This week in Clipboard Health’s Nursing News round up …
After declining for nine weeks in a row, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States increased by 5% last week. Of the 50 states, 30 reported an increase in new infections compared to the previous week; last week, 19 out of 50 states reported an increase.
Meanwhile, the number of US COVID-19 deaths fell 15% last week while the number of hospitalizations fell 6% with officials hoping that the increase in vaccinations will help to reduce the number of deaths.
In terms of vaccination rates, the daily average number of doses given per day has reached 2.5 million. About 25% of the population has gotten at least one dose and about 13% of the population have received two doses.
AstraZeneca reported preliminary results from its large late-stage trials held in Chile, Peru, and the United States. The results showed that the vaccine was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and that there was no increased risk of developing blood clots.
After several European countries suspended use of the vaccine earlier this month due to safety concerns, Germany and France resumed using the vaccine despite polls showing that overall European public trust in the vaccine has fallen.
However, German researchers believe they’ve found evidence that the vaccine can trigger an overactivation of platelets that can then lead to blood clots, which can be successfully treated if the theory is correct and symptoms quickly identified.
The company plans to apply for emergency use authorization in the US in the next few weeks.
Nearly two weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended new COVID-19 guidelines for nursing home residents:
The guidelines also emphasized the continued use of masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing and encouraged outdoor visits as much as possible.
Since the new recommendations, more nursing home facilities have begun adjusting their visitor policies to meet the new guidelines and allow families to visit residents.
Here’s a brief round-up of recent medical studies and their findings for you to stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving field of medical research.
To learn more about the top COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination timelines, potential requirements for health care professionals and facilities, and more, check out our COVID-19 Vaccine Information hub.
Here’s some more of the most recent news from the past week concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
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