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A mixed methods study on effectiveness and appropriateness of face shield use as COVID-...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9329084
American Journal of Infection Control; Brainard J, Hall S et. al.

Aug 1st, 2022 - Face shields were widely used in 2020-2021 as facial personal protective equipment (PPE). Laboratory evidence about how protective face shields might be and whether real world user priorities and usage habits conflicted with best practice for maximum possible protection was lacking - especially in limited resource settings. Relative protective potential of 13 face shield designs were tested in ...

COVID-19 Practices of Idaho Dental Hygienists.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/35906077
Journal of Dental Hygiene : JDH; Kanderis Lane CL, Gurenlian JR

Jul 30th, 2022 - Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged dental professionals to provide appropriate care while using nationally recognized guidelines to minimize disease transmission. The purpose of this study was to investigate the current practices of dental hygienists in Idaho to better understand how their practices have been impacted by COVID-19 in comparison to national guidelines.Methods: Practici...

Evaluation of Face Shields, Goggles, and Safety Glasses as a Virus Transmission Control...
https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxac047
Annals of Work Exposures and Health; Hall S, Johnson P et. al.

Jul 20th, 2022 - Face shields (also referred to as visors), goggles and safety glasses have been worn during the COVID-19 pandemic as one measure to control transmission of the virus. However, their effectiveness in controlling facial exposure to cough droplets is not well established and standard tests for evaluating eye protection for this application are limited. A method was developed to evaluate face shiel...

Analysis of Interaction between odorant receptors and flexible spike of SARS CoV-2- key...
https://doi.org/10.2174/1570159X20666220627165846
Current Neuropharmacology; Anwar F, Hisham Al Tayeb et. al.

Jun 29th, 2022 - The vaccine development for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is primarily focused on structure of the spike (S) protein. The heavy glycosylation of S with flexible hinges at stalk shields from antibodies. The flexible nature of hinges may be one of the important factors which are responsible for binding the odorant receptor of those neurons which are responsible for ...

Reflecting on Plastic Surgery Training During Early COVID-19 Pandemic: Resident Exposur...
https://doi.org/10.1097/SCS.0000000000008471
The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery; Epstein A, Jabori SK et. al.

Jun 29th, 2022 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been an unprecedented public health crisis. As hospitals took measures to increase their capacity to manage COVID-19 patients, plastic surgeons have also had to modify their routine to continue serving their vital role within the hospital environment. In an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and conserve hospital resources, many plastic surger...

Personal protective equipment-related dermatoses in COVID-19 frontline health workers. ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9347744
Dermatologic Therapy; Al Zaabi A, Abdelhadi S et. al.

Jun 9th, 2022 - Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020, frontline health care workers wear personal protective equipment (PPE, surgical masks, N95 or similar respirators, gloves, goggles, face shields, and gowns). Alcohol-based sanitizers and wipes were recommended. Such measures lead to disruption of the natural skin habitat and skin barrier and various cutaneous reactions. The aim was to assess...

Study Explores Why Gyms Can Be COVID Hotspots
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974656

May 26th, 2022 - A small study conducted in Germany takes a step toward quantifying the COVID risk of gyms and fitness clubs. Scientists have known since early in the pandemic that COVID is usually spread in the air by aerosol particles expelled by infected people, and the harder people breathe — as when they exercise — the more particles they expel. But how much more? The study published in the Proceedings of ...

Workplace interventions to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection outside of healthcar...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9073086
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; Pizarro AB, Persad E et. al.

May 7th, 2022 - Although many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2) experience no or mild symptoms, some individuals can develop severe illness and may die, particularly older people and those with underlying medical problems. Providing evidence-based interventions to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection has become more urgent with the spread of more infectious SARS-CoV-2 va...

Take a Hike. It Saved My Career and It Just Might Save Yours
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/973213

May 3rd, 2022 - I was precisely six shifts into my new position when the pandemic swept the streets of New York City. I had recently moved back to New York from Seattle, where I had left behind my previous position and a hospital with which I was very familiar. To say the timing was not ideal is an understatement. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I had no idea that I would soon be taking care of adult COVID-...

Efforts to Make Protective Medical Gear in US Falling Flat
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/971989

Apr 12th, 2022 - UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the U.S., sales of window coverings at Halcyon Shades quickly went dark. So the suburban St. Louis business did what hundreds of other small manufacturers did: It pivoted to make protective supplies, with help from an $870,000 government grant. But things haven't worked out as planned. The company quit making face shields becau...

Second Booster Shields Elderly From COVID but Protection Wanes Quickly: Study
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/971667

Apr 8th, 2022 - (Reuters) - A fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine lowered rates of COVID-19 among the elderly but the protection against infection appeared short-lived, a large study in Israel has found. The second booster's protection against infection dwindled after four weeks, Israeli researchers note in their study published on Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Protection against sever...

'We Don't Want to Be an Inspiration'
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/970716

Mar 22nd, 2022 - Over 2.5 million people have fled the ghastly war in Ukraine for safety. But, not everyone is trying to leave. Shockingly, hundreds of thousands are actually flocking toward the danger in Ukraine right now. Many of them are women. Dr Jeffrey Benabio I was commuting to work when I first heard this story on a podcast. In astonishing numbers, women have chosen to return to or stay in Ukraine becau...

‘We don’t want to be an inspiration’
https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/252908/business-medicine/we-dont-want-be-inspiration
Jeffrey Benabio, MD, MBA

Mar 18th, 2022 - Over 2. 5 million people have fled the ghastly war in Ukraine for safety.

An overview of COVID-19 aerosol box for preventing droplet and aerosol contaminations i...
https://doi.org/10.1080/03639045.2022.2053984
Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy; Li Y, Fu Y et. al.

Mar 15th, 2022 - The COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2, which is extremely infectious. Numerous virologist suggestions and guidelines advised using P2/N95 masks, gloves, goggles, face-shields, and frocks or gowns as routine specific protective tools during airway management to protect healthcare personnel from infection (PPE). However, numerous imitation research has indicated that conventional PPE cannot ad...

Transport safety concerning a patient infected with SARS-CoV-2 and emergency service of...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9002143
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness; Mikos M, Dymura K et. al.

Mar 5th, 2022 - The manifestation of a new pathogen, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, constitutes a new problem for modern healthcare systems. Developing updated standards for all emergency services working at an accident site during the pandemic has been a continuous challenge. The principal method of preventing the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is the use of personal protective equipment, such as protectiv...

Medical Waste from COVID-19 Pandemic-A Systematic Review of Management and Environmenta...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8835138
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Andeobu L, Wibowo S et. al.

Feb 16th, 2022 - The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a global medical emergency. The unforeseen occurrence of a pandemic of this magnitude has resulted in overwhelming levels of medical waste and raises questions about management and disposal practices, and environmental impacts. The amount of medical waste generated from COVID-19 since the outbreak is estimated to be 2.6 million tons/day worldwide....

COVID Vax in Pregnancy Shields Babies From Hospitalization
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/97209

Feb 15th, 2022 - Infants whose mothers were vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy had significant protection against hospitalization for the disease, according to a CDC report. Babies younger than 6 months old who were born to mothers who completed a two-dose mRNA vaccination series during pregnancy were 61% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 (95% CI 31-78), reported Natasha B. Halasa, MD, of V...

Vitamin D and NAFLD; Another NASH Drug Proves Safe; MLB All-Star's Crohn's Dx
https://www.medpagetoday.com/gastroenterology/generalgastroenterology/97029

Feb 4th, 2022 - Higher vitamin D levels might prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in European individuals. (Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology) Madrigal Pharmaceuticals said its oral drug candidate for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and liver fibrosis, resmetirom (MGL-3196), was safe and well tolerated at two different doses in a phase III trial. During the pandemic, the quality of ga...

The impact of face shields on the quality of gastrointestinal endoscopy during the COVI...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8800408
BMC Gastroenterology; Lee JY, Kang YW et. al.

Jan 31st, 2022 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become a global pandemic, with healthcare workers at a high risk of exposure. During this pandemic, endoscopists must wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields, to prevent COVID-19 transmission; however, few studies have reported the impact of face shields on the quality of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. We aimed to determine whet...

Evidence for a semisolid phase state of aerosols and droplets relevant to the airborne ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8794803
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Un... Huynh E, Olinger A et. al.

Jan 23rd, 2022 - The phase state of respiratory aerosols and droplets has been linked to the humidity-dependent survival of pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2. To inform strategies to mitigate the spread of infectious disease, it is thus necessary to understand the humidity-dependent phase changes associated with the particles in which pathogens are suspended. Here, we study phase changes of levitated aerosols and dr...