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MMWR  Weekly COVID-19 Briefing

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MMWR Weekly COVID-19 Briefing is a weekly podcast to update readers on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response. In each episode, MMWR’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Charlotte Kent provides an overview of the latest scientific information published in MMWR. New episodes are posted every Monday.

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This week, MMWR published four reports. One describes the likely role of younger adults in the spread of COVID-19 and another describes characteristics of approximately 100,000 health care workers in the United States with COVID-19. This week’s issue also looked at contact tracing efforts in North Carolina and how Utah residents in more disadvantaged areas were more likely to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Americans of all stages of life from babies and young children, to pregnant women, to older adults. This week, MMWR published a total of eight COVID-19 reports. They describe the role of children in spreading COVID-19, COVID-19 deaths among the pediatric, adolescent, and young adult populations, and two reports about health outcomes among pregnant women. MMWR also published three reports about COVID-19 in high-risk congregate settings for older adults. Finally, MMWR published a report about decreased influenza activity levels in the United States and southern hemisphere countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This week, Dr. Kent highlights published reports about how adults with COVID-19 were more likely to have dined at a restaurant before getting sick, the number of adults delaying or avoiding medical care due to COVID-19 concerns, and how many essential workers were found to have underlying medical conditions.

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This week, Dr. Kent highlights published reports about COVID-19 cases going undetected among frontline U.S. health care workers, how stay-at-home orders influenced behaviors in communities, and prescribing patterns for hydroxychloroquine during the pandemic.

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This week, MMWR published three success stories about efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two reports describe successes in settings serving groups of children, and one report is about successes in nursing homes in West Virginia. MMWR also published a report about a monitoring system that aided health officials with decision making and reopening in Kentucky.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Kent highlights reports about COVID-19 hotspot counties in the United States, workplace outbreaks in Utah, the rate of COVID-19 infection among American Indian and Alaska Natives, and strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. A theme woven throughout these reports is that long-standing health and social inequities have resulted in increased risk for infection, severe illness, and death from COVID-19 among communities of color.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Kent highlights reports about the impact of COVID-19 on children, nursing homes, and the mental health of Americans.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlights reports about an outbreak of COVID-19 at an overnight youth camp, use of a novel automated technology to monitor contacts of COVID-19 patients, health outcomes among individuals who swallowed hand sanitizer containing methanol, and COVID-19 in meat processing facilities in two midwestern states.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted reports about how long COVID-19 symptoms last in adults who haven’t been hospitalized, efforts to keep voters safe during an election in Milwaukee, and good news about rebounds in vaccination among children in New York City.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted two reports on the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as another report looking at underlying conditions associated with severe illness from COVID-19 at the county level.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted two important MMWR reports related to the use of cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Reports in this week’s issue also looked at characteristics of people who died with COVID-19, symptom profiles of people with COVID-19, and results of a sentinel surveillance project in New York City.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent highlighted two MMWR reports looked at aspects of COVID-19’s impact on workplaces, including food production and worker absenteeism. Another report assessed pediatricians’ capacity to provide vaccines to children, and a fourth report suggests ways to improve outcomes and reduce strain on the health care system from COVID-19.

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In this week’s episode, Dr. Charlotte Kent provided an overview of important insights published in this week’s MMWR on testing and infection control practices in congregate settings as well as sources of exposure during the early phases of the pandemic.

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This week the MMWR released an article about the Potential Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Use of Emergency Departments in the United States, an article looking at a COVID-19 Outbreak Among College Students After a Spring Break Trip to Mexico, an article looking at characteristics Associated with Hospitalization Among Patients with COVID-19 based on data from Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia during March-April 2020, and article that looked at the relationship between laboratory confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection among women of Reproductive Age by their Pregnancy Status.

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