- BPHC Launches Boston COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program – Boston.gov: The Boston Public Health Commission has launched a COVID-19 wastewater surveillance program that will use samples from 11 manholes across the city to get more localized estimates of circulating COVID-19 virus and its variants. The 11 testing sites are in Brighton, Back Bay, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and South Boston. This data will help BPHC respond to the pandemic more effectively.
- 5 things to know for January 12: Biden, Covid-19, Gas stoves, Big tech, Ukraine – CNN: Tap water is generally safe to drink and cook with, but experts advise against using it for home medical devices. The US is now in the midst of a third wave of Covid-19 infections, with cases rising in many states.
- The Long Arc of Long Covid – The Assignment with Audie Cornish … – CNN: In this episode, Audie speaks with Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, Imani Barbarin, and Alexis Misko to discuss the implications of long Covid as a “mass disabling event” and how it could change the way we think about disability in the United States.
- Even after mild cases of COVID, long COVID can linger for a year – Los Angeles Times: A study of nearly 2 million COVID-19 patients in Israel found that most protracted symptoms subsided within a year, but some people still suffer from long-term effects such as dizziness, loss of taste and smell, and cognitive issues.
- Study: Long COVID symptoms ease within a year for many – Axios: A new study published in BMJ medical journal has found that people with long COVID may see their symptoms ease within a year. The study provides hope for those affected by the lingering illness, which has no effective treatment. Researchers analyzed health records of nearly 2 million people who sought a COVID-19 test from March 2020 to October 2021, finding that those with a mild initial infection had an increased risk of long-term health issues like loss of smell and taste, breathing issues, and fatigue.
- Mortality Rates Higher for Medicaid HCBS Recipients During COVID … – Managed Healthcare Executive: Mortality rates were found to be higher for people receiving Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) compared to those not receiving these services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent analysis published in Health Affairs collected data from 14 private health plans in 12 U.S. states to examine excess mortality rates among recipients younger than 65-years who received Medicaid LTSS in the form of HCBS.
- Our Ten Best-Read 2022 Journal Articles – healthaffairs.org: Tiffany Fitzpatrick et al.’s article looks at school reopening and COVID-19 in the community.
- The Kraken COVID variant isn’t different enough from other Omicrons to get a Greek letter, WHO official says – Fortune: Kraken, a rapidly spreading variant of the Omicron family of COVID-19, has been nicknamed after the mythological Scandinavian sea monster by Canadian biology professor Ryan Gregory. The WHO is in charge of assigning Greek letters to significant new COVID variants.
Summary: Governor John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19 and is working from home. The 7-day average of new cases in Delaware is 135, with 158 hospitalizations. A new study has found that 71% of people with long COVID required medical treatment or were unable to work for six months or more. The FDA has withdrawn emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 antibody drug Evusheld due to its ineffectiveness against the Omicron variants now dominating the US.