Reduced life Expectancy – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States is staggering. As of mid-October 2020, more than 215,000 COVID-19 deaths had occurred, and over 100,000 additional deaths were projected by the end of 2020. An important but as of yet unanswered question concerns the impact of this exceptional number of deaths on life expectancy for the entire nation as …

Frailty and Comorbidities – COVID-19 Outcomes

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A study conducted in Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic had some very interesting variables and outcomes. The study was performed in an acute care setting with geriatric patients with the goal of analyzing whether frailty and comorbidities are associated with in-hospital mortality and discharge to home. The COVID-19 diagnosis was clinically confirmed by positive reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test, or, …

LTCF COVID-19 Patterns 2020

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In recent months, the U.S. has experienced record-breaking highs of new coronavirus cases and deaths in nearly every state across the country, and new overall cases and deaths have been higher in January 2021 than at any other point in the pandemic. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) did an analysis to determine when new LTCF cases and deaths were highest …

Illness Beyond Acute Infection – SARS-CoV-2

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Although much of the response to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has focused on acute coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness, accumulating evidence demonstrates morbidity beyond acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. At least 2 other periods of illness appear to be temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection: a rare, post-acute, hyper-inflammatory illness and late inflammatory and virological sequelae. These 3 …