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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidelines
https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2500114-guidelines

Jan 14th, 2022 - Guidelines Summary Numerous clinical guidelines have been issued for COVID-19. The following guidelines have been summarized at Medscape's COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines center: COVID-19 Enforcement Policy for Sterilizers, Disinfectant Devices, and Air Purifiers (FDA, 2020): 2020 COVID-19 guidance for industry and FDA staff OSHA Guidance on Preparing the Workplace for COVID-19 (2020): 2020 guidan...

How does the presence of a surgical face mask impair the perceived intensity of facial ...
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262344
PloS One; Tsantani M, Podgajecka V et. al.

Jan 14th, 2022 - The use of surgical-type face masks has become increasingly common during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent findings suggest that it is harder to categorise the facial expressions of masked faces, than of unmasked faces. To date, studies of the effects of mask-wearing on emotion recognition have used categorisation paradigms: authors have presented facial expression stimuli and examined participant...

Collecting Data During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons From an In-Person Survey of Peopl...
https://doi.org/10.1177/00333549211063473
Public Health Reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974); Jessell L, Zaidi I et. al.

Jan 14th, 2022 - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, much in-person data collection has been suspended or become tele-remote. However, tele-remote methods often exclude marginalized groups, including people who use drugs, many of whom lack the technology to participate. To inform future surveillance and research during the pandemic and other public health disasters, we report methods and lessons learned from ...

Court Suspends Order to Wear Masks Outdoor in Paris
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966586

Jan 14th, 2022 - PARIS (Reuters) - A French administrative tribunal on Thursday suspended an order that masks be worn on the streets of Paris, news agency AFP reported. The mask mandate, imposed by Paris prefecture, the local arm of the interior ministry, had been in place in the capital since Dec. 31 in a bid to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The ruling by the Paris Administra...

I Took COVID Precautions and Still Got a Breakthrough Infection
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966421

Jan 14th, 2022 - I have a breakthrough COVID infection. With the Omicron variant spreading globally, cases are rising again and I know I'm not alone. My case is mild, but it is evidence of just how vulnerable we still are in this pandemic. I live in New York. When the travel ban lifted in November, my mother came to visit and wanted to see the city. My mother is fully vaccinated and boosted, I am fully vaccinat...

Biden Administration to Make 'High-Quality' Masks Available for Free
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/96664

Jan 13th, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration will make more high-quality masks available for free beginning next week as part of its strategy to stem the increasing tide of COVID-19 cases, President Biden said Thursday. "We have helped make sure that high-quality masks are widely available and [in] ample supply at affordable prices ... but for some Americans a mask is not always affordable or conveni...

Natural immunity boosters as therapeutic interventions in the era of COVID-19 pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.2174/1871530322666220110113028
Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets; Noureen S, Rehman K et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - COVID-19, a pandemic caused by SARS-CoV2 has been spread all over the world and is responsible for serious fatalities. SARS-CoV2 is included in the family of β-coronavirus that affects pulmonary gas exchange and triggers cytokines storm. Vigorous inflammation, hyper-coagulation, a decrease in lymphocytic count and an increase in neutrophilic count are observed in the second week after the onset...

Increased mask adherence after important politician infected with COVID-19.
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261398
PloS One; Cohen DA, Talarowski M et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - To quantify changes in adherence to mask and distancing guidelines in outdoor settings in Philadelphia, PA before and after President Trump announced he was infected with COVID-19. We used Systematic Observation of Masking Adherence and Distancing (SOMAD) to assess mask adherence in parks, playgrounds, and commercial streets in the 10 City Council districts in Philadelphia PA. We compared adher...

Assessing knowledge and self-report intention from COVID-19 symptoms based on the Healt...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8753089
BMJ Open; Ismael OY, Li Y et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - A COVID-19 outbreak has been contained in China through effective prevention measures with the collaboration of the citizens. However, there is resistance to self-reported symptoms as required in the international student community. This study explored knowledge level and symptoms reporting behaviours toward COVID-19 among international students. An online cross-sectional investigation was cond...

Incidence of common infectious diseases in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261332
PloS One; Hibiya K, Iwata H et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - Recent reports indicate that respiratory infectious diseases were suppressed during the novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID-19 led to behavioral changes aimed to control droplet transmission or contact transmission. In this study, we examined the incidence of common infectious diseases in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 data were extracted from the national da...

Government's 'VIP Fast Lane' for PPE Contracts Ruled Unlawful by High Court
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/965702

Jan 13th, 2022 - Doctors have welcomed a ruling by the High Court that the Government's operation of a so-called 'VIP fast track' for awarding personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts worth almost £600 million was unlawful. A 'high priority lane' for procurement was set up at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic during a rush to secure PPE supplies. Rules allowing contracts to be awarded without competition ...

Some Prisoners Face Risk for COVID From the Community
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/965506

Jan 13th, 2022 - In September 2020, I wrote about the risk to rural communities of being overrun with COVID from prisons. That was prompted by the 2020 plans to use West Virginia prisons FCI Gilmer and FCI Hazelton as quarantine sites for the entire Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) system. In addition, prisoners from the overcrowded DC jails would also be sent to these two facilities before being sent yet again ...

Researchers Plan for Reusing N95 Respirator Masks
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966508

Jan 13th, 2022 - (Reuters) - A type of mask used by healthcare providers to protect themselves from the coronavirus can be reprocessed to augment supplies, researchers believe. Unlike cloth and surgical masks, the N95 respirators are designed to achieve a very snug facial fit, with edges that form a tight seal around the nose and mouth. Early in the pandemic, shortages of N95 masks forced personnel to re-use th...

COVID Absences Remain High Among NHS Staff but Show Signs of Reducing
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966546

Jan 13th, 2022 - Nurses' leaders described the latest figures for NHS staff in England who were absent because of COVID-19 as "troublingly high", despite indications that the situation might be easing. Overall, 40,031 staff at acute hospital trusts were absent due to SARS-CoV-2 on January 9, an increase of 2.3% a week previously, NHS England data showed. However, the data suggests that absences because of COVID...

Incidental Cases and Staff Shortages Make COVID's Next Act Tough for Hospitals
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966550

Jan 13th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, on Jan. 11 was treating 80 covid-19 patients — a tenfold increase since late December. Nearly half were admitted for other medical reasons. The surge driven by the extremely infectious omicron variant helped push the South Florida hospital with 206 licens...

New York City High School Students Stage Walkout Over COVID Measures
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966570

Jan 13th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Students walked out of schools across New York City on Tuesday afternoon to protest inadequate COVID-19 protections and insist on a remote learning option until conditions improve. The group of students, who organized on social media, called for more testing and better screening to find positive...

Biden: More Masks, COVID Tests, and Troops to Battle Omicron
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966575

Jan 13th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. President Joe Biden announced Thursday the U.S. government will make free, upgraded face masks available for ordering online starting next week. In addition, he is ordering 500 million more rapid COVID-19 tests to meet future demand and deploying more military teams to help overwhelmed hospitals...

Staying home, staying connected
https://www.mdedge.com/chestphysician/article/250111/society-news/staying-home-staying-connected

Jan 12th, 2022 - When the United States went into a 2-week quarantine to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in March 2020, everything changed. In the months following, social distancing, working from home, and wearing masks became the norm, and life needed to find a way to go on.

Incidence of Acute Respiratory Infections during Disasters in the Absence and Presence ...
https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X22000085
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine; Sugimura M, Chimed-Ochir O et. al.

Jan 12th, 2022 - Japan recently experienced two major heavy rain disasters: the West Japan heavy rain disaster in July 2018 and the Kumamoto heavy rain disaster in July 2020. Between the occurrences of these two disasters, Japan began experiencing the wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, providing a unique opportunity to compare the incidence of acute respiratory infection (ARI) between the...