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Daily News Pulse for February 12, 2023

Summary: Researchers have developed an inhalable bioadhesive hydrogel called SHIELD to reduce infection. Congresswoman Kathy Castor has criticized President Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis for spreading misinformation about the virus. California's State of Emergency has been phased out, but people are urged to remain vigilant. Extracts from two wildflowers have been found to block SARS-CoV-2 from entering human cells.
  • Feb. 11 update: Midcoast adds 32 new COVID-19 cases | Boothbay Register: The Maine CDC has updated its list of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state. Knox County has recorded 8,029 cases, 138 hospitalizations and 55 deaths since March 2020, with an increase of eight new cases, one hospitalization and one death.
  • Los Angeles County’s COVID Numbers Holding Steady: Los Angeles County hospitals reported 697 COVID-positive patients, with 69 in intensive care. The county’s seven-day rate of new infections and hospital admissions remained steady at 69 and 7 per 100,000 residents respectively. 22 additional virus-related deaths were reported on Friday.
  • Inhalable SHIELD Protects Lungs Against COVID-19 – Contagion Live: Researchers have developed an inhalable bioadhesive hydrogel called SHIELD, which coats the airways and restricts viral entry, reducing COVID-19 infection in mouse and nonhuman primate models. The powder microparticles are made of gelatin and polyacrylic acid.
  • Kathy Castor Rips Trump, DeSantis For Peddling ‘Conspiracy Driven Propoganda’ & COVID …: Congresswoman Kathy Castor has criticized President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for spreading “conspiracy-driven propaganda” and misinformation about COVID-19. She urged them to focus on providing accurate information and resources to the public in order to combat the virus.
  • California’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end Feb. 28 | Jefferson Public Radio: California’s State of Emergency was phased out in October, and most jurisdictions have already lifted their mask and vaccine mandates. People’s day-to-day lives will not change much, but Dr. Aimee Sisson, Yolo County Health Officer, urges people to remain vigilant against COVID-19.
  • Extracts From Two Wild Plants Inhibit COVID-19 Virus – Neuroscience News: A study by Emory University found that extracts from two common wildflowers, tall goldenrod and eagle fern, blocked SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, from entering human cells. Researchers warn the public not to consume the plants as a means of self-treatment against coronavirus as they can be toxic. The findings could provide a new avenue to develop pharmaceutical treatments for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 has significant impact on liver, study at Mumbai civic hospital finds: Dr Malhotra is an NHS-trained medic who has had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is in India this week to deliver lectures on the efficacy of the vaccines. The ICMR and CDSCO have confirmed this in an RTI reply.
  • Covid-19: Wild plant extracts show potential in reducing virus infectivity. All you need to know | Mint: Researchers at Emory University conducted a large-scale screening of botanical extracts for effectiveness against the coronavirus. They found that extracts from both plants blocked SARS-CoV-2 from entering human cells, but the active compounds in the plants are present in minuscule quantities, making self-treatment unsafe and potentially dangerous.
  • Back to the future – Research Professional News: The UPP Foundation’s Student Futures Commission has been studying the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on students. They found that students were worried about their personal and professional relationships, had growing imposter syndrome due to school grades, and were concerned about getting into university. To help students, the Commission has proposed solutions such as providing more support for mental health, increasing access to online learning, and expanding financial aid.
  • Disability Data Suggests Long Covid Is Weighing on the Labor Market – Barron’s: Data from a long-term government survey suggests that there has been an increase in disability consistent with long Covid. This complicates the Federal Reserve’s campaign against inflation, as the labor market remains tight despite economists’ predictions that it would improve quickly with the end of the pandemic.
  • ‘These are real people’: With COVID deaths well above the norm, N.S. seniors share concerns – CBC: Judy Aymar noticed that Nova Scotia’s leaders stopped offering condolences when new COVID-19 deaths were announced. She questioned why the victims had become statistics instead of people. The province’s COVID-19 briefings used to include updates on deaths and condolences, but have since been discontinued. Updates now come from a weekly dashboard and monthly epidemiology reports.
  • Ask the Doctors | New COVID-19 variant spreading rapidly – Times-Standard: You are referring to XBB.1.5, a variant of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. XBB has become the dominant strain in your area, and it is believed to be more contagious than other variants. To protect yourself, you should continue to follow CDC guidelines such as wearing a mask, washing your hands often, and avoiding large gatherings.
  • Minnesotans claiming COVID-19 vaccine injuries are left in limbo – Star Tribune: Suzanna Newell, a 51-year-old mother and former bank executive from St. Paul, believes her disabling health problems are a result of a COVID vaccine reaction. She has filed a claim with a federal program for compensation, but has only received an autoreply after 11 months. She is still searching for treatments and is often bedridden.

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.