Status of COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The effects of COVID-19 are highly variable, ranging from individuals who are asymptomatic to patients who develop severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, with potential involvement of almost all organs and systems. These acute symptoms have been well described since the first cohort studies that were published at the beginning of the pandemic. In a recent study of 478 patients who …

COVID-19 and Heart Damage

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Cardiac injury is a common condition among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and it is associated with a higher risk of in-hospital mortality. To explore the association between cardiac injury and mortality in patients with COVID-19 a study was conducted from January 20, 2020 to February 10, 2020 in Wuhan China. The study concluded that although the exact mechanism of cardiac …

POTS and COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a new study out of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, researchers found a drug used for heart failure improves symptoms associated with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, otherwise known as POTS. This complex debilitating disorder affects the body’s autonomic nervous system, causing a high heart rate, usually when standing. POTS is typically caused by a viral …

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 …

Neurological Manifestations – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

COVID-19 can involve multiple organs including the nervous system. In a recent study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 509 consecutive patients admitted with confirmed COVID-19 in a hospital network in Chicago, Illinois were examined for neurologic manifestations. The severity of COVID-19 and outcomes in patients with and without neurologic manifestations were compared. Neurologic manifestations were present …

Reliability of Signs and Symptoms of Infection

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Health

Older adults may manifest acute illness with atypical signs and symptoms, including those that are non-localizing; however, most nursing-home residents with acute infection will also exhibit some localizing signs and symptoms of infection. Non-infectious explanations for non-localizing signs or symptoms of changes in condition should be ruled out first. Some of these changes may include: Changes in medication, Acute or …

Testing – Asymptomatic COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

As the U.S. recorded its five highest days of coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said this is the perfect time to develop a strategy to better detect asymptomatic cases. The nationwide seven-day average of new daily cases now stands at about 86,363, more than double what it was on September 4 per …

Coronavirus – Impact on the Body

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

It is becoming increasingly clear that some patients struggle with COVID-19 health consequences and costs for longer than a few weeks. The virus can have a severe impact on the lungs, as you might expect. Pneumonia associated with the disease can damage air sacs in the lungs and the resulting scar tissue can cause long-term breathing problems. These are things …

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 …