Yale Physicians Reflect on Covid, Three Years Later
It’s been more than three years since the COVID pandemic began, causing over six million deaths worldwide (as of April 2023). While things have largely returned to normal thanks to vaccines, lockdowns, and public health measures and with the Public Health Emergency recently ending, life is a “new normal.” No one who has come out on the other side of the height of the pandemic has remained unaffected, whether physically, emotionally, or both. This is particularly true for the frontline healthcare workers who cared for very sick patients despite the fear of becoming ill themselves.
Study Uncovers Reduced Exercise Tolerance and Other Changes in Long COVID
A recent study published in Pulmonary Circulation assesses changes in oxygen extraction following post-acute sequelae of SARS-Cov-2 infection (PASC) syndrome, or “long COVID.” PASC may affect half of patients who recover from COVID-19. One debilitating hallmark is a persistent decrease in exercise tolerance.
For Hurricane Katrina Survivors, COVID-19 Brings a New Mental Health Toll
A new study shows that for some low-income mothers in New Orleans, the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with the same, or worse, mental health impacts as Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst national disasters in U.S. history.
Participant-centric Trial Will Test if Antiviral Paxlovid Can Help With Long COVID
Researchers are still in the dark on the mechanisms underlying and how to treat long COVID. A new clinical trial using the oral antiviral Paxlovid will provide urgently needed insights for COVID long-haulers and their providers.
Health Headlines: Omicron subvariant, link between asthma and obesity
In today’s health headlines, what to know about a new Omicron subvariant, and how Americans are snacking more than ever. What this means for our health, and the link between asthma and obesity. Dr. Nate Wood, Yale Medicine Internal Medicine specialist and instructor at Yale School of Medicine, discussed these topics.Source: WTNH News 8
Do masks work?
Do masks work? That is the base question Kristen Panthagani, MD, PhD and Katelyn Jetelina take on in their latest article. Using an interrogative and data driven approach, they clarify the ‘story arc’ of the science around masks so we can be ready for the next pandemic.Source: Your Local Epidemiologist
How Africa can close the gap in COVID-19 vaccine equity: One student’s perspective
A new commentary authored by Yale School of Public Health PhD student Natasha Turyasingura, in collaboration with senior researchers from Yale and Columbia University, suggests ways Africa can improve COVID-19 vaccination rates and prepare for future pandemics.
Experts: Pfizer tests on COVID vaccines, treatment in line with industry standards
An Associated Press review of a claim that Pfizer acknowledged in a statement that it conducted “gain of function” research as part of its development of a vaccine and a separate medical treatment for COVID-19 found the claim is false.Source: Associated Press
How the global Pandemic Fund can live up to its great potential
World leaders in November launched a new global Pandemic Fund housed at the World Bank to break the historic pattern of “panic and neglect” regarding global disease outbreaks. The fund was crafted with good intentions and has enormous potential. But that’s far from sufficient to guarantee success.Source: The Washington Post