CDC data suggests U.S. hospitals made improvements but could have done more to prevent in-house spread of the new coronavirus. An average of 120 patients a day became infected with the new coronavirus inside U.S. hospitals as the pandemic ebbed from its spring peak and rebounded into the summer, according to previously unpublished federal data. [Related Study JAMA]
Papers poke holes in cytokine storm as gene expression study offers a new theory. In the last week, questions have been raised about whether cytokine storm is indeed a culprit in severe COVID-19, while a paper from a government lab has made an intriguing and much-discussed case for a new mechanism, bradykinin storm. [Related paper] [Another Related Paper]
Among American children and teens who died of COVID-19, a large majority had an underlying medical condition or were nonwhite, CDC researchers found.
Multidisciplinary group urges against general population screening. Cardiac MRI (CMR) might be able to find abnormalities suggestive of myocarditis after COVID-19 recovery — or to rule them out — but it shouldn’t be used that way in the absence of symptoms, a group of cardiologists, radiologists, and others argued.
A neurologist conducts her first “house call” during the Covid-19 pandemic: the quaint nostalgia of a bygone era and seeming anachronism meet the conveniences of modernity and uncover the timeless qualities of medicine.
Official Reporting for September 16, 2020
Cumulative Cases: 29,444,198
Cumulative Deaths: 931,321
Confirmed Cases: 29,611,395
Deaths: 935 767
Confirmed Cases: 29,730,140
Total deaths: 195,053
Science and Tech
Researchers expect clinical trials for a drug that could both treat and prevent coronavirus to begin at the start of 2021.
Today brings the first whisper of success for a class of closely watched drugs that it’s hoped will begin to beat back COVID-19 before vaccines are licensed: monoclonal antibodies, engineered versions of the same virus-fighting antibodies that the body naturally produces. [Another article on Eli Lily]
Live vaccines defeated smallpox and polio. One company claims a weakened coronavirus could do the same for covid-19.
The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed, even as top health officials faced questions about political interference with virus information reaching the public.
Fast coronavirus tests: what they can and can’t do – Nature
Rapid antigen tests are designed to tell in a few minutes whether someone is infectious. Will they be game changers?
Social and Psychological Impact
Incidence of Nosocomial COVID-19 in Patients Hospitalized at a Large US Academic Medical Center – JAMA
SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Hospitalized Pregnant Women: Reasons for Admission and Pregnancy Characteristics — Eight U.S. Health Care Centers, March 1–May 30, 2020 – CDC
Coping in Quarantine