The lab is an example of the many collaborations that have been happening at OHSU and in the health care community. In this case, members of the research community rallied to support the clinical community and testing in a drive to combat COVID-19. OHSU is committed to ensuring all Oregonians have access to COVID-19 testing and appropriate health care, particularly people of color and other individuals from communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, OHSU offered low-barrier drive-through testing that has tracked surges in case counts, at various points accommodating as many as 700 people a day through sites in Hillsboro, the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Expo Center. COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies can help prevent severe illness for some people who get infected with COVID-19. The FDA has authorized these neutralizing antibody treatments for emergency use.
Medical professionals have a variety of theories of why the pandemic is staying with us. • Persons who had a previous Covid infection will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they have had at least one dose of an approved vaccine. • If a vaccinated person tests positive and is asymptomatic, he or she will be isolated and contact tracing will promptly occur. The positive individual will be permitted to return to duty after two negative tests at least 24-hours apart and will thereafter be tested every two weeks or as directed by the medical staffs. Vaccinated individuals will not be subject to quarantine as a result of close contact with an infected person.
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Mary Bushman, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and co-author of a recent paper that modeled the impact of hypothetical variants on populations, answered questions about the latest variant, Omicron. The Moderna vaccine is slightly better than the Pfizer vaccine, according to a recent Harvard Chan School study. Stephen Kissler, research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, is expecting a “surge within a surge” this winter as the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 spreads along with the already-surging Delta variant. Catherine Arsenault, research scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population, discussed her research about the resilience of health systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts say that COVID-19 will eventually become endemic, which Stephen Kissler, research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, defined as “some sort of acceptable steady state” in which the coronavirus continues to circulate much like the flu. Dean Michelle Williams was one of the more than 200 leading U.S. doctors and scientists who signed an open letter in support of Anthony Fauci, who has been the subject of Republican attacks.
“This is a preventable illness,” says Erin Boni, R.N., B.S.N., “This doesn’t have to happen to anyone anymore.” The Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers is a regional network of county health officers in northern California. Other parts of the state have longstanding regional health official associations. These networks address current and emerging health issues by leveraging expertise and resources of local health departments to advance regional public health and promote communication and collaboration among neighboring counties. A recent study investigated whether T cells, which COVID-19 vaccines induce, recognize variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The results of the study suggest that SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern — including Delta and Omicron — are effectively recognized by T cells in the body.
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Dogs can be trained within weeks to detect a COVID-19 infection, with a degree of accuracy comparable to a nose and throat swab test, according to new research. The city is in its seventh week of lockdown and is planning to resume outdoor activities in stages and to reopen some convenience shops and pharmacies. For other cities in China that have been under a similar lockdown, a third day with no new cases in the community has meant a gradual easing of restrictions.