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.
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