HSC Covid 19 Briefings

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NM Highlights: NM governor’s press briefing. NM restaurants reopening. Navajo Nation updates. NM case count. CVS new testing sites. Mask Madness competition updates. Limited campus will return at UNM. US Highlights: CA becomes fourth state with 100,000 known infections. Model shows relationship between COVID-19 and crime. International Highlights: E.U. countries ban hydroxychloroquine. Will E.U. economic collapse create an historic centralized government? Economics, Workforce, Supply Chain, PPE: Mental health impact. Face mask itch. Remote postdoctoral fellowships. Epidemiology Highlights: Black vs. white hospitalization and mortality. African infection rates limited. Characteristics of COVID patients. Healthcare Policy Recommendations: South Korea focuses on a single metric: time from symptom onset to hospitalization/quarantine. Full flight travel ban effectiveness. The role of case managers during COVID-19 crisis. Only half of Americans are ready to get vaccinated once the vaccine becomes available: a survey. Practice Guidelines: Harvard authors’ recommendations on restarting essential surgery during COVID-19 pandemic. UNM Project ECHO response to COVID-19 (includes osteoporosis management recommendations). Five online COVID-19 treatment simulations. Testing: Validation of modified viral detection assays across multiple specimen types. Drugs, Vaccines, Therapies, Clinical Trials: Remdesivir 5 days vs. 10. Anti-platelet therapy. Virtual screenings. S-HCQ better than R-HCQ. Stem cell therapy. Tocilizumab not effective. HCQ and CQ safety issues. Lopinavir-ritonavir no benefit. 79 new trials. Other Science: Apolipoprotein E gene associated with severity. France cardiac arrests double. Lab tests that predict severity. ER inanimate surface contamination. Long-term SARS and MERS outcomes.


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 Sources include not only peer-reviewed literature, but also preliminary research manuscripts that have not been peer reviewed along with lay news media reports.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