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Antimicrobial Stewardship Practice in the Ambulatory Setting from a National Cohort
Joshua L Eudy et al.
Background The majority of antimicrobial use occurs in the ambulatory setting. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are effective in improving appropriate prescribing and are now required by accreditation bodies. Methods This was a cross-sectional, multi-center survey describing the current state of ambulatory ASPs in ...
Precipitous Fall in Common Respiratory Viral Infections During COVID-19
Michael F Parry, M.D., F.I.D.S.A et al.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were surprised to find that all other respiratory viral infections fell precipitously. The difference in respiratory viral infections during the 16-week period of our peak COVID-19 activity in 2020 (CDC weeks 14-29) was significantly lower than during the same period in the ...
Infectious Diseases and Advocacy: This is our Lane
Anna K Person, MD, FIDSA
The disparate effects of SARS-CoV-2 virus on communities of color, paired with disjointed federal and local responses to the pandemic and the ongoing examples of structural racism’s effects on health highlight the need for physician advocacy on behalf of patients. The job of infectious disease physicians has always ...
Hepatitis C Seroprevalence among Consecutive Labor and Delivery Admissions in Two NYC Hospitals
Tatyana Kushner, MD, MSCE et al.
Background Rates of hepatitis C (HCV) among women of childbearing age have increased as a result of the opioid epidemic, especially in the non-urban white population. Recently updated USPSTF and CDC guidance have recommended universal HCV screening during pregnancy, but obstetrics societies have not yet endorsed this ...
Recurrent Mycobacterium chelonae Skin Infection Unmasked as Factitious Disorder Using Bacterial Whole Genome Sequence Analysis
Sarah Flohr et al.
Mycobacterium chelonae infections usually resolve with adequate therapy. We report the case of an adolescent with a chronic and progressive M. chelonae infection refractory to combined antimicrobial and surgical therapy. Whole-genome sequence analysis of consecutive isolates distinguished reinfection from recurrence and ...

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Control of a Nosocomial Outbreak of COVID-19 in a University Hospital
Sei Harada, M.D., Ph.D et al.
Background Nosocomial spread of COVID-19 causes clusters of infection among high-risk individuals. Controlling this spread is critical to reducing COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. We describe an outbreak of COVID-19 in Keio University Hospital, Japan, and its control, and propose effective control ...
Clinical cutaneous features of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 hospitalized for pneumonia: a cross-sectional study
Hélène Mascitti, MD et al.
Background SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of a current pandemic worldwide. This virus can reach all organs, and disturbs the immune system leading to a cytokine storm in severe forms. We aimed to report cutaneous features among COVID-19 hospitalized patients. Methods We performed a cross-sectional study ...
Evolution of drug Interactions with antiretroviral medication in people with HIV
Majdouline El Moussaoui et al.
Background Polypharmacy and drug interactions are important issues for HIV-infected individuals. The number and the nature of those interactions are continuously evolving with the use of new antiretroviral drugs and the aging of HIV-infected individuals. We aimed to analyze this evolution overtime. ...
Declines in Depressive Symptoms Among People who Inject Drugs Treated With Direct-Acting Antivirals While on Opioid Agonist Therapy
Irene Pericot-Valverde et al.
Hepatitis C virus treatment with direct-acting antivirals among individuals on opioid agonist therapy with a history of injecting drugs was associated with significant reductions in depressive symptoms, regardless of baseline depression severity, a history of psychiatric diagnosis, and concurrent drug or alcohol use.

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Podcast 32: An ID Doctor’s Confrontation with His Own Case of COVID-19 – An interview with Dr. Michael Saag

Dr. Mike Saag

In episode 32 of the OFID podcast, OFID Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, invites University of Alabama Jim Straley Chair in AIDS Research Michael Saag, MD, to walk through his harrowing experience with COVID-19, offer a comparison between COVID-19 and HIV, and what gives him hope for the future.

Podcast 31: Debating the Top ID Internet Resources with Dr. Monica Mahoney

Monica Mahoney

In a pre-pandemic OFID podcast, OFID Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, takes on Monica Mahoney, PharmD, clinical pharmacy coordinator of infectious diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in a podcast draft. This time, the pair debates their top ID internet resources (COVID-19 excluded).

Podcast 30: How to Conduct a Clinical Trial During a Pandemic—An Interview with Dr. David Boulware

David Boulware

In episode 30 of the OFID podcast, OFID Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, speaks with David Boulware, MD, MPH, about the large, double-blind, internet-based trial he and his team conducted finding hydroxychloroquine is no more effective at preventing COVID-19 infection than a placebo.

Podcast 29: COVID-19’s Siege on Elmhurst Hospital in New York City – An interview with Dr. Eric Bressman

Dr. Eric Bressman

In episode 29 of the OFID podcast, OFID Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, speaks candidly with Eric Bressman, MD, chief medical resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital, about confronting the onslaught of COVID-19 cases at Elmhurst Hospital, the disproportionate impact on the Queens community, and the toll on his colleagues and family.

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