- Prevalence of high-risk conditions for severe COVID-19 among Medicaid-enrolled children with autism and mental health diagnoses in the United States: Researchers examine whether autistic children or children with mental health conditions have more underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Researchers used data from a national sample of Medicaid-enrolled children for the years 2008-2016 to compare the prevalence of underlying conditions among autistic and mentally ill children.
- Understanding search autocompletes from the perspectives of English and Spanish speakers during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic: This study explored differences in Google search autocompletes between English and Spanish-speaking users during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three focus group meetings were conducted with 29 participants to understand algorithm bias of COVID-19 Google autocompletes. Transcripts were coded using a codebook.
- Medication errors during a pandemic: what have we learnt
- Perfusion index for early identification of regional anesthesia effectiveness: a narrative review: Regional anesthesia (RA) is an important technique used in clinical settings to control acute and chronic pain, especially for outpatients, pediatrics and the elderly. During the COVID-19 pandemic, RA demand has increased as it can reduce the risk of cross-infection between patients and healthcare workers. Early and accurate identification of the effects of RA can help physicians make timely decisions.
- The Symptom Experience and Functioning of Non-Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Within the First 20 days: This study examined the changes in COVID-19 symptoms, ADL, QoL, sleep quality, and fatigue severity over a period of 20 days. Results showed that symptoms, ADL, QoL, sleep quality, and fatigue severity all decreased over the course of the study.
- Impact of nutraceuticals on immunomodulation against viral infections-A review during COVID-19 pandemic in Indian scenario: SARS-CoV-2 originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has caused a global emergency. Vaccines have been developed and approved for usage, but new variants of the virus have raised questions about the efficacy of the vaccine.
- Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 concentration and circulation of variants of concern in wastewater of Leuven, Belgium: Researchers investigated the use of wastewater surveillance in Leuven, Belgium, as an early warning system for COVID-19 outbreaks and to track the circulation of specific variants of concern. Samples were collected from local neighborhood sewers and a large regional wastewater treatment plant. Results showed that wastewater surveillance can be used to detect increases in virus levels and to monitor the circulation of VOCs.
- Pre-analytical considerations in the development of a prototype SARS-CoV-2 antigen ARCHITECT automated immunoassay: This study evaluated pre-analytical challenges related to high-volume central laboratory SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing with a prototype qualitative SARS-CoV-2 antigen immunoassay run on the automated Abbott ARCHITECT instrument. Contrived positive and negative specimens and de-identified nasal and nasopharyngeal specimens in transport media were used to evaluate specimen and reagent on-board stability, assay analytical performance and interference, and clinical performance.
- Ferrets: A powerful model of SARS-CoV-2: An ideal animal model is needed to better understand the pathogenicity of SARS-CoV-2 variants and develop effective therapeutic drugs for COVID-19.
- High SARS-CoV-2 tropism and activation of immune cells in the testes of non-vaccinated deceased COVID-19 patients: This study investigated testicular alterations in non-surviving male COVID-19 patients to better understand the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on reproductive health. Results showed that SARS-CoV-2 infection can cause testicular damage, potentially leading to infertility and other reproductive issues.
- Diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic: are people getting access to the right level of care: This paper examined the impact of the pandemic on healthcare access, including Virtual Care (VC), using data from General Practice (GP) and hospital services. Results showed that VC use increased significantly during the pandemic, while GP and hospital attendance decreased. These findings suggest that VC may be a viable option for people with diabetes to access healthcare during the pandemic.
- Autoantigen profiling reveals a shared post-COVID signature in fully recovered and Long COVID patients: Researchers used an unbiased autoantibody detection technology (PhIP-Seq) to investigate the potential role of autoantibodies in Long COVID. Results suggest that autoantibodies may play a role in the pathophysiology of Long COVID and warrant further investigation.
- The Role of Interferons in Long Covid Infection: The new generation of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 have made it easier to manage acute infections, but there is still concern about post-COVID-19 syndrome or Long Covid. This can increase the incidence and morbidity of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular, and lung infections, particularly in patients with neurodegenerative disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and ischemia. Risk factors for Long Covid include age, pre-existing conditions, and severity of the initial infection.
- Non-neuropsychiatric Long COVID Symptoms in Children Visiting a Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic After an Omicron Surge: This study of 274 children found that prolonged non-neuropsychiatric symptoms were more common in the case group (17.0%) than the control group (4.8%), with abdominal pain being the most common symptom (6.6%).
- Case Series With Streptococcus pyogenes-related Toxic Shock Syndrome in the Post-COVID Period
- Global Statements to Produce and Implement Evidence in the Post-COVID-19 Era Provide a Path Forward for Rehabilitation
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.