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Evolving Management of COVID-19: A Multi-institutional Otolaryngology Perspective.
https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599820930244
Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Wickemeyer JL, Billings KR et. al.

May 25th, 2020 - To provide evolving information on active protocols regarding inpatient, outpatient, procedural, and surgical case management taking place in otolaryngology practices in response to COVID-19. Cross-sectional multi-institutional survey. An online survey of 55 otolaryngology departments across North America. As of March 25, 2020, almost all (n = 53 of 55, 96.3%) otolaryngology departments had can...

SARS-CoV-2 RNA contamination of inanimate surfaces and virus viability in a health care...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7243766
Clinical Microbiology and Infection : the Official Publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; Colaneri M, Seminari E et. al.

May 25th, 2020 - To detect possible SARS-CoV-2 RNA contamination of inanimate surfaces in areas at high risk of aerosol formation by patients with COVID-19. Sampling was performed in the emergency unit and the sub-intensive care ward. SARS-CoV-2 RNA was extracted from swabbed surfaces and objects and subjected to real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) targeting RNA-dependent RNA poly...

Risk Stratification and Personal Protective Equipment Use in Pediatric Endoscopy During...
https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0000000000002731
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Say DS, de Lorimier A et. al.

May 22nd, 2020 - SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is now a global pandemic. Human-to-human transmission has been documented to occur through respiratory secretions, feces, aerosols, and contaminated environmental surfaces. Pediatric patients present a unique challenge as they may have minimal symptoms and yet transmit disease. Endoscopists face risk for infection wi...

Pediatric Crohn's Disease and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and...
https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0000000000002809
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Dolinger MT, Person H et. al.

May 21st, 2020 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may lead to a severe inflammatory response referred to as a cytokine storm. We describe a case of severe COVID-19 infection in a recently diagnosed pediatric Crohn's disease patient successfully treated with Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-α) blockade. The patient presented with five days of fever, an erythematous maculopapular facial rash, and abdominal pai...

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) Infection Among Health Care Workers and Implicati...
https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.9666
JAMA Network Open; Lai X, Wang M et. al.

May 21st, 2020 - Health care workers (HCWs) have high infection risk owing to treating patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, research on their infection risk and clinical characteristics is limited. To explore infection risk and clinical characteristics of HCWs with COVID-19 and to discuss possible prevention measures. This single-center case series included 9684 HCWs in Tongji Hospital, W...

Top HIV Scientist Says He Wouldn't Count on a Vaccine for Coronavirus Soon
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930889

May 20th, 2020 - (Reuters) - A top U.S. scientist said on Wednesday that governments should not count on a successful vaccine against COVID-19 being developed anytime soon when deciding whether to ease restrictions imposed to curb the pandemic. William Haseltine, a groundbreaking researcher in cancer, HIV/AIDS and human genomics, said the better approach now is to manage the disease through careful tracing of i...

Overview of transnational recommendations for COVID-19 transmission control in dental c...
https://doi.org/10.1111/odi.13431
Oral Diseases; Jamal M, Shah M et. al.

May 19th, 2020 - On March 11th 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as a pandemic. Until an effective treatment or a vaccine is developed, the current recommendations are to contain the disease, and control its transmission. It is now clear that the primary mode of SARS-CoV-2 transmission is aer...

Detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 RNA on Surfaces in Quarant...
https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2609.201435
Emerging Infectious Diseases; Jiang FC, Jiang XL et. al.

May 18th, 2020 - We investigated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) environmental contamination in 2 rooms of a quarantine hotel after 2 presymptomatic persons who stayed there were laboratory-confirmed as having coronavirus disease. We detected SARS-CoV-2 RNA on 8 (36%) of 22 surfaces, as well as on the pillow cover, sheet, and duvet cover.

Guidance for clinical neurophysiology examination throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Lat...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2020.04.011
Clinical Neurophysiology : Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology; San-Juan D, Jiménez CR et. al.

May 17th, 2020 - On 31st December 2019, China notified the World Health Organization of an outbreak of atypical pneumonia from patients at a local seafood market in Wuhan, Hubei, China, responsible for a new coronavirus called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that caused COVID-19 disease, which spread rapidly around the world. WHO declared a state of pandemic (11th March, 2020), whic...

Environmental contamination by SARS-CoV-2 in a designated hospital for coronavirus dise...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7214329
American Journal of Infection Control; Wu S, Wang Y et. al.

May 14th, 2020 - COVID-19 is characterized by risk of nosocomial transmission; however, the extent of environmental contamination and its potential contribution of environmental contamination to SARS-CoV-2 transmission are poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate whether environmental contamination may play a role in SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Air samples were collected by natural precipitation, and env...

Development and initial validation of the COVID Stress Scales.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7198206
Journal of Anxiety Disorders; Taylor S, Landry CA et. al.

May 14th, 2020 - Research and clinical observations suggest that during times of pandemic many people exhibit stress- or anxiety-related responses that include fear of becoming infected, fear of coming into contact with possibly contaminated objects or surfaces, fear of foreigners who might be carrying infection (i.e., disease-related xenophobia), fear of the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic, compuls...

COVID Fatigue Is Setting In
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930453

May 12th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's  Coronavirus Resource Center. The slow-moving game of viral roulette is wearing on everyone. Eventually, we may all become fatigued and say, "well, let's just take our chances," the isolation being worse than the disease. I must say, however, the sight of the local funeral director loading lumber into his van at the hardwar...

The ocular surface, coronaviruses and COVID-19.
https://doi.org/10.1111/cxo.13088
Clinical & Experimental Optometry REFERENCES; Willcox MD, Walsh K et. al.

May 12th, 2020 - The ocular surface has been suggested as a site of infection with Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19). This review examines the evidence for this hypothesis, and its implications for clinical practice. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is transmitted by person-to-person contact, via a...

Prevention of Infection and Disruption of the Pathogen Transfer Chain in Elective Surgery.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7175869
The Journal of Arthroplasty; Chisari E, Krueger CA et. al.

May 11th, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to stop our normal activities and consider how we can safely return to caring for our patients. There are many common practices (such as an increased use of personal protective equipment) which we are all familiar with that can be easily incorporated into our daily routines. Other actions, such as cleaning more surfaces with solutions such as dilute povid...

Management of patients with COPD during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.3949/ccjm.87a.ccc007
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine; Attaway A

May 10th, 2020 - Patients with COPD have an increased risk for severity of COVID-19. Flu-like symptoms with dyspnea may distinguish COVID-19 infection from dyspnea due to a COPD-related exacerbation. Management of COPD with COVID-19 warrants standard-of-care treatment with antimicrobial agents and corticosteroids, though limiting the dose and duration of steroids use may be warranted due to the risk of increase...

The Week That Wasn't in COVID-19: Urine, Preclinical Vaccine, Recovery Stories
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930258

May 8th, 2020 - This week in COVID-19 news, researchers found SARS-CoV-2 in an infected patient's urine, an Italian biotech company said its vaccine candidates showed promising preclinical results, and a couple of patients with COVID-19 and other diseases recovered from the infection. But you didn't see these headlines on Medscape. Here's why. Coronavirus in Urine Researchers at the first affiliated hospital o...

COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - 19 States, April 2020.
https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6918e3
MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Dyal JW, Grant MP et. al.

May 7th, 2020 - Congregate work and residential locations are at increased risk for infectious disease transmission including respiratory illness outbreaks. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is primarily spread person to person through respiratory droplets. Nationwide, the meat and poultry processing industry, an essential component of the U.S. food infrastructure, employs ...

The anti-HIV drug nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept) is a potent inhibitor of cell fusion c...
https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.25985
Journal of Medical Virology REFERENCES; Musarrat F, Chouljenko V et. al.

May 6th, 2020 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS CoV-2) is the causative agent of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Coronaviruses enter cells via fusion of the viral envelope with the plasma membrane and/or via fusion of the viral envelope with endosomal membranes after virion endocytosis. The spike (S) glycoprotein is a major determinant of virus infectivity. Herein, we sh...

Phone Hygiene Could Reduce Coronavirus Spread in Healthcare Settings, Doctors Suggest
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/929893

May 4th, 2020 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hospitals and other healthcare settings sometimes play a major role in spreading infectious diseases, and mobile phone hygiene could reduce the current coronavirus outbreak in these facilities, a group of doctors in India suggests. Mobile phone hygiene, paired with recommended hand hygiene, could decrease transmission both at the individual and community levels, the ...

Environmental contamination of SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare premises.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7192102
The Journal of Infection; Ye G, Lin H et. al.

May 3rd, 2020 - A large number of healthcare workers (HCWs) were infected by SARS-CoV-2 during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. Hospitals are significant epicenters for the human-to-human transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 for HCWs, patients, and visitors. No data has been reported on the details of hospital environmental contamination status in the epicenter of Wuhan. We collected 626 surface swa...