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Tech Talk: US FDA approves first home saliva sample test kit-8068

Tech Talk: US FDA approves first home saliva sample test kit

I was alerted by MobiHealthNews literally several hours after the US Food Administration approved the first home-collected saliva sample kit for COVID-19 testing. It's worth reading the article for context on how these tests are moving forward and because this may be a convenient way for your constituents to be tested.

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OK to continue hypertension drugs for COVID-19-infected patients-8062

OK to continue hypertension drugs for COVID-19-infected patients

Two common types of high blood pressure drugs - angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin II receptor blocks (ARBs) - are unlikely to increase susceptibility to COVID-19 or harm those who are positive for the disease, researchers say. Organizations should be aware of the findings to reassure those taking the drugs and perhaps their doctors, as well. Given that the pandemic is interfering with and delaying doctor visits in many cases, people should know they can continue these medications if they are working and not causing new side effects.

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Challenges face older adults during pandemic recovery-8056

Challenges face older adults during pandemic recovery

COVID-19 has placed a high-intensity spotlight on the deleterious effects of deep-seated ageism, sexism and racism on older Americans, suggests a study from the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University in St. Louis.

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AGS position paper addresses resource allocation in the COVID-19 era-8051

AGS position paper addresses resource allocation in the COVID-19 era

The pandemic has raised the question of how society should allocate scarce resources during a crisis, and experts addressed the question in a new position statement from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). "Unfortunately, some strategies use age as an arbitrary criterion, which disfavors older adults regardless of their function and health relative to COVID-19," said AGS President Annie Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF. "With this statement, we hope to support hospitals, health systems, and policymakers as they develop resource allocation strategies for use in emergent situations that do not rely on age as a criterion."

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Misleading info in 25% of most viewed YouTube COVID-19 videos-8040

Misleading info in 25% of most viewed YouTube COVID-19 videos

More than one in four of the most viewed English-speaking COVID-19 videos on YouTube contain misleading or inaccurate information, according to researchers from the University of Ottawa.
Public health misinformation on COVID-19 is reaching far more people than in previous pandemics such as the swine flu (HIN1) pandemic and the Ebola and Zika outbreaks and has considerable potential for harm, they warn. Organizations may consider implementing educational sessions to help residents, members and family assess what they're seeing and hearing in the media.

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Stats: 55% of adults 70+ had care disruptions due to social distancing-8031

Stats: 55% of adults 70+ had care disruptions due to social distancing

More than half of all adults in the United States age 70 and older experienced a disruption in their medical care during the first month of social distancing (55%) due to COVID-19, an April 27 survey funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation and The SCAN Foundation revealed. This and other survey insights, which also cover issues such as loneliness, isolation, and favored sources of coronavirus information, can help inform current programming and priorities as organizations move toward reopening.

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