Symptomatic infections, including fever, pneumonia, and lymphocyte count <2.0 × 109/L, are associated with prolonged duration of viral shedding in children with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a recent study. Additionally, younger age, increased hypersensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and pneumonia are independent risk factor for symptomatic infection in this population.
In Singapore, invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) tends to occur more frequently in relatively younger adults and those with fewer comorbidities and is associated with poorer outcomes and higher mortality risk, as described in a study. But such a hazard may be thwarted by pneumococcal vaccination, which has about 80-percent effectiveness at preventing infection.
Pregnant women with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) appear to show higher rates of preterm birth and caesarean deliveries, according to a new meta-analysis. COVID-19 does not seem to substantially affect other pregnancy outcomes.
The nonhormonal contraceptive copper intrauterine device (IUD) carries an increased hazard of bacterial vaginosis that remains elevated through up to 18 months of use but returns to pre-initiation levels following discontinuation, a study has found.
Novel devices developed to prevent aerosol exposure during the intubation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients appear to bear no significant benefit to laryngoscopists, according to a new study. On the contrary, the use of such devices may even increase exposure.
The odds of women passing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to their sexual partners appear to be low, with two studies showing no evidence of the disease-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus existing in the vaginal fluids of infected patients.