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Health care workers in COVID-19 wards are four times more likely to contract the virus - but from each other, not patients, study finds

Health care workers who worked in COVID-19 wards were more likely to contract the virus than their peers, a new study finds. Researchers from Amsterdam University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam analyzed data from each of their university hospitals. They found that frontline workers interacting with COVID-19 patients were four times...
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Cord blood antibody following maternal SARS-CoV-2 inactive vaccine (CoronaVac) administration during the pregnancy

Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2021 Jul 30:1-3. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2021.1947099. Online ahead of print. Maternal vaccination with SARS-CoV-2 vaccines has not been well studied yet in terms of safety and efficacy for protecting the newborn by the placental passage of antibodies. We reported 34 years of old health care worker (HCW) without any known SARS-CoV-2 infection. She had the first dose of SARS-CoV-2 inactivated virus vaccine (CoronaVac, Sinovac Life Science Co, Ltd, Beijing, China) at a gestational age of 28 weeks. The second dose of vaccine was given four weeks later at a gestational age of 32 weeks. HCW did not report any vaccine-related adverse events after either the first or second dose of the vaccine. Three weeks after the second dose of the vaccine, her anti-receptor-binding domain (RBD) of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein antibody was 779 arbitrary units (AU) per ml. She gave a birth of 38 weeks three days gestation age of healthy, full-term girl with a birth weight of 2770 gr. The mother’s anti-RBD antibody was 734 AU/ml, the infant’s cord blood anti-RBD antibody level was 764 AU/ml, respectively, cord sera/maternal sera transfer ratio was 1,04. This infant is the first identified case of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies detectable in cord blood after maternal vaccination with CoronaVac.
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COVID-19 vaccination gives 97.4 pc protection from coronavirus infection

Study showes that COVID-19 infection after vaccination is primarily minor and did not lead to severe disease. The COVID-19 vaccination provides protection at a rate of 97.4 per cent against coronavirus infection, said a study conducted by Apollo Hospital Group to investigate the occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among the symptomatic-vaccinated healthcare workers (HCWs) and to analyze the severity of their disease.
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A novel interferon-γ release assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 specific T-cell response

Previous research using animal models has indicated the importance of T‐cells, particularly CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells, in protecting individuals against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Despite this data, the role of T-cells in the SARS-CoV-2 immune response is not fully understood.
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One dose of mRNA vaccine reduced COVID risk for at least four months in health care workers

Due to a shortage in vaccines, the Quebec Immunization Committee (QIC) recommended that the Canadian province of Quebec defer the second dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine to optimize the coverage of the first dose. The reason behind this proposal was to protect a majority of the high-risk population, which includes individuals in the older age groups and frontline workers, from severe COVID-19 infection and deaths.
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Clinical and laboratory characteristics of symptomatic healthcare workers with suspected COVID-19: a prospective cohort study

A comprehensive clinical and microbiological assessments of COVID-19 in front-line healthcare workers (HCWs) is needed. Between April 10th and May 28th, 2020, 319 HCWs with acute illness were reviewed. In addition to SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR screening, a multiplex molecular panel was used for testing other respiratory pathogens. For SARS-CoV-2 positive HCWs, the normalized viral load, viral culture, and virus neutralization assays were performed weekly. For SARS-CoV-2 negative HCWs, SARS-CoV-2 serological testing was performed one month after inclusion. Among the 319 HCWs included, 67 (21.0%) were tested positive for SARS-CoV-2; 65/67 (97.0%) developed mild form of COVID-19. Other respiratory pathogens were found in 6/66 (9.1%) SARS-CoV-2 positive and 47/241 (19.5%) SARS-Cov-2 negative HCWs (p = 0.07). The proportion of HCWs with a viral load > 5.0 log10 cp/mL (Ct value < 25) was less than 15% at 8 days after symptom onset; 12% of HCWs were positive after 40 days (Ct > 37). More than 90% of cultivable virus had a viral load > 4.5 log10 cp/mL (Ct < 26) and were collected within 10 days after symptom onset. Among negative HCWs, 6/190 (3.2%) seroconverted. Our data suggest that the determination of viral load can be used for appreciating the infectiousness of infected HCWs. These data could be helpful for facilitating their return to work.
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Wisconsin Supreme Court slows down ‘quiet revolution’

About four years ago I wrote a blog post titled “The Quiet Revolution in Wisconsin Administrative Law.”. My purpose then was to point out an “unprecedented makeover in longstanding principles of state-level administrative law” that “shift(ed) power away from agencies and toward The Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, Wis.courts, the legislature, and the governor.”
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Healthcare workers’ perspectives on coronavirus testing availability: a cross sectional survey

BMC Health Services Research volume 21, Article number: 719 (2021) Cite this article. Studies on the impact of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID) for healthcare workers (HCWs) rarely include the full spectrum of hospital workers, including less visible patient support roles. In the early days of the pandemic, COVID testing was preferentially available to HCWs. The objective of this study was to understand how individual experiences for all HCWs during the pandemic were associated with perceptions of access to, and receipt of COVID testing .
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Vaccination Does NOT Mean Immunity, Says Health DG

Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest stories and updates. Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah yesterday reiterated that a full vaccination does not grant immunity to Covid-19 but it will lessen the severity, which means lesser hospital admissions and lesser deaths. This is also why it’s...
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Should vaccines be mandatory for health workers?

Many Canadian public health experts are applauding the news that several countries in Europe are requiring health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. While some epidemiologists and advocates may be urging officials to adopt similar policy measures here, others are concerned about the message mandatory shots might send. Greece...
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Making Influenza Vaccinations Convenient for Healthcare Personnel

A group of personnel at a veterans administration medical center (VAMC)) did a drive-thru to help bolster vaccination amongst coworkers. Typically, healthcare workers (HCW) have higher vaccination rates than the general public. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80% of healthcare workers reported receiving influenza vaccinations...
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