Flu symptoms mimic COVID-19 infection: Experts urge flu vaccination

Cases of influenza are being reported in parts of the U.S. as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While a vaccine is not yet available for COVID-19, there is a vaccine available to prevent influenza. “This season is more important to get the flu vaccine because the flu also has symptoms that mimic COVID-19 infection,” says Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician and […]

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Risk for Infection Up for Children Born by C-Section

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2020 — Birth by cesarean section (CS) is associated with an increased risk for infection-related hospitalization in early childhood, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in PLOS Medicine. Jessica E. Miller, M.P.H., Ph.D., from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville, Australia, and colleagues conducted a multicountry population-based cohort study of all recorded singleton live births […]

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COVID-19: Calculating aerosol infection risk yourself

An easy-to-use algorithm can now be used to determine the risk of being infected by SARS-CoV-2 via aerosol particles from patients in indoor environments. It also estimates how protective measures such as wearing masks and ventilation reduce the risk. The model, developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Chemistry in Mainz, uses parameters such as the size of […]

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T-cell test EIGHT TIMES better at detecting past coronavirus infection

New T-cell test is EIGHT TIMES better at detecting whether a patient had COVID than antibody tests, study claims The new test looks for T-cells, a type of white blood cells that  binds to and kills viruses, to determine if someone was infected with coronavirus in the past In a pre-print study, researchers tested at samples from 2,200 people in […]

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New study highlights risks associated with the sequential infection of influenza followed by COVID-19

A Liverpool-led study provides evidence that the ‘twinfection’ of influenza and COVID-19 may exacerbate the health risk associated with COVID-19. When multiple pathogens are in circulation at the same time this can lead to cooperative or competitive forms of pathogen-pathogen interactions. This concept of co-infection was evident during the outbreak of the Spanish flu in 1918 with secondary bacterial pneumonia […]

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Study shows high prevalence of fatigue following SARS-CoV-2 infection independent of COVID-19 disease severity

Research being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that persistent fatigue occurs in more than half of patients recovered from COVID-19, regardless of the seriousness of their infection. The study is by Dr. Liam Townsend, St James’s Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues. As the […]

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Slower clearance of coronavirus infection may explain why men fare worse than women

Researchers at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine may have solved a mystery surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic: Why men infected by the virus generally show more severe symptoms and are more likely than women to die from COVID-19. In collaboration with the Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Mumbai, India, the scientists showed for the first […]

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