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.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of June 8

June 8, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Convalescent plasma was shown to improve outcomes in patients with severe and life-threatening COVID-19. B) Wearing face masks can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by up to 85%.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of May 25

May 25, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) Oral corticosteroids should be used to treat asthma exacerbations when COVID-19 is prevalent in the community. B) Corticosteroids should be considered in patients with COVID-19 experiencing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of May 11

May 12, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) All atrial fibrillation patients using warfarin for stroke prevention should be switched to a DOAC during the COVID-19 pandemic. B) It is unlikely a mother will transfer SARS-CoV-2 to her fetus during pregnancy.

Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction? Week of May 4

May 5, 2020
Fact or Fiction? A) New information conclusively shows that remdesivir improves survivability of patients with severe COVID-19. B) ACE inhibitors have no impact on COVID-19 outcomes when compared to other antihypertensives.