#YearofCOVID Tip Sheet

Newswise — LOS ANGELES (March 22, 2021) – One year has passed since stay-at-home orders went into effect across the U.S. and the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives in profound ways. During this dark year, we've witnessed overwhelming loss of life and livelihood, and separation from those we love. But we have also seen courageous patients and heroic healthcare workers battling the disease, as swift breakthroughs have brought us vaccines and hope.

Throughout March, the Cedars-Sinai Newsroom team is marking this pandemic milestone with a series reflecting on the ways our patients, healthcare workers, researchers and community have experienced the past 12 months.

Published stories cover medical innovations, resilience, helping children get back on track and health concerns brought on by working from home. Future stories in the series include a research round-up as well as a look at memorable patients and staff members.

If you are interested in covering any of these topics or interviewing our experts, please email the Newsroom team at [email protected]. In the meantime, here are links to some of the stories in the series:

#YearofCOVID: The Evolution of Care
From the earliest days, when little was known about SARS-CoV-2, to the rapid development of treatment strategies, vaccines and post-infection patient care, the Cedars-Sinai response to the virus evolved rapidly. Teamwork and innovation led to safer conditions for healthcare providers and improved outcomes for patients. Pulomonary care and vascular specialists, respiratory therapists, ICU teams, nurses and researchers all helped move the response forward.

#YearofCOVID: Resilience on the Front Lines  
The pandemic threatened to drain the energy and optimism of healthcare providers around the globe. Family, evening walks, the camaraderie of colleagues and community support in the form of donated meals and drive-by salutes helped the Cedars-Sinai team stay strong.

#YearofCOVID: Helping Kids Cope
A year of virtual learning due to COVID restrictions on in-person schooling has left children sad and anxious, missing their friends and teachers and missing out on the social and emotional growth that comes from being together on a daily basis. Cedars-Sinai experts offer tips for parents on helping children manage the return to the classroom.

#YearofCOVID: Is Working from Home Bad for Your Health?
With many people still working from home a full year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced dramatic changes in the workplace as we know it, what are the potential risks to our health? What silver linings can we embrace? Can an ergonomic work station help mitigate wrist, neck and back pain? Could scheduling regular breaks yield time for exercise or meditation while also giving our eyes a break from the screen?

#YearofCOVID: A Mother's Story
An otherwise-healthy 30-year-old woman from Fontana was airlifted to Cedars-Sinai after contracting a life-threatening case of COVID-19. An emergency ceserean section in the ICU and a life-support machine called ECMO saved the lives of mother and baby, who are now home and doing well.

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New protein engineering method could accelerate the discovery of COVID-19 therapeutics
University of Michigan

Discovering and engineering nanobodies with properties suitable for treating human diseases ranging from cancer to COVID-19 is a time-consuming, laborious process.

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Decoding humans’ survival from coronaviruses
University of Adelaide

An international team of researchers co-led by the University of Adelaide and the University of Arizona has analysed the genomes of more than 2,500 modern humans from 26 worldwide populations, to better understand how humans have adapted to historical coronavirus outbreaks.

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Pandemic Air Quality Affected By Weather, Not Just Lockdowns
Washington University in St. Louis

Using a diverse set of tools, the lab of Randall Martin shows how the pandemic did – or didn’t – affect levels of particulate matter during COVID lockdowns.

Released: 24-Jun-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Longest known SARS-CoV-2 infection of nearly 300 days successfully treated with new therapy
University of Bristol

An immunocompromised individual with the longest known PCR confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 infection, lasting more than 290 days, has been successfully treated with two investigational monoclonal antibodies (laboratory engineered antibodies). Clinicians and researchers from the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) worked closely to assess and treat the infection and want to highlight the urgent need for improved access to treatments for such people with persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Cooperative Extension grant aims to vaccinate NYS’ vulnerable
Cornell University

A two-year, $200,000 grant from the USDA and the Extension Foundation to Cornell University researchers aims to help promote vaccine confidence and uptake in vulnerable communities in eight New York counties, both upstate and downstate.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Phone swabs can accurately detect COVID-19
University College London

An accurate, non-invasive, and low-cost method of testing for COVID-19 using samples taken from the screens of mobile phones has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers at Diagnosis Biotech.

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NIH study suggests COVID-19 prevalence far exceeded early pandemic cases
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

In a new study, NIH researchers report that the prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States during spring and summer of 2020 far exceeded the known number of cases and that infection affected the country unevenly.

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Half of young adults with covid-19 have persistent symptoms 6 months after
University of Bergen

A paper published in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine on long-COVID, describes persistent symptoms six months after acute COVID-19, even in young home isolated people.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Dr. Vin Gupta Narrates New American Thoracic Society Video
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

The American Thoracic Society rolls out a new video to address vaccine hesitancy and answer common questions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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