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COVID-19 symptoms can persist for months after hospital stay

By |2020-09-10T02:28:51+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Most patients requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 had symptoms—particularly fatigue and shortness of breath—for a mean of 111 days after returning home, according to a research letter published yesterday in the Journal of Infection. Researchers administered a phone questionnaire to 120 COVID-19 patients hospitalized from Mar 15 to Apr 14 at University of Paris–affiliated Beaujon Hospital. Ninety-six patients had been [...]

Acute Cardiovascular Events Associated With Influenza in Hospitalized Adults

By |2020-09-10T02:28:50+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Background: Influenza may contribute to the burden of acute cardiovascular events during annual influenza epidemics. Objective: To examine acute cardiovascular events and determine risk factors for acute heart failure (aHF) and acute ischemic heart disease (aIHD) in adults with a hospitalization associated with laboratory-confirmed influenza.     Credit: iStock Read more… The post Acute Cardiovascular Events Associated [...]

Effect of Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Severe Asthma Exacerbations in Children With Asthma and Low Vitamin D Levels

By |2020-09-10T02:28:49+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Question  In high-risk children with persistent asthma and low vitamin D levels, does vitamin D3 supplementation prolong the time to a severe asthma exacerbation? Findings  In this randomized clinical trial that included 192 children, vitamin D3 supplementation, compared with placebo, did not significantly improve the time to a severe asthma exacerbation (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.13). Meaning  The findings from this [...]

Sex differences in immune responses that underlie COVID-19 disease outcomes

By |2020-09-10T02:28:48+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Abstract A growing body of evidence indicates sex differences in the clinical outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)1–5. However, whether immune responses against SARS-CoV-2 differ between sexes, and whether such differences explain male susceptibility to COVID-19, is currently unknown. In this study, we examined sex differences in viral loads, SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody titers, plasma cytokines, as [...]

Immediate impact of stay-at-home orders to control COVID-19 transmission on socioeconomic conditions, food insecurity, mental health, and intimate partner violence in Bangladeshi women and their families: an interrupted time series

By |2020-09-10T02:28:46+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Background Stay-at-home orders (lockdowns) have been deployed globally to control COVID-19 transmission, and might impair economic conditions and mental health, and exacerbate risk of food insecurity and intimate partner violence. The effect of lockdowns in low-income and middle-income countries must be understood to ensure safe deployment of these interventions in less affluent settings. We aimed to [...]

Time Course of a Second Outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing, China, June-July 2020

By |2020-09-10T02:28:46+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Since its initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, between December 2019 and March 2020,1-4 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has quickly spread worldwide. Although the epidemic abated in China, a second outbreak began in June 2020 in Beijing. We assessed preliminary Beijing outbreak data and present a timeline of the investigation and public health response. [...]

Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?l

By |2020-09-10T02:28:45+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Rigid safe distancing rules are an oversimplification based on outdated science and experiences of past viruses, argue Nicholas R Jones and colleagues Physical distancing is an important part of measures to control covid-19, but exactly how far away and for how long contact is safe in different contexts is unclear. Rules that stipulate a single specific [...]

Kids represent 9.3% of US COVID cases but few serious ones

By |2020-09-10T02:22:38+00:00September 10th, 2020|

In an update today on how the pandemic has affected US children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said about 9.3% of all COVID-19 patients so far are children, representing about 442,000 confirmed cases. The overall rate of pediatric infection is 583 cases per 100,000 children in the population. Though officials confirmed 74,160 new child cases in the [...]

Danish officials trying to find sources of three outbreaks

By |2020-09-10T02:22:25+00:00September 10th, 2020|

Public health officials in Denmark are looking into three outbreaks that have sickened almost 50 people with one caused by Hepatitis A and two due to rare strains of Salmonella. Since June, the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Fødevarestyrelsen (Danish Veterinary and Food Administration) and DTU Food Institute have been investigating three suspected foodborne outbreaks that have [...]

A dilemma for ‘long-haulers’: Many can’t prove they ever had Covid-19

By |2020-09-10T02:22:21+00:00September 10th, 2020|

As the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, an unknown number of seemingly recovered patients are experiencing what is being called post-Covid syndrome — weeks or months of profound fatigue, fevers, problems with concentration and memory, dizzy spells, hair loss, and many other troubling symptoms. Among these “long-haulers,” as they have become known, a significant number face a very specific challenge: convincing [...]