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Resurgence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections during COVID-19 Pandemic, Tokyo, Japan
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/11/21-1565_article

Oct 19th, 2021 - The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 (1). Since then, social activities have been restricted worldwide, and infection control measures including handwashing, mask-wearing, and keeping social distance have been strengthened. These measures reduced the prevalence of respiratory virus infections other than COVID-1...

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies after First 6 Months of COVID-19 Pandemic, Portugal
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/11/21-0636_article

Oct 19th, 2021 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has spread rapidly worldwide during 2020–2021, but incidence has been highly variable in different countries and is difficult to estimate. In Portugal, which has ≈10.3 million inhabitants, the burden of disease, cases, and deaths was similar to or less than that for neighboring countries during the first wave of the coronavirus diseas...

Why Was Life Expectancy Declining Before COVID-19?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960943

Oct 15th, 2021 - A substantial number of English communities experienced a decline in life expectancy in the five years before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study published in the  Lancet Public Health. Although recent data from the Office for National Statistics found that life expectancy for men in the UK had fallen for the first time in 40 years due to the pandemic, this new research...

Why Toilet Paper Is the Unofficial Symbol of Anxiety During COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960950

Oct 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. How did toilet paper become the unofficial symbol of anxiety during the pandemic? Empty store shelves are a stark reminder of how COVID-19 has taken a toll on people. At the beginning of the pandemic, stay-at-home orders drove people to buy large amounts of household goods, especially toilet pap...

Nebraska AG: Docs Can Prescribe Controversial COVID Drugs
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/961011

Oct 15th, 2021 - OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's attorney general said Friday that he won't seek disciplinary action against doctors who prescribe controversial, off-label drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus infections, as long as they get informed consent from patients and don't engage in misconduct. The office of Attorney General Doug Peterson released a legal opinion saying it didn't see data to justify leg...

Pandemic Adds More Weight to Burden of Obesity in Children
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/961021

Oct 15th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. American children gained a lot of weight in the last year, setting a dangerous trajectory towards metabolic disease that requires urgent policy change, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Our nation's safety net is fragile, outdated, and out of reach for millions ...

Sawbones Hosts Demystify Medicine, One Episode at a Time
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960763

Oct 15th, 2021 - Working in medicine often means recounting medical facts galore to your spouse, family, and anyone nearby. But what if this was something you did not just for your partner, but for thousands of listeners each week, and even at live shows (back when those were still a thing)? Family medicine physician and assistant professor Sydnee McElroy, MD, co-hosts the podcast Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Mi...

Substance Abuse Boosts COVID Hospitalization, Death Risk, Even After Vaccination
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960913

Oct 14th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) have a twofold increased risk for COVID-related hospitalization and death even after vaccination, new research shows. Investigators analyzed data on over 10,000 vaccinated individuals with various SUDs and almost 600,000 vaccinated individuals with...

No Unemployment Checks for Health Workers Who Refuse Vaccine
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960912

Oct 14th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There will be no state unemployment benefits for health care workers who are fired for refusing to get employer-mandated vaccinations against COVID-19, state officials said Thursday. Already, a small number of workers have quit rather than be fully vaccinated ahead of the ...

History Does Repeat: Pandemic Vaccine Uproar Is Nothing New
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960923

Oct 14th, 2021 - Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Even as the fourth wave of COVID-19 cases trends downward, one aspect of the pandemic remains strong: differing opinions on the value of COVID-19 immunization and vaccine mandates across the US. Strong feelings around vaccination are nothing new. Claims that link the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine t...

Texas Vaccine Mandate Ban Likely to Be Trumped by Federal Law but Could Cause Uncertainty
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960772

Oct 14th, 2021 - (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott's ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates will likely be superseded by the Biden administration plan to require shots for workers, but the dueling rules could take months to sort out in court, creating uncertainty for employers with business in the state. The Republican governor signed an executive order on Monday banning private employers and other entities from...

Delta Air CEO Calls Vaccine Mandates 'Very Blunt Instrument'
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960800

Oct 14th, 2021 - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian on Wednesday waded into the debate on mandating coronavirus vaccines, saying government directives are not the only way to make people get the jab. "Mandate is only one way to get people vaccinated," Bastian told Reuters in an interview. "It's a very blunt instrument." As part of efforts to control the pandemic, which has killed mor...

COVID-19 Infections 'Rose Exponentially Among 5 to 17-year-olds in September'
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960847

Oct 14th, 2021 - Coronavirus infections were rising exponentially among 5 to 17-year-olds in September, coinciding with the start of the autumn school term in England, new research suggests. The findings from the REACT-1 study also support the need for vaccine boosters, with a higher prevalence of double jabbed people testing positive within 3 to 6 months of their vaccination. Researchers say it is important th...

'Are You Going to Keep Me Safe?' Hospital Workers Sound Alarm on Rising Violence
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960885

Oct 14th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Mawata Kamara works as a nurse at San Leandro Hospital in San Leandro, California, where visitors have twice made gun threats against staffers in the emergency department since the pandemic began. She and other hospital workers call it part of a worrying trend. The San Leandro Hospital emergency...

New Landmines in Your Next (and Even Current) Employment Contract
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960765

Oct 13th, 2021 - Physician employment contracts include some new dangers. This includes physicians taking a new job, but it also includes already-employed doctors who are being asked to re-sign a new contract that contains new conditions. A number of these new clauses have arisen due to COVID-19. When the pandemic dramatically reduced patient flow, many employers didn't have enough money to pay doctors and didn...

Docs: Insurers' Payment Delays, Downcoding a 'Revenue Grab'
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960786

Oct 13th, 2021 - Despite reporting record profits during the COVID-19 pandemic, major insurance companies are delaying claims payments and making it more difficult for hospitals and physicians to get paid the full amount of claims, observers and physicians say. Kaiser Health News recently reported that hospitals, in particular, are affected by the slowdown in claims payments from Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's...

Pandemic Data Challenges Infection Link to Guillain-Barré Syndrome
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960807

Oct 13th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Armed with pediatric data from the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers is suggesting that most cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome may not be connected to infectious disease, as is sometimes assumed. While pediatric cases of various types of infections fell by 45%-95% during the early months o...

Anxiety, Depression Track With Prevalence of COVID Cases
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960817

Oct 13th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Anxiety and depression symptoms increased in adults last winter as COVID-19 surged in the United States but declined in the spring as COVID activity approached its nadir, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The relative increases and decreases in freque...

COVID-19 Hospital Visitor Rules: Families Want More Access
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960820

Oct 13th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. MIAMI (AP) — Banned from the Florida hospital room where her mother lay dying of COVID-19, Jayden Arbelaez pitched an idea to construction employees working nearby. "Is there any way that I could get there?" Arbelaez asked them, pointing to a small third-story window of the hospital in Jacksonvi...

Many Scientists Face Serious Threats for Speaking About COVID: Survey
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960821

Oct 13th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Scientists who speak about COVID-19 to the media or comment about the pandemic on social media often meet with harassment and abuse, according to a survey published in Nature. The survey of 321 scientists, largely from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, found that 22% were threa...