Timing of immune response to COVID-19 may contribute to disease severity. A new study suggests that temporarily suppressing the body's immune system during the early stages of COVID-19 could help a patient avoid severe symptoms. That's because the research shows that an interaction between the body's two main lines of defense may be causing the immune system to go into overdrive in some patients. Source 3h.
Vitamin D levels appear to play role in COVID-19 mortality rates. Researchers analyzed patient data from 10 countries. The team found a correlation between low vitamin D levels and hyperactive immune systems. Vitamin D strengths innate immunity and prevents overactive immune responses. The finding could explain several mysteries, including why children are unlikely to die from COVID-19. Source 9m.
Children face risk for severe complications and death from COVID-19. Children, teens and young adults are at greater risk for severe complications from COVID-19 than previously thought and those with underlying health conditions are at even greater risk, according to a new study. Source 6x.
Social isolation linked to more severe COVID-19 outbreaks. Regions of Italy with higher family fragmentation and a high number of residential nursing homes experienced the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in people over age 80, according to a new study. Source 7r
Patients with COVID-19 may develop thyroid infection. COVID-19 infection may cause subacute thyroiditis, according to a new case study. Source 9t
Stroke rates among COVID-19 patients are low, but cases are more severe. The rate of strokes in COVID-19 patients appears relatively low, but a higher proportion of those strokes are presenting in younger people and are often more severe compared to strokes in people who do not have the novel coronavirus, while globally rates for stroke hospitalizations and treatments are significantly lower than for the first part of 2019, according to new research. Source 6y.