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nSpatially refined time-varying reproduction numbers of SARS-CoV-2 in Arkansas and Kent...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2021.12.012
Annals of Epidemiology; Politis MD, Hua X et. al.

Jan 16th, 2022 - To examine the time-varying reproduction number, Rt, for COVID-19 in Arkansas and Kentucky and investigate the impact of policies and preventative measures on the variability in Rt. Arkansas and Kentucky county-level COVID-19 cumulative case count data (March 6-November 7, 2020) were obtained. Rt was estimated using the R package 'EpiEstim', by county, region (Delta, non-Delta, Appalachian, non...

Optimizing voice-controlled intelligent personal assistants for use by home-bound older...
https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17625
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; O'Brien K, Light SW et. al.

Jan 15th, 2022 - Social isolation is a major public health concern, as isolated individuals are at increased risk of poor overall health, as well as at increased risk of unhealthy behaviors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing strategies have led to increased rates of loneliness and social isolation. There is a clear need for strategies to mitigate the effects of social isolation and loneliness on t...

Effectiveness of Localized Lockdowns in the COVID-19 Pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwac008
American Journal of Epidemiology; Li Y, Undurraga EA et. al.

Jan 15th, 2022 - Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as social distancing and lockdowns, have been essential to control the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, localized lockdowns in small geographic areas have become an important policy intervention to prevent viral spread in cases of resurgence. These localized lockdowns can result in lower social and economic costs compared to larger-scale suppression strat...

Impact of COVID-19 in Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients: A systematic revie...
https://doi.org/10.1111/tid.13792
Transplant Infectious Disease : an Official Journal of Th... Shahzad M, Chaudhary SG et. al.

Jan 15th, 2022 - Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients are at increased risk of mortality and morbidity with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to severe immune dysfunction. A literature search was performed on PubMed, Cochrane, and Clinical trials.gov from the date of inception to 12/08/2021. We identified 19 original studies reporting data on COVID-19 in HSCT recipients after screening 292...

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2500114-overview

Jan 14th, 2022 - Practice Essentials Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is defined as illness caused by a novel coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; formerly called 2019-nCoV), which was first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. [1] It was initially reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019. On January 30, 2020...

The COVID-19 experience of orthodontists in the UK.
https://doi.org/10.1177/14653125211068046
Journal of Orthodontics; Sabbagh Y, Lewis BR et. al.

Jan 14th, 2022 - To understand and compare the perceived impact and ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on orthodontic clinical services in the UK. Descriptive cross-sectional survey. Online electronic questionnaire. Members of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS). Electronic questionnaires were circulated between March and June 2021. The UK survey was distributed via emails from the BOS, Orthodontic Mana...

Docs Pen Open Letter to Support Fauci From Partisan 'Attacks'
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966688

Jan 14th, 2022 - Fed up with personal attacks on the nation's top infectious disease expert, scores of leading scientists and physicians have signed an open letter defending Anthony Fauci, MD, for his years of service to the public and his leadership on the pandemic. "We deplore the personal attacks on Dr. Fauci. The criticism is inaccurate, unscientific, ill-founded in the facts and, increasingly, motivated by...

COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among Bangladeshi adults: Understanding predictors of vacci...
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0261929
PloS One; Lee C, Holroyd TA et. al.

Jan 14th, 2022 - The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of COVID-19 vaccine intention among Bangladeshi adults. Secondary data from the COVID-19 Beliefs, Behaviors & Norms Survey conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Facebook were analyzed. Data were collected from 2,669 adult Facebook users in Bangladesh and was collected between February 15 and February 28, 2021. Binom...

Detection of COVID-19 in smartphone-based breathing recordings: A pre-screening deep le...
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262448
PloS One; Alkhodari M, Khandoker AH

Jan 14th, 2022 - This study was sought to investigate the feasibility of using smartphone-based breathing sounds within a deep learning framework to discriminate between COVID-19, including asymptomatic, and healthy subjects. A total of 480 breathing sounds (240 shallow and 240 deep) were obtained from a publicly available database named Coswara. These sounds were recorded by 120 COVID-19 and 120 healthy subjec...

Promoting an Emergency Action Plan for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Sports During a P...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2021.02.006
Journal of Pediatric Health Care : Official Publication O... Foye-Fuller PA, Derouin A et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - Pandemic-related restrictions increased the risk of delayed emergency response of bystanders to sudden cardiac arrest among youth athletes. Education and SCA emergency preparedness, implemented by nurse leaders and adapted to environmental changes, can greatly reduce the risks associated with an SCA episode. A nurse-led, quality improvement pilot project was implemented in a recreational youth ...

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...

South Korea Authorizes Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Imports Pfizer Pills
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966454

Jan 13th, 2022 - SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is turning to additional pharmaceutical tools as it looks to pre-empt a surge of COVID-19 omicron infections, authorising the use of Novavax Inc's vaccine on Wednesday and preparing to distribute the first of Pfizer's antiviral pills. At least 21,000 of Pfizer's antiviral pills, called Paxlovid, will arrive in South Korea on Thursday, with another 10,000 more expec...

Summer crowds: An analysis of USFS campground reservations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8754311
PloS One; Shartaj M, Suter JF et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, US public land managers faced the challenge of catering to large increases in camping demand, while maintaining social distancing guidelines. In this paper, we use multivariate linear regression to analyze weekly changes in reservations to US Forest Service (USFS) campgrounds between 2019 and 2020. The regression models estimate the impact of local COVID infection ...

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.

Physicians React: Should Docs Lose Their Licenses for Spreading False COVID Information?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966449

Jan 12th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Doctors providing "fraudulent" COVID-19 information became a hot-button issue for physicians responding to Medscape's recent article,"Shouldn't Doctors Who Spread False COVID-19 Information Lose Their Licenses?"   COVID-19 safety recommendations are set by mainstream medical organizations as new...

The Etiology of Acute Otitis Media in Young Children in Recent Years
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966498

Jan 12th, 2022 - Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, pediatricians have been seeing fewer cases of all respiratory illnesses, including acute otitis media (AOM). However, as I prepare this column, an uptick has commenced and likely will continue in an upward trajectory as we emerge from the pandemic into an endemic coronavirus era. Our group in Rochester, N.Y., has continued prospective studies of AOM throughout...

Partisan Divide on COVID Policy Widens in State Legislatures
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966494

Jan 12th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In Democratic-led Washington state, just four lawmakers were present in the 98-member House this week as they convened a mostly remote session with an abundance of caution. Anyone working there is required to be tested for COVID-19 three days a week and show proof of v...

Caregivers of Individuals with Cancer in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Phenomenological Study.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8751169
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Salha LA, Silva JCS et. al.

Jan 12th, 2022 - Caregivers of individuals with cancer in the COVID-19 pandemic are faced with the demands of cancer and the health needs produced by it, along with their own health and self-care needs, and the uncertainties of expectations and risks. A qualitative analytical phenomenological study with caregivers of individuals with cancer registered at the state referral hospital supplying medications, who an...

The Impact of Social Distancing Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Dementia, F...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8744737
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Smaling HJA, Tilburgs B et. al.

Jan 12th, 2022 - Social distancing measures imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges to the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, family carers, and healthcare professionals. This study investigated the impact of these measures on all involved in the care for people with dementia. For this qualitative study, 20 family carers and 20 healthcare professionals from home care and long-te...