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Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge

Date Published: July 11, 2020

Source: BBC

Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened on Saturday in Florida, almost four months after Disney World was closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the US. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are expected to open next Wednesday. Visitors will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing rules while at the entertainment complex. […]

Coronavirus: US surpasses three million cases

Date Published: July 9, 2020

Source: BBC

On Tuesday, the United States of America surpassed 3 million cases of COVID-19. Infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the country is still in its first coronavirus wave. Despite the increasing number of cases, the White House continues to push for reopening schools and will have the CDC issue guidance on how to proceed. […]

Health experts press Ottawa for a more ‘balanced approach’ to tackling COVID-19 pandemic

Date Published: July 7, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Eighteen health leaders in Canada have called for a more “balanced approach” to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the current approach carries “significant risks to overall population health and threatens to increase inequities across the country.” Canada has had success in controlling COVID-19 […]

Masks mandatory as of midnight in Ottawa, region

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Source: CBC

Wearing masks in public indoor spaces are now mandatory in eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, in Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan. Exemptions will be made for children under two years of age and those who are unable to wear masks […]

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

Date: July 6, 2020

Source: The Guardian

According to a UN report, diseases are expected to jump from animals to humans in the following years due to the destruction of nature and growing demands for meat. Prior to COVID-19, two million per year died from zoonotic diseases, largely in lower income countries. […]

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Clinical Findings and Disease Severity in Hospitalized Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Bottom Line: While 20% of women from this study had severe disease (e.g. declining respiratory function, admission to ICU, or both), there were no deaths observed in these patients. In additions, factors such as Body Mass Index (BMI), respiratory rate, and heart rate were associated with severe disease. Reference: Valeria, SM. et al. Clinical Findings and … Continue reading Clinical Findings and Disease Severity in Hospitalized Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report

Bottom Line: Among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, administering dexamethasone resulted in lower 28-day mortality in patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation or oxygen alone. Reference: Horby, P. et al. Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report. NEJM (2020).  https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa2021436 Date Published: 17 July 2020 Synopsis: Preliminary results from the REOVERY trial indicate that the use of dexamethasone … Continue reading Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report

Clinical update on COVID-19 in pregnancy: A review article

Bottom Line: Current evidence does not suggest increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection in pregnant women, although high-risk obstetrical patients should be appropriately evaluated and managed. Reference: Gillian, RA. et al. Clinical update on COVID‐19 in pregnancy: A review article. The Journal of  Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research .2020). https://doi.org/10.1111/jog.14321 Date Published: 4 June 2020 Synopsis: In general, pregnant … Continue reading Clinical update on COVID-19 in pregnancy: A review article

Cognitive Bias and Public Health Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bottom Line: Cognitive errors may distract policy makers and citizens from making appropriate public health decisions that reduce the impact of COVID-19 across the entire population. Reference: Halpern, SD. et al. Cognitive Bias and Public Health Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA (2020). doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11623 Date Published: 29 June 2020 Synopsis: Despite an emphasis on using evidence to guide … Continue reading Cognitive Bias and Public Health Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Vertical transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the third trimester: a systematic scoping review

Bottom Line: Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be passed from mom to baby during the third trimester. More studies are needed to understand how to manage babies born to mothers with a COVID-19 infection. Reference: Thomas, P. et al. Vertical transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the third trimester: a systematic … Continue reading Vertical transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the third trimester: a systematic scoping review

Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone Inhibitors and Susceptibility to and Severity of COVID-19

Bottom Line: Contrary to initial beliefs, use of ACEIs and ARBs is not associated with increased susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection or increased severity of COVID-19. Reference: Curfman, G. Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone Inhibitors and Susceptibility to and Severity of COVID-19. JAMA (2020). DOI:10.1001/jama.2020.11401 Date Published: 19 June 2020 Synopsis: To enter a human cell, SARS-CoV-2 uses its spike protein and two … Continue reading Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone Inhibitors and Susceptibility to and Severity of COVID-19

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Clinical Findings and Disease Severity in Hospitalized Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Bottom Line: While 20% of women from this study had severe disease (e.g. declining respiratory function, admission to ICU, or both), there were no deaths observed in these patients. In additions, factors such as Body Mass Index (BMI), respiratory rate, and heart rate were associated with severe disease. Reference: Valeria, SM. et al. Clinical Findings and … Continue reading Clinical Findings and Disease Severity in Hospitalized Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report

Bottom Line: Among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, administering dexamethasone resulted in lower 28-day mortality in patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation or oxygen alone. Reference: Horby, P. et al. Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report. NEJM (2020).  https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa2021436 Date Published: 17 July 2020 Synopsis: Preliminary results from the REOVERY trial indicate that the use of dexamethasone … Continue reading Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report

Clinical update on COVID-19 in pregnancy: A review article

Bottom Line: Current evidence does not suggest increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection in pregnant women, although high-risk obstetrical patients should be appropriately evaluated and managed. Reference: Gillian, RA. et al. Clinical update on COVID‐19 in pregnancy: A review article. The Journal of  Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research .2020). https://doi.org/10.1111/jog.14321 Date Published: 4 June 2020 Synopsis: In general, pregnant … Continue reading Clinical update on COVID-19 in pregnancy: A review article

Cognitive Bias and Public Health Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bottom Line: Cognitive errors may distract policy makers and citizens from making appropriate public health decisions that reduce the impact of COVID-19 across the entire population. Reference: Halpern, SD. et al. Cognitive Bias and Public Health Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA (2020). doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11623 Date Published: 29 June 2020 Synopsis: Despite an emphasis on using evidence to guide … Continue reading Cognitive Bias and Public Health Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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