COVID-19: US states brace for a second wave amid a pandemic within a pandemic

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  • 6 jun. 2020

  • de Liz Scherer
  • Clinical Essentials
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Highlights

  • An investigative report published this week in the New York Times highlights the many failures by the CDC to "seize the COVID-19 moment."
    • Bureaucracy, old technology, and politics undermined the agency's ability to lead the global pandemic response.
    • US states find themselves without direction as many prepare for a second wave.
  • Signs suggest that Anthony Fauci no longer has the ear of the Administration, according to a National Public Radio interview.
    • Without Fauci at the helm and with the CDC taking a back seat, it is unclear what US states will face this summer. 
  • The CDC issued new guidelines requiring state laboratories to report COVID-19 case demographics (ethnicity, race, age, sex) to facilitate detection of pandemic-related disparities among patient populations.
  • "Black Lives Matter" protests across the nation have officials fearing new transmission chains, or what some are calling a "pandemic within a pandemic."
  • Writing in The Atlantic, journalist Ed Yong details an ignored and yet critical COVID-19 patient demographic: the long-haulers.
    • These patients continue to experience waves of symptoms and are in what Yong calls "statistical limbo," unaccounted for and overlooked.
    • Commonalities include initial mild illness, younger age, and previously being fit and healthy.