Current vaccines are holding against an emerging array of highly transmissible SARS-COV-2 variant strains, but researchers are warning that a somewhat literal “arms race” has begun between immunization science and relentless evolution.
The role of the intensivist in the management of pulmonary-renal syndrome includes appropriate respiratory support and recognition and management of concurrent infection, hypovolemia, acute anemia, and coagulopathy.
Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disorder of skeletal muscle associated with a variety of auto-antibodies and specific muscle pathology but it may not have a skin rash. Muscle pathology and antibody determinations are important for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Repeat infection with endemic seasonal coronavirus occurs commonly and raises concerns about immunity to SARS-CoV-2 as well as about the efficacy of vaccines in the protection against infection due to this virus.
COVID-19 infection may be associated with an increased risk of blood clotting and related thrombotic events, but there are insufficient data to support indiscriminately discontinuing medications that play a critical role in the management of chronic cardiovascular disease.
Transplacental antibodies against Plasmodium falciparum Schizont Egress Antigen-1 may protect infants from severe malarial infection during the first year of life. This new knowledge about these antibodies potentially can inform vaccine development.