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The Med & Mic™ 02.17.22

The Med & Mic™ 02.17.22

Medical and Health News of the Day

From Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC


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Mask Updates Coming

The CDC is considering an update in mask guidance as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths decline. Restaurants, theme parks, and sports arenas have been easing mask and proof of vaccine requirements already. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says in an AP article that the new guidance will encourage prevention measures “where they are most needed to protect public health and our hospitals.” Any new CDC guidelines will take into account community transmission and hospitalization rates and illness severity.

COVID Linked to Mental Health Issues

Researchers have found that within 30 days of COVID infection, there was a 60% increased risk of having a new mental health-related drug prescription compared to those who were never infected. These prescriptions (antidepressants, anxiety medications, opioids, naltrexone, and others) increased by 86%. This phenomenon occurred in both hospitalized and non-hospitalized people, though the risk was higher among those who were hospitalized. The researchers also found COVID survivors had a higher risk of new mental health disorders compared to people with flu. More in MedPage Today.

Long COVID and Reinfection Less Likely with Vaccines

In a study review from the UK, fully vaccinated people who got COVID were half as likely to have any symptom lasting longer than a month, 78% less likely to have symptoms lasting 12 to 20 weeks, and 13% less likely to have any symptom at 6 months. The review also showed that people with long COVID who became vaccinated were more likely to have improvement in symptoms, although most had no change. Mary Ramsay, MBBS, states in a MedPage Today article, “Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from serious symptoms when you get infected and may also help to reduce the longer-term impact.”

For people who had COVID, vaccination protected against repeat infection. A study from Israel, based on electronic medical records, showed the effect lasts longer (one year) than in those who were only vaccinated (six months). The data were derived from the Delta wave. More in MedPage Today.

Contemplation Corner:

Doctor Describes Life After Death. More in MedPage Today.

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