Viral variants, in addition to host factors, contribute to disease severity, according to a recent study. In this article, infectious disease expert Frank Esper, MD, explains the study, and what the genomics of SARS-CoV-2 variants can tell us about lockdown and the next pandemic.
Healthcare providers should be aware of the GI manifestations of COVID-19 and perform SARS-CoV-2 testing in patients presenting with digestive changes, especially those with respiratory symptoms.
A more transmissible strain of SARS-CoV-2 has emerged and is circulating globally, according to one new study. Steven Gordon, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Infectious Disease, discusses this variant and forecasts what is ahead in the pandemic.
Preventive measures against COVID-19 are important even if a patient has recovered from a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, says infectious disease expert Frank Esper, MD. In this article, Dr. Esper discusses the first documented cases of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection.
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Pregnant women with COVID-19 are at higher risk for hospitalization than nonpregnant women with COVID-19, though risk of death is the same in both populations. Reproductive infectious disease expert Oluwatosin Goje, MD, discusses preterm delivery and other complications of COVID-19 in pregnancy.
A new network medicine study finds that melatonin usage may prevent COVID-19 infection, though large-scale trials are needed. Researcher Feixiong Cheng, PhD, discusses his team’s findings.
An Italian-led study published earlier this year reported that androgen deprivation therapy may play a protective role against the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Using an expansive enterprise-wide COVID-19 testing registry, Cleveland Clinic researchers set out to validate this report. Eric Klein, MD, discusses their findings.
A new Cleveland Clinic-led study examines the distribution of viral load in healthcare providers who tested positive for COVID-19. In the majority of cases, the findings show, the risk of transmission is relatively low after seven to 10 days following the onset of symptoms.
Clinicians can play a critical role in influencing mask-related behavior, particularly in a one-on-one setting when counseling a patient. Aaron Hamilton, MD, shares how he responds to anti-masking arguments and other face mask-related concerns from patients and community members alike.
As of early May, African Americans made up nearly 28% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. They also account for more than 18% of COVID-19 deaths. Charles Modlin, MD, MBA, discusses why African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the role healthcare professionals can play to provide access and quality healthcare for these patients.