Clinical Characteristics In this case series of 91 children who tested positive for COVID-19 in Korea, 22% were asymptomatic. These children were tested for COVID-19 when they had a history of close contact with confirmed cases. Only 8.5% of symptomatic Read More
Updates to seasonal influenza vaccine practices during the COVID-19 pandemic The ACIP and CDC released this recommendation on August 21, 2020 that updates the 2019-2020 recommendations of the ACIP regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines in the U.S. As Read More
All Nursing Homes Must Test Facility Residents, Staff, others for Covid-19 A new rule was issued Tuesday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring long term care facilities to test their facility residents, staff, volunteers and individuals Read More
Transmission A small study of 18 breastfeeding women with COVID-19 found that SARS-CoV-2 RNA was found in only one sample, and a viral culture from that sample was negative. This suggests that breast milk is an unlikely source of infection Read More
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide During COVID-19 Pandemic This publication from the CDC discusses that communities are facing mental health challenges. From June 24-June 30, 2020, US adults reported elevated mental health conditions associated with the pandemic. Young adults, Read More
Personal Protective Equipment A quality improvement study looking at comparative fitted filtration efficiencies for various mask styles found N95 makes had efficiencies of 98.%; surgical mask with ties was 71.5%; procedure mask with ear loops was 38.1%. Used and/or expired Read More
Reopening Primary Schools During the Pandemic An important perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Indiana is one of the earliest states to start the new school year. However, school districts around the country are struggling with the Read More
Resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases, or VPD’s, has led the World Health Organization to declare vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten threats to global health. The resurgence of VPD’s in recent times may be directly linked to the rapid Read More
This perspective discusses allocation criteria for an initial shortage of a future SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and necessary measures for global immunity. The criteria presented are built upon the author’s belief that once a vaccine is developed, an initially short supply will Read More

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