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Implementation of COVID-19 Infection Control Measures by German Dentists: A Qualitative...
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115710
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Müller A, Melzow FS et. al.

Jun 2nd, 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://doi.org/10.1002/hast.1255
The Hastings Center Report; Koch VG, Hoffmann DE

May 24th, 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...

HIMSS to Require COVID-19 Vaccination Proof at Annual Conference
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/951486

May 18th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has adopted a "vaccination required" approach for all attendees, exhibitors, and staff at HIMSS21, its annual convention, which will be held August 9-13 in Las Vegas. Proof of "full vaccination" will be required to gain access to ...

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

May 6th, 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...

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 13th, 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...

Innovation at a Children's Hospital: Personal Protective Equipment Efforts During the P...
https://doi.org/10.1177/1553350621999982
Surgical Innovation; Opfermann J, Dayal A et. al.

Mar 29th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has affected life for everyone, and hospitals, in particular have been hard hit. In this study, we describe our efforts to develop personal protective equipment at a children's hospital early in the pandemic. We convened an innovation working group to organize our efforts and respond to the rapidly changing situation. We describe our work in four areas: (1) plexiglass shie...

Environmental impact of personal protective equipment distributed for use by health and...
https://doi.org/10.1177/01410768211001583
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine; Rizan C, Reed M et. al.

Mar 17th, 2021 - To quantify the environmental impact of personal protective equipment (PPE) distributed for use by the health and social care system to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in England, and model strategies for mitigating the environmental impact. Life cycle assessment was used to determine environmental impacts of PPE distributed to health and social care in England during the first six months of t...

One or two injections of MVA-vectored vaccine shields hACE2 transgenic mice from SARS-C...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8000198
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Un... Liu R, Americo JL et. al.

Mar 10th, 2021 - Modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) is a replication-restricted smallpox vaccine, and numerous clinical studies of recombinant MVAs (rMVAs) as vectors for prevention of other infectious diseases, including COVID-19, are in progress. Here, we characterize rMVAs expressing the S protein of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Modifications of full-length S individually o...

Adapting to the culture of 'new normal': an emerging response to COVID-19.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7989434
Journal of Public Health (Oxford, England); Corpuz JCG

Mar 8th, 2021 - A year after COVID-19 pandemic has emerged, we have suddenly been forced to adapt to the 'new normal': work-from-home setting, parents home-schooling their children in a new blended learning setting, lockdown and quarantine, and the mandatory wearing of face mask and face shields in public. For many, 2020 has already been earmarked as 'the worst' year in the 21st century. Ripples from the curre...

Medical face masks offer self-protection against aerosols: An evaluation using a practi...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7928437
PloS One; Sterr CM, Nickel IL et. al.

Mar 3rd, 2021 - Since the appearance of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the question regarding the efficacy of various hygiene measures and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) has become the focus of scientific and above all public discussion. To compare respirators, medical face masks, and cloth masks and determine if it is recommendable to wear face masks to protect t...

Laser dentistry in daily practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: Benefits, risks and rec...
https://doi.org/10.17219/acem/130598
Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine : Official... Arnabat-Dominguez J, Vecchio AD et. al.

Feb 26th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic forced dental professionals to cope with an unexpected challenge and caused an abrupt cessation of conventional care practices. The high degree of contagiousness as well as the diffusion of the virus through the air and droplets via respiratory transmission placed dental professionals at top-level risk of contracting and spreading the disease. General recommendations were ...

Reopening Interventional Pain Practices during the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Global P...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7928578
Pain Medicine (Malden, Mass.); Huynh L, Chang RG et. al.

Feb 24th, 2021 - Examine how interventional pain physicians navigated the early phase of reopening practices during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In June/July 2020, Spine Intervention Society members were queried about practice demographics, perception of COVID-19 prevalence, financial impact, and implementation of new tools and procedures when re-opening practices. Of the 2,295 members appr...

Prominent Scientists Call on CDC to Better Protect Workers From COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/945961

Feb 16th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. A group of academics has sent a letter to the CDC insisting that more workers get access to top-rated N95 masks in an effort to help drive down the spread of the virus. Yet, since those guidelines were written, research has shown that deadly outbreaks have occurred in meatpacking plants and pris...

Challenges with healthcare workers' protection during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7584918
The British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Nasrabadi AN, Shali M et. al.

Feb 13th, 2021 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers stand in the frontline of the fight against the disease. This study aimed to assess the challenges with personal protection during the pandemic in Tehran, Iran. Seven-hundred healthcare workers were surveyed between April and May 2020, and the study was performed in surgical care wards. Questionnaires, which were sent to 1000 workers via online p...

Curved-crease origami face shields for infection control.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7869980
PloS One; Bukauskas A, Koronaki A et. al.

Feb 8th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). Face shields are an important component of PPE for front-line workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing protection of the face from splashes and sprays of virus-containing fluids. Existing face shield designs and manufacturing procedures may not allow for production and distributio...

Mitigating saliva aerosol contamination in a dental school clinic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7863034
BMC Oral Health; Yang M, Chaghtai A et. al.

Feb 6th, 2021 - Transmission of COVID-19 via salivary aerosol particles generated when using handpieces or ultrasonic scalers is a major concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this study was to assess the spread of dental aerosols on patients and dental providers during aerosol-generating dental procedures. This pilot study was conducted with one volunteer. A dental unit used at the dental school for...

In Philadelphia, a Scandal Erupts Over Vaccination Startup Led by 22-Year-Old
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/945201

Feb 2nd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. It started as a group of college friends who wanted to help during the pandemic. They had tech skills, so they used 3D printers to make face shields. Then they organized as a nonprofit, Philly Fighting Covid, and opened a testing site in a Philadelphia neighborhood that didn't have one yet. The ...

"Swords and Shields" against COVID-19 for patients with cancer at "clean" and "pandemic...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7819771
Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multi... Karacin C, Acar R et. al.

Jan 22nd, 2021 - COVID-19 will continue to disrupt the diagnosis-treatment process of cancer patients. Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtaslan Ankara Oncology Hospital has been considered as a 'non-pandemic' center ('clean') in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. The other state hospitals that also take care of cancer patients in Ankara were defined as 'pandemic' centers. This study aimed to evaluate hospital admission chang...

Mask use among pedestrians during the Covid-19 pandemic in Southwest Iran: an observati...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7807226
BMC Public Health; Rahimi Z, Shirali GA et. al.

Jan 15th, 2021 - Many countries have recommended the use of face masks for general population in public places to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of face mask usage and investigate about different types of face mask and their distribution among pedestrians in southwest Iran during the Covid-19 pandemic. This cross-sectional study was conducted in August 2020 ...

Call to Arms: Vaccinating the Health Workforce of 21 Million Strong
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/943039

Dec 21st, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. As the first American healthcare workers rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine, the images were instantly frozen in history, marking the triumph of scientific know-how and ingenuity. Cameras captured the first trucks pulling out of a warehouse in Portage, Michigan, to the applause of wo...