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New study shows hybrid learning led to significant reduction in COVID-19 spread — ScienceDaily

As communities continue a shift toward normalcy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have helped quantify the effectiveness of one of the most commonly-debated mitigation measures taken across the country. A new study published in BMC Public Health shows that hybrid learning utilizing alternating school days for […]

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Higher COVID-19 death rates in the southern U.S. due to behavior differences, study finds — ScienceDaily

During the pre-Omicron phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, regions of the U.S. had markedly different mortality rates, primarily due to differences in mask use, school attendance, social distancing, and other behaviors. Had the entire country reacted to the pandemic as the Northeast region, more than 316,000 deaths might have been avoided, 62% of those avoidable […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on drug use — and how it contributes to overdose risk — ScienceDaily

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of people who use drugs in ways that hurt their mental health and changed drug use behaviors, increasing their risk for overdose, according to surveys and interviews with individuals in rural Illinois captured in a new study in Addiction Science and Clinical Practice. Drug overdoses have soared during […]

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Smoking increased in those trying to quit during COVID-19, study shows — ScienceDaily

While smoking rates have declined dramatically in the United States, there are still 35 million smokers. There are few data about whether, and if so, how current cigarette smoking habits among those trying to quit are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.PH., senior author, first Sir Richard Doll Professor of Medicine […]

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NIH experts discuss controlling COVID-19 in commentary on herd immunity — ScienceDaily

Achieving classical herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may not be attainable, according to a new perspective published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. However, widespread use of currently available public health interventions to prevent and control COVID-19 will enable resumption of most activities of daily life with minimal disruption, the authors […]

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U.S. seafood workers at increased risk for COVID-19 during pandemic, research finds — ScienceDaily

The dramatic toll that COVID-19 has taken on the U.S. is apparent, but as caseloads come down and mandates are loosened it has become increasingly obvious how much of an impact the pandemic had on food service workers in industries like the fisheries. A study from the University of New Hampshire looked at the direct […]

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COVID-19 has left GPs struggling around the world, new study shows — ScienceDaily

The pandemic left many GPs around the world feeling depressed, anxious and in some cases burned out, a review of global studies has revealed. The review, published in the British Journal of General Practice and led by the University of York, also found that women doctors in primary care reported more psychological problems, whilst those […]

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Harassment of public health officials widespread during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds — ScienceDaily

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identified 1,499 unique reports of harassment across local health departments in the U.S. during the first 11 months of the pandemic, from March 2020 to January 2021. The study also found that more than half of surveyed local public health […]

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New study shows COVID-19 measures such as school closures and ‘high-traffic and mixing’ areas had the strongest association, providing clues for new intervention approaches — ScienceDaily

Nearly three quarters of a million fewer global cases of dengue occurred in 2020, which could be linked to COVID-19 disruptions limiting human mobility and contact, according to a new study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Beijing Normal University and other international partners, funded […]