Category Archives: COVID-19 Frontlines

April 2021

Most COVID-19 Hospitalizations Due to 4 Conditions

A study estimated that nearly two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. could be attributed to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure. The findings give insight into how underlying conditions contribute to hospitalizations during the pandemic. Continue reading

April 2021

Coping With Pandemic Stress: Unhealthy Weight Gains, Increased Drinking, Poor Sleep

With vaccine availability leading to a potential turning point in the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. health crisis is far from over. One year after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, many adults report undesired changes to their weight, increased drinking, and other negative behavior changes that may… Continue reading

April 2021

COVID-19-related Death in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs)

Researchers from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance studied 3,729 people with RMDs and COVID-19. In common with the general population, older age was more closely linked to COVID-19 related death. Out of those who died, 69% were over the age of 65. Continue reading

March 2021

Humidity from masks may lessen severity of COVID-19              

Facemasks are the most widely used tool for mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Decreased disease severity by the wearer has also been linked to the use of cloth facemasks. This well-documented finding is surprising considering that such masks are poor at filtering the smallest aerosol particles, which can reach the lower respiratory tract and have been associated with severe disease. Continue reading

March 2021

Surface Disinfection Tech Kills 99%+ of SARS-CoV-2 Virus

The long-awaited vaccines to ward off COVID-19 may be getting into people’s arms, but clinicians’ offices around the country are still asking, “are we doing all we can to keep our patient safe?” In addition to the current procedures of cleaning between patients with ultraviolet light or harmful chemicals, new technology is coming online to help answer that question. Continue reading

March 2021

Eyeglasses may prevent Sars-Co-V-19 infection

Everyday glasses—the kind worn by hipsters and nerds alike—may do more than just improve eyesight. Two recent studies are reporting that wearing eyeglasses—to the tune of 8 or more hours a day—appears to slow or even prevent the wearer from becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Continue reading

January 2021

Artificial Intelligence and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted healthcare around the world. The need for solutions today—for better predictive models, better diagnostics, more and better treatments—is driving the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) as a necessary… Continue reading

January 2021

Melatonin to Treat COVID-19?

According to an AI platform developed by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, the hormone that helps regulate sleep—melatonin—may be a novel treatment for COVID-19. Continue reading

January 2021

“Smelling” COVID-19

A simple test—akin to the well-known breathalyser to detect blood alcohol—may be able to “smell” COVID-19 according to Indonesian researchers. Using AI in the form of an electronic nose, the GeNose C-19 device is able to identify elements that are unique to COVID-19. Continue reading

November 2020

Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Prevent Death in COVID-19

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of COVID-19, emerged from a zoonotic source in China in late 2019. Its transmission has been ineffectively controlled and the world has been immersed in a COVID-19 pandemic since early 1st quarter of 2020. Continue reading

October 2020

Studies Show Masks, Gaiters Work to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Since the spring, it has been demonstrated that masks are a critical deterrent to the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19, the worldwide pandemic that has claimed more than 240,000 American lives, and more than 1.25 million lives globally. Experts are agreed now that transmission of the virus is predominately by respiratory droplets when people sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe. Continue reading

September 2020

A mechanistic model and therapeutic interventions for COVID-19 involving a RAS-mediated bradykinin storm

While COVID-19 is known to affect the body in numerous ways that are yet not clearly understood, several researchers have begun to focus on what is known: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, starts by infecting certain cells in the nasal passage. Stopping, or at least slowing this initial foothold may prove a powerful strategy for taming this pandemic. Continue reading

September 2020

New Treatment Options Focus on the Nose

While COVID-19 is known to affect the body in numerous ways that are yet not clearly understood, several researchers have begun to focus on what is known: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, starts by infecting certain cells in the nasal passage. Stopping, or at least slowing this initial foothold may prove a powerful strategy for taming this pandemic. Continue reading

August 2020

Pernio-like Skin Lesions in COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, so-called “COVID toes” continue to be reported around the world. These dermatologic manifestations were catalogued in a recent international registry-based case series, adding to the emerging evidence that pernio-like lesions may be a cutaneous manifestation of COVID-19. Continue reading

July 2020

How Right Now: Tools to Help with Coping

How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, it aims to increase people’s ability to adapt and be resilient during this time. The How Right Now initiative is funded by the CDC Foundation. How Right Now has four primary audiences, which include: adults over 65 and their caregivers; people with pre-existing physical and… Continue reading

July 2020

Expanded Telehealth Increases Cybersecurity Risks

While our understanding of why COVID-19 affects different individuals so dramatically remains vexing, clinicians at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, put together an observational study to determine whether early treatment with glucocorticoids is associated with reduced mortality or the need for… Continue reading

July 2020

C-Reactive Protein Test May Aid in Treatment Decisions

While our understanding of why COVID-19 affects different individuals so dramatically remains vexing, clinicians at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, put together an observational study to determine whether early treatment with glucocorticoids is associated with reduced mortality or the need for… Continue reading

June 2020

Extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19

While the respiratory pathology of COVID-19 has taken center stage over the last 6 months, data is beginning to accrue related to its extrapulmonary manifestations, and they are many and widely variable. Continue reading

June 2020

Mask Studies

The experts all agree that frequent hand washing, masks and social distancing are key to keeping down the rate of infection. Studies back that up: A meta-analysis of more than 150 studies, recently published in… Continue reading

June 2020

If You Don’t Have a Mask…

While wearing a mask is now mandated in many places or at least strongly recommended, there are still times where patients or passersby won’t be wearing them and won’t be practicing good cough hygiene. What to do then? Continue reading

May 2020

Keep Your Business Safe During COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is creating unprecedented challenges for practitioners and business owners. Organizations are facing new challenges and need to help employees transition back to the physical workplace. A few thoughts on keeping your business safe.

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April 2020

COVID-19: How The Virus Spreads, Unique Clotting, New Registries

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized infection by COVID-19, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), as a pandemic. Worldwide, countries have issued stay-at-home orders of varying degrees, in an effort to stem the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve” on its rising death toll, as well as to prevent… Continue reading

April 2020

Access to Medicare Telehealth Services Broadened Temporarily

With the emergence of the virus causing the disease known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need. Continue reading

April 2020

American Academy of Dermatology Registry

The American Academy of Dermatology has also begun a registry to focus on the dermatologic manifestations of the COVID-19 virus. Unlike the COVID Foot Registry, the AAD registry is only for healthcare professionals and is not limited to those specializing in dermatology. Professionals from any country may enter a case. Continue reading