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  1. Healthy newborn ... Read in entirety: Partially Vaccinated Mom Passed Antibodies to Baby
  2. Superb communication skills and lifelong infectious disease public health advocacy helped Dr. Fauci win this award. Karen ABC News 2/15/2021 Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for 'defending science'
  3. Penandpaper

    Reluctant Heroes: Thoughts On COVID-19

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven months since the coronavirus disease was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (World Health Organization [WHO], 2020). Working in New York, when I first heard rumblings about COVID-19, I couldn’t foresee the impact that it would have on our nation and healthcare systems. During the early stages of the pandemic, steps were put into place to slow the spread of the disease such as travel health notices and quarantine measures (Schuchat, 2020). Despite these efforts, the disease accelerated with approximately 5000 deaths by March 12 (Jones, 2020, p. 1684). According to Schuchat (2020), mass gatherings, air travel, and crowded settings such as skilled nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions were responsible for the virus's acceleration (p. 553). COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic required much versatility from everyone as we were forced to adapt to our current reality. This led to various governing local, state, and federal bodies creating policies to try to curb the spread of the virus (Schuchat, 2020). Many schools were dismissed and switched to online learning. For those who weren’t furloughed or laid off, their work became remote. Thoughts For those of us nurses and allied health professionals still working, it was a perilous time fraught with constant changing policies; scarcity of supply; and patient overload. Hospitals were overcapacity; workers were falling ill, and everyone had to do the best they could with the resources and information they had at the time. Patients and even some staff members that were well-enough one day were discharged, only to come back in worse condition. Staffing shortages that existed were compounded and structural and social inequality in our healthcare system was exposed. “Across the country, deaths due to COVID-19 are disproportionately high among African Americans compared with the population overall” (Dorn et al., 2020 p.1243). Minority populations tend to be disproportionately affected by other health complications that can make the COVID-19 virus particularly lethal (Li et al., 2020). It is not surprising then that “although Black people make up 13% of the U.S. population, they [accounted] for 21% of deaths from Covid-19” (Warren et al., 2020, p. 121(1). Residents of long-term-care facilities experienced a higher number of deaths from the coronavirus, “[accounting] for 8% of all coronavirus cases but more than 40% of all COVID-19 deaths” (Chidambaram et al., 2020, p. 1). It was a trial but the generous donations from the community kept us going. We were hailed as heroes and cheered, although at night it was hard to sleep as I thought about the circumstances. It was a difficult time but Summer came along and cases seemed to wane. It seemed promising that maybe this was behind us. That was a hope - not a guarantee. Businesses, schools, and stores began to reopen, occasionally shutting down due to pandemic scares. Nothing was for certain and policies flickered on and off. However, it’s December and things seem bleak, and I, like many people, feel weary of our newfound reality which consists of COVID tests, Zoom events, and the endless news coverage. Cases have risen again and that brings with it its anxieties. Promises of a vaccine loom in the distance and I can’t help but hope for the world to return to normal, or something close to it. In Closing The coronavirus disease will forever remain in the minds of those who lost loved ones and family and those who have recovered, yet face possible long-term complications (Jiang & McCoy, 2020). COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to be realized. Of notable consideration are three pandemics of the 20th century, those being Spanish, Asian, and Hong Kong flu (Kilbourne, 2006, p. 9). However, unlike these past pandemics, technology and scientific advancements can lead to the development of efficacious vaccines in record time. Although the death toll continues to climb and the future remains uncertain, it is cause for optimism. In this optimism though, lest it not be forgotten those whose lives were put on the frontlines to combat this pandemic as well as those who paid its price. References Chidambaram, P., Neuman, T., & Garfield, R. (2020, October 27). Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes. Kaiser Family Foundation. Dorn, A. V., Cooney, R. E., & Sabin, M. L. (2020). COVID-19 exacerbating inequalities in the US. The Lancet, 395(10232), 1243–1244. Jiang, D. H., & McCoy, R. G. (2020). Planning for the Post-COVID syndrome: How payers can mitigate long-term complications of the pandemic. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 35(10), 3036–3039. Jones, D. (2020). History in a crisis - Lessons for Covid-19. The New England Journal of Medicine, 382(18), 1681–1683. Kilbourne, E. D. (2006). Influenza pandemics of the 20th Century. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 12(1), 9-14. Li, Y., Cen, X., Cai, X., & Temkin-Greener, H. (2020). Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths across U.S. nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 00(00), (1-8). Schuchat, A. (2020). Public health response to the initiation and spread of pandemic COVID-19 in the United States. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 69(18), 551–556. Warren, F. (2020). Trustworthiness before trust - Covid-19 vaccine trials and the black community. The New England Journal of Medicine, 383(22), p. 121(1)-121(3). World Health Organization. (2020). Naming the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the virus that causes it. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  4. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on Dec. 10 to discuss the request for emergency use authorization (EUA) of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, Inc. in partnership with BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH “The FDA recognizes that transparency and dialogue are critical for the public to have confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. I want to assure the American people that the FDA’s process and evaluation of the data for a potential COVID-19 vaccine will be as open and transparent as possible,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.... ... The FDA intends to make background materials available to the public, including the meeting agenda and committee roster, no later than two business days prior to the meeting.... https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-announces-advisory-committee-meeting-discuss-covid-19-vaccine
  5. News hasn't picked up allnurses reports that nurses being furloughed, new grads unable to find work due to decreased surgery's/hospital income, decreased orientation staff??? ABC News 11/02/2020 Hospitals competing for nurses as US coronavirus cases surge
  6. My dental hygenist new protocol prior to teeth cleaning this month: 3 min Hydrogen Peroxide swish followed by Listerine mouthwash rinse. Smart Women. Philadelphia Inquirer 10/20/2020 Penn State study says mouthwash can kill coronavirus — in lab dishes. Human trials are next.
  7. Covid treatment at my area hospitals... Philadelphia Inquirer 10/03/2020 Hospital coronavirus treatment has changed. Here’s what it looks like now in Philadelphia.
  8. Nurses, doctors, and medical professionals are on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. In the wake of this pandemic, numerous companies are stepping up to give back and show just how much those fighting a virtually invisible enemy matter. New York state and even more specifically New York City are at the epicenter of the war against coronavirus. With an influx of nurses and medical professionals making their way into the nation's largest metropolitan area, housing and lodging are in high demand. With nurses being exposed to this deadly virus throughout the day and night, an attempt to get a good night's sleep is more important than ever. The Four Seasons Will Provide Free Rooms For NYC Hospital Workers On The Front Lines Of COVID-19 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Twitter recently that the Four Seasons Hotel on 57th Street will provide “FREE lodging to doctors, nurses & medical personnel currently working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Footwear is also essential for nurses. That's why Crocs is giving away a limited amount of their footwear to medical professionals each day. Crocs is Sharing A Free Pair For Healthcare Crocs is now offering free pairs of shoes to health care workers fighting on the front lines against the coronavirus. Health care workers can place an order for their free Crocs on crocs.com. It’s part of the “A Free Pair for Healthcare” program, according to a release from Crocs. For what seems like months, it has been nearly impossible to find hand sanitizer. Along with routinely washing one's hands, hand sanitizer is an important piece in the war against the coronavirus. With big-name manufacturers unable to keep up with the overwhelming demand, distilleries across the country are stepping up to produce their own hand sanitizer. One distillery in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has gained some attention by distributing their hand sanitizer for area residents. Brooklyn Distillers Turn Waste Alcohol Into Hand Sanitizer Thanks to the ambitious work of two distillers at Brooklyn-based Kings County Distillery who researched World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control guidelines for hand sanitizers, the distillery now has 1,000 bottles ready for the public. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. What are you, our readers, seeing from various companies stepping up and giving back to nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals? Share it with your peers in the comments and we'll be updating this article as well! Be safe and stay healthy. Together we can overcome the COVID-19 pandemic!
  9. CNN 9/3/20 Sanofi and Glaxo start Phase 1/2 trials of their coronavirus vaccine
  10. tnbutterfly - Mary

    Global coronavirus cases surpass 25 million

    According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of reported COVID-19 cases has topped 25 million, with the U.S., Brazil and India leading the grim count. To read the entire story, go to: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/30/global-coronavirus-cases-surpass-25-million-as-pandemic-strains-nations-around-the-world.html
  11. Penn State just banned 2nd Fraternity for violating social distancing policy. Colleges and universities across US halt in-person classes and begin campus monitoring after rising coronavirus cases
  12. 5 Winners - Each will receive a $200 MasterCard or Visa Card Although the deadly virus most likely made its way to the U.S. in December, the first U.S. case was confirmed on January 30, 2020. Since then, COVID-19 has spread like a massive wildfire that has ravaged the Northeast and Northwest and has finally taken aim on the South. Unfortunately, It appears that COVID-19 is not leaving us anytime soon. We all have experienced huge changes in every aspect of our lives. The question on everyone’s mind is "When will things get back to normal?" After all we have experienced, we also wonder “What will the new normal look like?” That’s what we want you to share with us. This contest is somewhat different from past article contests. With this article contest, we want you to share your stories and ideas of the future with us. So many of you read and liked the Spring Issue of the allnurses magazine - our first COVID issue. We are giving you the opportunity to share your stories in our Fall Issue of the magazine. Five articles will be selected from the contest entries to be featured in the magazine. Each winner will receive a $200 Visa or MasterCard gift card. All submitted articles will be published on the allnurses site after the winners are announced and the magazine is published. 5 Winners - Each will receive a $200 MasterCard or Visa Gift Card The topics for your article can be about anything as long as it is about COVID-19 and the New Normal... how this Pandemic will alter the lives of everyone - emotionally, academically, physically, etc. Here are a few suggestions for topics: Schools & How it Looks for Children What Will College Look Like? How Will Nursing Education be Affected? How Will Nursing Change? Will Social Distancing be Permanent Part of the Future? How Will the Election Outcome Impact the Future of Healthcare? How Will You Remember the Pandemic? The Reopening of America COVID and Unemployed Nurses The Number of Nurses Dying from COVID - How Will They be Memorialized? Stories and Struggles from the Frontlines Stories about the Struggles that Nursing Students are Facing with COVID-19 6 Months Later, Where is the PPE? Who Can Enter This contest is open to all. You must be a registered member. You don't have to be an experienced writer. This is open to nurses and students. We all have our own Coronavirus stories to tell... Please share yours with us. Rules of Submission We are so glad you wish to submit an article. Here are the rules of submission: Article tone and content must comply with our rules and Terms of Service. No solicitation. Articles must have a minimum of 700 words. No plagiarism - Your article must be written in your own words and cannot be posted on other websites, blogs, etc. prior to posting on allnurses. Articles will be reviewed and approved by staff for consideration before displaying publicly. Articles must be unique and should not be listed on other websites, blogs, article sites, etc. prior to posting on allnurses. Once your articles have been published on allnurses.com, you are welcome and encouraged to share them on your other sites and social channels. You may submit multiple articles. You grant permission to allnurses.com rights to publish in magazines, books, etc. You will be notified and credited if published. Keep personal formatting choices such as font choice and size to a minimum - use only for headings. Check grammar, punctuation, and spelling before clicking SUBMIT. How to Submit Your Article To submit your Article, go to the COVID-19 Forum and click the green tab on the right: ADD NEW TOPIC When that loads, click, "Article?". Then, click the dropdown menu that reads: "Yes I'm Submitting An Article". Follow the instructions to complete all required fields (TITLE, ARTICLE SUMMARY, and CONTENT), scroll and click SUBMIT TOPIC. Do NOT submit the article as a PDF file. Once you have submitted the Article, it will be reviewed by the Editorial Staff. If the Editors have questions, they will contact you for additional information. Only Articles containing 700 words or more will qualify for the contest. **CONTEST ENDS: August 17, 2020, at midnight EST!** Winners will be selected by the Editorial Staff. No articles will be published until after the contest ends, the magazine is released and winners announced. If you have questions about Article submissions, please contact the Admin Help Desk. Good luck to everyone! We are looking forward to reading your articles. Thank you to our sponsor – the University of Maryland School of Nursing – for making this article contest possible.
  13. Read this, from BBC News: Millions go back into lockdown around the world Mask mandates in Western countries! Can you believe it? In places like Iran they have "morality police" who harass women wearing clothing deemed too 'un-Islamic' and not covering their hair. In North Korea the government mandates you get a haircut from an approved list of 'socialist hairstyles'. Leftists here in the U.S. surely at licking their lips at the prospect of harassing those who don't conform to the mask national dress code.
  14. The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 660,000+ people worldwide. US surpassed 150,000 deaths in just 6 months, one quarter of worldwide deaths, Karen ABC News July 29, 2020, FEMA says the COVID-19 death toll is surging New cases dropped 0.6% from last week but there was a 30.1% surge in deaths. https://abcnews.go.com/US/coronavirus-updates-fema-covid-19-death-toll-surging/story?id=72047925&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_three_posts_card_hed United States COVID-19 Statistics Covid Act Now:: America’s COVID Warning System We use 5 key indicators to determine risk levels for 50 states and 3,000+ counties. https://covidactnow.org/?s=785141
  15. FALSE: " anyone who wants a test can get a coronavirus test" Quest Lab told Montana officials" at capacity" and would be unable to accommodate more tests for two or three weeks. Kaiser Health News July 23, 2020 Long Waits for Results Render COVID Tests 'Useless'
  16. sirI

    Coronavirus Second Wave?

    Read in its entirety: China races to contain a second wave of coronavirus cases in Beijing Do you think this will become increasingly problematic? With the re-opening of the U.S., are we facing a second wave?
  17. The preliminary results of a clinical trial suggest a new treatment for Covid-19 dramatically reduces the number of patients needing intensive care, according to the UK company that developed it. The treatment from Southampton-based biotech Synairgen uses a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when it gets a viral infection. The protein is inhaled directly into the lungs of patients with coronavirus, using a nebuliser, in the hope that it will stimulate an immune response. The initial findings suggest the treatment cut the odds of a Covid-19 patient in hospital developing severe disease - such as requiring ventilation - by 79%. Coronavirus: Protein treatment trial 'a breakthrough' Interesting read
  18. Hope this news report is accurate. NY/NJ had to cancel travel contracts due to lack of experience, unable to jump into hospital nursing. Thousands of nurses head to Florida hot zone amid coronavirus pandemic https://video.foxnews.com/v/6171922152001#sp=show-clips
  19. Trump administration ordered hospitals to bypass CDC with coronavirus data
  20. Secret Service testing for COVID-19 changed post Tulsa rally CNN 6/24/20 Dozens of Secret Service agents will be quarantined after Trump's Tulsa rally https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/politics/secret-service-trump-rally-quarantine-coronavirus/index.html
  21. So there goes the herd immunity theory......
  22. This may be some great news at last: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/12/white-house-seeks-to-discredit-Dr-anthony-fauci-as-coronavirus-surges.html
  23. Looks like hackers have been busy past few weeks, Twitter hack yesterday. Tech savy son says "Cozy Bear" Russian government hackers been known several years... ABC News 7/16/20 US, UK and Canada claim Russia tried to hack coronavirus vaccine research
  24. On Tuesday, February 25th, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) held a telebriefing to update the media on the agency’s response to COVID-19.  Federal health officials are implementing preparedness and response plans, as more cases are expected in the U.S. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases emphasized U.S. community spread is expected. Locations of Virus Detection The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  Now named “coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)”, the virus has been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the U.S.  A U.S. soldier has been diagnosed while stationed in South Korea, where more than 1,140 cases have been detected. Update On U.S. Cases As of February 25th, there have been 14 COVID-19 confirmed cases in the following states: Arizona (1) California (8) Illinois (2 cases) Massachusetts (1) Washington (1) Winsconsin (1) Of the 14 cases, twelve were related to travel to China and two through close contact with a diagnosed individual.  Repatriated Cases There has been an additional 3 cases reported among U.S. citizens, residents and their families returning from Hubei province, China and 36 from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. To date, there have been no reported deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. CDC Public Health Response A total of 1,336 CDC staff members have been working with state, local, tribal and territorial health departments to assist with case identification, evaluation and medical management.  In addition, the CDC is collaborating with academic partners to understand the virus characteristics, such as risk for transmission. CDC multidisciplinary teams include: Physicians Nurses Pharmacists Epidemiologists Veterinarians Laboratorians Communicators Data scientist and modelers Coordination staff Containment and Mitigation According to Dr. Messonnier, the CDC will work to prevent the spread of the virus, while also implementing strategies to soften community impact. Currently, there’s no vaccination available to prevent COVID-19 and no targeted medications to treat.  Therefore, nonpharmacological interventions (NPIs) will be used within communities. NPI categories addressed will include: Personal - daily personal protective measures Community - social distancing to keep those sick/diagnosed away from others Environmental - surface cleaning measures Dr. Messonnier reports CDC has been successful in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., as well as, allowing more time for the country to prepare. She also warned as more countries experience community spread, it will be harder to successfully contain U.S. borders. Risk Assessment According to the CDC, COVID-19 poses a high potential public health threat in both the U.S. and globally. But, individual risk of contracting the virus depends on exposure. This immediate health risk from COVID-19 for the general U.S. public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, is considered low. Individuals who care for patients with COVID-19, such as healthcare workers, will have an increased risk of infection. If the virus reaches pandemic levels, the risk assessment would likely change. Listen To The Full Briefing Listen to the full February 25th CDC telebriefing here. Follow updates at CDC’s COVID-19 U.S. Situational Summary Let Us Hear From You What is your employer and/or community doing to prepare for COVID-19? References CDC’s COVID-19 informational website
  25. Okay, I'll start! I'm in a Psych NP program, so realistically this goal wasn't going to happen this year, but I was definitely going to do it after the NP program ends next year: I'm going to take an in-person Italian language course. Either at a community college or Houston's Italian cultural center. I've been doing the Italian Duolingo course for about 4 months and have grown more and more infatuated with this charming language. It feels like a logic puzzle to me! So I told myself, "In a year, when I'm done with the Duolingo course, I'll reward myself and take an in-person classroom course to build on what I've self-studied!" How about you folks? What's some stuff you want to do that you can't do now?