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 articles published in July in less than two minutes.

      1. One – How Important is Obesity as a Risk Factor for Respiratory Failure, Intensive Care Admission and Death in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients?

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      3. Results from a single Italian Center found that obesity is a strong, independent risk factor for respiratory failure and death among patients with COVID-19. Additionally, a BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2 dramatically increases the risk of death.
      4. Two – The Effect of Large-Scale Anti-Contagion Policies on the COVID-19 Pandemic

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      2. It is estimated that interventions have prevented or delayed 62 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, leading to the prevention of an estimated 530 million cases.
      3. Three – Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with Universal Face Covering Policy – Springfield, Missouri, May 2020

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        Anecdotal report of two hair stylists who saw 139 customers while symptomatic and awaiting positive SARS-CoC-2 test results. Of the 100 clients who were interviewed, 98% were also wearing face coverings. No clients developed symptoms.

      4. Four – Contact Tracing During Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, South Korea, 2020

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      6. Children aged 10–19 years have been found to spread SARS-CoV-2 to household members more readily than adults, Data from South Korea of ~60,000 contacts of 5700 COVID-19 index patients.
      7. Five – Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 — Preliminary Report

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    In patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the use of dexamethasone led to lower mortality at 28-days among those receiving invasive mechanical ventilation or oxygen. No difference was noted among those not receiving respiratory support.

    1. Six – Estimation of Excess Deaths Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, March to May 2020

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During the three months between March 1 and May 30, 2020, there were 780,975 total deaths; 122,300 more deaths than expected from previous years, with COVID-19 accounting for 78% of these deaths, indicating likely underreporting.

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