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Dignity Health Libraries COVID-19 Portal: Covid-19
Our COVID-19 Portal is dedicated to Clinical Team Members who care for COVID-19 patients and to those who support them behind the scenes. Thank you! Be safe!
Face masks come back to forefront amid triple threat of Covid-19, flu, RSV (CNN Health 12/8/22)As a triple threat of respiratory illnesses – flu, RSV and Covid-19 – sweeps the nation, health officials urge people to take precautions: get vaccinated, wash hands frequently, & mask up in certain circumstances. “I’m not talking about mandating anything,” Fauci said. “I’m talking about just common sense of saying, ‘You know, I really don’t want to take the risk of myself getting infected and, even moreso, spreading it to someone who’s a vulnerable member of my family.’ “
Covid-19 boosters could prevent about 90,000 US deaths this winter, but only if more people get them, analysis suggests (CNN Health 10/5/22)Covid-19 boosters could prevent about 90,000 US deaths this winter, but only if more people get the shots, a new analysis suggests. The study, published Wednesday by The Commonwealth Fund, said if booster vaccinations continue at their current pace, the nation could see a peak of more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths per day this winter. On average, there are now more than 400 daily Covid-19 deaths in the US, data shows. About two-thirds of the US population is fully vaccinated with at least their initial series, according to the CDC. But only about a third of the population has received a booster dose.
The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Resource Guide: Communication Best Practices and Templates (SR Health)
Healthcare organizations set to administer
the COVID-19 vaccine need to be prepared
from a messaging and logistics standpoint
to quickly provide doses as they become
available. This guide contains free
templates and resources that you can use
to help in your communication efforts.
They run the gamut from frequently asked
questions (FAQs) and myth-busting facts
about the vaccine to a pre-appointment
reminder checklist that includes best
practices for automating your patient
communications and keeping patients
informed. All of these can be used in text,
emails, social media, and websites.
Scientists and engineers with many years of collective research experience related to indoor air quality, aerosol science, aerosol disease transmission, and engineered control systems for aerosols. Our contributors are active researchers investigating aerosol transmission of COVID-19 (see e.g. 1, 2, 3, and 4). Five of us were speakers at the recent Workshop on Airborne Transmission of COVID-19, organized by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the highest level scientific organization in the US). Three of us are members of a COVID-19 WHO expert group.
Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for the Current SARS-CoV-2 Variants (CDC COCA 1/24 11am-12pm PT)As SARS-CoV-2 variants evolve, circulating variants have increased transmissibility and ability to evade the immune system, which changes the treatment and prevention options for COVID-19. Clinicians should understand the nuances of current SARS-CoV-2 testing and treatment to prevent hospitalizations and deaths among people at high risk of severe disease.
During this COCA Call, subject matter experts will provide an overview of COVID-19 epidemiology and the current variant landscape, address current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing guidance and the National Institutes of Health and Infectious Disease Society of America COVID-19 treatment guidelines, and discuss risk assessment and considerations for treatment options.
Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Therapeutics - When and How to Treat for COVID-19 (Register CME: CalHHS & CMA 2/14/23 12-1pm PT)As a result of this activity, participants should be able to:
Discuss the current epidemiology of COVID-19 in California
Summarize the state of COVID variants as applicable
Discuss the benefits, risks, side effects and contraindications to COVID-19 therapeutics with patients
Recognize the common drug interactions of COVID-19 therapeutics and know where to get treatment recommendations given possible drug-drug interactions
Appropriately refer patients who need COVID-19 treatment
Utilize current public health guidance to default to COVID-19 treatment in most circumstances To be determined
CDC COCA Calls/WebinarsSubject matter experts present key emergency preparedness and response topics, followed by meaningful Q&A with participants. Each COCA Call/Webinar will offer the most up to date information and guidance for clinicians. Continuing Education is available for most calls/webinars.
Recommendations for Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Doses in People Ages 12 Years and Older (CSC COCA Recording, Slides, & Transcript 9/13/22)During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss CDC’s new guidance on bivalent COVID-19 booster doses for people ages 12 years and older, including those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. COVID-19 vaccination provides protection against serious illness and outcomes associated with COVID-19, including emergency department or urgent care visits, hospitalizations, and death. Updated COVID-19 vaccines add an Omicron BA.4/5 spike protein component to the previous monovalent composition. These bivalent booster doses help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination by targeting more transmissible and immune-evading variants. These boosters also broaden the spectrum of variants that the immune system is ready to respond to.
How to Survive a Pandemic (HBO Motion Picture 2022, 1:49:20)Film covering COVID-19 Vaccine Development and International Vaccination Effort: COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time. But over a year later, people in the world’s poorest countries are still waiting to receive an initial dose. Watch How to Survive a Pandemic to learn how we got here and the work left to do to vaccinate the world.
Journalist and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker David France speaks with experts to discuss vaccine inequities across the world and within countries. Learn how to take action to address the urgent need for vaccine equity for ongoing pandemics and the ones we have yet to face.
Virtual Grand Rounds: Updates in COVID-19 and Monkeypox (Slides: Cal HSS & CMA 7/12/22)As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the state, we are now confronted by a new virus: monkeypox.
State epidemiologist Erica Pan, M.D. will share the latest updates about COVID-19 including information about vaccinations, epidemiology and patient care.
Infectious disease expert Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., from U.C. San Francisco will discuss the emergence of monkeypox as a global phenomenon, as well as the epidemiology, signs and symptoms of this disease.
Recommendations for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series in Children 6 Months through 5 Years Old (CDC COCA: Slides 6/22/22, Free CME)While children have a lower risk for severe COVID-19 compared to adults, they can get COVID-19, spread it to others, and become seriously ill. COVID-19 vaccination provides protection to children and adolescents against severe illness and outcomes associated with COVID-19, including emergency department or urgent care visits, hospitalizations, and death. During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss CDC’s new guidance on the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine primary series for children ages 6 months through 4 years old for Pfizer-BioNTech and ages 6 months through 5 years old for Moderna, including children who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
CMA Virtual Grand Rounds: CA COVID-19 Update & The Nocturnists (Recorded 9/14/21 1.5 hrs)During this Virtual Grand Rounds we hear from Dr Erica Pan, California’s State Epidemiologist, about the state of COVID-19 in California, efforts to keep the virus at bay, progress on vaccinations and the hope for keeping schools open this year.
We are also honored to hear from Emily Silverman, MD, the creator of The Nocturnists, a medical storytelling live show and podcast where healthcare workers can pause and examine their inner landscapes. The Nocturnists helps us examine the forces that drive burnout and moral distress, and in doing so provides hope that we can find ways to flourish in the face of the extreme stresses of medical practice in general, and practice in the setting of a pandemic in particular.
ECRI: COVID-19 Lab Webcast: Device Guidance SeriesThese recordings of our live-streamed lab webcasts feature ECRI guidance on device-related issues that are arising as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. ECRI experts share insights found during our lab-based product evaluations.
Surviving the COVID-19 Infodemic — Can You Trust Dr. Google? (CADTH, 6/23/30 50 min)According to the World Health Organization, the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on two fronts — the disease itself and a related “info emic” that it says is just as dangerous as the virus. An infodemic is an overwhelming flood of information, misinformation, rumours, and outright scams that make it hard to know what to trust. Misinformation such as false preventive measures hurt public health efforts to control the illness and put peoples’ lives in danger. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the work under way to curtail the spread of misinformation. You’ll also get practical tips and tools to help find reliable sources of health information and evaluate its quality.
COVID-19 Conspiracies and Beyond: How Physicians Can Deal With Patients’ Misinformation (CME: JAMA Medical News Audio 32:30 12/30/20)Communication science expert Brian Southwell, PhD, recently launched a training workshop at the Duke University School of Medicine to address a major clinical problem: What should physicians do when patients are misinformed about their health? It’s one of only a few such programs in the nation. Southwell, a scholar with the medical school’s Social Science Research Institute and a senior director at the independent, nonprofit research institute RTI International, chatted with JAMA Medical News Associate Managing Editor Jennifer Abbasi about the viral spread of false health information and malicious disinformation campaigns, why we’re vulnerable to falling for them, and how time-pressed physicians can deal with all the noise.
Air Handling Standards for Increasing the Safety of Indoor Spaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic (JAMA Review 12/7/20, CME Audio 28:16)Closing businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for individuals and the economy in general. Proper air handling combined with the use of masks and physical distancing can greatly improve the safety of indoor spaces. Joseph Allen, DSc, MPH, assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Andrew Ibrahim, MD, assistant professor of surgery and architecture and urban planning at the University of Michigan, discuss air conditioning standards that can substantially reduce the risk of disease transmission in indoor spaces.
Building Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic (NIH Director's Blog - Interview 10/15/20)With more than 215,000 Americans having lost their lives and more than 7.8 million infected since COVID-19 first gripped our nation, the pandemic has taken a profound psychological and emotional toll on us all. Still, behavioral and social science researchers have identified some strategies to help us deal with our fears, and even rise to the challenge of supporting others during this unprecedented time.
Recently, I had an opportunity to discuss the science behind mental health responses to disasters with Dr. George Everly Jr., a psychologist and professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore. A world-renowned expert with more than 40 years experience studying the psychological impacts of disasters, he co-founded the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, an organization affiliated with the United Nations. Our conversation took place via videoconferencing from our home offices in Maryland. Here’s a condensed transcript of our chat:
Public Health Policies Have Prevented Hundreds of Millions of Coronavirus Infections (NIH Director's Blog 6/23/20)As difficult as the shutdowns have been, new research shows that without these public health measures, things would have been much, much worse. According to a study published recently in Nature , the implementation of containment and mitigation strategies across the globe prevented or delayed about 530 million coronavirus infections across six countries—China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, and the United States. Take a moment to absorb that number—530 million. Right now, there are 8.8 million cases documented across the globe.
Updates as of February 12, 2021:
- New information on potential for under-detection of occult hypoxemia by pulse oximetry, especially among persons with dark skin
- New information on dermatologic manifestations associated with COVID-19
- New information on prolonged shedding of replication-competent SARS-CoV-2 in severely immunocompromised persons
- New information on reports of reinfection with variant viruses