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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 Nov. 15 to 19, 2021. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal studies and other trusted sources that is most likely to affect clinical practice.

FDA Approves Both Pfizer, Moderna Boosters for All Adults

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency use of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for all adults, clearing the way to additional vaccine protection for tens of millions of Americans.

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New Review Claims First COVID-19 Patient Was Wuhan Market Vendor

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The first known person with COVID-19 was a vendor in a large seafood market in Wuhan, China, claims an American scientist whose findings challenge the World Health Organization conclusion that the first patient was an accountant who lived miles from the market.

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ICU Bed Occupancy During COVID-19 Linked to Increase in Excess Deaths

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Stress to the health care system, as measured by intensive care unit bed occupancy, is associated with increases in excess deaths two, four, and six weeks later, according to research published in the Nov. 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Access to Care Disrupted for Young Adults With Diabetes in COVID-19

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Young adults with diabetes are most likely to report having missed medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic and have lower intention of receiving COVID-19 vaccination, according to research published in the Nov. 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Concerns Raised About COVID-19 Chronic Olfactory Dysfunction

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Chronic olfactory dysfunction as a symptom of long-term COVID-19 is emerging as a growing public health concern among U.S. individuals, according to a research letter published online Nov. 18 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 Less Likely to Be Vaccinated

FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Patients with COVID-19 hospitalization and disease progression to death or mechanical ventilation are significantly less likely to be vaccinated with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Nearly 10 Percent of Younger Children Have Gotten First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Almost one in 10 eligible U.S. children ages 5 to 11 years have received a first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since it was approved for that age group two weeks ago, the White House said Wednesday.

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Moderna Asks FDA to Approve Its Booster Shot for All Adults

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Moderna asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to allow emergency use of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine booster for all adults aged 18 years and older.

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Positive SARS-CoV-2 Test Result Linked to Psychiatric Morbidity

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Having a positive severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 test result seems to be associated with an increased risk for psychiatric morbidity, fatigue, and sleep problems, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Network Open.

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Fewer Deaths Reported With Enrollment in COVID-19 Remote Monitoring

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Enrollment in an automated remote monitoring service for adults with COVID-19 at home can help reduce mortality, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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White House to Spend Billions to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The Biden administration plans to invest billions to partner with industry to expand the nation’s ability to produce COVID-19 vaccines, ensure domestic supply, and help poor nations in their vaccination efforts.

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FDA Could Approve Pfizer Booster Shots for All Adults This Week

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for all American adults as early as Thursday. That would make tens of millions more Americans eligible for the booster doses, sources familiar with the plan told The New York Times.

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Prior Bariatric Surgery May Protect Against Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Bariatric surgery may protect against severe COVID-19 infection and death for patients with morbid obesity, according to a study published in the November issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

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Two Doses of 10 μg BNT162b2 Safe, Efficacious in 5- to 11-Year-Olds

TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A two-dose regimen of 10 μg of BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine administered 21 days apart is safe and efficacious in children aged 5 to 11 years, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Pfizer Asks FDA for Emergency Approval of Its COVID-19 Antiviral Pill

TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Pfizer announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of its new antiviral pill in people at high risk for severe COVID-19.

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Pfizer COVID-19 Pill to Be Made, Sold Cheaply in 95 Poor Countries

TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement for its promising COVID-19 antiviral pill to be made and sold cheaply in 95 developing nations.

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ACR: Lupus Patients Can Have Low Immune Response to COVID-19 Vaccines

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one-third of systemic lupus erythematosus patients have a low response to the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, held virtually from Nov. 3 to 9.

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SSRIs Linked to Reduced Relative Risk for Mortality in COVID-19

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — For patients with COVID-19, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are associated with a reduced relative risk for mortality, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in JAMA Network Open.

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Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection Ups Protection for Vaccinated

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — For individuals vaccinated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, prior severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection is associated with a lower risk for breakthrough infection, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Federal Court Backs Stay on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Large Businesses

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A stay on the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large businesses has been upheld by a federal court.

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