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Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 12/24/2021

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MMA
Enjoy The Holidays, Our Weekly Newsletter & Thank You For All You Do
COVID-19 CORNER
FDA Updates: Pfizer & Merck Oral Antivirals Authorized; Omicron & Monoclonal Antibodies
Maine CDC Updates & Guidance
Reminder: Everyone Ages 16 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot
US CDC Reduces Time for Health Care Workers to Isolate & Updates School Guidelines
English Study: Booster Shots Protect Against Omicron for About 10 Weeks
Patients Vaccinated for COVID-19 Have Shorter Hospital Stays Than Unvaccinated Patients
JAMA Internal Medicine - Illness Severity With SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Delta vs Beta Variant
US Supreme Court to Take Up Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Rules
WHAT'S NOT COVID RELATED
CDC: Physicians Should Discuss Meds to Reduce HIV Risk
HHS: $48 Million Available to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities
MaineCare: Payment Cycle Reminder: Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays
IN THE NEWS
Medicine in the Media
Walgreens Pharmacy Hours Change: Call Ahead Before Picking Up Your Medication
MAINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOB OPPORTUNITY
Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) CME Program Coordinator
HEALTH COVERAGE
Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Governorís Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series Continues (Jan 7)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Greater Portland Health
Transformational OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader

 
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JAMA Internal Medicine - Illness Severity With SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Delta vs Beta Variant

Question:  Do patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant experience more severe disease outcomes compared with those infected with the Beta variant?

Findings:  In this cohort study of 1427 persons infected with the Delta variant and 5353 persons infected with the Beta variant in Qatar, among 451 propensity score–matched pairs identified, persons infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized (27.3% vs 20.0%) or to experience more severe disease outcomes. Infection with the Delta variant was independently associated with higher odds of experiencing any adverse outcome, and vaccination was associated with significantly reduced odds of severe disease outcomes.

Meaning:  In this cohort study, infection with the Delta variant was more severe than infection with the Beta variant in persons in Qatar, although vaccination was highly protective against severe outcomes for both variants.

Online: Severity of Illness in Persons Infected With the SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant vs Beta Variant in Qatar

 

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