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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 Sept. 7 to 11, 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

COVID-19 Suspected for Surge in Medical Visits at End of 2019

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- There was an excess of patients with cough and respiratory complaints identified at a large U.S. health system from December 2019 to February 2020, according to a study published online Sept. 10 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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Weight Stigma May Predict Binge Eating During the Pandemic

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Young adults who previously experienced weight stigma may have increased vulnerability to distress and maladaptive eating during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online Sept. 10 in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

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Pneumothorax Reported as Complication of COVID-19

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Pneumothorax is being reported as a complication of COVID-19, and has higher incidence among men and lower survival among older patients, according to a study published online Sept. 9 in the European Respiratory Journal.

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Psychological Response to COVID-19 Affects Pregnancy Stress

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Among pregnant women, the psychological response to the COVID-19 pandemic positively affects pregnancy stress, and security sense negatively affects pregnancy stress, according to a study published online Sept. 9 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Telepsychology Use Up 12-Fold in the U.S. During Pandemic

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- The use of telepsychology has increased dramatically during the pandemic, but not all psychologists will continue to use it after the pandemic, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in American Psychologist.

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CDC: Nearly 800 U.S. Children Have Developed COVID-19-Related Condition

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2020 -- There have been 792 confirmed cases in the United States of a rare condition in children that is linked to COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

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Widespread Avoidance of Medical Care Found Due to COVID-19 Concerns

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2020 -- There was widespread reporting of avoidance of medical care due to COVID-19-related concerns in June 2020, according to research published in the Sept. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Nosocomial COVID-19 Rare During Height of Pandemic

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2020 -- During the height of the pandemic, the incidence of nosocomial COVID-19 was rare, according to a study published online Sept. 9 in JAMA Network Open.

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Considerable Adverse Outcomes Reported for Young Adults With COVID-19

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2020 -- Young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 have substantial rates of adverse outcomes, according to a research letter published online Sept. 9 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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More Than Half a Million U.S. Children Already Infected With COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- More than 500,000 U.S. children had been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of early September, with a sizable uptick seen in recent weeks, a new report reveals.

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Clinical Trial of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Paused After Illness

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- A "potentially unexplained" illness in a participant has led AstraZeneca to halt a late-stage clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine.

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New COVID-19 Test Provides Results in 15 Minutes

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- A new portable COVID-19 test that can provide results within 15 minutes and process up to 30 samples an hour could be available by the end of the year, according to medical diagnostics company Qiagen.

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Pandemic Threatens Gains in Reducing Preventable Childhood Deaths

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic threatens decades of progress in reducing preventable deaths in children worldwide, a new United Nations/World Bank paper warns.

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Drug Companies Say Ethical, Scientific Standards Will Be Followed in Making COVID-19 Vaccines

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- The highest ethical and scientific standards will be followed in testing and manufacturing vaccines against the new coronavirus, the top executives of nine U.S. and European drug companies promise.

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Increase Seen in Hydroxychloroquine Rx by Nonroutine Specialists

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- In March 2020, compared with March 2019, there was an 80-fold increase in new prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine by specialists who did not typically prescribe these medications, according to research published in the Sept. 4 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Child Hospital, ICU Admission Rates Similar for COVID-19, Flu

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- Among children with COVID-19 or seasonal influenza, there are no differences in hospitalization rates, intensive care unit admission rates, or mechanical ventilator use, but children with COVID-19 have more clinical symptoms, according to a study published online Sept. 8 in JAMA Network Open.

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Median of 36 Days Found From COVID-19 Symptom Onset to Viral Clearance

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 -- The median time from COVID-19 symptom onset to viral clearance is 36 days, according to a study published online Sept. 2 in BMJ Open.

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As Tough COVID-19 Summer Ends, Experts Warn of Tougher Fall, Winter

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 -- In a sobering illustration of the toll the COVID-19 pandemic took this summer, tallies now show the number of Americans who have died of the infection jumped from just under 100,000 to more than 186,000 between Memorial Day and Labor Day, while cases more than quadrupled to over 6.2 million.

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States Should Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine by Nov. 1

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 -- Even though it is not likely to happen, states should be prepared to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1, the U.S. Surgeon General said Sunday.

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AKI Common in Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 -- Acute kidney injury is common in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and is associated with increased in-hospital mortality, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Four Studies Indicate Benefits of Steroids for COVID-19

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 -- Steroids can improve survival in patients with COVID-19, according to three randomized trials and a meta-analysis published online Sept. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Prolonged Viral Shedding Seen in Children Positive for SARS-CoV-2

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 -- Pediatric patients have a prolonged period of viral shedding after infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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