The earliest COVID-19 patients faced stigma, bigotry. But experts say their contributions to science taught much about the virus
CHICAGO — She was known as Patient 1.The Chicago woman in her 60s had traveled on Christmas Day to Wuhan, China, where she cared for her elderly father who had fallen ill to a mysterious, undiagnosed respiratory sickness.After returning to Chicago in mid-January, her own symptoms emerged: fever, cough and fatigue, followed by nausea and dizziness.While hospitalized for pneumonia, she became the first patient in Illinois and the second in the nation to test positive for the novel coronavirus, a new and little-understood illness that would soon burgeon into an international pandemic, sickening m...
COVID-19 could have been in US as early as December, study says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — New data from medical records in Los Angeles indicate COVID-19 may have been circulating in the United States even before China informed the World Health Organization of the first outbreak of the then-unidentified virus, according to researchers at UCLA and the University of Washington.In a study published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the team of nine researchers compared electronic medical records in the UCLA Health system from this winter to the previous five years and found an excess number of outpatient and emergency room visits with complaints o...
The Mercury News
Scrap those face shields. Study says layered masks work better against COVID-19
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — They’re more comfortable, but they don’t work too well.Plastic face shields, neck gaiters and masks with valves — three of the creative approaches to face coverings since COVID-19 hit the United States — are not very effective in curbing the spread of coronavirus particles, according to two new studies from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.FAU engineering researchers tested how well shields and several types of masks worked on mannequins whose simulated coughs and sneezes were mapped to determine their path through the air.Although several studies have shown th...
What will happen to Seattle's empty office towers when COVID-19 ends?
SEATTLE — As many white-collar employers extend into next year the work-from-home policies they instituted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a vast amount of vertical space in downtown Seattle is leased but empty.The vacant space amounts to more than 700 football fields, by one estimate — acres of desks, with knickknacks and mementos that few but cleaning staff, maintenance crews and interior landscapers have seen for nigh on six months.It’s not clear when workers might begin trickling back into that space or what could become of it in the meantime. “If anyone tells you they know what’s...
The Seattle Times
UAW suddenly adds 1,700 PhD medical researchers, scientists as members
The UAW is aggressively pushing beyond the auto industry, now breaking new ground to include postdoctoral researchers from a top private university — the brightest minds from medicine, climate science, chemistry, engineering and computation.This is not your father’s labor union.The Detroit-based union known for fighting to protect pay and benefits of hourly factory workers employed by Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles just added 1,700 new researchers from Columbia University, most of them working to eradicate cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and other diseases.All th...
Detroit Free Press
Lack of vitamin D might increase risk for COVID-19, University of Chicago researchers find
CHICAGO — A lack of vitamin D may be associated with a higher risk for getting COVID-19, according to newly published research out of the University of Chicago.Researchers looked at 489 patients tested for COVID-19 at University of Chicago Medicine between March 3 and April 10, whose vitamin D levels had been measured within a year of being tested for COVID-19.Patients with untreated vitamin D deficiencies were 77% more likely to test positive for COVID-19 as patients with sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to the research, which was published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal JAM...
Feeling extra anxious these days? Study of online traffic says you're not alone
A new study conducted by a UC San Diego research team has found that anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a surge in people seeking help for panic attacks over the past few months.The study by the university’s Center for Data Driven Health at the Qualcomm Institute was published Aug. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine and shows that Internet searches about panic attacks were 11% higher than would be expected over 58 days, beginning with President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national health emergency on March 13.Research team leader John Ayers said the spike was an all-time high for s...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nevada man is first in US to be infected with COVID-19 twice, according to study
A Nevada man has become the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with coronavirus for a second time amid similar reports of reinfection out of Hong Kong.The 25-year-old from Reno initially tested positive for the virus in April. He later recovered, but was again diagnosed in June — this time with significantly more severe symptoms, according to a new study from the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine.From there, he came down with pneumonia, which required hospitalization and oxygen treatment.“Genetic tests from each episode showed that viruses were similar in major ways b...
New York Daily News
Stroke admissions fell by a third during COVID-19 lockdown, new study finds
Hospital admissions for stroke dropped by nearly a third during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a new report published in the journal Stroke and Vascular Neurology.The findings add to a growing body of research that fear of contracting the virus at a hospital, stay-at-home orders and a dramatic cut-back in non-urgent care resulted in patients not seeking care for critical medical needs.Researchers reviewed stroke and “mini stroke” hospital admissions in the first four months of the year at stroke centers in Boston, New York City, Providence and Seattle, compared to the same period last ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
More than 1,000 US health workers have died of COVID-19; many were minorities, immigrants
Many immigrants and people of color are among the more than 1,000 health workers who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S.Early analysis of an investigation conducted by The Guardian and Kaiser Health News suggests that the coronavirus pandemic is taking a disproportionately high toll on minorities.The organizations have been gathering data on U.S. health care workers who have died from the virus, in a project titled Lost on the Frontline.They looked at the reported 1,079 victims — identified based on news reports, obituaries and social media sources — and published profiles of 177 of them.Of thos...
New York Daily News