Blood Type and COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Studies

Research into COVID-19 continues at a blistering pace and one issue that has captured the attention of the popular media is the potential interaction between blood type and the risk for COVID-19. There is precedent for blood type playing a role in infection however a multi-facility study published by Medscape has found no correlation between blood type and inflammatory markers …

Mild or Moderate – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Studies

Coronaviruses typically cause common cold symptoms, but two beta coronaviruses, SARS-CoV and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), can cause pneumonia, respiratory failure, and death. The clinical spectrum of SARS-CoV-2 infection ranges from asymptomatic infection to critical illness. Risk factors for complications of COVID-19 include older age, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. The new England Journal of …

Challenge Trials – Deliberately Infect Volunteers?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study, News

Britain has announced that it will invest 33.6 million pounds ($43.5 million) in the so-called “human challenge” trials in partnership with Imperial College London, laboratory and trial services company hVIVO, and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. If approved by regulators and an ethics committee, the studies will start in January with results expected by May 2021 the government …

Zinc – Prevent COVID Deaths?

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Featured, Health

New research presented at the 2020 ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID) suggests that lower levels of baseline plasma zinc are associated with poorer survival outcomes in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The study by Dr. Roberto Guerri-Fernandez, Hospital DelMar, Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues, involved a retrospective analysis of symptomatic COVID-19 patients admitted to a tertiary university hospital in Barcelona, Spain …

Blood Glucose Levels and COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Health, Studies

Have you ever wondered why your primary care physician keeps an eye on your blood glucose levels when running laboratory tests? Add to that, they want “fasting” levels which means no coffee before the test, right?! In a retrospective study by S. Wang and colleagues from 2 hospitals in Wuhan, China, FBG ≥ 7 mmol/L at admission independently predicted 28-day …

Antibodies in Saliva?

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Health, Studies

Antibodies play an important role in neutralizing virus and provide protection to the host against viral re-infection. The antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 infection has been extensively studied in the blood of COVID-19 patients in order to gain insights into the host immune response. Understanding their durability and their system compartmentalization across a diverse population are critical pieces of data informing …

COVID-19 Rates Can Plummet?

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Studies

Your lips to God’s ear right? Well, that is what was discussed in a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on September 15, 2020. To give a little background, in April 2020, Massachusetts Nursing Homes became a hotspot for COVID-19 infections and associated deaths. In response, Governor Charles Baker allocated $130 million in additional funding for …

Infrared Thermometers – Accurate?

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Studies

Body temperature is a vital sign that is regularly measured to assess the status of a patients’ health, facilitate diagnosis, and screen for the COVID-19 virus. Healthcare professionals must use the most accurate and precise measurement devices available to reproduce stable results reflecting core body temperature. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that public health measures include body temperature screening …

Another Study – Environmental Contamination

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study

There has been a lot of discussion regarding whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be spread through indirect contact on environmental surfaces. Although the debate continues, a recent study was published that indicates there may be more to this than some may think. Two Chinese students studying overseas returned to China on March 19 and March 20. On the day of …

Facility-Wide Serial Testing for SARS-CoV-2

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study

Facility-wide, serial testing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) can identify asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections among health care personnel (HCP) and residents to inform mitigation efforts. A recent report published on the CDC.gov website provided additional information on this topic when two Minnesota SNFs identified COVID-19 cases among 64% of residents and 33% of HCP. Genetic sequencing found facility-specific clustering of viral …