Long-COVID in Children

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Just as the world began to turn versus spinning out of control, we are faced with the new challenge of protecting our children! The good news is that children 12 and older may receive the COVID-19 vaccine and are highly encouraged to do so. The bad news is that children under 12 are not currently able to be vaccinated, leaving …

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Happy Birthday, Risks!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Happy birthday to you but before you celebrate you might want to read a study published in JAMA Network! The question raised: is there an association between household birthdays, which likely correspond to informal social gatherings and COVID-19 infection? Large gatherings of people and small social gatherings are thought to be an important source of SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Although it is …

Transmission of Pan-Resistant and Echinocandin-Resistant Candida auris in Health Care Facilities

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Candida auris is an emerging, often multidrug-resistant yeast that is highly transmissible, resulting in health care-associated outbreaks, especially in long-term care facilities. Skin colonization with C. auris allows spread and leads to invasive infections, including bloodstream infections, in 5%–10% of colonized patients. Pan-resistant C. auris isolates have been reported previously, although rarely, from the United States (4) and other countries (5). Three pan-resistant C. auris cases reported in …

Common Cold – Combat Ready

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In a new Yale-led study, researchers found that in patients with the COVID-19 infection only, antiviral defenses are low, and SARS-CoV-2 viral load is high. When patients also have the common cold early in the COVID-19 infection, antiviral defenses are high, and SARS-CoV-2 viral load is low. Interesting, so when we get the sniffles, we might be protecting ourselves from …

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

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There is still much to be understood about the factors influencing the ecology and epidemiology of COVID-19. In particular, whether environmental variation is likely to drive seasonal changes in SARS-CoV-2 transmission dynamics is largely unknown. In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), the effects of the environment on …

Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms

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We have read and written many articles and blogs regarding this topic but it continues to fascinate everyone including researchers. The frequency and variety of persistent symptoms after COVID-19 are definitely stumping the medical community! In a study published in JAMA Open, a systematic review of 45 studies including 9,751 participants with COVID-19, the median proportion of individuals who experienced …

Once a Faller Always a Faller

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In a presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 2021 Annual Meeting, researchers identified that people with a history of falls were more likely to experience another fall in a few months post-fall. The ACSM’s Guidelines of Exercise Testing and Prescription recommend that older adults perform aerobic exercise days a week and that they supplement this with 2 …

Natural Immunity

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According to a study published in the Journal of Infectious Disease, naturally acquired SARS-CoV-2 immunity persists for up to 11 months following infection. The study was a prospective, longitudinal analysis of COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) donors at multiple time points over an 11-month period in order to determine how circulating antibody levels change over time following natural infection. 228 donors …

Lack of Sleep

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In a study published in Science Daily, having trouble falling asleep was associated with cognitive impairment. More frequent trouble falling asleep predicted poorer episodic memory, executive function, language, processing speed, and visuospatial performance. Insomnia involves difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or regularly waking up earlier than desired, despite allowing enough time in bed. This study analyzed data from the …