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Mmwr-Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ; 71(36):1151-1154, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2068408

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What is already known about this topic? Before emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant, infectious SARS-CoV-2 was unlikely to be cultured at high cycle threshold (Ct) values. Based on this, low Ct values, which are suggestive of high RNA levels, are sometimes used as surrogate markers for infectiousness. What is added by this report? In a longitudinal study including daily nasal swabbing, although Omicron BA.1 sublineage infections exhibited higher Ct values than did pre-Omicron infections, culturable Omicron virus was still detected. Among virus-positive specimens, Ct values were higher for Omicron than for pre-Omicron specimens, especially during the first week of illness. What are the implications for public health practice? Supporting CDC guidance, these data show that Ct values likely do not provide a consistent proxy for infectiousness across SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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22nd COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, CICTP 2022 ; : 909-918, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2062368

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Air transportation, in particular, has faced unprecedented effects by COVID-19 in terms of flight cancellations and airline bailouts;some argue that the air transportation sector is probably among the hardest hit. In this study, we explore the impact of COVID-19 on air transportation as a networked system throughout the year 2020, while taking the unaffected year 2019 as reference. Exploiting recently developed techniques in data science and network science, we analyzed the temporal evolution of air transportation networks at several scales of fractality, including airports, countries, and continents. Our study provides a comprehensive, data-driven analysis, enhanced with pointers into the recent literature, dissecting the impact of the COVID-19 on aviation as a networked system. It is hoped that this work not only improves understanding of COVID-19, but also gives anchor points on how to better handle future pandemics. © ASCE.

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Biosensors & bioelectronics ; 2022.
Article in English | EuropePMC | ID: covidwho-2047144

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Miniaturization of biosensors has become an imperative demand because of its great potential in in vivo biomarker detection and disease diagnostics as well as the point-of-care testing for coping with public health crisis, such as the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Here, we present an ultraminiature optical fiber-tip biosensor based on the plasmonic gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) directly printed upon the end face of a standard multimode optical fiber at visible light range. An in-situ precision photoreduction technology is developed to additively print the micropatterns of size-controlled AuNPs. The AuNPs reveal distinct localized surface plasmon resonance, whose peak wavelength provides an ideal spectral signal for label-free biodetection. The fabricated optical fiber-tip plasmonic biosensor can not only detect antibody, but also test SARS-CoV-2 mimetic DNA sequence at the concentration level of 0.8 pM. Such an ultraminiature fiber-tip plasmonic biosensor offers a cost-effective biodetection technology for a myriad of applications ranging from point-of-care testing to in vivo diagnosis of stubborn diseases.

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International Hatchery Practice ; 35(4):27-28, 2021.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2045268
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Facets ; 7:1199-1213, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2042873

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Atypical disease presentations are common in older adults with COVID-19. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of atypical and typical symptoms in older adults with COVID-19 through progressive pandemic waves and the association of these symptoms with in -hospital mortality. This retrospective cohort study included consecutive adults aged over 65 years with confirmed COVID-19 infection who were admitted to seven hospitals in Toronto, Canada, from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2021. The median age for the 1786 patients was 78.0 years and 847 (47.5%) were female. Atypical symptoms (as defined by geriatric syndromes) occurred in 1187 patients (66.5%), but rarely occurred in the absence of other symptoms (n = 106;6.2%). The most common atypical symptoms were anorexia (n = 598;33.5%), weakness (n = 519;2 3.9%), and delirium (n = 449;25.1%). Dyspnea (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 2.05;95% confidence interval [CI] 1.62-2.62), tachycardia (aOR 1.87;95% CI 1.14-3.04), and delirium (aOR 1.52;95% CI 1.18-1.96) were inde-pendently associated with in-hospital mortality. In a cohort of older adults hospitalized with COVID-19 infection, atypical presentations frequently overlapped with typical symptoms. Further research should be directed at understanding the cause and clinical significance of atypical presenta-tions in older adults.

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Journal of General Internal Medicine ; 37:S143-S144, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1995869

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BACKGROUND: Suboptimal transitions from emergency department (ED) to ambulatory settings contribute to poor clinical outcomes and unnecessary non-urgent ED utilization. Primary care-staffed care transition clinics (CTCs) are a potential solution to reduce ED crowding by providing ED follow-up care and facilitating the bridge to longer-term primary care. This study is a preliminary evaluation of the initiation of an ED transitions clinic on 30-day ED and hospital readmissions. METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study included adults discharged from the ED at UC hicago Medicine referred to the transitions clinic between November 2020 and May 2021. Appointment attendance, frequency of care type provided, and percent contacted with patient advocate were computed to assess clinic utilization. 30-day ED and hospital readmissions were compared between patients who completed their CTC appointment and patients who missed their CTC appointment using a chi-square test. RESULTS: In the first 6 months of program initiation, 116 patients were referred to the CTC from the ED and around half (47%) completed their follow-up appointment. The majority of patients were of black race (90%) and on public insurance (81%). Almost a quarter of referred patients (22%) were contacted by a patient advocate for referral to longer-term care. The most common reasons for referral were wound check (top 3: cellulitis, abscess, suture removal) and clinical problem management (top 3: SOB, chest pain, covid). Wound checks were 20% more likely to be completed compared to clinical appointments (58% show rate vs 38%). Patients who completed their CTC appointment had a lower rate of ED revisits (15% vs 20%) but the effect was not statistically significant (p>0.05). No statistically significant effects were seen for CTC appointment completion on hospital readmission. CONCLUSIONS: Transition clinics may have the potential to help reduce excess ED use for ambulatory care needs, particularly if they can help facilitate patients being connected to more permanent ambulatory care sites and clinicians. In addition to ongoing analysis of this program evaluation regarding ED and hospital utilization, additional research is needed to investigate the factors influencing follow-up completion and identifying effective interventions for increasing appointment attendance.

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Cancer Research ; 82(12), 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1986481

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Purpose: The estrogen receptor (ER) is expressed in over 80% of breast tumors and has been shown to be a significant driver of breast cancer (BC) pathogenesis and therefore a target of effective first-line therapies. While both ionizing radiation (RT) and endocrine therapies (ET) are used for the treatment of ER+ BC, the effect of ET on tumor radiosensitization remains unclear, with concerns it may be radioprotective based on G1 cell arrest with ET treatment. Here we assessed the efficacy and mechanism of ER-mediated radiosensitization using various pharmacologic approaches in ER+ BC. Methods: Radiosensitization with ER inhibitors (tamoxifen [TAM], fulvestrant [FULV], AZD9496) was assessed using clonogenic survival assays. DNA damage was assessed by the neutral comet assay. Efficiency of homologous recombination (HR) or non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) as well as changes in cell cycle, apoptosis, and senescence were assessed. The efficacy of TAM with RT in vivo was assessed with an MCF-7 xenograft model. Results: The selective estrogen receptor modulator TAM radiosensitized ER+ MCF-7 (enhancement ratio [enhR]: 1.14-1.50) and T47D (enhR: 1.33-1.60) cells but not ER-negative SUM-159 cells (enhR: 0.99-1.02). The selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) FULV had similar radiosensitization effects in MCF-7 (enhR: 1.33-1.76) and T47D cells (enhR: 0.97-2.81) with no radiosensitization observed in SUM-159 cells (enhR: 1.01-1.03). The novel oral SERD AZD9496 radiosensitized MCF-7 cells (enhR: 1.36-1.56). MCF-7 cells treated with TAM and RT had an increase in dsDNA breaks compared to RT alone as measured by the comet assay (p<0.05) and a decrease in NHEJ-mediated repair with TAM (p<0.05). No changes were observed in HR-mediated repair by Rad51 foci or a reporter (p=NS). RT alone and in combination with TAM or FULV induced similar levels of cell cycle arrest, suggesting that radiosensitization with the combination therapy is cell-cycle independent. There were no significant changes in apoptosis with TAM, FULV, RT, or the combination (p=NS). Although TAM or FULV did induce senescence, ET with RT increased senescence induction (p<0.05). In vivo, combination RT and TAM led to a significant delay in days to tumor doubling (control: 17, TAM: 40, RT: 32, TAM+RT: undefined;p<0.0001), and a significant difference in tumor growth between mice treated with TAM or RT alone compared combination treatment, with no increased toxicities or skin lesions from the combination treatment. Conclusion: Our data suggest that TAM, FULV, or AZD9496 can radiosensitize ER+ breast tumors, and these agents with RT may be more effective for radiosensitization. This work also supports further clinical investigation of the timing of RT for patients receiving ET, including using ET during RT, especially as initiating ET prior to RT has been increasingly utilized as a bridging therapy followed by concurrent ET+RT during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RESEARCH IN TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT ; 43, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1907745

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COVID-19 has hit our society hard, with more than 242 million cases reported worldwide and more than 4.9 million directly related fatalities. The role of Africa throughout the pandemic has been puzzling, since the African continent seems to have gone through the pandemic better than other continents;clearly better than predicted by the public during the emergence of COVID-19 one year ago. While several factors have been proposed in the literature to explain the unexpected role of Africa, including a relatively young population, more historical driven preparedness to other types of coronavirus and diseases, and a limited amount of testing, the puzzle is not considered to be solved. In this study, we aim to answer the question whether air transportation indicators can support us in explaining the evolution of COVID-19 in Africa? Using flight data for the year 2020, we explore how changes in the air transportation system correlate with evolution of epidemiological indicators. Our results suggest that air transportation could indeed play a critical role for the spread of COVID-19 in Africa as well. Overall, we hope that our analysis contributes towards a better understanding of COVID-19 and the role air transportation plays in an under-researched region of the world.

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Epidemiology ; 70(SUPPL 1):S279, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1854007

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Background: As nutritional requirements change with age, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) play a critical role in maintaining older adults' quality of life. Preclinical medical students infrequently have opportunities to engage with and learn the roles and responsibilities of interprofessional (IP) team members. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a nutrition clinical experience to increase first-year medical students' (M1s') understanding of the roles of RDNs on the IP healthcare team. Methods: M1s at a tertiary care center participated in a required 1.5 or 2 hour IP clinical observation experience with an outpatient or inpatient RDN. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual, in-person, and hybrid experiences were offered. M1s and participating RDNs completed post-experience surveys. Results: Ninety M1s participated in the experience;89% completed a post-experience survey. Overall, 96% of responding M1s enjoyed the experience, 96% agreed the experience helped them understand RDN's roles, and 99% agreed they were more likely to involve a RDN in patient care following the experience. Of respondents, 35, 33, and 10 participated via a virtual, in-person, or hybrid experience, respectively. Although not statistically significant, there was a trend toward more agreement with in-person vs. virtual experiences related to experience enjoyment (100% vs 94%), experience helpfulness (100% vs 91%), and intentions to incorporate RDNs into future care (100% vs 97%). A significantly greater proportion of M1s discussed a real patient case when participating in-person compared to participating virtually (100% vs 71%, p<.05). Half of RDNs (6/12) completed a post-experience survey;all agreed the experience allowed them to clearly convey their roles and responsibilities. Conclusions: An IP clinical experience via virtual or in-person modalities is an effective pedagogical tool to improve M1s' understanding of RDN's roles. More work should be done to evaluate students' attitudes regarding in-person vs. virtual experiences. In-person experiences may provide greater opportunity for learning engagement through real-life patient case discussion.

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Clinical Cancer Research ; 27(6 SUPPL 1), 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1816891

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Background: Serology tests for detecting the antibodies to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can identify previous infection and help to confirm the presence of current infection. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performances of a newly developed high throughput immunoassay for anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody detection. Results: Clinical agreement studies were performed in 77 COVID-19 patient serum samples and 226 negative donor serum/plasma samples. Positive percent agreement (PPA) was 46.15% (95% CI: 19.22% ∼74.87%), 61.54% (95% CI: 31.58% ∼86.14%), and 97.53% (95% CI: 91.36% ∼99.70%) for samples collected on 0-7 days, 8-14 days, and ≥15 days from symptom onset, respectively. Negative Percent Agreement (NPA) was 98.23% (95% CI: 95.53% ∼99.52%). No cross-reactivity was observed to patient samples positive for IgG antibodies against the following pathogens: HIV, HAV, HBV, RSV, CMV, EBV, Rubella, Influenza A, and Influenza B. Hemoglobin (200 mg/dL), bilirubin (2 mg/dL) and EDTA (10 mM) showed no significant interfering effect on this assay. Conclusion: An anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody assay with high sensitivity and specificity has been developed. With the high throughput, this assay will speed up the anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG testing.

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Clinical Cancer Research ; 27(6 SUPPL 1), 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1816890

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Objectives Sensitive and high throughput molecular testing availability is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The vast majority of the SARS-CoV-2 molecular assays use nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab specimens collected from suspected individuals. However, collecting these specimens has apparent drawbacks, including discomfort to patients and exposure risk to healthcare workers. Methods We developed and validated of QuantiVirus™ SARS-CoV-2 multiplex test using saliva as the testing specimens with pooling. Results The analytical sensitivity (LOD) was confirmed to be 100-200 copies/mL. For clinical evaluation, 85 known positive and 90 knowns negative NPS specimens were showed a positive predictive agreement of 100% and a negative predictive agreement of 98.9%. Twenty paired NPS and saliva samples were tested and showed overall 80% concordance rate without significant difference between NPS and saliva specimens by Wilcoxon signed-rank test (p=0.13). On a large scale of saliva-based population screening, the positive test rate was 1.79% among 389 saliva specimens. Furthermore, saliva sample pooling up to 6 samples for SARS-CoV-2 detection is feasible with sensitivity of 94.8% and specificity of 100%. Conclusions These results demonstrated that the clinical performance of saliva-based testing is comparable to that of NPS-based testing, and that pooling of saliva specimens for SARS-CoV-2 detection is feasible.

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IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) ; : 12282-12288, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1799302

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Driven by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, demand for oropharyngeal swab sampling (OP-swabs) is surging. However, medical staff can easily become infected by the virus during the sampling process. In an effort to combat this, we developed a novel, intrinsically safe rigid-flexible coupling (RFC) manipulator to improve the safety and reliability of OP-swab sampling to test for COVID-19, which is presented herein. Suitable sampling areas and the necessary contact force for OP-swab sampling tasks are carefully investigated, and three typical sampling paths outlined that could be performed by a robotic system. This is followed by a detailed description of an intrinsically safe bionic micro-pneumatic actuator (MPA) that was designed and fabricated as the main component of the RFC manipulator. The developed RFC manipulator's kinematic modeling, motion planning, and force control capacities were designed for OP-swab sampling scenarios. The system was then validated using both an oral cavity phantom and human volunteers, with comparative experiments on the swab quality of the OP-swab sampling approach conducted in both robotic and manual modes. The results indicate that fully-automated sampling based on this design would be feasible.

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Environ. Sci.-Wat. Res. Technol. ; : 14, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1795655

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As a class of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), corticosteroids (CSs) have attracted increasing attention due to their large excretion masses and toxic effects. However, compared to the very well-studied estrogens and androgens, few studies have been made dealing with the removal of CSs at environmentally relevant concentrations using advanced water and wastewater treatment processes. In this study, degradation performances of 26 natural and synthetic CSs in secondary effluent at environmentally relevant concentrations were comparatively investigated during UV/free chlorine (UV/Cl-2), UV/monochloramine (UV/NH2Cl) and UV/hydrogen peroxide (UV/H2O2) treatments. The 26 CSs could be divided into two groups: UV sensitive CSs, which have two double bonds in ring A (Delta(1,4)), and UV insensitive CSs, which have only one double bond in ring A (Delta(4)). The UV sensitive CSs could be effectively removed (removal efficiency >60%) by a UV dose of 100 mJ cm(-2) while the UV insensitive CSs could be removed (removal efficiency >40%) by a UV dose of 800 mJ cm(-2). The removal efficiencies of UV insensitive CSs increased with the increase of UV dose. Most of the CSs were poorly removed by sole Cl-2, NH2Cl, or H2O2 treatment (removal efficiency <40%). However, the addition of Cl-2, NH2Cl, and H2O2 promoted the UV degradation of CSs, especially for UV-insensitive CSs. UV photolysis would be the predominant mechanism in the UV/Cl-2, UV/NH2Cl, and UV/H2O2 processes for removing CSs in water. Besides the UV photolysis, HO radicals also functioned for CS removal. Compared with the insignificant effects of reactive chlorine species (RCS), the reactive nitrogen species (RNS) showed obvious selectivity in CS degradation. This study expanded the UV induced oxidation performances of CSs, which lays a foundation for exploring degradation mechanisms and eliminating the pollution from CSs.

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Psycho-Oncology ; 31:53-53, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1756178
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2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2021 ; 2021-May:12282-12288, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1730973

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Driven by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, demand for oropharyngeal swab sampling (OP-swabs) is surging. However, medical staff can easily become infected by the virus during the sampling process. In an effort to combat this, we developed a novel, intrinsically safe rigid-flexible coupling (RFC) manipulator to improve the safety and reliability of OP-swab sampling to test for COVID-19, which is presented herein. Suitable sampling areas and the necessary contact force for OP-swab sampling tasks are carefully investigated, and three typical sampling paths outlined that could be performed by a robotic system. This is followed by a detailed description of an intrinsically safe bionic micro-pneumatic actuator (MPA) that was designed and fabricated as the main component of the RFC manipulator. The developed RFC manipulator's kinematic modeling, motion planning, and force control capacities were designed for OP-swab sampling scenarios. The system was then validated using both an oral cavity phantom and human volunteers, with comparative experiments on the swab quality of the OP-swab sampling approach conducted in both robotic and manual modes. The results indicate that fully-automated sampling based on this design would be feasible. © 2021 IEEE

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Embase;
Preprint in English | EMBASE | ID: ppcovidwho-326873

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A comparison of SARS-CoV-2 wild-type and the beta variant virus neutralization capacity between 2 and 3 mRNA vaccine series in nursing home residents, and between nursing home and assisted living residents strongly supports 3rd dose vaccine recommendations, and equivalent polices for nursing homes and assisted living settings. Findings suggest that residents mount a robust humoral response to a 3rd mRNA vaccination, and have greater neuralization capacity compared to a 2 dose series.

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Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics ; : 30, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1681462

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With unique datasets, this paper studies the effects of dockless bike sharing on house prices. We find that in neighborhoods relatively far from subway stations, house prices increase with the usage intensity of shared bikes. This indicates a positive value of bike sharing as a complement to the subway network. Meanwhile, shared bike usage intensity also has a negative impact on house prices. The negative effect is mitigated for luxury neighborhoods and neighborhoods near City Management Teams, suggesting that the negative effect is related to bike misplacement. Since the breakout of COVID-19, both the positive and negative price impacts have become more evident. This is consistent with the fact that the user base of shared bikes, which allow for social distancing in an open space, has increased during the pandemic. This may enhance people's confidence in the long survival of the bike sharing industry.

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2nd International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Medicine Sciences, ISAIMS 2021 ; : 307-311, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1613109

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This paper is to investigate the impact of meteorological factors and ozone on the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States, and to analyze the annual change patterns of the major influencing factors. Random forest modeling was performed for the correlation between the meteorological factors including relative humidity, 2-meter temperature, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, surface pressure, total precipitation, and total cloud cover, as well as ozone variations, and the daily new cases of COVID-19 in 497 counties in the US, so as to obtain the ranking of the impact of the above factors on the COVID-19 epidemic in the US. Statistical processing and K-means cluster analysis were performed on the modeling results. The modeling results showed that 73.6% of the counties were related to the modeling factors, while 26.4% were not significantly related to the modeling factors. Counties with R2 less than 0.3 were mainly distributed in Connecticut, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Texas;In the models with R2 greater than 0.3, the most important influencing factors were 2-meter temperature, UV radiation, and ozone variations. K-means cluster analysis showed that when the number of clusters K=3, the contour coefficient was the largest, and the clustering results at this point presented more obvious characteristics of geographic spatial distribution. Natural factors including relative humidity, 2-meter temperature, UV radiation, surface pressure, total precipitation, total cloud cover, and ozone could not fully explain the changes in the COVID-19 epidemic in the US. Temperature, UV radiation, and ozone were the most significant natural factors that affect the epidemic in the US. Higher 2-meter temperature and stronger UV radiation would help to curb the COVID-19 spread in the US. Lower temperatures and less ultraviolet radiation might be the cause of the epidemic surges in winter in the country. © 2021 ACM.

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J Infect ; 84(2): 158-170, 2022 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1603797

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BACKGROUND: Data on the long-term impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and young people (CYP) are conflicting. We assessed evidence on long-term post-COVID symptoms in CYP examining prevalence, risk factors, type and duration. METHODS: Systematic search of published and unpublished literature using 13 online databases between 01/12/2019 and 31/07/2021. Eligible studies reported CYP ≤19 years with confirmed or probable SARS-CoV-2 with any symptoms persisting beyond acute illness. Random effects meta-analyses estimated pooled risk difference in symptom prevalence (controlled studies only) and pooled prevalence (uncontrolled studies also included). Meta-regression examined study characteristics hypothesised to be associated with symptom prevalence. Prospectively registered: CRD42021233153. FINDINGS: Twenty two of 3357 unique studies were eligible, including 23,141 CYP. Median duration of follow-up was 125 days (IQR 99-231). Pooled risk difference in post-COVID cases compared to controls (5 studies) were significantly higher for cognitive difficulties (3% (95% CI 1, 4)), headache (5% (1, 8)), loss of smell (8%, (2, 15)), sore throat (2% (1, 2)) and sore eyes (2% (1, 3)) but not abdominal pain, cough, fatigue, myalgia, insomnia, diarrhoea, fever, dizziness or dyspnoea. Pooled prevalence of symptoms in post-COVID participants in 17 studies ranged from 15% (diarrhoea) to 47% (fatigue). Age was associated with higher prevalence of all symptoms except cough. Higher study quality was associated with lower prevalence of all symptoms, except loss of smell and cognitive symptoms. INTERPRETATION: The frequency of the majority of reported persistent symptoms was similar in SARS-CoV-2 positive cases and controls. This systematic review and meta-analysis highlights the critical importance of a control group in studies on CYP post SARS-CoV-2 infection.


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COVID-19 , Adolescent , Child , Fatigue , Fever/etiology , Headache/complications , Headache/etiology , Humans , SARS-CoV-2
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24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2021 ; : 347-351, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1515327

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been uniquely challenging for the Asian diaspora. The virus has directly devastated Asian communities around the world, most notably across India. Its indirect effects have also been crushing: violent hate crimes against elders, the dissolution of once-thriving businesses, and the trauma of pandemic-enforced disconnect from transnational family networks have all weighed heavily on Asian people. Publicly grappling with these difficulties, through hashtags and GoFundMes across social media, has raised awareness of the issues that Asian people have dealt with long before COVID. But doing so amidst isolation has illuminated a need for space to build relationships, confront intra- and inter-community biases, and envision a more hopeful future. This workshop looks to create that space. By convening social computing researchers with ties to Asian diaspora identities, we aim to foster discussion of how social platforms enable identity formation and online activism unique to the Asian diasporic experience. We will consider what it means to be an Asian diaspora researcher, challenge CSCW's notion of what it means to be Asian, and explore how Asianness can work in alliance with other marginalized identities to ultimately concretize a research agenda for CSCW to more meaningfully engage with Asian diaspora experiences. © 2021 ACM.

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