Dear GANM community,
It has now been approximately nine months since the term “COVID-19” first sent shockwaves across the globe. In December of 2019 the WHO was notified of a new virus spreading throughout much of Asia, but no one ever thought it would become the pandemic that it has. This week’s edition to the GANM library includes three articles, all on the topic of COVID-19.
Mello, M. M., Greene, J. A., & Sharfstein, J. M. (2020). Attacks on public health officials during COVID-19. JAMA; 324(8):741–742. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.14423
As many know, public health officials are being threatened every day due to the decisions they must make during the current pandemic. In this article, the authors discuss what public health officials are dealing with in terms of threats and harassment while providing an eye-opening look into the life of those who are making decisions. Overall, the authors conclude that more trust must be placed in these individuals.
Lombardi, C. M., Carubelli, V., Iorio, A. et al. (2020). Association of troponin levels with mortality in Italian patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019: Results of a multicenter study. JAMA Cardiology. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.3538
COVID-19 has shown to cause adverse cardiac events in various patients. In a recent multi-center study, researchers wanted to investigate whether or not elevated troponin levels, a marker for myocardial injury, was associated with cardiovascular complications and mortality. Results showed and increased in mortality and great risk of cardiovascular complications upon having elevated troponin levels.
Prescott, H. C., Girard, T. D. (2020). Recovery from severe COVID-19: Leveraging the lessons of survival from sepsis. JAMA; 324(8):739–740. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.14103
In this review article published in JAMA, the authors discuss the topic of recovery from severe COVID-19 causing viral sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome. From what to expect, to best practices, and when to seek help from health professionals this article eludes to the fact that recovery from COVID-19 is unique to each individual person. Overall, recovery from severe COVID-19 shows to be promising. However, more search needs to be done to assess long lasting effects of the virus.