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COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and Pregnancy: Does the Past Predict the Present?
Preliminary evidence indicates no direct evidence for intrauterine transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from pregnant women with COVID-19 to their infants.
Improving Airport Hand Hygiene Could Substantially Reduce Pandemic Risk
In models of air transportation networks during the early stages of an outbreak, disease spread could be reduced by up to 38% with improved hand washing at 10 major airports.
CDC Announces Possible Community Spread of COVID-19 in the United States
The CDC has confirmed an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19
Can Coronavirus Pass From Pregnant Women to Infants?
Among a cohort of 9 pregnant women who developed COVID-19 pneumonia, there was no evidence of vertical transmission to infants.
How Effective is the 2019-20 Flu Shot?
Based on data from 4112 children and adults, vaccine effectiveness was estimated to be 37% against influenza A and 50% against influenza B viruses.
Antibiotic Exposure Following HCT Increases Risk for Respiratory Viral Disease Progression
Progression to lower respiratory tract disease was associated with higher total antibiotic-days, use of antibiotics with broad anaerobic activity, and use of cephalosporins with limited anaerobic activity.
Residents of LTCFs in Midwest, South Face Higher Respiratory Infection Risk
Investigators recently mapped out influenza and pneumonia cases among residents of long-term care facilities. They found distinct regional variations.
The Persistence of SARS-CoV-2 on Inanimate Surfaces
Studies have shown that human coronaviruses can survive for days on certain surfaces. What does this mean for infection prevention efforts?
Is there a cure? How long until we find it? And will it work for the majority of people living with HIV?