Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Dec 30 - Jan 6 2022

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Coding the COVID patient: Is it futile?

Key Points

  • There are little data on outcomes for COVID-19 patients who suffer an in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA).
  • COVID-19 patients had a significantly higher mortality rate after an IHCA compared to historical controls, with a 5.5% survival rate to discharge.
  • The remarkably poor outcome is likely multifactorial including the pathology of COVID-19 as well as concerns about the logistics of resuscitating these complex patients.

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Nasopharyngeal virome analysis of COVID‐19 patients during three different waves in Campania region of Italy

Key Points

  • The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection is considered a major global threat that is still spreading around the world.

  • Nasopharyngeal swabs samples were collected from the Campania region cohort of 89 Covid-19 patients.

  • Descriptive analysis of respiratory virome was carried out with the HOME-BIO pipeline, that performed viral taxonomy profiling.

  • It detected coinfections with viral species belonging to Coronaviridae, Retroviridae, Herpesviridae, Poxviridae, Pneumoviridae, Pandoraviridae, and Anelloviridae family.

  • Only 2% of the cases (2/89) identified respiratory viruses.

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Reduction in Anthropogenic Emissions Suppressed New Particle Formation and Growth: Insights From the COVID‐19 Lockdown

Key Points

  • Particle number concentrations decreased by about 85% during the COVID-19 enforced lockdown in Hyderabad

  • Atmospheric new particle formation and growth suppressed during lockdown

  • The reduction in anthropogenic emissions and meteorological variabilities lead to suppressed new particle formation and growth events

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Epidemiological changes of common respiratory viruses in children during the COVID‐19 pandemic


The epidemiological characteristics of common childhood respiratory viruses varied during the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-pharmaceutical interventions significantly decreased the transmission of common childhood respiratory viruses. Different protection strategies should be introduced for children of varying age groups. COVID-19 article requiring a fast track process.

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The effectiveness of mRNA‐1273 vaccine against COVID‐19 caused by Delta variant: A systematic review and meta‐analysis


  • Administration of mRNA-1273 vaccine is 66% effective against COVID-19 caused by Delta variant  21 days or more after the first dose.

  • Administration of mRNA-1273 vaccine is 91% effective against COVID-19 caused by Delta variant  14 days or more after the second dose.

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Staff perceptions of COVID‐19 impacts on wildlife conservation at a zoological institution

Research Highlights

The top perceived challenges of staff to zoological conservation due to the COVID-19 pandemic were lack of funding, inability to travel/work in field sites, and changes in the ability to communicate with the public. Many survey respondents believed the COVID-19 provided an opportunity to create resonant One Health messaging for a likely receptive public.

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Does cyberchondria predict Internet addiction among students during the COVID‐19 pandemic? A web‐based survey study

Summary Points

What was already known about the topic?

  • The Internet, including social media platforms, has become an essential source of health information.

  • The number of active Internet users seeking health-related information is growing, including students.

  • Cyberchondria and Internet addiction are relatively newly emerging issues.

  • With the increased use of smartphones, Internet addiction has become a pervasive problem among students.

  • Anxiety, especially in light of the COVID-19 crisis, might cause an aggressive cycle of cyberchondria resulting in internet addiction.

  • Internet addiction can predict cyberchondria.

What did this study add to our knowledge?

  • Few studies were reported about predictors of the cyberchondria and Internet addiction among students.

  • The participant students reported a moderate level of cyberchondria and a mild level of Internet addiction

  • Both cyberchondria and Internet addiction had a direct relationship with getting infected with COVID-19.

  • Cyberchondria can predict Internet addiction.

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Nonsignificant trends in COVID‐19 trials: Is there a significance?


  • Hundreds of clinical trials have been conducted on already available antiviral drugs or natural/herbal substances to repurpose for the treatment of COVID-19, but with no conclusively consistent statistically significant positive results.

  • Remdesvir, for example, is facing a confusing situation, after the two major large multinational studies SOLIDARITY and DisCoVeRy concluded that there are no significant survival benefits.

  • In this viewpoint article, we claimed that the inconsistent time to initiate antiviral drugs during the course of COVID-12 studies is the major contributing factor for this dilemma. We explained that patients already on mechanical ventilation at the study baseline are considered from a biologically different population than other severity groups. We provided a simple meta-meta-analysis to show how excluding them from statistical analysis could affect the statistical significance and conclusions.