Individual and Community Risk

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The first case of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States was reported on January 20, 2020 in the state of Washington and to date, the pandemic has led to more than 240,000 COVID-19 deaths, making the United States by far the most affected country globally. To date, the United States and other countries have mostly relied on community-based intervention measures, …

Medication Reduces Viral Replication

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has developed into a global pandemic with millions of people infected and tens of thousands of lives lost. Identifying effective drugs to treat COID-19 is important and urgent, especially the approved drugs that can be immediately tested in clinical trials.   In a recent study, researchers developed …

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COVID-19 Survey for Senior Care/LTC Facilities Q4 2020

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care and its leading media brand iAdvance Senior Care are conducting surveys to uncover COVID-19’s current impact on senior care and long-term care facilities in the United States. With over 75,000 members, the Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care is dedicated to fostering continuous innovation and best practices for business and clinical professionals working throughout the continuum of senior …

COVID-19 Infection – Neurological Risk

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, Studies

People who have had COVID-19 may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder such as anxiety or depression. Researchers looked at the medical records of 69 million people in the United States between January 20 and August 1, 2020. The data included 62,000 people who contracted COVID-19 as part of what the authors described as the …

Cell Phone Activity – Increase COVID-19 Cases

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In 2019, nearly 81% of U.S. adults owned a smartphone capable of transmitting location data, and many U.S. prediction models are using, or plan to use, cell phone location data as a tool to help summarize human behavior as a means to understand disease spread and inform policy. However, evidence to support cell phone location data as a marker of …

Incentives – Risks and Benefits

Angie Szumlinski Health

There has been a lot of discussion of late regarding whether to incentivize staff to encourage increased acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine. While it is not a “required” vaccine, studies have shown that it does work! So if you have employees who are hesitant or downright negative about accepting the vaccine, what should you do? First, of course, identify the …

All Cause 30-Day Mortality – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Nursing homes provide care for a vulnerable population of frail older adults who are unable to live independently because of a combination of underlying chronic conditions, cognitive and physical impairments, and other age-related disabilities. Residents often face an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 illnesses owing to extrinsic factors such as a lack of adequate infection prevention and control …

Mask Filtration Efficiency

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In March 2020, the soaring number of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections resulted in an unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinicians and essential health care workers. The shortage was most profound among N95 respirators, named for their ability to filter 95% or more of tiny 0.3 µm particles, and are considered the mainstay of …

Antibiotic Prescribing and Use – CDC Current Report

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Antibiotic stewardship, or improving how antibiotics are prescribed and used, is critical for optimizing the treatment of patients who have infections, protecting patients from harm, and combating antibiotic resistance. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2018 Update: Progress and Opportunities”, which included information on how antibiotics were being used …

Ties or Loops

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A study on the effectiveness of facemasks that was published in JAMA on November 23, 2020, was a little disturbing. When comparing a surgical mask with head ties vs a procedure mask with ear loops, there was a large difference in fitted filtration efficiencies (FFEs) (71.5% vs 38.1% respectively). Even more concerning, there was also a similar trend of poor …