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Pandemic Pulse is our primary communications channel. Our announcements, press releases, original content, and events are shared through the Pandemic Pulse. This content also includes a collection of newsworthy updates about the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest scientific and therapeutic developments and changes in public health policy. If you would like to receive notifications when new posts are published, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our Mailing List.

Updates from Pandemic Patients

What is Long-term Disability Insurance?

Long-term disability (LTD) insurance is a type of insurance that provides financial protection for employees who are unable to work due to a disability. It can help to replace a portion of an employee’s lost income and can provide important financial support for those who are facing a long-term illness or injury.

Pandemic Policy in the 2023 Federal Budget

On Dec. 29, 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 into law, funding the federal government through September 2023. The final budget, spanning 1653 pages, enacts many changes to public policy, some of which are related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Patient-Led Researchers Publish Comprehensive Study on Long COVID

On January 13, 2023, a major study authored by Hannah E. Davis, Lisa McCorkell, Julia Moore Vogel, and Eric J. Topol was published in Nature Reviews Microbiology. This study, titled “Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations,” provides a comprehensive overview of long COVID and the current understanding of the associated pathophysiology.

How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you meet the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, you may be able to receive disability benefits, even if you are not covered by a private or employer-sponsored disability insurance plan.

Can My Employer Terminate Me After I Request Workplace Accommodations?

“I’m experiencing debilitating long-term symptoms of COVID-19, including vertigo and cognitive impairment. I notified my employer about my disability and requested accommodations to help me perform my job duties. Shortly afterward, I was terminated from my job. Were my rights violated?”

Daily News Pulse

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 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 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.

Daily News Pulse for January 26, 2023

Summary: The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has released a report detailing investigations and enforcement actions related to COVID-19 testing. Despite a decline in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, long-term symptoms of the virus are still being experienced by many people.

Daily News Pulse for January 25, 2023

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.

Daily Research Pulse

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 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 Research Pulse for January 27, 2023

Summary: One study investigated the impact of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitalizations and mortality related to geriatric syndromes in older adults in France.

Daily Research Pulse for January 26, 2023

Summary: One study examined the associations between subjective well-being and reported symptoms following SARS-CoV-2 infection in 2295 participants. Results showed that reported symptoms were associated with changes in subjective well-being.

Daily Research Pulse for January 25, 2023

Summary: One study examined the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on cardiovascular autonomic function. Results showed that SARS-CoV-2 infection can cause acute and mid-term cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction.