HSC Covid 19 Briefings

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NM Highlights: Governer’s update on COVID-19 efforts. NM case count. Testing for food industry workers. Testing for lawmakers and staffers. Face coverings mandatory in Santa Fe. Lawmakers prepare to $2.4B budget hole. Learning loss due to lockdown. US Highlights: EPA orders unsafe products removed. Cases on the rise after roll back. Economics, Workforce, Supply Chain, PPE: Governments need more money. Study on masks. Hearing impaired masks. Fast spread in Africa. Kenya’s economic slowdown. Epidemiology Highlights: White House Task Force warns of spikes. Mortality risk factors. Higher mortality in cancer patients. UV-C disinfection of mobile phones. Practice Guidelines: Benefits of non-invasive ventilation and prone positioning demonstrated in 15 patient case-series. Canadian Thoracic Society's statement on management of sleep disordered breathing. Experience of providing ketogenic diet in two US epilepsy centers. A review on personalized cardiometabolic approach to reduce COVID-19 complications and costs. Asian guidelines on inflammatory bowel diseases management. Testing: False negative rate in COVID-19 testing. Patients testing negative with subsequent positive test results. IgG and IgM antibody response. SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain potential antigen for use in antibody testing. Drugs, Vaccines, Therapies, Clinical Trials: Drug repositioning. Hydroxychloroquine toxicity. Multifaceted immunosuppression described. HCQ not effective for prophylaxis. 63 new trials. Other Science: Containment vs mitigation strategy affects mortality. Prehospital pulse oximetry in detection of silent hypoxemia. Normal D-dimer associated with inpatient survival. Family support and risk of depression, anxiety, PTSD. Limited airborne transmission. Stay-at-home orders and weight.


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 Sources include not only peer-reviewed literature, but also preliminary research manuscripts that have not been peer reviewed along with lay news media reports.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