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Respiratory Virus Detections Decreased During COVID-19

Monthly antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory tract infections decreased 79 percent during pandemic period

Untreated Sleep Apnea Tied to COVID-19 Infections, More Severe Cases

However, positive airway pressure therapy tied to lower rates of infection

New Protocol Aims for Early Extubation in Cardiac Surgery Patients

Faster progression to extubation does not increase risk for reintubation or other adverse events

Convalescent Plasma May Cut Deaths in Hematologic Cancer and COVID-19

Lower 30-day mortality seen in hospitalized adults, including those admitted to ICU, requiring mechanical ventilation

Distinct Molecular Subtypes of RSV Bronchiolitis Identified

Four biologically and clinically meaningful endotypes identified; asthma risk higher for endotype B compared with endotype A

AHA Advises OSA Screening for Those With CV Risk, Conditions

Screening for obstructive sleep apnea recommended for those with resistant/poorly controlled HTN, pulmonary HTN, recurrent a-fib

Underlying Medical Conditions Up Risk for Severe COVID-19 in Children

Risk factors include type 1 diabetes, cardiac and circulatory congenital anomalies, and obesity, as well as prematurity

Obesity Tied to Long-Term COVID-19 Complications

Increases seen for hospital admission, mortality, need for diagnostic medical tests occurring 30+ days after positive COVID-19 test

Long-Term Disparities in Respiratory Health Persist in the U.S.

Benefits of improved air quality and reduced smoking have not been equally distributed according to socioeconomic status

Physician’s Briefing 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...