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Racial minorities at higher risk for COVID-19 hospitalization, ICU care

Racial minority COVID-19 patients are at much higher risk for needing hospitalization and intensive care than their White counterparts, a new Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) study finds. The retrospective study, published yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved comparing the electronic health records of 47,974 adult Hispanic, Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, and White

COVID-19 Scan for Apr 19, 2021

Study: Indoor school sports most likely to spread COVID-19 A study in an Atlanta school district revealed that the highest secondary COVID-19 attack rates were in indoor, high-contact sports settings (23.8%), staff meetings or lunches (18.2%), and elementary school classrooms (9.5%), and that staff were more susceptible to COVID-19 than students were. The study, published

OCD drug spotlighted as potential COVID-19 treatment

Despite a highlight story on 60 Minutes last month, fluvoxamine, a drug typically used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), is still just a brief mention in the “cytokine inhibitors” section in the New York Times‘ “Coronavirus Drug and Treatment Tracker.” For now, it makes sense. Fluvoxamine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has shown promise in

Exercise may strongly protect against poor COVID-19 outcomes

Regular physical activity may substantially reduce the risk of COVID-19–related hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and death, suggests an observational study of nearly 50,000 people published yesterday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Kaiser Permanente Southern California researchers led the retrospective study, which involved linking the self-reported physical activity levels of 48,440 adult

News Scan for Apr 13, 2021

Antibiotic prescribing fell in British Columbia during pandemic Overall and respiratory tract infection (RTI)-specific antibiotic prescribing fell significantly in British Columbia during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study today in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia

Previous COVID-19 may cut risk of reinfection 84%

People who had COVID-19 had an 84% lower risk of becoming reinfected and a 93% lower risk of symptomatic infection during 7 months of follow-up, according to findings from a large, multicenter study published late last week in The Lancet. The prospective cohort SARS-CoV-2 Immunity and Reinfection Evaluation (SIREN) study, by Public Health England Colindale

News Scan for Apr 09, 2021

Nigeria reports H5 avian flu infections in poultry workers Nasal swab testing of poultry workers and handlers in recent highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu outbreak settings in Nigeria turned up seven positive results in humans, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in its weekly communicable disease threat report. So far this