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COVID-19 News Update for Dec. 29, 2020

Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:  

COVID-19 Positive Inpatient Count

King County: The county reported 513 new positive cases and 13 new deaths on Dec. 28.  
Washington: The state reported 238,672 cases and 3,195 deaths as of Dec. 27.  
United States: The CDC reports 19,055,869 cases and 332,246 deaths as of Dec. 28.  
Global: WHO reports 79,931,215 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,765,265 deaths as of Dec. 29.  

Numbers update frequently, please follow links for most up-to-date numbers.  

COVID-19 Literature Report  

COVID-19 Literature Situation Reportis a daily (M-F) newsletter put together by the Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness that provides a succinct summary of the latest scientific literature related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Takeaways: COVID-19 Literature Situation Report Dec. 21, 2020

  • The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued an interim recommendation for use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged 18 and older for prevention of COVID-19 on Dec. 19, 2020. More.
  • More than 60% of U.S. adults indicated they would likely get a COVID-19 vaccine in a survey completed between Sept. 14 and Sept. 27, 2020. Individuals likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine accepted mandates at a higher rate than those unlikely to get vaccinated. More.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic in California, older adults, residents who identified as Black and Latino, and people without college degrees have experienced the highest per capita excess mortality. More.

COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team, is an affiliated group of medical students, PhDs and physicians keeping up with the latest research on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 by finding the newest articles, reading them, grading their level of evidence and bringing you the bottom line.

Read the latest report: Dec. 23 | Daily COVID-19 LST Report.
Listen to the latest podcast: Dec. 17 | COVID-19 LST Podcast.

UW Medicine in the News 

KUOW: How safe is the Covid-19 vaccine? UW doctor weighs in
Featuring: Seth Cohen, UW Medical Center
“‘I think a lot of people are concerned that it’s new and that there isn’t a lot of safety data, I hear that a lot,’ Dr. Cohen said. ‘I would say, from my perspective … Safety was not done at warp speed. It’s really been a rigorous process. In this vaccine clinic, we have a lots of safety protocols in place and continue to follow people to ensure they are not experiencing additional side effects. So for the safety part of it, I feel very confident.’”

KIRO 7: UW Doctor weighs in on COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy
Featuring: Linda Eckert, Obstetrics and Gynecology
“‘We know COVID-19 is dangerous to pregnant women. They have an increased risk of ending up in the intensive care unit. They have an increased risk of needing intubation,’ said Dr. Linda Eckert, an Obstetrics and Gynecology professor at University of Washington School of Medicine and physician at Harborview Medical Center.”

The Seattle Times: Mysteriously, COVID-19 hasn’t spread among Seattle’s vulnerable homeless population. What does that mean for a vaccine?
Featuring: Helen Chu, Allergy & Infectious Diseases
“It’s also possible the virus already made its way through the population but undetected: 80% of the positive cases in King County shelters have been asymptomatic, according to Chu, the Seattle researcher. She thinks that’s because many of the old and particularly vulnerable homeless people were moved to hotels. But that percentage still strikes her as surprisingly high. ‘Homeless people tend to have a lot more problems that would make them have symptomatic infection,’ Chu said.”

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