Study Title: Case-Fatality Rate and Characteristics of Patients Dying in Relation to Covid-19 in Italy (From the Journal of American Medical Association)
Brief Summary: As of 03/27, Italy is the country with the highest COVID-19 fatality rate and 3rd highest total number of cases. This study outlines three possible reasons why Italy has a high COVID-19 fatality rate: elderly population, a broader definition of COVID-19 death, and testing focused on sicker patients.
Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
Brief Summary: COVID can be passed through aerosol and surface transmission because of its ability to remain viable and infectious. However, this does not mean that you should refrain from going outside around your house. It is important to note that though transmission through surfaces does not occur as often as through aerosol droplets, cleaning surfaces can minimize risk of transmission.
Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers: What is the Evidence? (From the Journal of American Medical Association)
Brief Summary: There is speculation that two classes of medications used to treat diabetes and hypertension, called ACE Inhibitors (ACE-Is) and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs), may increase vulnerability to COVID-19 infection. However, there is no clinical data to suggest this, and patients should continue to take these medications as prescribed unless told otherwise by their doctor.