Author: Frank Domino, MD in collaboration with Aylin Madore, MD
I stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 news and am regularly compiling a list of articles published that are relevant to your primary care practice. Read the insights below from recently published articles in less than two minutes.
A modeling study estimates that near universal mask use (~95% mask use in public) could save 130,000 lives between September 22, 2020, and February 28, 2021. In the U.S., only about 50% of people were observed wearing masks in public in November 2020 compared to high mask usage countries (South Korea, New Zealand) with very low rates of COVID-19 infections, and subsequent economic recovery.
Potential for False Positive Results with Antigen Tests for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 – Letter to Clinical Laboratory Staff and Health Care Providers
The FDA issued a statement on rapid antigen testing having higher rates of false positives, especially if the end user does not store the testing components properly and reading the outcomes not at the test’s specified time (too soon or after the required time).
Convalescent Plasma in the Management of Moderate COVID-19 in Adults in India: Open Label Phase II Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial (PLACID Trial)
An open-label RCT of convalescent plasma for patients with moderate pulmonary symptoms in COVID-19 across India found no lower risk of severe disease or all-cause mortality.
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