HSC Covid 19 Briefings

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NM Highlights: 12 positive cases at NMSU. Short-term rentals restrictions. Dine-in reopening. US Highlights: Models to forecast COVID-19 deaths. Places of worship reopening. Contact tracing at University of Alabama. International Highlights: More deaths among poor. Mortality data in Italy. High death toll in Brazil. Global vaccines fall behind. Italy cases drop. Vaccines to go through India. Epidemiology Highlights: Children not pandemic drivers. Healthcare Policy Recommendations: Burnout of HCWs. NYC surgeons’ response. Foggy glasses tips. Practice Guidelines: Recommendations are provided on surgical strategies during COVID-19, management of hypertension, anesthesia practice, avoiding drug-induced cardiovascular impairments, arrhythmia management, elective surgery reboot, nutritional management, stroke care, neurointerventional surgery, blood management. Testing: Unregulated tests identified. Interpreting test results. Drugs, Vaccines, Therapies, Clinical Trials: Vaccine trials results. Vaccine moves to trials. Monoclonal antibody identified. Hydroxychloroquine no benefit. Adjuvant corticosteroid therapy. Old drugs may benefit. Vaccines inducing antibodies. Other Science: Mortality and CKD/liver disease. Transmission in pregnancy. Pathophysiology insights. Readmission characteristics. Sodium and severity. Simulated sunlight disinfects.


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 Sources include not only peer-reviewed literature, but also preliminary research manuscripts that have not been peer reviewed along with lay news media reports.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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