COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine

The following are various story ideas regarding the COVID-19 illness. To interview Johns Hopkins experts on these topics or others, contact JHMedia@jhmi.edu.

 

Newswise — TELEMEDICINE AND COVID-19

In a time where limited contact and social distancing is imperative, telemedicine is proving to be a valuable staple of the future of health care. Led by Rebecca Canino, administrative director for telemedicine, and Brian Hasselfeld, M.D., assistant medical director of Johns Hopkins digital health innovations, Johns Hopkins Medicine has turned on telemedicine capabilities systemwide in response to the pandemic. The technology means all Johns Hopkins patients registered in the Epic electronic medical system will be able to access remote care. Keeping patients at home instead of in hospitals or clinics, when appropriate, will slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, enable continuity of care between our providers and patients, and protect at-risk groups such as geriatric and oncology patients. Canino and Hasselfeld can discuss details about activating a telemedicine response to COVID-19.

 

KIDS AT HOME? KEEP THEM BUSY, LESS ANXIOUS WITH ACTIVITIES

Across the nation, COVID-19 has given children a longer spring break from school than expected. For parents searching desperately for things to keep their youngsters busy with besides an endless stream of video games and TV watching, Shannon Barnett, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, may have just what Mom and Dad need. She can discuss her flyer, “Schools are Closed. Now What,” a tool that helps families schedule activities, exercise, projects and even chores so that Mr. Boredom stays far away, parents maintain their sanity and children have less anxiety about the pandemic. Fun ideas from the piece include: have a dance party, cook a meal together and make a video about how the family is staying safe from COVID-19.

 

WHO IS MOST AT RISK?

In addition to older adults, people with certain pre-existing conditions may be more at risk for serious complications from COVID-19. In particular, pulmonologist Enid Neptune, M.D., can discuss how people with asthma or other chronic lung disorders may be more susceptible. Cardiologist Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S., can discuss why people with heart and vascular conditions are at risk. Rehabilitation psychologist Abbey Hughes, Ph.D., M.A., can address how patients with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis need to take additional precautions against infection.

 

WHAT DO BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES MEDICATIONS HAVE TO DO WITH COVID-19?

Viruses such as the one that causes COVID-19 infect the cells that line the lungs, intestine and blood vessels by latching onto a protein known as ACE2 and hitchhiking their way into the cell. In theory, the more ACE2 the cells make, the easier it is for the virus to get inside. People with diabetes and high blood pressure are often treated with medications that raise ACE2 levels, such as ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II type-I receptor blockers that lower blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. Glitazones, diabetes drugs that help lower blood sugar, also increase ACE2 levels. Obesity and diabetes can themselves lead to elevated ACE2 levels independent of drug treatment. As a result, some have questioned whether people on these medications may be more susceptible infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Basic science researcher and cardiologist David Kass, M.D., can discuss what we know about this and what patients should do if they are on one of these medications.

 

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS FACING HEALTH DISPARITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 has greatly impacted daily life for communities worldwide and has put many communities at risk. The virus has infected thousands of patients in the United States. Routine doctors’ appointments are being postponed, retail stores and restaurants have closed their doors, and large public events have been canceled in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. While many are able to seek the care they need to address the illness, some people are in communities that lack basic access to health care facilities that are equipped to treat them. This is becoming a growing issue in America. Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., can discuss how COVID-19 is affecting these populations.

 

For more information about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Johns Hopkins Medicine, visit hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus. For information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from around the Johns Hopkins enterprise, including from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Johns Hopkins University, visit coronavirus.jhu.edu.

 




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Heart surgery stalled as COVID-19 spread
University of Ottawa

As the novel coronavirus spread across the globe in early 2020, hospitals worldwide scaled back medical procedures, including life-saving heart surgery, to deal with the emerging threat of COVID-19.

Released: 29-May-2020 11:30 PM EDT
UCLA AASC & FSPH launch COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub to support safety for diverse communities
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub to support safety for diverse communities; partnership develops resources for COVID-19 response

Newswise: UTEP Study Examines COVID-19 Stress, Coping Strategies, and Well-Being
Released: 29-May-2020 6:15 PM EDT
UTEP Study Examines COVID-19 Stress, Coping Strategies, and Well-Being
University of Texas at El Paso

Emre Umucu, Ph.D., assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling at The University of Texas at El Paso, and Beatrice Lee, an incoming rehabilitation counseling faculty member, examined the perceived stress levels and coping mechanisms related to COVID-19, and how coping affects well-being in people with self-reported chronic conditions and disabilities.

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CT findings of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in children 'often negative'
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)

An investigation published open-access in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) revealed a high frequency of negative chest CT findings among pediatric patients with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while also suggesting that bilateral, lower lobe-predominant ground-glass opacities (GGOs) are common in the subset of patients with positive CT findings.

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Modelling predicts COVID-19 resurgence if physical distancing relaxed
University of Guelph

If physical distancing measures in Ontario are relaxed too much or too quickly, the province could see hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as well as exponential growth in deaths, concludes new research involving a University of Guelph infectious disease modeller.

Released: 29-May-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Using Wastewater to Track, Contain SARS-CoV-2
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Researchers took a novel approach to tracking the virus that causes COVID-19 that promises to be cost effective and ensure privacy by using a method that surveils for the virus in a local's untreated wastewater facilities.

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Genetics May Explain High COVID-19 Mortality in Italy, Inform Global Pandemic Response
Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Researchers predict the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) gene has a key role in shaping immune response to COVID.

Released: 29-May-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Study finds surge in hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine prescriptions during COVID-19
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital examines changes in prescription patterns in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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