Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • 3 states where health officials say omicron is likely peaking

    The omicron surge has yet to peak nationwide, but some states are reporting a recent drop in COVID-19 cases or hospitalizations.
  • World still in 1st of pandemic's 5 stages, Fauci warns

    Anthony Fauci, MD, on Jan. 17 cautioned against overestimating global progress in controlling COVID-19, saying the world is still in the first of five pandemic stages, according to Fortune. 
  • WHO: Current evidence suggests boosters unnecessary for healthy children

    There is no evidence "right now" indicating a COVID-19 booster dose is necessary for healthy children and adolescents, the World Health Organization's chief scientist said during a Jan. 18 press conference. 
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  • 'The pandemic we were afraid of in 2020': Some patients dying because Massachusetts hospitals at capacity

    As Massachusetts hospitals struggle amid the current omicron surge, multiple reports have emerged of patients dying because they couldn't be transferred to higher-level care, NPR reported Jan. 18. 
  • 6 states where delta is lingering

    The omicron variant accounts for 99 percent of new COVID-19 cases nationwide, but some states are still seeing delta variant proportions as high as 43 percent, according to the Walgreens COVID-19 Index, an interactive tracking tool the company launched Jan. 19.
  • Why the US is seeing more COVID-19 hospitalizations than other high-income countries

    The U.S. has reported more COVID-19 hospitalizations than other high-income countries during the omicron surge, according to Our World in Data.
  • Louisiana reports first C. auris cases

    University Medical Center New Orleans, part of LCMC Health, reported Louisiana's first two known cases of Candida auris, a deadly, drug-resistant fungus, on Jan. 18,  according to nola.com.
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  • Omicron greater risk for young than other variants; US trends follow South Africa, UK

    The omicron coronavirus variant may pose more of a threat for youth than earlier variants, according to a study of early hospitalization data from a large medical insurance program in South Africa. 
  • 98% of pregnant women with COVID-19 admitted to critical care unvaccinated, study finds

    A study involving nearly 132,000 women in Scotland found nearly all pregnant women who were admitted to critical care for COVID-19-related illness were unvaccinated, according to the findings published Jan. 13 in Nature Medicine. 
  • Viewpoint: To combat pandemic, US needs to think less like a physician

    Caring for an individual and protecting a population require different thought processes, which is why the U.S. must stop thinking like a physician to improve the nation's response to the pandemic, according to an op-ed published Jan. 14 by The New York Times.
  • White House forms task force to target next coronavirus variants

    The White House has formed a new task force that will prepare for the emergence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — and other pandemic threats, according to Bloomberg Government. 
  • US renews COVID-19 emergency declaration for 8th time

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Jan. 14 renewed a public health emergency declaration over the COVID-19 pandemic for the eighth time.
  • 1 in 5 Americans have had COVID-19

    Since the pandemic began, 1 in 5 Americans — or 20 percent — have contracted COVID-19 at one point, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. 
  • CDC updates mask information, stops short of changing recommendation

    The CDC on Jan. 14 updated its consumer mask webpage to reflect the levels of protection different masks and respirators offer against COVID-19. 
  • Let’s talk about the nursing shortage

    A perfect storm of factors – aging workforce and patients, job burnout and the pandemic, to name a few - has contributed to the growing chasm of supply and demand in nursing, anticipating an estimated shortage of half a million US RN jobs by 2030, according to one study.1 To keep caregiving operations running, hospitals are scrambling to employ internal stop-gap measures, like cross-functioning other specialists to work extra hours and repurposing non-clinical staff to perform duties primarily covered by nurses. Band-aids, at best.
  • Minnesota COVID-19 patient transferred to Texas after judge rules to keep him ventilated

    A ventilated patient with severe COVID-19 was transferred from Coon Rapids, Minn.-based Mercy Hospital to a Texas care facility after a judge issued a restraining order stopping the hospital from turning life-saving machines off, according to a Jan. 17 report from the Star Tribune.
  • 5 US counties seeing 1,000%+ jump in COVID hospitalizations

    As of Jan. 18, five U.S. counties have reported more than 1,000 percent increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last 14 days, according to HHS data tracked by The New York Times.
  • COVID-19 peaking in Northeast + 2 more forecasts to know

    COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record high numbers nationwide, though some parts of the country are seeing cases plateau or fall, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, said Jan. 16 on CNN's "State of the Union."
  • Encouraging COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant women

    When COVID-19 arrived in the U.S. in March 2020, I, like others, worried — not only for myself and my family, but as a perinatologist, I also feared for the health and safety of my pregnant patients. Fortunately, as we moved through 2020, my worst fears didn't materialize. Very few of my patients ended up hospitalized with COVID-19. As the vaccines began rolling out in late 2020 and early 2021, my optimism grew. It felt like the end was in sight. Then came July 2021 and the arrival of the highly contagious delta variant in our community. 
  • 12 hospitals seeking CMOs

    Below are 12 hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that posted job listings seeking CMOs in the last two weeks.

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