- COVID-19 causes serious health problems during pregnancy, new … – Nebraska Public Media | News: A new review of data in the health journal BMJ Global Health shows that pregnant people who had COVID-19 were nearly four times as likely to require intensive care and eight times as likely to die compared to pregnant women who didn’t have COVID-19. The study also found that newborns of mothers with COVID-19 were at an increased risk of being born low weight and having premature birth. UNMC infectious disease specialist Dr. Mark Rupp said the virus doesn’t only affect pregnant people.
- Centre County Moves Back to Low COVID-19 Community Level – Statecollege.com: Centre County, Pennsylvania has returned to the low community level for COVID-19 this week. The CDC recommends wearing a mask if symptomatic, if an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has, and when on public transportation, but does not recommend universal indoor masking in public places. 36 counties are at the low level, 12 more than last week as new cases and hospitalizations fell across Pennsylvania.
- Analysis of seemingly recovered COVID-19 patients indicates that SARS-CoV-2 infection can persist significantly longer than suggested by PCR-negative tests – News-Medical.Net: Scientists have identified a subset of COVID-19 patients who test negative for the virus but still die due to the worsening of their condition. These patients have severe lung damage, micro- and macrovascular thrombosis, and persistent infection of pneumocytes.
- Leading COVID expert says not enough is being done to help long haulers: “There’s no excuse for this” – Fortune: Dr. Eric Topol, a preeminent COVID expert, has compiled a paper on long COVID which includes more than 200 peer-reviewed studies. While much has been learned about it, there are still many unknowns, including the best ways to treat and prevent it. Right now, there is a lot of knowledge about mechanisms but not enough about treatment.
- Singing lullabies breathes new life into those battling long COVID – CBC.ca: Joanna Herman found relief from long COVID through the Breathe Programme, a program created by the English National Opera and Imperial College London. Through the program, she was able to perform her favorite lullaby at one of the U.K.’s most famous theatres last month, providing her with an hour of joy and fun.
- COVID-19 in Australia by the numbers this week – Cosmos: Australia has seen a 35% decrease in new COVID-19 cases this week, with 92% of eligible people having received their first dose of an approved vaccine. However, there has been only marginal benefit for wearing masks during big COVID surges.
- Long COVID can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors are … – KERA News: The pandemic is still a daily reality for some people due to long COVID, which can cause myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome. There is no known cure for ME/CFS and doctors are still working to understand the condition and how to treat it.
- Another Year Another COVID Variant – ithaca.com: Tompkins County Whole Health has issued a press release warning the community of the newly circulating COVID-19 subvariant Omicron XBB.1.5, which is the most contagious subvariant yet. 55% of all COVID-19 cases in the state have been XBB.1.5, prompting Tompkins County to increase its CDC Community Level from low to medium. This comes shortly after the New York State Supreme Court ruled that the State Health Department had no right to enforce the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.
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.