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HAN - New SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern Identified: Omicron (B.1.1.529) Variant
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:52 PM
Omicron, a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, has been identified in many countries and categorized as a Variant of Concern by the U.S. government and the World Health Organization (WHO). Because little is known about Omicron currently, it is important for the public health and medical communities as well as the general public to remain vigilant to reduce potential exposure. This Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory summarizes current knowledge about Omicron and provides. Read more. 
 
2021 Top Story in Clinical Dentistry: Oral Cavity is a Crucial Site for SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:51 PM
The oral cavity is a crucial site for SARS-CoV-2 infection, and saliva is a potential route of its transmission. Read more.
 
1 year impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Italian dental professionals: a cross-sectional survey
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:49 PM
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the daily work of the dental professionals, assuming unprecedented economic, managerial, and psychological implications. The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to analyze the extent of the impact linked to the imposed working conditions on the Italian dental team. Read more. 
 
Patient Safety Incidents in Primary Care Dentistry in England and Wales: A Mixed-Methods Study
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:47 PM
In recent decades, there has been considerable international attention aimed at improving the safety of hospital care, and more recently, this attention has broadened to include primary medical care. In contrast, the safety profile of primary care dentistry remains poorly characterized. Read more. 
 
World commits to a pandemic response pact: what's next
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:45 PM
Following a failure to rein in COVID, world leaders begin shaping an accord to prevent future disasters — one that holds them accountable. Read more. 
 
What makes omicron such a threat? Infectious disease expert explains
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:42 PM
Several questions still surround the omicron variant as the world launches new attempts to contain it. Read more. 
 
Dear Patient: It’s safe to go back to your dental office
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:39 PM
If you’ve been holding off on your dental care out of concern for your safety, Amanda Hill, BSDH, RDH, says she has good news for you—it’s safe to go back to the dentist. In fact, apparently, it was always safe. Read more.
 
Breakthrough SARS-CoV-2 cases clear more quickly, less likely to spread infection over time
Thursday, December 02, 2021 05:02 PM
People who are vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2 but get breakthrough infections may be less likely to spread the virus because they shed it for a shorter period than unvaccinated people who are infected, according a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read more. 
 
Does a patient need to know which variant of COVID-19 infected them?
Thursday, December 02, 2021 11:27 AM
Health leaders confirmed Wednesday a new omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected for the first time in the United States. But most patients will never know which SARS-CoV-2 strain infected them. Read more. 
 
New study shows vaccinated health care workers at low risk of transmitting COVID-19
Thursday, December 02, 2021 11:26 AM
New study shows vaccinated health care workers at low risk of transmitting COVID-19. Read more. 
 
First known U.S. Omicron case found in fully vaccinated overseas traveler
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 05:10 PM
The United States on Wednesday identified its first known COVID case caused by the Omicron variant, discovered in a fully vaccinated patient who traveled to South Africa, as scientists continue to study the risks the new version could pose. Read more. 
 
Covid omicron variant linked to vaccine inequality, experts say
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 05:09 PM
Scientists have warned wealthy nations to share vaccines with poorer countries or risk the emergence of new mutant variants. Read more.
 
Majority of U.S. Employers Will Require Vaccination, Survey Finds
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 05:07 PM
A survey from Willis Towers Watson found that 57% of respondents require or are planning to require their employees be vaccinated. Read more. 
 
Updated - Epidemiology and Control of Selected Infections Transmitted Among Healthcare Personnel and Patients
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 04:51 PM
CDC has updated four parts of the Epidemiology and Control of Selected Infections section of the Guideline for Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel, originally published in 1998. This guideline is intended for use by leaders and staff of Occupational Health Services (OHS) and to guide OHS in the management of exposed or infected healthcare personnel (HCP) who may be contagious to others in the workplace. Read more. 
 
NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2021
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 04:49 PM
Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been an annual call to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic as we remember the many who lost their lives to the disease. Considerable progress has been made since the first World AIDS Day; however, far too many people continue to acquire HIV and die from its related illnesses. In 2020, an estimated 680,000 people globally died from HIV-related causes, and roughly 1.5 million people became newly infected with HIV, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more.
 
NIOSH eNews: Volume 19, Number 8 (December 2021)
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 04:45 PM
NIOSH eNews: Volume 19, Number 8 (December 2021). Read more. 
 
Victories against AIDS have lessons for COVID-19
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 02:47 PM
Anthony Fauci on four decades of progress against HIV, and what’s needed for the future. Read more. 
 
First case of Omicron coronavirus variant identified in the U.S.
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 02:45 PM
U.S. health officials on Wednesday reported the country’s first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, in a person in California. Read more. 
 
A reason for optimism on Omicron: Our immune systems are not blank slates
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 11:10 AM
The emergence of a new Covid-19 variant with a startlingly large constellation of mutations has countries around the world sounding alarms. While the concerns are understandable, experts in immunology say people need to remember a critical fact: Two years and 8 billion vaccine doses into the pandemic, many immune systems are no longer blank slates when it comes to SARS-CoV-2. Read more. 
 
IAC Express #1,603: Ask the Experts: COVID-19 web page. IAC flu webinar on Dec. 9. And more.
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 11:06 AM
IAC Express #1,603: Ask the Experts: COVID-19 web page. IAC flu webinar on Dec. 9. And more. Read more.
 
Weak immune systems tied to more COVID-19 breakthrough infections
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:24 PM
While COVID-19 breakthrough infections—cases after vaccination—are rare, fully vaccinated people with compromised immune systems have them three times more often than those with strong immune systems and have more severe illnesses, according to a real-world US study involving nearly 1.3 million people. Read more. 
 
FDA panel recommends molnupiravir, first pill for COVID-19
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:23 PM
Today the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) antimicrobial drugs advisory committee voted to recommend the use of Merck's molnupiravir—the first pill indicated to treat COVID-19 infections and prevent hospitalization and death—13 to 10, concluding that potential benefits outweighed risks to patients who were at risk for developing severe COVID-19. Read more.
 
Omicron Variant Reiterates Need for Global Leadership and Genomic Surveillance to Contain COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:21 PM
On November 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) received a report from South African scientists who used genomic sequencing to detect the source of a recent surge of COVID-19 in Gauteng, South Africa. Read more.
 
National Influenza Vaccination Week
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:19 PM
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. Read more.
 
Creating good friction: Pitt engineers aim to make floors less slippery
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:18 PM
Swanson School collaborators Kurt Beschorner and Tevis Jacobs will use a NIOSH award to measure floor-surface topography and create a predictive model of friction. Read more. 
 
Complications in pregnancy and birth increase with COVID-19 infection
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:16 PM
Pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to have complications with pregnancy and birth compared to those without, according to research publishing November 30th in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine. Read more. 
 
A Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2021
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:15 PM
For decades, World AIDS Day has been recognized as an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in the fight against HIV.  This year on World AIDS Day, we are focused on addressing health inequities and inequalities and ensuring that the voices of people with HIV are at the center of our work to end the HIV epidemic globally. Read more. 
 
US Department of Labor extends comment period for COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:13 PM
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard to Jan. 19, 2022. OSHA extended the comment period by 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment. Read more.
 
Statement from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology about the Emergence of the Omicron Coronavirus Variant
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:11 PM
“With the emergence of a new coronavirus variant called Omicron, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) urges all Americans to get COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, as recommended by their healthcare professionals. Read more. 
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Actively Working to Investigate, Address Potential Impacts of Omicron Variant; Urges Vaccination and Boosters
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 09:09 PM
As we have with previous emerging COVID-19 variants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actively working with our federal partners, international regulators and medical product companies to quickly address any potential impacts of the new omicron variant on the tools to fight the pandemic. Read more.
 
HPI: Dentists say they need more staff to see same number of patients compared to pre-pandemic
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 03:49 PM
One in three owner dentists indicated they need more staff to see the same number of patients compared to before the pandemic, according to new data from November’s COVID-19 Economic Impact on Dental Practice poll conducted by the ADA Health Policy Institute. Read more.
 
If the vaccine works so well, why is COVID-19 surging again in Pa.?
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 03:46 PM
Also, colder weather is keeping Pennsylvanians indoors where COVID-19 spreads easier. The same is happening in other northern states, which are now seeing surges similar to the ones seen in southern states over the summer, when hot weather kept people indoors, Ali said. Read more. 
 
1 in 10 US lung transplants are for COVID patients
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 03:45 PM
COVID-19 patients now account for about 1 in 10 U.S. lung transplants, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing. Read more. 
 
3 states reporting high, moderate flu activity
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 03:43 PM
For the week ending Nov. 20, New Mexico reported high flu activity for the third week in a row, according to data from the CDC's FluView report published Nov. 29. Read more. 
 
Omicron is new, but the old advice to protect yourself still applies.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 03:41 PM
The coronavirus still spreads the way it always has, experts say. The best ways to slow its spread should be familiar by now. Read more. 
 
2 Cases of Omicron Confirm Its Presence in North America
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 03:40 PM
No cases of the new omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of SARS-CoV-2 have been reported yet in the United States, but Canadian officials confirmed cases in Ontario, so it is already in North America. Read more.
 
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