Trends in 28-Day Mortality of Critical Care Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 in the United Kingdom: A National Cohort Study, March 2020 to January 2021*
CONCLUSIONS: There was a marked deterioration in outcomes for patients admitted to critical care at the peak of the second wave of coronavirus disease 2019 in United Kingdom (December 2020–January 2021), compared with the post-first-wave period (June 2020–September 2020). The deterioration was independent of recorded patient characteristics and occupancy levels. Further research is required to determine to what extent this deterioration reflects the impact of the B117 variant of concern.
AbstractCurrently, the world is witnessing the pandemic of COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Reported differences in clinical manifestations and outcomes in SARS-CoV-2 infection could be attributed to factors such as virus replication, infiltration of inflammatory cells, and altered cytokine production. Virus-induced aberrant and excessive cytokine production has been linked to the morbidity and mortality of several viral infections. Using a Luminex platform, we investigated plasma cytokine and chemokine levels of 27 analytes from hospitalized asymptomatic (n = 39) and mildly symptomatic (n = ...
WHO names variant found in Belgium and Israel OmicronWhite House adviser Fauci: no indication variant is in USBioNTech says vaccine can be tweaked in 100 days if neededJoe Biden ’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Friday there was “no indication” the new “Omicron” coronavirus variant discovered in southern Africa had reached the US.Nonetheless, the the Biden administration said it would restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa, starting on Monday.Continue reading...
We present the case of a COVID-19–positive woman with a morbilliform rash, whose skin biopsy showed the presence of some peculiar cytopathic epidermal changes that could represent a possible distinctive histopathological feature related to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection The presence of viral particles in the keratinocytes with additional positivity of endothelial cells and eccrine glands by immunohistochemistry using an anti-SARS‐CoV‐2 Spike S1 antibodies supports a causal relation of the lesions with SARS‐CoV‐2 infection.
[DW] The European Union wants member states to halt air travel with South Africa and several surrounding countries over a new coronavirus variant. Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic were all quick to react.
[The Conversation Africa] Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2. This was a valuable tool to understand better how the virus spread. In late 2020, the network detected a new virus lineage, 501Y.V2, which later became known as the beta variant. Now a new SARS-CoV-2 variant has been identified, known as B.1.1.529. To help us understand more, The Conversation Africa's Ozayr Patel asked scientists to share what they know.
The world is confronting a new coronavirus variant, and officials have named it “omicron."
President Joe Biden announced Friday the US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged. #southafrica
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The Omicron variant has already been detected among people in Hong Kong, Belgium, and Israel who had recently traveled in different parts of Africa.