Hats off to Vaccine Manufacturers

Angie Szumlinski News

Moderna Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA) announced results from in vitro neutralization studies of sera from individuals vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine showing activity against emerging strains of SARS-CoV-2. Vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine produced neutralizing titers against all key emerging variants tested, including B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, first identified in the U.K. and Republic of South Africa. The two-dose regimen …

Counterfeit Respirator Notification

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

On February 11, 2021, 3M issued a letter to their customers warning about fraud related to three of their surgical respirator models. The company said they have been received reports of both fake/counterfeit products being sold and ‘offers’ that are never delivered. By working with law enforcement, they have been able to identify and seize millions of such products, but …

New President – New Plan

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President Joseph R. Biden has unveiled a plan to jump-start the nation’s faltering COVID-19 vaccine effort that will include establishing mass vaccination sites and mobile vaccine clinics around the nation. The plan calls for a $20 billion investment in a national vaccination program. According to the CDC, 31 million COVID-19 doses have been distributed and 12.2 million have been administered …

Vaccines – The Continuing Saga!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Federal health officials in recent days have urged broadening vaccine eligibility to tens of millions of Americans to speed the national inoculation program rollout. Meanwhile, seniors at some long-term care facilities, who account for about 1% of the U.S. population but 40% of COVID-19 deaths and were supposed to be at the front of the line, continue to wait. State …

Anaphylaxis is Real!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs rarely after vaccination. Early safety monitoring of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has detected 21 cases of anaphylaxis after reported administration of 1,893,360 first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Most anaphylaxis cases had symptom onset within 30 minutes of vaccination and most persons with anaphylaxis had a history of allergies or allergic …

Post-Vax Symptoms or COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Now that vaccines are being administered around the country, we need to be alert to signs and symptoms post-vaccination. Per the CDC, distinguishing between systemic signs of COVID-19 vaccination symptoms of coronavirus infection will depend on many factors. Clinical judgment will be critical in determining COVID-19 symptoms versus post-vaccination symptoms, beginning with whether the healthcare provider had “unprotected exposure to …

COVID-19 Science Update – CDC

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

Data serves an important role in informing efforts to prevent and reduce public health risks. Every day, many studies are released to help answer critical questions about COVID-19. But given the large number and different types of studies being released, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest research. To help inform CDC’s COVID-19 Response, as well …

Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will examine how our nation delivers finances, regulates and measures the quality of nursing home care with particular emphasis on challenges that have arisen in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee will consider a broad range of issues such as: Ways to generate and assess the …

Saliva Versus Nasopharyngeal Swab Testing

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Testing is the cornerstone of a successful public health response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Nasopharyngeal sampling for nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) is the current, non-invasive criterion standard diagnostic test. However, nasopharyngeal testing requires trained personnel and handling of a specially designed swab, and the technique cannot be easily or reliably performed in all populations (i.e., children and quarantined …

100% Vaccination Rate in Ohio Facility

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

A skilled nursing center in Dayton, Ohio recently achieved an inspiring feat: a 100% vaccination rate against Covid-19 for residents and staff. Even more incredible is the fact that the facility, Grafton Oaks, had zero call-outs from staff due to side effects, and the residents were even less affected than the staff. However, this wasn’t as easy of a task …