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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of June 28 to July 2, 2021. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

Exercising With a Mask Safe, Does Not Impact Exercise Capacity

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising with a mask does not seem to limit actual exercise capacity, according to a research letter published online June 30 in JAMA Network Open.

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J&J Vaccine Guards Against Delta Variant, Company Says

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Johnson & Johnson announced Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the highly contagious Delta variant that brought India to its knees this past spring.

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Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Variable in Multiple Myeloma Patients

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with multiple myeloma mount a highly variable antibody response after receipt of a two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccination regimen, according to a study published online June 28 in Cancer Cell.

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MIS-C Diagnosed More Often in Black, Hispanic Children

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children occurs more often in Black and Hispanic children, according to a study published online June 25 in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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COVID-19 Falls From America's No. 1 Killer to No. 7 by June

THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A steep rise in vaccination rates has dropped COVID-19 from the first to the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, a new analysis shows.

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Masks Still Not Needed for Vaccinated Americans, CDC Director Says

THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The head of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday stood by the agency's latest mask guidance, saying that fully vaccinated Americans need not wear face coverings as the pandemic ebbs.

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Women's Cancer Screenings Plummeted During Pandemic

THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Breast and cervical cancer screenings dropped sharply among low-income minority women during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online June 30 in Preventive Medicine.

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mRNA Vaccines Effectively Prevent SARS-CoV-2 in Adults in Real-World Setting

THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Authorized mRNA vaccines are effective for preventing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection, and attenuate viral load, risk of febrile symptoms, and duration of illness in cases of breakthrough infection, according to a study published online June 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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ADA: Peds Hospitalization Rates for New-Onset T2DM Up During Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalization rates for new-onset pediatric type 2 diabetes increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association, held virtually from June 25 to 29.

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Drop Seen in Physician Work Hours During COVID-19 Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians' working hours and full-time status declined significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published online June 23 in JAMA Network Open

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16.8 Million Undiagnosed COVID-19 Cases in First Six Months in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the overall weighted undiagnosed seropositivity estimate was 4.6 percent, according to a study published in the June 22 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Most Americans Who Wanted COVID-19 Vaccine Have Already Gotten One

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In another sign that COVID-19 vaccination rates have plateaued in America, a new poll shows that most adults who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine have already gotten one.

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Strategies ID'd Than Can Interrupt Spread of Infectious Disease

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Effective strategies have been identified that can interrupt the spread of a novel infectious disease, according to a review published online June 29 in BMJ Open.

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Many Saw Improvements in Migraine During Quarantine

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 quarantine had a positive impact on migraine, according to a study published online June 26 in Pain Medicine.

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Medication Type for T2DM May Affect Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The use of certain classes of diabetes medications prior to severe COVID-19 infection is associated with lower mortality in patients with diabetes, according to a study published online June 16 in Diabetes Care.

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Many Young Cancer Survivors Report COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors report COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, according to a study published online June 29 in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

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LA County Recommends Masks for All When Indoors as Delta Variant Spreads

TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Regardless of their vaccination status, Los Angeles County residents should wear face masks in indoor public places due to the continuing spread of the Delta coronavirus variant across California, the county's public health department said Monday.

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Mental Health Conditions Up in Public Health Workers During Pandemic

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of public health workers reported adverse mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published in the June 25 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Seven Cases of Guillain-Barré Noted After COVID-19 Vaccine in India

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome have been reported after receipt of the Oxford-AstraZeneca severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 vaccine, according to two reports published online June 10 in the Annals of Neurology.

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Less Than 1 Percent of COVID-19 Patients Experience Reinfection

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Reinfection following COVID-19 is possible, but rare, according to a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Care Disparities Seen for COVID-19 Patients With, Without Schizophrenia

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There are disparities in health and health care between hospitalized COVID-19 patients with schizophrenia and without severe mental illness, according to a study published in the May issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin.

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Decline in Cancer-Related Services Seen During Pandemic

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There was a 10.2 percent decline in pathology reports in population-based cancer registries from Georgia and Louisiana in 2020 compared with 2019, according to a study published online June 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Post-COVID-19 Symptoms Are Common, Affecting 23.2 Percent

MONDAY, June 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Post-COVID-19 conditions are common among patients diagnosed with COVID-19, and occur in 19 percent of asymptomatic patients, according to a white paper issued by FAIR Health and published online June 15.

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