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May 22 | Daily COVID-19 LST Report

Climate

  • A letter to the editor exploring the ethics of the fast-tracked review process of COVID-19 papers currently being utilized by many scientific journals during the pandemic. The authors argue that faster publication of COVID-19-related data does not outweigh the risks of publishing possibly erroneous and lower quality papers. The authors call for a return to the normal review process to uphold publication ethics.

  • Telephone surveys of 38 Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients and 20 age/sex matched controls demonstrate a significant negative impact of COVID-19 on the physical activity and mental health of Parkinson’s patients. The authors thus encourage physicians to be aware of these potentially disproportionate health consequences in patients with PD.





Epidemiology

  • The authors report the results of a two-center cross sectional study in Wuhan, China, that revealed high rates of lower extremity deep venous thrombosis (DVT) (41 of n = 48) in critically ill COVID-19-positive ICU patients. Incidence of DVT was not significantly associated with mortality.

  • Analysis of over 43 million person-weeks of hospitalization data from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California system found that the weekly rates of hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction declined by up to 48% during the COVID-19 period when compared to both pre-COVID-19 months in 2020 and the same time period in 2019.

  • An Iranian meta-analysis of nine studies with 87 COVID-19 positive pregnant persons (mostly third trimester) and 86 newborn infants in China found:

  • 65% of the patients had a history of exposure to an infected person, and 78% had mild/moderate COVID-19 disease

  • 92% of pregnant persons had a cesarean section (p < 0.001)

  • 60% of babies were born prematurely (p < 0.001), and 31% suffered from fetal distress (p < 0.001)

  • There was no evidence of vertical transmission for the neonate