October 1, 2021
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Years of steady, incremental reductions in key healthcare-associated infections were lost in 2020 in the tsunami of the COVID-19 pandemic, as patients swamped hospitals and thinly staffed infection prevention departments.
With legal scholars saying President Biden is within the law in mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all healthcare workers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is moving quickly to enforce the requirement and will issue interim regulation in October.
The American Nurses Association recently sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services calling for the Biden administration “to declare a national nurse staffing crisis and take immediate steps to develop and implement both short- and long-term solutions.”
Two studies give a clear, consistent finding: About three-fourths of children hospitalized with SARS-CoV-2 do not have severe COVID-19-related illness but are merely identified as infected when subjected to screening tests. Surveys reporting the number or incidence of SARS-CoV-2-infected hospitalized children likely overestimate the actual burden of disease.