Yes – Another Mask Study

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in Nature Medicine, the researchers delimited three possible future scenarios of the course of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States at the state level: mandate-easing, plausible reference, and universal mask-use scenarios. These help frame and inform a national discussion on what actions could be taken during the fall of 2020 and the public health, economic …

All Eggs in One Basket? Not So Fast!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine has been theorized to provide protection against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This theory was introduced in March 2020 by a group of researchers after observing that recent, large-scale MMR vaccination campaigns were associated with countries with the fewest COVID-19 deaths. Vaccines induce a variety of different antibodies to protect against a virus, since each part of an …

Misinformation – COVID-19 Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

Conspiracy theories and misinformation fuel mistrust in vaccines and could push levels that potential COVID-19 vaccines are taken in the United States and Britain below the rates needed to protect communities against the disease, according to a new study. The study of 8,000 people in the two countries found that fewer people would “definitely” take a COVID-19 vaccine than the …

Community COVID-19 Activity Level

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

JAMDA published a recent study that assessed whether using coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) community activity levels can accurately inform strategies for routine testing of facility staff for active severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Of the staff tested, 28% were certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who accounted for 36.9% of all staff testing positive. Similarly, licensed practice nurses (LPNs) …

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Fatality Rate Down 30%

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) said that the likelihood that a coronavirus infection will prove fatal has dropped by nearly a third since April due to improved treatment. Statistics reflect that doctors have figured out better ways to care for patients, including the use of blood thinners and oxygen support. Effective treatments …

Children versus Adults – Asymptomatic

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a study conducted among individuals hospitalized in Milan, one of the cities with the highest SARS-CoV-2 burden in the world, about 1% of children and 9% of adults without any symptoms or signs of SARS-CoV-2 infection tested positive for the virus. It has been estimated that approximately 80% of adults with SARS-CoV-2 are asymptomatic. The few available reports on …

Blood Type and COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Studies

Research into COVID-19 continues at a blistering pace and one issue that has captured the attention of the popular media is the potential interaction between blood type and the risk for COVID-19. There is precedent for blood type playing a role in infection however a multi-facility study published by Medscape has found no correlation between blood type and inflammatory markers …

The New Normal

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

We have all been affected by COVID-19 in some fashion; directly, with family members, residents, co-workers, and friends. Since our industry began restricting visitation, our residents have had to adapt to a new world in the center. There are restrictions on communal dining, activities, outside entertainment, family/friend visitation and so much more! Staff have also had to change the way …

Dispersion of Cough Droplets

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has spread worldwide progressively since it was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Although the transmission mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 remains unclear, it is generally agreed that the airborne transmission route cannot be dismissed. In yet another study, the fluid flow and droplet dispersion from respiratory events, such as a cough, …

Antibody Prevalence Falling

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Tests on more than 365,000 people in England have shown that the antibody response to the virus that causes COVID-19 wanes over time. Led by Imperial College London, an analysis of finger-prick tests carried out at home between June 20th and September 28th found that the number of people testing positive dropped by 26.5% across the study period from almost …