Murray Named Interim Section Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
Thomas Murray, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics (infectious disease), has been named Interim Section Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital effective September 1, 2023.
YSM Faculty Developing “Game Changer” for Global Health
Dengue. Zika. Lyme. Yellow fever. Chikungunya virus. Malaria. These worldwide diseases, and others, are spread by the bite from an infected arthropod, a tick or mosquito. Five faculty from Yale School of Medicine (YSM) are collaborating on a project focusing on creating vaccines against infectious diseases by targeting the vector, which could be a “game changer” for global health.
Stopping CAUTIs, CLABSIs, COVID, and More
Infection prevention prevents the transmission of healthcare-associated infections in patients, staff, and visitors in the hospital setting. The Yale team, led by Medical Director Richard Martinello, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics (infectious diseases), is frequently concerned with reducing rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia, and surgical site infections. Infection preventionists monitor infection rates in the hospital and compliance with precautions such as hand hygiene and equipment sterilization, in addition to undertaking research and providing consultation services for quality improvement.
Initiative Tackles Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism Within Infectious Diseases
As the summer season of 2020 peaked, amidst a swelling pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, a team of physicians and staff within the Yale Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Infectious Diseases banded together with university historians and experts from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning to create a space to address diversity, equity, and anti-racism. Initially spearheaded by Lydia Aoun-Barakat, MD, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases), and Gerald Friedland, MD, professor emeritus (infectious diseases), the section established the Infectious Diseases Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism (ID2EA) consortium, which aims to address systemic racism, promote diversity, and promote equity within the infectious disease space both at Yale and beyond via interactive learning sessions.
What’s the difference between RSV, the flu and covid-19?
Murray said his hospital is already starting to see RSV cases plateau. It’s hard to predict what might happen in the coming weeks, but it’s likely that flu cases will continue to rise. “If ever there was a year to get your flu vaccine, or to have your child get a flu vaccine, this is a year,” he said.Source: Washington Post
Why Is Everyone I Know Getting Sick?
Masks and social distancing made the common cold nearly disappear, but now these viruses are back with a vengeance. RSV is filling up emergency rooms, and flu season is off to a roaring start, too. It’s the worst season of respiratory illness in recent memory. Why is this happening? Alok and Sheena explain the leading theory behind the “tripledemic.” Vitals is a series that’s taking a new approach to health and medicine. Hosts Alok Patel, MD, and Sheena Williams RN are going beyond the headlines to answer your questions on the latest health topics. No judgment, no taboos. Just 100% science-based information.Source: PBS Vitals
For child care programs, masking helped minimize closures, study shows
A new Yale study that followed more than 6,600 child care professionals across the 50 states found that programs practicing child masking early in the pandemic saw lower rates of program interruption compared with those that did not.
Florida teachers union sues over return to in-person classes, as debate over school during the pandemic intensifies
Florida’s largest teachers union sued top state officials Monday over an order mandating a return of in-person schooling, drawing the courts into an increasingly politicized nationwide debate over when and how kids can return to class amid the coronavirus pandemic.Source: The Washington Post
How to plan a summer 'safecation': What to know about road trips, flying, hotels and more
As summer revs up, many families who've planned vacations and long-anticipated reunions are left wondering whether it's safe to travel during the coronavirus outbreak. Most states have reopened, giving residents a semblance of normalcy, but COVID-19 cases are still rising in some areas.Source: Today
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s deaths in single-digits for 4th straight day; medical officials urge continued social distancing and mask-wearing
Connecticut on Thursday reported its fourth consecutive day of single-digit coronavirus-related deaths, one day after the state entered the second phase of reopening. According to data released by the state, Connecticut has seen an additional seven coronavirus-related deaths, for a total of 4,226.Source: The Hartford Courant
Why the U.S. is experiencing a coronavirus plateau
Japan Today: When epidemiologists talked about "flattening the curve," they probably didn't mean it this way: the U.S. hit its peak coronavirus caseload in April, but since that time the graph has been on a seemingly unending plateau.Source: Japan Today