Every week, we’ll bring you the latest news in health care in our Nursing News series for Clipboard Health.
COVID-19 Lockdowns Prevented 5 Million US Cases
Were the nation-wide lockdowns worth it? A new study says yes. The University of California at Berkeley released a study on Monday that says the lockdown policies prevented 5 million up to what could likely have been 60 million people in the US alone from getting COVID-19.
Negative Thinking Now Linked to Dementia Later
If you find yourself having negative thoughts constantly over a long period of time, otherwise known as repetitive negative thinking, you may want to try to retrain your thoughts to be more positive. Researchers just released a study that showed a link between chronic pessimism and a faster rate of cognitive decline and the brain protein deposits associated with Alzheimer’s.
Asymptomatic COVID-19 Cases Rarely Spread Infection
Update 06/10/2020: The World Health Organization clarified its previous statement about asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. Although some cases may seem asymptomatic, many ended up being very mild cases of symptoms that were not identified as COVID-19 symptoms until much later. WHO stated that it’s still unknown if truly asymptomatic cases exist, how widespread they may be, and how they many may spread the infection to others.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that from what they’ve seen, truly asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, or those who test positive for COVID-19 but never develop symptoms, very rarely spread the virus to others. Because of this, WHO strongly emphasized the need for countries and health care to focus on identifying and containing symptomatic cases.
It Takes Only 10 Hours for Coronavirus to Spread in Hospitals
Researchers used a virus that can only infect plants but is similar to the virus that causes COVID-19 and simulated how coronavirus spreads through hospital wards. After putting the sample virus on a hospital bed railing in a room similar to ones that would be used for COVID-19 patients, the study found that the virus had spread to almost half of the rest of the hospital ward within 10 hours.