Remdesivir Sharply Cuts COVID Hospitalization Risk, Gilead Says

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Remdesivir (Veklury, Gilead) was found to reduce some COVID-19 patients’ risk of hospitalization by 87% in a phase 3 trial, the drug’s manufacturer announced Wednesday in a press release. Cardiologist Robert L. Gottlieb, MD, PhD, from Baylor University Medical Center in Houston, Texas, was principal investigator […]

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Some States Limit Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. At least two states are recommending that doctors prioritize the limited supply of monoclonal antibody treatments for high-risk COVID-19 patients, including unvaccinated people who face severe disease, according to NBC News. Tennessee has said that nearly all vaccinated patients should receive lower priority to preserve supplies […]

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Surge in New-Onset Tics in Adults Tied to COVID-19 Stress

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. An unusual surge of new-onset tics in patients with no prior history of these disorders, has been tied to the psychological stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests. Results from a large, single-center study show several cases of tic-like movements and vocalizations with abrupt […]

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Nurse Staffing CEO Resigns After Supporting Antimask Group

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Chief Executive Officer of a high-volume national nurse staffing firm based in Overland Park, Kansas, has stepped down after questions were raised about his support of an antimask group reportedly started by his 19-year-old son. Brian Cleary had been CEO of Krucial Staffing for the […]

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AMA Updates CPT Codes for COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The 2022 update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes from the American Medical Association (AMA) incorporates a series of 15 vaccine-specific codes, including boosters. These codes represent “the model for efficiently reporting and tracking immunizations and administrative services” against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the AMA said […]

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Children and COVID: New Cases Rise to Winter Levels

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Weekly cases of COVID-19 in children topped 100,000 for the first time since early February, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. A 29% increase in reported cases over the previous week brought the count for Aug. 6-12 to over 121,000, […]

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27 People Aboard Carnival Cruise Test Positive for COVID-19

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. BELIZE CITY (AP) — Twenty-seven people aboard a Carnival cruise tested positive for COVID-19 just before the ship made a stop in Belize City this week, according to the Belize Tourism Board. The positive cases were among 26 crew members and one passenger on the Carnival […]

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Louisianas COVID-19 Surge Starts to Stall Other Surgeries

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One of Louisiana’s largest hospitals announced Monday it has temporarily stopped taking inpatients for nonemergency surgeries, as it grapples with a steadily increasing influx of COVID-19 patients amid the state’s latest spike in cases. Baton Rouge-based Our Lady of the Lake […]

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