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The Med & Mic™ 04.04.22

The Med & Mic™ 04.04.22

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COVID Hospitalizations are at a Pandemic Low

At the end of last week, just over 16,000 people were in U.S. hospitals with COVID. This is the lowest number since tracking began in July 2020. The previous low was in June 2021 before the Delta surge. Currently, only two percent of hospital beds are occupied by people with COVID. However, hospitals are still grappling with staffing shortages and sicker patients who postponed care during the pandemic. “The stress and strain of the last two years has been so enormous,” says Nancy Foster of the American Hospital Association in a report from CNN.

Norovirus on the Rise

The CDC reports that since January the number of weekly outbreaks of norovirus has increased from fewer than 10 to more than 50. States reporting outbreaks include Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea. It spreads via surfaces and it is highly contagious. The increase is likely due to relaxed COVID mitigation strategies. More from NBC News.

New Omicron Subtype in China

As China continues to control its COVID outbreak, a new subtype of Omicron was found near Shanghai. The subtype comes from Omicron BA.1.1, and it is not the same as other types of coronavirus circulating around the world. Shanghai is one of the worst hit cities. Its 25-million residents are under lockdown. More in Newsweek.

Treating Mild High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Helps

Pregnant women and their babies can benefit from treating high blood pressure, even if it’s mild. In a multi-center study, researchers studied 2,400 pregnant women. Those who were treated for mild high blood pressure were less likely to have preeclampsia, premature babies, and death of the fetus. Also, there were no differences among the babies of those treated. More in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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