Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Long-acting injected HIV prevention effective and safe, HPTN 083 trial data shows

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Amid unprecedented challenges to routine healthcare access, trial results mark a first for a critically needed HIV prevention measure  An investigational drug administered by injection every eight weeks has been found to be effective and safe in preventing HIV infection among men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men, […]

COVID-19: As the national emergency was recognized, child immunizations plummeted

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With COVID-19 spreading across all 50 states, public health systems facing unprecedented challenges and stay-at-home guidelines becoming orders, the chaos caused by the novel coronavirus by late March included steep drops in uptake of, and access to a spectrum of critical medical services. That has included administration of routine pediatric immunizations critical to protecting children […]

Lockdowns due to COVID-19 projected to stall TB detection and treatment leading to increased incidence, deaths globally over next five years

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While stay-in-place and physical distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19 are projected to also slow the spread of other illnesses, lockdowns prompted by that pandemic will delay TB diagnoses and treatment efforts by much greater proportions, leading to rising rates of tuberculosis illness and deaths, an analysis released today shows. Focusing on impacts […]

COVID-19: What happened here? CDC says four factors fueled unchecked spread . . .

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But agency notes continued testing, knowledge gaps . . . In late February, the United States was home to just 53 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19. That month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had separated categories of COVID-19 case counts in a way the agency hoped would accurately reflect risks […]

COVID-19: Among patients hospitalized with coronavirus, a quarter of patients did not fit recognized high-risk categories

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With comparable outcomes, patients who were black made more than 80% of those hospitalized, disproportionate to numbers hospitalized overall One in four patients hospitalized because of COVID-19 did not fall into any of the categories recognized as putting people at higher risk for more severe illness, according to data on 305 patients admitted to eight […]

COVID-19: As awareness of coronavirus grew, exposure to cleaners and disinfectants marked rising calls to poison control centers

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A preschooler with a blood alcohol level more than three times the level most states consider too drunk to drive had fallen and hit her head when she was taken to the hospital. On the way there, she vomited and on arrival was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. A 64-ounce bottle of ethanol-based […]

COVID 19: Report documents exposures of U.S. health worker infections

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Duration of time with patient, presence during aerosol-generating procedures more common among infected health workers One of the patients who was examined and subsequently admitted to a Solano County, California hospital on Feb. 15 would later be thought to be the first to have contracted the virus causing COVID-19 without a known source of exposure. […]

COVID 19: Reporting by clinical stages is needed for effective planning and response

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The following is a guest post by Michael S. Ascher, M.D., FIDSA, FACP, Haynes W. Sheppard, Ph.D. Current clinical staging for the SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 pandemic can be divided into the six presentations below. All six require the presence of viral nucleic acid detected in respiratory secretions, but in China and soon in the United States and […]

What we’re reading: This World TB Day an ancient pandemic meets the latest global health threat

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As a New Pandemic Spreads, World TB Day Reminds us of Unfinished Business – Efforts to fight the latest global health threat can come at the expense of ongoing infectious disease responses, but pathogens don’t exist in a vacuum, notes this World TB Day release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America — which produces […]

COVID-19 is a pandemic, WHO says

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Citing a 15-fold increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide and three-fold increase in the number of countries reporting cases in the last two weeks, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today that the international spread of the coronavirus disease is a pandemic. It is a word that WHO officials have avoided using, and one […]