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Nursing News – June 16, 2020

This week in Clipboard Academy’s Nursing News round up … 

Researchers Use Mosquito Spit to Make New Vaccines

Last week the world saw the first results from a clinical trial that tested the first vaccine made from mosquito spit. The new vaccine will hopefully be the first of many that are being made to target diseases that are spread by mosquitoes, like malaria and West Nile. It’s a new approach where researchers target the vector instead of the pathogen, or the means that a disease is spread rather than the virus or bacteria that causes the disease. 

New Study on Coronavirus Mutation that Increases Infection Rate

Have you ever looked at pictures of the coronavirus behind COVID-19 and wondered what all the spikes were for? Those spikes aid the virus in attaching to cells and infecting them, and the more spikes there are, the easier it is to infect. 

A new study released last week says that a new mutation, likely not present in the early stages of the pandemic, has caused the coronavirus to get four to five times more spikes. This increase may be why infection rates skyrocketed and nearly overwhelmed certain hospitals in more recent months compared to the beginning of the pandemic at the end of last year.

First Double Lung Transplant for COVID-19 Patient in US

It is a well-known fact by now that COVID-19 very commonly damages a patient’s lungs. In some cases, that damage is severe and irreversible, and in the case of one patient, both her lungs were damaged to the point that the only thing that could save her was a double lung transplant. The patient received the transplant earlier this month in Chicago and seems to be recovering well; she is one of the first in the world and the first in the US to get a lung transplant after recovering from COVID-19.

US Reverses Discrimination Protection in Health Care for Transgender Patients

The United States federal government finalized a new rule that walks back discrimination protection for transgender patients. The rule it is reversing came through the Affordable Care Act, which required health care providers and insurances to cover treatment for transgender patients. 

Racism Declared as Public Health Crisis by Boston Mayor

At the end of last week, the Boston mayor declared racism a public health crisis. As part of the announcement, the mayor committed to transferring 1%, or about $3 million, of the police department’s budget to fund public health and to implement a task force and police department policy reviews.

US Revokes Emergency Usage of Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus

The malarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have been very popular in the news over the past few months as potential treatment for COVID-19. But as time has gone on, studies into the use of these drugs for this type of treatment have not shown much promise. Today, the FDA decided that any possible benefits of the medications being used this way do not outweigh the side effects, and it has revoked further emergency shipments of the drug to states.