Overcoming Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric With the recent announcement of an impending COVID-19 vaccine, former CDC director Tom Frieden commented on the effect of misinformation and vaccine hesitancy. He argues that critical components of effective public health risk messaging has been conspicuously Read More
The United States has failed to follow many of the best practices in health and crisis communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, given that the virus continues to spread, there is still an opportunity to use evidence-based practices moving forward Read More
What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination Plans The CDC released this publication, which discusses “Operation Warp Speed”, the global race to produce a successful COVID-19 vaccination. With the likelihood of a vaccine being produced by the end Read More
Testing & School Reopening Authors of a New England Journal of Medicine perspective this week propose that making routine Covid-19 testing available in schools should be a top national response priority, and they critique the lack of inclusion of testing Read More
Worker Safety A lawsuit in an Oregon Federal Court highlights concerns about failing to adequately engage non-English speaking workers in workplace pandemic safety efforts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, food processing plants have been a frequent outbreak hot spots, and such Read More
In-home testing kits for COVID-19 In this article, the authors discuss testing kits that have been FDA approved for diagnosing COVID-19 in the home. In April 2020, LabCorp developed the first FDA-approved, in-home collection kit, followed Everlywell who developed a Read More
Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Recommendations Friday, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) issued the final version of its Framework for Equitable Allocation of Covid-19 Vaccine. Recognizing that once a vaccine is approved (in some form or another), demand Read More
Clinical Characteristics Within a cohort study of 1641 adult patients with SARS-CoV-2, an elevated red blood cell distribution width (RDW) at admission and increasing RDW during hospitalization were associated with statistically higher increased in mortality risk.   Within this meta-analysis Read More
Nursing Home Quality & Safety Earlier this month, the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes issued their final report for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The task of the Commission was “to solicit lessons Read More
Nationwide Eviction Freeze The CDC issued an Emergency Action this week implementing a nationwide temporary freeze on evictions. The freeze runs from September 4 through December 31, 2020. Here is a link to the CDC’s Declaration Form which must be filled Read More

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