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Conflicting results from 2 randomized trials testing Tocilizumab for Covid-19

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:48h | UTC

Study 1: Tocilizumab in Hospitalized Patients with Severe Covid-19 Pneumonia – New England Journal of Medicine

Study 2: Interleukin-6 Receptor Antagonists in Critically Ill Patients with Covid-19 – New England Journal of Medicine

Editorial: Interleukin-6 Receptor Inhibition in Covid-19 — Cooling the Inflammatory Soup – New England Journal of Medicine

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


WHO Report: Preparing for Long COVID 2021

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:46h | UTC

In the wake of the pandemic: preparing for Long COVID (2021) – World Health Organization

News release: New policy brief calls on decision-makers to support patients as 1 in 10 report symptoms of “long COVID” – World Health Organization

Commentaries: Long COVID sufferer still has disease’s debilitating symptoms nearly a year after first falling ill – EuroNews AND Debilitating ‘long-COVID’ may have severe health, social impacts: WHO – Reuters

Related: Dr. Fauci says new data suggests ‘long’ Covid symptoms can last up to 9 months – CNBC

 


CDC studies on superspreading events at fitness facilities

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:44h | UTC

Study 1: COVID-19 Outbreak Among Attendees of an Exercise Facility — Chicago, Illinois, August–September 2020 – CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Study 2: Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at Three Fitness Facilities — Hawaii, June–July 2020 – CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Commentaries: Going maskless is a key factor in Covid-19 outbreaks at gyms, studies say – CNN AND A Chicago gym saw dozens of COVID-19 cases after infected people attended HIIT classes without masks – Insider

 


Differences in characteristics and outcomes of children and adolescents with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) vs. severe acute COVID-19

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:43h | UTC

Characteristics and Outcomes of US Children and Adolescents With Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Compared With Severe Acute COVID-19 – JAMA

Commentary: Studies help discern severe COVID from related kids’ syndrome – CIDRAP

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


New protocol tested SARS-CoV-2 positivity on day 9 among quarantined student contacts of confirmed cases, resulting in safe reduction in loss of instructional time

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:42h | UTC

SARS-CoV-2 Positivity on or After 9 Days Among Quarantined Student Contacts of Confirmed Cases – JAMA

Commentary: Is the CDC 10-day COVID-19 quarantine guideline enough? – News Medical

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


COVID-19 hospitalizations attributable to cardiometabolic conditions

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:40h | UTC

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Hospitalizations Attributable to Cardiometabolic Conditions in the United States: A Comparative Risk Assessment Analysis – Journal of the American Heart Association

Commentary: Study estimates two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations due to four conditions – Tufts University

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Study finds increased COVID-19 mortality among adults with Down syndrome

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:39h | UTC

Medical vulnerability of individuals with down syndrome to severe COVID-19 – data from the trisomy 21 research society and the UK ISARIC4C survey – EClinicalMedicine

Commentaries: Adults with Down syndrome 3 times more likely to die of COVID, study finds – CIDRAP AND International study finds increased COVID-19 mortality among adults with Down syndrome – Case Western Reserve University

Related: COVID-19 is 10 times deadlier for people with Down syndrome, raising calls for early vaccination – Science (a few articles per month are free)

 


Opinion – Catching COVID from surfaces is very unlikely. So perhaps we can ease up on the disinfecting

26 Feb, 2021 | 08:38h | UTC

Catching COVID from surfaces is very unlikely. So perhaps we can ease up on the disinfecting – The Conversation

Related: Coronavirus is in the air — there’s too much focus on surfaces – Nature AND COVID-19 rarely spreads through surfaces. So why are we still deep cleaning? – Nature

 


Real-world data confirms Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine effectiveness

25 Feb, 2021 | 09:09h | UTC

BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting – New England Journal of Medicine

Audio Interview: The Real-World Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccination – New England Journal of Medicine

Commentaries: Real-world trial of Pfizer COVID vaccine finds high 2-dose, good 1-dose protection – CIDRAP AND Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine performs as well in the real world as in clinical trials, new study concludes – STAT AND In boost for COVID-19 battle, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world – Reuters AND Expert reaction to NEJM paper on Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine roll-out in Israel and COVID-19 outcomes – Science Media Centre

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility

25 Feb, 2021 | 09:12h | UTC

Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility – UN News

See also: Ghana becomes recipient of historic first shipment of COVAX vaccines – World Health Organization

Commentaries: Covax vaccine-sharing scheme delivers first doses to Ghana – BBC AND Covax delivers first Covid vaccines in ‘momentous occasion’ – The Guardian AND COVAX delivers its first vaccine shots with shipment to Ghana – Reuters

 


[Not published yet] Covid-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm has an efficacy rate of 72.5 percent

25 Feb, 2021 | 09:07h | UTC

Covid-19 vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm, CanSino release efficacy data – South China Morning Post

See also: Sinopharm’s Wuhan unit reports 72.5% efficacy for COVID shot, seeks approval in China – Reuters

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


FDA scientists endorse J&J’s Covid vaccine, as new data shed light on efficacy

25 Feb, 2021 | 09:06h | UTC

FDA scientists endorse J&J’s Covid vaccine, as new data shed light on efficacy – STAT

See also: FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID – MedicalXpress

 


Massive Google-funded COVID database will track variants and immunity

25 Feb, 2021 | 09:03h | UTC

Massive Google-funded COVID database will track variants and immunity – Nature

See also: Backed by Google, epidemiologists launch a sweeping Covid-19 data platform – STAT

 


Why COVID vaccines are so difficult to compare

25 Feb, 2021 | 09:02h | UTC

Why COVID vaccines are so difficult to compare – Nature

 


Interview: The scientist who’s been right about Covid-19 vaccines predicts what’s next

25 Feb, 2021 | 09:01h | UTC

The scientist who’s been right about Covid-19 vaccines predicts what’s next – Vox

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Perspective: Coronavirus reinfection will soon become our reality

25 Feb, 2021 | 08:59h | UTC

Coronavirus reinfection will soon become our reality – The Atlantic (a few articles per month are free)

 


Opinion: Importance of non-pharmaceutical interventions in lowering the viral inoculum to reduce susceptibility to infection by SARS-CoV-2 and potentially disease severity

25 Feb, 2021 | 08:57h | UTC

Importance of non-pharmaceutical interventions in lowering the viral inoculum to reduce susceptibility to infection by SARS-CoV-2 and potentially disease severity – The Lancet Infectious Diseases

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Why are COVID-19 case numbers dropping?

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:59h | UTC

Why Are COVID-19 Case Numbers Dropping? – HIV and ID Observations

 


We’re Just Rediscovering a 19th-Century Pandemic Strategy (Ventilation)

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:58h | UTC

We’re Just Rediscovering a 19th-Century Pandemic Strategy – The Atlantic

 


Study: Patients with severe COVID-19 might shed viable virus during prolonged periods of up to 4 weeks

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:56h | UTC

Prolonged SARS-CoV-2 cell culture replication in respiratory samples from patients with severe COVID-19 – Clinical Microbiology and Infection

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Educators may be more central drivers of Covid-19 in schools than students, CDC study finds

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:55h | UTC

Educators may be more central drivers of Covid-19 in schools than students, CDC study finds – CNN

Original study: Clusters of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Elementary School Educators and Students in One School District — Georgia, December 2020–January 2021 – CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Schools may see a burst of the common cold when they reopen, research suggests

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:51h | UTC

Schools may see a burst of the common cold when they reopen, research suggests – STAT

 


How the COVID-19 pandemic will change the future of critical care

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:49h | UTC

How the COVID-19 pandemic will change the future of critical care – Intensive Care Medicine

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Perspective: Is one vaccine dose enough after COVID-19 infection?

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:47h | UTC

Is One Vaccine Dose Enough After COVID-19 Infection? – NIH Director’s Blog

Related: France’s health authority recommends single vaccine shot for people who have had COVID-19

 


Musculoskeletal involvement of COVID-19: review of imaging

24 Feb, 2021 | 02:43h | UTC

Musculoskeletal involvement of COVID-19: review of imaging – Skeletal Radiology

Commentaries: Radiological images confirm ‘COVID-19 can cause the body to attack itself’ – Northwestern University AND Imaging highlights COVID-19’s MSK manifestations – AuntMinnie

 


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