Ask About Travel History During Assessments

Integrating travel history information into routine medical assessments could help stem pandemics.

COVID-19 Appears Less Severe in Children

The affects of COVID-19 on children is a pressing question for pediatric infectious disease specialists and parents alike.

New CPT Code to Report SARS-CoV-2 Test

New CPT code for COVID-19 testing released.

COVID-19 Infects GI Tract, a Possible Route of Viral Transmission

Researchers in China are warning that the virus causing the novel coronavirus infection COVID-19, which has affected over 100,000 people and killed more than 3,200 globally, can potentially be transmitted through feces.

Is a Rapid Diagnostic Test for SARS-CoV-2 Around the Corner?

The FDA is working with companies to develop more COVID-19 testing. One company under review has a rapid diagnostic test.

FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies

The FDA issued a letter for health care workers that discussed conservation strategies for personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Study Estimates 5.1 Days for Incubation Period

Median time from exposure to symptoms affirms earlier estimates and supports the CDC’s current 14-day quarantine period.

Who Is at Risk for COVID-19? What Should They Do?

As COVID-19 spreads across the United States—more than 35 states have reported at least one case—Americans want to know what they should do to protect themselves. People 60 and older, especially those with co-morbidities are most at risk for...

Coronavirus: To Mask or Not to Mask?

The recent emergence of a deadly mutated strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) and its spread across the world has heightened interest in the role of the surgical mask as one possible barrier to a potential pandemic.

Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Should End Within 24 Hours Of Skin Closure, Study Suggests

Continuing antimicrobial regimens after surgery does not decrease surgical site infections but may increase acute kidney injuries and Clostridioides difficile infections, according to a new study.

COVID-19 (Probably) Coming to a Community Near You

The CDC said today that community spread of COVID-19 in the United States is no longer a question of "if," but rather a question of "when." Be prepared, the agency said.

More Americans Dying From Resistant Infections Than Previously Thought

The CDC issued a report today indicating that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States...

Surgeon in a Strange Land

Coming to the hospital on a Sunday morning after a busy Friday night call seems like a schedule that has been outlawed for the residents....

Regular Marijuana Use Changes Anesthesia Needs

The recreational use of marijuana is currently legal in 11 states which has introduced opportunities and challenges in medicine. But one of those challenges is...

How Interventional Effort Reduced Opioid Prescriptions at One Hospital

In the spring of 2016, patients discharged after undergoing a general surgery procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital left with a prescription for a median of...