Budesonide Corticosteroid – Shorten COVID Recovery

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

Inhaled budesonide, a common corticosteroid used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, can shorten the time it takes for people not admitted to the hospital to recover from COVID-19 by three days, a trial in people over 50 at greater risk of COVID-19 and people aged over 65 has identified. Among patients who completed all 28 days of …

Fully Vaccinated Positive for COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Health officials in the state of Michigan announced that 246 fully vaccinated Michiganders contracted coronavirus from January to March, and three have died. “These are individuals who have had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose in the vaccine series”, said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the state health department. “These cases are undergoing further review …

Pandemic – Lessons Learned – FEMA

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

The department of Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs conducted a full committee hearing on April 12, 2021. Member statements from Chairman Gary C. Peters, D (MI) and ranking member Rob Portman, R (OH) made statements. The hearings were conducted as a follow-up to the country’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic to identify lessons learned so that in the event of …

Anxiety-Depression-COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The percentage of adults who had symptoms of anxiety or a depressive disorder during the past 7 days and those with unmet mental health needs during the past 4 weeks increased significantly from August 2020 to February 2021, with the largest increases among those aged 18-29 years and those with less than high school education. During January 20, 2021-February 1 …

Variants and Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski Health

So how well do the COVID-19 vaccines protect against novel coronavirus spinoffs? “This virus is telling us it’s going to throw out a lot of mutations”, “even if we don’t have a critical situation right at the moment, there’s a real possibility that variants will continue to evolve that have the potential to avoid vaccine immunity”, said infectious disease specialist …

Status of COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The effects of COVID-19 are highly variable, ranging from individuals who are asymptomatic to patients who develop severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, with potential involvement of almost all organs and systems. These acute symptoms have been well described since the first cohort studies that were published at the beginning of the pandemic. In a recent study of 478 patients who …

National Tragedy: COVID-19 in the Nation’s Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

At the Senate Finance Committee Hearing held on Wednesday, March 16, 2021, staff members and operators were interviewed regarding how facilities managed the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the interviews were disturbing and indicated that many facilities struggled with staffing, PPE, resident deaths, the spread of infection, etc. None of this is news to those of us who have lived it …

AstraZeneca Response

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured, News

Following a recent concern raised around thrombotic events, AstraZeneca issued a press release to offer its reassurance on the safety of its COVID-19 vaccine based on clear scientific evidence. Safety is of paramount importance and the company is continually monitoring the safety of its vaccine. A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated …

COVID-19 and Heart Damage

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Cardiac injury is a common condition among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and it is associated with a higher risk of in-hospital mortality. To explore the association between cardiac injury and mortality in patients with COVID-19 a study was conducted from January 20, 2020 to February 10, 2020 in Wuhan China. The study concluded that although the exact mechanism of cardiac …

Observational Studies – Inform COVID-19 Control Measures

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Studies

A year into the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic there remains an urgent need to limit severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spread and to curb the pandemic in the U.S. through non-pharmaceutical interventions. Clear evidence supports the effectiveness of simple strategies in identifying risks and mitigating the spread of infection, with much of this evidence coming from observational …