Pregnancy study on effects of vaccines debunks social media rumors

Injecting covid-19 does not harm the placenta, a new study from Northwestern Medicine confirms.

CNN: Covid vaccines do not harm the placenta, unlike social media misinformation, study finds

There is no biological basis behind social media claims that Covid-19 vaccines can harm the placenta, the organ that provides a growing baby with oxygen and nutrients during pregnancy. “There is no theoretical reason to believe that these vaccines would be harmful,” Dr. Richard Beigi, who sits on the expert working group on immunization, infectious diseases and public health preparedness, told CNN. from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. the object. “There has never been a vaccine linked to infertility,” he said. (LaMotte, 5/11)

CIDRAP: Low COVID-19 death rates among pregnant and hospitalized women, study results

Compared to non-pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19, pregnant women with COVID-19 had lower in-hospital death rates, according to a research letter published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers at the University of Texas (UTHealth) and the University of Maryland examined 1,062 pregnant and 9,815 non-pregnant patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and viral pneumonia from April to November 2020. All were aged 15 to 45 years old. (5/11)

In other news from Covid research –

CIDRAP: Data shows 2% of COVID patients can carry 90% of the virus in the community

Only 2% of individuals infected with COVID-19 could carry 90% of the SARS-CoV-2 virions circulating in communities, according to a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science comparing presymptomatic and asymptomatic patients with hospitalized patients. The results, released yesterday, included 1,405 COVID-19 positive cases from the University of Colorado Boulder’s fall 2020 semester testing program and compared them to 404 data points from previous research on hospitalized COVID-19 patients. . Overall, more than 72,500 saliva samples have been tested for COVID-19 on the college campus, all from asymptomatic or presymptomatic people. (5/11)

CIDRAP: Those with mild COVID-19 seek more primary care than their uninfected peers

Although outpatients for COVID-19 have a low risk of delayed complications, they visit their GP or clinic more often than their uninfected peers within 6 months of testing positive, according to a population-based study released yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study, led by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark, consisted of comparing 8,983 non-hospitalized live COVID-19 patients with 80,894 Danish residents who tested negative for the virus from February 27 to May 31, 2020. Both groups were followed for 2 weeks to 6 months after the test. (Van Beusekom, 5/11)

Axios: study: 99.75% of COVID-19 hospital patients were not vaccinated

The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between January 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios. Real-world evidence continues to show that coronavirus vaccines are effective in preventing people from dying and being released from hospitals. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively, in preventing symptomatic infections. (Gonzalez, 5/11)

Also –

The New York Times: is it Covid or the flu? New combined tests can find out

In January, a man in his 60s with heart disease and diabetes went to a South Dakota hospital with a cough and fever, worried he had Covid. A nurse dabbed the inside of her nose, and the sample entered a small device resembling an inkjet printer cartridge, which was then placed in a machine the size of a printer. This so-called quad test, now available in thousands of hospitals and clinics across the country, could detect not only the coronavirus, but two types of influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV Just over half an hour later, Dr Blake Gustafson had the patient’s result: he had the flu. (Khamsi, 5/11)

Stat: Health officials assess how technology can help with Covid – and how it can’t

Despite all the progress made on Covid-19, we are still far from a post-pandemic world. “If you live on planet Earth, I assure you the pandemic is not over,” Geeta Nayyar, executive medical director of Salesforce, said Tuesday at the 2021 STAT Health Tech summit. “India and Brazil are good examples of the forest still on fire. When we are not going to help our neighbors around the world, we can be sure that the fire is spreading. (Goldhill, 5/11)

CNBC: Abbott CEO says he has a team of ‘virus hunters’ on new Covid variants

Abbott Labs has a team of “virus hunters” working with health officials around the world to monitor variants of Covid-19, as some mutated strains show an ability to evade detection, CEO Robert Ford said during from an interview aired Tuesday as part of CNBC’s Healthy show. Returns the event. “They are constantly on the lookout for new viruses, and in this case we have put together a team to be able to monitor any mutations that may exist,” he said of his pandemic defense coalition . “It can’t be just an American business, you have to partner with all the countries, all the universities, all the different collection sites, so I think that’s the way to go.” (Mendez, 5/11)

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