Here is what the editors at Physician’s Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of Sept. 6 to 10, 2021. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.
Los Angeles Is First Major School District to Mandate Vaccines for Students 12+
FRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Los Angeles has become the first major school system in the United States to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all students 12 and older.
Federal Data Understated COVID-19 Cases, Deaths in Nursing Homes
FRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Federal National Healthcare Safety Network data appear to understate total COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes in the United States, according to a study published online Sept. 9 in JAMA Network Open.
Outcomes Similar With CPAP, Oxygen Therapy for Severe COVID-19
FRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Among patients with severe COVID-19 who were deemed not likely to benefit from invasive mechanical ventilation, no difference in 30-day mortality was observed for those receiving continuous positive airway pressure or oxygen therapy, according to a study published online Sept. 8 in EClinicalMedicine.
Cancer Diagnoses Down During the Pandemic
FRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — There was a significant decline in newly identified patients with eight common types of cancer in the first and third pandemic periods (spring and winter months), according to a research letter published online Aug. 31 in JAMA Network Open.
Biden Issues Tough New Vaccine Mandates Affecting Millions of U.S. Workers
FRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — In an assertive offensive against a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new efforts at pressuring tens of millions of U.S. government workers to get vaccinated against the illness or face disciplinary action.
U.S. Youth Gained Significant Weight During the Pandemic
THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — U.S. youth experienced significant weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a research letter published online Aug. 27 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Judge Rules Against Florida Ban on School Mask Mandates
THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — School districts in Florida can require their students to wear masks, despite the governor’s order blocking mask mandates — for now at least. A circuit court judge in Leon County ruled Wednesday that the state cannot enforce Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates, CBS News reported.
Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID-19 Plan
THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — President Joe Biden is slated to announce an ambitious six-point plan to double down on a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, including more pressure on government, businesses, and schools to implement vaccine mandates, news sources report. A speech outlining the new plan is scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, The New York Times said.
Mental Health Improved Following First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine appears to result in significant improvements in mental health, according to a study published Sept. 8 in PLOS ONE.
SARS-CoV-2-Positive Household Members Up Infection Risk for HCWs
THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — For vaccinated health care workers, exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-positive household members is a risk factor associated with infection, according to a research letter published online Sept. 1 in JAMA Network Open.
New Symptoms, Disability Linger One Month After COVID-19 Discharge
THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many U.S. patients who survive COVID-19 still face new symptoms and disability one month after hospital discharge, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Immunogenic in Immunosuppressed Patients
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — mRNA-based severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 vaccines appear to be immunogenic in patients receiving immunosuppressive medications for the management of chronic inflammatory disease, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — There have now been more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 recorded among Americans, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. That is nearly one-fifth of the global total of cases.
Baricitinib Does Not Cut COVID-19 Progression in Hospitalized Adults
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — For hospitalized adults with COVID-19, treatment with baricitinib in addition to standard of care does not reduce the frequency of disease progression overall, but it is associated with reduced mortality, according to a study published online Sept. 1 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
New COVID-19 Cases, ED Visits Up for Children Since July 2021
TUESDAY, Sept. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — New COVID-19 cases, COVID-19-related emergency department visits, and COVID-19-associated hospitalizations have increased among children since the delta variant became the predominant strain of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 in the United States, according to two studies published in the Sept. 3 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID-19 Booster Shot Most?
TUESDAY, Sept. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — An alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers has updated guidance about COVID-19 vaccine boosters for cancer patients and the people around them.
New COVID-19 Cases 300 Percent Higher This Labor Day Weekend Than Last Year
TUESDAY, Sept. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — With the delta variant surging and many Americans mask- and vaccine-free, new cases of COVID-19 spiked to levels during the long Labor Day weekend that were 300 percent higher than those seen during the same weekend in 2020, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University.
Post-Acute Kidney Sequelae Studied in COVID-19 Survivors
TUESDAY, Sept. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The risk for kidney outcomes is increased for COVID-19 survivors in the post-acute phase of the disease, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Interim Data Show No Increase in Serious Outcomes Post-COVID-19 Vaccination
TUESDAY, Sept. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The incidence of selected serious outcomes is not significantly higher at one to 21 versus 22 to 42 days postvaccination with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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