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CDC Abdicates Responsibility: New COVID Guidelines Are a Travesty
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/979280

Aug 18th, 2022 - The CDC has capitulated to the "urgency of normal" crowd with its new COVID guidelines. I — and others — object particularly to some of these points in their new guidance. Community levels Eric Topol, MD, expressed frustration that the new guidance doesn't take into account issues that he's raised previously: https://twitter.com/EricTopol/status/1545449245028716544?s=20&t=R1S1TuExxL4ExQiUWIQDrA...

Addressing the migrant gap: maternal healthcare perspectives on utilising prevention of...
https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2022.2100602
Global Health Action; Bisnauth MA, Coovadia A et. al.

Aug 16th, 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programming in South Africa. In 2020, it was estimated that there were 4 million cross-border migrants in South Africa, some of whom are women living with HIV (WLWH), who are highly mobile and located within peripheral and urban areas of Johannesburg. Little is known about the mobility typologies...

Lived experiences of recovered COVID-19 persons in Nigeria: A phenomenological study.
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0268109
PloS One; Okonofua FE, Ntoimo LFC et. al.

Aug 16th, 2022 - Numerous publications have documented the mode of transmission and prevention of COVID-19 but little or no evidence exists on the experiences of people who survived the infection. This study explored the specific experiences of persons who were infected with COVID-19, but have recovered completely. A secondary objective was to identify essential elements in the lived experiences of such persons...

Testing for COVID-19 is Much More Effective When Performed Immediately Prior to Social ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9363582
International Journal of Public Health; Wells CR, Gokcebel S et. al.

Aug 16th, 2022 - Objective: To quantify the utility of RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests in preventing post-arrival transmission based on timing of the pre-departure test. Methods: We derived analytical expressions to compute post-arrival transmission when no test is performed, and when either an RT-PCR or any of 18 rapid antigen tests is performed at specified times before arrival. We determined the diagnostic se...

Lebanese University Students and COVID-19: A Survey on their Related-Knowledge, Practic...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9351411
Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene; Nasser Z, Jamaleddine Y et. al.

Aug 16th, 2022 - Young adults are at the epicenter for preventing the progression of COVID-19 pandemic and must be targeted for education to impede any potential transmission of the disease. This study aimed to assess the knowledge, practice and behaviors of Lebanese university students regarding COVID-19. A cross-sectional study was carried out among university students at the Lebanese University between March...

Human Monkeypox Disease.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2022.08.009
Clinics in Dermatology; Srivastava G, Srivastava G

Aug 14th, 2022 - There has been an alarming rise in human monkeypox cases during these past few months in countries where the disease is not endemic. The recent COVID-19 pandemic and the connection of the monkeypox virus with the smallpox-causing Variola virus makes it highly likely to be a candidate for another human health emergency. The transmission mode is predominantly via sexual contact, especially among ...

Empirical evidence on the efficiency of backward contact tracing in COVID-19.
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-32531-6
Nature Communications; Raymenants J, Geenen C et. al.

Aug 14th, 2022 - Standard contact tracing practice for COVID-19 is to identify persons exposed to an infected person during the contagious period, assumed to start two days before symptom onset or diagnosis. In the first large cohort study on backward contact tracing for COVID-19, we extended the contact tracing window by 5 days, aiming to identify the source of the infection and persons infected by the same so...

A delayed resurgence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) during the COVID-19 pandemic:...
https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.28065
Journal of Medical Virology; Mohebi L, Karami H et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - The global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), an emerging disease caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), and strict restrictions implemented to control the infection have impacted the circulation and transmission of common seasonal viruses worldwide and subsequently the rate of hospitalizations in children at young ages. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)...

Detection of influenza in managed quarantine in Australia and the estimated risk of imp...
https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciac648
Clinical Infectious Diseases : an Official Publication Of... Peck H, Anbumurali N et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - Influenza circulated at historically-low levels during 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions. In Australia, international arrivals to Australia were required to undertake 14 days hotel quarantine to limit new introduction of SARS-CoV-2 virus. We used routine testing data for travellers arriving on repatriation flights to Darwin, Australia from 3 January to 11 October 2021 t...

COVID-19 School vs. Community-Based Outbreak Trends among New Jersey K-12 Schools durin...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9367846
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Aggarwal J, Gichura MW et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - Identifying potential rapid methods to track COVID-19 trends within schools has become a necessity in understanding how to provide both education and maintain health and safety during a pandemic. This study examined COVID-19 trends and sociodemographic information in New Jersey (NJ) schools during the 2020-2021 school year. A database was compiled for this study in Microsoft Excel using various...

Effects of Meteorological Factors and Air Pollutants on COVID-19 Transmission under the...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9368642
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Han F, Zheng X et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - At present, COVID-19 is still spreading, and its transmission patterns and the main factors that affect transmission behavior still need to be thoroughly explored. To this end, this study collected the cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China by 8 April 2020. Firstly, the spatial characteristics of the COVID-19 transmission were investigated by the spatial autocorrelation method. Then, t...

Market Women's Perspectives on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Case of Ghana a...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9367916
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Frimpong EK, Yamoah P et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - Globally, countries are still battling health challenges and the negative economic stress on the citizenry caused by COVID-19. This study explored the perspectives of market women in Ghana and South Africa on COVID-19. Data collection was executed in both Ghana and South Africa between March 2021 and December 2021. Employing semi-structured questionnaires, face-to-face interviews were conducted...

Association Between the Relaxation of Public Health and Social Measures and Transmissio...
https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.25665
JAMA Network Open; Ryu S, Han C et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - Association Between the Relaxation of Public Health and Social Measures and Transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant in South Korea.|2022|Ryu S,Han C,Kim D,Tsang TK,Cowling BJ,|

Brief Screening for Distress among Healthcare Professionals: Psychometric Properties of...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9368125
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Robles R, Fresán A et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - The Physician Well-Being Index (PWBI) is a brief, valid, reliable self-assessment instrument to identify health professionals' distress and those in need of an intervention. to evaluate the construct, predictive validity (of depression, suicidal ideation, insomnia, and generalized anxiety), and internal consistency of the 7-item Spanish version of the PWBI (PWBI-S). out of a national population...

Exploring the Relationship between COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal and Belief in Fake News and...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9368531
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Lo Moro G, Scaioli G et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an infodemic, which includes fake news (FNs) and conspiracy theories (CTs), and which may worsen vaccine refusal (VR), thus hindering the control of the transmission. This study primarily aimed to assess COVID-19 VR in Italy and its relationship with belief in FNs/CTs. Secondarily, it explored the conviction in FNs and CTs and associated variables. ...

COVID-19 Testing Strategies for K-12 Schools in California: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9367893
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Maya S, McCorvie R et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - Public health officials must provide guidance on operating schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using data from April-December 2021, we conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis to assess six screening strategies for schools using SARS-CoV-2 antigen and PCR tests and varying screening frequencies for 1000 individuals. We estimated secondary infections averted, quality-adjusted life years ...

A Teledentistry Pilot Study on Patient-Initiated Care.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9367919
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Lin C, Goncalves N et. al.

Aug 13th, 2022 - COVID-19 has challenged the public dental workforce in their ability to continue providing routine oral health care services. To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission to staff and patients, Teledentistry was implemented in many parts of the world, mainly to provide remote consultations, undertake triage, and offer preventive educational sessions. The aim of this paper is to describe Dental...

FDA Roundup: August 12, 2022 | FDA
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-roundup-august-12-2022

Aug 12th, 2022 - For Immediate Release: August 12, 2022 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an at-a-glance summary of news from around the agency: Today, the FDA posted a safety communication to provide information to blood establishments regarding monkeypox virus and blood donations. Worldwide, there have been no reports of transmission of monkeypox virus through blood transfusion and the...

Delivering Peer-Based Support in Prisons During the COVID Pandemic and Lockdown: Innova...
https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X221110809
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative... Best D, Critchlow T et. al.

Aug 12th, 2022 - During COVID and lockdown, many prisoners have not only been affected by infection transmission in crowded and ill-equipped institutions, they have also been separated from a range of supports, including loss of family and professional supports and support for prisoners with addiction and/or mental health problems has been disrupted. This paper reports on evidence of how peer-based recovery org...

Experts Say Polio Not Likely to Spread in US
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/979173

Aug 12th, 2022 - The polio virus has been found in wastewater in New York state, but experts say the United States is well-protected from widespread transmission of the disease. "A pandemic-weary public already facing the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 and monkeypox is feeling jittery about the resurgence of a dreaded disease that was thought to be largely eradicated," Axios reported Thursday. "But experts say...