Many COVID-Infected Hospital Workers Asymptomatic

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A new study of 13 U.S. medical centers finds that 6% of staff tested positive for prior infection with the new coronavirus, with almost half (44%) having no idea they’d ever contracted SARS-CoV-2. …

Cellphone Data Can Help Track Pandemic Spread

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Cellphone activity could be used to monitor and predict spread of the new coronavirus, researchers say. They analyzed cellphone use in more than 2,700 U.S. counties between early…

What Changing Death Rates Tell Us About COVID-19

Amesh Adalja, MD, emerging infectious disease specialist, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, epidemiologist, University of Wollongong, Australia.  David Ropeik, retired Harvard University instructor; author, How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the…

What Changing Death Rates Tell Us About COVID-19

Amesh Adalja, MD, emerging infectious disease specialist, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, epidemiologist, University of Wollongong, Australia.  David Ropeik, retired Harvard University instructor; author, How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the…

Face Shields Not a Good Mask Substitute

The mask with the valve performed as expected — sending unfiltered droplets into the surrounding air. “Over time, these droplets can disperse over a wide area in both lateral and longitudinal directions, albeit with decreasing droplet concentration,” researcher Manhar Dhanak,…

Tell the Truth or Resign

Note: This special editorial was written by Eric Topol,  MD, editor-in-chief of Medscape, as an open letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD. It first appeared on Medscape, WebMD’s site for health care professionals.  I’m writing because I’m…

Most Americans Wear Masks, But Myths Linger: Poll

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Americans are generally well-versed about the use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, although knowledge gaps about face coverings persist, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll reveals. About…

New Quick COVID Test May Boost Screening Efforts

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The new rapid COVID-19 test approved last week is probably not the most reliable option for determining whether someone is infected. But it’s cheap and it’s fast, and…

Remote Monitoring May Help Control High Blood Pressure

“We want to treat the home blood pressure,” she said, “not the office blood pressure.” People cannot assume their blood pressure is under control just because they “feel fine,” Stevens stressed. “High blood pressure is the silent killer,” she said….

Remote Monitoring May Help Control High Blood Pressure

“We want to treat the home blood pressure,” she said, “not the office blood pressure.” People cannot assume their blood pressure is under control just because they “feel fine,” Stevens stressed. “High blood pressure is the silent killer,” she said….