Infectious Diseases

Cigarette Smoke Increases Cell Vulnerability to COVID-19

1 month ago   |   By Medscape

Exposure to cigarette smoke makes airway cells more vulnerable to infection with the new coronavirus, according to UCLA researchers.
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Doctors and Nurses Talk About Burnout as Another Wave of COVID-19 Hits U.S

1 month ago   |   By Time

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases and hospitalizations surging across the country, health care workers are getting burned out mentally and physically.
Sarah Flanagan, a Florida nurse who routinely treats COVID-19 patients, decided to cut back her hours and to switch to working part-time after feeling disheartened by the spread of false claims online about the pandemic. “I feel undervalued and disposable,” she says. She's also worried about how little the health care system has rewarded front line workers. “Senior colleagues are telling me, ‘I want to leave the bedside, I feel...
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Swiss Doctors Urge COVID Vulnerable to Declare End-of-Life Wishes in Advance

1 month ago   |   By Medscape

Swiss doctors have urged those vulnerable to COVID-19 complications to record their wishes for end-of-life care in advance to help ease pressure on intensive care units, drawing criticism from an advocacy group.
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How COVID-19 compares to other respiratory illnesses

1 month ago   |   By News Medical

A team of scientists from Israel and the United States has compared the disease presentation and progression between in-hospital patients with coronavirus disease 2019 and other respiratory illnesses such as influenza.
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ASX set for bright start as Wall Street gets another vaccine boost

1 month ago   |   By Sydney Morning Herald

Investors received several pieces of encouraging news on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, tempering concerns over rising virus cases and business restrictions.
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COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, Oxford is up to 90% efficacious

1 month ago   |   By Healio

An interim analysis of clinical trial results in the United Kingdom and Brazil showed that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate codeveloped by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had an average efficacy of 70% with no significant safety concerns.
One dosing regimen was 90% efficacious when the vaccine, AZD1222, was given as a half dose, followed by a full dose at least 1 month apart. The other dosing regimen was 62% efficacious when given as two full doses at least 1 month apart, resulting in an average efficacy of 70% between the two regimens, AstraZeneca reported. The company said there have been no
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US COVID-19 cases could nearly double by Inauguration Day, study predicts

US COVID-19 cases could nearly double by Inauguration Day, study predicts

1 month ago   |   By Daily Mail

Researchers at Washington University, St Louis, estimate that the U.S. is operating at about 60% of its normal activity level. At that rate, there will be some eight million more cases by January 20.
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COVID-19 cases likely to increase to 20 million in the U.S. by end of January 2021

1 month ago   |   By News Medical

President-elect Joe Biden has signaled that fighting the COVID-19 pandemic will be an immediate priority for his administration. He recently announced a coronavirus advisory board of infectious disease researchers and former public health advisers along with an updated strategy that will include increases in testing and contact tracing, as well as transparent communication.
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At least 86 COVID-19 cases, 1 death linked to motorcycle rally

1 month ago   |   By Healio

At least 51 people in Minnesota developed COVID-19 after attending a 10-day motorcycle rally in the neighboring state of South Dakota, according to data published in MMWR.
Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC also identified 35 secondary or tertiary infections among household, social or workplace contacts of these cases.
Altogether, 86 COVID-19 cases in Minnesota were linked to the rally. Among them, four patients were hospitalized, and one died.
“Approximately one third of counties in Minnesota reported at least one case epidemiologically linked to this event,”
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Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

1 month ago   |   By ABC News

Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week
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Options for Teens with No Options: A Self-Managed Second Trimester Abortion

1 month ago   |   By Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Several states have deemed abortions as non-essential services, effectively calling for a halt to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, women may elect for self-managed abortions by obtaining abortion medications online.
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COVID-19 Cases in the United States Could Nearly Double Before Biden Takes Office

COVID-19 Cases in the United States Could Nearly Double Before Biden Takes Office

1 month ago   |   By Medindia Health

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is likely to increase to 20 million by the end of January, according to a COVID-19 forecasting model.
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Why Getting My COVID Vaccine Made Me Emotional

Why Getting My COVID Vaccine Made Me Emotional

A child who is four years old gets his or her booster vaccinations prior to going to kindergarten. My experience as a pediatrician is that kids handle the trauma of getting... Read more ...

Should You Take Zinc to Further Protect Yourself From COVID-19? We Asked Experts

Should You Take Zinc to Further Protect Yourself From COVID-19? We Asked Experts

As deaths from COVID-19 continue to hit record high numbers , it's more important than ever to take every available precaution to protect ourselves and others from contracting... Read more ...

Will Coronavirus Variants Soon Dominate in U.S.?

Will Coronavirus Variants Soon Dominate in U.S.?

The SARS-CoV-2 variant first documented in Britain could become the primary strain in the U.S. by March, researchers found. Despite only 76 infections with the variant, B.1.1.7... Read more ...

COVID-19 VTE Prevention: The Case for Intermediate and Outpatient Dosing

COVID-19 VTE Prevention: The Case for Intermediate and Outpatient Dosing

Should patients hospitalized for COVID-19 routinely receive extra anticoagulation or go home with a course of antithrombotics? The first randomized controlled trial data are... Read more ...

The hospitals where Covid admissions are FALLING

The hospitals where Covid admissions are FALLING

Some 20 of 138 acute NHS trusts recorded a dip in beds occupied by Covid-19 patients in the seven days to January 12 compared to the previous week. Read more ...

Got Half an Hour? Try This Fat-Burning, Lower-Body Dumbbell Workout

Got Half an Hour? Try This Fat-Burning, Lower-Body Dumbbell Workout

Doing a strength-training session like this lower-body dumbbell workout from ACE-certified personal trainer Nicci Robinson helps to build lean muscle and aids in the... Read more ...

Global surge of cases is fueling more chances for the virus to mutate to...

Global surge of cases is fueling more chances for the virus to mutate to beat immune system

Professor Trevor Bedford warned that a higher number of severe infections would lead to more super-strains as it gives the virus additional chances to mutate to evade the... Read more ...

Care home Covid cases TRIPLE in a month: MOST outbreaks are among elderly...

Care home Covid cases TRIPLE in a month: MOST outbreaks are among elderly residents

Date from Public Health England reveals that in the week to January 14, there were 977 outbreaks of respiratory conditions in care homes with 739 confirmed as Covid. Read more ...

GOP rep: If we had strongly prosecuted BLM-Antifa rioters, Capitol riot may...

GOP rep: If we had strongly prosecuted BLM-Antifa rioters, Capitol riot may not have happened

During debate on the impeachment article in the House on Wednesday, Rep. Tom McClintock said the lenient response to BLM and Antifa rioters over the course of several months... Read more ...

Twitter opposes censorship only when it affects Twitter

Twitter opposes censorship only when it affects Twitter

Just days after banning President Donald Trump from the platform for repeatedly tweeting about the fraudulent 2020 election, Twitter engaged in the very same behavior by... Read more ...