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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: September 17, 2021 | FDA
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-september-17-2021

Sep 17th, 2021 - For Immediate Release: September 17, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic: On Sept. 17, the FDA issued a Letter to Health Care Providers to alert clinical laboratory staff and health care providers about the potential for false positive results with Abbott Alinity m SARS-CoV-2 AMP and Alini...

A case-control study of factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection among healthcare w...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8391859
BMC Infectious Diseases; Rodriguez-Lopez M, Parra B et. al.

Aug 29th, 2021 - Healthcare Workers (HCW) are repeatedly exposed to SARS-CoV-2 infection. The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection among HCW in one of the largest cities in Colombia. We conducted a case-control study, where cases had a positive reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and controls had a negative result. Participants were randomly selected and int...

A Statewide Voluntary Movement Addressing the Shortage of Medical Supplies During the C...
https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306364
American Journal of Public Health; Krause M, Henderson A et. al.

Aug 27th, 2021 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, a shortage of personal protective equipment compromised efficient patient care and provider safety. Volunteers from many different backgrounds worked to meet these demands. Additive manufacturing, laser cutting, and alternative supply chains were used to produce, test, and deliver essential equipment for health care workers and first responders. Distributed equipme...

The Influence of Face Shields on the Quality of Colonoscopy in the Era of the COVID-19 ...
https://doi.org/10.5009/gnl210063
Gut and Liver; Lee JW, Lee HJ et. al.

Aug 25th, 2021 - The worldwide coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has led endoscopists to use personal protective equipment (PPE) for infection prevention. This study aimed to investigate whether wearing a face shield as PPE affects the quality of colonoscopy. We reviewed the medical records and colonoscopy findings of patients who underwent colonoscopies at Asan Medical Center, Korea from March 10 to May 31, 20...

Nurses' Perceptions of Oral Health Care Provision After the COVID-19 Lockdown.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8249674
International Dental Journal; Haresaku S, Aoki H et. al.

Aug 23rd, 2021 - This study aimed to investigate nurses' perceptions of oral health care provision to inpatients in Japanese hospitals and the infection control measures taken by them after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown to promote collaborative oral health care. The participants were 1037 nurses working in inpatient wards at 4 hospitals in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Data were collected throug...

Stockpiled personal protective equipment and knowledge of pandemic plans as predictors ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8360569
PloS One; Stöcker A, Demirer I et. al.

Aug 13th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic significantly changed the work of general practitioners (GPs). At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, German outpatient practices had to adapt quickly. Pandemic preparedness (PP) of GPs may play a vital role in their management of a pandemic. The study aimed to examine the association in the stock of seven personal protective equipment (PPE) items and knowledge of pan...

Healthcare workers preparedness for COVID-19 pandemic in the occupied Palestinian terri...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8329610
BMC Health Services Research; Alser O, Alghoul H et. al.

Aug 5th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to overwhelm the capacity of a vulnerable healthcare system in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). We aimed to evaluate the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the level of preparedness among HCWs in the oPt. A cross-sectional study was conducted using a validated online questionnaire distributed through convenient sampling between March...

Efficacy of personal protective equipment against coronavirus transmission via dental h...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7997726
Journal of the American Dental Association (1939); Ionescu AC, Brambilla E et. al.

Jul 31st, 2021 - This laboratory study was done to evaluate the efficacy of personal protective equipment (PPE) and high-volume evacuation (HVE) against the spread of human coronavirus type 229E (HCoV-229E) during a standard dental procedure. Patient and operator manikins were used to recreate a dental setting inside a custom-built class III cabinet-like chamber. The mouth of the patient manikin was inoculated ...

Knowledge, attitude and practices of community pharmacists regarding COVID-19: A paper-...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8321352
PloS One; Nguyen HTT, Dinh DX et. al.

Jul 30th, 2021 - To survey the knowledge, attitude, and practices of Vietnamese pharmacists regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This cross-sectional, paper-based study was conducted from June to August 2020. A validated questionnaire (Cronbach's alpha = 0.84) was used to interview 1,023 pharmacists in nine provinces of Vietnam. Analysis of covariance was employed to identify factors associated with the knowledge o...

The impact of face masks on the communication of adults with hearing loss during COVID-...
https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2021.1952490
International Journal of Audiology; Homans NC, Vroegop JL

Jul 29th, 2021 - The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of surgical masks and face shields on speech intelligibility of adults with moderate to severe hearing loss. This study measured speech tracking scores in quiet for life speech in three different conditions: without a mask, with a surgical mask and with a face shield. Acoustic effects of the masks and face shields on the speech signal were also...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: July 9, 2021 | FDA
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-july-9-2021

Jul 9th, 2021 - For Immediate Release: July 09, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic: The FDA has taken creative and flexible approaches to address availability of critical medical products in response to COVID-19. In addition, non-traditional manufacturers and community responders have helped address shor...

Summary of European guidelines on infection control and prevention during COVID-19 pand...
https://doi.org/10.1111/clr.13784
Clinical Oral Implants Research; Becker K, Gurzawska-Comis K et. al.

Jul 2nd, 2021 - The current COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for a review of guidelines on infection control and prevention to ensure safe delivery of dental care. However, it is not clear to what extent the rapidly published European guidelines reflect the current evidence and thus provide homogeneous recommendations. Guidelines from all European Union countries, Scotland, Switzerland and United Kingdom...

Dental care during COVID-19 pandemic: follow-up survey of experts' opinion.
https://doi.org/10.1111/clr.13783
Clinical Oral Implants Research; Brunello G, Gurzawska-Comis K et. al.

Jul 2nd, 2021 - The purpose of the present survey is to give an update of European experts' opinion on infection control and prevention in dentistry during second wave of pandemic. The secondary aim was to analyse how experts' opinion changed in the light of the new scientific evidence since the first wave. An anonymous online 14-item questionnaire was sent to a total of 27 leading academic experts in Oral (an...

Challenges of personal protective equipment use among ophthalmologists during the COVID...
https://doi.org/10.1177/11206721211028037
European Journal of Ophthalmology; Ashour DM, Elkitkat RS et. al.

Jun 29th, 2021 - To explore the possible challenges and difficulties of using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in ophthalmic practice during the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This is a multicenter, international survey among practicing ophthalmologists across different countries. The survey was conducted from September 9th to October 24th, 2020. It included a total of 23 questions that naviga...

A Review of Aerosol Generation Mitigation in International Dental Guidance.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8172569
International Dental Journal; Robertson C, Clarkson JE et. al.

Jun 7th, 2021 - The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) led to the worldwide closure of dental practices or reduction of dental services. By the end of April 2020, governments and professional organisations were publishing recommendations or guidance for the reopening/restructuring of dental services. The aim of this study was to assess how dental aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) were defined in internatio...

Implementation of COVID-19 Infection Control Measures by German Dentists: A Qualitative...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8198934
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Müller A, Melzow FS et. al.

Jun 3rd, 2021 - COVID-19 infection control measures have been recommended for dental practices worldwide. This qualitative study explored barriers and enablers for the implementation of these measures in German dental practices. Semi-structured phone interviews were conducted in November/December 2020 (purposive/snowball sampling). The Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) and the Capabilities, Opportunities and...

Reciprocity and Liability Protections during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8207016
The Hastings Center Report; Koch VG, Hoffmann DE

May 25th, 2021 - During the Covid-19 pandemic, as resources dwindled, clinicians, health care institutions, and policymakers have expressed concern about potential legal liability for following crisis standards of care (CSC) plans. Although there is no robust empirical research to demonstrate that liability protections actually influence physician behavior, we argue that limited liability protections for health...

May 7, 2021 This Week in Cardiology Podcast
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/950653

May 7th, 2021 - Please note that the text below is not a full transcript and has not been copyedited. For more insight and commentary on these stories, subscribe to the This Week in Cardiology podcast. In This Week’s Podcast For the week ending May 7, 2021, John Mandrola, MD comments on the following news and features stories. COVID-19 Outcomes and BMI COVID-19 Severity Starts in Normal BMI Range, Especially i...

Dynamic Model of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Reveals Novel Potential Vaccine Targets
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949141

Apr 14th, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dynamic molecular simulations that captured the structure and movements of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein have revealed novel potential vaccine targets and confirmed previously identified ones, researchers say. "To elude the human immune defense, SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses hide their functionally important and conserved sites behind a shield of sugar-like glycans," D...

Online dental teaching practices during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional online...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8040365
BMC Oral Health; Jiang Z, Zhu D et. al.

Apr 14th, 2021 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged in China in December 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic hindered dental education, as school buildings were closed. Online dental teaching provided an alternative teaching tool for dental education. However, the efficiency of online dental teaching and student preferences for online dental teaching are unclear. To investigate the satisfaction with online den...