HSC Covid 19 Briefings

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NM Highlights: NM COVID safety guidelines. NM case count. Navajo Nation case count. Gadsden school district kitchens closures. ABQ non-COVID patient treatment delay. NM factory shutdowns. US Highlights: Moderna Inc. vaccine shows promise. US cases exceed 1.5 million. US states reopen. NY slowly reopening. Michigan vaccines decrease. CDC antibody study. International Highlights: WHO independent review. Economics, Workforce, Supply Chain, PPE Highlights: Maxillofacial surgeries down. PPE skin damage. Epidemiology Highlights: Infections may overwhelm ICE facilities. High estimated US infections. LA antibody testing results. Super-spreader in church. Hospital staff antibody response. No effect of climate. Healthcare Policy Recommendations: Pairing assistance to alleviate health system failure. Exercise recommendations. CDC funeral guidance. Practice Guidelines: Emergency Dept. Patient isolation triage tool. Gynecology ward rearrangement. Guidelines for nuclear cardiology labs. Testing: PCR without RNA extraction. Comparison of PCR kits. Comparison of IgG assays. Sequencing for screening. Drugs, Vaccines, Therapies, Clinical Trials: Subcutaneous tocilizumab. Five new antivirals. 28 new COVID-19 trials. Other Science: PTSD in healthcare workers. Antibody neutralizes virus. Good pregnancy outcomes. Males at risk. CDC: hospitalization and mortality rates. News makes people sad. African green monkey model. Air is cleaner.


Disclaimer: The UNM Global Health COVID-19 Briefing is provided as a public service. Sources include not only peer-reviewed literature, but also preliminary research manuscripts that have not been peer reviewed along with lay news media reports. The peer-review process often results in manuscript improvement, with corrections made for errors and unsubstantiated conclusions being corrected. Furthermore, many headlines and summaries in the briefing are written by student volunteers and others who may lack subject matter expertise in this rapidly evolving field. As such, the headlines and summaries should not be regarded as conclusive. Instead, readers are encouraged to use the briefing to identify areas of interest and then use the embedded links to read and critically evaluate the primary sources.

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