Covid-19

COVID-19 Scan for May 17, 2021

Comorbidities, racial disparity found in homeless hospital COVID patients Almost two thirds of homeless patients hospitalized for COVID-19 were of non-White descent and more than 80% had at least one comorbidity, according to a descriptive study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases yesterday. The researchers analyzed 199 COVID-hospitalized adults who were experiencing homelessness out of …

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Plasma from recovered patients found not helpful for COVID hospital patients

Convalescent plasma given to hospitalized COVID-19 patients did not improve survival or rates of release from the hospital within 28 days, need for invasive mechanical ventilation, or death, according to the most recent findings of the Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy (RECOVERY) trial in the United Kingdom. The results, published late last week in The …

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Mixed reactions to CDC’s revised COVID mask mandate

While states continue to relax COVID-19 mitigation measures, concerns about vaccine uptake continue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) announcement that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to use masks in most settings has prompted some states to drop mask mandates. Others, however, have said they need to take time to …

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COVID mRNA vaccines induce immune response in pregnant, lactating women

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines trigger an immune response in pregnant and breastfeeding women, and maternal antibodies transfer into infant cord blood and breast milk, a small descriptive study yesterday in JAMA finds. A team led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers in Boston assessed immune response in a convenience sample of 103 pregnant, lactating, and …

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More side effects noted after using 2 different COVID vaccines

Adults 50 and older who received doses of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines reported more mild and moderate side effects than those given only one type of two-dose vaccine, according to a study yesterday in The Lancet. The descriptive findings could help inform countries’ decisions about how to proceed with second doses after …

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News Scan for May 13, 2021

Most long-haul COVID-19 patients younger, healthier, Mayo Clinic says The inaugural cohort of Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Activity Rehabilitation Program (CARP) for post–COVID-19 syndrome (PCS) were mostly women, younger, had few pre-existing comorbidities, and experienced milder forms of COVID-19, but only a third were able to return to full-time work. The descriptive study, published in Mayo …

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Study: 80% of hospital COVID-19 patients have neurologic complications

Eight of 10 hospitalized COVID-19 patients developed neurologic complications and were six times more likely than their peers to die, according to early results from a global study published yesterday in JAMA Network Open. Many of the conditions were mild to moderate, but half of the patients had altered brain function or structure, and almost …

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