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  1. Omicron patients 36% less likely to end up in hospital than Delta patients

    Publicly released: Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases/ European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)

    Please credit both the congress and the journal in your storiesNew research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2022, Lisbon 23-26), Read more about Omicron patients 36% less likely to end up in hospital than Delta patients

    InternationalStatens Serum Institut, Denmark
  2. Further evidence that COVID-19 vaccination is still effective against Omicron

    Publicly released: Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The Omicron variant features a mutated spike protein which could mean vaccine effectiveness is lower, however, researchers studied 16 individuals who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and found Read more about Further evidence that COVID-19 vaccination is still effective against Omicron

    InternationalSanta Lucia Foundation IRCCS, Italy
  3. COVID-19 vaccination status does not affect fresh IVF outcomes

    Publicly released: Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The team studied the outcomes of 280 IVF patients, 142 vaccinated and 138 unvaccinated. ... They say there was no statistical difference in measurements that predict IVF success, such as the number of Read more about COVID-19 vaccination status does not affect fresh IVF outcomes

    InternationalUniversity of Iowa, USA
  4. 505 days of COVID-19: World's longest infection recorded

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Apr 2022 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)

    Two of the nine patients' infections continued for over a year, with one dying 505 days after their first positive result and the other still testing positive at their most recent ... Some individuals Read more about 505 days of COVID-19: World's longest infection recorded

    InternationalKing's College London, UK
  5. Why boosters work against Omicron

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Apr 2022 at 1045 AEST | 1245 NZST

    Nature

    These memory B cells can respond rapidly to the virus and produce a broad range of more potent antibodies. ... Michel Nussenzweig and colleagues analysed blood samples from 42 individuals who had Read more about Why boosters work against Omicron

    InternationalThe Rockefeller University, USA
  6. Strict lockdowns' effects on mental health in Victoria

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Apr 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Public Health

    Other countries chose to slow down transmission through a mix of intermittent lockdowns, workplace, business, and school closings, social distancing, the wearing of face masks, and the cancellation Read more about Strict lockdowns' effects on mental health in Victoria

    Australia; NSW; VIC; ACTThe Australian National University|The University of Sydney...
  7. In 2020, people in hospital with COVID-19 were 3 times more likely to die than those in hospital with the flu

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Apr 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)

    Overall, 29/187 (15%) COVID-19 patients and 10/187 (5%) influenza patients died of any cause within 30-days of hospitalisation, and the death rate after 90 days was even ... Pharmacy treatment and testing Read more about In 2020, people in hospital with COVID-19 were 3 times more likely to die than those in hospital with the flu

    InternationalHospital del Mar, Spain
  8. Paxlovid is WHO's drug of choice for at-risk COVID-19 patients

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Apr 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    The BMJ

    Paxlovid, a combination of nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, is the ideal drug for prescribing to COVID-19 patients at the highest risk of hospital admission before their disease becomes severe, according Read more about Paxlovid is WHO's drug of choice for at-risk COVID-19 patients

    InternationalMcMaster University, Canada
  9. A longer interval between COVID-19 vaccine doses may be 9 times better

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Apr 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

    the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the UK Government to lengthen the interval between vaccine doses. ... The analysis was funded by the UKHSA and the UK Department of Health Read more about A longer interval between COVID-19 vaccine doses may be 9 times better

    InternationalUK Health Security Agency, UK
  10. Omicron just 20 days after Delta in the shortest known gap between COVID-19 infections

    Publicly released: Thu 21 Apr 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2022)

    Just 20 days after testing positive, the woman developed a cough, fever and was generally unwell, and tested positive for the Omicron variant. ... This case also underscores the need to carry out genomic Read more about Omicron just 20 days after Delta in the shortest known gap between COVID-19 infections

    InternationalInstitut Català de Salut, Spain
  11. Aussie doctors prescribed fewer antibiotics during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Publicly released: Thu 21 Apr 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

    Antimicrobial stewardship – reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics – is the first and least costly step in preventing the development of antibiotic resistance. ... Summer 2021 showed a 23% reduction Read more about Aussie doctors prescribed fewer antibiotics during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; TAS; NT; ACTMonash University
  12. Surviving COVID-19 gives unvaccinated people some protection against future infections

    Publicly released: Thu 21 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The team analyzed data from over 120,000 people who were unvaccinated, and either did or didn't have a prior COVID-19 infection. ... They found that having had COVID-19 in the past gave an 85 per cent Read more about Surviving COVID-19 gives unvaccinated people some protection against future infections

    InternationalUniversity of Chicago, USA
  13. Air pollution at home may make you more likely to catch COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 21 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Short-term exposure to air pollution in the home (particulate matter smaller than 2. ... 5 μm [PM2. 5], particulate matter smaller than 10 μm [PM10], and black carbon [BC]) may increase the risk of Read more about Air pollution at home may make you more likely to catch COVID-19

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
  14. How common are heart problems after COVID-19 mRNA jabs?

    Publicly released: Thu 21 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Cardiology

    A study of more than 23 million people living in the Nordic Region found myocarditis or pericarditis occurred in between four and seven cases per 100,000 vaccine recipients after receiving Read more about How common are heart problems after COVID-19 mRNA jabs?

    InternationalSwedish Medical Products Agency, Sweden
  15. Delta's sneaky trick to evade the body's immune response

    Publicly released: Wed 20 Apr 2022 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    MBio

    including tissue lesions in the brain and intestinal wall thinning,” Dr Liu said. ... The Delta variant first emerged from India in 2020 and was found to be highly contagious compared to the Wuhan strain Read more about Delta's sneaky trick to evade the body's immune response

    Australia; NSW; QLDGriffith University|The University of Sydney
  16. Some drugs used to treat COVID-19 have dangerous interactions with others

    Publicly released: Wed 20 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The drugs most involved were lopinavir and ritonavir. Using drug interaction checkers could have identified at least some of these adverse reactions before they occurred, the scientists say, Read more about Some drugs used to treat COVID-19 have dangerous interactions with others

    InternationalUniversity of Salerno, Italy
  17. Immune response far stronger in people who get vaccinated after they recover from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 19 Apr 2022 at 0300 AEST | 0500 NZST

    Clinical & Translational Immunology

    The team tested blood samples taken over a period of seven months to examine the antibody and T cell responses to the vaccine and how long they last. ... Comparing 118 COVID-19 recovered, vaccinated Read more about Immune response far stronger in people who get vaccinated after they recover from COVID-19

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
  18. Hidden immune system issues may explain why some get severe COVID-19 while others are fine

    Publicly released: Mon 18 Apr 2022 at 0300 AEST | 0500 NZST

    Clinical & Translational Immunology

    They found genetic defects that compromise the immune system in patients with life-threatening COVID-19, and say just these particular defects may account for between 3 and 5 per cent ... 70s, and in 20 Read more about Hidden immune system issues may explain why some get severe COVID-19 while others are fine

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|Garvan Institute of Medical Research...
  19. Respiratory infections in children more than doubled during Omicron wave

    Publicly released: Sat 16 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    The rate of upper airway infections - such as croup or pharyngitis - in kids and teens increased from 1. ... Across the study's timespan, more than 1 in 5 kids with COVID-19 and upper airway infection who Read more about Respiratory infections in children more than doubled during Omicron wave

    InternationalUniversity of Colorado, Northwestern University Feinberg, Stony Brook University (US)
  20. People with mental health disorders may be at higher risk of getting COVID-19 despite being vaccinated

    Publicly released: Fri 15 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    As the study was carried out from Feb 2020 to Nov 2021, the participants were defined as fully vaccinated but most (97. ... 5%) had not received a third booster dose. Strategies to prevent infections Read more about People with mental health disorders may be at higher risk of getting COVID-19 despite being vaccinated

    InternationalSan Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System, University of California, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System (US)

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