Sharpen Your Telehealth Skills: 9 Tips for Doctors

In early April 2020, family medicine Kyle Leggott, MD, was logging into a telehealth visit from his Aurora, Colorado, home. He’d shifted to 100% virtual visits but was struggling with one thing. Connection. Not the internet kind, but the human kind. The kind that helps you earn a patient’s trust and can be hard to … Read more

Zero COVID in China: Young People Give Up on an “Abnormal” State

Extensive PCR testing, quarantines, and sealed-off cities continue to characterize the Chinese government’s “Zero COVID” policy. Although COVID-19 appears to be under control in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, the future remains uncertain due to rising infections in cities in the eastern part of the country. Resentment towards Xi Jinping’s administration builds by the … Read more

Research characterizes clinical and epidemiologic features of SARS-CoV-2 in pets

A 2021-2022 survey conducted in the United States reported that about 90.5 million households owned at least one pet, 23 million of which had acquired a pet during the first year of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Pet ownership is associated with numerous positive benefits for the owner, such as improved mental health. However, … Read more

Can dogs accurately detect COVID-19?

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic persists worldwide, scientists have turned their attention to identifying better and faster methods to detect the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). In a new PLOS ONE study, researchers evaluate the accuracy of using dogs to smell and identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in infected and non-infected … Read more

Investigating an effective linear deoxyribonucleic acid COVID-19 vaccine option for domestic cats

In a recent article posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, investigators studied a linear deoxyribonucleic acid (linDNA) severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine option in felines. Study: A linear DNA vaccine candidate encoding the SARS-CoV-2 Receptor Binding Domain elicits protective immunity in domestic cats. Image Credit: Karrrtinki/Shutterstock Background SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus disease 2019 … Read more

Dogs can detect SARS-CoV-2 from an individual’s sweat

In a recent study published in the Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID) Journalresearchers reported that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) could be detected by canine olfaction. Overall, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in more than 520 million cases and over 6.26 million deaths to date. As a result, different screening methods … Read more