After a year, omicron still driving COVID surges and worries, 2022.11.25,
The Irish Times,
When do Covid blues become clinical depression? 2022.11.20,
Study: Masking in schools reduces COVID incidence, 2022.11.11,
WHO, WIPO, WTO to hold technical symposium on response, preparedness to future pandemics, 2022.11.10,
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EMA recommends approval of VidPrevtyn Beta as a COVID 19 booster vaccine, 2022.11.10,
WHO releases first data on global vaccine market since COVID-19, 2022.11.09,
The Irish Times,
Two-thirds of people with long Covid report lingering symptoms, 2022.11.07,
‘Scrabble variants’ now cause the majority of new Covid-19 infections in the US, 2022.10.28,
Yu Kato, Nathaniel I Bloom, etc.,
Memory B-Cell Development After Asymptomatic or Mild Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection, 2022.07.27,
We compared spike antibody titers, pseudovirus neutralizing antibody titers, and memory B-cell responses among SARS-CoV-2 PCR-positive Marine recruits who either reported asymptomatic or symptomatic infection. Thirty-six asymptomatic participants exhibited similar spike IgG titers, spike IgA titers, and pseudovirus neutralization titers compared to 30 symptomatic participants. Pseudovirus neutralization and spike IgG titers showed significant positive correlations with frequency of memory B cells. Among young adults, asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection induced antibody and memory B-cell responses comparable to mild symptomatic infection.
Hans P Verkerke, Gregory L Damhorst, etc.,
Nucleocapsid Antigenemia Is a Marker of Acute SARS-CoV-2 Infection, 2022.07.25,
Detecting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is essential for diagnosis, treatment, and infection control. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) fails to distinguish acute from resolved infections, as RNA is frequently detected after infectiousness. We hypothesized that nucleocapsid in blood marks acute infection with the potential to enhance isolation and treatment strategies. In a retrospective serosurvey of inpatient and outpatient encounters, we categorized samples along an infection timeline using timing of SARS-CoV-2 testing and symptomatology. Among 1860 specimens from 1607 patients, the highest levels and frequency of antigenemia were observed in samples from acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. Antigenemia was higher in seronegative individuals and in those with severe disease. In our analysis, antigenemia exhibited 85.8% sensitivity and 98.6% specificity as a biomarker for acute coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Thus, antigenemia sensitively and specifically marks acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. Further study is warranted to determine whether antigenemia may aid individualized assessment of active COVID-19.
Priscila M S Castanha, Dylan J Tuttle, etc.,
Contribution of Coronavirus-Specific Immunoglobulin G Responses to Complement Overactivation in Patients with Severe Coronavirus Disease 2019, 2022.05.10,
Excessive complement activation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of COVID-19, but the mechanisms leading to this response remain unclear. We measured plasma levels of key complement markers, SARS-CoV-2 RNA and antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and seasonal human CCCs in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 of moderate (n = 18) and critical severity (n = 37) and in healthy controls (n = 10). These findings indicate that early, nonneutralizing IgG responses may play a key role in complement overactivation in severe COVID-19. Our work underscores the urgent need to develop therapeutic strategies to modify complement overactivation in patients with COVID-19.
Jennifer H Ku, Myron J Levin, etc.,
Risk of Severe Coronavirus Disease 2019 Disease in Individuals With Down Syndrome: A Matched Cohort Study From a Large, Integrated Health Care System, 2022.07.24,
In a matched cohort study, we evaluated the risk of COVID-19 infection and severe COVID-19 disease in individuals with DS and their matched counterparts in a pre-COVID-19 vaccination period at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Multivariable Cox proportion hazard regression was used to investigate associations between DS and risk of COVID-19 infection and severe COVID-19 disease. Although the risk of COVID-19 infection is lower, the risk of severe disease is higher in individuals with DS compared with their matched counterparts. Better infection monitoring, early treatment, and promotion of vaccine for COVID-19 are warranted for DS populations.
Dimitra Panteli, Christoph Reichebner, etc.,
Health care patterns and policies in 18 European countries during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study, 2022.05.27,
COVID-19 pandemic has developed into an unprecedented global challenge. Differences between countries in testing strategies, hospitalization protocols as well as ensuring and managing ICU capacities can illustrate initial responses to a major health system shock, and steer future preparedness activities. This study enables a general understanding of how the early evolution of the pandemic influenced and was influenced by country responses and clearly demonstrates the immense potential for cross-country learning.
Beijing Interest Group on Global Health and Global Governance