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Daily News Pulse for January 25, 2023

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Summary: Evidence is mounting that the virus can directly affect the brain, leading to potential treatments. It is important to take precautions such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands to help prevent the spread of variants such as XBB 1.5, which is more transmissible than other variants.
  • Experts predicted a winter surge of COVID-19. Why haven’t we seen … – 90.5 WESA: Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher, vice chair of family medicine at Allegheny Health Network, noticed that in 2021, the number of COVID-19 patients in her hospital rounds decreased significantly compared to the previous two years. Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department also showed that there was little to no increase in severe coronavirus illness or fatalities during the winter holidays.
  • The New Republic has Long COVID all wrong | Here are the facts – Public Herald: A group of over 200 journalists, researchers, physicians, physical therapists, mental health providers, and people living with Long Covid, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), and other infection-associated illnesses point out inaccuracies in Natalie Shure’s December 8, 2022 column, “We Might Have Long Covid All Wrong.”
  • The covid-19 virus gets into the brain – what does it do there? – New Scientist: The coronavirus that causes covid-19 has been found to have neurological symptoms, ranging from headaches and brain fog to strokes and paralysis. Evidence is mounting that the virus can directly affect the brain, leading to potential treatments.
  • Health officials: Latest COVID variant spreading quickly, not as … – KPLC: Experts are warning people about the XBB 1.5 COVID variant, which is more transmissible than other variants. It is important to take precautions such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands to help prevent the spread of this variant. Older people or those with pre-existing conditions are likely to experience more severe effects.

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 The FDA has withdrawn emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 antibody drug Evusheld due to its ineffectiveness against the Omicron variants now dominating the US.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.