COVID-19 Round-Up: Severe COVID Causes PTSD in Family Members; and More

Dr. Joshua Vest On How Local Mask Policies Strongly Influence Mask-Wearing Behavior

A recent study reports that despite major changes in mask policies from the state and federal levels, people still followed local policy, demonstrating the large influence local edicts have on public health during the pandemic.

DocWire News spoke with first author of this analysis, Joshua R. Vest, PhD, MPH, Regenstrief Institute research scientist and director of the Center for Health Policy at Indiana University Richard M Fairbanks School of Public Health, to learn more about the impact of local policy on public health.

COVID-19 Associated with PTSD in Family Members of Hospitalized Patients

A recent study shows that family members of patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) have a higher risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to families of patients hospitalized with non-COVID associated ARDS, further highlighting the vast mental toll the respiratory disease takes on everybody. The findings appeared in JAMA.

Predicting AKI and RRT in COVID-19

Patients with hospitalized with COVID-19 frequently develop acute kidney injury (AKI) and may require renal replacement therapy (RRT). Laboratory measurements frequently include dipstick urinalysis, however, there are few data regarding the prognostic value of hematuria and proteinuria for kidney outcomes. Meredith C. McAdams, MD, and colleagues conducted an analysis of data on patients with positive severe SARS-CoV-2 PCR who had a urinalysis obtained on admission to one of 20 hospitals. Results were reported online in BMC Nephrology.