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Daily News Pulse for January 18, 2023

Summary: A new paper suggests that research into long-term effects of COVID-19 on the immune system is still lacking, and that clinicians and researchers need to learn more about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will push the Florida Legislature to make permanent many of his pandemic-era policies.
  • Immunodysfunction: A Cause of Stealth COVID-19 Illness and Death – Infection Control Today: Immune dysfunction caused by COVID-19 is becoming an increasingly significant adverse outcome of the virus, with potential to overwhelm health care systems and impact patients long after they become COVID-19-negative. The “immune debt” narrative, which blames masking and social isolation for increases in seasonal influenza and RSV infections, is flawed as it fails to take into account the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the immune system. It is important to recognize that the effects of COVID-19 on the immune system are complex and multi-faceted, and further research is needed to understand them.
  • Physician Convicted for Misappropriating Approximately $250000 … – Department of Justice: A Colorado physician was convicted by a federal jury on Friday for misappropriating $250,000 from two COVID-19 relief programs. The funds were meant to provide emergency financial assistance to medical providers and small businesses, but the doctor used them for his own personal expenses.
  • DeSantis pushes to make Covid-19 changes permanent – POLITICO: Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will push the Florida Legislature to make permanent many of his pandemic-era policies, which have made him popular with the GOP and a potential 2024 presidential candidate. The proposal would put into state law policies implemented through executive order or temporarily passed during a 2021 special legislative session, despite the presence of a dermatologist who spreads Covid-19 vaccine conspiracy theories.
  • More than two years of long COVID research hasn’t yielded many … – erienewsnow.com: A new paper suggests that research into long COVID is still lacking, and that clinicians and researchers need to learn more about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in order to understand and treat it. The paper was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Reviews Microbiology.
  • Coronavirus Today: Learning more about long COVID – Los Angeles Times: Long COVID is a poorly understood condition characterized by a range of symptoms that can persist for weeks or months after a person has been infected with the coronavirus. It has no agreed-upon definition or universally accepted name, but is often referred to as “long COVID”.
  • Study: Most Long COVID-19 Symptoms Resolve Within a Year After … – Pharmacy Times: Most long-term symptoms that develop after a mild COVID-19 infection resolve within a year, according to a study published in The BMJ. Vaccinated individuals had a lower risk of developing breathing difficulties compared with unvaccinated individuals. Long COVID-19 is defined as symptoms persisting or new symptoms appearing more than 4 weeks after initial COVID-19 infection, but the vast majority of mild cases do not suffer serious or chronic long-term illness.
  • NHS crisis: Why are disabled people disproportionately affected? – BBC: The NHS is in crisis due to Covid-19 and the worst flu season in a decade, leading to hospital delays and lack of staff. This has had a major impact on disabled people, with 50-year-old wheelchair-user Laura Miller experiencing severe conditions that caused her to seek counselling for PTSD.
  • XBB.1.5: What you need to know about COVID-19’s ‘Kraken’ variant – UC Davis Health: XBB.1.5, also known as “the Kraken”, is a new variant of COVID-19 that is more contagious than other strains. It has been found to have stronger binding capabilities to the target host receptor, making it more efficient at spreading and infectious. Vaccines are still effective against this strain, but it is important to take precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing to prevent its spread.

Daily News Pulse for January 29, 2023

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.

Daily Research Pulse for January 29, 2023

Summary: One study analyzed the frequency of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 co-infections, as well as the differences in the course of disease in patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in relation to flu vaccination status in a cohort of 19,850 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Spain.

Daily News Pulse for January 28, 2023

Summary: Scientists have found that 36% of students and faculty at George Washington University have a history of COVID-19 reported symptoms consistent with long COVID. Vaccinations may be linked to lower post-COVID-19 risk factors, but more research is needed. A new study from INSPIRE found that half of COVID-positive patients and one-quarter of those who tested negative had at least one symptom at three months follow-up.

Daily Research Pulse for January 28, 2023

Summary: One study examined the impact of COVID-19 on access to general practice care in Ireland by conducting an online survey of 670 adult patients of Irish general practices. Another study looked at the effectiveness of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine among urban underserved Hispanic/Latino populations.

Daily News Pulse for January 27, 2023

Summary: The FDA has voted to update all Covid-19 vaccines to contain the same ingredients as the two-strain shots used as booster doses. Studies have shown that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can cross the blood-brain barrier, leading to cognitive impairment and inflammation. CDC data shows that COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations have stabilized after a small surge around the holidays, but there is still uncertainty about long COVID.