Dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of COVID-19. As a dermatologist, you should also know that the coronavirus can also affect your patients’ skin and toes and may, in fact, be the only symptom. Here is what to look for — complete with images — in patients that test positive for […]
A new study published in Pediatrics concludes that there is a quick clinical recovery and excellent short-term outcomes for adolescents who develop COVID-19-related vaccination-associated myocarditis (C-VAM). The average age in the study was 15, and close follow-up and further studies are needed to understand the long-term implications and mechanism of these myocardial tissue changes.
Among critically ill adults with COVID-19, treatment with convalescent plasma had a low likelihood of providing improvement in organ support–free days, defined as days alive and free of intensive care unit–based organ support.
BMJ’s investigation findings raise questions about data integrity and regulatory oversight concerning Pfizer’s vaccine trial. A regional director told the BMJ that Pfizer falsified data, unblinded patients, employed inadequately trained vaccinators, and was slow to follow up on adverse events reported in the pivotal phase III trial.
There are currently no effective antiviral agents available for the treatment of COVID-19 in the outpatient setting. However, ciclesonide, an inhaled steroid agent used to treat asthma, has been found to lessen the antiviral effects by acting on the nonstructural proteins of COVID-19.
The exact ways in which COVID-19 is impacting children, particularly those under age 12, is still being examined. Reported at the IDWeek conference, Arkansas health officials presented data demonstrating the severe impact that the fast-moving Delta variant of COVID-19 can have on children. Key findings: From January 2021, the Delta variant led to 42% more […]
Curious about the long-term impacts of COVID-19? A new study that involved 2,433 hospitalized patients found that the most common symptoms after one year were fatigue, sweating, chest tightness, anxiety, and myalgia. The study, conducted in Wuhan, China, one of the global epicenters of the pandemic, also found that patients with severe disease had more […]
Evidence is mounting that much of the concern about waning immunity to COVID-19 is overstated and that vaccines provide high levels of protection against the respiratory disease and its variants over the long-term. Immunologically, plasmablast and B-cell response after mRNA vaccination is long-lived and memory B cells increase over at least six months. And in […]
This BMJ editorial examines whether approaches better equipped to compare rates of menstrual variation in vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations are needed, based on the reports of changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding after vaccination. The US has taken the first step, earmarking $1.67M from the National Institutes of Health to encourage research.
Vaccinations are up and COVID-19 cases continue to decline, but healthcare will forever be changed by the pandemic. The telehealth revolution is upon us, and health disparities are finally being addressed. Doctors and patients are working together to define what constitutes “necessary” healthcare. Discover what else the future holds for healthcare in a post-pandemic world.