Clean break: the risk of catching Covid from surfaces overblown, experts say
Prioritising eye protection and face masks will prevent the spread of coronavirus more than disinfecting surfaces, research showsAustralia vaccine tracker: when will you get the jab?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen cases of Covid-19 first began emerging in Australia, some people reported disinfecting their groceries before bringing them into their homes, and there were also concerns that the virus could be living on the surfaces of packages in the mail. During Victoria ’s extended lockdown, teams of workers could be seen walking city streets disinfecting traffic light buttons, be...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Health Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Science Australia news Source Type: news

Biden's CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives Biden's CDC Director Has Long Used Data to Save Lives
When Dr Rochelle Walensky stepped up to lead the CDC, she promised to keep telling the truth -- even when it's bad news.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - February 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

J & J COVID-19 Vaccine Wins Backing of FDA Panel J & J COVID-19 Vaccine Wins Backing of FDA Panel
An FDA panel voted 22 to 0 in favor of an emergency clearance for Janssen/J&J's COVID-19 vaccine, bringing it a step closer to distribution.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Victoria eases coronavirus restrictions after recording zero new Covid-19 cases
Queensland border reopened to greater Melbourne as New South Wales reports no new cases for 41st consecutive dayThe Queensland border has been reopened to greater Melbourne after the region was declared a hotspot on 13 February following a Covid-19 outbreak at the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel in the city.It means travellers can enter Queensland without a border pass or quarantining, with Victoria recording no new cases of community transmitted coronavirus on Saturday as restrictions were again eased.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Victoria Australia news Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Medical research New South Wales Source Type: news

Greece extends lockdowns; Johnson & Johnson jab 'to get EU approval' – as it happened
Greece announced tighter measures as pandemic showed no signs of waning in the country;EMA expected to approve vaccine on 11 MarchBelgium slow to distribute Oxford vaccine doses as cases riseCanadian pension fund CEO resigns after flying to Dubai for a jabSingle Pfizer jab can reduce asymptomatic Covid infections by 75%What we know about the California coronavirus variantUS coronavirus updates - live12.47amGMTHere the latest key developments at a glance:12.18amGMTThe British health secretaryMatt Hancockon Friday defended the continued rollout of theUK vaccination programme in age order instead of prioritising other risk gr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jedidajah Otte (now); Yohannes Lowe, Alexandra Topping, Ben Quinn and Alison Rourke (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Unanimously Recommended for Emergency Use Authorization by U.S. FDA Advisory Committee
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., February 26, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) unanimously voted to recommend Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Company’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine candidate for adults 18 and older, developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The vote was based on a totality of scientific evidence provided by the Company, including efficacy and safety data from the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial. “We are e...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - February 26, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

White House: COVID-19 Numbers Take a'Concerning Shift'White House: COVID-19 Numbers Take a'Concerning Shift '
After weeks of declining, COVID-19 numbers are back on the rise and new variants continue to emerge, according to White House officials -- just as states begin to lift restrictions and open doors to restaurants and businesses.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Could Vaccination Cause Me To Test Positive For Covid-19?
Dr. Matthew Binnicker, an expert in the diagnosis of infectious disease, explains the benefits and limitations of diagnostic testing as more people receive Covid-19 vaccinations. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 26, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Binnicker, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science Editors' Pick editors-pick Coronavirus Source Type: news

NYC Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant NYC Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant
Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief medical adviser downplayed the results of studies that may suggest a new COVID variant found in New York in November will be more resistant to vaccines.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Weary of COVID Variants, EU Leaders Push to Step Up Vaccination Weary of COVID Variants, EU Leaders Push to Step Up Vaccination
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union must prepare to vaccinate for new COVID variants over the coming years after EU leaders discussed ways of salvaging tourism.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A Patchwork: Europe and COVID-19 Vaccination Passports A Patchwork: Europe and COVID-19 Vaccination Passports
European Union leaders moved closer to an agreement on certificates showing that citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19, a move that could revive international travel.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Single Pfizer jab can reduce asymptomatic Covid infections by 75%
Cambridge doctors record sharp fall in infections after 12 days in Covid test analysis on healthcare workersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA single dose of the Pfizer vaccine can reduce asymptomatic infections by 75%, according to research that suggests the jab could substantially curtail transmission of the disease.Doctors in Cambridge recorded the sharp fall in infections after 12 days of the first shot in an analysis of Covid tests performed on healthcare workers in the last two weeks of January.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Health Pfizer Infectious diseases Medical research UK news World news Health policy University of Cambridge Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Johnson & Johnson jab 'to get EU approval'; Berlin pupils allowed to repeat school year
EMA expected to approve vaccine on 11 March; all pupils in German capitalto have chance to repeat a year; global deaths pass 2.5mSingle Pfizer jab can reduce asymptomatic Covid infections by 75%What we know about the California coronavirus variantBriton sentenced to two weeks in jail for breaking Singapore Covid rulesWords matter: how New Zealand ’s clear messaging helped beat CovidUK coronavirus updates – live5.20pmGMTItaly reported 253 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday against 308 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 20,499 from 19,886 the day before.A w...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jedidajah Otte (now); Yohannes Lowe, Alexandra Topping, Ben Quinn and Alison Rourke (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Vaccines Came Too Late for at Least 400 Medical Workers Vaccines Came Too Late for at Least 400 Medical Workers
As healthcare workers in the US began lining up for their first coronavirus vaccines on December 14, Los Angeles nursing assistant Esmeralda Campos-Loredo, was already fighting for oxygen.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

US Nursing Home Deaths Decline Sharply US Nursing Home Deaths Decline Sharply
Deaths and confirmed coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in US nursing homes ― a category of all long-term care facilities ― since the vaccination program began.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Cutaneous Findings Described for Children With MIS-C
FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2021 -- In a research letter published online Feb. 16 in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, cutaneous findings are described for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Allison... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 26, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The Do ’s And Don’ts Of Getting Your Covid-19 Vaccine
Dr. Stephen Thomas, Chief of Infectious Diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University, walks you through what you should and shouldn ’t do when you make the decision to get your Covid-19 vaccination. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 26, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephen Thomas, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Editors' Pick editors-pick Coronavirus Source Type: news

The scientific and ethical feasibility of immunity passports, The Lancet Infectious Diseases
In Personal View, author suggests increasing understanding of neutralising antibody response to COVID-19 might make identifying members of community at low risk of contracting& transmitting COVID-19 possible. A response to ethical arguments against the passports is also provided (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ghana: Low Utilisation of Insecticide-Treated Nets Worrying, Behavioral Change a Need - Expert
[Ghanaian Times] Ghana continues to make investments in malaria prevention. This is because she is one of the 11 countries contributing to the global malaria burden. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Will I have to wear a mask after getting the Covid vaccine?
With Johnson& Johnson ’s one-shot vaccine close to distribution in the US, the end of the pandemic seems a big step closer. But not everything will return to normal right awayPublic health authorities want people tokeep wearing masks and social distancing, even after they receive avaccine. This might seem counterintuitive – after all, if someone gets a vaccine, aren’t they protected from the coronavirus?The answer is complicated: the vast majority of people who are vaccinated will be protected fromCovid-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, vaccinated people may still be able to tra...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Glenza and Alvin Chang Tags: US news Vaccines and immunisation Health Society Coronavirus Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

FAPESP promotes webinar to discuss the impacts of pandemic on schools and families
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) The pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing educational disparities. " 'ducation: COVID-19 and social inequalities' will be the theme of the next FAPESP COVID-19 Webinar on March 3rd, 2021. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Household transmission of SARS-CoV-2
(JAMA Network) Researchers investigated whether home addresses recorded in the electronic medical record could be used to accurately estimate transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2 and identify risk factors for transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Statin use associated with increased survival in severe COVID-19
(Columbia University Irving Medical Center) People who took statins to lower cholesterol were about 50% less likely to die if hospitalized for COVID-19, a retrospective study by Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian physicians has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Prioritizing the oldest for COVID-19 vaccines saves more lives, potential years of life
(University of California - Berkeley) Challenging the idea that older people with shorter life expectancies should rank lower in coronavirus immunization efforts, new research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that giving vaccine priority to those most at risk of dying from COVID-19 will save the maximum number of lives, and their potential or future years of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New tools find COVID patients at highest risk of mechanical ventilation and death
(Massachusetts General Hospital) By inputting clinical and laboratory factors at the time of admission into a novel online calculator, physicians can determine with high accuracy which COVID-19 patients will require the most intense care.Age is not a significant predictor of whether a hospitalized patient will need mechanical ventilation, nor does it predict the duration of ventilation. Over half of all patients on mechanical ventilation needed support for more than seven days. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Research reveals how bacteria defeat drugs that fight cystic fibrosis
(The University of Montana) University of Montana researchers and their partners have discovered a slimy strategy used by bacteria to defeat antibiotics and other drugs used to combat infections afflicting people with cystic fibrosis. The research was published Feb. 23, 2021 in the journal Cell Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vitamin B6 may help keep COVID-19's cytokine storms at bay
(Hiroshima University) Vitamin B6 may help calm cytokine storms and unclog blood clots linked to COVID-19's lethality. But research on it is lacking. A Hiroshima University professor calls on fellow scientists to study its potential role. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: France may impose regional lockdowns; South Korea starts vaccinations
French PM says worrying Covid spread in 20 areas; global death toll passes 2.5m; Brazil death toll passes 250,000. Follow latest updatesBiden hails 50m vaccine doses since he took officeModerna forecasts $18bn in sales of Covid vaccine this yearQueen urges Britons to ‘think about others’ and get vaccinatedRevealed: four in five Oxford Covid jabs delivered to EU not yet usedSee all our coronavirus coverage3.05amGMTDespite a tourism-dependent economy devastated by coronavirus shutdowns, Vanuatu ’s Covid-19 vaccination programme will not inoculate most of its population until the end of 2023.According to the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alison Rourke Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Federation
On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive clinical specimens were collected from poultry farm workers who participated in a response operation to contain an avian influenza A(H5N8) outbreak detected in a poultry farm in Astrakhan Oblast in the Russian Federation. The laboratory confirmation of the seven specimens were performed by the State Research Centre for Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR (WHO H5 Reference Labora...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Google-Backed Database Tracks Details on COVID Cases Worldwide Google-Backed Database Tracks Details on COVID Cases Worldwide
Google supplied funds and expertise to build the repository; it's unclear how the international database will be financed in the long term.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Gym Sessions Without Masks Can Spread COVID-19, CDC Studies Say Gym Sessions Without Masks Can Spread COVID-19, CDC Studies Say
Gyms can be hot spots for COVID-19 outbreaks if people don't wear face masks, even if they follow social distancing guidelines, according to new research from the CDC.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Flu Has Disappeared in the US Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Flu Has Disappeared in the US
Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus -- mask wearing, social distancing, and virtual schooling -- were a big factor in preventing a"twindemic" of flu and COVID-19.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

$52 Million Campaign to Push COVID Vaccinations $52 Million Campaign to Push COVID Vaccinations
The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative launched a campaign to encourage Americans to get a COVID vaccine when one is available for them, marking one of the largest public education efforts in the US.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Nurses Travel Hours to Vaccinate SD Native Communities Nurses Travel Hours to Vaccinate SD Native Communities
Nurse Molly Longbrake and her team of healthcare providers in South Dakota have administered 4000 doses and plan to vaccinate about 12,000 people, often where only a hospital or small clinic is available.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

New Coronavirus Variant Found in NYC, Northeast New Coronavirus Variant Found in NYC, Northeast
Two research teams have identified a new coronavirus variant in New York City and across the Northeast that could evade natural immune responses and some monoclonal antibody treatments.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

SOFA Score Not Helpful for Ventilator Triage in Patients With COVID-19 Pneumonia SOFA Score Not Helpful for Ventilator Triage in Patients With COVID-19 Pneumonia
The Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score has'inadequate'discriminant accuracy for ventilator triage of patients with COVID-19, clinicians caution.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Wide Glucose Swings Equal Poor COVID-19 Outcomes in Diabetes Wide Glucose Swings Equal Poor COVID-19 Outcomes in Diabetes
Glucose levels outside of 70-160 mg/dL and glycemic variability measured with intermittently scanned continuous glucose monitoring were identified as risk factors for worse COVID-19 outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

We ’ll Probably Never Eliminate COVID-19 from the U.S. It’s Still Worth Trying
2021 got off to a grim pandemic start in the U.S. A huge surge in COVID-19 cases followed the holiday season, peaking at around 300,000 new cases on Jan. 8, 2020. More than 20,000 Americans lost their lives to the virus in a single week in January alone and over 146,00 in total have died since the start of the year. But six weeks later, the picture looks more promising. New daily cases have fallen sharply, daily deaths have fallen to levels not seen since Thanksgiving, and the pace of vaccine roll-out is speeding up. These positive trends mean that we can now begin to ask what the endgame might look like. Would we be happy...
Source: TIME: Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Hanage and Gavin Yamey Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Rapid Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a Detention Facility Rapid Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a Detention Facility
What have we learned about preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within correctional and detention facilities?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Hepatitis C and HIV Combined Screening in Primary Care Hepatitis C and HIV Combined Screening in Primary Care
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a combined screening program for HCV and HIV, which included a risk-assessment questionnaire and rapid tests for point-of-care diagnosis.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lethal house lures reduce incidence of malaria in children
(Penn State) A new type of housing modification can reduce malaria incidence among children by around 40-50%, according to an international team of researchers. The intervention uses window screening, together with PVC tubes fitted with insecticide-laced screens and installed under the eaves of homes, as a novel method of killing malaria mosquitoes as they attempt to enter the house. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Face masks helped to reduce viral transmission during covid's first wave in Italy
(Taylor& Francis Group) Face masks likely played a role in reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Italy during the first half of 2020, according to a new study by mathematical modellers, who show that the use of face coverings could have reduced the number of official COVID-19 cases in Italy by up to 30,000 during Spring 2020. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Embed germ defence behaviours at home to reduce virus spread now and in the future - new study
(University of Bath) New research which looked at data from over 28,000 users of the website 'Germ Defence' since May 2020 highlights the continued, critical importance of breaking chains of virus transmission within our homes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Arthritis drugs may reduce mortality and time in ICU for sickest COVID patients
(Imperial College London) Treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with drugs typically used for rheumatoid arthritis may significantly improve survival, a landmark study has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UTEP survey reveals hidden health and wellness benefits of COVID-19 pandemic
(University of Texas at El Paso) A study by physiology researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso found that El Paso's stay-at-home ordinance due to the COVID-19 pandemic had positive effects on the health and well-being of the region's residents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Urban Americans more likely to follow covid-19 prevention behaviors than rural Americans
(Texas A&M University) Timothy Callaghan, PhD, and Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD, from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M University School of Public Health, joined colleagues in the first national study of how often people in urban and rural areas in the United States follow COVID-19 guidelines. These include public health best practices like wearing masks in public, sanitizing homes and work areas, maintaining physical distancing, working from home and avoiding dining in restaurants or bars. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists reveal details of antibodies that work against Zika virus
(Biophysical Society) The Zika outbreak of 2015 and 2016 is having lasting impacts on children whose mothers became infected with the virus while they were pregnant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Openly available toolkit to help lab-based coronavirus research
(PLOS) During the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, laboratories worldwide have pivoted from their usual research to working to identify new COVID-19 drug and vaccine candidates. This experimental work requires access to clinical isolates and systems that allow genetic manipulation of SARS-CoV-2. A paper published in PLOS Biology by Dr. Mahalingam at Menzies Health Institute, Australia and colleagues, reports an openly available SARS-CoV-2 laboratory research toolkit aimed at increasing availability of these materials. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mortality rises among public when health workers get sick in an outbreak, model suggests
(Penn State) When healthcare workers become ill during a disease outbreak, overall case counts and mortality rates may significantly increase, according to a new model created by researchers at Penn State. The findings may help to improve interventions that aim to mitigate the effects of outbreaks such as COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study estimates two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations due to four conditions
(Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus) A new study estimates 64% of adult COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. may have been prevented if there were less obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure. The model suggests notable differences by age and race/ethnicity in COVID-19 hospitalizations related to these conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news