If you are having symptoms that might be from COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has it, call your doctor or health department to discuss whether you should be tested. The testing field is changing rapidly, as the FDA continues to allow new tests onto the market. While some medical visits are now being done online or over the phone, things like physical exams, lab or imaging tests, and treatments still need to be done in person. Cancer care teams are doing the best they can to deliver care to their patients.
Melissa Miller, PhD, director of the Clinical Molecular Microbiology Laboratory at UNC Medical Center, talks with the News and Observer about why an at-home COVID test might give false-negative results and tips on how to determine if follow-up testing is needed. Clinical COVID tests give you results on whether one individual is infected or not, and then you need to aggregate the data from everyone who has taken a test to tell what the incidence rates of COVID are. Here, Boehm discusses her team’s work and the great promise that wastewater monitoring holds for anticipating the spread of other diseases. Within hours of drop-off at the lab, Alexandria Boehm, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, receives the results online. Boehm, known to colleagues as Ali, reviews the data and uses it to create reports about the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. In April, Stanford’s COVID Dashboards expanded to include these measurements and trends.
Pandemic Data Initiative
In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s Memorandum M-20-21, all financial information that agencies are required to report concerning their disposition of CARES Act and other supplemental COVID-19 appropriated funds is publicly available on USAspending.gov. A new study has revealed how people’s creativity evolved during the first COVID-19 lockdown and the three factors that may have influenced it. A recent study investigated whether airborne SARS-CoV-2 particles were present outside of isolation rooms in homes containing one household member with a positive test result. The researchers found that aerosols of small respiratory droplets containing airborne SARS-CoV-2 RNA were present both inside and outside of these rooms. A recent paper describes the experiences of two individuals with long COVID whose symptoms improved after taking over-the-counter antihistamines. According to the study, both experienced “significant improvement in symptoms and ability to perform activities of daily living.” The authors hope that others will run larger studies to investigate further.
Will the flu shot help fight the coronavirus?
While the flu shot won’t protect you from developing COVID-19, it’s still a good idea. Most people older than six months can and should get the flu vaccine. Doing so reduces the chances of getting seasonal flu.
“My view is that the current number of COVID-19 deaths is an undercounting simply because those deaths reflect the ones we know about, and not every death caused by this disease was recorded or diagnosed as such,”Dr. Arturo Casadevall, a distinguished professor and chair of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, toldMNT. However, healthcare professionals and researchers continue to stress that antibiotics are rarely effective against viruses and highlight the dangers of overusing these drugs for antibiotic resistance. The study adds to research showing the importance of boosters, especially for people aged 75 years or older and those with a compromised immune system.
The influx is attributed to subvariants of the highly contagious Omicron variant. An expert group convened by the World Health Organization has said there may be some benefit in giving a second booster dose of a COVID vaccine to the most vulnerable people amid the continuing global spread of Omicron and its subvariants. To model Omicron’s global trajectory, scientists are studying both its transmissibility and its ability to evade human immune systems. People with COVID-19 will likely test positive on an at-home rapid test for about six to 10 days, and sometimes longer, according to Stephen Kissler, research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. COVID-19 vaccines were highly effective at preventing severe disease and death against the Omicron variant, according to new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
OHSU has offered childcare accommodations, including a $7.5 million hardship stipend, to help sustain its workforce during the pandemic. In June 2021, OHSU received federal and state funding to dramatically expand the state’s ability to track variants of concernacross Oregon and Southwest Washington. OHSU has implemented a “mask on” policy for all patients, visitors and staff inside the hospital. OHSU has prepared to treat a surge of patients with COVID-19 while working proactively to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and protect our workforce.
COVID-19 causes mild to moderate symptoms in most people, but in some individuals, the after-effects can linger for months. Some of these effects are neurological, with possible symptoms including brain fog, anxiety, and difficulties with memory. This has led scientists to investigate whether COVID-19 could increase the risk of dementia.MNTexplores the evidence so far. According to new data that Pfizer-BioNTech released, the COVID-19 vaccine is only 12% effective against Omicron infections in children aged 5–11 years.