What was the SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence among US adults during 2021 to 2022?

In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) published the preliminary results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for August 2021–May 2022. Study: SARS-CoV-2 Serology and Self-Reported Infection Among Adults — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, August 2021–May 2022. … Read more

What was the SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence among US adults during 2021 and 2022?

In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) published the preliminary results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for August 2021–May 2022. Study: SARS-CoV-2 Serology and Self-Reported Infection Among Adults — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, August 2021–May 2022. … Read more

SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Grew Rapidly in Canada

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. By August 2022, 2½ years into the COVID-19 pandemic, most children and adults younger than 60 years old had been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 or showed evidence of having been infected by the virus, new data suggest. A Canadian seroprevalence study of … Read more

Air pollution-triggered immune surveillance deficits in the lungs increase the risk of respiratory diseases with aging

In a recent research briefing published in Nature Medicineresearchers highlighted the significance of air quality in preserving immune health over the human lifespan, especially lung-related immunity, owing to the lungs’ continuous exposure to the environment. Study: Effect of air pollution on the human immune system. Image Credit: Lemberg Vector studio/Shutterstock Background Aging exacerbates disease susceptibility, … Read more

Fat around organs more susceptible to severe Covid than fat under skin: Study

Scientists have found that the fat around the liver, intestines and other organs, or visceral fat, contributes more towards severe Covid-19 than does subcutaneous fat, or fat under the skin as in “love handles”, according to a study. Visceral fat is usually considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Also … Read more

Dr. Anthony Fauci on the lessons that must be learned from the COVID pandemic

As Anthony Fauci prepares to leave his role as chief medical adviser at the White House, the United States — and indeed the world — is in a much better place in the fight against COVID-19. But the infectious disease expert is warning against complacency and says the virus still poses a threat. “With this … Read more

Physical functions among Japanese children deteriorated after the onset of the pandemic, study finds

A team of researchers from Nagoya University in central Japan investigated how restrictions on children’s activities during the COVID-19 pandemic affected their life habits and their abilities to perform physical activities. By comparing medical examination data before and after the onset of the pandemic, they found that physical functions among adolescents deteriorated, including their dynamic … Read more

Feeling sick? How to know if you have COVID, RSV or the flu

It’s a triple threat. After years of isolating and masking, influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are all hitting harder and earlier this cold season in a phenomenon that’s been dubbed a “tripledemic.” During Thanksgiving week, roughly 20,000 Americans were hospitalized with the flu, the most for that week in more than 10 years, … Read more

Measles outbreak in central Ohio grows to more than 50 children, driven by ‘lack of vaccination’

CNN — A measles outbreak in central Ohio is growing, sickening more than 50 children, with many of them needing hospitalization, according to data updated Tuesday by Columbus Public Health. None of the children had been fully vaccinated against measles. Since the start of the outbreak in November, at least 58 measles cases have been … Read more

Hotel engineer, 50, successfully receives the UK’s first double lung transplant for Covid infection

A 50-year-old man who was ‘shackled to life support machines’ for five months has successfully received the UK’s first double lung transplant for complications due to a Covid-19 infection. Cesar Franco, a maintenance engineer at a five-star hotel in central London, caught Covid-19 just before Christmas last year. The father-of-one, from Streatham in south London, … Read more