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Nursing News – COVID-19 Transmission Is Airborne

Clipboard Health’s Nursing News round-up for the week of July 7, 2020…

Scientists Say COVID-19 Transmission Is Airborne

Most COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines have been created until now with the understanding that the virus spreads through droplets and contact transmission. That means you normally cough or sneeze to get the virus out into the air, or it’s transferred through surfaces and direct contact. 

But hundreds of scientists are saying now that the evidence says it’s likely being spread through airborne transmission. The size of the particles in airborne transmission versus droplet transmission is much smaller, and the precautions needed are different.

The scientists have sent their request and the evidence to WHO. So far, the international organization says the evidence isn’t very convincing yet.

WHO Stops Malaria and HIV Drug Trials to Treat COVID-19

Treatment trials to see how well the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir reduced death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients showed that the drugs did not reduce death. WHO stopped the trials over the weekend based on those results, but it left alone trials that are testing how well the drug affects patients who aren’t in the hospital and whether or not the drugs can be used in disease prevention. 

COVID-19 Causes HIV Drug Shortage in 70 Countries

WHO reported that a survey shows 70 countries are running critically short on HIV medications because the pandemic is affecting supply chains and overall access to health care. 

Antibody Study Shows Only 5% of Spain’s Population Exposed

Spain finished its final stage of an antibody study, and its results showed that a little more than 5% of the country’s population had antibodies, indicating they’d been exposed to the coronavirus. At one point, 14% of the people tested in the study tested negative for antibodies at the end, even though they’d tested positive earlier in the study.