Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup
Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of July 27 to 31, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.
Plenty of COVID-19 Vaccine Coming, Fauci Says
FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 -- When a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, there should be plenty of it available, Anthony Fauci, M.D., infectious diseases chief at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, told a House panel Friday, the Associated Press reported.
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U.S. Puts Up Another $2.1 Billion for Potential COVID-19 Vaccine
FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 -- The U.S. is buying up another potential COVID-19 vaccine, the Associated Press reported Friday.
Telemedicine Use Explodes During COVID-19 Pandemic
FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 -- The emergence of telemedicine has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic. HD Live! sat down with Rujuta Saksena, M.D., an oncologist at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey, and Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston, to discuss the future of telemedicine and its impact on health care.
COVID-19 Testing Needed Every Two Days to Reopen Colleges
FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 -- Symptom-based screening alone is not sufficient to contain a COVID-19 outbreak on college campuses, according to a study published online July 31 in JAMA Network Open.
Pandemic Causing Increased Anxiety Among MS Patients
FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the psychological health of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, according to a study published online July 21 in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.
Bacterial, Fungal Coinfection Uncommon in COVID-19 Patients
FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 -- Bacterial and fungal infections are uncommon in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, but coinfection is associated with high mortality and antibiotic use is widespread, according to a study published in the July issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
Global Epidemiology of COVID-19 Reported for Prepandemic Era
FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 -- Many of the first COVID-19 cases reported from affected countries outside of mainland China involved recent travel to affected countries, according to a study published online July 29 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
School Closures Linked to Decreased COVID-19 Incidence, Death
THURSDAY, July 30, 2020 -- School closures in the United States were temporally associated with decreased COVID-19 incidence and mortality, according to a study published online July 29 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Young Children Have Higher Amounts of SARS-CoV-2 RNA
THURSDAY, July 30, 2020 -- Young children with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 have higher amounts of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 viral RNA in their nasopharynx than older children and adults, according to a research letter published online July 30 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Remdesivir Shortages Plague Some Hospitals, Pharmacists Say
THURSDAY, July 30, 2020 -- One-third of pharmacists say they do not have enough remdesivir to treat all COVID-19 patients who are eligible for it, according to the results of a survey released by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Most Gynecologic Cancer Therapy Not Tied to Higher COVID-19 Risk
THURSDAY, July 30, 2020 -- For gynecologic oncology patients with COVID-19, the case fatality rate is 14.0 percent, and chemotherapy and recent major surgery do not predict COVID-19 severity or mortality, according to a study published online July 30 in Cancer.
More Diabetic Foot Amputations Seen During COVID-19 Lockdown
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- Patients with diabetes admitted to a tertiary care center for diabetic foot ulceration during the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy had a more than threefold risk for amputation versus patients seen in 2019, according to a study published online July 23 in Diabetes Care.
Cancer-Related Encounters Down Since Start of COVID-19
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- There has been a decrease in cancer-related encounters and in cancer screening since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online July 27 in JCO: Clinical Cancer Informatics.
Latino Communities at Higher Risk for COVID-19
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- Factors linked to structural racism and social determinants of health are associated with an increased risk for COVID-19 in Latino communities, according to a study published online July 23 in the Annals of Epidemiology.
Nearly Half of Hispanics, Blacks Scared to Go to Hospital During COVID-19
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- Hispanics and blacks are most likely to stay home if experiencing medical emergencies, like a heart attack or stroke, to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19 at the hospital, according to a poll released by the American Heart Association.
Depression, Anxiety May Be Signs That COVID-19 Is Attacking Brain
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- Depression and anxiety exhibited in COVID-19 patients may be a sign that the virus impacts the central nervous system, as these symptoms are closely associated with a loss of smell and taste rather than more severe manifestations of the virus, according to a study published online July 2 in The Laryngoscope.
FDA Warns Again About Dangers of Methanol-Based Hand Sanitizers
TUESDAY, July 28, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol, or wood alcohol, which is used in fuel and antifreeze and is toxic if absorbed through the skin or life-threatening if ingested.
Myocardial Injury Seen in Many Early in Recovery From COVID-19
TUESDAY, July 28, 2020 -- Many patients recently recovered from COVID-19 infection have cardiac involvement, according to a study published online July 27 in JAMA Cardiology.
One-Third of Individuals Stopping PrEP Meds During Pandemic
TUESDAY, July 28, 2020 -- According to the results of a survey, presented at this year's International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual), one-third of respondents stopped using preexposure prophylaxis medication during a COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.
CDC to Address Inequalities in COVID-19 Reporting
MONDAY, July 27, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to take steps to improve how it collects COVID-19 data for blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans, the Associated Press reports.
COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Now in Final Phase Testing
MONDAY, July 27, 2020 -- A vaccine developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Moderna has entered the final phase of testing, the Associated Press reported Monday.
COVID-19 Can Result in Prolonged Illness Even in Milder Cases
MONDAY, July 27, 2020 -- Even among persons with milder outpatient illness, COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness, according to research published in the July 24 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Perinatal Transmission of COVID-19 Unlikely With Correct Hygiene
MONDAY, July 27, 2020 -- If correct hygiene procedures are undertaken, perinatal transmission of COVID-19 is unlikely to occur, according to a study published online July 23 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.
Large Proportion of COVID-19 Studies Have Low-Level Evidence
MONDAY, July 27, 2020 -- A large proportion of studies on COVID-19 have a low level of evidence, according to a research letter published online July 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Impact on Glucocorticoids in COVID-19 Varies With CRP Levels
MONDAY, July 27, 2020 -- The impact of glucocorticoid treatment on patients with COVID-19 varies according to C-reactive protein levels, according to a study published online July 22 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
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