Long-COVID-19 is a significant risk in recovered patients post-hospitalization

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pathogen, has claimed the lives of over 2.79 million people worldwide. However, the long-term effects of the virus on human health and lifespan are less well known. A new study, which appeared in the British Medical Journal, reports on a retrospective study to […]

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New initiatives expand COVID-19 saliva-based testing to underserved schools in Illinois

The University of Illinois System, with a $1.4 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, announces the expansion of its SHIELD Illinois and SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing initiatives to help safely reopen underserved K-12 schools in communities across the state using the covidSHIELD test, an innovative, saliva-based test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). More than 1.5 million covidSHIELD […]

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New 'care bundle' can reduce PPE-related facial injuries in frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers

A study has found that a new 'care bundle' can reduce the incidence of facial pressure injuries in frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers caused by the prolonged wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The study, led by researchers from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences Skin Wounds and Trauma (SWaT) Research Centre, is published in the current edition of the […]

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Delaying second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine may be feasible in some cases

Researchers in Spain have conducted the most extensive study to date investigating the effectiveness of vaccinating healthcare workers with a single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The team says one dose of the vaccine induced a much stronger antibody response against the causative agent – severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – […]

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Small negative lifestyle changes during COVID-19 lockdown could accumulate, say researchers

An interesting new study by researchers in Australia, which has been published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that lifestyle changes due to pandemic restrictions on outdoor mobility have been small. But they warn that these may accumulate over time. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the rapid and extensive spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus […]

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Scientists optimize wastewater disinfection process to minimize spread of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become a global threat today, owing in part to the efficiency with which resistance spreads among them. Some of this spread happens in waterbodies—and our wastewater systems are no exception. A group of scientists from Korea and the US has now conducted some of the groundwork needed to optimize disinfection processes and minimize the spread of antibiotic […]

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FAIR Health study highlights the impact of COVID-19 on pediatric mental health

In March and April 2020, mental health claim lines for individuals aged 13-18, as a percentage of all medical claim lines, approximately doubled over the same months in the previous year. At the height of the spring wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, this rise in mental health claim lines amounted to 97.0 percent in March and 103.5 percent in April. […]

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Single-dose of BNT162b2 vaccine may not be protective without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection

Vaccine rollouts in many countries are bringing hope that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), will come to an end in the foreseeable future. Several vaccines have shown high protective efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 infection or severe disease. Study: Effect of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection on humoral and T-cell responses to single-dose […]

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Countries with older populations have higher SARS-CoV-2 infections and deaths, says study

More than a year into the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the difference in the severity of the clinical syndrome by country-wide income levels has become clear. A new preprint, released on the medRxiv* server, examines some patterns revealed by a study of the factors operating in different regions and […]

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