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.
COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery are at increased risk of postoperative death. Patients undergoing surgery after contracting coronavirus are at greatly increased risk of postoperative death, a new global study reveals. Researchers found that amongst SARS-CoV-2 infected patients who underwent surgery, mortality rates approach those of the sickest patients admitted to intensive care after contracting the virus in the community. Source 2d.
Patients with ARDS, COVID-19 face significant financial effects in recovery. Researchers have been investigating the downstream effects of acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, for years. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, their work has relevance for hundreds of thousands of new patients. Source 9q
Interventional radiologists modify protocol for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Radiologists who perform cross-sectional interventional procedures can take several steps to minimize the risks to patients and radiology personnel, including screening referred patients to decide which procedures can be postponed, using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), minimizing the number of people involved in procedures, preserving PPE when possible, and applying proper room and equipment cleaning measures. Source 4x.
The world surpassed 10 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 500,000 deaths in just seven months, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard, with one quarter of all cases coming from the United States. Ref. USAToday.