Toothbrush Disinfection – Protect Against COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Brazilian researchers have found that toothbrushes can act as reservoirs for microorganisms and favor the transmission of diseases such as COVID-19. Patients who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 have “high viral loads in saliva, nasopharynx and oropharynx” which can occur even in asymptomatic people. A recent study demonstrated that commercially available mouthwashes can inactivate SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. The results showed that …

Variants – Trouble Ahead

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

SARS-CoV-2 variants from the UK., South Africa, Brazil, and even the U.S. will require researchers to be “nimble” to keep up with them, and make vaccination against the virus even more essential, Anthony Fauci, MD, said at a White House COVID-19 press briefing. With variants estimated to become the dominant cause of infections in the U.S. by the end of …

The Never-Ending Question

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

What proportion of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread is associated with the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) from persons with no symptoms? In a recent study using multiple scenarios of proportions of asymptomatic individuals with COVID-19 and infectious periods, transmission from asymptomatic individuals was estimated to account for more than half of all transmissions. In addition …

Severe COVID-19 – Workers and Household Members

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Employment-related exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) can endanger not only workers but also their household members. Using pre-pandemic data, the prevalence of Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) risk factors for severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were examined. The researchers then estimated how many adults at increased risk of severe COVID-19 held essential jobs and could not …

Individual and Community Risk

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The first case of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States was reported on January 20, 2020 in the state of Washington and to date, the pandemic has led to more than 240,000 COVID-19 deaths, making the United States by far the most affected country globally. To date, the United States and other countries have mostly relied on community-based intervention measures, …

Cell Phone Activity – Increase COVID-19 Cases

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In 2019, nearly 81% of U.S. adults owned a smartphone capable of transmitting location data, and many U.S. prediction models are using, or plan to use, cell phone location data as a tool to help summarize human behavior as a means to understand disease spread and inform policy. However, evidence to support cell phone location data as a marker of …