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Association between participation in the government subsidy programme for domestic trav...
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049069
BMJ Open; Miyawaki A, Tabuchi T et. al.

Apr 14th, 2021 - To investigate the association between participation in government subsidies for domestic travel (subsidise up to 50% of all travel expenses) introduced nationally in Japan on 22 July 2020 and the incidence of symptoms indicative of COVID-19 infections. Cross-sectional analysis of nationally representative survey data. Internet survey conducted between 25 August and 30 September 2020 in Japan. ...

Emergency department attendances during the COVID-19 pandemic: a retrospective analysis...
https://doi.org/10.1136/emermed-2020-209992
Emergency Medicine Journal : EMJ; Sless RT, Hayward NE et. al.

Apr 14th, 2021 - COVID-19 has resulted in the death of over 1 million people to date. Following government-implemented regulations, there has been concern over the apparent decline in emergency department (ED) attendances and the resultant health legacy. Therefore, we aimed to characterise the attendances to an Irish tertiary hospital ED following the implementation of these regulations during the COVID-19 pand...

Opportunities for improving opioid disposal practices in the Veterans Health Administra...
https://doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxab163
American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy : AJHP : Offic... Giannitrapani KF, Brown-Johnson C et. al.

Apr 14th, 2021 - In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (...

Determinants of protective behaviours during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the C...
https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12513
British Journal of Health Psychology; Scholz U, Freund AM

Apr 13th, 2021 - Without pharmaceutical measures available, endorsement of protective behaviours, such as hygiene behaviours, social distancing, and adherence to recommended behaviours in case of symptoms is of key importance to curb the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Based on an extended version of the protection motivation theory, this study examined the role of perceived risks to oneself and to others, self-effi...

One in Four Parents Say Youth Sports Don't Consistently Enforce COVID-19 Precautions
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949237

Apr 13th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Even though the majority of parents give youth sports leagues high marks for keeping them informed about COVID-19 safety protocols, more than one in four parents still think enforcement of these policies is inconsistent, a new U.S. poll suggests. Researchers from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health examined data from a nationally representativ...

How Long Do You Expect to Wear a Mask?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949280

Apr 13th, 2021 - Americans have spent this year's flu season social distancing and wearing masks, and the dramatic reduction in cases and deaths from influenza and other respiratory illnesses besides COVID-19 have led some to speculate about the benefits of wearing masks beyond the current pandemic. A recent study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found that across 44 children's hospitals, the number of child...

Barriers to Care Experienced by Patients Who Inject Drugs During the COVID-19 Pandemic:...
https://doi.org/10.1097/ADM.0000000000000853
Journal of Addiction Medicine; Gleason E, Nolan NS et. al.

Apr 12th, 2021 - To identify the barriers to accessing health care and social services faced by people who inject drugs (PWID) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This report is a sub-analysis of a larger qualitative study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with PWID admitted to an academic medical center from 2017 to 2020 for an invasive injection-related infection. Standard qualit...

COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbates Challenges With US Blood Supply
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949077

Apr 12th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a blood supply shortage in the U.S. mainly due to halted blood drives and stay-at-home orders, and not due to increased transfusion needs to treat coronavirus patients, according to an essay published in the American Journal of Public Health. The authors explore pressure points in the U.S. blood supply that preceded the pandemic, challenges th...

OPTIMIZING THE POTENTIAL FOR TELEHEALTH IN CARDIOVASCULAR CARE (IN THE ERA OF COVID-19)...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2021.03.007
The American Journal of Medicine; Patel P, Dhindsa D et. al.

Apr 12th, 2021 - Before the COVID-19 pandemic, use of telehealth services had been limited in cardiovascular care. Potential benefits of telehealth include improved access to care, more efficient care management, reduced costs, the ability to assess patients within their homes while involving key caretakers in medical decisions, maintaining social distancing, and increased patient satisfaction. Challenges inclu...

Next Winter May Be Rough: Models Predict 'Considerable Surge' of COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949154

Apr 11th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. It's likely the United States will see another surge of COVID-19 this winter, warned Christopher Murray, MD, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Speaking at the national conference of State of Reform on April 8, Murray ci...

Merkel to Take Control From German States in Pandemic Battle
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949032

Apr 11th, 2021 - BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to take control from federal states to impose restrictions on regions with high numbers of new coronavirus infections, a government spokeswoman said, in a battle to curb a third wave of the pandemic. The federal government plans to introduce draft legislation next week, she said. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said this will include compuls...

Vaccinated Fauci Discusses His Own List of Dos, Don'ts
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949144

Apr 11th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said his behavior hasn't changed much now that he's fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Insider. Fauci hosts small gatherings at his home but still won't go to crowded indoor locations where...

Michigan Presses White House for More Vaccines Amid Surge
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/949133

Apr 11th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Sunday to keep pushing the White House for more vaccines as Michigan sees a COVID-19 spike. The Democrat told CBS' "Face The Nation" that she plans to work with the White House but is "really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the sta...

Effects of weather-related social distancing on city-scale transmission of respiratory ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8033554
BMC Infectious Diseases; Jackson ML, Hart GR et. al.

Apr 10th, 2021 - Unusually high snowfall in western Washington State in February 2019 led to widespread school and workplace closures. We assessed the impact of social distancing caused by this extreme weather event on the transmission of respiratory viruses. Residual specimens from patients evaluated for acute respiratory illness at hospitals in the Seattle metropolitan area were screened for a panel of respir...

ActiGraph and Short-term Heart Rate Variability Study Protocol: Amended for the COVID-1...
https://doi.org/10.1097/JCN.0000000000000817
The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing; Luong A, Goodyke M et. al.

Apr 9th, 2021 - ActiGraph accelerometry is widely used in nursing research to estimate daily physical activity. Heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of autonomic modulation, can be assessed in conjunction with the ActiGraph using a Polar H7 Bluetooth heart rate monitor. There is a paucity of nursing literature to guide nurse researchers' protocol development when using the ActiGraph to assess both physical ...

Teledermatology During COVID-19: An Updated Review.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8032846
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology; Farr MA, Duvic M et. al.

Apr 9th, 2021 - The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has fundamentally transformed the landscape of providing dermatologic care. In an age of lockdowns and social distancing, teledermatology (TD) has emerged as a powerful tool to deliver remote care. Here, we review literature on TD use during the pandemic to evaluate the positives and negatives of TD implementation. We especially consider the rece...

Adherence to Social Distancing Guidelines Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Roles o...
https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kaab024
Annals of Behavioral Medicine : a Publication of the Soci... Gratz KL, Richmond JR et. al.

Apr 8th, 2021 - Adherence to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines varies across individuals. This study examined the relations of pseudoscientific and just world beliefs, generalized and institutional trust, and political party affiliation to adherence to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines over three months, as well as the explanatory role of COVID-19 risk perceptions in these relations. A U.S. nationwide ...

Low circulation of Influenza A and coinfection with SARS-CoV-2 among other respiratory ...
https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.26975
Journal of Medical Virology; Eisen AKA, Gularte JS et. al.

Apr 8th, 2021 - With the arrival of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Brazil in February 2020, several preventive measures were taken by the population aiming to avoid severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection including the use of masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing then, these measures may have contributed to preventing infection also by other respiratory viru...

Exploring online search behavior for COVID-19 preventive measures: The Philippine case.
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249810
PloS One; Galido A, Ecleo JJ et. al.

Apr 8th, 2021 - Public health agencies have suggested nonpharmaceutical interventions to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infections. The study intended to explore the information-seeking behavior and information needs on preventive measures for COVID-19 in the Philippine context. The search interests and related queries for COVID-19 terms and each of the preventive measures for the period from December 31, 201...

The new UK SARS-CoV-2 variant and lockdown - causes and consequences.
https://doi.org/10.7861/clinmed.2021-0019
Clinical Medicine (London, England); Pan D, Mudalige NL et. al.

Apr 7th, 2021 - The new variant of concern (VOC), B.1.1.7, has a distinct set of mutations in nucleotides encoding the spike (S) protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 previously accumulated mutations at a much slower rate, of 1-2 per month; the sudden appearance of a large cluster of mutations was thought to be unusual. We now suspect that VOC may have arisen from immunosuppressed individuals who sh...