[Article]  Preparing for the next normal now: How health systems can adopt a growth transformation in the COVID-19 world

(McKinsey, August 21, 2020)

"COVID-19’s unprecedented impact on health, economies, and daily life has created a humanitarian crisis. Health systems have been at the epicenter of the fight against COVID-19, and have had to balance the need to alleviate suffering and save lives with substantial financial pressures." 

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[Article]  Obesity, metabolic syndrome tied to risk of COVID infection, severity

(Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, August 26, 2020)

"Three new studies - Diabetes Care, Obesity Reviews, and Clinical Infectious Diseases - describe the link between obesity and elevated risk of COVID-19 infection and poor outcomes."

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[Article]  U.S. Health Insurance Coverage in 2020: A Looming Crisis in Affordability

(The Commonwealth Fund, August 19, 2020)

"What did health insurance coverage look like for U.S. adults in the first half of 2020 as the country slid into the worst public health and economic crisis in generations? The survey finds that more than 43 percent of working-age adults had inadequate health insurance when the COVID-19 pandemic hit."

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[Working Paper - PDF]  Four Stylized Facts About COVID-19

(National Bureau of Economic Research, August 2020)

"We document facts about the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide relevant for those studying the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on COVID-19 transmission.  When interpreted through a range of epidemiological models, Facts 1-3 imply that both the elective reproduction numbers and transmission rates of COVID-19 fell rapidly from widely dispersed initial levels during the 30 days after cumulative deaths reached 25. After this initial period of rapid decline, the elective reproduction number has hovered around one everywhere in the world." 

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[Article]  Sex differences in immune responses that underlie COVID-19 disease outcomes

(Nature Research, August 26, 2020)

"A growing body of evidence indicates sex differences in the clinical outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)1–5. However, whether immune responses against SARS-CoV-2 differ between sexes, and whether such differences explain male susceptibility to COVID-19, is currently unknown. In this study, we examined sex differences in viral loads, SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody titers, plasma cytokines, as well as blood cell phenotyping in COVID-19 patients.”