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Daily News Pulse for February 04, 2023

Summary: The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency in May 2023 could make it harder for some people to access free vaccines and tests, potentially leading to future outbreaks. People could lose their Medicaid coverage in certain states, and employers may need to amend their plan terms to return to a pre-pandemic state. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Coloradans may have been affected by long COVID and its symptoms can last for weeks, months, or even years.
  • The potential fallout of ending the COVID-19 emergency – HSPH News:Ending the COVID-19 public health emergency in May 2023 could make it harder for some people, depending on their insurance status, to access free vaccines and COVID-19 tests and treatments. This could lead to inequities and even to future outbreaks, according to experts. People could have to pay different amounts for COVID testing and uptake of free vaccines could be further quelled. Millions who became eligible for Medicaid under emergency declarations could also lose that coverage in certain states, which could lead to increased health inequities and more opportunities for the virus to spread.
  • Coronavirus Roundup: The Emergencies Declared Due to COVID … – GovExec.com:The Biden administration plans to extend the COVID-19 national and public health emergency until May 11, but will give a 60-day notice prior to termination. Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., an emergency medical physician, will be the ranking member on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • The end is near: The COVID-19 National and Public Health … – Lockton: The Biden Administration has announced that the COVID19 National Emergency (NE) and Public Health Emergency (PHE) will expire in May 2023. The end of these emergency declarations will bring new administrative burdens to plan sponsors as they unwind procedures put in place under the outbreak period guidance initially released by federal regulators in 2020. Employers should consider whether plan terms must be amended to return the plan to a prepandemic state and ensure appropriate records are retained that demonstrate compliance with COVIDera provisions.
  • As many as 1 in 10 Coloradans may have been hit by long COVID, a … – Colorado Public Radio: Colorado officials have released an estimate of how many people in the state have been affected by long COVID19, suggesting that as many as one in ten Coloradans have experienced it. Symptoms can last weeks, months, or even years after infection, and only 30 to 40 percent of long COVID patients have returned to their individual health baseline so far.
  • The reality of long COVID in 2023 | TPR – Texas Public Radio: Dr. Monica VerduzcoGutierrez is a professor and chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After recovering from COVID19, she found that she had long COVID, which left her unable to do simple tasks like walk around a mall. She now runs two long COVID clinics, where she helps patients manage their symptoms and adjust to their new realities.
  • A scoping review of the impacts of COVID-19 physical distancing … – Nature.com: This scoping review examined the impacts of physical distancing measures on vulnerable populations such as older people, children/students, lowincome populations, migrant workers, people in prison, people with disabilities, sex workers, victims of domestic violence, refugees, ethnic minorities, and people from sexual and gender minorities. It found that physical distancing measures had unintended consequences such as prolonged loneliness, mental distress, unemployment, income loss, food insecurity, widened inequality, and disruption of access to social support and health services, exacerbating the vulnerabilities of different vulnerable populations.
  • 8th Circ. Won’t Revive Lab Manager’s Disability Bias Suit – Law360
  • Activist Alice Wong reflects on ‘The Year of the Tiger’ and her hopes … – NPR: Alice Wong, an activist and writer, discussed the start of the Lunar New Year and her hopes for the rest of 2023. She noted that while the past few weeks have been difficult, she believes there is hope in the work of activists and communities to bring about change. She encouraged people to continue to support one another, stay informed and make their voices heard.
  • Covid-19 numbers rising as new ‘Kraken’ variant takes hold – Stamford Mercury: Covidrelated hospital admissions are increasing again due to a new variant of the virus, XBB.1.5, nicknamed theKraken due to its rapid spread in the U.S. at the end of last year. The highest rates of hospital admissions are currently in the south east of England with a rate of 8.67 per 100,000 people, and the Zoe study suggests daily symptomatic cases could now number 63,000 new instances a day.
  • The most common Covid symptoms right now – and the one that means it’s ‘much more likely’ to be flu – Manchester Evening News: The new XBB1.5Kraken variant of Covid19 is slowly increasing its presence in the UK. If you have a sore throat and runny nose, you may have Covid, but if you have a fever it is more likely you have the flu.
  • New potentially concerning COVID-19 variant, Orthrus Ch.1.1, found in SC – wpde.com: The CDC is tracking a new potentially dangerous coronavirus variant called Orthrus CH.1.1, which got its name from a variant tracker in Australia. It has a mutation seen in Delta and is present in the United States and South Carolina. Dr. Brannon Traxler with the Dept. of Health and Environmental Control said the variant has made its way to South Carolina in the past couple of weeks, but our trends in the state continue to trend downwards even with this new variant.

Daily News Pulse for March 13, 2023

Summary: Princeton students have seen an overall improvement in course satisfaction since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, many people are still wearing masks despite the government’s easing of guidelines.

Daily Research Pulse for March 13, 2023

Summary: A systematic review examines the prevalence of nurses and physicians leaving their positions in European hospitals and the factors influencing job retention among them. Researchers found that 31.4% of hospitalized patients with cardiac problems and suspected COVID-19 had PTSD during waves 2-5 of the pandemic.

Daily News Pulse for March 10, 2023

Summary: A pilot study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that nasal administration of the anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody Foralumab can modulate T cell inflammatory responses in COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Health is ending its free at-home testing program Say Yes! COVID Test on May 11. California Governor Gavin Newsom has tested positive for COVID-19 after a personal trip to Baja California.

Daily Research Pulse for March 10, 2023

Summary: Researchers examined the clinical, laboratory, and cardiac indicators of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), and the experiences and behaviors of adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results or who were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Daily News Pulse for March 09, 2023

Summary: California Governor Gavin Newsom tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in isolation for the next five days. After recovering from a mild case of COVID, many people have developed long-term gastrointestinal symptoms. The US House of Representatives held a public hearing to explore the origins of the virus.