COVID-19 with Frailty, Cardiac Arrest May Raise Risk of Death Sharply | Two studies today suggest that COVID-19 patients who are very frail or have a cardiac arrest are two three times more likely to die than those not infected with the virus. | For men with COVID-19, the risk of dying from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest rose 4.5-fold…
Lingering lung, physical, mental symptoms 4 months after COVID-19| The findings suggest many patients recover very slowly after hospital release | Four months after their release from the hospital, more than half of 238 adult COVID-19 patients in northern Italy still had impaired lung function or mobility issues..
Cases Drop in Main Global Pandemic Hot Spots, but Surges Elsewhere | In its weekly snapshot of COVID-19 activity, the World Health Organization (WHO) said cases fell for the second week in a row, mainly in the highest-burden countries, but it warned that the pattern masks sharp rises in other countries in some regions. In other developments, 70 countries have now detected the B117 variant, and more nations have also reported the 501Y.V2 and P.1 variants.
California’s Top Hospital Lobbyist Cements Influence in Covid Crisis | SACRAMENTO — As intensive care units filled and coronavirus cases surged over the holidays, Carmela Coyle invoked a World War II-era quote attributed to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to rally her own troops: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 | Masks are primarily intended to reduce the emission of virus-laden droplets (“source control”), which is especially relevant for asymptomatic or presymptomatic infected wearers who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others, and who are estimated to account for more than 50% of transmissions.1,2 Masks also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer (“filtration for personal protection”). The community benefit of masking for SARS-CoV-2 control is due to the combination of these effects; individual prevention benefit increases with increasing numbers of people using masks consistently and correctly.