Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Thank you to our ACOI member, MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI, co-chair of the ACOI Infectious Disease Subspecialty Section, for providing these important updates on COVID-19. Dr. Dery is working with the ACOI to regularly share information as it becomes available during this pandemic in order to keep you current on findings and data and to help you respond to your patients so you can stay on top of this crisis. Thank you to all of our members for all you are doing to help patients during this unprecedented time.

July 24, 2020

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FLU SEASON IS COMING:
- COVID-19 Measures Have All but Wiped Out the Flu in the Southern Hemisphere
- Coronavirus measures lead to lower influenza numbers across the Southern Hemisphere
THE MYSTERY OF ASYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 CASES:
- Why do asymptomatic COVID-19 cases even happen?
Do genetic polymorphisms in angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) gene play a role in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
ADENOVIRUS TO THE RESCUE?
- Why scientists are turning to another virus to stop COVID-19

July 18, 2020

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VACCINE TRIALS LOOK PROMISING:
- First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Shows Early Promise
- An mRNA Vaccine Against SARS-CoV-2 - Preliminary Report
MASKS ARE GOOD PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY:
- Georgia Governor sues Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over mask mandate
- Georgia Governor bans cities from ordering people to wear masks
- CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread
- Walmart, Kroger will start requiring customers in US stores to wear masks
- Target, CVS, Walgreens to also require masks at stores nationwide as COVID-19 cases rise

July 14, 2020

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SCHOOLS AND COVID-19:
- How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us
- Cuomo says New York schools can reopen in fall if infection rate stays below 5%
- Graph shows stark difference in US and EU responses to COVID-19
- Masks will be mandatory in PA schools
LISTENING TO SCIENCE:
- Texas Hospital says Man, 30, Died After Attending a 'Covid Party'
- White House seeks to discredit Fauci amid Coronavirus surge
- Fauci says that in his 40 years of dealing with outbreaks, he's never seen anything like COVID-19

July 10, 2020

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THE SUNBELT HAS BECOME THE GLOBAL VIRUS CAPITAL:
- Arizona is #1, Bahrain is #4
- The Pandemic Experts are Not Okay
- Health Reimagined: The Future of Healthcare
SALIVA TESTS
- ASU Researchers Develop Cheaper, Faster Saliva Test for COVID-19

June 30, 2020

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FAKE MASK EXEMPTION CARDS:
Mask Exemption Cards From the 'Freedom to Breathe Agency'? They're Fake
POOL TESTING:
- The Trump administration is eyeing new testing strategy for coronavirus, Anthony Fauci says
- Prevalence of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection

June 23, 2020

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BLOOD TYPE AND COVID-19:
Genes, Blood Type Tied to Risk of Severe COVID-19
Your risk of severe COVID-19 may be affected by blood type, new genetic analysis suggests
- Genome-Wide Association Studies
ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA DURING THE PANDEMIC:
TikTokers are dancing with their grandparents for content, and it could help curb the pandemic of loneliness among older people
- TikTok Safety Center

June 19, 2020

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SUPER SPREADERS AND SUPER SPREADER EVENTS:
- Just Stop the Superspreading
Large Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease among Wedding Attendees, Jordan
'Of course not': Fauci says he wouldn't attend Trump rallies as coronavirus spreads
Super Spreaders: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 18

June 17, 2020

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SHIFT IN PANDEMIC RESPONSIBILITY:
- Health Experts Link Rise in Coronavirus Cases to End of Stay-at-Home Order
SPEEDING THE SPREAD OF OTHER DISEASES:
- Slowing the Coronavirus is Speeding the Spread of Other Diseases

June 12, 2020

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HOW WE CAN CONTROL COVID-19 IN 28 DAYS:
- How We Can Control COVID-19 In 28 Days
No new COVID-19 cases tied to Missouri hair salon exposure: Health department

June 9, 2020

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IMPROVING OUR COVID RESPONSE:
- How the world can avoid screwing up the response to COVID-19 again
- New Zealand announces it has zero active coronavirus cases

June 5, 2020

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TEENS HELPING SENIORS: 
Two local teens grocery shopped for their grandparents. Soon it became a national volunteer effort.
PREVENTING TRANSMISSION:
Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis
- First-of-its-kind study shows face masks greatly reduce risk of COVID-19

June 2, 2020

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CORONAVIRUS MAY BE A BLOOD VESSEL DISEASE:
- Coronavirus May Be a Vascular Disease
Coronavirus May Not Be a Respiratory Disease After All and that Could Change Everything, a Study Claims
COVID-19 STRUCK MOSTLY LOW-WAGE WORKERS
When hard data are ‘heartbreaking’

May 29, 2020

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WHAT POSITIVE RETESTS MEAN:
- Retesting Positive for SARS-CoV-2 Doesn't Mean Infectious, Study Suggests
COMMUNITY LEADER RESPONSE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA:
- How Latin American slums are leading the fight against COVID-19
- How Brazil's COVID-19 Response Has Fallen to Community Leaders

 

May 26, 2020

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QUARANTINE FATIGUE:
- Managing Quarantine Fatigue
A GRIM MILESTONE AND MEMORIAL DAY:
- An Incalculable Loss
- Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

May 23, 2020

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AIRBORNE LIFETIME OF SMALL SPEECH DROPLETS:
The airborne lifetime of small speech droplets and their potential importance in SARS-CoV-2 transmission
Speech May Spread More COVID-19 Than Feces
- This 3-D Simulation Shows Why Social Distancing is So Important
CDC RE-OPENING GUIDELINES:
- CDC Guidelines, Released at Last, Offer Low-key guide to reopening
- CDC Activities and Initiatives for COVID-19 Response

 

May 18, 2020

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EYE RECEPTORS AND COVID-19:
- Potential for COVID-19 transmission from human eye
- COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus May Be Transmitted Through the Eye, New Studies Find
COVID HEART INJURY:
Characteristics and Clinical Significance of Myocardial Injury in Patients With Severe Coronavirus Disease 2019
The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging for Myocardial Injury in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients
ANTI-VACCINE ACTIVISTS:
Anti-vaccine movement could undermine efforts to end coronavirus pandemic, researchers warn
- The Anti-Vaccine and Anti-Lockdown Movements are Converging, refusing to be 'enslaved'

May 12, 2020

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CONTACT TRACING API:
- Apple and Google release sample code, UI and detailed policies for COVID-19 exposure-notification apps
- Here's How Contact Tracing Will Work on iPhones and Android phones
- Google's Exposure Notification FAQ
IDSA UPDATE:
- IDSA Guidelines
CLINICAL TRIALS UPDATE: 
- Combo Therapy with Interferon Shortens SARS-CoV-2 Shedding
- Interleukin-1 blockade with high-dose anakinra in patients with COVID-19

May 8, 2020

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KAWASAKI DISEASE AND COVID-19:
- What to Know about Kawasaki Disease, The Pediatric Inflammatory Condition Possibly Linked to COVID-19
- Children Are Falling Ill With a Baffling Ailment Related to COVID-19
CDC WARNING OF VIRUS TOLL DOUBLING: 
- As Trump Pushes to Reopen, Government Sees Virus Toll Nearly Doubling
- CDC Situation Update
SOME SWEET NEWS:
- An 11 Year Old Writes to Thank Her Mailman
- Irish Return an Old Favor, Helping Native Americans Battling the Virus

May 5, 2020

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AMERICANS NOT COMFORTABLE RETURNING TO NORMAL:
- Americans Uneasy About Returning to Normal as Restrictions Loosen
IDSA:
- IDSA Guidelines
COVID-19 and Cancer:
- Excess Cancer Deaths Predicted as Care Disrupted by COVID-19
- Patients with Cancer Appear More Vulnerable to SARS-COV-2
 

May 1, 2020

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TWO POSSIBLE COVID-19 REALITIES: 
- COVID-19 Data Point to Two Possible Realities - Which is it?
REMDESIVIR: 
- Remdesivir Trials Suggest Potential Benefit in COVID-19
OXFORD'S ADVANCEMENTS AND OPERATION WARP SPEED:
- In a Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, an Oxford Group Leaps Ahead 
- Trump's 'Operation Warp Speed' Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine

April 29, 2020

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MODULATING THE IMMUNE RESPONSE:
- Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others
CAN YOU TRUST THE RESULTS?
- Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Can You Trust the Results?
LEVELING THE COVID-19 PLAYING FIELD:
- WHO launches ambitious global project to develop COVID-19 medical products
- Coronavirus Deaths in Africa Could Reach 300,000 and Overwhelm Health Systems, Says Report
 

April 24, 2020

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NIH PANEL GUIDELINES:
- NIH Panel Issues Guidelines for COVID-19 Treatment 
MENTAL HEALTHCARE FOR OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS:
- ACOI's Peer-to-Peer Virtual Wellness Sessions
- Healthcare workers seek to flatten COVID-19's 'second curve' - their rising mental anguish
- The COVID-19 crisis too few are talking about: healthcare workers' mental health
GOOD NEWS FOR THE EARTH THIS EARTH DAY: 
- The Coronavirus Shows it's Time to Remake the American City
- As world marks Earth Day indoors, a message of hope from outside
- Past pandemics changed the design of cities. Six ways COVID-19 could do the same

April 21, 2020

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ASYMPTOMATIC CASES ARE MORE PREVALENT THAN FIRST BELIEVED:
- Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts
- Antibody study suggests coronavirus may be far more widespread than previously thought
- COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California
OPENING UP THE COUNTRY:
Projecting the transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 through the postpandemic period
- COVID-19: Social Distancing Through 2022? / Infection in Healthcare Workers
HEALTHCARE WORKERS BEING HEARD:
- Poll: Americans are afraid of ending the coronavirus lockdowns too soon
- 'Everyone Was Screaming at Them.' The Story Behind Those Photos of the Counter-Protesting Healthcare Workers

April 17, 2020

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HEALTHCARE WORKERS DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY COVID-19:
- Almost 10K HCWs Infected, at Least 27 COVID-19 Deaths in US, CDC Says
- At Least 9,000 US Health Care Workers Sickened With COVID-19, CDC Data Shows
UPDATE ON HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE: CLINICAL UPDATE - IDSA:
- Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19
TEST, TRACE, ISOLATE: 
- California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact
- California will look at 6 factors to determine when stay-at-home orders will loosen, Newsom says

April 14, 2020

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UPDATE ON HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE:
- Hydroxychloroquine-COVID-19 study did not meet publishing society's "expected standard" 
Thoughts on the Gautret et al. paper about Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin treatment of COVID-19 infections
- Small Chloroquine Study Halted over Risk of Fatal Heart Complications
FAUCI UPDATES: 
- Fauci once dismissed concerns about 'silent carriers' of coronavirus. Not anymore. 
- How Anthony Fauci Became America's Doctor
STORY TO REFLECT ON:
- Married for 51 years, the died of COVID-19 six minutes apart

 

April 10, 2020

 

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HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE:
- 7 Answers to Questions About the Malaria Drug Trump Keeps Pushing
NEW ZEALAND:
- New Zealand isn't just flattening the curve. It's squashing it. 
RACIAL DISPARITIES: 
- COVID-19 is hitting Chicago's black neighborhoods much harder than others, officials say
- Black people dying from coronavirus at much higher rates in cities across the USA

April 7, 2020

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THE CURVE IS FLATTENING IN SOME AREAS:
- Europe Sees More Signs of Hope as Italy's COVID-19 Curve Flattens 
- Cuomo says New York state may be seeing 'possible flattening of the curve'
THE U.S. NEEDS A SERIOUS NATIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER:
- US Braced for Historic Blow as Virus Lands British PM in Hospital
'This is going to be our Pearl Harbor': Surgeon general warns USA faces worst week of coronavirus outbreak
Up to 150 million Americans are expected to contract the coronavirus, congressional doctor says
White House Projects Grim Toll From Coronavirus

 

April 3, 2020

 

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ASYMPTOMATIC TRANSMISSION: 
Iceland Reports 50% Asymptomatic Transmission 
- Pre-symptomatic Transmission
- More on Pre-symptomatic Transmission
- Dr. Redfield, Director of the CDC, reports 25% of COVID-19 patients testing positive are asymptomatic 
EVIDENCE SUGGESTIVE THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING WORKS: 
- Cases in Seattle have slowed
- Digital thermometers have shown decrease in fevers in states with stay at home order
EVIDENCE AGAINST USING MASKS:
- No scientific evidence masks are effective in reducing risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission

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