False negative rapid Covid tests create confusion for people with obvious symptoms

A study out of the Harvard School of Public Health noted that some strains were harder to locate using a rapid test than others. “The delta variant was more difficult to detect, it had a higher limit of detection than omicron. This may relate to the omicron subvariants because some of the strains of the omicron subvariant do have mutations in the gene that’s detected by the antigen test,” said Ph.D. candidate Sydney Stanley. Source:Continue…

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Polio: New York governor declares state disaster emergency amid circulating poliovirus evidence, samples found in 5 counties – CNN

CNN)New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state disaster emergency amid evidence of circulating poliovirus, a move that will increase the availability of resources including expanding the network of polio vaccine administrators, state health officials said.Sequence analysis of wastewater surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found poliovirus samples in Nassau County, bringing the total to 5 counties — Rockland County, Orange County, Sullivan County, New York City, and now, Nassau County.The AugustContinue…

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Newly Disabled by Covid? Please Take This Advice From Long Term Disabled Advocates.

If you’re newly disabled from COVID, please heed my warning: take a step back and understand this new reality before advocating. pic.twitter.com/EPBPeWc3Rg — Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️ (@Imani_Barbarin) September 1, 2022   We’re happy for the fresh voices in this struggle, but you have to be aware of just what the struggle is. Once you become disabled, non disabled people having been informed by societal ableism, don’t take you as seriously as theyContinue…

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Filtration Efficiency of Hospital Face Mask Alternatives Available for Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Infectious Diseases | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network

Question: How effective are the aerosol filtration efficiencies for fitted face mask alternatives used during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic? Findings: In this quality-improvement study of 29 fitted face mask alternatives, expired N95 respirators with intact elastic bands and masks that had been subjected to ethylene oxide and hydrogen peroxide sterilization had unchanged fitted filtration efficiencies (FFEs) of more than 95%, while the performance of N95 respirators in the wrong size resulted in decreased FFEsContinue…

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Efficacy of Ivermectin Treatment on Disease Progression Among Adults With Mild to Moderate COVID-19 and Comorbidities: The I-TECH Randomized Clinical Trial | Complementary and Alternative Medicine | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network

Question Does adding ivermectin, an inexpensive and widely available antiparasitic drug, to the standard of care reduce the risk of severe disease in patients with COVID-19 and comorbidities?Findings In this open-label randomized clinical trial of high-risk patients with COVID-19 in Malaysia, a 5-day course of oral ivermectin administered during the first week of illness did not reduce the risk of developing severe disease compared with standard of care alone.Meaning The study findings do not supportContinue…

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Fact Check-Monkeypox can be spread by anyone in close contact and is not a “gay disease” – contrary to posts online | Reuters

“To label it as a gay disease is both untrue and unfair”, Dr Andrew Lee, professor of public health at the University of Sheffield, told Reuters.A person’s sexuality and sexual orientation is not the route of transmission, Lee said in an email. “Anyone can get it if they have had direct contact with an infected person”. Source: Fact Check-Monkeypox can be spread by anyone in close contact and is not a “gay disease” – contraryContinue…

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What to know about the CDC’s new Covid-19 quarantine guidelines – CNN

The new guidance says that someone exposed to an individual with Covid-19 no longer needs to quarantine at home, away from others. They can go to work, attend school and be in other settings around people as long as they wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask — ideally an N95 or equivalent. People should mask for 10 days following their exposure. They should also test at least five days after the exposure. If it’s positive, theyContinue…

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White patients’ physical responses to healthcare treatments are influenced by provider race and gender | PNAS

The healthcare workforce in the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, gradually shifting society away from the historical overrepresentation of White men among physicians. However, given the long-standing underrepresentation of people of color and women in the medical field, patients may still associate the concept of doctors with White men and may be physiologically less responsive to treatment administered by providers from other backgrounds. To investigate this, we varied the race and gender of theContinue…

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