [...]

A quantitative risk estimation platform for indoor aerosol transmission of COVID-19

By |2021-03-24T14:01:04+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Abstract Aerosol transmission has played a significant role in the transmission of COVID-19 disease worldwide. We developed a COVID-19 aerosol transmission risk estimation platform to better understand how key parameters associated with indoor spaces and infector emissions affect inhaled deposited dose of aerosol particles that convey the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The model calculates the concentration of size-resolved, [...]

Legionnaires’ Disease cluster reported in north New Jersey

By |2021-03-24T14:00:58+00:00March 24th, 2021|

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Union County. The Department is aware of 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including one death, among individuals who live in or spend time in the county. The cases were reported to the Department between February 3 and February [...]

Measles outbreak kills three-year-old in proximal village of Shikarpur

By |2021-03-24T14:00:53+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Lethal outbreaks of measles in a proximal village of Shikarpur, leave a three-year old minor dead. During a time-period of the last fifteen days, three children have become victims of deadly disease while dozens of children have been infected in the outbreak. Recently in Garhi Hassan village in Jacobabad two children were died and scores [...]

Higher viral load drives infrequent SARS-CoV-2 transmission between asymptomatic residence hall roommates

By |2021-03-24T14:00:52+00:00March 24th, 2021|

ABSTRACT In 2019-2020, the COVID-19 pandemic spread to over 200 countries in less than six months. To understand the basis of this aggressive spread, it is essential to determine the transmission rate and define the factors that increase the risk of transmission. One complication is the large fraction of asymptomatic cases, particularly in young populations: [...]

Monkeys found dead in SC rekindle yellow fever alert; see cities

By |2021-03-24T14:00:51+00:00March 24th, 2021|

The deaths occurred in the municipalities of São Martinho (1), Campo Belo do Sul (10), São José do Cerrito (5) and Lages (1). In total, the state already counts 56 monkeys killed by the disease in 2021. The monkeys live in the same habitat as the mosquitoes that transmit yellow fever (Haemagogus and Sabethes) and, therefore, [...]

Towards a sensitive and accurate interpretation of molecular testing for SARS-CoV-2: a rapid review of 264 studies

By |2021-03-24T14:00:50+00:00March 24th, 2021|

In 2019 a novel human pathogenic coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), emerged in Wuhan, China [1], leading to a worldwide outbreak, declared a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 [2] and a pandemic on 11 March 2020 [3]. SARS-CoV-2 is a positive-stranded RNA virus from the species severe acute [...]

Outdoor seating isn’t always safer than indoor dining. Here’s why.

By |2021-03-24T14:00:49+00:00March 24th, 2021|

COVID-19 ushered in a new era of outdoor dining as struggling restaurants tried to stay in business while minimizing guests’ chances of infection. Yet, creating temporary dining rooms in parking lots or sidewalks outside doesn’t always mean it’s safer. In some situations this fall and winter, it possibly increased diners’ odds of infection. “A structure located outside can [...]

Many people who die of COVID-19 have the virus in their hearts

By |2021-03-24T14:00:46+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Three-quarters of people who died of COVID-19 harbored the SARS-CoV-2 virus in their hearts, according to the most detailed study of cardiac tissue to date. Those people were also more likely than patients without cardiac invasion to experience abnormal heart rhythms before they died. The study offers insight into how the disease may damage the [...]

How do you treat coronavirus? Here are physicians’ best strategies

By |2021-03-24T14:00:44+00:00March 24th, 2021|

Ready or not, the patients were coming. This time last year, physicians around the world prepared, most for the first time in their careers, to treat a new disease—over and over and over again. “There was a terrible sense of foreboding, like in a movie when the minor key music starts playing,” says Robert Arntfield, a [...]