Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of August 3

August 4, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Most children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in the United States had underlying cardiovascular, metabolic or respiratory disorders. B) School-aged children are an important vector for COVID-19 transmission.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of July 27

July 28, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) There are at least 10 times greater number of COVID-19 infections than captured in official data. B) A delay of 4 to 5 or more days in contact tracing may not have any meaningful reduction in COVID-19 infections.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of July 20

July 20, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Masking seems to be effective at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission when exposed to an infected individual at a hair salon. B) Dexamethasone has been shown to reduce the risk of mortality in all hospitalized patient with COVID-19.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of July 13

July 13, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Most patients discharged from hospital after a COVID-19 infection still have symptoms that persist 60 days after discharge. B) There is increasing evidence that aerosol (small droplets suspended in air) transmission is the main method of COVID-19 transmission.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of July 6

July 6, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Stroke risk for COVID-19 patients presenting at the emergency room is similar to the stroke risk of influenza patients presenting at the emergency room. B) Current evidence does not support the role of point-of-care serological tests for COVID-19.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of June 29

June 29, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) A decrease in hemoglobin level occurs with COVID-19 though it is NOT associated with more severe disease and outcomes. B) Clinicians should stress to patients that they avoid purchasing their own home pulse oximeters as they have no value with COVID-19 monitoring.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of June 22

June 22, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Asymptomatic patients infected by COVID-19 do not have any changes in lung tissue or laboratory abnormalities. B) Approximately half of patients with COVID-19 infections experience a loss in smell.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of June 15

June 16, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-19 illness when given to people post-exposure to an infected person. B) The clinical presentation of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome is very similar to Kawasaki Disease.