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Severe Covid suffering linked to higher long-term Covid risk: Study

CIDRAP reports the results of a large study linking worsening Covid symptoms to the risk of subsequent prolonged Covid problems. Meanwhile, a CNBC article covers data showing that the long-running covid is affecting women more than men. In addition, the director of the CDC tested positive for covid again.

CIDRAP: More severe COVID-19 may increase risk of prolonged COVID

A large study released today suggests that people who have worse symptoms of COVID-19 may be more likely to develop notable symptoms 12 weeks or more after their initial infection. Furthermore, most patients went on to have COVID for a long time, regardless of the severity of their original illness. (Soucheray, 10/31)

CNBC: Long Covid is affecting women more than men, reveals national survey

Long Covid is more common among women than men, according to federal data. More than 17% of women have had long-term Covid at some point during the pandemic, compared with 11% of men, according to data from the US Census Bureau and National Center for Health Statistics published this month. (Kimball, 10/31)

AP: CDC director tests positive for COVID again

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has again tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Rochelle Walensky had mild symptoms on Sunday and is isolated at her home in Massachusetts, the CDC said on Monday. Walensky, 53, first tested positive on Oct. She took the Paxlovid antiviral pill and then it tested negative. But the symptoms have returned and Walensky is again in isolation, working and holding virtual meetings, the CDC said. (Stobbe, 10/31)

The Washington Post: Covid uses our proteins against us. A new strategy seeks to block this

With the United States entering its third full pandemic winter amid fears that new variants will escape immunity from vaccines and past infections, some scientists are looking for ways to blunt the coronavirus’ slippery evolution by blocking the human proteins it uses against we. If the strategy works, it has the potential to address several shortcomings of current treatments and vaccines, including their inability to prevent infections and remain effective in the face of a mutating virus. (Johnson, 10/31)

Nature: Can a nasal spray a day keep COVID at bay?

During the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anne Moscona didn’t feel safe going out to a restaurant or catching a flight. And she wishes she could feel confident that she could see her immunocompromised relatives without inadvertently spreading the new coronavirus to them. All of this made it personal work for her: For the past decade, Moscona, a molecular virologist, has been hunting compounds that could stop viruses in their tracks before pathogens can infect even a single cell in a person’s body. Now Moscona of Columbia University in New York and his colleagues have zeroed in on a compound that might thwart SARS-CoV-2. Even better, it’s simply sprayed into the nose – no needle required. (Kozlov, 10/31)

Stat: Why Inaccuracies With Pulse Oximeters Have Been Ignored For So Long

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Tuesday will tackle the question of whether pulse oximeters, the ubiquitous medical devices that have become a mainstay for assessing patient oxygen levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, need be regulated differently – or even completely re-engineered – based on research showing that the devices are less accurate on people with darker skin. (McFarling, 1/11)

CIDRAP: Pandemic did not alter the development of children’s nerves, study reveals

A meta-analysis of eight studies found that overall childhood neurodevelopmental risk did not change during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but those with gestational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 had a higher risk of impaired communication and fine motor skills. (Van Beusekom, 10/31)

The New York Times: The pandemic generation goes to college. It has not been easy.

Colleges are now educating their first waves of students who have experienced learning loss due to the pandemic in high school. What they are seeing is troubling, especially since the latest disappointing fourth- and eighth-grade national exam results suggest they may face year after year freshmen struggling to catch up. … In interviews across the country, undergraduates discussed how their disjointed high school experiences dragged them through their early college years; some teachers talked about how the grades are low, as well as the standards. Many students are hesitant and anxious. (Fawcett, 1/11)

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