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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices around hand drying in public bathrooms during the C...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8025600
American Journal of Infection Control; Marcenac P, Kim S et. al.

Apr 10th, 2021 - Hand drying is the critical, final step of handwashing. A cross-sectional survey of U.S. adults assessed self-reported hand drying practices in public bathrooms and found increased preference for using electric hand dryers, wiping hands on clothing, and shaking hands and decreased preference for using paper towels during the COVID-19 pandemic relative to before. Respondents expressed concerns a...

Which factors influence the extent of indoor transmission of SARS-CoV-2? A rapid eviden...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8021073
Journal of Global Health; Goodwin L, Hayward T et. al.

Apr 8th, 2021 - This rapid evidence review identifies and integrates evidence from epidemiology, microbiology and fluid dynamics on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in indoor environments. Searches were conducted in May 2020 in PubMed, medRxiv, arXiv, Scopus, WHO COVID-19 database, Compendex & Inspec. We included studies reporting data on any indoor setting except schools, any indoor activities and any potential...

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Apr 4th, 2021 - Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the amount of germs on surfaces and decreases risk of infection from surfaces. In most situations, cleaning alone removes most virus particles on surfaces. Disinfection to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in...

First Detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 on the Surfaces of T...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8004146
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Montagna MT, De Giglio O et. al.

Apr 3rd, 2021 - A Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by a new virus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), spreads via direct contact through droplets produced by infected individuals. The transmission of this virus can also occur via indirect contact if objects and surfaces are contaminated by secretions from individuals with COVID-19 or asymptomatic carriers. Environmental c...

Effectiveness of SARS-CoV-2 Decontamination and Containment in a COVID-19 ICU.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7967612
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Brune Z, Kuschner CE et. al.

Apr 3rd, 2021 - Background: Health care systems in the United States are continuously expanding and contracting spaces to treat patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in intensive care units (ICUs). As a result, hospitals must effectively decontaminate and contain severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in constructed and deconstructed ICUs that care for patients with COVID-19. ...

The Safety of Slaughterhouse Workers during the Pandemic Crisis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7967316
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Ursachi CȘ, Munteanu FD et. al.

Apr 3rd, 2021 - The working conditions in a slaughterhouse are difficult because of the low temperatures, high humidity, and little natural light. Therefore, in these facilities, there is a high demand in the maintenance of strict hygiene rules. Lately, the new SARS-CoV-2 pandemic situation has brought new challenges in the meat industry, as this sector has to maintain its operability to supply the meat and me...

Risk for Fomite-Mediated Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Child Daycares, Schools, Nursing...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8007300
Emerging Infectious Diseases; Kraay ANM, Hayashi MAL et. al.

Mar 23rd, 2021 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 can persist on surfaces, suggesting possible surface-mediated transmission of this pathogen. We found that fomites might be a substantial source of transmission risk, particularly in schools and child daycares. Combining surface cleaning and decontamination with mask wearing can help mitigate this risk.

The next-generation coronavirus diagnostic techniques with particular emphasis on the S...
https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.26926
Journal of Medical Virology; Hemida MG

Mar 22nd, 2021 - The potential zoonotic coronaviruses (SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2) are of global health concerns. Early diagnosis is the milestone in their mitigation, control, and eradication. Many diagnostic techniques are showing great success and have many advantages, such as the rapid turnover of the results, high accuracy, and high specificity and sensitivity. However, some of these techniques hav...

Bamlanivimab - bamlanivimab injection, solution-Eli Lilly and Company
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=c7e9d8a6-e8c2-4681-9362-51d5bdbae00d

Mar 17th, 2021 - SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to permit the emergency use of the unapproved product bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testi...

Etesevimab - etesevimab injection, solution-Eli Lilly and Company
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=aacdd8a7-18b7-43c6-b866-14aa491a0c15

Mar 17th, 2021 - SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to permit the emergency use of the unapproved products bamlanivimab and etesevimab administered together for the treatment of mild to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) with positive re...

Former Trump Coronavirus Coordinator Birx to Join Texas Air Purifier Maker
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/947380

Mar 14th, 2021 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dr. Deborah Birx, the former Trump White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, will join ActivePure Technology, a Texas manufacturer that says its products reduce COVID-19 on surfaces and in the air, the company told Reuters. Birx, who was criticized for not standing up to former President Donald Trump as he played down the virus and spread misinformation about its tr...

An Aerosol Containment and Filtration Tent for Intubation During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.1177/1553350621999976
Surgical Innovation; Brant-Zawadzki GM, Ockerse P et. al.

Mar 12th, 2021 - Background. Exposure to infectious droplets confers a high risk for infection transmission by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Aerosolizing procedures pose particular concern for increasing healthcare workers' (HCWs) risks of infection. Multiple creative personal protective equipment solutions have been utilized to minimize exposure to infectious particles; however, the overall benefit of many of th...

Why blood group A individuals are at risk whereas blood group O individuals are protect...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7609233
Immunobiology Arend P

Mar 11th, 2021 - While the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) protein is defined as the primary severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) receptor, the viral serine molecule might be mobilized by the host's transmembrane protease serine subtype 2 (TMPRSS2) enzyme from the viral spike (S) protein and hijack the host's N-acetyl-D-galactosamine (GalNAc) metabolism. The resulting hybrid, sero...

Feasibility of ultraviolet light-emitting diode irradiation robot for terminal decontam...
https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2021.95
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology; Choi HK, Cui C et. al.

Mar 9th, 2021 - To investigate the feasibility of using an ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UV LED) robot for the terminal decontamination of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient rooms. We assessed the presence of viral RNA in samples from environmental surfaces before and after UV LED irradiation in COVID-19 patient rooms after patient discharge. This study analyzed 216 environmental samples from 17 r...

Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA on playground surfaces and water fountains.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7985893
Epidemiology and Infection; Kozer E, Rinott E et. al.

Mar 8th, 2021 - The possibility of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission by fomites or environmental surfaces has been suggested. It is unclear if SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in outdoor public areas. The objective of the current study was to assess the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in environmental samples collected at public playgrounds and water fountains, in a country with high d...

Robot-Assisted Triage, Treatment in ED Acceptable and Feasible
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/946994

Mar 7th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Patients may be open to robots participating in some healthcare interactions, a U.S. survey suggests, and, in an experiment, researchers found that emergency department patients reacted positively to a robot doing some initial triage. In the online survey, 1,000 respondents were asked about their openness to a robot assisting in performing healthcare tasks such as acquiring v...

Disinfection protocols during COVID-19 pandemic and their effects on prosthetic surface...
https://doi.org/10.11607/ijp.7151
The International Journal of Prosthodontics; Di Fiore A, Monaco C et. al.

Mar 4th, 2021 - To describe the possible adverse effects of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) solutions, high-concentration alcohol solutions, and povidone-iodine products, which are indicated for disinfection of inanimate surfaces against human coronavirus of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), on prosthesis materials, including zirconia, lithium disilicate, and acrylic resin. A systematic literature ...

COVID Stress Syndrome: Clinical and Nosological Considerations.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7927783
Current Psychiatry Reports; Taylor S

Mar 4th, 2021 - To review the current state of knowledge on the newly proposed COVID Stress Syndrome. The syndrome consists of five inter-correlated elements: (a) fear of SARSCoV2 infection and fear of coming into contact with objects or surfaces contaminated with the coronavirus; (b) fear of socio-economic impacts of the pandemic; (c) fear of foreigners for fear that they are infected; (d) pandemic-related co...

SARS-CoV-2 on Ocular Surfaces in a Cohort of Patients With COVID-19 From the Lombardy R...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7934077
JAMA Ophthalmology; Azzolini C, Donati S et. al.

Mar 4th, 2021 - Since February 2020, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread rapidly all over the world, with an epidemiological cluster in Lombardy, Italy. The viral communicability may be mediated by various body fluids, but insufficient information is available on the presence of the virus in human tears. To investigate the rate of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in tears...

COVID-19 guidelines for pregnant women and new mothers: A systematic evidence review.
https://doi.org/10.1002/ijgo.13668
International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics: the ... DiLorenzo MA, O'Connor SK et. al.

Mar 4th, 2021 - Nearly a year after COVID-19 was initially detected, guidance for pregnant and new mothers remains varied. The goal of this systematic review is to summarize recommendations for three areas of maternal and fetal care-breastfeeding, post-partum social distancing, and decontamination. We searched PubMed, Embase and Web of Science spanning from inception to November 9, 2020. Articles were included...