Risk Factors for Death From COVID-19 Identified
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Risk Factors for Death From COVID-19 Identified

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Patients who did not survive hospitalization for COVID-19 in Wuhan were more likely to be older, have comorbidities, and elevated D-dimer, according to the first study to examine risk factors associated with death among adults hospitalized with COVID-19. “Older age, showing […]

Latest Medical Conferences Affected by COVID-19
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Latest Medical Conferences Affected by COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, medical societies in North America and beyond are reassessing their scheduled conferences and weighing the risks and benefits. (So is the James Bond movie, which delayed its opening by 7 months.) Some have put precautions in place, while others — including the 50,000-attendee health tech conference HIMSS — […]

Coronavirus May Cause Contamination Through Fecal Shedding
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Coronavirus May Cause Contamination Through Fecal Shedding

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center .     The toilet bowl, sink, and bathroom door handle of an isolation room housing a patient with the novel coronavirus tested positive for the virus, raising the possibility that viral shedding in the stool could represent another route of transmission, investigators […]

Infection Control Protects Hospital Staff From COVID-19
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Infection Control Protects Hospital Staff From COVID-19

Hospital-related infections have been widely reported during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, with healthcare professionals bearing a disproportionate risk. However, a proactive response in Hong Kong’s public hospital system appears to have bucked this trend and successfully protected both patients and staff from SARS-CoV-2, according to a study published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. […]

Telehealth Seen as a Key Tool to Help Fight COVID-19
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Telehealth Seen as a Key Tool to Help Fight COVID-19

Telehealth is increasingly being viewed as a key way to help fight the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, with the House of Representatives including it in an $8.3 billion funding package approved overwhelmingly today that would lift restrictions on coverage for the service in the fee-for-service Medicare program. Nancy Messonnier, MD, director […]

Time to 'Take the Risk of Scaring People'
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Time to ‘Take the Risk of Scaring People’

It’s past time to call the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic and “time to push people to prepare, and guide their prep,” according to risk communication experts. Medical messaging about containing or stopping the spread of the virus is doing more harm than good, write Peter Sandman, PhD, and Jody Lanard, MD, both based in […]

Study Suggests Multiple Shedding Routes
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Study Suggests Multiple Shedding Routes

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) responsible for the COVID-19 global outbreak may have multiple infection routes, according to a study published online February 17 in Emerging Microbes & Infection. “We detected the virus in oral swabs, anal swabs, and blood,” write Wei Zhang, from Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China, and colleagues. “[T]hus, infected […]