- Impact of COVID-19 vaccination on COVID-19 hospital admissions in England during 2021: an observational study: This observational study examined the impact of COVID-19 vaccination on hospital admissions in England in 2021. 48.1 million people aged 16 and over registered with an English GP were studied, with the main outcome measure being emergency hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 between 1 January and 31 December.
- Somatic symptoms associated with mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review: This article systematically reviewed the prevalence of somatic symptoms in patients, healthcare workers and general population during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also looked at the association between somatic symptoms and indices of mental distress, as well as the qualitative characteristics of such somatic complaints.
- Impacts of Covid-19 School Closures on School Food Service Revenue: Analysis of Public Local Education Agencies in Maryland: This study examined the changes in school food service revenue before and during the initial Covid-19-related school shutdowns in Maryland by looking at federal and state reimbursements as well as sales revenues for all public local education agencies (LEAs) from school years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
- One-year follow-up of hospital nurses’ work experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study: This study used semi-structured interviews and reflexive thematic analysis to follow up on the experiences of Registered Nurses (RNs) working after 1 year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canadian and American hospitals. 19 RNs who were first interviewed in the spring of 2020 were re-interviewed from May 25, 2021 to June 25, 2021.
- Effectiveness of two and three mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses against Omicron- and Delta-Related outpatient illness among adults, October 2021-February 2022: We studied the effectiveness of two and three mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses in adults against symptomatic illness in US outpatient settings. Using the test-negative design, we compared the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Delta- and Omicron-specific symptomatic illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated participants. Results showed that two doses of the vaccine were effective against both Delta- and Omicron-specific symptomatic illness.
- Reducing COVID-19 diagnostic errors with dNTPalphaSe supplementation: In this study, using selenium-modified nucleoside triphosphates (dNTPalphaSe) in the RT-PCR reactions, we successfully increased the detection sensitivity of COVID-19, making it more accurate and timely for controlling the pandemic.
- Effectiveness and safety of coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines: This review summarises recent evidence on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 hospitalisation and death in adults, pregnant women, children, and adolescents. It also summarises evidence on vaccine safety in relation to cardiovascular and neurological complications.
- T follicular helper cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination among healthy and immunocompromised adults: The worldwide rollout of SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations in the last two years has produced a multitude of studies investigating T cell responses in the peripheral blood and secondary lymphoid tissues. Vaccine-specific T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, which are key components to an effective immune response, have been noted in the draining lymph node and assist in the selection of highly specific B cell clones for the production of neutralising antibodies.
- Current status in cellular-based therapies for prevention and treatment of COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused over 500 million cases and 5.5 million deaths worldwide. Symptoms range from asymptomatic to severe, including acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and death. Immune dysregulation is a major factor in the severity of COVID-19.
- Instability in Housing and Medical Care Access: The Inequitable Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on U.S. Transgender Populations: This study assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on key social determinants of health (SDoH) for U.S. transgender populations. An online survey of 870 sexual and gender minority individuals was conducted between April 13, 2020 and August 3, 2020. Logistic regression was used to calculate both unadjusted and adjusted odds of unemployment, homelessness/housing instability, and interruption of health care services for transgender individuals. Results showed that transgender individuals were significantly more likely to experience unemployment, homelessness/housing instability, and interruption of health care services due to the pandemic compared to non-transgender individuals.
- Editorial: Short and long-term sequelae within the central nervous system due to COVID-19
- Lessons From the Field: Rapid Antigen Testing Is Efficient and Practical for Mitigation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities: Immunochromatographic (IC) tests, or rapid antigen tests, have high sensitivity and specificity for COVID-19 and are more efficient than polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based strategies for rapid identification and isolation of infectious individuals in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to mitigate outbreaks.
- Glucocorticoid Therapy in COVID-19-Induced Organizing Pneumonia: A Rare Occurrence: This study was a single-center, retrospective analysis to determine if treatment with high dose, standard dose, or no glucocorticoids for COVID-19 infection impacts the incidence and clinical outcome in COVID-19-induced organizing pneumonia.
- The intersection of obesity and (long) COVID-19: Hypoxia, thrombotic inflammation, and vascular endothelial injury: Hypoxia, vascular endothelial injury, and thrombotic inflammation are all known to worsen COVID-19 symptoms. Obesity is an independent risk factor for severe respiratory complications associated with the virus.
- Agreement for diagnosis of depression and anxiety between self-assessment with e-questionnaire and psychiatric telephone interview among post-COVID-19 patients: This study examined the agreement between online self-assessment and psychiatric telephone interview among COVID-19 survivors in Afzalipour Hospital, Kerman, Iran. Results showed that there was a moderate agreement between the two methods of assessment.
- Influence of COVID-19 on treatment adherence and psychological well-being in a sample of hypertensive patients: a cross-sectional study: This study examined adherence to treatment and psychological well-being in hypertensive patients before and after the COVID-19 lockdown in Spain. A cross-sectional study was conducted in a Basic Health Area of Toledo, Spain, to assess adherence and psychological well-being. Results showed that adherence to treatment decreased significantly after the lockdown, while psychological well-being improved.
- Cardiac abnormalities in Long COVID 1-year post-SARS-CoV-2 infection: We investigated cardiac abnormalities in 534 individuals with Long COVID using cardiac MR (CMR) 1 year post-SARS-CoV-2 infection. We examined T1/T2 mapping, cardiac mass, volumes, function and strain to assess the trajectory of abnormalities.
- Early Treatment, Inflammation and Post-COVID Conditions: This study evaluated the association between early COVID treatment, cytokine levels, and post-COVID conditions (PCC) in 883 individuals with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. Risk factors for PCC included advancing age, female sex, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. Results showed that early treatment was associated with lower cytokine levels and a decreased risk of PCC.
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.