Will Pandemic End in July?

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Reported in a Medical Press article, a team of infectious disease modelers at Northeastern University has been answering the question “when will the pandemic be over” since January. The group has been developing a set of predictive models to project the future of the outbreak in various scenarios for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of …

Antigen Versus PCR

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit our communities hard. Despite guidelines on co-horting and testing, and our efforts to protect our residents, nursing homes experienced large outbreaks. In a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, a discussion on whether pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission could be the reason. Long-term separation after recovery kept the non-COVID-19 residents …

Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) – CDC

Angie Szumlinski Featured

The CDC has updated the website to include healthcare facilities in production for COVID-19 electronic case reporting. Electronic case reporting (eCR) is the automated, real-time exchange of case report information between electronic health records and public health agencies. In partnership with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), CDC is rapidly …

CDC – Forecasts – Cases

Angie Szumlinski Featured

The CDC has posted a forecast model for new cases of COVID-19 and deaths related to the virus. The data and how it is determined are outlined on the website. It is interesting information especially now that we are all relaxing and letting our guard down. Not to raise concern as much as to keep us informed as we move …

Guideline to Limit Indoor Airborne Transmission

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent study published in PNAS, researchers explained how airborne transmission arises through the inhalation of aerosol droplets exhaled by an infected person and is now thought to be the primary transmission route of COVID-19. Their assumption is that the respiratory droplets are mixed uniformly through an indoor space. The study discusses a theoretical model that quantifies the extent …

Winter 2021 – Another Surge?

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington, made predictions about the future of the pandemic, including that April would be a turning point for COVID-19 vaccines. That said, predicting future cases and deaths has been made even more difficult due to mutating variants of the virus, including the …

Spreading Infection – Be Aware!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A New York Department of Health surveyor auditing a Bronx nursing home exposed residents and staff to COVID-19 per a source at Fox News. According to an employee at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home, a team of health department surveyors began auditing the facility on April 5. While department guidance “strongly encourages” all visitors to be tested before entering a nursing …

Household Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The World Health Organization China Joint Mission reported human-to-human transmission in China largely occurred within families, accounting for 78% to 85% of clusters in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces. Stay-at-home orders reduced human mobility by 35% to 63% in the United States, 63% in the United Kingdom, and 54% in Wuhan, relative to normal conditions. This decrease in mobility increased time …

Airborne Transmission – Ventilation

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Although airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been recognized, the condition of ventilation for its occurrence is still being debated. A study was published in Science Direct that identified that although droplet spread is the most common way to contract COVID-19, airborne spread is also a risk in poorly ventilated spaces. The research team analyzed …

Seropositivity Among Health Care Personnel

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Since COVID-19 was recognized in the United States in January 2020, the risk of infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) attributed to exposures in the health care workplace has been studied with conflicting results. It remains unclear whether certain job functions or specific workplace activities, including care for individuals with known and unknown SARS-CoV-2 positivity, increase the …