Antibiotic Use At Veterans Affairs’ Hospitals Increases During COVID-19 Pandemic, Reversing A Four-Year Downward Trend

New research shows a widespread increase in antibiotic use across Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities during the initial surge of COVID-19 cases, abruptly reversing steady reductions over the prior four years, according to a new study being presented at IDWeek 2020.

Routine HIV Screenings Decreased, Patients With Acute HIV Infections Increased In Chicago ERs During COVID

New research from a team of experts in Chicago shows a significant increase in the number of patients with acute HIV infections who sought treatment in their emergency department, possibly out of a fear of COVID-19, according to a study being presented at IDWeek 2020. Routine tests for HIV went down during this period.

Societies Urge FDA Advisory Committee to Maintain Standard, Existing and Transparent Process for COVID-19 Vaccine Review

The authorization or licensure of a COVID-19 vaccine must include the highest standards of thorough and transparent review to ensure the safety and effectiveness as well as the acceptance and uptake of an immunization against the novel coronavirus.

Opioid Use Curbed By Team At Infectious Diseases Clinic; Multidisciplinary Plans May Hold Key, Particularly In Rural Areas

A first-time study to measure whether adolescents are completing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended vaccination schedule, excluding influenza vaccine, determined that just 30.6% of the nation’s 17-year-olds had received all vaccines, according to data being presented at IDWeek 2020.

Researchers: Only 30% Of U.S. 17-Year-Olds Have Received All Recommended Vaccines

A first-time study to measure whether adolescents are completing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended vaccination schedule, excluding influenza vaccine, determined that just 30.6% of the nation’s 17-year-olds had received all vaccines, according to data being presented at IDWeek 2020.

IDSA Supports Leading Health Authorities in Calling for Safe Celebrations this Holiday Season

In communities seeing rising numbers of new coronavirus infections, illnesses and deaths, as well as in areas thankful for hard-earned gains against the pandemic, protecting yourselves and each other must remain at the center of holiday plans this season to curtail the spread and resurgence of COVID-19.

Contact Tracing Program In New Jersey City Offers Cost-Effective Model For COVID-19

Existing staff at a public health department can be trained to successfully conduct contact tracing, limiting the need to hire outside temporary staff, according to research presented at IDWeek 2020.

Experts in Infectious Diseases Team Up With Ad Council To Encourage People To Wear Face Masks In Public

“Mask Up, America,” a national campaign that encourages people to wear face masks in public to stem the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and help the nation get back to business, is being launched by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Ad Council.

Health Care Service Innovations Propelled by the Pandemic Offer Permanent Promise, Journal Papers Show

While posing potential and realized disruptions to a range of health services, the COVID-19 pandemic also drove the accelerated development of promising and responsive health service delivery innovations, two papers published this month in Clinical Infectious Diseases show.

“Herd Immunity” is Not an Answer to a Pandemic

Promoting the concept of “herd immunity” as framed in a recently circulated document as an answer to the COVID-19 pandemic is inappropriate, irresponsible and ill-informed. “Community immunity,” or “herd immunity,” a goal of vaccination campaigns, should never come at the cost of planned exposure to infection of millions of additional people

National Plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistance Demonstrates Commitment, Will Require Support

The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, 2020-2025, released today by the Department of Health and Human Services builds on the first iteration of the plan with a One Health approach in critical areas.

IDSA Advocates for Closing ID Care Payment Gaps in 2021 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Infectious Diseases Society of America highlighted provisions in the agency’s 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule affecting payments to infectious diseases physicians