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New tool assesses which countries need COVID-19 vaccines the most — ScienceDaily

A new scoring tool that helps to ‘transparently’ prioritise which countries are in greatest need of Covid-19 vaccines, has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers. The researchers say the tool considers a far wider range of factors than the current global COVAX facility, which has been criticised by some countries, particularly poorer nations […]

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Resident physicians report COVID-19 impacts — ScienceDaily

The COVID-19 pandemic has had many deleterious consequences for health care workers, including the challenges of caring for severely ill patients. Resident physicians, in particular, may have been affected by physical as well as psychological consequences of the pandemic. At present, data are sparse on the perceptions, coping strategies and mental health of residents during […]

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New study provides insights into each US state’s COVID-19 vaccination rate — ScienceDaily

In the first year of its availability, 84.2% of US adults received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Progress in COVID-19 vaccination slowed after April 2021, and millions of Americans remain unvaccinated. New research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, finds wide geographic variance in vaccine uptake and identifies the […]

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Data from 196 countries finds high UV radiation levels are strongly associated with reduced COVID-19 transmission rates — ScienceDaily

COVID-19 transmission can be more accurately modeled by incorporating meteorological factors, with ultraviolet (UV) radiation as the main driver, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by a team of scientists from the Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI), at Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Transvalor S.A., […]

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Lessons learned from COVID-19 mitigation measures — ScienceDaily

Due to the uncertainty of the timing of vaccine approval at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers struggled to find the best mitigation measures. In a new study, researchers analyzed how the expectation of a vaccine influences optimal lockdown measures. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in early 2020, countries varied greatly in […]

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How historical precedents impeded recognition of airborne COVID-19 transmission — ScienceDaily

Millions of people have died of coronavirus infection since 2020 because influential institutions took too long to recognize that it is primarily airborne, and a new University of Colorado Boulder-led historical analysis sheds light on the delay. The authors trace this deadly resistance one hundred years back in history, to the rejection of sickly air […]

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In poorest countries, each COVID-19 death estimated to result in 1.56 orphans — vs 0.09 orphans in high-GDP countries — ScienceDaily

The risk of children being orphaned per COVID-19 death is highest in the poorest countries and those where people of reproductive age have the highest rates of non-communicable diseases, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS Global Public Health by Callum Lowe of Australian National University and colleagues. Due […]

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Majority of clinicians in U.S. safety net practices report ‘moral distress’ during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds — ScienceDaily

The distress of doctors and nurses working in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic has received much attention in news media and academic research, including their moral distress witnessing so many deaths at times when they could offer so little. Much less attention has been paid to the moral distress of clinicians working in other settings […]

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Danes lost 30,000 years of healthy life due to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic, study finds — ScienceDaily

COVID-19 has had an enormous health impact on societies all over the world. In Denmark, a total of 30,000 healthy years of life were lost as a direct result of the disease, according to calculations of the burden of disease from the DTU National Food Institute and the SSI. The study measured the direct burden […]