People with a history of substance use disorder are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection and have an increased risk of experiencing worse outcomes, a new study reports.
A new COVID-19 study reveals children with coronavirus, even those who are asymptomatic, can shed the virus for up to three weeks following infection.
The source of coronavirus public health messaging plays a role in how effective it is. When the president's name was associated with the message, the effectiveness of the message decreased, not just compared to other sources, but even when there was no source at all.
Researchers say that to date, primary transmission methods of concern for coronavirus have been near field transmission via sneezing and coughing, and hand-to-face transportation of the virus after touching infected surfaces. They warn more attention needs to be paid to the inhalation of aerosols generated from breathing and talking.
Males who contract COVID-19 have 2.5 times the death rate of women. Being males is a significant risk factor for worse disease severity, regardless of age. Researchers found a similar trend in data from the 2003 SARS outbreak. The study speculates the reason why males are more prone to negative outcomes of coronavirus is due to levels of ACE2, which is significantly higher in males than females.
Despite the push for the country to reopen, researchers warn social distancing measures should remain in effect until the summer to avoid a potential deadly resurgence of coronavirus. A new model shows that as more emphasis is placed on relaxing social distancing, a resurgence of COVID-19 infections becomes more likely and will be more difficult to control later in the year.
The first round of antibody testing in L.A country reveals approximately 4.1% of the adult population has COVID-19 antibodies. Adjusting for margin of error, between 2.8% to 5.6% of the adult population has antibodies to the virus. This means between 221,000 and 442,000 adults in the Los Angeles area have been infected with coronavirus. The estimate is up to 55 times higher than confirmed cases reported for the area.
Study identifies 275 ways to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 when countries eventually attempt to reduce social distancing pract
Reviewing data from past pandemics, researchers suggest some of those exposed to COVID-19 could have an increased risk of developing neurological and mental health disorders in the long term. Acute viral infections can result in encephalopathy, psychosis, depression, demyelination disorders, and problems with neuromuscular function.
Researchers report that if the US had adopted mandatory BCG vaccines against tuberculosis decades ago, we may not have reached death rates in triple digits for coronavirus. Countries that have a current policy mandating BCG vaccinations have significantly slower growth of both COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to countries with no mandates for the TB vaccination.